Press Association Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is happy with his side’s positioning halfway through the title race. Promoted Watford have been one of the season’s surprise packages and go into the game against City at Vicarage Road just two points off fifth place. Pellegrini said: “Maybe at the beginning of the season it can be a surprise, the same as Leicester, but when you play 19 games, half of the season, and you are still talking about Watford or Leicester, they continue playing in a good way, it is because they have important players in a good moment of high performance and managers that are doing very well their job.” City’s clean sheet against Leicester was their first this season without injured captain Vincent Kompany, who could be out for another month with calf trouble. Left-back Gael Clichy and midfielders Fernando and Fabian Delph are back in contention. But Pellegrini does not think that matters as none of the leading contenders have been able to find consistency. The Chilean said: “Of course we are in a good position. Always the best position is to be top of the table but I think that this is a special season in the Premier League. “With the amount of points we have at this moment, it is not good to fight for the title in a normal season, but we are now just three points behind the leaders. I hope we are going to complete with a very good second part of the season.” To get their challenge firing City need to address their away form. Pellegrini’s men have won just three of their nine games on the road and the last of them was on September 12. Yaya Toure’s late consolation in the 2-1 loss at Arsenal on December 21 was also their only goal in their last five away games. But Pellegrini saw positives in Tuesday’s goalless draw at second-placed Leicester and the team will look to build on that as they travel to Watford on Saturday. He said: “If we didn’t win the last games that we played away, it is because we must improve. “But it was good to have a clean sheet and for me the best thing from that game was continuing to playing the same way we did in the last two games. “We didn’t win against Arsenal but I don’t think we played a bad game and we played very well against Sunderland. I think we also played very well against Leicester. Maybe we have to finish a little bit more but I think we are in the correct way.” City are third in the Barclays Premier League after 19 games, three points behind leaders Arsenal. City have already been beaten five times and, with 36 points, are well down on their tallies at the equivalent stages of their title-winning campaigns of 2011-12 (45) and 2013-14 (41).
One of the best things about college football is all the tradition. No other major sport has as many 100-year rivalries and traveling trophies as the NCAA gridiron.We’ve been blessed here at Wisconsin with the most-played rivalry in FBS: the battle with Minnesota for Paul Bunyan’s Axe. We’ve also got a few of the better traditions in the Big Ten with the Fifth Quarter, Camp Randall’s version of the wave and our beloved Jump Around. All three are part of what make Badger football games the events that they are.Obviously UW isn’t alone in that respect, as pretty much every other school has its own famous traditions: Penn State’s white-outs, Script Ohio at Ohio State (which I hate), running Ralphie the Buffalo around the field at Colorado, racism at Florida State. Missing from any list of NCAA football’s best traditions is anything that has to do with Minnesota, which Gopher fans seem to be fine with.Until now, apparently.While browsing Facebook yesterday, a former Herald sports editor brought this little nugget to my attention: There’s a Facebook group created by Minnesota students called “New 3rd Quarter Tradition.” The goal is to pick a song to be played at TCF Bank Stadium between the third and fourth quarters to get the student section pumped. Sound familiar?Oh, Minnesota. You go and get a shiny new stadium and then embarrass yourselves like this. To be fair, they do acknowledge Jump Around is our thing, so it’s not like they’re oblivious to the fact that this looks like a lame rip-off. And I do tip my cap to the effort. Best of all, it involves no dotting of any “i’s.”But the biggest problem I have with the whole thing is the mission to start a tradition. It’s as if they think it’s like deciding to order a pizza or picking out what to wear for the day. You can’t set out to start a tradition; it just ends up happening.Our own Jump Around started at UW’s 1998 Homecoming game against Purdue. With little going on during a boring game, a marketing guy decided House of Pain was just what the stadium needed to amp them up — and he was right. A little more than a decade later and Camp Randall still sways and shakes prior to the beginning of every fourth quarter.The great thing about this was that it wasn’t planned; it was spontaneous. More importantly, it had enough of an impact that it was repeated through the years until Jump Around became ESPN’s favorite thing to talk about ad nauseam anytime they televise a Badger game.Back to the Minnesota student section’s latest endeavor: I can’t blame them for trying, nor can I blame them for not having any great football traditions. They did play in the Metrodome for 26 years after all. The only thing that has less personality than that building is Ben Stein.I do understand where those guys are coming from, though. The Gophers can feel like a “real” college football team now that they have an awesome new outdoor stadium. There’s a real drive in the Twin Cities to show TCF Bank Stadium can create its own legacy comparable to other Big Ten venues. But Minnesota fans have a lot of catch-up to do as far as tradition goes (for the sake of this argument, forget that cheerleading was invented at Minnesota; every team everywhere has cheerleaders now). But with little more than the school song and “Ski-U-Mah,” in the way of unique traditions, this newest generation of Minnesota fans has its work cut out for it.There’s another detriment to the cause too — the fact that you need a Minnesota student ID with your ticket to get into the student section. What’s the point of cultivating a great student fan base if you don’t let outsiders enjoy it? Part of what makes the student section fun at Camp Randall is bringing friends and family along to enjoy the madness. I’ve even seen grandparents yelling choice words as part of a certain call-and-return chant for which Madison is infamous. If you have something good, share it with the world.And not that it’s the biggest factor, but sharing these kinds of traditions can go a long way toward attracting students. As a native Minnesotan raised by a Gopher and UMD Bulldog, I always figured I would end up going to the U of M. But a November trip to Madison my senior year in high school that included a football game changed a lot of that. No small part of it was the fact that I was allowed into the student section. Seeing the wave split and reverse, singing oldies in the stands, the novelty of yelling “beer!” after every “we want more” chant — it all gave me a great sense of community. I mean, where else can you get on the 81 on a Friday night and have the entire bus break out into a spontaneous rendition of “Build Me Up Buttercup?” True story, by the way.It’s the little things like this that give a school its personality. And that’s the thing about a personality — you develop one, you don’t go on Facebook to create one. Same thing applies to tradition.As enthusiastic as Gopher fans may be about outdoor football, you can’t force tradition, nor simply will it to start. Facebook, of all things, seems like an unlikely catalyst for a long-lasting legacy. How will Minnesota alumni feel telling their kids that the reason they play (insert whatever song they choose here) during every game was because of a Facebook group? Of course, they’ll then have to explain to their kids what “Facebook” was and it can only go downhill from there.As much as I love bashing Minnesota, I do have to give them this: They are nurturing a budding tradition that is actually pretty legit. Prior to home games now, the team has a “victory walk” from the McNamara Alumni Center into the stadium, allowing fans to cheer them on before the stands themselves are filled. It’s a pretty neat concept that they should make sure to carry on.But for now, Minnesota football tradition is a work in progress. For a few years at least, people will probably have more fun at other Big Ten venues where the customs are already established (even if they’re overrated, like a certain OSU band formation). Take heart, Gophers — you’ve got the stadium, you’ve got the enthusiasm, you’ve got a newly-electrified fan base. The tradition will come on its own.Adam is a junior majoring in journalism. Did he mention he hates the dotting of the “i”? Are you annoyed with Minnesota’s attempt to create a tradition? Seriously, dotting the”i” sucks. E-mail him at [email protected]
The Dodgers, Yankees, Braves and Astros, amongst others, have been linked to Syndergaard, as well.The Mets are six games out of the second National League wild-card spot with a 50-55 record. They acquired Marcus Stroman from the Blue Jays on Sunday in exchange for two pitching prospects. New York is “fully intent on dealing” Syndergaard, who was an All-Star as a 23-year-old in 2016, before the July 31 trade deadline, rival executives told ESPN last week.Rival evaluators say they believe the Mets are fully intent on dealing Noah Syndergaard before the trade deadline. “It’s beyond listening,” said one. “They want to move him.”— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 25, 2019″I’m trying not to pay too much attention to (the trade rumors),” Syndergaard said earlier this month, via MLB.com. “As of right now, I love being a Met. If something were to ever change, it would definitely be bittersweet just because New York City itself, the fanbase and just the guys in this clubhouse have a special place in my heart.”The Mets are also reportedly exploring moving Jason Vargas, Edwin Diaz, Todd Frazier and Zack Wheeler — although New York may also look to sign him to an extension if it trades Syndergaard.“We are going to be open-minded,” Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen told reporters in mid-July. “We are going to be thoughtful and measured in terms of what we do as we approach the deadline, all with the eyes on trying to improve this club.” Yankees trade rumors: New York ‘willing to consider’ moving Clint Frazier, Miguel Andujar for starter The Padres are reportedly pursuing Mets starter Noah Syndergaard, but the sides appear far away from completing a deal.San Diego’s offers for the 26-year-old right-hander have been “especially light,” according to a report from MLB Insider Jon Heyman. Padres, Braves and to a lesser degree Astros have been cited as potential landing spots for Syndergaard due to nice farm systems. To this moment offers of Padres — who seek a starter with contract control to lead their staff — are said to be especially light.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 28, 2019The Padres are “not optimistic” about landing Syndergaard and New York’s price tag for him is “too steep for their taste,” according to USA Today. The #Padres are not optimistic about acquiring Noah Syndergaard in a trade with the #Mets, believing the pricetag remains too steep for their taste.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 29, 2019Syndergaard has regressed in 2019 as he holds a 7-5 record with a 4.33 ERA in 20 starts. But, he remains an attractive asset because he’ll be under team control through the 2021 season. Related News
Supporters of Russian athletes wait before the preliminary round of the men’s hockey game between the team from Russia and the United States at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — The Winter Olympics are more than halfway done, and the Russians still don’t have a gold medal.It’s an unpleasant experience for a country which finished atop the medal standings in the games it hosted four years ago in Sochi with 13 gold medals — though two of those have since been stripped for doping.ADVERTISEMENT Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed “We’re happy with every medal,” despite the lack of gold, Pozdnyakov said. “Our main target is to get the flag back.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Like most of the world, Russia counts gold medals first in the standings, so to sit behind Belarus and Britain is galling for the team.A key reason for the team’s lack of gold medals here is that the International Olympic Committee refused to invite dozens of Russian athletes, saying it couldn’t be sure they hadn’t been part of doping schemes.Among those missing were 2014 gold medalists including cross-country skier Alexander Legkov and skeleton slider Alexander Tretiakov, plus top speedskaters and biathletes. That has forced some little-known Russians to step into the role of team leaders.Among those is the 21-year-old cross-country skier Alexander Bolshunov, who won bronze in the sprint, missing out on gold by 1.36 seconds.Pozdnyakov said Bolshunov and other cross-country skiers were a new generation of Russian athletes with eyes on the 2022 Olympics in Beijing.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer But then again, the country of Russia is not here.On the wall of the “Olympic athletes from Russia” delegation office in Pyeongchang, there’s a board titled “our podium” with Russian medal-winners’ photos attached under pictures of gold, silver and bronze medals. The gold column is empty.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We’d like to fill in that part of the chart, so that we get a number instead of a zero,” the head of the delegation, Stanislav Pozdnyakov, said Sunday. “I think we’re justified in hoping for gold medals.”Russians traditionally consider the medals race the biggest event of all — coming first is considered “winning the Olympics” — but as of Sunday afternoon in Pyeongchang, Russian athletes had two silver and seven bronze medals. LATEST STORIES D-League: AMA recalls Taganas, Cañete MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “A lot of our team’s leaders weren’t invited to the Games, and they were replaced by young athletes who were representing junior teams just yesterday,” he said. “These guys have been winning bronze medals, so from our point of view it’s the main achievement of the first week.”The lack of top athletes has also left Russia’s team unable to field relay squads for sports such as speedskating, limiting their medal chances further.A slump after Sochi was expected anyway — Olympic hosts tend to perform above their usual level — but as well as the doping issues, there’s also been some bad luck. Snowboarder Nikolai Olyunin, a silver medalist in 2014, left Pyeongchang with his leg broken in three places after a fall.The Russians are now seemingly back to the level of the team that competed at Vancouver in 2010.Back then, Russia won 15 medals, only three of them gold — considered so embarrassing that former Moscow anti-doping lab director Grigory Rodchenkov said it persuaded officials to set up an intensive doping program in time for the Sochi Games.So who could still win a Russian gold medal in Pyeongchang?Women’s figure skating appears to be a good shot. Two-time reigning world champion Evgenia Medvedeva broke her own short program world record in the team event, and has only lost to one skater since 2015 — her teammate Alina Zagitova. That medal will be decided Feb. 23.The men’s hockey team is a contender, too, with Ilya Kovalchuk and Pavel Datysuk among the very best non-NHL talent in Pyeongchang. An opening 3-2 loss to Slovakia rattled Russian fans’ nerves, but the team was much more dominant in an 8-2 demolition of Slovenia and a 4-0 win over the U.S.There are also medal hopes in aerials skiing with Ilya Burov, and in snowboard slalom, where U.S.-born Vic Wild and his wife Alena Zavarzina were both 2014 gold medalists, though neither has won an event this season.If a Russian athlete wins gold in Pyeongchang, they’ll hear the Olympic anthem play. The IOC rules on “Olympic Athletes from Russia” mean they’re competing in neutral uniforms under the Olympic flag. The IOC could decide Feb. 24 to lift Russia’s suspension for the closing ceremony, a formal return to the Olympic family after doping scandals.
Since dinosaurs are icons of evolutionary TV shows and even children’s cartoons about prehistoric evolving life, it may come as a surprise to some that evolutionists do not own the dinosaurs; even the name dinosaur was invented by a creationist, Richard Owen. Last month, a creationist dinosaur dig in Montana1 was a monstrous success. Joe Taylor and a group of Christian fossil hunters at a Fossil Camp sponsored by Otis Kline found more than the usual bones of triceratops, hadrosaurs, and velociraptors. They were looking for what the matrix reloaded:As always, we are very interested in how the bones are laying and what else is buried with them, and there was a lot of good news for creationism in that regard. On our T-rex site a few miles away, we found petrified figs, crocodile teeth, water turtles, fish bones, closed clams and a log jam of trees mixed in with 18 broken T-rex teeth. There were also a half dozen velociraptor teeth and numerous fish teeth, but very few leaves. At the triceratops site there were lots of plants mixed in with the clay layers above and in with the bones.Taylor and his team confirmed that the bones were buried in a current flowing southeast. [John MacKay, Australian creationist] uncovered layers of plants well above our layer as well as at least 12 feet below it. In almost every case, the twigs and plants were orientated southeast. He also pointed out that, due to the fact that we found plant material stuck to the surface of the bone, our triceratops’ illium (about 3-feet long) was probably from an animal that already become a skeleton rather than being buried alive.A strange assortment of plant material was found buried together, plants that could not have grown in the same climate: figs, sequoias, willows and horsetails. The clay also contained bits of amber, “which signifies that the trees were buried quickly, preserving the sap still oozing from their freshly broken trunks.” To the team, the evidence of diverse plants, land animals and marine animals buried together in the same deposit “all strongly suggest a terrific, wide-ranging catastrophe and rapid burial.” Taylor, a fossil hunter with many years’ experience, says this is not a local anomaly: “I can testify that the same phenomenon is typical over several surrounding states,” he says.1From an August email newsletter distributed by Joe Taylor. His website is www.mtblanco.com.Do you remember movies or TV shows on dinosaurs showing triceratops and velociraptors running around with clams and fish? The context of these bones is just as important as the bones. The depth of these layers, and the diverse contents, spread over multiple states, cannot be explained by some local flood or slow, gradual process. The catastrophe that buried these animals ripped the flesh off the bones and ground plant material into them. Why don’t you hear about these things from the major media? Is it because the findings don’t fit their favorite just-so story? If you don’t agree with Joe Taylor’s interpretation, get out there and dig.(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Shortly after he was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump issued an order freezing federal regulations still in the rulemaking process and delaying for 60 days beyond their effective date those that recently took effect.Among the regulations put on hold are two of particular concern to livestock organizations: the Farm Fair Practices Rules and the organic livestock and poultry rule.The National Pork Producers Council wants the rules, issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to be rescinded. One of the regulations in the Farm Fair Practices Rules — also known as the GIPSA Rule (after USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration) — would broaden the scope of the Packers and Stockyards Act (PSA) of 1921 related to the use of “unfair, unjustly discriminatory or deceptive practices” and “undue or unreasonable preferences or advantages.”Specifically, it would deem such actions inherent violations of federal law even if they didn’t harm competition or cause competitive injury, prerequisites for winning PSA cases. NPPC and other livestock groups are concerned that the regulation would restrict the buying and selling of livestock, lead to consolidation of the livestock industry and increase consumer prices for meat.It was set to take effect Feb. 21. The organic rule adds animal welfare standards to the nation’s organic food production law. It would strictly dictate how organic producers must raise livestock and poultry, including during transport and slaughter, and specify, without scientific justification, which common practices are allowed and prohibited in organic livestock and poultry production, thereby eliminating producers’ discretion to make sound decisions about animal care. It also would establish unreasonable indoor and outdoor space requirements for animals.NPPC, which in July submitted comments in opposition to the regulation, said the welfare standards are not based on science and are outside the scope of the organic food production law, which limits consideration of livestock as organic to feeding and medication practices. Additionally, the organization pointed out, animal welfare is not unique to organic production. Some of the standards even could jeopardize animal and public health, said NPPC in its comments to USDA. The provision on outdoor access, for example, is in conflict with best management practices to prevent swine diseases that pose a threat to animal and human health. The regulation was set to take effect March 20.
Zico insists Barcelona ace Messi doesn’t need World Cup to be legendby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveZico insists Barcelona ace Leo Messi doesn’t need to win the World Cup to be considered an all-time great.Despite his enormous success with Barcelona, the biggest prize in international football has eluded Messi so far, with Argentina only reaching the final in one of the four World Cups the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has appeared at.Zico told Omnisport: “Football is a collective sport and many times it doesn’t depend on you playing well. It depends if the team is playing well.”Sometimes you decide games, but you can’t decide a competition.”So, Messi’s merit is not undone because he hasn’t won a World Cup. “[Johan] Cruyff didn’t win any World Cup and was one of the great players of history and he will always be. And many others the same. “It is too much me, and not us. If you take a young man he doesn’t ask about your career, he asks: ‘Have you been the best in the world? Have you been the best of this, or that?’.”Everything is based on being the best. Football is a collective game, not and individual game.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Tottenham wanted Chelsea signing Pulisic – Redknappby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp says that his old club wanted to sign Christian Pulisic.Spurs have not completed an incoming transfer in the summer or in this window.And Redknapp believes they were priced out of a move for the American winger, who moved to Chelsea for £58 million.Pulisic will be back at Dortmund until the end of the season, where he has scored a goal and provided 2 assists in the league this term.Former Tottenham boss Redknapp told talkSPORT: “I’ve got a feeling, I don’t think they will.”I heard they were interested in the boy who went to Chelsea [Pulisic]. He was on their radar but was too expensive.”I think they will stick with what they’ve got.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say