Ajax legend Van Loen: Man Utd better for De Ligt than Juventusby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAjax defender Mattias De Ligt should sign with Manchester United over Juventus, according to club legend John Van Loen.De Ligt is heavily favoured to sign with the Old Lady this summer. But Van Loen, who won the UEFA Cup with Ajax, says the 19-year-old is better suited to English football.”I think Manchester United is perfect for De Ligt,” the former striker explained to Goal.”I hope De Ligt rejects Juventus’ offer – Italian football does not suit him and the Premier league is much better and stronger.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wolves wing-back Adama Traore: Reading offers us momentumby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves wing-back Adama Traore says they can build momentum with a Carabao Cup win over Reading tonight.Wolves go into the tie on the gap of their draw with Crystal Palace.Traore told the club’s website: “It will be important to build momentum, but whether it’s against Reading or whether it’s against anyone else, we always want to win.“It was the same against Crystal Palace – we got a point, but for everyone, we wanted to win. In any game, and whatever is the team, we go out to work and win.“But even if we don’t win games, we always have a positive mind. We have no excuses not to win games, and this is why we fight and work to do it.”On showing character at Selhurst Park, he continued: “It was a tough game and we wanted more, but we stayed in shape, we worked hard, and we kept believing – that is the important thing.“We had a lot of chances to score, the first-half in particular, but we didn’t finish it, so we have to think about the positive things, but we have to keep working, we have to improve in our game and we showed we can do it.“When you have chances and the goalie does well or it’s not going in, you get frustrated, but you have to keep going, keep believing and even if we have one man less, two men less, we will keep fighting together.”
NEW YORK, N.Y. – March Madness begins Tuesday. And that may mean strategizing to sneak in some games when the boss isn’t looking.Fortunately for you — though not your boss — all 67 games in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament will be available online. Many of the games, including the Final Four, will require a password through your cable or satellite TV subscription.Among the changes this year: a special stream to get the hot moments live when multiple games are played simultaneously during the first round. There are also new ways to subscribe to online TV packages, which stream many of the channels you’d get from a cable subscription.Here’s a viewer’s guide:___HAPPY STREAMINGThe best places to watch: http://www.ncaa.com/marchmadness or the NCAA March Madness Live app. All the games will be there, regardless of where they are televised.CBS is televising 21 games, including two of the quarterfinals. These games won’t require a cable or satellite password. To view on a streaming device such as Apple TV, Roku or Fire TV, you need a $6-a-month subscription to CBS All Access, or a subscription to one of those cable-like online packages.You’ll need a password for the remaining games, which are split among the Turner-owned cable channels — TBS, TNT and truTV. That includes the semifinals and championship game, known collectively as the Final Four. There’s a three-hour grace period on most devices. Games also will be available on individual apps for TBS, TNT and truTV — again with a password.On desktops and laptops, the March Madness website will have a “boss button.” One click replaces the game with a fake screenshot of a search engine, spreadsheet or PowerPoint-like app — your choice, but set it up ahead of time.___NO PASSWORD?Consider subscribing to an online television package. There are some new ones since last year’s tournament, including Google’s YouTube TV and Hulu with Live TV, joining AT&T’s DirecTV Now and Sony’s PlayStation Vue from before. The services cost $35 or $40 a month. Dish’s Sling TV costs $25, but doesn’t come with CBS. A sports-focused service, fuboTV, has CBS but not the Turner networks, so strike that.Even services that include CBS might not offer the local CBS station where you live. Check before you subscribe by entering your ZIP code. To get CBS, you can also subscribe to All Access or use an antenna.___KEEPING UPWith Vue on a PlayStation 4 device, you can watch three channels on the same screen at once. This means you can keep up with games being televised simultaneously on different channels, or have a talk show taking up one of the three streams. Vue offers just one game at a time on other devices.The March Madness app on Apple TV also offers three games simultaneously, up from two last year.Otherwise, you can have multiple browser tabs open or watch simultaneously on a phone and a personal computer.A new feature called Fast Break will switch from game to game automatically during the first round, depending on the action. It’s similar to the NFL RedZone or the Olympics’ Gold Zone. It’s available through the March Madness app on various devices and browsers.With Hulu, you can choose your favourite teams, and its live-TV service will send phone alerts and automatically record games involving those teams. Those with the basic Hulu service, without the live channels, will get condensed versions of games after they end.___HEARING ITWestwood One’s radio coverage of all games will be available with no password needed. You can also get this on Amazon’s Echo devices by asking the Alexa digital assistant for the score.___VIRTUAL REALITYIntel will be producing some games in virtual reality. This time, it’ll work with Google Daydream headsets as well, not just Samsung’s Gear VR. Details on prices and the specific games haven’t been announced yet. Keep in mind that VR is no replacement for television; TV can get you much closer to the action with camera zooms than VR, which typically anchors you in a fixed location.
VICTORIA, B.C. – Ballots for the B.C. Referendum on Electoral Reform will be mailed out starting Monday.Over 3.3 million voting packages will be distributed to registered voters in B.C. and event registered voters who are temporarily away from their homes in international locations like Korea, Kuwait and Zambia.“We expect the Interior, Northern BC, Richmond, Vancouver, and Vancouver Island north of the Malahat to receive their voting packages this week,” says Anton Boegman, Chief Electoral Officer. “Greater Victoria and the rest of the Lower Mainland should receive their packages next week, and we expect package delivery to be complete by November 2.” Elections BC encourages voters to get informed and vote in the referendum. Neutral information about the voting systems, short videos and a voter’s guide are available at elections.bc.ca/referendum.Elections B.C. says the rotating postal strike has not yet impacted the delivery schedule for voting packages. The referendum voting period is October 22 to November 30, and this has not changed as a result of the rotating strikes.Elections BC says they are monitoring the situation closely, and the Chief Electoral Officer has the authority to extend the voting period for the referendum if necessary, should job action at Canada Post materially impact the referendum process. Any changes will be communicated with the public.To vote in the referendum, an individual must be:a Canadian citizen,18 or older as of November 30, 2018, anda resident of B.C. for at least six months immediately before November 30, 2018All registered voters in British Columbia will receive a referendum voting package in the mail. Eligible voters that do not receive a voting package by November 2 should contact Elections BC at 1-800-661-8683, or go online toelections.bc.ca/ovr to request a package.
VICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. Coroners Service has released reports looking at illicit drug overdose deaths and fentanyl-detected deaths.According to the report, provincewide in January 2019 there were 90 suspected drug overdose deaths. This number equates to about 2.9 deaths per day.Within the Northeast, so far this year, there have been three reported drug overdose deaths. When it comes to fentanyl-detected deaths, across the Province there were 68 deaths in January 2019. This number equates to about 2.3 deaths per day.Within the Northeast, during the month of January, there were two reported fentanyl-detected deaths.According to the Coroners Service, the report excludes deaths if the fentanyl was known to be prescribed or the death was suspected to be due to intentional self-harm.This data was compiled to better understand overall illicit drug overdose trends inBritish Columbia and to inform other agencies’ public safety strategies in a timely manner.Since the 2019 data reported is only for the month of January, data should be interpreted with caution and is subject to change as investigations conclude.For more information on these reports, you can visit the Government of B.C.’s website.
New Delhi: Karnataka’s Ujwal Naidu pipped seasoned Ashish Kumar in the Floor event to grab a berth in the Indian men’s team while Yogeshwar Singh of SSCB emerged on top in Vault during the selection trials for the artistic Gymnastics World Cup in Doha. Five gymnasts appeared for the trials, conducted by the Sports Authority at the IG Stadium. The trials were for only two apparatus: Floor and Vault. “Ujwal Naidu of Karnataka emerged as the top gymnast on Floor while Yogeshwar Singh of SSCB emerged as top gymnast on Vault,” Riyaz Bhati, Vice President, Gymnastic Federation of India, said. Interestingly, the GFI had sent the entries of Ashish Kumar and Yogeshwar Singh for their respective event after they showed interest in competing but later SAI decide to hold trials for the two slots.
Melbourne: Sebastian Vettel said on Wednesday that Ferrari have “tried to turn the page” after being dominated by Mercedes in 2018 and their new car “feels good” ahead of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix. The German four-time world champion was speaking as the new Formula One season officially launched with all 20 drivers taking part in a first-of-its-kind public meet-and-greet with fans in the heart of Melbourne. “For the whole team we have tried to turn the page,” Vettel told the thousands of fans who turned up for a glimpse of their heroes in the city’s Federation Square. “We had some weaknesses here and there last year and we have tried to fix those and do much better,” he added after the drivers arrived by boat on the Yarra River, signed autographs and posed for pictures with the event live streamed on Formula One’s social media channels. “The team is on track and the car feels good,” he said of his Ferrari, which was fastest in pre-season testing and is the bookmakers’ favourite going into Sunday’s race. Sports-mad Melbourne has hosted the season-opening Grand Prix every year, bar two, since 1996. “I love it here. There’s a great energy and it gets better through the week,” said Mercedes’ five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton, who was beaten by Vettel to the chequered flag at the Albert Park circuit last year. After losing out to the German again in the second race of the season in Bahrain, the Englishman roared back to sweep to the 2018 drivers’ championship by winning 11 of the remaining 19 Grands Prix. The 2019 calendar features a gruelling 21 races, with the sport celebrating its 1,000th Grand Prix later in the year in China. The new launch event was a chance to interact with fans, said Formula One’s commercial manager Sean Bratches. “The passion, knowledge and enthusiasm of the Melbourne crowd deserved a special thanks and this is why we decided to organise the first-ever season launch event in the history of the sport,” he said. “It’s vital that we put them at the heart of everything we do, and this event provides us with a platform to engage with fans not just locally but also globally.”
This week wasn’t the same for football fanatics across the globe with the sport entering its less-exciting international break. Anyway, for fanatics, some form of football is always beckoning; as far as the sport is concerned, it never shies away from adding its moments of awe, whether it is a fiercely fought domestic competition or an international friendly. Here is a round-up of the most kicky and absurd events that happened across the globe in the course of international fixtures, involving both European qualifiers and international friendlies Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhForgettable for the biggies Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, yet again, endured a hard time donning their international jerseys with their respective sides failing to shine. Despite Messi making a comeback to his side after missing six friendlies (since bowing to France in the World Cup) and under new coach Lionel Scaloni, La Albiceleste fell to Venezuela in a 3-1 defeat. Juventus star Ronaldo-led Portugal were held 1-1 by Serbia in the European qualifiers, which was marred by the Portugese captain’s thigh injury, marking the side’s second draw in two opening games. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterEPL players shine bright While some were finding it hard to come to terms with the results, it was a different story for players of the Premier League. England pitted against Montenegro in the European qualifiers for the 2020 edition saw Raheem Sterling netting thrice in 5-1 drubbing of the latter. Earlier on Friday, the Man City forward showcased a similar display against Czech Republic, marking a fine International break for him. While Chelsea player Ross Barkley will be heading back to his club with a boost as he scored twice in Podgorica, his counterparts N’golo Kante and Olivier Giroud were also a joy to watch in France’s assertive 4-0 win over Iceland. English defenders involved in the last two games must be pleased to have only conceded once in their two European Qualifiers. Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino along with his counterpart Gabriel Jesus also stepped up for Brazil in their 3-1 victory over Czech Republic on Tuesday, after they were held to a disappointing draw against Panama last week. The blockbuster There’s no denying the fact that when two heavyweights of the footballing world lock horns the entire act is pulsating, no matter the outcome. Similar was the case with the undoubted big game of the international break which saw Netherlands going up against Germany. The match-up was as gripping as it promised, and its 3-2 scoreline bears testimony. The encounter started off with a bang when Leroy Sane put the Germans ahead early in the first half, as the game progressed, Germany found the net again shortly after the break through Serge Gnabry – but it all went down to wire as the Dutch were back on level terms. First by De Ligt from a set piece and the equaliser nabbed by Depay. Come 90th minute, Marco Reus’ cross across the Dutch penalty area found Nico Schulz, who slid the ball home and grabbed the game for Germany!
Ohio State traveled to Gainesville, Fla., two weeks ago to play the then-No. 9-ranked Florida Gators. In what remains the only true test for the Buckeyes so far this year, OSU cruised to an 18-point victory on the shoulders of center Jared Sullinger’s second double-double in as many games. Since that game, however, things haven’t been quite as easy for the freshman. Although the Buckeyes won each of their last three games handily, Sullinger has scored no more than 12 points and has failed to reach double digits in rebounds since his 26-point, 10-rebound performance at Florida. Tonight, he will again have the chance to prove himself on a national stage when the Buckeyes return to Florida, this time to Tallahassee, to play Florida State as a part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Sullinger said perhaps he wasn’t quite as motivated as he needed to be against the Buckeyes’ lesser opponents and knows it’s something he’ll need to fix. But more than anything, Sullinger said, teams have been more prepared for him in recent games. “Sometimes, as a freshman, you walk out there and you think, ‘I’m just going to do the same thing I did last game,’” Sullinger said. “Coach (Thad) Matta told me, ‘The first couple games, you’re going to get what you want and later down the season, it’s going to be tough.’ I see what he means now.” Matta, who has extensive experience with talented freshmen in his five years at OSU, knows better than anybody that playing at the collegiate level can take some getting used to. The difference in the amount of effort needed in the high school and college game, he said, is something most freshmen take a while to get adjusted to. But as Matta said, both he and Sullinger know it’s all part of the process. “I think that there is a learning curve there,” Matta said. “I think that there are certain times in high school where you can show up and be 60 or 70 percent and still get 20 points, eight rebounds and a couple of steals. But now everybody is on scholarship, everybody wants to win and everybody is a little bit more athletic.” That is not to say, however, that Sullinger has been a disappointment. He leads the team with more than eight rebounds per game and is second with just more than 15 points per contest. It has been the lack of consistency early in the season that has hampered Sullinger. It’s something Matta said can only improve with time. “You can’t create experience. They’ve got to get it,” Matta said. “Sometimes you have to stumble, fall and learn from it.” Much like two weeks ago against Florida, several freshmen are expected to play in tonight’s game and will have to play well if the Buckeyes hope to win. Along with Sullinger, fellow freshmen Deshaun Thomas and Aaron Craft will likely see plenty of playing time tonight against the Seminoles. Though they might be inexperienced, Sullinger said he and his teammates know what to expect. “The crowd is going to be loud and they’re going to say some negative things toward you and toward your family. But you just have to let that go in one ear and out the other,” Sullinger said. “They paid for their seats and they’re going to say what they’re going to say and try and get you out of your game. You just have to play through it.” Tonight’s game against the Seminoles, which Matta referred to as a “Big Ten-type game,” will give the young Buckeyes much-needed experience. Though FSU has lost some of its better players from last year’s team that the Buckeyes beat by 13 points in Columbus in November, they do return Preseason All-ACC forward Chris Singleton. Singleton, a junior, averages more than 15 points a game and is the biggest contributor to what Matta called a “high-powered” FSU offense. Stopping Singleton, or at least slowing him down, will potentially be the job of senior David Lighty, the Buckeyes’ best defender. Now in his fifth year in the program, Lighty has quietly played perhaps the best basketball of his career. “He’s one of my all-time favorites because of how he practices and the dedication he’s given to the program,” Matta said. “Watching him play at the level he’s played at thus far is very exciting to me.” Known for his prowess on the defensive end, Lighty has rarely been one to control the game on the offensive end. But when the team needs him, he has been dependable. This season has been no exception. With the freshmen and even some of the veterans struggling at times, Lighty has been forced to take a more active role on the offensive end to give the Buckeyes a spark. Take last Friday’s game against Miami (Ohio), for example. After a sluggish start, the Buckeyes led by just five points in the second half. Lighty then took a more aggressive approach on offense, and OSU pulled away with a 21-point win. Lighty finished with 21 points to lead all scorers and made all four of his 3-point attempts. “I’m just going out and playing, sticking to the system, reading defenses and trying to attack as much as possible,” Lighty said. “I pretty much do anything or everything, so if it’s get a defensive stop, that’s what I’m going to do. If it’s to score at the time, then that’s what we’re trying to do. “I’m just out there playing the game like I’ve been doing.” Whether it’s Lighty, Sullinger or another Buckeye handling the bulk of the scoring, Matta just hopes someone will step up. “We’ve played five games and we’ve had four different leading scorers,” he said. “I don’t know who it’ll be (tonight), but hopefully he’s got a lot.”
Everyone on my team bears the same exhausted look on their face. Our bodies look like something out of Man vs. Wild. We are all cut, soaked, covered in mud, in pain, yet still excited. We only have one more obstacle in front of us before we can cross the finish line: the electrical wires. This is what I did on Saturday, April 9 in Allentown, Pa., at the Bear Creek Ski resort. Billed “probably the toughest event on the planet,” I participated in what’s called the “Tough Mudder.” Similar to the Warrior Dash, the Mudder is longer and harder. This is made clear by signs throughout the course that say “If you did the Warrior Dash, you’d be done … but you didn’t.” Created by British Special Forces and with the proceeds going toward the Wounded Warrior Project, the Tough Mudder is a 10-plus mile course with 20 military obstacles peppered throughout. The story begins about five months ago when my brother found the event and decided to put together a team. I knew I was in for something crazy when I saw the course and signed up. I was immediately greeted with a waiver that said on the bottom: “Remember, the goal is not to win, but finish.” A new training regime was vital. Lifting weights and running at 6 a.m. is hard; it’s even worse when it’s the first of two daily workouts. Also, include swimming, running hills, protein shakes and an incredibly strict diet. Soon, I was in the best shape I had been in in years. Everyone on my team was constantly texting each other with new workout and health tips. The day comes, we are ready. The event begins with the national anthem, then the Tough Mudder pledge. In the pledge, we vow to finish, not to whine, and to help all fellow Mudders, not just those on our team. Our adrenaline is firing, we start by running up the tallest ski slope on the mountain. The obstacles follow, each more difficult than the next. There are climbing ropes, walls, crawling through tubes full of rocky mud and running miles and miles of trails that are covered in rocks. On a wacky turn, my foot catches a rock and I roll my ankle. It hurts, but I am only three miles into the course. My team helps me up, gets me moving again, and I run on it. That is only one of the many instances in which we helped each other, not including the numerous times we worked out someone’s crap or pushed them over an obstacle that was too high. We do the same for others we see; we all stop, help them up, and get them moving. Some, we even help to the next obstacle. Eventually, we get to the high dive. I am afraid of heights. My girlfriend climbs up the rope, and says she will jump with me. We count, we jump, we hit the water. The freezing water is amazing; it takes the breath out of your lungs. When I surface, my adrenaline is firing and I scream, louder than I ever have in my life. Seven miles later, we get to the end. The electrical wires are right in front of us. We all run through, then gather our prizes: a headband, T-shirt, bananas, protein bars, and a Dos Equis beer. A man with a microphone tells everyone who crosses that they are now warriors. No, the warriors are the ones around us, some with visible wounds from actual combat. We are just trying to help them as best we can. That night, we pig out on Five Guys Burgers and Fries, chocolate and beer. We can’t stop talking about the race, complimenting each other and talking about everything that happened in the last five months. What I will remember most is the teamwork. We were able to do it together, including all the training tips that went into it for months before. We are already looking forward to next years’ race, there is even discussion of maybe doing two.