Liverpool ‘to buy Sturridge and let Cole go’

first_imgLiverpool are poised to buy Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea and let former Blues star Joe Cole leave Anfield, the Daily Mirror reports.It is claimed Cole, who is wanted by QPR boss Harry Redknapp, is set to move on as Liverpool are keen to sign Tom Ince from Blackpool as well as Sturridge.Sturridge has been widely tipped to join the Merseyside club in a £12m deal when the transfer window opens next month.The Mirror also say Chelsea scouts are to watch Corinthians star Paulinho in action against Egyption side Al-Ahly in the Club World Cup on Wednesday.Fiorentina are interested in signing Esteban Granero from QPR, Italian media have reported.The Serie A club are said to be planning to make an offer for him when the transfer window opens next month.The Sun report that Adel Taarabt will delay his decision whether to play in the Africa Cup of Nations.Taarabt may not play for Morocco in the tournament in order to help QPR in their battle against relegation, it has been suggested.It has also been claimed recently that R’s midfielder Samba Diakite will snub Mali.This page is regularly updated. 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Superb Chelsea youngsters thrash Saints

first_imgChelsea’s youngsters secured their first Under-21 Premier League win of the season, with fine goals from Lewis Baker and Islam Feruz capping a 4-1 victory at Southampton.A side which included Nathan Ake hit back after Omar Rowe – who later rattled the post – gave the hosts an early lead.Alex Davey headed home the equaliser from Baker’s free-kick and Chelsea were ahead at the break courtesy of Isiah Brown’s header from Alex Kiwomya’s cross.Baker doubled the lead in the second-half with a brilliant left-footed free-kick into the top corner of the net.And Feruz made made it four in the closing minutes with a cracking 25-yard effort.The only sour note for Chelsea was an injury to Jeremie Boga, who limped off in first-half stoppage time after picking up a knock.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Warriors, 128, Hawks, 111: Warriors All-Stars at their best

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceSubscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book.ATLANTA — Once Stephen Curry stepped on the court, a few things changed.The basket became wider and the floor became bigger. The Warriors suddenly played with joy and with ball movement. And Warriors coach Steve Kerr went from critiquing his coaching toward jokingly gushing about it …last_img read more

Play Your Part TV series coming soon

first_imgThe new Play Your Part television series will be broadcast from 26 August on SABC 2. Launched on Wednesday, it explores active citizenship in South Africa.Brand South Africa’s Sithembile Ntombela, Katie Mohamed of Brand Fusion, Kabelo Mabalane of Shout for a Safer South Africa and Linda Magapatona-Sangaret, also of Brand South Africa, at the media launch of the Play Your Part television series on 23 August 2017. (Images: Mathiba Molefe)Melissa JavanThe first episode of the new Play Your Part television series would be aired on Saturday, 26 August 2017 on SABC 2, Brand South Africa said yesterday at the show’s media launch in Johannesburg, at the SABC’s Radiopark.WatchThe television series made its debut in June 2014.Guests such as actor and musician Kabelo Mabalane – the show’s host – shared their behind-the-scenes experiences. The TV series aims to inspire South Africans to make a difference in their communities.Brand South Africa said the Play Your Part show would offer viewers an inspirational insight into the world of active citizenship and volunteerism by profiling South Africans across the country who were doing extraordinary things to change people’s lives for the better.We can all play our part through our small efforts and initiatives. #GetInvolved— Play Your Part (@PlayYourPartSA) August 23, 2017Every person should build the nation brandDr Kingsley Makhubela, Brand South Africa CEO, said the responsibility of building the country’s nation brand was not just in the hands of the government and Brand South Africa. “Civil society, ordinary people play a fundamental role in building a nation’s brand.”The television series was going “to expose the talent we have in terms of building the nation’s brand, building the country”, he said.Dr Kingsley Makhubela, Brand South Africa CEO, says it is the role of every South African to build the country’s nation brand.It was important to come up with solutions to the country’s issues, said Makhubela. “We urge you to do a good share in building the country’s nation brand.” He thanked the SABC Foundation for collaborating with Brand South Africa in broadcasting the message about the role people needed to play within their communities.Behind-the-scenesKabelo Mabalane is the co-founder of the initiative Shout for a Safer South Africa, a movement against crime and violence. It also promotes active citizenship.Show host Mabalane said it was a privilege to be part of the show. “Sometimes we had to travel far. Every time I met these [active citizens] I would leave feeling inspired to be a better person. Another feeling I experienced was gratitude.“Imagine if you woke up and got to keep only the things you were grateful for the night before. Some would wake up with nothing at all.”Mabalane is a Play Your Part ambassador.Shalate Teffo of the children’s home Dimphonyana Tsa Lapeng is happy that her mother, Asnath, is getting a voice through the Play Your Part TV series. The organisation will be featured on the television show.There are 26 episodes in the series. Chef Mogau Seshoene of The Lazy Makoti features in one, in which she speaks about how her business is preserving the heritage and culture of South Africa. “I have mammas from rural areas and townships who give cooking classes of traditional food recipes.”Seshoene was excited about the show. “I’m interested to see who else features in the television series.“I think Play Your Part is a great initiative; it’s a great way to motivate people – whatever it is you are doing in your little corner can have an impact on the country.”Guests at the launch:Entrepreneur Sabelo Masinga with Geraldine Engelman from Ster-Kinekor Theatres and Dorcas Dube from Partners for Possibility.Brand South Africa CEO Dr Kingsley Makhubela with researchers Jan Wegelin of African Response and Dr Petrus de Kock of Brand South Africa.Brand South Africa’s Rabia Metedad (left) and Tshepiso Malele (right) with Mpange Chapeshamano of Avatar Agency.Thobile Mushwana, a Play Your Part ambassador, with Sithembile Ntombela of Brand South Africa.Tshiamo Tladi of Polar X and Mogau Seshoene of The Lazy Makoti.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

8 days agoMan City No2 Arteta: Foden potential is limitless

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City No2 Arteta: Foden potential is limitlessby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City assistant coach Mikel Arteta says Phil Foden’s potential is limitless.The 19-year-old has been restricted to just three appearances this season.But Arteta thinks he will become a star under manager Pep Guardiola.”His potential is limitless,” Arteta said. “He is going to set his own limits.”The most important thing is that, as a club and around the team, we have created a really healthy, inspiring and challenging environment. That’s exactly what he needs.”The door is open. We have a manager who trusts in young players and he’s going to get opportunities.”With that type of environment, to grow and to always be going in the right direction is the most important thing.”I think he’ll be very successful.” last_img read more

Video: Michigan Football Releases Cool “The Block M” Hype Video, “Most Recognizable Logo In All Of Sports”

first_imgThe Michigan Wolverines marching band performs before the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 17: The Michigan Wolverines marching band performs before the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)It’s football time now. They’re very excited about that in Ann Arbor, Mich. Teams are beginning fall camp and we’re now less than a month away from the start of the season, when Michigan takes on Utah on Thursday, Sept. 3. In honor of the season coming up, the Wolverines have released a cool hype video about the Block M logo. “It’s the most recognizable logo in all of sports,” they say. The Block M. Enough said. #GoBlue— Michigan Athletics (@UMichAthletics) August 4, 2015We’re not quite sure if it’s the “most recognizable logo” in the sports world, but it is a pretty sweet logo.last_img read more

These Broncos Look Nothing Like The Broncos Of Two Years Ago

24Pittsburgh Steelers1990688.1540.0-148.143.8 TOTAL POINTS/GAME 5Buffalo Bills197534.955.4+20.460.7 22Washington Redskins2001729.4580.1-149.356.3 2St. Louis Rams200041.463.2+21.843.8 3Buffalo Bills197755.433.8-21.639.3 10Kansas City Chiefs1975507.9674.5+166.646.4 In the strike-shortened 1982 season, the Miami Dolphins made it to the Super Bowl on the strength of an incredible defense that allowed the NFL’s fewest yards, first downs, passing yards and net yards per pass attempt. The offense wasn’t very good, but the defense — known as the Killer Bees because the last names of six starters began with the letter B — guided the team to the Super Bowl, as Miami ranked second in points allowed and third in takeaways.Just two years later, the Dolphins were back in the Super Bowl, and once again, the team was one-dimensional. But, remarkably, it was the offense that was the dominant unit, as Miami led the NFL in points, yards, first downs and net yards per pass attempt, while a second-year quarterback named Dan Marino set single-season records for passing yards and passing touchdowns.It’s rare for a team to be incredibly dominant on one side of the ball, and then similarly dominant on the other side just two years later. By selecting Marino in the first round of the ’83 draft, Miami became one of those teams. The first overall pick in that draft, John Elway, is now the architect of another. The 2013 Broncos were a lot like the ’84 Dolphins: Peyton Manning, like Marino, set single-season records for passing yards and touchdowns, while Denver, like Miami, led the NFL in points, yards, first downs and net yards per attempt. This year’s Broncos led the NFL in yards allowed, while becoming just the fourth defense since 1970 to lead the league in both net yards per pass and yards per rush.That sort of transformation is remarkable. After losing to Seattle in Super Bowl XLVIII, Denver added three Pro Bowl players in outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware, cornerback Aqib Talib and safety T.J. Ward the following offseason. Denver then added safety Darian Stewart in March, and it has turned nose tackle Sylvester Williams and linebacker Brandon Marshall — role players on the 2013 Broncos — into starters. As a result, the 2015 Broncos defense doesn’t look or feel all that similar to the 2013 one. Only Von Miller (who missed seven games because of injury or suspension in 2013), Chris Harris Jr., Malik Jackson, Danny Trevathan and Derek Wolfe played at least 45 percent of the team’s snaps in both 2013 and 2015; of course, that’s a pretty excellent core to build around.1 And the Broncos added defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, long respected as one of the game’s top defensive minds.On the offensive side, the turnover has been even more drastic. The team has turned over four of its five starting offensive linemen (only guard Louis Vasquez remains), while losing starting wide receivers Eric Decker and Wes Welker, tight end Julius Thomas and running back Knowshon Moreno. And offensive coordinator Adam Gase, who earned great praise for his coaching in 2013, has moved on. That means just three of the team’s offensive starters from Super Bowl XLVIII are still around, and all three — quarterback Peyton Manning, wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and Vasquez — were playing a lot better two years ago. The difference is most stark with Manning, of course, who has gone from having one of the best seasons ever by a Super Bowl quarterback to one of the worst.As a result, Denver has had a remarkable turnover from an unbalanced team with an offensive identity to a one-sided team with a defensive identity. This can be seen clearly even with basic stats such as points and yards.PointsBroncos games were extremely high-scoring in 2013, as Denver and its opponents combined to average 62.8 points per game (Denver averaged 37.9, while allowing 24.9). This year, only 40.7 points are being scored in the average Broncos game, courtesy of 22.2 points by Denver and 18.5 points by opponents. That’s a decrease of 22.1 points per game in Broncos games, the largest swing, positive or negative, in any two-year stretch following a given season since 1970. 1Miami Dolphins1984552.2772.3+220.082.6% 24Kansas City Chiefs197530.244.5+14.346.4 8New Orleans Saints2012678.8851.0+172.356.3 22Cincinnati Bengals198540.554.9+14.443.8 7Denver Broncos2015813.3638.6-174.778.1 25New York Jets197749.435.1-14.321.4 7Denver Broncos201343.762.8+19.165.6 23Detroit Lions1995582.9732.0+149.162.5 13Green Bay Packers1983627.8785.9+158.250.0 15Detroit Lions199033.349.1+15.831.3 3St. Louis Rams2000584.5785.6+201.143.8 19Minnesota Vikings199838.353.3+14.975.0 16Atlanta Falcons197737.822.0-15.839.3 While yards and points are hardly perfect measures of performance, they do the job in this instance. Using 23Chicago Bears201343.457.7+14.350.0 TOTAL YARDS/GAME 20New England Patriots198247.933.3-14.559.0 9Chicago Bears1995523.1694.7+171.650.0 8San Diego Chargers198756.438.0-18.451.7 16Minnesota Vikings2006765.1609.1-155.943.8 12Oakland Raiders2006693.1531.0-162.121.9 21Minnesota Vikings199535.449.8+14.453.1 11San Diego Chargers1987800.0636.1-163.951.7 TEAMENDING YEARSTARTINGENDINGDIFF.WIN % 18Washington Redskins197742.927.5-15.460.7 2Atlanta Falcons1979463.4668.0+204.643.8 6San Diego Chargers1981627.4805.0+177.668.8 18Cincinnati Bengals1995566.9721.3+154.431.3 12Washington Redskins198554.638.1-16.575.0 17Cleveland Browns200733.349.0+15.750.0 TEAMENDING YEARSTARTINGENDINGDIFF.WIN% 5Buffalo Bills1975571.4752.9+181.460.7 14Washington Redskins200151.334.9-16.356.3 4Atlanta Falcons197922.043.0+21.043.8 Biggest two-year differences in total yards per game 6St. Louis Rams200263.242.8-20.453.1 19Green Bay Packers2011663.5816.7+153.281.3 In an interesting bit of symmetry, the 2013 Broncos show up twice on the list: Not only do they form the first leg of the 2013-2015 Broncos row, but they form the back end of the Tebow Broncos, the 2011 Denver team that snuck into the playoffs despite a very inefficient offense. Most impressively, Denver ranks as the team with the largest swing in total scoring since the merger while being excellent both years, with an average winning percentage of 0.781. Teams like the 2000 Rams made the list courtesy of some terrible years in ’98 and ’02; Denver’s appearance wasn’t due to a massive dip in quality, but from a complete transformation of its identity.YardsIf we look at total yards per game, Denver once again stands out as the team that has suffered the biggest decline. However, the Broncos are no longer the most extreme team, as the ’82/’84 Dolphins had an even larger move, albeit in the direction of more yards. In 1982, there were 552.2 total yards of offense per game — combined among the two teams — in Miami games. Two years later, that number was a whopping 772.3, which represents an increase of 220 yards per game in just two seasons. There were 813.3 total yards of offense per game in Broncos games in 2013, but just 638.6 yards of offense in Denver games this year; that difference of 174.7 yards per game is the seventh-largest shift in a two-year period since 1970. And, given the general movement toward offensive efficiency, it also stands out as the largest decline in total yards per game during this period: 10Kansas City Chiefs200657.440.4-17.050.0 13Oakland Raiders200647.631.3-16.421.9 17Pittsburgh Steelers2014608.6764.4+155.959.4 4San Francisco 49ers1979503.6685.4+181.724.1 9Chicago Bears199529.047.0+18.050.0 11New Orleans Saints198248.632.1-16.525.3 20Atlanta Falcons1980530.8682.1+151.365.6 15Atlanta Falcons1977619.5463.4-156.139.3 25Philadelphia Eagles1991638.4490.7-147.765.6 1Denver Broncos201562.840.7-22.178.1% 14Baltimore Colts1971651.9494.5-157.466.1 21Carolina Panthers2013767.4618.1-149.456.3 read more

Kurt Coleman finding a sunny start in Philadelphia

The professional nature of the NFL means less player-bonding outside of the team than at the college level. “There’s grown men out here,” Coleman said. “They have separate lives outside of what they do at work. In college, you got guys you are going to stay with forever.” Coleman still talks regularly to many people at OSU. “We talked about (me entering the NFL) a little bit,” Hines said. “He just said, ‘Just stay focused and all of that will take care of itself and just keep playing fast.’” Coleman used the same advice to begin his career. “As long as you make the team, that’s really all that matters because what you do with your opportunities is really a reflection of yourself and your character,” Coleman said. Hard work on the field has led to some fun off of it. “I might have jumped the gun because before I made the team I bought a new car,” Coleman said. “A Cadillac Escalade.” With a new ride and a firm position on the team, Coleman is enjoying his situation. “I have been having a lot of fun out here, and it’s been a very good season so far,” he said. “It’s a fun team and a fun atmosphere and a fun city to be in.” Evege expects the Eagles to have fun with their new acquisition. “They got a heck of a ball player in Kurt,” he said. “And they definitely won’t be disappointed.” Despite being a three-year starter at Ohio State and a selection to the 2009 Big Ten All-Conference team, safety Kurt Coleman was not selected until the final round of the NFL draft. Before April’s draft, ESPN gave Coleman a grade of 40, which places him with a group of players described as “underdeveloped prospects that need extra time and coaching in order to compete for a roster spot in the NFL. NFL teams are looking for a ‘diamond in the rough’ with this type of prospect.” Knowing 243 players were selected before the Philadelphia Eagles picked Coleman gave him motivation. “I don’t really look at it like I got to prove people wrong because I know I’m going to prove myself right,” he said. “But yeah, I do have a chip on my shoulder because I feel like I was good enough to be drafted high.” Former teammates also feel he was under-appreciated. “I was a little surprised because I know the type of football player and person he is,” OSU defensive back Donnie Evege said. “I feel like the Philadelphia Eagles got a steal on him because he is definitely … first- or second-round material.” Talent aside, Coleman had to adapt to what comes with being a late selection. “I had a lot of confidence in myself that I was going to be able to come in and learn the system and perform well,” Coleman said. “As a late-round draft pick or a free agent, you have to do it fast and you have to do it often.” Coleman has not only earned a roster spot, but he is second on the Eagles depth chart at safety and one of the first off the bench in obvious passing situations. Friends in Columbus have taken notice. “I heard on special teams he is doing a great job and even getting in a little bit at safety,” OSU safety Jermale Hines said. In filling those two roles, Coleman has made 11 tackles in his young professional career. Despite his success on the field, Coleman had adjustments to make in other areas. “The thing that you do have to get adjusted to is being in the professional world, living a professional life and … going to work each and every day and doing your best,” he said. read more

Opinion No matter Ohio State vs Michigan allegiance all should support Austin

When Michigan’s next basketball recruiting class takes the court for the first time, Ohio State fans might have to second-guess their usual reaction because of one player with a hard-to-believe story.Two plane crashes in the span of eight years. The first, in 2003, took the lives of his mother, brother and sister. The second, in 2011, killed his father and stepmother and left him in a medically induced coma for nearly two months.Austin Hatch, who at the time was living in Fort Wayne, Ind., had committed to play basketball at the University of Michigan just 10 days earlier.Three years later, Hatch is back in the news, only this time, it was for all the right reasons.Now 19 and playing for Loyola High School of Los Angeles, Hatch returned to the basketball court last Wednesday and sank the first shot he attempted in a comeback story that would make anyone come close to tears.As if that was not enough, John Beilein, coach of the Michigan Wolverines, has said he will honor the scholarship that Hatch earned before the plane crash.What a class act.During a time where winning is everything, and every scholarship matters, Beilein is honoring a commitment made to a player who deserves to put on a jersey every single night.Too often in today’s day and age, the sports world is overrun by individuals who are in the news for solely negative reasons instead of those who deserve recognition.It’s a shame that Hatch has had to deal with a great amount of adversity at such a young age, but I know one thing is certain: he has handled it better than I ever would have.Call it a miracle if you will, but at the end of the day, Hatch has displayed perseverance that gives a whole new meaning to the word resilience.Ultimately, when Hatch steps onto the floor next season for the University of Michigan, I know I’ll be watching, cheering for him and Beilein to succeed, regardless of who they are playing.I hope you all will too. read more