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Right for Man United? £100m-rated star’s performance assessed

first_img 4 Milinkovic-Savic is a strong aerial threat but only won four out of eight duels in the air against Costa Rica. He was not the match-winner, that honour went to ex-Manchester City star Aleksandar Kolarov, who netted a stunning free-kick.Most watching will have enjoyed the performance of Milinkovic-Savic, who played just behind Newcastle United striker Aleksandar Mitrovic.With all the intense scrutiny on his performance, talkSPORT.com took a look at the 23-year-old and how his display may help or hinder any possible transfer to Old Trafford.Milinkovic-Savic actually didn’t see any of the ball in the opening five minutes of the match but drifted between the Costa Rican lines and toward whichever full-back had the ball in the midfield area. Once the ball was in the final third, though, he occupied a central role, alongside Mitrovic as they looked to dominate their opponents in the air.When he did get on the ball after about six minutes he was quick to drive forward on the front-foot, dribbling past defenders before moving the ball out wide. Whenever either Aleksandar Kolarov or Branislav Ivanovic got into crossing positions, even from just beyond the halfway line, he surged towards the box in an attempt to get close to Mitrovic as Serbia attempted to go direct against their smaller opponents, which Man United boss Jose Mourinho may like as he seeks support for Romelu Lukaku from deep. A mark against him though is that despite his threat he only won four of eight offensive headers.Opposite number David Guzman attempted to tightly mark the 23-year-old but using his guile he was able get away with both his pace and skill and drifted off his radar with some fine movements.Off the ball he did well to cover Guzman, causing Costa Rica to attempt riskier forward passes, which didn’t pay off too often, and if the ball-player opted to not use Guzman, Milinkovic-Savic pressed to force errors and turnovers in possession, indeed the player completed two tackles and two block, but also gave away four fouls although all were in the Costa Rica half.At defensive set-pieces, Milinkovic-Savic showed excellent awareness and was able to react quickly to Costa Rica’s tricky routines. On one occasion, despite initially losing Giancarlo Gonzalez, he swiftly move to the goal-line when the ball was sent to the back-post and his man headed over. Manchester United target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic was on show for Serbia in their 1-0 win over Costa Rica. 4 4 Overall, Milinkovic-Savic certainly caught the eye with his movement and his presence in the final third. His creativity, close control, and dribbling make him a real threat, along with his aerial ability, but he was let down with decision making and his pass selection in the end which could be costly with Lazio wanting big money for their superstar.talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. Lazio midfielder leaves Costa Rica defender Johnny Acosta for dead as he dribbles towards goal. 4 Smart one-touch passes helped ball progression in tight situations, and his positional awareness were certainly highlights but there were poor decisions too and by completing just 66 per cent of his passes he won’t have done himself too many favours.His tendency to drift towards the right will also be of note to any Manchester United scouts watch. With possible new team-mate Paul Pogba preferring a position on the left of a three-man midfield it would be interesting to see whether Milinkovic-Savic would be afforded the same role with the Frenchman dropping into a two-man role with Nemanja Matic behind him.It seems unlikely Mourinho would allow both stars to operate together further forward and leave Matic, or incoming Red Devil Fred, alone in front of their backline in too many games.In terms of shooting, the Serbia star, with 27 minutes gone, almost broke the deadlock but a offside flag spared his blushes when an excellent touch was followed by a tame shot straight at Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas from 12 yards.An outrageous overhead kick, belying his 6ft 4in frame, got the crowd on its feet but a fine Navas save once again denied him, while a poor long-range attempt was a blot on his copy book with 75 minutes on the clock.Linking with his forwards, Milinkovic-Savic had some decent moments and almost grabbed an assist early in the second period with a delicate pass to Mitrovic but the Newcastle striker couldn’t beat Navas, before a superb chest-down to Mitrovic almost led to a goal for Filip Kostic. An acrobatic shot from Sergej Milinkovic-Savic almost produced a goal for Serbia. Manchester United transfer target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic was one of the stars of the show as Serbia beat Costa Rica 1-0 at World Cup 2018.The Red Devils have been heavily linked with the Lazio sensation over the last six months, and he didn’t do too much wrong in a decent all-round display.last_img read more


Water Quality Status Report issued by Ohio Farm Bureau

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Addressing the challenges that threaten Ohio’s clean water resources is an important priority for the agriculture community. The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) has released a report detailing its efforts to ensure safe and healthy water for the state.The Water Quality Status Report provides a list of action items being taken by farmers, Farm Bureau and many collaborative partners to implement new farming techniques and best practices to protect water while farming productively. It emphasizes actions in the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB), but water quality is a statewide issue and Farm Bureau is addressing it throughout the state. Farm Bureau also has established statewide partnerships to identify comprehensive solutions to complex water issues.“Normally, water is something we all take for granted, unless we have too much of it or not enough,” said Steve Hirsch, OFBF president. “Water quality and quantity has always been important to farmers, but they are also vital to the quality of life for all Ohioans.”The Toledo water crisis and the recent algae bloom events in Lake Erie and Grand Lake St. Mary’s prompted swift action by OFBF’s Board of Trustees to make sure that farmers in the major watersheds were doing their part to help to protect water quality in Ohio, thus creating the Water Quality Action Plan.“We committed over $1 million of our member funds to water quality efforts,” Hirsch said. “We have also been encouraging farmers throughout the state and especially within the Western Lake Erie Basin to comply with Senate Bill 150 to complete their fertilizer applicator certification 2 years ahead of the 2017 state law requirement and then to go above and beyond that requirement to create a nutrient management plan for their farms.”Ohio’s largest farm organization is also increasing their commitment to Healthy Water Ohio, a statewide coalition of water users, business groups and environmental interests that are creating a strategic plan for water over the next 20 to 30 years in Ohio.Greg LaBarge, an Ohio State Extension Agronomy Field Specialist, has been very involved with outreach and educational efforts for Ohio farmers. Ohio State’s College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences has a long history of working with farmers on natural resource and environmental issues such as Ohio’s water quality. One of the latest outreach efforts is a program called “Field to Faucet.”“This effort is taking a very close look at what we are doing from an agricultural standpoint and looking at the watershed in total, through the stream system and into Lake Erie’s Western Basin”, LaBarge said. “We are also thinking about what is happening to the water as it reenters the systems for citizens to use.”Education is another aspect to cleaner water in The Buckeye State.“With Senate Bill 150, a new program focusing on fertilizer applicator certification was developed,” LaBarge said. “Since September of 2014, we have trained 6,429 people across the state in 110 different meetings in all 88 counties. That effort will be ongoing as we work to meet that 2017 state law deadline.”The collaboration of the state’s agricultural organizations with The Ohio State University and Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Districts is something that Farm Bureau Executive Vice President, Jack Fisher, is very proud to highlight.“There has been a lot of work done when it comes to water quality, but there is a lot more to do and it will take a lot of time to do it,” Fisher said. “As we solve one or two things, more things may be brought to our attention and those issues will be added to our list to find solutions to. This is a big, complex issue and it will take time.”There will also be the challenge of finding the balance between improving the water in Ohio and producing enough grains and oilseed to not only keep farms profitable, but to also feed an ever-growing population.“Let’s not forget that as we talk about water quality and water management, we also take for granted food and food production,” Fisher said. “So as we go forward, our policy initiatives in water quality and food production have to be in collaboration and not in isolation.”last_img read more


Initial details of trade relief announced

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released initial details for a trade assistance package to support farmers and ranchers struggling with oversupply and low prices due to international trade conflicts. The agency plans to allocate as much as $16 billion, including $14.5 billion in direct payments to producers through the Market Facilitation Program (MFP). In a press conference President Donald Trump promised quick action for the nations’ farmers.Secretary Sonny Perdue also praised the measure.“China hasn’t played by the rules for a long time and President Trump is standing up to them, sending the clear message that the United States will no longer tolerate their unfair trade practices, which include non-tariff trade barriers and the theft of intellectual property. President Trump has great affection for America’s farmers and ranchers, and he knows they are bearing the brunt of these trade disputes. In fact, I’ve never known of a president that has been more concerned or interested in farmer wellbeing and long-term profitability than President Trump,” Perdue said. “The plan we are announcing today ensures farmers do not bear the brunt of unfair retaliatory tariffs imposed by China and other trading partners. Our team at USDA reflected on what worked well and gathered feedback on last year’s program to make this one even stronger and more effective for farmers. Our farmers work hard, are the most productive in the world, and we aim to match their enthusiasm and patriotism as we support them.”In an effort to not influence planting decisions, USDA says that MFP Payments will be on a per acre planted basis in 2019. Producers of alfalfa hay, barley, canola, corn, soybeans, and wheat (among others) will receive a payment based on a single county rate multiplied by a farm’s total plantings to those crops in aggregate in 2019. Dairy producers will receive a per hundredweight payment on production history. Hog producers will receive a payment based on inventory for a timeframe to be released later.These payments will be made in three rounds with first set to be paid in late July or early August. USDA says that this depends on the practicality of turnaround after the Farm Service Agency crop reporting is completed by July 15. If conditions warrant, the second and third payments are expected to be made in November and January, respectively.Additionally, USDA has designated $1.4 billion for commodity purchases through the Food Purchase and Distribution Program (FPDP) as well as $100 million for the development of new export markets through the Agricultural Trade Promotion Program (ATP).Agricultural groups across the board were supportive, and appreciative, of the measures.“Farmers in Ohio, and across the country, are experiencing a lot of difficulties right now. Weather is preventing a lot of farmers from getting their crop planted, market prices continue to struggle, and the damage done to ethanol demand have impacted farmers negatively,” said Jon Miller, Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association president.OCWGA has worked in tandem with the National Corn Growers Association and the National Association of Wheat Growers to encourage additional actions the Administration could take to open global markets and provide more certainty to corn farmers.“We look forward to seeing the specific details of what President Trump announced today, and we look forward to continuing to grow a crop that helps feed, fuel, and produce fiber for the world.” Miller said.last_img read more


Nitish may expand Cabinet soon for ‘social balance’

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The Cleveland Indians Are Dominating Like Its The 90s Again

With apologies to Bob Feller and the 1948 World Series champion Cleveland Indians, the definitive Indians team for most fans today is the one that called Jacobs Field home in the mid-to-late 1990s. And as it happens, this year’s squad, at 51-32 and coming off of a recent 14-game win-streak, looks like the franchise’s best all-around incarnation since that golden era of Cleveland baseball.Those late-’90s Indians were stocked with an outrageous number of marquee names; the 1997 Indians’ roster, for instance, contained 22 players who appeared on All-Star teams, tied for the 15th-most of any team ever. With that core, Cleveland won 59 percent of its games from 1994 to 2001, the 19th-best (non-overlapping) eight-season run by a franchise in major league history, to go with a couple of pennants and a World Series near-miss in 1997. Until LeBron James’s Cavaliers won the NBA title a few weeks ago, those Indians represented the pinnacle of modern-era Cleveland sports.But after years of jinxed and otherwise interrupted rebuilding attempts, Cleveland might finally have a real successor to those beloved ‘90s teams on its hands this season. Through 83 games, the 2016 Indians have the franchise’s highest Elo rating (our pet metric for rating a team’s quality at any given time) for this stage of a season since 1998, when the Tribe was powered by the likes of Kenny Lofton, Manny Ramirez, Jim Thome, Omar Vizquel and Bartolo Colon (a handful of belt sizes ago). The Indians of the late ‘90s were an offensive machine, scoring 1,009 runs in 1999 — the fifth-most any team ever posted in a single season — and cracking 950 on two other occasions. And given the sheer amount of hitting talent on hand in Cleveland, at the height of an era we’ll just call one of the most offensive-minded in history, it would have been difficult not to pile up the runs. But one of the secrets of those great Indians squads is that they could pitch, too. Over the same 1994-2001 period, Cleveland also had the fifth-best ERA in baseball after adjusting for park and league, and its staff accumulated the third-most wins above replacement (WAR) in MLB. The names weren’t necessarily megastars — in addition to Colon, their WAR leaders were Charles Nagy, Dave Burba and ancient versions of Dennis Martinez and Orel Hershiser — but they cobbled together a very effective pitching staff to complement a modern-day murderers’ row of hitters.This year’s Tribe cuts a similar profile of all-around goodness. Their batters have the fourth-most WAR of any position-player corps in baseball, highlighted by the emergence of 22-year-old Francisco Lindor as an outright star in his second major-league season. But they can also pitch, with a staff that boasts the eighth-most WAR in the majors. In fact, this time around, it’s the hurlers who have more star power; ace Corey Kluber won the Cy Young two seasons ago, and he might be joined in that category this year by one of his teammates, whether it be Danny Salazar or Carlos Carrasco. The sum total has been a balanced club that’s finally living up to expectations, and one that looks as scary as any in the American League at the moment.This being Cleveland, there’s plenty that could still sidetrack the Indians’ renaissance. But the city is in an unfamiliar place after actually winning something for the first time in forever. It might even — dare I say it? — be on the verge of a golden age in sports, if we put aside the the Browns. And a big part of that will rest on these Indians’ ability to match, if not surpass, the old ghosts of the 1990s.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more


Pavel Nedved on Juventus transfer plans We are not done yet

first_imgJuventus vice-president and club legend Pavel Nedved has teased that there are still some signings on the way this summer after completing a deal to bring back Leonardo Bonucci on ThursdayThe Old Lady have had an incredible summer in the transfer market, which has included their stunning capture of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid last month for €112m.Following the return of defender Bonucci, the Serie A champions have spent over €246m in this summer’s market alone and Nedved is hinting that they are still not done as Juventus bid to end their 22-year wait for Champions League glory in the upcoming season.“Our shopping is not over yet …” said Nedved, according to Calcio Mercato.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“The Champions League? At Juve it’s always, I say always, it was a goal “.Juventus have been linked with resigning former midfielder Paul Pogba from Manchester United this summer, while Lazio’s Sergey Milinkovic-Savic has also been mentioned.After defeating the MLS All-Stars on penalties yesterday, Juventus will now take on Real Madrid on Sunday at the FedExField Stadium in Maryland.last_img read more


Tom Davies should seize his opportunity Michael Ball

first_imgMichael Ball believes Tom Davies needs to grasp his chance with both hands when called upon by Marco Silva.After a fantastic breakthrough during the 2016/17 campaign, Tom Davies struggled a little bit more last term as Everton finished eighth last season.“It’s a very big year for Tom Davies,” Ball told the ECHO.“He burst onto the scene and got all our hopes up, and it’s difficult coming through as a local lad and a young kid with this expectation on your shoulders.Marco Silva hails Everton’s strong personality after Wolves win Andrew Smyth – September 1, 2019 Everton manager Marco Silva praised his team’s strong personality after scrapping a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Wolves on Sunday.“I just think there’s an opportunity for him earlier than he might have thought, thanks to the injury to Morgan Schneiderlin, to show the manager what he can do.“He’s got that chance, and he probably needs a run of games to get himself going, because it is difficult when you’re in and out the side.“But this season, while the manager is getting to know all his new players, any small opportunity you’ve got to grab to prove to the boss that you should be part of his XI week in, week out.”last_img read more


Three more suspects wanted in Sunday shooting of ex Police

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPolice are asking for help in finding three more suspects in that bold daytime ambush of an ex police officer outside of Sunny Foods on Sunday afternoon in Provo. A group of three masked and armed men is said to have done the dastardly deed of nearly killing Tag Security Services, CEO, Alboin Williams. The culprits shot the man four times, and thankfully for a bullet proof vest, Williams survived the harrowing ordeal. At last check, two were in custody helping the investigation and a vehicle believed to be a part of the robbery was apprehended near the scene in Five Cays. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img


BAHAMAS The Governor General and the Pirme Minister at Remembrance Day Church

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 13, 2017 – Nassau – Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling and Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis are pictured in the front pew at the Remembrance Day Church Service at Christ Church Cathedral this morning.   The church service was followed by a march of a number of civic organizations through Bay Street to the Cenotaph in the Garden of Remembrance, where wreaths were laid.(BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img


County Supervisors host public meeting for input on use of SANDAG Transnet

first_img July 11, 2019 County Supervisors host public meeting for input on use of SANDAG Transnet funds Posted: July 11, 2019 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Are you OK with SANDAG taking taxpayer money, already designated to improve highways and roads, and using it to improve public transportation instead?Friday, County Supervisors will be hosting a meeting to let the public give their input on SANDAG Transnet funds.District 5 County Supervisor Jim Desmond told us all about it. Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitterlast_img read more