New Mapping Technology: Nova Scotia’s Powerful Ally in Protecting Valuable Forests

first_imgCarita Chan, a former intern with WRI’s forests team, also contributed to this post.The government of Nova Scotia announced an ambitious plan earlier this month to protect 245,000 hectares of forest and park land, establishing the Canadian province as a conservation leader in one of the world’s most heavily forested nations. Roughly 14 percent of all land in Nova Scotia will now be legally protected from development, making it the province with the second-highest percentage of land devoted to protected areas in Canada, after British Columbia.This news is significant for conservationists and for the vast number of Canadians who depend on these forests for clean air, water, and a bounty of other resources. It also illustrates a powerful truth: precise, science-based maps are an essential component of good forest management and planning.Canada’s Forests: Vital, Yet ThreatenedCanada accounts for about one-tenth of total global forest cover, including one-third of the world’s boreal forest and one-quarter of the world’s temperate forests. These forests are vulnerable to a host of threats, including fragmentation by development and the subsequent loss of biodiversity.The new plan will not only protect a significant amount of forests, it will preserve extremely valuable ecosystems. More than half of the new protected lands are comprised of intact forest landscapes (IFL), uninterrupted expanses of natural ecosystems within forest biomes that show no signs of significant human disturbance. Intact forests possess an ecological integrity that make them a reservoir for biodiversity and ecosystem services in regions where most forests are fragmented, degraded, or cleared. By virtue of these qualities, the conservation value of protecting IFL is high—especially considering that they are endangered. Only about 23 percent of the world’s remaining forests are IFL.Mapping Canada’s Intact Forest Landscapes: The Path from Science to PolicyThe scientific roots of the new forest plan date back to the early 2000s, when WRI and the Global Forest Watch network developed an algorithm to map intact forest landscapes using satellite imagery. In 2009, Global Forest Watch Canada, an independent partner organization of Global Forest Watch, updated and expanded the maps to include Nova Scotia’s Intact Forest Landscapes. GFW Canada found that 1.2 million hectares of Large Intact Forest remain in Nova Scotia, roughly 21.5 percent of the total provincial landmass. Much of this forested land is comprised of critically endangered New England-Acadian forest. This type of forest historically stretched across the eastern seaboard of North America, but now only 5 percent remains in truly pristine condition.These maps proved to be a powerful tool for civil society groups, who were already advocating for expanded protection for Nova Scotia’s forest areas. Leading among these was the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), which in 2007 successfully urged the Nova Scotia government to set a goal of protecting 12 percent of province land by 2015. CPAWS was subsequently invited by the government to join a small team of experts who would help achieve the goal by mapping out a proposed system of protected areas.CPAWS and the team of experts were then able to use Global Forest Watch Canada’s maps to easily determine where large tracts of IFL existed—areas representing the highest conservation value. Map 1 and Map 2 below give an example of how GFW Canada identified gaps where Intact Forest Landscapes were not covered by existing protected areas, and where the proposed protected areas could be expanded even further. Using these maps, CPAWS and other experts submitted their recommendations to the provincial government. In 2012, the plans became the basis of the government’s proposal for protecting new land.On August 1, 2013, the government of Nova Scotia ratified their official plan to expand protected areas in the region by 245,000 hectares, an area the size of the state of Rhode Island. The final plan was founded firmly in the original recommendations from CPAWS and GFW Canada, and finally gave the official mandate to the longstanding efforts to protect Nova Scotia’s valuable intact forests.Map 1: Proposed and Existing Protected Areas in Nova Scotia (credit: GFW Canada)Map 2: Clusters of large IFL of Nova Scotia not protected within existing and proposed protected areas (credit: GFW Canada)The Future of Forest Mapping and MonitoringWithout up-to-date data and maps, the Nova Scotia government would not have been able to determine where IFL forest existed or take action to protect these regions. Accurate and science-based mapping instead allowed the government to plan forest protections by knowing exactly where its highest-conservation value forest was located.Effective forest management requires precision, transparency, and up-to-date information. By making use of constantly evolving mapping technologies, proactive governments like Nova Scotia’s will be better equipped to develop policies that protect the world’s forests.LEARN MORE: In the coming months, WRI will launch Global Forest Watch, which will capitalize on improvements in the resolution and frequency of satellite imagery to further improve forest monitoring and land use planning. GFW will combine various near-real-time tree cover loss alert systems with complementary satellite imagery, maps, mobile technology, and on-the-ground data to help governments like Nova Scotia’s monitor and manage their forests.last_img read more


first_imgInvestigators have found at least 13 cases in which an Iowa judge improperly used language proposed by winning attorneys as his final court orders without telling attorneys on the other sides.Retired Judge Edward Jacobson told investigators in a report released Friday that he thought his actions were common practice among district judges.The investigators say that isn’t the case.The Iowa Code of Judicial Conduct bars what in legal terms is called “ex parte communications” between a judge and one side’s attorney.Jacobson said in a November divorce case deposition that he’d asked winning attorneys at least 200 times to write up proposed ruling language.That prompted State Court Administrator Todd Nuccio to launch an investigation.Jacobson told investigators that neither side gained advantage in his rulings, because he asked attorneys for proposed language only after he’d decided cases.APlast_img read more

Josh Stewart declares for NFL Draft

first_imgScreen shot 2014-01-07 at 3.01.25 PMNo word yet on whether or not JW Walsh will follow suit.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img

Ashton Lampkin says OSU’s mindset in second half was ‘don’t let them score’

first_imgThis is insane.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 8, 2016“I feel like we grew from this win,” added Lampkin. “It’s the same thing as happened last year. I think we grew a lot, not getting down on ourselves no matter what the score is. As long as you have time on that clock, there’s time to win.”CB Ashton Lampkin tells us how the defense didn’t allow a point in the final 20 minutes of play while #okstate scored 24 unanswered points.— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) October 9, 2016 Ashton Lampkin really got the comeback going in the second half as he recovered a fumble Tre Flowers forced after which OSU scored to make it 31-28 and the comeback was on at Boone Pickens Stadium. Lampkin discussed what the defense was thinking in the second half.“We had a lot of adversity,” said Lampkin. “Just to come back and get that win is big. [The mindset in the second half was] don’t let ’em score. Don’t let ’em get on the board and give our offense as many opportunities as they need to get points on the board.”They certainly did that as this is how ISU ended the game (they didn’t score over the final 20+ minutes):Iowa State’s drives since scoring to make it 31-14:PuntFumblePuntINTPuntTO on Downs— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 8, 2016 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Mor quits Dortmund for Celta Vigo

first_imgTransfers Mor quits Borussia Dortmund for Celta Vigo Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 00:33 8/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) emre mor - cropped Getty Images Transfers Celta de Vigo Borussia Dortmund v Hertha BSC Real Betis v Celta de Vigo Borussia Dortmund Primera División Bundesliga The midfielder had been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League but has instead opted to join the Spanish side Emre Mor has completed a surprise move to Celta Vigo from Borussia Dortmund, the Bundesliga club have confirmed.The Turkey international had been tipped to join Inter on a loan deal but talks with the Serie A side broke down this month.Dortmund 6/1 for Bundesliga title Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina The 20-year-old was also linked with Liverpool and Everton but has opted to sign for Celta in what is reported to be a club-record €13 million deal.In a statement, Dortmund confirmed: “Attacking player Emre Mor leaves Borussia Dortmund after a year and moves to Celta Vigo at his own request. @Emremor29 wechselt zu @RCCelta:— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) August 29, 2017 “The player, who grew up in Denmark, asked Borussia Dortmund for the move because he hopes to be at another club with greater opportunities than there are in BVB’s already well-stocked attack.”Sporting director Michael Zorc added: “We respect this wish and we wish Emre all the best for the future.”Mor, who joined Dortmund from Nordsjaelland last year, could make his debut for Celta against Alaves on September 10.The news follows Celta’s confirmation that Claudio Beauvue has sealed a move to Leganes for the rest of the season.last_img read more

Heath in, Lloyd out for USWNT

first_imgUnited States Heath in, Lloyd out for USWNT vs. New Zealand Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 03:42 8/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Tobin Heath USWNT Patrick McDermott United States United States v New Zealand New Zealand Friendlies Women U.S. national team coach Jill Ellis has summoned 22 players for friendlies in Commerce City, Colorado, and Cincinnati U.S. national team coach Jill Ellis has called in 22 players for a pair friendlies against New Zealand, with Tobin Heath and Morgan Brian returning to the squad while Carli Lloyd sits out because of injury.Heath returns to the U.S. squad for the first time since the SheBelieves Cup in March, having missed most of 2017 with a back injury. Brian also is back in the squad after injuries kept her sidelined from international duty since March, and playmaker Rose Lavelle has returned after missing the Tournament of Nations earlier this summer with a hamstring strain.Lloyd, the two-time FIFA World Player of the Year, has been omitted as she recovers from an ankle injury. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Defender Kelly O’Hara will reach 100 caps with her next appearance, making her the 36th U.S. women’s national team player to hit that milestone.Stanford defender Tierna Davidson is the lone uncapped player on Ellis’ squad.The U.S. meets New Zealand on Sept. 15 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado, before facing the same opponent Sept. 19 at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati.”We are looking forward to getting to Denver and having a couple of days together prepping for our first New Zealand match,” Ellis said in a news release. “With only six matches left in 2017, we want to take advantage of the time we have together and finish the year with solid performances.”New Zealand, South Korea and Canada all present different challenges, and these games will round out one of the most competitive schedules the WNT program has played in a calendar year.”Here is the full U.S. squad:GOALKEEPERS (3): Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride)DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage), Tierna Davidson (Stanford), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars), Taylor Smith (NC Courage)MIDFIELDERS (7): Morgan Brian (Chicago Red Stars), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns), Rose Lavelle (Boston Breakers), Allie Long (Portland Thorns), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign)FORWARDS (5): Crystal Dunn (Chelsea), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit), Lynn Williams (NC Courage)last_img read more

Allegri slams Juventus defending

first_imgMassimiliano Allegri Allegri: Barcelona punished Juventus’ worst mistakes Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 14:50 13/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) MassimilianoAllegri - cropped Getty Images Barcelona v Juventus Barcelona Juventus UEFA Champions League Lionel Messi helped guide the Catalan side to a win over the Italian champions in the opening game, much to the Bianconeri coach’s disappointment Massimiliano Allegri bemoaned a collapse in the defensive standards that humbled Barcelona five months ago following Juventus’ 3-0 Champions League Group D defeat at Camp Nou.Juve shut out Barca over the course of 180 minutes as they triumphed 3-0 on aggregate in last season’s quarter-final between the sides, but the LaLiga leaders found their Serie A counterparts a far less robust proposition this time around.Juventus 16/1 to win CL Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing A brilliant Lionel Messi goal put the hosts in front towards the end of a first half as even as the second period was one-sided.Messi created Ivan Rakitic’s goal and helped himself to another as a Juve defence without the injured Giorgio Chiellini and still adjusting to life without Leonardo Bonucci provided increasingly flimsy resistance.”We played a good first half but when you play these kind of games you have to take your chances,” Allegri told reporters.Gonzalo Higuain Barcelona Juventus UCL 12092017Gianluigi Buffon Barcelona Juventus UCL 12092017“We didn’t and we were punished at the end of the first half. Ironically we conceded three goals from counter-attacks but this was our worst mistake because we had to remain compact after Barcelona’s goal.”Obviously they have this player who can change every game but we had to do better in the second half.”You cannot expect to come here and dominate the game so we have to play better at a mental level, always trying to remain in the game even when everything seems difficult.”If you leave spaces to Messi, you get punished.”Let’s claw our way back into this match, Bianconeri#FinoAllaFine #FCBJuve— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) September 12, 2017It meant a Champions League debut to forget for Rodrigo Bentancur, who earned a maiden Juventus start.The Uruguayan midfielder, who cut his teeth with Argentine giants Boca Juniors, was left to marvel at Messi’s otherworldly talents.”We are sad for the defeat but we gave everything we had. Unfortunately it was not enough,” he told”I’m happy with my performance, the Champions League is different from the Copa Libertadores, there is more pace and better  technique.”Bentancur added: “Messi is incredible, he is a player from another planet.”last_img read more

Lloyd returns to USWNT roster

first_imgUnited States Lloyd returns to USWNT roster for South Korea friendlies Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 04:38 10/12/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Carli Lloyd USWNT Mitchell Leff United States United States v Korea Republic Korea Republic Friendlies Women The World Player of the Year is back in Jill Ellis’ squad after missing two matches in September with an ankle injury Carli Lloyd has returned from an ankle injury to earn a spot on the U.S. national team’s roster to face South Korea in a pair of October friendlies, U.S. Soccer announced Wednesday.Lloyd sat out two matches against New Zealand last month but has returned to fitness in time for inclusion on coach Jill Ellis’ 22-player roster. The two-time defending FIFA World Player of the Year hasn’t appeared in a match since suffering the injury in NWSL action with the Houston Dash on Aug. 14.Stanford midfielder Andi Sullivan also returns to the fold, with the 21-year-old earning her first call-up since suffering a torn ACL in November. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. The U.S. will face South Korea on Oct. 19 at the Superdome in New Orleans before hosting the same opponent three days later at Sahlen’s Stadium in Cary, North Carolina. Ellis’ side hasn’t faced South Korea since a 0-0 draw in Harrison, New Jersey, in the Americans’ final tune-up match before winning the 2015 Women’s World Cup.”South Korea is a team that is well positioned to qualify for the upcoming World Cup in France, a former world champion at the Under-17 level and a team that gave us a battle when we played them before the last World Cup,” Ellis said in a news release. “They fit perfectly into the mold of the kind of team we wanted to play this year and will be an excellent opponent for our group coming out of the NWSL season.”Here is the full U.S. roster:GOALKEEPERS (3): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), Sofia Huerta (Chicago Red Stars), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars), Taylor Smith (NC Courage)MIDFIELDERS (7): Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign), Andi Sullivan (Stanford)FORWARDS (5): Crystal Dunn (Chelsea), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit), Lynn Williams (NC Courage)last_img read more

James happy after form and weather issues

first_imgBayern München James ‘happy’ at Bayern after overcoming issues with form and weather Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 20:01 10/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) James Rodriguez Bayern Munich Getty Images Bayern München Bundesliga The Colombian playmaker admits that it has taken him a while to adjust to new surroundings in Germany following a summer switch from Real Madrid James Rodriguez insists he is “happy” at Bayern Munich as he continues to adjust to the demands of life in Germany.The Colombia international linked up with the reigning Bundesliga champions over the summer in an initial loan switch from Real Madrid, which includes the option for a permanent transfer.Bayern 23/20 to beat Dortmund Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player His early struggles suggested that a big-money move may not be best for all concerned, with the 26-year-old’s form mirroring that of Bayern as they stumbled out of the blocks under Carlo Ancelotti.James has, however, been back to his best of late – taking his contribution to two goals and five assists in the Bundesliga so far – and he is starting to feel more settled in different surroundings and a colder climate.He told the Bundesliga’s official website after netting in a 2-0 victory over RB Leipzig: “I had some pain in my back before the DFB Cup game against Leipzig last Wednesday, but I’m back to my best now.“I try to give my all in every training session in order to show my qualities in our matches. Obviously I still need to adapt to my new life here in Munich, but it’s getting better every day. I like it here.”James Rodriguez Bayern Munich form coldHe added: “Life here is something completely new to me and I also have to get used to Bayern’s playing style. That’s not something that happens overnight. And that’s before we talk about how cold it is!“But at the end of the day the only thing that matters here is the football, a game that’s the same wherever in the world you play it. I’m doing what I love and I’m happy to be doing that here.”James’ adjustment has not been helped by the departure of Ancelotti – the man who brought him to the Allianz Arena.He is, however, aware that changes in the dugout are part of modern football and that he now needs to focus on giving his all under Jupp Heynckes.James added on Ancelotti’s axing: “Nobody likes it when these things happen, but unfortunately that’s the way football is.“Those of us who live in this world have to realise that and adapt to it. You always have to be aware that things can change very suddenly. All I can say is that I’m very grateful to Carlo for everything I was able to learn from him.”last_img read more

Madrid arrest slump with three-goal victory

first_imgReal Madrid 3 Las Palmas 0: Zidane’s men bounce back from Tottenham defeat Ryan Benson 05:36 11/6/17 asensio-croopped Getty Images Goals from Casemiro, Marco Asensio and Isco secured Real Madrid an easy 3-0 win over Las Palmas in LaLiga on Sunday. Real Madrid bounced back from consecutive defeats to Girona and Tottenham by producing a commanding display to beat Las Palmas 3-0 in LaLiga on Sunday, with Marco Asensio’s stunning goal stealing the show.Zinedine Zidane’s men could ill-afford another loss after Barcelona went 11 points clear of them by beating Sevilla 2-1 on Saturday, but they rarely looked in trouble, showing a significant improvement from their Champions League loss to Spurs on Wednesday.Madrid spent much of the first half on the front foot and created a host of chances, with Karim Benzema wasting a glorious opportunity early on and Cristiano Ronaldo – who endured another frustrating day in front of goal in LaLiga – going on to hit the post. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Las Palmas’ resistance was finally ended by Casemiro just before the break, with the Brazilian’s goal the first header scored by Madrid in any competition this season.1 – Casemiro is the first Real Madrid player to score a headed goal this season in all competitions. Strange.— OptaJose (@OptaJose) November 5, 2017Asensio effectively wrapped things up early in the second half with a ferocious effort from 25 yards.And Isco completed the scoring with an easy finish from Ronaldo’s cross in the 74th minute, handing Las Palmas a seventh successive league defeat, while Madrid moved back up to third.It took just four minutes for Zidane’s side to carve the visitors open and create the first chance, but Benzema’s finish was one of a player lacking confidence, as the French striker shot straight at Raul Lizoain when one-on-one.Las Palmas almost made them pay for that miss a few moments later, Vitolo charging into the right side of the area and forcing Kiko Casilla into an important stop.The hosts remained the dominant force, however, and felt aggrieved not to be awarded a penalty in the 24th minute when Isco’s chipped pass appeared to strike the arm of Ximo Navarro.Las Palmas then had the frame of the goal to thank shortly after, as Ronaldo saw his curling left-footed effort clip the outside of the left-hand post from 18 yards.The breakthrough eventually came four minutes before half-time, Casemiro heading in from six yards after a corner was deflected through to him.Las Palmas were more purposeful at the start of the second half and felt they should have had a penalty when Vitolo appeared to be pulled back by Casemiro.And Madrid took full advantage of that let-off in stunning fashion just before the hour mark.The visitors cleared a free-kick as far as the lurking Asensio and he lashed an unstoppable half-volley into the top-left corner from 25 yards. What a rocket by @marcoasensio10!#RealMadrid 2-0 @UDLP_Oficial— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) November 5, 2017Ronaldo showed signs of frustration as his poor league form in front of goal continued, but he did make a telling contribution 16 minutes from time, crossing in for Isco to tuck in a third.Madrid probably should have been awarded a late penalty when Mauricio Lemos tripped Nacho Fernandez in the box, but it had no impact on the end result, as the hosts confidently secured all three points. read morelast_img read more

Casemiro: Neymar welcome at Madrid

first_imgTransfers Neymar always welcome at Real Madrid – Casemiro Dejan Kalinic Last updated 1 year ago 10:45 11/15/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Neymar - Cropped Getty Images Transfers Real Madrid England v Brazil Brazil PSG Ligue 1 Primera División Friendlies Neymar The Brazil midfielder wants his compatriot to know that he’ll always have a place open at his former club’s biggest rival Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro hopes Neymar joins the La Liga champions and he said his Brazil team-mate would always be welcome at the club.Neymar, 25, has been linked to Madrid despite only joining Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona in a world-record deal in August.Neymar 13/2 to be CL top scorer Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Casemiro said he would happily have Neymar at the Santiago Bernabeu, but insisted his international team-mate was happy in Paris.”He’s a star. He knows what he’s doing. He’s a great player and he’ll always be welcome at Real Madrid,” he told COPE after Brazil’s 0-0 friendly draw with England on Tuesday.”I hope he comes, but he’s happy at his club.”A bola teimou em não entrar no 1º tempo! Vamos vencer essa, #Brasil! #GigantesPorNatureza— CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) November 14, 2017Brazil’s draw against England completed a fine year for Tite’s men, who dominated CONMEBOL qualifying to reach the World Cup.Casemiro said Brazil had an opportunity at Russia 2018, but acknowledged his nation would be targeted.”We know that in a World Cup, everyone wants to beat Brazil,” he said.”But we have a great group.”last_img read more

RB Leipzig’s Keita scores first Champions League goal

first_imgAfrican All Stars GALLERY: Naby Keita scores first Champions League goal as RB Leipzig shock Monaco 06:23 11/22/17 Comments(0) 1/15 GALLERY: Naby Keita scores first Champions League goal as RB Leipzig shock Monaco Naby Keita Getty RB Leipzig Getty Full screen 1 of 15 Share Close The Guinean midfielder found the back of the net as his German side dumped the French champions out of the competition FacebookTwitterRedditcopy African All Stars Opinionlast_img

Liverpool flop Suso excites Gattuso

first_imgMilan Gattuso excited to work with Liverpool flop Suso at Milan Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 04:09 11/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Suso Milan Cagliari Serie A Getty Images Milan Serie A Benevento v Milan Benevento Andre Silva and Franck Kessie have also been singled out by the new Rossoneri manager as players he is looking forward to coaching New AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso is looking forward to working with Suso, Franck Kessie and Andre Silva, as he sees plenty of room for improvement in the young trio.Gattuso was promoted from his role as youth team coach on Monday following the sacking of Vincenzo Montella, who paid the price for an underwhelming start to the campaign following heavy expenditure in the off-season transfer market.Milan 23/20 to beat Benevento to nil Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Former Italy and Milan star Gattuso takes over with the club seventh in Serie A, and he will be looking to inspire an immediate improvement against Benevento on Sunday.He told reporters on the players that excite him, including a former Liverpool flop: “I’m looking forward to working with Suso and [learning] whether he is only effective on the right and drifting infield and getting the ball on to his left foot.”I really want to see it that’s true or not and if he can be effective elsewhere as well. I’m excited about that.”I’m also looking forward to working with [Franck] Kessie. He isn’t really getting forward quite as much as he was last season with Atalanta.”There are lots of exciting challenges for me here, and areas to work on. With hard work and time, we can improve. We won’t waste any time in cracking on.”LIVE from Milanello! ⚠Rino Gattuso and Massimiliano Mirabelli are answering all the questions from the mediaEnglish Audio Mister Gattuso e @MassMirabelli rispondono alle domande dei giornalistiAudio Italiano — AC Milan (@acmilan) November 28, 2017 Gattuso was also asked for his opinion on Silva, who joined from Porto for €38 million in pre-season but is yet to score his first Serie A goal.The Portuguese forward does not have too much to worry about, however, with Gattuso seemingly a big fan of the 22-year-old.”He’s a very talented player,” Gattuso said. “I think he was an excellent buy and has done really well in the Europa League and is highly sought after, he has shown that.”He plays for the team and that is one of his strengths. He makes those runs from deep, cuts inside and I think we have to try to get the best out of him and make sure he plays as much as possible for the team, rather than as an individual.”last_img read more

Mourinho: Title race probably over

first_imgManchester United v Manchester City Mourinho admits Premier League title race ‘probably’ over after Manchester derby defeat Matthew Scott 03:23 12/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jose Mourinho, Manchester United vs Manchester City, 17/18 Getty Images Manchester United v Manchester City Premier League José Mourinho Manchester United Manchester City United fell 11 points adrift of rivals City after losing to Pep Guardiola’s men 2-1 at Old Trafford Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho conceded the title race to “lucky” Manchester City after Pep Guardiola’s side left Old Trafford on Sunday with a 2-1 win and 11-point lead in the Premier League.Goals from David Silva and Nicolas Otamendi, either side of Marcus Rashford’s equaliser, secured City’s 14th win in succession, an English top-flight record in a single season.Mourinho was enraged by referee Michael Oliver booking Ander Herrera for diving late on as the Spaniard tumbled over Otamendi’s challenge in the penalty area – a moment laced with mirth given the Portuguese’s pre-match accusations over City’s simulation. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But Mourinho believes City are being “protected by luck” in their march to the top of the league – a factor he thinks could help them lift the trophy.Asked by BBC Sport if the title race was run, Mourinho said: “Probably, yes.”Manchester City are a very good team and they are protected by the luck, and the gods of football are behind them.”I’m pretty sure everyone is going to fight for points and try and reduce the distance, but the advantage is a very good one.”Both of City’s goals came from United’s failure to clear set-pieces as Mourinho saw his team cede large amounts of possession to Guardiola’s men.He added: “Two bad goals. Not what you expect to concede. City have good qualities. They have a huge percentage of ball but their creation we kept control of.”We did enough to win the game? It depends on your perspective. They had more of the ball and apparently more control because they kept the ball more than us. But I think the players fought enough.“Without any analysing the match is made of incidents and the penalty was a big incident.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Carabao Cup semi-final draw: Chelsea face Arsenal

first_imgLeague Cup Carabao Cup semi-final draw: Chelsea to face Arsenal in last-four Goal Last updated 1 year ago 06:33 12/21/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(16) Alex Iwobi N'Golo Kante Arsenal Chelsea Getty Images League Cup Premier League Bristol City Arsenal Chelsea Manchester City It will be a London derby in one of the League Cup semi-finals while Bristol City will look to repeat their upset heroics against Manchester City It will be a London derby in the Carabao Cup semi-finals as Chelsea and Arsenal have been drawn against each other in the last four.Meanwhile, Premier League leaders Manchester City will take on Championship upstarts Bristol City, who managed a stunning upset of Manchester United on Wednesday. Chelsea led for most of their fifth-round match against fellow Premier League side Bournemouth, but a late goal from Dan Gosling appeared to be sending the match to extra time, only for an Alvaro Morata stoppage-time winner to ensure the Blues’s passage into the semi. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Arsenal found things a little more comfortable with a 1-0 win in another London derby, against West Ham United, on Tuesday.Bristol City, currently sitting third in the Championship, are the surprise team in the draw. The only non-Premier League side in the quarter-finals, they snuck through with a stoppage time winner by Korey Smith to stun the Red Devils and knock the reigning Carabao Cup champions out of the competition.Man City also saw drama in their quarter-final match, having it come down to penalties against Leicester City as they kept their quadruple hopes alive for the season.The teams will meet in a two-legged play-off, with the first leg scheduled for January 9 and 10 and the return fixtures January 23 and 24.The winners will contest the final at Wembley Stadium on February 25.  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Dick, Kerr Ladies decorate Deepdale with the resplendent tribute they deserve

first_imgShare on Facebook The forgotten story of … the Dick, Kerr’s Ladies football team Pinterest features Share on LinkedIn Dick Kerr Ladies’ take on the French Ladies International team at Herne Hill, London. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Topics Anita Asante, left, will re-sign for Chelsea in January. Photograph: Christopher Lee/Getty Sportblog It is apt that a year when the profile of women’s football has taken a leap forward marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of Dick, Kerr Ladies.Commemorating the team’s first game at Deepdale, a memorial to the pioneering side was unveiled at the home of Preston North End last Friday. And what a memorial. A staggering 3.5 tonnes of granite has been used for the tribute. This is no small plaque tucked away in a corner; at six metres high by four metres wide it’s a towering presence in the corner of the ground, sitting proudly behind the fountain-statue tribute to Preston’s favourite son, Sir Tom Finney.The story of the Dick, Kerr Ladies football team may be increasingly told, but that women’s football even existed in the early part of the 20th century is still very much a secret. With the war over, and unemployment, poverty and inflation rising, the working class was restless and demanding a standard of living befitting heroes returning from war. Industrial struggle was on the up and as women’s football switched from raising money for soldiers to the striking miners of their communities and the like, the upper echelons of football were tense.So in 1921, months after the stunning Goodison Park crowd for the Dick, Kerr Ladies, the Football Association banned women’s football under the auspices of the sport being “unsuitable” for women. The governing body publicly discredited the game and forced women’s football from FA-affiliated stadiums and into public parks.At a time when attitudes towards women’s sport were being transformed for the better, when women’s football was being covered favourably in the press and the women were raising huge sums of money, the FA did more than scythe off the growth – they ripped up the roots and actively pushed attitudes backwards.In spite of the ban Dick, Kerr Ladies played until 1965 to dwindling crowds, winning 759 of 833 games and raising the equivalent of over £10m for charity.Today, in any article or discussion about the future of women’s football, the game’s appeal, profitability and quality of play are always questioned. Yet the story of the Dick, Kerr Ladies, and the early successes of women’s football, go a long way to answering those questions and explaining what has been overcome to take women’s football to the level it is at today.The memorial, sponsored by the FA, BAE Systems, University of Central Lancashire, Preston North End, FWP Architects, Uefa and the Professional Footballers’ Association, was unveiled by the former England captain and Preston Ladies player Sheila Parker, the former England and Everton goalkeeper Rachel Brown-Finnis and Gail Newsham, who has worked for 25 years to raise the profile of this incredible team.Newsham is extremely happy with the positioning of the tribute. “One of the players, Joan Whalley, who played after the second world war, played football with Tom Finney when they were kids,” she said. “She’s etched on to the bottom plinth. They both played on the right wing. He was always her hero and when she was inducted into the hall of fame it was Tom that presented the award to her niece.”She went on: “There’s been lots of tears over the years, lots of highs and lows with it. But this has been the end result. For me it’s always been about those women, getting recognition for them – that’s been my driving force.“I think because when I played football nobody was interested, then I discovered this story and it was unjust. And I’m a champion against injustice so this is what it’s all culminated in today. I’m absolutely thrilled.”Talking points • The Sky Blue FC forward Leah Galton has left the NWSL side to join Bayern Munich. Galton has signed an 18-month contract and becomes the first English woman to play for the club. Having started her career at Leeds Ladies, the 23-year-old was drafted by Sky Blue in 2016, when she was also called up to the senior England squad.• The fixtures for the 2018 SheBelieves Cup have been announced. England face Germany, France and the USA in the invitational round-robin competition, won by France this year. The Lionesses travel to Columbus, Ohio, where they will play France on 1 March. They will then face Germany in New Jersey three days later before playing the hosts and World Cup holders USA at Orlando City Stadium on 8 March.• Chelsea Ladies have agreed to re-sign the defensive midfielder Anita Asante when the transfer window opens on Friday. The 32-year-old revealed in November that she would be leaving the Swedish club Rosengard after four years. She joined Chelsea from Arsenal – having been part of the Gunners’ quadruple-winning side – in 2008, then played for five clubs in the US before moving to Sweden. Facebook Twitter center_img Pinterest Share on Messenger Share via Email Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Twitter Facebook Read more Women’s football The year 1917 is known as one of revolution and war but it was also period where women were being released from the shackles of the kitchen and the home, went out to work and claimed their first taste of independence on a mass scale – as they replaced the men, who were at war, in the factories.Like the men on the shopfloors before them, women – taking their new liberation beyond work – laced up heavy leather boots and formed factory football teams.The Dick, Kerr and Co locomotive factory, converted to a munitions manufacturer during the first world war, was one of the many firms to boost workers’ morale with competitive sport. That is how, on Christmas Day in 1917, the newly formed Dick, Kerr Ladies took on Arundel Coulthards Foundry in front of 10,000 spectators at Deepdale. The charity match raised £600 (almost £50,000 today) for injured soldiers convalescing at the Moor Park military hospital.The team’s profile and stock rapidly grew, and defying attitudes of the time huge crowds would show up to watch the side. In 1920 they walked out for the first ladies’ international, against a Parisian team in front of 25,000 fans – a record for a crowd at the ground. On Boxing Day 1920 they hit a phenomenal peak with 53,000 filing into Goodison Park and a further 14,000 outside, unable to get in.The winger Lily Parr became a household name. She scored 43 goals in her first season, 1,000 goals throughout her career and had such a powerful shot that she broke the arm of a man who was convinced she couldn’t score a penalty against him. A revolutionary on and off the pitch, Parr was gay and lived with her partner and she wasn’t alone. In 1921, at the end of a series of four unofficial internationals between France and England (which Dick, Kerr Ladies had unofficially become) the captains, Alice Kelly and Madeleine Bracquemond, unintimidated by those watching, kissed in greeting.A handful of women in the game are out today and there are no openly gay professional men’s players. Yet in the 1920s a layer of women footballers were comfortable expressing their sexuality publicly. Share on WhatsApp Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Mikel Arteta is strong favourite to replace Arsène Wenger at Arsenal

first_imgThe club have considered the merits of a number of managers, including Max Allegri, but the current Juventus manager wants greater control over budgets and recruitment for the next cycle of his career. Those demands do not match the Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis’s vision for the job and Allegri is understood to be leaning towards staying in Turin.Arteta would be happy to take a job more akin to that of a head coach. That would not compromise the structure put in place by Gazidis. Last November the club appointed Dortmund’s Sven Mislintat and Barcelona’s Raul Sanllehi as head of recruitment and football relations respectively.Arteta, a former Arsenal captain who played for the club from 2011 to 2016, has been working as a coach at Manchester City under Pep Guardiola since July 2016. City’s manager has said he would not stand in Arteta’s way if Arsenal come calling. Topics Share on Pinterest Arsène Wenger Sign up for The Fiver, our free daily football email. Share via Email news Arsenal Mikel Arteta is the strong favourite to succeed Arsène Wenger as manager at Arsenal, with productive talks having progressed between his camp and the club.Conversations are so advanced that Arteta is giving thought to the people he might want in his backroom team. It is unclear whether Steve Bould would stay, with Wenger’s assistant not always seeing eye to eye with Arteta when they were together at Arsenal. Share on LinkedIncenter_img Share on Facebook “If he decides to move because he has this offer, this option, I will not say you don’t have to go,” Guardiola said. “I want the best for my friends and he’s a friend of mine. If he decides to go, I will be so sad but I will understand his decision, because it’s his career, his life, his family.” David Squires on … Arsène Wenger and the North Bank Redemption Read more Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Reuse this contentlast_img read more

There is a secret to saving a World Cup penalty. Here it is

first_imgThe referee blows his whistle, the penalty taker begins to limber up, and fans tense up. The goalkeeper has a high-stakes decision to make. Where will he jump – to his right or left, or will he stay in the middle? No matter how experienced, the keeper is likely to make a common mistake: jumping into action when doing nothing would be a better idea.An analysis of 286 penalty shootouts found most keepers prefer to leap left (49.3%) or right (44.4%) instead of staying put in the centre (6.3%). However, staying in the centre would have been a better idea. The study shows 39.2% of kicks head for the middle, 32.1% go to the left, 28.7% to the right. So why do keepers leap when it would be better to stay put? According to Michael Bar-Eli and his colleagues, the answer is action bias. This is our tendency to take action even when doing nothing is better. Jordan Pickford has one question to ask himself – how good does he want to be? Support The Guardian Examples of action bias are all around us. Owners of football clubs faced with a bad run of form fire their manager even though it would be better to keep them on. People trading shares prefer to make unprofitable trades than to do nothing at all. Employees go out of their way to look busy even when doing less would have exactly the same outcome. Doctors frequently perform caesarean sections when a natural birth would have been better.One reason we are so keen to act is to avoid regret. Goalkeepers who are under pressure because their teams is losing often jump. They know if they didn’t do anything and missed the ball, then they would feel worse than if they tried and got it wrong.A team of Dutch psychologists found something similar in their lab. They noticed that if people were faced with a string of negative results after performing a task, then they were more likely to choose to do something rather than nothing. When they were asked about why they had decided to take action, they found the people they were studying wanted to avoid feeling regretful for not trying.Another reason we often leap into action is that we are rewarded for it. Fans think it is simply bad luck if a goalkeeper leaps to the left of the goal while the ball flies to the right. But if the keeper stayed put in the centre, and the ball sailed into the top left of the goal, it’s likely fans would be outraged by their laziness. So, we reward keepers with our approval if they do something (even if it is wrong), but punish them with jeers if they do nothing. The same is true for chief executives of companies. If a boss decides to implement the latest management fad in their company, they will be rewarded with increased bonuses, even if the fad has no impact on company performance whatsoever.We treat our governments the same way. If the government does something when facing a crisis (no matter how disastrous the consequences), citizens viewed it more positively than if the government did nothing. We even make judgments about healthcare this way. Generally, we tend to prefer doctors who offer us treatments over doctors who don’t. This is despite the fact that often having a treatment can make our health worse. Share on Facebook Psychology Making good decisions means keeping our bias towards action in check. Often the secret to success is doing nothing, at least for a while. For instance, the best tennis players are able to hold off responding to a shot for an opponent as long as possible. This gives them time to analyse the incoming ball and respond in the right way. The same is true for investors. Female investors tend to perform better than their male counterparts because they trade less. Holding back from action has also proved effective in the murky world of politics. One factor that helped Cosimo de’ Medici to dominate Renaissance Florence was his ability to do nothing while forcing his foes to act, and show their hand. This gave Medici a distinct advantage: he knew what his enemies’ interests were, while they had no idea about his. In addition, they had to invest precious resources into taking action, while Medici could sit back, watch, and wait until the time was ripe.When goalkeepers face a penalty kick in the remaining games of the World Cup, they might remember that sometimes the best course of action is inaction. As the penalty taker approaches the spot, maybe they are better off being a little more like a scheming Medici than an anxious action hero who is ready to spring into action at the first sign of danger.• André Spicer is professor of organisational behaviour at the Cass Business School at City, University of London. He is the author of the book Business Bullshit Since you’re here… Read more World Cup Football Topics Read more Insults and lower leagues prepared Jordan Pickford for World Cup Opinion comment Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest World Cup 2018 Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Staring us in the face, in plain sight, giving us the big do-you-want-some

first_imgShare on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp No chance, pal. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Uefa via Getty Images Harry Kane resumed Tottenham training on Wednesday. Photograph: Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images The Fiver Share on Messenger Whether we should have been surprised by the Liverpool-Bayern match ending goalless is a moot point. The two clubs had met at Anfield in official Uefa competition only twice before, in 1972 and 1981, and on both occasions the game finished with both keepers as content as you’ll ever find them. A 0-0 scoreline was staring us in the face, in plain sight, giving us the big do-you-want-some, despite all that talk of two rickety defences facing two potent attacks. The Fiver has Bayern in the box seat now, though Andy Robertson was quick to play the no-away-goal-conceded card, which is a fashionable argument these days, while Mats Hummels insisted that “the result is satisfying but no more, it is still 50-50.” Nevertheless, the Bayern defender was happy to have carried out a plan to perfection. “We wanted to keep the fans quiet. They tried to be loud but then we took some time off the clock.” To repeat, it’s nearly 50 of your leisure-purchasing pounds a ticket. A hard rain’s gonna fall.Hopefully tonight’s ties will produce a higher level of recreational enjoyment. Manchester City are the current favourites to win Big Cup, even though we all know pantomime villain Sergio Ramos will find some way to keep a hold of the thing – he’ll not be letting go without a fight. Still, City will be confident of getting a positive result tonight at Schalke, as they’ve got a decent record in Germany recently, winning away at Hoffenheim, Borussia Monchengladbach and Bayern Munich in the last few seasons. Elsewhere, Atlético Madrid host Juventus; both Antoine Griezmann and Him are usually good for a Big Cup goal or two. So it could be a banner evening of F.U.N.!!! Having said that, Atléti and Juve have only met twice before, and those encounters finished 1-0 and 0-0. Ah. Oh dear. Prices for the return leg, in case you’re planning to go, start at €75. Goals, please! Or failing that, some sort of game-cleansing reckoning.LIVE ON BIG WEBSITEJoin Scott Murray from 8pm GMT for hot MBM coverage of Atlético 0-0 Juventus, while Paul Doyle will be on hand for Schalke 0-1 Manchester City.QUOTE OF THE DAY“I would like to thank you once again for your help in the preparation and delivery of the World Cup. To demonstrate our gratitude for this joint work, I signed a decree awarding you the Order of Friendship of the Russian Federation” – Vladimir Putin thanks chief Fifa suit Gianni Infantino. Just think what he could get from the Qataris! Jonathan Wilson Topics Facebook Pinterest Twitter Bayern Munich Twitter Manchester City’s world domination enterprise, City Football Group, has confirmed the gobbling up of another club, Chinese third-tier outfit Sichuan Jiuniu. “China is an extremely important football market,” trilled City chief suit Ferran Soriano.Maurizio Sarri has had no contact with the Chelsea hierarchy this week and suggested his tactics are not the reason for the club’s struggles. “The system is a false problem,” he Sarri-ed. Nantes are set to take their transfer-fee dispute with Cardiff over Emiliano Sala to Fifa this week.Ashley Young is feeling all chipper about Manchester United facing Liverpool this Sunday.Karl Oyston’s tribunal case against his equally revered dad, Owen, over non-payment of wages at Blackpool has been adjourned. Blackpool, now in receivership, huffed that it was not something they could comment on.Sami Khedira has undergone “electrophysiological study and successful interventional therapy with ablation of an arrhythmogenic atrial focus”, which is the long way of saying he’s being treated for an irregular heartbeat. The German is expected to be fit again in a month.STILL WANT MORE?Defending is back, which is exciting news for Jonathan Wilson. Pinterest Friends! Photograph: Yuri Kadobnov/Pool/EPA Lyon Liverpoolcenter_img features FIVER LETTERS“Dear Ilkay Gündoğan, rather than winning Big [Cup] once and being at the same level as Real Madrid etc, your first target is to win it twice so you can be compared to Nottingham Forest. A bit of perspective and taking things step by step is required methinks” – Brendan Mackinney.Regarding claims about taking people to football matches and them marrying them (Fivers passim), I took my long-term partner to see Arsenal v Aston Villa (neither of which are my teams) in 1993. The language on the home terrace was frankly Rabelaisian due to an away win. She has since refused my invitation to marry three times. Can I claim an infinite timescale between said match and yet-to-be-hitched? My daughter is still talking to me after taking her to see Oxford United before Christmas. My son is simply ‘not interested’” – Ed McDowall.“In 2001, I took my Dutch girlfriend to see Ireland beat the Dutch 1-0 and knock them out of the 2002 World Cup Qualifiers. She quickly got over the disappointment by us attending U2 at Slane the same day, meeting Bono and the Edge afterwards and then much later a drunken Irish football team in Lillie’s Bordello nightclub. We did get married, but as both a Republic of Ireland and Coventry City supporter, I have repeatedly told her that that magic is unlikely to be recreated in the near future. Still, we wait in hope” – Gerry Rickard.Send your letters to And you can always tweet The Fiver via @guardian_sport. Today’s winner of our letter o’the day is … Brendan Mackinney, who wins The Game, by Stuart Roy Clarke. Condolences to Nick Livesey. Plenty more prizes to come.NEWS, BITS AND BOBSHarry Kane is back, baby. Read more Want some meat and potatoes? Get Jordan Henderson round, writes Barney Ronay.Remember when PFA suit Gordon Taylor promised a review into how the PFA is run? Marina Hyde does, and she’s here to remind everybody else. Matija Nastasic asked Manuel Pellegrini to let him leave, luckily he allowed Nick Ames to stay long enough to tell him about it.Diego Simeone’s plan to never let the opposition score was formed in Italy, as Greg Lea explains.Bury manager Ryan Lowe sat down for a hot chat about playing like Barcelona in League Two, $tevie Mbe and a Jürgen Klopp compliment.Oh, and if it’s your thing … you can follow Big Website on Big Social FaceSpace. And INSTACHAT, TOO!LOO TRICK THIEVES WORTH EVERY PENNYYesterday evening, Barcelona took 25 shots against Lyon but none of them went in, so they drew for the fourth time in five matches. At Anfield, Naby Keïta had a pass completion rate of 74%. But apart from those two examples of things that are brimful of pretty attacking promise but aren’t quite clicking at the moment, there was very little to talk about in Big Cup. The needle on the Fiver’s patented Entertainmentometer™© got stuck halfway between Mildly Diverting But Only Because There’s Nothing On Any Of The Other Channels and Intriguing But Only Because You’re Trying Way Too Hard. Bah. As a banner displayed in the Bayern end and applauded by the Liverpool fans noted, you had to pay £48 for a ticket to watch this stuff. One day a real rain will come. Reuse this content Is defending making a comeback after the gung-ho attacking years? Barcelona Share via Email Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Facebook Pinterest Champions League Twitter Share on LinkedIn Facebook last_img read more