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US 36 Raceway updates 2019 schedule, announces inaugural Missouri IMCA Nationals

first_imgHighlighting the update is the addition of the Missouri IMCA Nationals. The Missouri IMCA Nationals will take place Oct. 9-12 and will feature IMCA Modifieds, IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods.  Due to that, adjustments have been made for various dates throughout the season. Drivers, teams and fans please review the updated schedule to review what nights which division has off. US 36 Raceway is also making an effort in 2019 to allow each regular division three or four nights off dur­ing the course of the season. OSBORN, Mo. – An updated 2019 schedule for US 36 Raceway has been posted.center_img More details about this event will be released at a later date.  The full schedule can be viewed on our website at http://www.us36racewaydirttrack.com/schedule/.last_img read more

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Starc reiterates players’ faith in ACA

first_imgMitchell Starc has said the Australian men’s team has not changed its position on the current MoU standoff, and will continue to back the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) to represent the players in negotiations with Cricket Australia (CA).The Australian team was briefed on the current situation by ACA chief executive Alistair Nicholson in Birmingham on Sunday, ahead of their final warm-up match, against Pakistan, before the Champions Trophy.The tournament is the final competition the men’s team will play before the current MoU runs out at the end of June, and negotiations are at a stalemate with CA refusing the ACA’s request for independent mediation.Instead, CA High Performance General Manager Pat Howard has, for the second time, sent direct emails to several senior Australian players, including Mitchell Starc, captain Steven Smith and David Warner, in an attempt to circumvent the players’ union and deal directly with the players.But Starc confirmed that, following the meeting with Nicholson, the players remain united in backing the ACA. “Our stance hasn’t changed,” Starc said. “Our full support is still behind the ACA to get the outcome that the players are after, it’s all about getting a fair share, we’re not asking for more.“The men and the women are on the same page, we’re sticking strong together and that was pretty much the conversation we had today.”Starc suggested Howard’s efforts to deal directly with senior players would continue to be unsuccessful in the remaining weeks before the June 30 deadline. “They’ve got four weeks to go on the MoU,” he said. “The players are leaving it all to the ACA from our side of things and it’s up to Cricket Australia to sort that out with the ACA at the moment.”Starc and his team-mates must now attempt to put the dispute to one side as they concentrate on their Champions Trophy campaign, which begins with a highly anticipated match at Edgbaston against New Zealand, the team they defeated to win the 2015 World Cup.Australia won their first warm-up match against Sri Lanka at The Oval and will face a Pakistan side that conjured a remarkable victory over Bangladesh at Edgbaston on Saturday.For Starc, the final warm-up match marks his return to the side since suffering a stress fracture to his right foot during Australia’s Test tour of India and gives him a chance to “blow the cobwebs out” and become reacquainted with English conditions before the tournament begins.“It has all been in the nets for me in the last few weeks,” he said. “I’ve been over here for a week in the nets, being in Brisbane in the lead up to getting over to England, so coming off the foot injury I’m just looking forward to playing a game of cricket out in the middle again.“There’s only so much you can get out of nets sessions and centre-wicket sessions. It’s all about match fitness for me and getting some time in the legs.“I guess I know my role pretty comfortably in this set-up. It’s about bowling with the new ball, trying to swing it – more than likely bowling at the death – and then a few overs in the middle, so just getting out there and performing my role again. Obviously it’s a great chance to do that in a warm-up game, where there’s a little bit less pressure. We still want to win these warm-up games, but come Friday it’s when we hit crunch time.”(ESPN Cricinfo).last_img read more

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Adam Whyte – Red Monkey Collective – Censorship: a lawyer’s perspective

first_imgToxicity, bad language, homophobia, racism and a plethora of other issues remain prevalent in the world of gaming and esports. Just this week, renowned streamer PewDiePie used the “n-word” whilst being watched by thousands. Rightly so, he’s received extreme criticism across a multitude of platforms. Not only do streamers have responsibility, but in-game chat whether typed or vocal can be a cesspit of vitriol at the best of times. Red Monkey Collective, a talent and brand management agency have contributed two guest pieces surrounding the issue of censorship in gaming and esports.The first of the two part series came from Dahlia Penna, Esports Associate and more importantly, D.Va main. She talked extensively about her experience with toxicity as a female gamer as well as potential solutions. The second part of the series comes from Adam Whyte, Head of Esports. Adam has a legal background and discusses the censorship issue from a legal perspective. Please note, the full bibliography for attributed sources for both pieces is included at the end of this piece.There is a careful balancing act to be formed within the games industry when it comes to censorship; the publisher’s right to prohibit use of their product, the user’s right to freedom of expression, and the communities’ right to be protected from offense. There are several bodies of law that enshrine the freedom of expression/ speech. The 1st Amendment of the United States Constitution is oft referred to when one is discuss the freedom of speech and expression. Likewise, in Europe: The European Convention on Human Rights (1950), include Article 10, entitles all citizens of the ECHR to free expression.However, does an individual does have the right to be protected from harm from those around them? And what defines harm? John Stewart Mill states in his book On Liberty that the harm principles holds that the actions of individuals should only be limited to prevent harm to other individuals.“The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others.”  (Mill, 1869)Mill distinguished between 4 types of acts that could be regulated by the government. The government could potentially restrict acts which:Cause harm to othersCause harm to selfCause offense to othersAre morally offensive.Mill’s theory that the state should only prohibit individuals from causing harm to another is inherently utilitarian. I.e. Causing harm, limits another freedom and their ability to maximize their utility to the community. In the context of gaming, limiting one’s free speech might inhibit their optimal team performance and/ or capacity to effectively transmit ideas within their team.“In other words, abiding by the harm principle is desirable because it promotes what Mill calls the “free development of individuality” or the development of our humanity.”  (Heydt, n.d.)Mill would definitely contest that “toxic” behaviour online is merely ‘causing offense’ rather than harm and, as such, should be allowed. Moreover, the legal frameworks which exist globally differ so wildly, and as such, it’s difficult to know whose duty it is to regulate “in-game content.”It’s understandable that few people/no one wants to hear horrible things. However, it begs the question: is it up to the user (who has the option to mute or block people) or up to the publisher (who can ban players) to regulate their online communities.Indeed, Evelyn Beatrice Hall (and not Voltaire) famously wrote in The Friends of Voltaire:“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it” (Hall, 1906)However, Voltaire was presumably ruminating and philosophising about the merits of free speech in an inherently restricted society. He certainly wasn’t a raging gamer who just got no-scoped by a Widow or was half a second from bomb defuse. Nor was he being trolled by a 9 year old.Mill wanted to distinguish between harm and having our feelings adversely affected (Lacewing, n.d.). Perhaps, a wider moral (rather than legal) argument here, is if the publishers really need to or should care about the feelings of their players, or if we should just get on with it.The question of younger players is also something that needs to be addressed: do game developers and publishers have a duty of care to underage players? See Riot’s League of Legends where, legally, everything and anything goes. But, this had made for a notoriously toxic community known for its lack of regulation. (LeJacq, 2015)Online speech regulation is a big topic in Germany at the moment. In July of this year, German parliament approved a plan to fine social media networks up to 50m euros if they fail to promptly remove hateful posts, in spite of concerns the law could limit free expression (McGoogan, 2017).Is it only a matter of time before other countries adopt this attitude? It seems that it is only a matter of time before this approach spills into other systems and communities, such as gaming and esports?“It is interesting to think that a governmental body with limited jurisdictional authority (Finnish laws operate only in Finland, etc.) may one day mandate that game publishers monitor and police their content or be subject to fines”One would assume we are, collectively and as societies, moving towards a realm of more free speech, less offence taken when the heretics publish misinformation or slander. However, perhaps we haven’t fully shed the shackles of a paternalistic society. Moreover, I’m certainly not fit to be the judge of what is fair and just or right and wrong.Many countries and peoples have decided that the state is fit to restrict civil liberties when principles such as security and morality are affected. In such countries, the government may mandate restriction on the freedom of speech in order to protect public policy, this is evident in particularly important in autocratic and protective countries such as Switzerland, Sweden, Germany & Denmark?“So, yes – there is certainly a careful balancing act when it comes to freedom of expression, the right to a safe community, and publisher’s right to police their own content channels.”It’s interesting to look at the world of football with regard to government’s mandating particular behaviour from content organisers. Governments and regulatory authorities often oblige event organisers to ensure that their fans don’t behave in a certain fashion (Celtic vs. Rangers springs to mind). It is interesting to think that a governmental body with limited jurisdictional authority (Finnish laws operate only in Finland, etc.) may one day mandate that game publishers monitor and police their content or be subject to fines. Particularly when minors have access to such potentially vociferous and volatile content, perhaps someone does need to step in. What is ‘legally interesting’ is, uponst whom is this responsibility bestowed? Game publisher, console operator, government, the community, or someone else?People are constantly posting about how disappointed they are that publishers aren’t banning people for ‘inappropriate language’. Many questions can arise from statements like this, such as: who defines what inappropriate language is? Who should decide when language has overstepped the mark? Is language used in ‘private parties’ to be monitored or just language which is public? These posts are limited to 140 characters and whilst being both populist and sensational, they are often incredibly vague and offer no real value to how this situation should be properly addressed.So, yes – there is certainly a careful balancing act when it comes to freedom of expression, the right to a safe community, and publisher’s right to police their own content channels. However, simply banning the heretics probably doesn’t reflect the true beauty of gaming & esports, that it is community driven.  Moreover, it presumes that the community itself isn’t able to properly regulate this with user-lead features such as child-mode for chat channels, muting squeakers & those who choose to act like idiots, and downvoting someone until they are unable to match with anyone based on their poor reputation.Concluding, in an ideal world, we wouldn’t have people saying mean things to each other to evoke emotive and primal responses. However, we do, and this hurts the feelings of most people who are trying to enjoy a peaceful and meaningful existence. As such, perhaps we can extend Mill’s principle of harm to words that cause pain. However, it is dangerous to allow the offended the arbiter of what is fair and offensive. ((YouTube, 2017)Therefore, perhaps rather than attempting to solve this complex matter with legal instruments that might not even exist yet (cross jurisdictional, digital prohibitions on certain mediums of language), we should let the community decide what is true, fair and just, and do our best to game with the nice folks.References:Calleja, G. (2010). Digital Games and Escapism. Games and Culture, 5(4), pp.335-353.Dunckley, V. (2015). Reset your child’s brain. New World Library.Hall, Evelyn Beatrice (1 January 1906). “The friends of Voltaire;”. LondonHeydt, C. (n.d.). Mill, John Stuart | Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. [online] Iep.utm.edu. Available at: http://www.iep.utm.edu/milljs/#H1 Holfeld, B. and Sukhawathanakul, P. (2017). Associations Between Internet Attachment, Cyber Victimization, and Internalizing Symptoms Among Adolescents. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 20(2), pp.91-96.Lacewing, (2017). [online] Available at: http://documents.routledge-interactive.s3.amazonaws.com/9781138793934/A2/Mill/MillHarmOffence.pdf [Accessed 9 Aug. 2017].LeJacq, Y. (2015). How League Of Legends Enables Toxicity. [online] Kotaku. Available at: http://kotaku.com/how-league-of-legends-enables-toxicity-1693572469 [Accessed 9 Aug. 2017].Lin, H., Sun, C.-T., & Tinn, H.-H. (2003). Exploring clan culture: social enclaves and cooperation in online games. Proceedings of DiGRA (pp. 288-299). Utrecht: University of Utrecht.Maher, B. (2016). Can a video game company tame toxic behaviour?. Nature, 531(7596), pp.568-571.McGoogan, C. (2017). Germany to fine Facebook and YouTube €50m if they fail to delete hate speech. The Guardian. [online] Available at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/06/30/germany-fine-facebook-youtube-50m-fail-delete-hate-speech/ [Accessed 9 Aug. 2017].Mill, John Stuart. On Liberty. London: Longman, Roberts & Green, 1869; Bartleby.com, 1999YouTube. (2017). Christopher Hitchens and Stephen Fry – Blasphemy [2006]. [online]last_img read more

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Return of a hungry Ronaldo worrying for Manchester United

first_img– Playing catch-up –The job now is to win the Champions League with a third different club and Juventus’ first in 22 years. That is why the Vecchia Signora paid Madrid 112 million euros ($129 million) for a 33-year-old.“Juventus is one of the teams in Europe that invested to win the Champions League,” added Mourinho when the draw was made. “They don’t need to invest to win the Scudetto (Italian league title). They’ve won the Scudetto for seven years.”Top scorer in the Champions League for the past six years, Ronaldo is yet to break his European duck with Juventus after being sent-off just 30 minutes into his Champions League debut for the club against Valencia, and missing the visit of Young Boys through suspension.Juventus proved despite the fanfare surrounding his signing, they remain much more than just Ronaldo by winning both games comfortably anyway to sit top of the group and well-placed for the last 16.United’s situation is more perilous as a 0-0 draw at home to Valencia last time out leaves them with work to do despite also easing past Young Boys 3-0.A run of four wins from their first nine Premier League games also does little to suggest they are likely to inflict Juve’s first defeat of the season.It will also not have escaped Ronaldo’s attention that eternal rival Lionel Messi has shot to the top of the Champions League goalscoring charts with five goals in Barcelona’s opening two victories.Messi, though, is likely to miss both upcoming clashes with Inter Milan due to a broken arm, leaving Ronaldo the chance to play catch-up.Even against old friends, United know from experience Ronaldo rarely shows any mercy.Share on: WhatsApp Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Cristiano Ronaldo will always be fondly remembered at Old Trafford, but as the five-time Ballon d’Or winner rolls back into town this week, this former hero may be the last sight Manchester United want to see.Ronaldo made his name in Manchester, scoring 118 goals, winning three Premier League titles and the first of his five Champions Leagues before a then world record move to Real Madrid.On Tuesday he returns in the colours of Juventus, eager to let his football do the talking with the cloud of a rape accusation in the United States dating back to just before he made the move to Madrid in 2009 blighting his early days with the Italian giants.Ronaldo strongly denies the allegation and has been backed by his club, but it remains to be seen if the hero worship afforded to the Portuguese on his last visit to Old Trafford in 2013 is dialled down a little by the United fans.That night he broke United hearts, none more so than his old mentor Alex Ferguson in what proved to be his last European match in charge with the winning goal in a contentious tie.“It was an unbelievable night, a very emotional night and what the supporters did for me was massive,” he said of his reception.Ronaldo, though, has little room for sentiment when it comes to furnishing his own legacy.Five years ago his mission to was to land Madrid’s long-awaited 10th European Cup. It took an extra year, but he eventually did so, as well as an 11th, 12th, and 13th before departing this summer.That is how Ronaldo rolls and no one is more aware of that than his manager the night he last triumphed in Manchester, and now United boss, Jose Mourinho.“Cristiano is still a top player. I think he likes to come back here, he did when he was with Real Madrid. But, of course, when he returns with a new team he comes to do a job, for them.”last_img read more

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Rodman, Mullin lead 2011 Hall of Fame class

first_imgby Will GravesAP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP)—Dennis Rodman, Chris Mullin and a trio of coaching legends are part of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2011.Coaches Tex Winter, innovator of the “Triangle” offense, Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer and Philadelphia University’s Herb Magee were part of the class announced Monday at the Final Four in Houston.“It’s cool, man. It’s a great feeling,” Rodman said.Longtime NBA and ABA star Artis Gilmore, former Portland TrailBlazers center Arvydas Sabonis and Olympic gold medalist Teresa Edwards also will be inducted. They are joined by Harlem Globetrotter Reece “Goose” Tatum and Boston Celtic Tom “Satch” Sanders.The class will be formally inducted in Springfield, Mass., in August.When asked who helped him get to the Hall of Fame, Rodman had a simple answer: “Me.”Rodman, known as much for his flair for fashion as his equally impressive defensive skills, did not disappoint Monday. The two-time NBA defensive player of the year wore sneakers, jeans, a black ballcap, tan vest with leopard and tan scarves, and his white shirt with gold sequined cuffs  which was unbuttoned and knotted at the waist, a la Julia Roberts in “Pretty Woman.”For VanDerveer, Monday’s announcement was bittersweet, coming just hours after her Stanford team lost 63-62 to Texas A&M in a national semifinal in Indianapolis.In December, VanDerveer became the sixth woman to get 800 coaching victories.Five-time NBA All-Star and St. John’s all-time leading scorer Mullin learned he had made the hall in an early morning phone call that woke him up.“I actually went back to sleep, but I slept with a big smile on my face,” Mullin said.last_img read more

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Mega Builders force rubber match for PVL men’s crown

first_imgMega Builders snatched a five-set win over Cignal, 18-25, 25-23, 26-24, 22-25, 15-13, to set up a do-or-die in the championship series of the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference men’s division Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Volley Bolt tied the series at 1-1 with Ismail Fauzi firing a game-high 24 points in the victory.ADVERTISEMENT Jimmy Alapag named new Alab Pilipinas head coach WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments LATEST STORIES MOST READ Mega Builders head coach Dong Dela Cruz said the fifth set all boiled down to whoever executed its plays better, rather than who has the better players.“When you get to the fifth set it won’t matter who are the better players,” said Dela Cruz. “The team who plays better will take the win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMadzlan Gampong and James Natividad provided ample support for Fauzi as they put up 17 points apiece while Kim Malabunga played fourth option as he finished with 10.Lorenzo Capate led the HD Spikers with 23 points. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Read Next SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chiefcenter_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games In the bronze medal series, Sta. Elena forced a third match against Philippine Air Force coming away with a five-set win, 27-25, 22-25, 18-25, 25-19, 16-14.Joven Camaganakan had 22 points to lead the Wrecking Balls while skipper Berlin Paglinawan added 19.Jeffrey Malabanan had a game-high 26 points to lead the Jet Spikers.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Neymar pledges glory for PSG

first_imgA PSG fan holds a PSG yellow away jersey, marked with the number 10 and the name of Brazilian star Neymar, after he purchased it from the Paris-Saint-Germain (PSG) football club store on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris on August 4, 2017.Brazilian superstar Neymar was expected in the French capital early Friday, promising to bring glory to Paris Saint-Germain after signing a world record transfer deal with the ambitious Qatari-owned club. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE LOPEZBrazilian superstar Neymar was expected in the French capital early Friday, promising to bring glory to Paris Saint-Germain after signing a world record transfer deal with the ambitious Qatari-owned club.The 25-year-old forward doubled the previous record fee with his 222 million euro ($264 million) move from Barcelona and will earn a reported 30 million euros ($35.5 million) a year under the new deal.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Neymar’s Brazilian international teammate Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele have both been linked.There is also scepticism at the role played by PSG’s owners Oryx Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) at a time of political crisis for the energy-rich state which has been boycotted by its Gulf neighbours in recent months and will play host to the World Cup in 2022.Spanish newspaper El Mundo described the move as a “state signing.”Spain’s La Liga initially refused to accept payment for Neymar’s buyout clause in a bid to stall the move over allegations of transfer irregularities, but Neymar’s ex-teammates wished him well.“My friend I wish you the best in everything that comes!!!” Luis Suarez posted on Instagram alongside a picture of the two hugging.“Also thank you for your support, for everything that I learned with you and for the unique moments that we spent together!!!! Keep like this and never change love you little bro.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I am extremely happy to join Paris Saint-Germain,” Neymar said late Thursday.“Since I arrived in Europe, the club has always been one of the most competitive and most ambitious. And the biggest challenge, what most motivated me to join my new teammates is to help the club to conquer the titles that their fans want. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“Paris Saint-Germain’s ambition attracted me to the club, along with the passion and the energy this brings. I played four seasons in Europe and I feel ready to take the challenge. “From today, I will do everything I can to help my new teammates, to open up new horizons for my club and to bring happiness to its millions of supporters around the world.” National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress NBA MVP Curry fires respectable 74 in pro golf debut Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant PSG said that Neymar will appear at a press conference at the club’s Parc des Princes at 1130GMT on Friday.He will then be presented to fans at the same ground at 1345GMT on Saturday before the season-opening Ligue 1 fixture against promoted Amiens.PSG wasted no time in pressing Neymar’s commercial value by announcing that shirts bearing his name will be on sale Friday at the club’s megastore on the city’s iconic Champs Elysees.Football legend Pele congratulated Neymar on his move, telling his successor in the famed Brazilian number 10 shirt: “Good luck for your new challenge”.“Paris is a beautiful city and one of my favorites in the world,” three-time World Cup winner Pele wrote on Twitter.ADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES The transfer is more than double the previous world record set by Manchester United’s capture of Paul Pogba from Juventus last year for 105 million euros, leaving many commentators aghast at the rampant inflation in football transfer fees.Leading coaches such as Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger and Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho lamented that the move could cause even greater inflation in transfer fees and player wages.“It also looks like the inflation is accelerating,” said Wenger, whose 21 years at Arsenal have been characterized by prudent spending.“It’s beyond calculation and beyond rationality.”‘A state signing’However, in the French capital there is huge excitement at PSG having landed a star name to finally make them feared among European football’s elite with even French president Emmanuel Macron enthused.“It adds attractiveness. Yes, it’s good news,” said Macron.“Paris at his feet”, splashed Le Parisien as Neymar dominated the French front pages Friday.“A king comes to Paris,” crowed L’Equipe newspaper.The mood is understandably more sombre in Barcelona where attention has turned to who the Catalans can sign to replace Neymar in the month before the transfer window closes. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

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NZ vs SL: Sri Lanka beat New Zealand by 112 runs

first_imgKumar Sangakkara scored a century and offie Muttiah Muralitharan scalped four as Sri Lanka beat New Zealand by 112 runs in the World Cup Group A match at the Wanhkede Stadium in Mumbai on Friday.Chasing 266, New Zealand were all out for 153 as all their batsmen fell for partly totals. Captain Ross Taylor, standing in place of Daniel Vettori, was the top scorer with 33 in the last league match for both teams.Skipper Sangakkara pipped Muralitharan for the Man-of-the-Match award for his impressive century. With this win Sri Lanka moved on top of the table with nine points.Earlier, Sangakkara’s ton helped Sri lanka post 265/9 in their stipulated 50 overs against New Zealand.And it wasn’t the kind of start that Sri Lanka would have asked for as their opener Upul Tharanga ended up getting run out in the third over when the score was 13/1. A few minutes later the other opener Tillakaratne Dilshan too departed with Tim Southee claiming his wicket in the fifth over with Jacob Oram taking a fine catch in the deep. He fell for three when the team total was 19/2.But post that wicket, Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara and senior batsman Mahela Jayawardene got on with a partnership that helped the Lankans cross 100-run mark. The two put on 145 runs for the third wicket before Jayawardene departed on 66.But Sangakkara carried on to help Sri Lanka post 265 on board.last_img read more

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World Cup 2014: Cometh the hour, cometh Neymar- the man for Brazil

first_imgInevitably, it was all about Neymar. Nobody lives up to expectations like the young Brazil forward.On the day he got his 50th cap, Neymar was once again the star of the show, scoring Brazil’s first and second goals in their 3-1 opening day win over Croatia.They were his fifth and sixth goals in his last four Brazil games and take his international total to 33. Only Pele scored 30 in so few games.Neymar began the Group A match quietly, but was never hesitant or overawed like some of his team mates. Although Brazil went a goal down, he was always probing for an equaliser.When it came, he was lucky to be on the field. In the 27th minute he elbowed Croatia midfielder Luka Modric in the throat and was fortunate only to get a yellow card.But he survived and was there to pick up a loose ball just outside the centre circle a few moments later.Neymar advanced, dragged the ball on to his left foot and his shot, while slightly mis-hit, was so perfectly placed that Croatia goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa could not get a fingertip to it, even at full stretch.In the second half Neymar was the man Brazil turned to in the key moment of the match. Fred threw himself to the ground, won a penalty, and Neymar had no hesitation in stepping up.It was no surprise. Neymar got his first caps wearing the No. 11 shirt but asked to have the storied No. 10 jersey before last year’s Confederations Cup.advertisementIt was a significant gesture that said, ‘I am ready to take on the responsibility that once sat on the shoulders of Pele, Ronaldinho and Rivaldo.’ He is mature beyond his 22 years.Again, Pletikosa was unlucky. He got a hand to Neymar’s spot kick but there was enough power behind the shot to ensure the ball hit the net.The local hero was taken off seven minutes from time to a standing ovation from the home fans. It was a job well done. Inevitably.last_img read more

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‘We performed desperately’: fans review the Rugby World Cup

first_imgTopics ScotlandWe didn’t turn up against Ireland, which has been a theme. But then we did unbelievably professional jobs against Russia and Samoa. Nilling anyone is impressive, but to do it twice even more so. The final group fixture against Japan is one of the better games I’ve witnessed. I have no complaints; they were extraordinary. Feargus Dunlop Twitter Rugby World Cup 2019 Rugby World Cup Twitter South AfricaThe Springboks exceeded everybody’s expectations. Having lost to New Zealand early on, I didn’t expect us to win the tournament a few weeks later! But winning the final by 20 points was very convincing. Hans Van LeeuwenWalesConsidering an ultimately crippling injury list, Wales did very well to reach the semi-finals and finish in fourth place overall. We had realistic aspirations to become world champions but, with so many leading players either sidelined or carrying injuries, this was a fine achievement. We got within touching distance of the final in losing narrowly to South Africa but, as demonstrated by the bronze medal play-off, that would have been one game too far. Simon Hodgson Read more Share on WhatsApp ArgentinaThe Pumas didn’t do as well as I had hoped. We knew the most important game was the one against France and we couldn’t find the win, even though it was close. We seemed a bit off-colour but can leave with our heads held high as the future of Argentinian rugby is looking better than ever. Maxi HellbergAustraliaWe performed as expected. We’re mid-ranked internationally and played that way. The challenge for Australia rugby is to attract, develop and retain talent through efficient and effective administration. Changing coaches is merely tinkering and will not bring long-term improvements. The game has been in decline for over a decade.I attended 10 matches at the World Cup. Being in the crowd when Japan defeated Scotland was the most joyous part of the tournament – plus the warmth, hospitality and administrative excellence of the Japanese people. Gary W StaintonCanadaThey did what I expected. The Namibia game couldn’t be played because of the weather and I’m glad, because we might have lost that too. Credit to all the players who took the time out of their lives to participate and put in a full effort. But something needs to change at the top management levels, because the program has been going backwards for the last few decades. It’s not the 1990s anymore and they need to stop acting like it is and living on past glories. Figure it out. Greg PetrieEnglandThere’s no way to fully mask the disappointment I’m feeling but, to be honest, barring that last final step, we had an amazing World Cup. We were immense across the field as we beat Australia then New Zealand convincingly. Every single one of the players deserves credit but Maro Itoje, Kyle Sinckler and Tom Curry were incredible throughout. Had Sinckler not gone off in the final we might have done better, but you can’t win them all. Huge congratulations to South Africa, who were deserved winners. Nat Maxfield Share on Facebook Support The Guardian New Zealand prop Nepo Laulala leaves the World Cup with a bronze medal. Photograph: Charly Triballeau/AFP via Getty Images Read more Facebook Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here… Reuse this content … 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. 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Owen Farrell shares some rousing words with his England teammates during their semi-final against New Zealand. Photograph: David Ramos/World Rugby via Getty Images Rugby World Cup awards: the best player, the best match – our verdicts Share on Pinterest Pinterest New ZealandIt’s hard to feel too upset about the outcome of our tournament. The New Zealand rugby public have chilled out a bit over the last eight years. We have had such a positive, attack-minded approach under Steve Hansen that is brilliant when it works, but prone to dramatic collapses when teams play intelligent defensive rugby against us. In a way, seeing the devastation etched on the English players’ faces after their defeat in the final, it’s nicer to win the bronze final, ending the tournament on a high, than to lose the final.I’m optimistic for the future. There is a heap of young talent, some of whom didn’t even make the squad. A revitalised Rugby Championship including Japan and Fiji will be for all teams involved, and we are at our best when South Africa are at their strongest too. Their dominance in 2007 and 2009 made us take our rugby to a new level. Now the same will have to happen. Who will get to four World Cups first? Tim Smith Rugby union Japan 2019 might be the moment rugby union glimpsed a more fulfilling future Share on Twitter Share via Email features GeorgiaWe didn’t perform as well as I had hoped. I thought this could have been our breakthrough year but, while our pack had its moments, it didn’t manage to dominate to its full capability. I still want to see the World Cup being hosted by Georgia one day! Georgi DibrilisiIrelandWe performed desperately, given the high levels of expectations and performances in 2018. The team’s gameplan was overly regimented, too reliant on brute force, hostile to off-loading, and prevented the players from taking any kind of risks or engaging in unstructured play. Also, too many out-of-form players were chosen instead of others who were conspicuously playing better but not trusted by management.The end against New Zealand was shambolic and, given what was at stake, rather shameful. Failure to ever get beyond the quarter-finals is a national sporting embarrassment. My favourite moment of the tournament was the tearful reaction of Uruguayan captain, Juan Manuel Gaminara, at the end of his team’s extraordinary win over Fiji. Their stunning victory was joyful to behold. Ger DownesItalyWe weren’t that bad. I didn’t expect us to reach the quarter-finals given we were drawn against New Zealand and South Africa in our pool. Italy rugby fans had stopped caring by the time the last game was called off due to the weather. 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