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Wenger: Missing out on Champions League will NOT affect Arsenal’s summer plans

first_imgArsene Wenger does not believe Arsenal’s transfer targets will weaken even if they fail to qualify for the Champions League.The Gunners are in danger of failing to qualify for Europe’s premier club competition for the first time in 20 seasons, as they are currently languishing outside the top four.Such a scenario has never occurred during Wenger’s reign and there have been fears it could mean the club miss out on players this summer who want Champions League football.However, Wenger has been bullish in his response and does not believe it will have an impact on Arsenal’s transfer dealings.“No, it means we focus on the same players,” said Wenger.“We’ll deal with it. If we have to face it, we’ll deal with it. At the moment, we are not there.” 1 Arsene Wenger last_img


WITNESS HEARD LAST WORDS OF DONEGAL MAN BEFORE HE WAS BATTERED TO DEATH

first_imgTHE trial of two men accused of the racially aggravated murder of a Co Donegal man has heard how his last words were heard over a mobile phone.Asif Rehman, 20, and Adel Ishaq, 19, are on trial in Kilmarnock for the killing of William McKeeney, 57, in a street in Pollokshields in Glasgow.William was from Malin Head and had been living in Glasgow with his partner. Yesterday witness Imran Khan, 19, told the court he had a call from Ishaq before the alleged attack.He said he heard Mr McKeeney ask: “Is there a problem here, lads?”He said: “I answered and said ‘hello’ but there was no reply. I could hear their voices talking in English.“They were running with that shaking, windy noise although it wasn’t a windy night. They sounded drunk and hyped.”Mr Khan said he recognised Mr McKeeney’s voice. The Donegal man was his neighbour.He said: “It was an Irish voice and my first thought was that it was Willie’s voice.“I heard the Irish voice saying, ‘Is there a problem here lads? What’s the problem?’”.Mr Khan told the court: “I didn’t look outside my window because I didn’t know it was happening outside my house.”The witness said that about five minutes later Mr Ishaq phoned back and asked where Mr Khan was.“He said it very aggressively and it was like whispered shouting, like he was hiding somewhere,” Mr Khan added.He said Mr Rehman then took the phone and warned Mr Khan not to walk out as they had just “splattered” someone outside his house.Mr Khan admitted giving a statement to police in which he refused to supply names.Asked why that was the case by advocate depute Tim Niven-Smith, Mr Khan said: “Because I didn’t want to be a grass.”Mr Khan flinched as he was handed a picture of Mr McKeeney lying dead in hospital. Mr Niven-Smith told him: “You are here to give evidence.”Mr McKeeney died at the city’s Victoria Infirmary.Mr Rehman and Mr Ishaq are alleged to have repeatedly punched and kicked William, and stamped and jumped on his head and body.The prosecution allege William was attacked because he was white.WITNESS HEARD LAST WORDS OF DONEGAL MAN BEFORE HE WAS BATTERED TO DEATH was last modified: October 6th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:WITNESS HEARD LAST WORDS OF DONEGAL MAN BEFORE HE WAS BATTERED TO DEATHlast_img read more


Mandela left his mark on many homes

first_imgThe little Orlando house, at 8115 Ngakane Street, on the corner of Vilakazi Street, was Mandela’s first home of his own. (Image: South African Tourism) • Sello Hatang Chief Executive Officer Nelson Mandela Foundation +27 11 547 5600 nmf@nelsonmandela.org • Mandela’s memories of Qunu, his childhood village • Mandela’s museum a gift to Qunu • Soweto: from struggle to suburbia • Nelson Mandela: son of Qunu returns to the soil • More to South Africa than Nelson MandelaRomaana NaidooNelson Rolihlahla Mandela came from humble beginnings, living in a remote rural village before moving to the big city, where he started out in a backyard shack with no electricity before he bought his own little house in Soweto. With the coming of democracy, he settled in a previously all white suburb of Joburg.“I was born on 18 July 1918 at Mvezo, a tiny village on the banks of the Mbashe River in the district of Umtata, the capital of the Transkei,” he noted in his autobiography, Long Walk To Freedom. The Transkei, according to the book, is 800 miles, or 1 300 kilometres, east of Cape Town and 550 miles, or 880 kilometres, south of Johannesburg.As a young boy, Mandela moved to Qunu, spending his childhood in Transkei before moving to the big city. “Johannesburg in those days was a combination frontier town and modern city,” he noted. After a brief stay with his cousin, who had moved north before him, Mandela arranged to move in with Reverend J Mabutho at his home on Eighth Avenue in Alexandra, a township in north-eastern Joburg.“Reverend Mabutho was a fellow Thembu, a friend of my family and a generous, God-fearing man,” he wrote. But this arrangement came to end because Mandela was not completely honest about the reasons why he left the Transkei – he had fled before an arranged marriage. “Reverend Mabutho took pity on me and found me accommodation with his next-door neighbours, the Xhoma family.“Mr Xhoma was one of an elite handful of African landowners in Alexandra. His house – 46 Seventh Avenue – was small, particularly as he had six children, but it was pleasant, with a veranda and a tiny garden. In order to make ends meet, Mr Xhoma, like so many other residents of Alexandra, rented rooms to boarders.”Life in AlexandraHe lived for a short while in 1941 and 1942 at what is now called Mandela’s Yard, in the township. Mandela described that accommodation as being a tin-roofed room at the back of the main house, no more than a shack, with a dirt floor, no heat, no electricity, and no running water. “Life in Alexandra was exhilarating and precarious. Its atmosphere was alive, its spirit adventurous, its people resourceful.”He added: “Urban life tended to abrade tribal and ethnic distinctions, and instead of being Xhosas, or Sothos, or Zulus or Shangaans, we were Alexandrans.”In his autobiography he wrote: “Alexandra occupies a treasured place in my heart. It was the first place I ever lived away from home. Even though I was later to live in Orlando, a small section of Soweto, for a far longer period than I did in Alexandra, I always regarded Alexandra Township as a home where I had no specific house, and Orlando as a place where I had a house but no home.”Moving to SowetoThe little Orlando house, at 8115 Ngakane Street, on the corner of Vilakazi Street, was also a humble dwelling. Now called the Mandela Family Museum, it was Mandela’s first home of his own. He moved in with his first wife, Evelyn Ntoko Mase, in 1946. After their divorce, she moved out and his second wife, Winnie Madikizela, moved into the home in 1958. After his arrest and incarceration on Robben Island, Madikizela-Mandela continued to live in the house with their daughters, Zenani and Zindziswa, or Zinzi. In those long years of the anti-apartheid struggle, the house was petrol-bombed and set alight several times.On his release in 1990, Mandela refused to move to the more opulent home, also in Orlando West, that Madikizela-Mandela had built while he was in jail. He wanted only to return to the house of his memories. But he stayed at that house for a mere 11 days, as he was moved around from one secret location to the next until he finally settled at his Houghton residence. This was his last and final home before his death on 5 December 2013.Mandela separated from Madikizela-Mandela in 1992 and the couple were divorced in 1996. Although her ex-husband handed the house to the Soweto Heritage Trust, Madikizela-Mandela refused to relinquish it and instead converted it into the Mandela Family Museum in 1997. She also opened a pub and restaurant across the road, the famed Vilakazi Street.During the inauguration of the museum, at which bottles of “Mandela garden soil” were sold, Madikizela-Mandela said: “A lot of history was made here. This is where the 1976 students’ uprising began, where the youth leadership met to change the face of South Africa.”Back to QunuAfter leaving the Presidency, Mandela divided his time between Qunu in Transkei and Houghton. In his autobiography, Mandela told of a happy childhood in Qunu, where he was laid to rest on Sunday, 15 December 2013.“The village of Qunu was situated in a narrow, grassy valley crisscrossed by clear streams, and overlooked by green hills,” Mandela wrote. “It consisted of no more than a few hundred people who lived in huts, which were beehive-shaped structures of mud walls.”Today, Mandela’s home in Qunu can be described as a quaint dwelling compared to city standards, yet it stands out in the village. Once a herd boy on the rolling hills outside Qunu, he was buried in the soil where he used to play as a child. His burial in Qunu stems from the Xhosa belief that the deceased must be brought home to be reunited with their ancestors and to sleep in the ground from where they were taken. The philosophy is circular, that at the end, a person returns to the beginning.last_img read more


Glitz4Girlz® 4 Pack 9cm Clear Hair Side Combs Slides Grips – Excellent service!

first_imgThese very little combs are best for my very fine hair, which seems able to escape just about any kind of holder. (i have usually been envious of thise who can use hair slides or, as a baby, hair ribbons: 10 minutes with both and that is about the restrict on my hair right before they, very well, ‘slide’ out. ) but i locate these very successful and specifically handy to hold stray wisps that continue to control to wiggle their way out from those beaded, elasticated double combs, which are wonderful for the most component but not fairly enough for me on their individual, permitting odd bits to slip out. I am mostly mattress-certain by means of serious ailment and are not able to bear to have hair straggling round my deal with or neck (but am far too vain to slash it all shorter) and want a way to retain it below handle, even when i snooze. These minimal scarcely-noticeable combs are effective in catching strays, are just about unnoticeable and incredibly sturdy in use. Ultimately, of training course, the enamel commence to break but, in my working experience, only immediately after months of practically constant use. But then they’re very inexpensive to replace, so they are a discount as perfectly as effective wherever several other items are for me.Arrived tremendous quick, specifically as explained.Just what i wanted as appears hard to obtain in the retailers now. Retained hair in location and pretty excellent price and high-quality. I know i’ve stated this for earlier merchandise but brought both of those.Sturdy and effectiveWonderfully colourless!Excellent service!Brilliant hair side combs Fantastic delivery and really well packed, the slides work properly for me and have procured an additional established, incredibly fantastic price.For the revenue these are very good. Would want to pay back a little additional and get anything a very little a lot less brittle.Features of Glitz4Girlz® 4 Pack 9cm Clear Hair Side Combs Slides GripsPack of 4 plastic hair combsMeasure 9cm wideGlitz4Girlz® Branded ItemAll measurements approximate across widest pointI make wedding veils and these combs are fantastic as they are robust and the tooth are not way too sharp.Best sizing for attaching a bridal veil too. Fantastic high quality enamel and grip.Products as predicted, quite speedy shipping and delivery even so i have problems having them to keep in my hair.Great delivery time and products.They’re just what you see in the photo: broader than most, sturdy (a lot more potent than flexible) and not also sharp. My white-haired mom takes advantage of them very satisfactorily, but she has wiry hair and wears it ‘up’. We don’t know how these combs would perform in clean hair, worn unfastened: they may possibly perform quite well, we just will not know from working experience. It is good to find colourless combs: we generally believe that the suppliers are lacking out on a huge industry of gray- and white-haired people today for whom side combs are instruments, not decorations.last_img read more


Mellow Out or You Will Pay: Satire Now a Crime in California

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… California’s Senate Bill 1411 took effect a couple of days ago. Now it’s illegal to make fun of people. Well, maybe that’s an exaggeration. But so far exaggeration has yet to be made illegal in the Golden State. Impersonation has been, though. If you sign up for Facebook or Twitter as Arnold or Sarah Palin or Zooey Deschanel, you could serve jail time. The bill makes such impersonation actionable if it is “for purposes of harming, intimidating, threatening, or defrauding another person.” If there’s one thing that’s easy to quantify, it’s motive, so no need to worry about this law being abused. (See what I did there? Sarcasm. Also legal. For now.)California is now destined to take its place among such stalwarts of free speech, such titans of comedy, as Morocco and India, both of whom arrested its citizens for making Facebook pages for others. The so-called “epersonation” law states: “(A)ny person who knowingly and without consent credibly impersonates another actual person through or on an Internet Web site or by other electronic means for purposes of harming, intimidating, threatening, or defrauding another person is guilty of a public offense punishable…by a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000), or by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year, or by both that fine and imprisonment.”Yes. In California – a state within the United States – you can now be stuck in jail for a year with a guy who knifed a hooker because you signed up for a Facebook account as Joe Biden and updated his status with “Man do I love whipping ball-bearings at Malaysian sun bears.” It’s happened. The suede-denim secret police have actually come for your uncool niece. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Related Posts Tags:#Government#web curt hopkinslast_img read more


30 Free Plugins and Filters for After Effects

first_imgBuild up your post production library with the the best free plugins and filters for AE!Take your After Effects work to the next level with these free plugins and filters. From color presets to advanced lighting and 3D tracking, these free AE effects can enhance your projects and save you time. Let’s dig in…3DCG – Normality & AtlasNormalityis a free lighting and shading plugin for After Effects. No longer supported by the developer, but packed with a set of professional features. DOWNLOADNormality in Action (from 3DCG)Atlas is a free tone-mapping/HDR plugin for After Effects – bring out loads of detail in your video footage. DOWNLOADAtlas in Action (from 3DCG)Digital Anarchy’s Ugly BoxMake your talent uglier! Most editors try to smooth out skin and make talent better looking. Ugly Box is a free After Effects plugin does the exact opposite. Great for Halloween or zombie related content. From the makers of the popular skin smoothing software, Beauty Box. Although free, you will need to register your info to DOWNLOADNoise Industries Free AE PluginsWhen you install FXFactory by Noise Industries (free) you’ll have access to several free After Effects plugins. You can get more info and download each of these AE plugins here. Note: FXFactory is only supported by Mac/OSX. Let’s highlight a few of these AE effects:Swish pans are a popular choice for transitions in television programs. Andy’s Swish Transitions brings this effect into AE and won’t cost you a dime:Pan and Zoom is another FXFactory based After Effects plugin. This effect simplifies the process of creating a slideshow or giving your photos/videos the classic “Ken Burns” effects. Add motion to your images/video in After Effects without having to create keyframes:CoverFlux 2 is a neat After Effects plugin that allows you to quickly create a coverflow style slideshow – perfect for showcasing images or creating a highlight video. You may recognize the coverflow look from iTunes or Mac OSX Finder:Create unique effects with the Random Text generator from Luca Visual FX. This free AE plugin is ideal for sci-fi or business projects that require a high tech feel:Copy Image Plugin for AECopy Image is a simple utility plugin that allows you to copy the current composition as a flattened image. By using Copy Image you can paste a ‘screenshot’ of your AE comp in another application (like Photoshop) without having to export out a still image and reopening in another app. DOWNLOADVFX Bro: Camera Shake and Camera Shake ProOur friend Aaron at VFXBro.com has created several free After Effects plugins for manipulating your footage.Real Camera Shake is a preset that can add realistic camera movement to your still video shots. This is ideal for footage that requires a handheld look but may not have been shot that way. Real Camera Shake Pro applies similar effect but to a virtual camera inside of After Effects. DOWNLOAD both here.Real Camera Shake:Real Camera Shake Pro:Coremelt EQ Animator and Plugin PackCoremelt makes industry leading plugins for After Effects and video editing apps. Luckily, they give away two products FREE.VeeYou is an After Effects plugin that reacts to audio in your project. Apply these EQ, VU, analog dials and waveform generators to an audio layer in AE. Watch as the visuals react to the sound. DOWNLOADCoremeltFREE is an effects bundle of 39 free plugins for After Effects (also works with FCP, FCPX and Premiere Pro). Included in the pack are color effects, dynamic transitions and filters. See the full list of effects here or DOWNLOAD here.VideoCopilot Free AE PresetsAside from being a fantastic online training resource, Andrew Kramer from VideoCopilot.net has made available 15 free After Effects presets. Among the presets are film grains, day for night color preset, a reflection plugin (great for logos) and a tool for better controlling the AE 3D camera. Big bonus: with each of these AE presets you can also view a video tutorial on how to use them. Head over to VideoCopilot to check them out and DOWNLOAD.AEFlame: Free Fractal Plugin for AEAescripts.com is a great resource for the latest After Effects tools. The following plugin, AE Flame, alows you to create beautiful fractal images in AE. DOWNLOADCineblur’s Instagram PluginPremiumbeat blogger Brent Pierce created a set of AE color filters that mimic the looks popularized by Instagram. With one-click you can apply these looks to your video – great for experimenting with your footage. DOWNLOADDigital Typewriter Text PresetIf you’re working on a project with futuristic or Internet-related content this free After Effects plugin may come in handy. Typominal creates a ‘digital typewriter’ look, characteristic of Apple’s Terminal or MS-DOS. See our previous post on this AE plugin or go here to DOWNLOAD.last_img read more


Rising Pune Supergiant beat Mumbai Indians by 20 runs,Rising Pune Supergiant beat Mumbai Indians by 20 runs

first_img COMMENT Washington Sundar celebrates dismissal of Pollard in the first qualifier IPL Match between Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiants at Wankhede stadium on Tuesday. – Photo: Vivek Bendre M S Dhoni and Washington Sundar made match-winning contributions as Rising Pune Supergiant slayed Mumbai Indians by 20 runs to reach their maiden Indian Premier League final here today.Dhoni was at his destructive best, smashing 40 off 26 balls in the death overs to propel Pune to 162 for four before young off-spinner Sundar took three important wickets that led to Mumbai falling short with 142 for nine in Qualifier 1.It was Pune’s third win over Mumbai in as many games this season, providing them with an opportunity to win the coveted trophy in only their second season.Mumbai, who had topped the group stages, remain in the competition and will meet the winner of tomorrow’s Eliminator, between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders, in Qualifier 2 on Friday.With the pitch playing unusually slow, anything over 150 was a tricky target despite Mumbai batting deep.Sundar sent back opposition skipper Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu and Kieron Pollard in a space of 12 balls to leave Mumbai gasping at 51 for four in eight overs.Parthiv Patel (52 off 40) was solid at the other end and even used the long handle effectively to smash three sixes on the on side.He eventually ran out of partners with Pandya brothers too back in the pavilion leaving Mumbai at 101 for six in the 15th over. Patel too fell three balls later, leaving the tail— enders to do too much in the end with 60 runs needed off the last 30 balls.Earlier, Mumbai Indians put up a decent bowling effort until Dhoni hit a barrage of sixes to help Pune post a fighting total.Ajinkya Rahane (56 off 43) and Manoj Tiwary (58 off 48) revived Pune’s innings following a bad start before Dhoni finished the innings on a high note, hammering 40 off 26 balls including five sixes.Mumbai leaked 41 runs in the last two overs bowled by Mitchel McClenaghan and Jasprit Bumrah, who went for 26 and 15 respectively.Put in to bat, Pune found themselves under severe pressure after losing opener Rahul Tripathi and captain Steven Smith inside the first two overs.A sharp and full inswinger from McClenaghan ripped through Tripathi’s defense while Smith played a loose shot off Lasith Malinga, a mistimed flick that went really high before the ball settled in the safe hands of Hardik.Rahane and Tiwary were now in the middle to resurrect the innings.Rahane, who did not score big in the league stage, was determined to make an impact on the big stage.A couple of boundaries off McClenaghan got him going, the second being a delightful cover drive.Both Rahane and Tiwary kept the scoreboard ticking but were unable to clear the fence regularly.Rahane eventually completed his fifty off 39 balls while Tiwary was on 30 off 29 balls when Pune reached 83 for two in 12 overs. To make the situation tougher for Mumbai, Rahane was adjudged leg before off Karn Sharma in the following over.The visitors now needed the big hits badly to post a fighting total.Dhoni walked in to join Tiwary and did not take long to hit his first six, depositing a half-volley off Karn Sharma over deep midwicket.Karn, who was picked ahead of Harbhajan Singh for the crucial game, ended up with decent figures of 4 for 30 in four overs.Pune got the much needed push in the last two overs courtesy a Dhoni special.Tiwary too gave him good support during their 73-run stand off 44 balls, scoring four boundaries and two sixes in total. IPL 2017 × cricket Washington Sundar celebrates dismissal of Pollard in the first qualifier IPL Match between Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiants at Wankhede stadium on Tuesday. – Photo: Vivek Bendrecenter_img May 17, 2017 COMMENTS SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published onlast_img read more


FIFA World Cup 2018: The heroes and villains from a spectacular tournament

first_imgThe biggest spectacle of the summer finally came to an end on Sunday as France lifted their second World Cup trophy after beating Croatia 4-2 in Moscow.Several experts felt it was one of the best World Cups in recent times. From glorious moments and technology making its debut in the World Cup to numerous record-breaking achievements, the 32 days in Russia were filled with drama and tension.And in a high-octane tournament like the FIFA World Cup, there were bound to be heroes as well as villains, hits and flops.Reputations were made, reputations were dented. A few young men stepped up while some legends of the game fell by the wayside.Big players disappointed, hardened coaches buckled under pressure even as new stars were born.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEWith the World Cup now over, it is as good a time as any to look back at the last four weeks and figure out who the biggest hits and flops were:HEROESLuka Modric Luka Modric has been Croatia’s best performer in the World Cup in Russia (AP Photo)Luka Modric led Croatia’s campaign from the front and put his hand up whenever the team needed him. He missed a penalty against Denmark at the round-of-16 but came back and converted from the spot during the penalty shootout as the Croates advanced to the last eight.The Real Madrid man showed nerves of steel and orchestrated the whole game from the midfield as Zlatko Dalic’s men bettered their ‘golden generation’, who reached the semi-finals in 1998 and lost to France.advertisementModric bagging the trophy also meant that the second World Cup in a row, a player on the losing side in the final wins the golden ball award for best player in the tournament. He is also the first Croatian player in World Cup history to win the Golden Ball for best player at the tournament.Kylian Mbappe Kylian Mbappe scored in the final of World Cup 2018 against Croatia (AP Photo)The French teenager had already showed his class in Europe for AS Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain but he announced himself to the world in this year’s World Cup with some sensational performances.The PSG forward scored four goals including a stunner in the final to help France beat Croatia 4-2 and lift the trophy in Moscow.He also became the second youngest player to score in a FIFA World Cup final after Pele, who scored at the age of 17 years and 249 days in 1958 for Brazil.The 19-year-old terrorised defenders and they struggled to keep up with the pace and strength of the Frenchman, who bullied the defenders throughout the World Cup.Danijel Subasic Danijel Subasic starred for Croatia in their penalty shootout victories over Denmark and Russia (Reuters Photp)Croatia’s goalkeeper single handedly carried them through to the final of the World Cup with a string of phenomenal performances in the knockout phases.Subasic saved three penalties against Denmark in the round-of-16 clash and became the only player other than Portugal’s Ricardo to do so in a penalty shootout in a World Cup. Following that, he again carried the team forward when it was all down to him in the quarter-finals. He again emerged as the hero and saved two penalties to knock hosts Russia out of the World Cup in the last eight stage.In the semi-final, the game didn’t go to spot kicks but the Croates did need extra-time to go past England in Moscow. The 33-year-old pulled off some brilliant saves in regulation time before pulling his hamstring and injuring himself in the process. Croatia were out of substitutions and him going off meant that they would have been playing with 10 men and an outfielder player as a golie but he stayed on and then went onto play extra-time as well. The AS Monaco keeper also made some key saves before Mario Mandzukic’s goal tilted the game in their favour.France put four goals past him in the final but his hand in getting them to the summit clash was nothing short of heroic.Denis Cheryshev Denis Cheryshev scored four goals in this year’s World Cup (Reuters Photo)The former Real Madrid player played a key role in Russia’s dream run in the World Cup. He scored four goals in this year’s World Cup and finished as the second-joint top-scorer with Romelu Lukaku, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe and Cristiano Ronaldo.Russia reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup despite being the lowest ranked team in the tournament and it was led by Cheryshev’s clinical display.advertisementThe 27-year-old scored three goals in Russia’s opening two games against Saudi Arabia (2) and Egypt (1) in the group stages and then again made is mark in the knockout stage, where he score an important goal against Croatia. The goal was also a brilliant curler from outside the box to give the hosts the lead.Unfortunately, their run came to an end and his quest for the Golden Boot came to an end but he certainly made his mark at the biggest stage of them all.VILLAINSNeymar Neymar has been heavily criticised for going down too easily during the World Cup (Reuters Photo)The Brazilian enjoyed a great World Cup and was one of Brazil’s standout performers despite not being able to score as much as he would have liked but his theatrics earned him severe criticism around the world.Even fans who appreciate Neymar’s unquestionable brilliance were turned off by the antics of a player who too often comes across as spoilt and immature. There were memes out on social media and even journalists bashed the Paris Saint-Germain’s playacting in Russia.According to reports, Neymar was down for five minutes and 29 seconds total in the match against Mexcio in the round-of-16 clash. The biggest interruption in the match came in the 72nd minute when he writhed about after Mexican Miguel Layun appeared to step on his ankle.But he didn’t look to have put pressure on Neymar’s leg, and the player’s delayed and exaggerated response was the subject of heated debate, especially coming after similarly petulant displays in earlier matches.The 26-year-old, who has been fouled the most in this World Cup, has spent around 15 minutes on the turf in Russia, where Brazil were knocked out in the quarter-finals by Belgium.David De Gea David De Gea has only saved one shot at goal in this year’s World Cup (Reuters Photo)The Spaniard had a World Cup to forget for Spain and he has been heavily criticised at home especially for his performances in this year’s World Cup.De Gea made only one save in this year’s World Cup and conceded seven goals (excluding penalty shootouts) in Russia. The Manchester United man also made a massive blunder during Spain’s campaign opener against Portugal. De Gea failed to hold a straight forward Cristiano Ronaldo shot and the ball made his way into the goal. The goal broke Spain’s tempo and gave Portugal a crucial lead going into half-time. After the match, he was slaughtered by the Spanish media for his error and also asked coach Fernando Hierro to replace him.The 27-year-old didn’t do himself any favours in the upcoming matches as he failed to bring his ‘Manchester United game’ to the World Cup and Spain were eventually knocked out by hosts Russia in the pre-quarters after DDG failed to save a single Russian penalty from the shootout.Jorge Sampaoli Jorge Sampaoli has left the post of the Argentina coach on Monday (Reuters Photo)Argentina, despite having a scary qualifying campaign, were expected to come good at the big stage in Russia. However, Argentina had the worst possible start where they drew 1-1 with Iceland. They were then demolished 3-0 by Croatia and managed to edge Nigeria with a last-gasp goal to reach last 16.advertisementIn the Round of 16, they were outplayed by France and particularly Kylian Mbappe and went down 4-3.Argentina’s poor campaign was largely affected by the problems off the field, where players were reportedly unhappy with Sampaoli’s tactics and even asked him to step down ahead of their final group game against Nigeria. It was said that he has lost the players and they want him gone. But, he stayed on and somehow managed to take the team to the last 16, where they were outplayed by France.Sampaoli eventually stepped down on Monday after just one year in charge.last_img read more


Asian Games 2018: Neeraj Chopra focused on not medal but best performance

first_imgNeeraj Chopra is India’s biggest hope for a gold medal in the athletics at the Asian Games 2018, which is set to begin on August 18. With all the limelight on him, Neeraj is still focused on just giving his best in Indonesia.Neeraj was named the flag-bearer of the Indian contingent for the Asian Games opening ceremony at the back of his excellent showing in various international competitions. This year, Neeraj has won three gold medals for India, including one at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.Apart from that, Neeraj also registered his personal-best javelin throw distance of 87.43 metres at the IAAF Diamond League in Doha.There are extremely high expectation from Neeraj but he is not putting himself under pressure and instead of medals, he is only thinking of putting up his best show at the Games.”It is a great honour for me to lead the Indian contingent and carry the country’s flag at such a prestigious event. As far as my preparations for the Asian Games are concerned, I want to say that I am not thinking about any medal or rank, all I want to do is give my best there,” Neeraj said in a statement on Thursday.”These three-four months in Europe have been very productive and I got a chance to compete in a lot of competitions in between. I am feeling good and as I said, my only target is give my best in Jakarta,” Neeraj added.Off to Asian Games pic.twitter.com/bTTEA1DCWiadvertisementNeeraj Chopra (@Neeraj_chopra1) August 16, 2018The 20-year-old Neeraj has top class credentials by virtue of being the first Indian to win a gold medal at a World Championships, which he won at the 2016 World Youth Championships.READ – Asian Games 2018: India’s top medal contenders in IndonesiaIn 2018, Neeraj has maintained his fine form, consistently throwing the javelin beyond the 85m mark this year and his javelin throw in Doha was also a new national record.In fact, the five best throws by an Asian athlete this year are all in his name. His gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Australia made Neeraj the first Indian javelin thrower to win that competition.However, Neeraj will not be overconfident in Jakarta. Amongst his competitors is Chinese Taipei’s Chao Tsun-Cheng who holds the Asian record of 91.36m. Cheng, though, has been guilty of being very inconsistent and has failed to produce his best throw when it has mattered most.Also read – Miffed Leander Paes withdraws from Asian Games 2018 in IndonesiaAt the Asian Championships last year, there had been great expectations from Cheng but he only managed to take sixth place with an effort of 80.03m. At that competition it was Neeraj who had romped to the gold medal with a throw of 85.23m.While Neeraj will be bidding for gold, his compatriot Shivpal Singh could also get on the podium. Singh qualified for the Asian Games with a throw of 82.28m at the Inter State Championships. That mark leaves him in fourth place this year amongst Asian throwers.(With IANS inputs)last_img read more