Leicester’s players in spotlight

first_img Last-place Aston Villa are heading into their home match against Chelsea without a manager following the departure of Remi Garde on Tuesday. With seven games left, Villa are 12 points from safety and has only won three league games all season. MANCHESTER, England (AP): There have been considerable knock-on effects for Leicester following the team’s giddy rise to the top of the English Premier League. A ramping-up of global interest and adulation? Definitely. Qualification to the Champions League for the first time? Almost certainly, especially if the surprise leaders beat Southampton at home on Sunday. Then there’s growing international recognition for their star players. On Tuesday, England started with two Leicester players in this case, Jamie Vardy and debutant Danny Drinkwater for the first time in 42 years in the 2-1 loss to the Netherlands. And on the same night, N’Golo Kante, Leicester’s enforcer in central midfield, made his full debut for France on his 25th birthday and marked it by scoring one of the goals in a 4-2 win over Russia. “Things are going fast,” said Kante, who was playing for Caen in France’s second tier only three years ago. “I wouldn’t have said it was possible four or five years ago,” said Vardy, a goalscorer against the Dutch and a striker who once worked in a carbon-fibre factory. Leicester’s fans will be saying the same kind of things. After narrowly escaping relegation last season because of an incredible run of results in the final nine games, Leicester are mounting the most unlikely of title challenges and are five points clear of second-place Tottenham with seven games left. The club has never won a top-flight English league title. Training would have been unusually quiet for Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri over the recent international break, given the increased number of national-team call-ups. Ranieri, therefore, must reignite the team’s momentum from before the two-week hiatus ahead of the biggest six weeks in the club’s 132-year history. Southampton could be one of the toughest remaining opponents for Leicester, with the visitors from the south coast having won their last two games to climb within four points of the Champions League places. But Leicester are showing remarkable resilience under pressure, winning its last three matches 1-0. “They’ve been the best team this season, without question,” Alex Ferguson, a managerial great in English soccer, has told Sky Sports, “and they deserve to win it.” Tottenham would pile the pressure on Leicester by beating Liverpool tomorrow, a day before Leicester play. MAN CITY’S REINFORCEMENTS In danger of dropping out of the top four, out-of-form Manchester City have been handed a much-needed boost on the injury front. Three midfielders Samir Nasri, Kevin De Bruyne and Fabian Delph were back in training this week after long injury layoffs and could be in line to play against Bournemouth tomorrow. De Bruyne’s return after two months out with damaged ankle and knee ligaments is especially important for City, who have not scored in their last three matches and have been short of creativity. City broke their transfer record last August to sign De Bruyne for more than US$77 million. City are in fourth place the final Champions League qualification position and only one point ahead of West Ham and Manchester United. West Ham host Crystal Palace tomorrow and Manchester United are at home to Everton on Sunday. MANAGERLESS VILLAlast_img read more

South Africa: start saving!

first_imgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “The DTI wants to make sure that South Africans are armed with all information they need in order to make informed decisions,” said DTI director for consumer affairs Karin Coode. “This includes spending wisely over the festive season and being careful about borrowing money.” “However, what is clear from all these negative indicators is that those people who put money aside are well prepared to rise above the current economic storm,” the institute said. “Those who have not saved sufficiently are really feeling the pinch – an important lesson for all of us.” SAinfo reporter The institute said South Africans needed to take special care not to overspend during the coming festive period. “Consumers need to be conscious of the need to save, and ignore the ‘Sale’ signs, as New Year obligations include school fees for many parents.” On top of this, South Africans had over the past few months seen interests rates increase to 12%, inflation peak at 13.40%, and the stock market decline by 30.13% year-on-year. Official unemployment figures stood at 23.2% for the 3rd quarter or 2008, and economic growth is forecast to slow to 3.3% in 2008 and 3% in 2009.center_img South Africa’s saving rate dropped from 2.7% in 2001 to a negative rating of -0.5% in the second quarter of 2008, the institute said in a statement on Tuesday. The South African Savings Institute has launched a campaign to encourage South Africans, hit by an economic slowdown and high interest rates amid a global finance crisis, to save money and spend more responsibly. “Clearly this is picture is unsustainable.” Partnering the South African Savings Institute in the campaign are the Department of Trade and Industry, the Financial Services Board, the National Credit Regulator, the Council for Medical Schemes, and consumer affairs provincial offices. 13 November 2008last_img read more

Standard, Spar in ‘mobile money’ venture

first_img30 March 2010South Africans will soon be able do more than just pick up a bag of groceries at their local Spar – they will also be able to send money instantly to friends or family anywhere in the country via mobile phone.Standard Bank is introducing a new person-to-person money service, Instant Money, which will enable clients to send and receive money through retailer Spar’s network of 850 stores countrywide, with the transaction information being sent via mobile phone.Instant Money has been developed in such a way that the service can be accessed on even the simplest mobile phone models and across networks. The service will initially be available from Spar stores in the Eastern Cape.Standard Bank South Africa CEO Sim Tshabalala said the new service means people no longer have to take the risk of giving an envelope full of cash to a middleman – like a friend or a taxi driver – and telling them where to deliver it.“It’s a way for users who don’t have a bank account to get access to financial services,” he said in a statement this week.“Financial services are largely limited to urban areas at the moment, mainly because of the expense of rolling out banks and services in less affluent areas. What this means is that most people in rural areas operate on a cash basis.”Mobile money transfers, paymentsLeading market research organisation Gartner believes money transfers and payments over mobile phones will be among the top 10 most important mobile applications by 2012 – ahead of location-based services, search and browsing.Money transfers are already popular in a number of developing countries, and will continue to attract more users, according to Gartner’s Top 10 Consumer Mobile Applications for 2012.“With Instant Money, people can now transact and send money without the need for a bank account,” said Tshabalala. “It is estimated that some 35-million South Africans have a cell phone, while only 11-million have a bank account.”Mobile money transfers not only offer a safer, more reliable way to send cash, but could breathe new life into the economies of remote areas.Like many developing countries, South Africa has countless breadwinners who live and work in urban economic hubs, but have extended families back home in poorer rural areas. There is a high demand for smart banking services that will make sending money back home simpler and less costly.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Vijender Kumar’s family watches his match with prayers and cheers

first_imgLosing sleep and watching late-night football matches is a common trend among the upper middle class families in urban areas. But in Kaluwas, a tiny village near Bhiwani, Haryana, it’s the men’s boxing competition at the London Olympics which keeps people awake till the wee hours.They have a good reason to do that as local boy and Olympic medallist Vijender Kumar is fighting for his second medal at the ExCel Arena in London.Vijender was scheduled to fight Terrell Gausha of the United States in his pre-quarterfinal bout on Thursday and the scene at the boxer’s residence in Kaluwas was no less than that at a packed indoor stadium. Vijender’s courtyard might not have much space, but every inch was filled by eager family members and villagers who gathered to watch Vijender in action.The bout was scheduled at 2:15 am but the villagers showed childlike enthusiasm. The village is dogged by inconsistent power supply, but to make sure that no one misses the action, the family had a television set in the courtyard attached to a heavy-load generator.Vijender’s family holds special prayers before his bouts and Thursday was no exception. Vijender’s father Mahipal Singh has a superstition that his son will lose if he watches him live on television. So, he prays in seclusion at a temple in his ancestral farm. He religiously followed this routine on Thursday as well.As Doordarshan tuned in to the boxing competition in the 60kg category, the attention of viewers shifted to the television. The eager crowd makes comments about the competitors. Around 25 of the villagers are boxers of international repute and their opinions were right most of the time.advertisementAfter that Vijender’s bout started and each of his punches drew huge applause from the villagers. In contrast, every punch of Gausha drew oohs and aahs.Vijender’s confident face gave the villagers the impression that Vijender would win. He stepped up his game in the third and deciding round but Gausha too scored on counter punches.Vijender’s win triggered an impromptu dance among the villagers lasting five minutes.last_img read more

In and around your city

first_imgA checklist on where to eat and what to shop for.Food Asian plattersInformal, contemporary and no-fuss, Holy Basil, the specialty restaurant at the newly launched Radisson Blu Plaza is the perfect space to spend a leisurely evening at. The beautiful Buddha figurine and the lanterns hung from the ceiling set,A checklist on where to eat and what to shop for.FoodAsian plattersInformal, contemporary and no-fuss, Holy Basil, the specialty restaurant at the newly launched Radisson Blu Plaza is the perfect space to spend a leisurely evening at. The beautiful Buddha figurine and the lanterns hung from the ceiling set the mood for the delicious South-East Asian feast that is on offer here. The menu is a blend of Thai, Japanese and Chinese cuisines featuring sushi, sashimi, roast meats, dim sum and a variety of wok-fried delicacies. Their duck cooked in Chinese wine and oyster sauce, sauteed lobsters with asparagus and the robatayaki (traditional Japanese grill) are cracker dishes. Wrap up your meal with selections from the dessert menu like the chocolate spring rolls and green tea crepe.Meal for two: Rs 1800 plus taxes.Where: Road No 6, Banjara Hills.Tel: 6733 1133.ShoppingBling bagsJazz up your evening wardrobe with this handbag from Da Milano’s autumn 2012 collection. It is a lovely blue bag with woven detailing that promises to be an attention grabber. Price: On request.Where: Shopper’s Stop, Begumpet.Tel: 27761084.Q and A: Winning strokesAn inspirational biography of badminton ace Saina Nehwal, written by journalist TS Sudhir was released in the city last month. The book couldn’t have come at a better time with Nehwal clinching the bronze for India at the Olympics. Simply Hyderabad caught up with the senior journalist.Q. What was your biggest reason for writing this book?A. I have followed badminton as a sport and also Saina Nehwal’s badminton career ever since she started out. Saina’s rise to her current stature is an interesting story of hard work as well as unconditional support from her parents. This book is not just Saina’s story but is as much about badminton in India, Pullela Gopichand’s story and that of many other players who are not so commonly known. In a cricket obsessed country like ours, it is important to write about other sports and other sportspersons too.Q. Could you share with us some interesting tidbits about Saina that you came across during the course of your work?A. There are quite a few things. Something that immediately comes to mind is this comment made by her fitness trainer who says that while Saina is very disciplined about fitness, once she’s done with what she needs to, she’s like any other youngster who’d laze around, not want to shower on time, leave her clothes piled up on chairs-that kind of stuff. I’ve attempted to introduce to the reader who Saina is as a person, behind the sportswoman that we are all familiar with.Q. Howcome you chose to write a biography of someone as young as Saina?A. Yes, it is unusual to write a biography of a 22-year-old. But my idea was to write this book while Saina is still active. Her never-say-die attitude, her focus on the game and the undying hunger to win is bound to inspire many youngsters who might end up reading the biography.Q. Did you have to tweak your style of writing for this book?A. Yes. My writing in here is very simple and straightforward unlike the more stylized kind of writing that I tend to indulge in otherwise. I needed to ensure that the book is read by all age groups and particularly by school goers.Q. What does Saina have to say about the book?A. Well, she hasn’t read it yet. She wasn’t even reading newspapers before she was headed to London for the Olympics. Now that she’s back, she should read it, hopefully.advertisementlast_img read more

2016 National Touch League

first_imgAustralia’s best Touch Footballers will converge on the beautiful Coffs Coast region next week to compete in the 2016 Touch Football Australia National Touch League (NTL).The event at C.ex Coffs International Stadium will feature 118 teams spanning the breadth of the country across 15 divisions, all striving for national championships honours; commencing on Wednesday, 9 March through to finals day on Saturday, 12 March. The Elite Eight Series, which was first played in 2011 and which is now in its fifth installment, will feature the best-of-the-best Men’s and Women’s players in Australia.  2,000 participants will participate, with divisions ranging from T League through to Men’s 55’s, with teams from every state and territory in Australia participating in the event.The NSW Government, through Destination NSW, is proud to partner with Touch Football Australia to secure major Touch Football events in NSW. This event is part of the NSW Government’s support for Touch Football, including the 2016-2018 NTL events.  Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news, information and results from the 2016 National Touch League:Website – www.touchfootball.com.au and www.ntl.mytouchfooty.comFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (#NTL2016)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (#NTL2016)YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballauslast_img read more

a month agoMan Utd defender Harry Maguire won’t change his style

first_imgMan Utd defender Harry Maguire won’t change his styleby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United defender Harry Maguire says his style fits well with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s system.Maguire will not be changing is his willingness to bring the ball out from the back and link play with the midfield and forwards.”I definitely feel like it’s the modern game, bringing it out from the back and it’s something I do thrive on,” Maguire told United Review.”I want to step in and help the team going forward by starting attacks well and threading balls through the lines, to try and get people on the half-turn to play forward.”I think it’s a big part of the game now, for centre-backs not just to defend, but to have a big part in keeping the ball, controlling the game and starting attacks.”My game will improve the more I know my team-mates and the more I experience I have of playing with them, the position they take up, the way they want to receive the ball and the areas in which I receive the ball so I know where my team-mates will be without having to look and try to find them.”It will improve and I’m sure I’ll improve throughout the season, playing with my team-mates more and improving my relationship with Vic (Victor Lindelof). We will improve as a team as well and we’ve got to improve.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

College Spun Is Looking To Hire A Full-Time Social Media Manager

first_imgCS Square LogoCS Square LogoCSsquarelogo-e1344353072209College Spun is expanding.College Spun, founded in September of 2012, is an independent sports blog that brings you the most interesting college athletics stories of the day. The publication, which reaches over three million unique readers per month, focuses on the social media aspect of the industry.We’re looking for one full-time social media manager to add to our staff for our Hoboken, New Jersey (next to NYC) office. Candidates must be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment and have a love for all-things college sports. The social media manager will work closely with the CEO and the editorial team to optimize College Spun’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Vine accounts. The ideal candidate will have 1-3 years of experience in the field.Qualifications:You must be entrepreneurially-minded and OBSESSED with college sports.You must have experience at an online publication.You must be well-versed in all forms of social media.You must be creative. We’re looking for someone to bring fresh ideas on how to market College Spun’s product.You must have experience with both photo and video editing.You must not care about a 9-5, Monday-Friday lifestyle. Games are all on nights and weekends.You must be competitive by nature and self-motivated.You must be willing to relocate to the NYC area.Think you’re the perfect candidate? Then we can’t wait to meet you. If that’s not you but you know someone else who is that person, please introduce us.To apply, please email [email protected] with your resume.last_img read more

Former Michigan State Punter Mike Sadler Also Killed In Car Crash That Took Nebraska Punter Sam Foltz

first_imgMichigan State's Spartan Stadium during the spring game.InstagramFormer Michigan State punter Mike Sadler was also reportedly killed in the car crash that took the life of Nebraska senior punter Sam Foltz this weekend. The two special teamers were reportedly attending a weekend punter’s camp. Foltz, 22, and Sadler, 24, were reportedly killed in an accident in Wisconsin. Many took to Twitter to pay tribute to Foltz and the same is being done for Sadler, who played for the Spartans from 2011-14. Sadler was a four-year starter at MSU and is second all-time in punts for the program. You were the definition of inspiration, leadership, intelligence, wit, and above all us my brother. RIP @Sadler_3 pic.twitter.com/m2QhaOHzSJ— Darien Harris (@DHarris_45) July 24, 2016 Michigan State punter Mike Sadler was also killed in the car crash with Sam Foltz. What a horrible, horrible day.— Matt Reynoldson (@Matt_Reynoldson) July 24, 2016 [email protected]_3 you were more than a great friend to me. You were my role model. Love you brother— Peter Mortell (@PMortell1) July 24, 2016 [email protected]_3 you were more than a great friend to me. You were my role model. Love you brother— Peter Mortell (@PMortell1) July 24, 2016 Mike Sadler was one of the funniest, most brilliant and hard working guys I had the honor of knowing. He will be missed greatly by many.— Johnny Hekker (@JHekker) July 24, 2016 Rest in peace Mike Sadler the funniest punter MSU has ever seen #GoGreen— Mitchell Hayes (@mitchellhayes_1) July 24, 2016 Sending prayers out to @MSU_Football and the Sadler family.— Kavon Frazier (@Kay_BlackSimba) July 24, 2016 R.I.P Sadler— Damion Terry (@DamionTerry) July 24, 2016Rest in peace, Mike and Sam.last_img read more