Pochettino salutes Tottenham’s fighting spirit after Wolves win

first_imgMauricio Pochettino hailed the character of his Tottenham team after they withstood a Wolves fightback to grind out a 3-2 win at Molineux. Pochettino was keen for his players to learn the lessons on Saturday’s thrilling clash after they threatened to throw away a 3-0 lead in a tense finale. But the Tottenham manager also praised his team’s fighting qualities after former England defender Gary Neville this week labelled previous Tottenham teams as ‘spineless’. “When some people make some comments you have to respect the comments,” Pochettino said. “But yes, I was so happy right from the beginning. Since I arrived here we created a very good culture about fight and altogether the belief. “It was difficult to create that but I am so happy. It is a team that is always going to give the faith in each game. “We can win or we can lose but we are so intense and today the effort was fantastic.” Pochettino’s men appeared to be cruising when Harry Kane made it 3-0 on 61 minutes, adding to first half goals from Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura. Yet two late penalties from Wolves set up a nervous finish and left Pochettino with mixed feelings. “When we got to 3-0 we thought and the whole stadium thought the game was over,” he said. “When we arrive in that situation we need to learn about how to play seriously, not make mistakes and not give opponents such poor actions that they can stay in the game. “That is why I am happy for three points but disappointed with some of the performance.”Related News Jurgen Klopp to Liverpool fans: Don’t repeat senseless attack on Manchester City EPL: Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola picks on Liverpool’s Sadio Mane Red-hot battle on cards! Injury concernsPochettino celebrated victory amid a backdrop of injury concerns, especially in midfield, after Mousa Dembele limped off after just six minutes with his ankle heavily strapped. With Victor Wanyama (knee) and Eric Dier (thigh) already sidelined, Pochettino will conduct a nervous head count ahead of Tuesday’s must-win Champions League game at home to PSV Eindhoven. “We don’t know but we are a little bit worried. We need to see because we need to assess him on Monday,” Pochettino said of Dembele. “It will be a shame because we hope it’s not a big issue. It’s very painful now but I hope it’s not a big issue and he can be with the team again soon.” In his eagerness to rest players ahead of Tuesday, Pochettino handed a Premier League debut to 20-year-old centre-back Juan Foyth, who enjoyed an excellent first half before conceding both penalties after the break. Such was the nervous nature of his display that Spurs introduced the rested Davinson Sanchez from the bench, but Pochettino backed his youngster to bounce back strongly after Ruben Neves and Raul Jimenez both scored from the spot for Wolves. “It as his debut but I think his performance was very good,” he said. “I’m happy. But as a centre-back you can be involved. That situation happened and he is clever and is going to learn. “I am very happy and his performance was very good.” Pochettino revealed Dele Alli will be in contention to face PSV after being left at home as a precaution for the trip to the Midlands. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoeverlast_img read more


Champions League final: Tottenham and Liverpool chase biggest win of all to drop loser tag for good

first_imgAmong the rewards for the Champions League winners on Saturday will be silverware, status and history but the greatest prize awaiting Liverpool or Tottenham might be an end to the agonising wait. Combined, it has been 18 years – seven for Liverpool, 11 for Tottenham – since either lifted a trophy, despite huge strides made in recent years under the much-praised Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino.Related News England, France seal their place in Euro 2020 England sports stars and their WAGs sizzle for event at hotel in London Klopp and Pochettino have been singled-out as two of Europe’s best coaches after crafting teams that reflect their personalities — Liverpool thrilling and fearless, Spurs brave and unrelenting. And while scepticism has greeted the perfection of Manchester City’s star-studded squad in England, approval has also followed Liverpool and Tottenham’s nurturing of youngsters. Trent Alexander-Arnold and Harry Winks came through the clubs’ youth systems while Andrew Robertson, Dele Alli and Kieran Trippier joined aged 24 or younger. All of them could start at the Wanda Metropolitano. But any admiration still comes with an asterisk. Liverpool’s last trophy was in 2012, a League Cup that remains their only success since they won the FA Cup in 2006. And Tottenham’s barren spell goes further back to the League Cup in 2008, which was their first trophy since winning the same competition in 1999. Pochettino has tended to bristle at suggestions his team have a habit for coming close but failing to get over the line. When asked in January if the club needed a trophy, he said: “I don’t agree with that, it’s good for the ego. But in reality the most important thing is to build a team that is always going to be in the top four.” The expectations are higher at Liverpool, where Klopp’s vow to win something within four years of taking charge reaches its end-point this weekend. “It didn’t happen yet,” said Klopp in April. “How long it will take I have no clue.” Klopp’s also denied a personal need for silverware after having lost six cup finals in a row as coach, three of them with Liverpool. “I don’t think that way at all,” he said earlier this month. “In football if you want to win you have to accept that there are occasions when you also might lose.” – Falling short -=================The pressure on Liverpool may be more intense, not just because of their success-laden past but because of a craving for satisfaction after a season in which they amassed 96 points in the Premier League but still fell just short of champions City. They will be favourites, having beaten Tottenham home and away already this season and with their experience of last year’s final in Kiev. In the Spurs squad, only Toby Alderweireld has played on this stage, losing with Atletico Madrid in 2014. For a shot of belief, Pochettino might instead turn to Harry Kane, who has declared himself fit after recovering from an ankle injury. Kane has not played a competitive match since April 9 and Tottenham have survived without their star striker, even if a storming run in the Champions League belied a collapse in form domestically. If he is fit, Kane’s goal threat means he will start, most likely at the expense of Lucas Moura, despite the Brazilian’s dizzying hat-trick against Ajax in the semi-final. Liverpool’s own front man, Roberto Firmino, is also expected to play after sitting out the last three matches with a groin strain. Harder to predict will be Klopp’s selection in midfield, where he must choose three from James Milner, Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and Fabinho. Considerably more than the 32,000 ticket-holding fans were predicted to descend on Madrid, with police deploying “unprecedented security” around the final, involving drones to monitor behaviour and 4,700 personnel. When the Spanish capital was picked as host, there was an added lure for Real Madrid, who might have defended the title in their own city, and Atletico, who could have snatched it off them at their own home ground. Instead, after Barcelona crashed out, Spain was left with no European finalists for the only second time in 10 years. A new era, perhaps, for the Premier League. For Liverpool and Tottenham, another chance to end the wait. Players to watch out for: Mohamed Salah: The Egyptian striker has been in scintillating form for Liverpool in the last couple of years and on his night he can win a match for Liverpool against any team in the world. Harry Kane: England’s star striker Harry Kane is known to score by the buckets when he is in form and will be shouldering all of his team’s goal-scoring responsibilities in the final. Catch up on all the latest IPL News and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates Kane, Ron do the ‘trick last_img read more


Sunil Chhetri: We will put our best foot forward against Oman and Afghanistan

first_imgFIFA World Cup Qualifier: Super sub Seiminlen Doungel saves India After 0-1 loss to Oman, India’s FIFA World Cup hopes almost over New Delhi: “We will put our best foot forward against Oman and Afghanistan,” promised India captain Sunil Chhetri, days after his defenceless team left its scoring boots at home in a 1-1 stalemate with Bangladesh in the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. On a high after holding Asian champion and 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar to a goalless draw, a struggling India escaped with a 1-1 draw against lower-ranked Bangladesh in their previous second round qualifying match in Kolkata. “I think one of them is going to be in Dushanbe because they (Afghanistan) play their home games over there and then against Oman (in Muscat). Both are very difficult and important games, but we back ourselves. If we play the way we played against Qatar, we can do it. We are not scared,” Chhetri said on the sidelines of a Herbalife Nutrition event.Related News World Cup Qualifier: Inconsistent India face Afghanistan in must-win tie Yet to taste a win, India are scheduled to play Afghanistan on November 14 and Oman on November 19. Having squandered a one-goal advantage to lose 1-2 to Oman in their opener at home, India held fancied Oatar in Doha before the underwhelming result against Bangladesh in Kolkata. “We felt bad after the game because we felt we could have done a lot better than what we did. We are over it. We will put our best foot forward against Afghanistan and Oman, two away games, which are very important and difficult ones also. “We do not want to wash away the good things we have done against Oman, Qatar and Bangladesh, we are definitely on a high. We are learning a lot, just hope we continue that,” said one of international football’s leading scorers. “We are not happy with our performance against Bangladesh. The team played well but our strikers missed a lot of chances, and that’s why we lost two points which we should not have, and that really bothers us.” The Asian Football Federation (AFC) has recently recognised the ISL as the country’s top league and asked about the roadmap, he said, “I think they have discussed with the AFC and I hope every stakeholder will come together, for me more teams the better, as soon as possible.” He added, “The bigger the better it is. That will increase the number of competitive matches and it is better for the players. I hope all the stakeholders come together and take the best step forward for Indian football.” He said the team is trying but yet to fully embrace coach Igor Stimac’s philosophy. “The best think about Stimac, apart form his technical knowledge is, he gives everyone a chance who does well in training. He simply comes to training and sees who does well, and in which position, and will give him the chance. “We are still far from exactly being in sync with what he wants us to do but we keep trying.” At a time when the city is grappling with poor air quality, Chhetri said it is not easy to keep oneself fit here. “It is very difficult to keep oneself fit in Delhi because the pollution is more here than in other states. Start climbing stairs, do exercise, don’t overeat, let’s not blame the environment our problem is that we are not sincere enough” Chhetri, who turned a vegan recently, advised. Herbalife Nutrition’ Fit Families Fest is an initiative aimed at supporting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Fit India Movement.last_img read more


Glassdoor Breaks 100K and Keeps Getting Better

first_imgIt’s been awhile since we’ve done a product update (we’ve been caught up blogging about some of the economic news), but this week we pushed out a few product updates and I wanted to take this opportunity to give everyone the latest from the team.About a week ago we achieved a major Glassdoor milestone – we crossed the 100,000 mark for total approved reviews and salaries. That’s a BIG number to hit in just over 100 days since launch – and we have users in over 90 countries to thank for this success. It’s become more and more obvious that the need for transparency in the workplace knows no boundaries, so we will continue working hard for you.Thankfully with our “give-to-get” model, it should get easier and easier. It may not be obvious, but this big number is just the beginning. With our “give-to-get” model, the more we have to offer new users, the more likely they are to post their own review or salary (and join our community). And so it goes – it’s a model that supports itself – so thanks everyone for helping us get that ball rolling.But that’s not the only thing that’s getting better. We continue to listen to your feedback, and this week we pushed out several new features that are worth noting. The most obvious of which is a new home page to help you find the most relevant reviews and salaries, but we also updated My Account to allow you to edit/remove your previous posts, and we’ve added the ever important “remember me” feature to our login page for those of you that keep forgetting your username or password.We also began laying the groundwork for a few other major improvements to search – so there’s lots more to come, hopefully we can get you to check back with us in the weeks and months ahead as we roll out these new features. And please keep sending your feedback – we’re listening.last_img read more


Dear Zindagi: Will SRK and Alia change the student-teacher relationship in Hindi films?

first_imgAlia Bhatt and Shah Rukh Khan’s breezy chemistry in their upcoming film Dear Zindagi is the talk of the town. Alia Bhatt will be seen playing a filmmaker, Kaira, while Shah Rukh will play her mentor Jehangir Khan aka Jug.ALSO READ | Dear Zindagi first look: SRK mentors Alia Bhatt in a series of bittersweet tweetsALSO READ | Dear Zindagi Take 2: Alia cracks PJs, Shah Rukh is not amused ALSO READ | Dear Zindagi: Tahir Raj Bhasin replaces Ali Zafar in Gauri Shinde’s film In both the teasers of the film released so far, Alia and Shah Rukh’s playful banter steals the show. He is her life coach, but not preachy.In the first teaser, Shah Rukh tells Alia to play “kabbadi with thesea”. He wants her to just let go of her hang-ups and just have a goodtime, and after some hesitation, Alia gives in and has fun. They areshown riding around town on bicycles, and in the second teaser, Aliatries to crack jokes with her mentor.CHAK DE! INDIA The student-teacher relationship is characterised by a vibrancy that sets it apart from any other such relationship that we have seen in recent times. Take, for instance, Shah Rukh’s last film where he played a mentor, Chak De! India. Chak De saw Shah Rukh Khan playing a disgraced hockey player returning to the sport as the coach of the women’s team and catapulting them to victory. Shah Rukh initially faces resentment from the girls; he benches them when they do not live up to his expectations and pushes them to their extreme to bring out the best in them. He is a great coach, but the vibrant dynamic of Dear Zindagi is missing.advertisementBLACK Amitabh Bachchan’s alcoholic Debraj Sahay works a miracle with the blind and deaf Michelle McNally (Rani Mukerji) in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Black. However, to achieve this miracle, he uses harsh methods – he slaps her and even throws her into a fountain of water. While all of this is done for Michelle’s long-term good, Debraj cannot go beyond the strict but well-meaning teacher to become Michelle’s friend. Aamir Khan famously called the film “insensitive” and said that it reminded him of The Taming of The Shrew.THE LAST LEAR Rituparno Ghosh’s The Last Lear sees Amitabh Bachchan in the role of a mentor again. He plays a retired Shakespearean stage actor mentoring a model-turned-actress who does not know how to act (Preity Zinta). When he imparts lessons of acting to her, he reminds you a little of Debraj Sahay and his harsh methods.Alia and Shah Rukh’s light-hearted relationship is a welcome detour from Bollywood’s stereotypical strict-teacher-determined-to-push-the-student-to-do-their-best methods. Whether it will usher in a change in the existing depiction of mentor-mentee relationships is something that we will have to wait and watch.last_img read more


This Dangal-Powerpuff Girls mashup is so good even Aamir Khan is cheering

first_imgDangal is being hailed as the next feminist film of Bollywood. Hailing from the hinterlands of Haryana which are known for their heavily skewed sex ratios, Mahavir Phogat (a retired wrestler himself) produced three women wrestlers who went on to represent India. Now, if that didn’t get you choked enough, YouTube channel Screen Patti came up with their mashup of the trailer with Powerpuff Girls.ALSO READ: Aamir’s dangal with his parents over a profession in acting Yes yes, the same girls who have saved Townsville from the wrath of the evil Mojo Jojo. And the trailer of Dangal is played brilliantly in sync with Professor Utonium’s procedure of making the Powerpuff girls.So as Aamir Khan’s voice over starts that champions aren’t grown on trees, they’re made with effort, patience and love. This playing in sync with Professor Utonium’s opening montage of mixing sugar, spice and everything nice… And as the trailer goes on the animation is almost just too real. If you’ve seen the trailer and the cartoon series, chances are you might reach out for tissues at the sheer brilliance of this mashup.Dangal directed by Nitesh Tiwari and produced by Aamir Khan, Siddharth Roy Kapur is all set to release all across India on December 23.last_img read more


PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal advance at Hong Kong Open

first_imgIndians enjoyed a good outing at the ongoing Hong Kong Open badminton tournament with P.V. Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, Ajay Jayaram and Sameer Verma winning their respective singles matches in Hong Kong on Thursday.In the women’s singles, Sindhu defeated Hsu Ya Ching of Taiwan 21-10, 21-14 in 36 minutes while Saina faced a much more difficult task against Sayaka Sato of Japan before prevailing 21-18, 9-21, 21-16 in 51 minutes.In the men’s singles, Jayaram beat China’s Huang Yuxiang 21-18, 21-19 while Verma won 19-21, 21-15, 21-11 over Kazumasa Sakai of Japan in 53 minutes.However, H.S. Prannoy crashed out of the men’s singles competition after going down fighting to Chong Wei Feng of Malaysia here on Thursday.Prannoy started off on a promising note at the Hong Kong Coliseum before going down 21-15, 11-21, 15-21 over 58 minutes in the second round encounter.Sindhu, who had won the China Open a few days ago, was off to a poor start with Ching taking an early 4-1 lead. But the Olympic bronze medallist soon recovered to level the scores before winning five consecutive points to lead 9-5.The Hyderabad shuttler continued to push home her dominance, building on the advantage with another five-point streak before clinching the first game with four back to back points.The Taiwan shuttler produced more of a fight in the second game, going neck and neck with Sindhu till 12-12 before the Indian opened up a three-point lead at 15-12. (Five takeaways from PV Sindhu’s China Open victory)advertisementAlthough Ching tried to stage a comeback, Sindhu went on another rampaging run of five points to clinch the game and the match.Saina faced a strong challenge from Sato, with the duo fighting it out till 12-12 in the opening game. But the London Olympics bronze medallist dominated the game from thereon, taking a 17-12 lead and maintained the advantage till the end.The Japanese came back strongly in the second game, opening up a 7-1 lead early on. With Saina struggling to score, Sato increased her lead steadily before winning the game to level the scores.The third game was a closely contested affair with both shuttlers fighting hard for the points.Saina took a 7-1 lead in the early stages but Sato did well to pull level at 8-8. The lead changed hands at regular intervals but Saina managed a three-point lead 18-15 before clinching the issue.The day had however, started on a disappointing note for the Indian contingent with Prannoy going down to Chong.Prannoy wrested the advantage early in the first game, opening up a 9-7 lead. Chong fought back to restore parity before the Indian won four consecutive points to lead at 13-9.Prannoy never looked back from there and another four-point streak enabled him to force game point at 20-14.Although his opponent managed to hold off one game point, Prannoy did not have to wait long, taking the very next point to win the opening game.The second game was a hard fought affair in the early stages before the Hong Kong shuttler won five back to back points to open up a formidable 14-7 lead.Another streak, this time of four points, saw him increase the advantage to 18-9. Although Prannoy won a couple of points more, it was not enough to stop Chong from taking the game and restoring parity.Chong stamped his authority right at the start of the third and decisive set by taking a 6-0 lead. (Saina, Sindhu in Hong Kong Open second round)Not to be outdone, Prannoy fought back to level the scores at 8-8.The game was a tense, neck and neck affair till 14-14, when Chong won four consecutive points to lead 18-14. He never looked back from there, going on to win the game and the match.last_img read more


Questions remain despite Australia’s victory in Adelaide

first_imgAustralia’s new-look side delivered the minimum required with a victory over South Africa in the dead rubber third Test on Sunday but there was understandable caution about proclaiming it the dawning of a new era Down Under.The Australians axed half their team and brought in three new caps for the day-nighter in Adelaide after losing the series in an innings and 80-run defeat in Hobart, a fifth straight Test loss that left captain Steve Smith ‘humiliated’.But although Smith lauded the “fight, resilience and character” shown by the team on Sunday, it was a masterful innings from a 29-year-old batsman who made his debut five years ago that laid the groundwork for the seven-wicket victory.Usman Khawaja’s 145 was his country’s only century of the series and finally gave the undoubtedly world class pace duo of Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood something to bowl at. (Du Plessis praises young South Africa squad after series win over Australia)New cap Peter Handscomb hit a maiden half-century in the first innings and the winning run in the second, while 20-year-old opener Matt Renshaw, who had gritted out an unbeaten 34 from 167 balls, was at the other end when the victory was clinched.Middle-order batsman Nic Maddinson failed to score a run in his maiden innings and the recalled Jackson Bird took 3-111 in a solid, if not spectacular, outing as the third seamer.Matt Wade, also recalled, raised the decibel levels behind the stumps but made four runs with the bat as his predecessor as wicketkeeper, Peter Nevill, made a point of his own with 179 not out for New South Wales in the Sheffield Shield.advertisementWith a three-Test home series against Pakistan coming up next month, a trip to India early next year and a home Ashes series in 12 month’s time, it looks highly likely the selectors will stick with their hand in the short-term. (Steve Smith hails new recruits after Australia win at last)After Hobart, coach Darren Lehmann said only Smith, opener Dave Warner and the two pace spearheads were assured of their places in the side.To that quartet must now be added Khawaja, who has been recalled and discarded with regularity over the last five years.Often criticised for his diffidence in a team culture where the pugnacious Warner is offered as the template, the elegant lefthander’s seven-hour epic was proof that there is more than one way to show character on a cricket pitch.As far as South African skipper Faf du Plessis was concerned, Khawaja’s knock was the difference between the team that lost the first two matches and the one that won in Adelaide. (Australia end losing streak with a consolation win)”Hundreds is what changes games for you,” he said.”And that will be the challenge for the Australian team going forward. If they can do that, they will be a good team.”last_img read more


Ter Stegen: Barca right to fine Dembele

first_imgBarcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen has defended the club’s decision to fine Ousmane Dembele after reports of the winger’s recent misconduct.The France international has endured a frustrating spell at Camp Nou since his switch from Borussia Dortmund in 2017, finding himself in and out of the starting XI and only managing to show glimpses of his unique talent.Much of his time in Spain so far has been overshadowed by disciplinary issues, with Barca reportedly issuing a hefty fine to Dembele after he was apparently late in attending various training sessions and club events last year. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! And Blaugrana shot-stopper Ter Stegen has weighed in on the 21-year-old’s situation at Camp Nou, telling  Sport Bild : “The club has quite rightly reacted [to give Dembele a fine].”Ous is still young and will learn from it. Basically, I have to say that I like that not all guys are the same in football, otherwise it would be boring.”He is a talented footballer who will help us. He is not a complicated guy and is absolutely fine. It is also up to us experienced players to push him a bit in the right direction. The rest has to come from himself.”Dembele’s performances on the pitch have improved since coming back after the winter break and he hit a brilliant opening goal during Barca’s most recent 3-1 La Liga victory against Leganes .The Frenchman has contributed 12 goals and four assists in 26 matches across all competitions so far this season and he finally seems to be hitting his stride, linking up well with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in the attack .Next up for Barca is a huge Copa del Rey quarter-final clash against Sevilla on Wednesday evening, but Dembele will play no part in the match after sustaining an injury against Leganes.The forward suffered an ankle tear and has been ruled out of action for two weeks , bringing a swift halt to recent progress.He is now expected to miss the second-leg against Sevilla, along with La Liga encounters against Girona and Valencia.last_img read more


Emery hopeful of Arsenal signings

first_imgUnai Emery is confident that Arsenal are working as hard as possible to bring in a new signing before the transfer deadline amid talk of a move for Ivan Perisic.The Gunners have been linked with midfielders throughout January, with interest in Barcelona’s Denis Suarez widely reported while Inter winger Perisic sat out his side’s defeat to Torino on Sunday. The Serie A giants claim he has asked to leave.Both names were put to Emery on Monday ahead of Tuesday’s home Premier League clash with Cardiff City and, although the Arsenal boss could not identify a specific player, he is keen to see an arrival this week. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “It’s one thing the club is working on, the possibility with different players,” he told a news conference.”I don’t know exactly which players, but it’s players with the possibility to help us, who can play on the wing, right or left. I think any player who can come here and help us is good news. “[Suarez] is the same [as Perisic]. This transfer is not easy and the message is that the club are working on different players. The possibility, if it can be [done], is good for us.”I don’t know [what will happen] because this transfer window is not easy. I know the club are doing all they can to achieve one player to help us.”Emery confirmed Arsenal are looking at two players specifically and retains hope both may arrive, adding: “Between nil and two [signings]. Two because we are looking at two different players who have the possibility to come here.”Arsenal have injury problems in defence, with Laurent Koscielny and Sokratis Papastathopoulos both absent for Tuesday, yet Emery does not believe another signing is required at the back.”We can only bring players that we are very convinced will be able to help us with a good performance,” he said. “We have enough players who can play centre-back in the squad.”The problem is we’re having a lot of injuries in this position. We have enough players. If we brought in another player, and all the other players we have are well to play, then we could maybe have a problem in the future.”last_img read more


Good win in tough conditions for England: Chris Woakes

first_imgEngland pacer Chris Woakes expressed happiness to play a part in England’s first victory of the India tour, edging past the hosts by five runs in the third and final One-Day International (ODI) here on Sunday. (Good to be back at Eden Gardens and win a game: Ben Stokes)Woakes bowled the final over of the innings, with India needing 16 runs with two wickets in hand at the Eden Gardens. (3rd ODI: Jadhav’s 75-ball 90 in vain as England clinch Eden thriller)He was blasted for a six and a four in the first two balls of the over. But under tremendous pressure, he kept his composure to restrict India to 316/9, chasing 321/8, to win by a narrow margin.Woakes, who earlier in the day contributed a crucial 34 runs off 19 balls, with four boundaries and a six, dismissed the dangerous Keda Jadhav (90) in the penultimate over of the match to close in on a hard-fought victory. (Kohli picks Jadhav for special praise after ‘series of positives’)Woakes grabbed 2/75 in his 10 overs. He said the conditions were tough, which makes the victory special. (Kohli wants to give more time to out-of-form India openers)”Not ideal I suppose going for a four and a six in the first two balls, but it feels nice to close it off. The lads bowled really good overs before I came on.”Suppose you’re bowling to a guy who hasn’t bowled a ball, you hope he didn’t get a hold of it. It was damp, spikes are full of mud, bit slippery at the crease,” Woakes said after the match.advertisementIt was England’s first ODI win at the Eden Gardens and Woakes acknowledged beating a formidable India side as a difficult proposition.”Tough conditions, good to get the win against a tough Indian side in front of this crowd. It was nice to bowl on the pitch but at the same time you miss your length if you get hit for four,” Woakes said.”It’s something we struggled to do, picking wickets consistently through the middle. Good to close out with a win. My first time here, beautiful ground. We’d have liked to have won the series, but credit to the Indians who have played some really good cricket.”last_img read more


Serena to meet Venus in all-Williams final at Australian Open

first_imgSerena Williams is one win away from a record 23rd Grand Slam title after setting up an all-Williams final at the Australian Open against her older sister, Venus.No. 2-ranked Serena Williams, a six-time Australian Open winner, overwhelmed Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-2, 6-1 in the second of the women’s semifinals on Thursday after Venus Williams beat fellow American CoCo Vandeweghe 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-3.”She’s my toughest opponent – nobody has ever beaten me as much as Venus has,” Serena Williams said. “No matter what happens, we’ve won. A Williams is going to win this tournament.”The 36-year-old Venus Williams is back in a Grand Slam final for the first time since Wimbledon in 2009 and her first in Australia since 2003, when she lost the only previous all-Williams final at Melbourne Park.Venus Williams tossed her racket after clinching the 2-hour, 26-minute semifinal on her fourth match point and put her hands up to her face, almost in disbelief, before crossing her arms over her heart. She then did a stylish pirouette on the court, smiling broadly, as the crowd gave her a standing ovation.”Everyone has their moment in the sun,” Venus Williams said. “Maybe mine has gone on a while. I’d like to keep that going. I’ve got nothing else to do so let’s keep it going.”Serena Williams’ celebration was more subdued after her 50-minute, one-sided win over 34-year-old Lucic-Baroni, who was playing her first semifinal at a major since Wimbledon in 1999. Lucic-Baroni took a selfie with her cell phone on the court before waving and leaving Rod Laver Arena.advertisement’VENUS IS MY WORLD, MY LIFE’Serena didn’t get to watch much of her sister’s match, but she knew the result before she went out to play.”Obviously I was really proud of Venus – a total inspiration, my big sister,” Serena said. “She’s basically my world and my life. She means everything to me. I was so happy for her. For us both to be in the final is the biggest dream come true for us.”Venus Williams has won seven major titles, but none since Wimbledon in 2008. Her gap between major finals is the longest for any player in the Open era. She’s also lost six of the eight Grand Slam finals she’s played against her younger sister, and is 11-16 in career meetings.VENUS DEFIES AGE TO REACH AUSTRALIAN OPEN FINALVenus Williams is the oldest player to reach a women’s major final since Martina Navratilova, then 37 and 258 days, at Wimbledon in 1994.The 25-year-old Vandeweghe was playing in the last four at a major for the first time and was the only semifinalist younger than 34. She’d advanced with back-to-back wins over top-ranked Angelique Kerber and French Open champion Garbine Muguruza and took charge against Venus Williams in the first-set tiebreaker.But Venus Williams rallied after dropping a set for the first time in the tournament, breaking Vandeweghe four times over the final two sets and putting pressure back on her fellow American.Vandeweghe said earlier in the tournament she’d admired the Williams sisters as an up-and-coming player, and once asked for Venus’ autograph. Venus Williams said one of the best things about her longevity in the game was having an influence on other players.”Growing up, all I wanted was to have an opportunity to play these tournaments. But then you get here and then you have an opportunity to inspire other people,” she said. “It’s more than a cherry on top. It’s more than I dreamed of.”Earlier, Bob and Mike Bryan earned a shot at a seventh Australian Open doubles title after a rain-interrupted 7-6 (7-1) 6-3 semifinal win Friday over Pablo Carreno Busta and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.last_img read more


Too many foreigners managing Premier League teams: Ryan Giggs

first_imgThere are too many foreign managers in the Premier League and little opportunity for local talents, according to former Manchester United winger and assistant manager Ryan Giggs.Giggs, who was the caretaker boss for four games at United in 2014, was linked with a return to management at Swansea City before American Bob Bradley’s appointment in October and was considered again before Englishman Paul Clement took charge in January.”I don’t think there’s enough (British managers) at the moment,” Giggs told the BBC.”I think it is (important British coaches get a chance). There’s a lot of top quality foreign coaches in the Premier League, but there’s also a lot of quality British coaches and managers out there.”Seven of the 20 Premier League clubs have British managers, but the current top-seven sides are all managed by foreigners, with Welshman Tony Pulis’ West Bromwich Albion the highest-placed team with a British manager.”If you don’t get the chance, you don’t get the chance to prove what you can do and see what you can do with a talented team,” Giggs added.”As I say, there are quality foreign coaches as well. I just think on the balance, there’s too many foreigners at the moment and British coaches probably just don’t get the chances.”last_img read more


Pep Guardiola ‘happy and proud’ as Manchester City draw with Liverpool

first_imgPep Guardiola won 21 trophies in seven years while in charge of Barcelona and Bayern Munich but said his Manchester City side’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday was one of his happiest moments in management.It was quite a statement from the Spaniard who was clearly still as breathless as the fans who watched a classic encounter at the Etihad Stadium when he spoke after the match. (Manchester City hit back to earn a draw with Liverpool)”You cannot imagine. It is one of the happiest days of my career as a manager. I am so proud,” Guardiola, whose side were knocked out of the Champions League by Monaco in midweek, said.”After the Champions League, the last few days at training people were so, so sad, people don’t talk too much.”We arrive here against Liverpool who have no Europe all season and one week to prepare. The spirit, how we played, it is one of my happiest days as a manager.”Guardiola’s side fell behind to James Milner’s 51st-minute penalty but earned a point thanks to Sergio Aguero’s equaliser.Aguero wasted a gilt-edged opportunity to put City ahead, volleying over with the goal gaping, while Adam Lallana also missed a sitter for Liverpool.The draw meant both sides dropped points in what is becoming a fierce battle to finish in the top four. City are 12 points behind leaders Chelsea and two behind second-placed Tottenham Hotspur while Liverpool are a further point back.Asked why his side’s performance had filled him with pride, Guardiola said it was because of how they responded to their bitter European exit.advertisement”When you approach one game after 10 games winning, it’s nothing special. But you have to consider the situation we played this game, how we played against them, a top team,” he said. “They have exceptional players. This means a lot to me. That is why I am so happy.”Guardiola, winner of two Champions Leagues and three La Liga titles with Barcelona plus three Bundesliga titles with Bayern, said his side had deserved all three points.”We are a little sad because we deserved to win,” he said. “We conceded some chances but we created more than them. Our problem is we don’t score when they are easy goals. It was the same against Chelsea and Tottenham.”last_img read more


Samsung Galaxy On7 Pro (2017) tipped to arrive with Android Nougat, 5.7-inch display

first_imgAfter announcing the most anticipated flagship phones – Galaxy S8 and S8+, Samsung is now preparing itself to launch another smartphone this year. The South Korean giant is working on Galaxy On7 Pro (2017) edition. The smartphone has been spotted in the wild, after being benchmarked on GFXBench yesterday.The GFXBench listing dated April 5 reveals a few specifications of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy On7 Pro (2017) which comes with a model number SM-G615F. The smartphone is likely to come equipped with a 5.7-inch display with a (1920 x 1080 pixel) resolution. While on the storage front the device is expected to feature a 32GB internal storage. The listing further reveals that the Samsung device is expected to come loaded with 4GB of RAM and be powered by a MediaTek MT6757 octa-core SoC.Also Read: How Samsung beat Apple in the race for innovation with Galaxy S8, S8+The benchmarked listing also reveals a detailed picture of the camera set up that the smartphone may boast. The upcoming Samsung Galaxy On7 Pro (2017) is expected to sport a 12-megapixel camera on both rear and front. Further, the smartphone will be running on Android 7.0 Nougat. Well, this is surely not the first time that renders of the Galaxy On7 Pro (2017) have been making rounds on the web.To recall, the previously leaked rumours suggest a different RAM count, while other features remain the same. Earlier the rumours suggest Samsung Galaxy On7 Pro with 3GB of RAM. This builds up a high chance for Samsung to bring in two variants of the device – one with 3GB RAM, while the premium one may come with 4GB of RAM. No details revealed on the launch and availability of the device as of yet.   advertisementWhen compared to the Samsung Galaxy On7 Pro (2016), the upcoming phone is going to be a little top-end one, with a bigger display screen and few improvements on the hardware front. Launched at the beginning of last year, Galaxy On7 Pro (2016) comes with a 5.5-inch display and is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. On the camera front, the smartphone features a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash. The device further runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and is backed by a 3,000mAh battery and is available at Rs 11,190.Samsung recently announced the two flagships of the year, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+. The smartphones are already up for pre-orders in India, and you can book the device by visiting the official Samsung India website. However, the South Korean smartphone maker is yet to announce the India launch date of the devices as of yet.Also Read: Samsung Galaxy S8 pre-registration begins in Indialast_img read more


The Coming Transformation of Social Enterprise

first_imgProfessor Kash Rangan is one of the pioneers of Harvard Business School’s Social Enterprise Initiative, now 15 years old. Back in 1993, most people took a “spray and pray” approach to philanthropy—writing checks to charities and hoping something would happen. But Rangan and HBS professor Jim Austin, picked by Dean John McArthur to lead the new initiative, saw the potential for research, curriculum, and career development around the challenges of social enterprises, including both nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Over the ensuing years, the initiative flourished as did the nation’s social enterprise organizations.Today, the United States has more than 1.4 million non-profit organizations, and they account for 5 percent of GDP. Annual contributions have grown faster than the economy for years, and experts predict an avalanche of cash ahead. By 2052, an estimated $6 trillion will flow directly to social enterprise organizations. Concurrently, a new generation of business leaders and philanthropists is experimenting with hybrid forms of social enterprises while demanding more transparency and accountability from the organizations they are funding. In Rangan’s view, the sector is poised on the brink of transformation, a topic he enthusiastically expounded upon during a recent interview in his Morgan Hall office.Roger Thompson: The terms “social enterprise” and “nonprofit” seem to be used interchangeably. Are they synonymous?Kash Rangan: No. There’s an important distinction. Very early in the program we decided that we wouldn’t focus purely on nonprofits. We thought it should be about social enterprise, regardless of whether it’s for-profit or nonprofit. We defined social enterprise as an entity that’s primarily in the business of creating social value. As long as an organization creates significant social value, we don’t care how it sustains itself—with internally generated surplus or with donor funds.Americans give roughly $300 billion a year to nonprofits, yet we really don’t know much about what charitable organizations actually accomplish. Why aren’t nonprofits more accountable and transparent with all this money?That’s a very big issue in this sector because there is no common measure or framework to assess whether these organizations are accomplishing their mission. Even simple measures are not widely reported, like we got X donations, and we took care of 1,000 children at a cost of $80 a child, which is less than $120 a child spent by comparable organizations. Even that amount of reporting would be very useful, but it is not the norm.By and large the reporting focuses on the costs of raising money. The lower the better, with the logic being that more money can then go to actual programs. So an organization might report, “We spend 6 percent on fundraising, whereas the industry average is 12 to 14 percent.” That’s typical, but beyond that, we don’t know how the other 94 percent is used. How many people came into the program, and what benefits did they get? And then the even bigger question beyond cost efficiency and effectiveness is, what impact did the organization have? Granted it is very complex to get all the way to that level, but even signposts along the way could be very useful.Q: Which is harder: raising money, building a successful organization, or achieving real impact?A: They are all interrelated, but raising money is not the hardest of the three. Getting money is hard, but it is not more difficult than the other two. That’s why there are over 1.4 million nonprofits, each with some amount of funding.Putting the money to good use, building a successful organization, showing that you have a demonstrable impact in achieving your mission, and then scaling the organization are the hardest to accomplish. When you show impact, more money will flow in.Q: Given how few nonprofits can document impact, would you say these organizations suffer from a leadership deficit?No, I wouldn’t put it that way. Many nonprofit leaders are fantastic, more than is acknowledged. They work hard, and they are very passionate about what they do. So I wouldn’t call it a leadership deficit. I think there’s an imagination deficit.“I wouldn’t call it a leadership deficit. I think there’s an imagination deficit.”Leaders typically ask, “Am I accomplishing my program?” But that is too narrow a view. Nonprofit leaders need to be more visionary. They need to stretch themselves more and worry about mission impact. I believe nonprofit leaders get too bogged down in operational issues, be it fundraising, or managing the board, or program execution. They need to be more strategic.Q: What role can HBS and other business schools play in helping develop the next generation of social enterprise leaders?A: I don’t think the business schools by themselves are going to solve this problem. Whether it’s HBS or any other business school, ultimately I think students come to learn how to be leaders in the business arena. Right now 5 percent of our graduates go to work in the nonprofit sector. To expect 20 to 30 percent is asking too much. Maybe we could pump the percentage up to 7 to 10 percent. But at the end of the day, even counting graduates from other business schools, if you produce 2,000 to 3,000 MBAs a year to work in a sector with more than 1.4 million nonprofits, it’s just a drop in the bucket. There are huge salary discrepancies as well.Ultimately our impact lies beyond directly producing leaders for nonprofits. At least half of our graduates between ten and fifteen years out are quite involved with nonprofits. They might not be directly engaged as leaders, but they sit on boards, provide donations, and serve as volunteers. And they can influence and bring about change. That’s where the education we impart at HBS is so important. Our approach to social enterprise has broad appeal to students who may not even go to work directly in the sector. Without it, they would always approach nonprofits as philanthropy. I believe our curriculum conditions our graduates to ask the difficult questions on performance, and even go beyond and recall cases, frameworks, and solution approaches. It is quite a different approach to participating in the sector. In a way they become the catalysts for internal change.Q: Many alumni get involved with corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives. Critics of CSR often cite Milton Friedman, who famously said that “the social responsibility of business is to increase profits.” Do you agree?A: I absolutely think it’s too narrow a view. In the decade of the ’90s, maximizing shareholder value became a corporate mantra. But the notion that the corporation exists only to maximize shareholder value lasted only a decade. It was a historical anomaly. In almost every other decade business leaders have acknowledged that corporations exist within the larger fabric of society. The School’s second dean, Wallace Donham, said that the focus of a business is to make a decent profit decently.Q: Venture philanthropy, which applies principles of venture investing to social enterprises, has become a hot topic lately. Is venture philanthropy a good idea?A: The first generation of venture philanthropy had its roots in the success of venture capital. Investors were carried away by the notion of gaining economic returns on their investments, not huge returns but some returns, as a way of forcing an efficient use of their capital. The shining example was microfinance, which provided attractive returns, so why not otherforms of social enterprise?I don’t think that’s a realistic view of the work of nonprofits in general. If you look at social service organizations working at the cutting edge of where markets have failed, the idea of venture philanthropy clicking is a little hard for me to buy into. Venture philanthropy has to come of age and reorient itself by defining what measures of social return it is looking for. In some instances social and economic returns could be correlated, but in many cases they won’t. If you are looking for a social and not an economic return, then loyalty to the program rather than an exit strategy may be a better use of funds. The venture philanthropy community has some translation work to do. Right now venture philanthropy is only a small part of the landscape.Q: Another hot topic in the nonprofit world is the idea of creating a for-profit business to help underwrite the cost of operations. Is this the way to go to secure a reliable stream of funds?A: I don’t think so. There’s a lot of charitable money available. Family foundations now number more than 34,000, an increase of 22 percent between 2001 and 2005. Big foundations have more money in their endowments than they can give away. And there is an intergenerational transfer estimated at $6 trillion over the next fifty years specifically earmarked for social enterprises. None of these sources of money is actually looking for an economic return. They’re definitely looking for a social return. That being the case, I don’t think that nonprofits should quickly jump at creating for-profit enterprises. In certain segments like health care, and even arts and culture, it might make sense when the for-profit and nonprofit parts are tightly linked by a common purpose or platform. For example, in health care several very successful social entrepreneurs have created a hybrid model where paying clients subsidize the “free” clients. The whole organization, however, is doing only one thing, eye surgery or heart surgery or orthopedic surgery and so on.But to think that an environmental organization could sustain itself by selling mugs and T-shirts is a bit of a stretch. It is not that hard to put together a for-profit arm, but to have it be a significant contributor to the core mission requires considerable strategic work. It may not be possible for a vast majority of organizations in this space. It could be an unnecessary distraction.Q: Where do you see social enterprise heading over the next decade?A: I am an optimist, and I believe we will see refreshing changes in that time frame. The new cadre of donors, the new family foundations, the folks who are involved in venture philanthropy, the new generation of entrepreneurs, and business leaders engaged in corporate social responsibility initiatives all will start attacking social issues in a much more disciplined way. Nonprofits too are very adaptive organizations. I expect to see some common understanding in the sector of what performance means, and how social value creation is measured and reported. From there on it is only a matter of aligning the money with the causes they care about. Perhaps investment intermediaries will emerge to ease the introductions and connections. There may be some consolidation of nonprofits at the top, but the sector will be a lot more vibrant with many new players and actors helping to facilitate the transformation.About the authorRoger Thompson is editor of the HBS Alumni Bulletin.Copyright © 2008 President and Fellows of Harvard Collegelast_img read more


Free campaign planning tool!

first_imgThanks to my friends at Spitfire, if you need help planning your next big campaign, you’re in luck. Spitfire Strategies and the Communications Leadership Institute (the people who brought you the Smart Chart and Discovering the Activation Point) have just unveiled their newest tool: The Just Enough Planning Guide. It’s a free online resource that for the first time gives nonprofits and foundations a process for planning successful campaigns. Whether your organization is planning to pass a law, win popular support for an issue or organize a boycott, the guide gives groups a clear sense of where they are going, the best way to get there and what to expect along the way. Visit justenoughplanning.org to download a free copy.Thanks Spitfire!Here are steps it covers:1. Confirm That a Campaign Is Possible. This is the time to step back and assess the viability of a campaign. Are the stars aligned for this effort to be successful? 2. Set a Clear, Measurable Goal That Is Achievable. Your plan needs to be focused on achieving a very specific goal. Your goal is your raison d’être. Are you trying to make something happen or stop something from happening? There is a difference. 3. Chart Your Course. Much like a road trip, there are likely many ways to get to your goal. You will use your knowledge of the field and the external environment to determine the best steps to your goal. 4. Anticipate Conditions. Visualize all possible scenarios – the good, the bad and the ugly – so your plan includes strategies for leveraging opportunities and mitigating challenges, including identifying your opposition.5. Know How to Make Headway. What will propel you down your path? What major campaign activities can help you get from point A to point B? 6. Prioritize Your Target Audiences. Now that you have a strategy, stay focused by prioritizing who you need to engage to win, and when. 7. Put a Public Face on Your Campaign. Give the effort a name and a personality that is memorable and easily understood. You want people to recognize what you are about and not have to guess. 8. Operationalize Your Campaign. Based on the activities you think will help you make headway, determine which campaign tactics you will need: from intellectual knowledge to government relations to public mobilization to communications to coalition building to fundraising. 9. Stay on Track. Build evaluation mechanisms into your plan that will tell you when you are making progress and when you need to stop and make a mid-course correction. Meet regularly with your team to discuss your progress.last_img read more


4 ways to encourage supporters to use social media for social good

first_imgHaving your biggest champions spread the world about your organization is a powerful thing. It injects your cause into the context of human relationships and places it within an authentic conversation between individuals.So how do you encourage more of this?1. Make it easy. Make it easy for a person to spread the word or do personal fundraising, and make it easy for that person’s friends and family to support that champion. (For example, with a tool like Causes.)2. Make it fun. Ensure your tell-a-friend and personal fundraising initiatives are fun and enjoyable. Check out Crowdrise for examples of this done well.3. Use social proof. Social proof is the powerful idea that if we think everyone else is acting in a certain way, we’re likely to act that way, too. Count your community, highlight its members and show its collective impact.4. Celebrate and cultivate your growing circle. This is where so many nonprofits fail. They get people excited and involved, they have success and then they don’t continue to be in relationship with their new supporters. You are creating an ever-widening circle of supporters. Don’t forget to tend to it!last_img read more


Merry Christmas and happy fundraising this week!

first_imgI hope you’re enjoying your holiday – and that you know the coming days are not a time to take a vacation from fundraising. Sorry, but it’s true!Late December is the season of philanthropic procrastinators who want to get in their donations by the end of the tax year. A third of giving online happens in December, and 10-20% of all the giving in the year happens the last two days of the month. Ask for donations 2-3 times in the coming days. It works. Repetition drives top-of-mind awareness, and you want that visibility when people are making their year-end gifts online.And on December 31, send that email first thing in the morning. Giving peaks midday and early afternoon!last_img read more