0Shares0000Manchester United defender Eric Bailly (L) showed an impressive display against LeicesterMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Sep 27 – Manchester United legend Nemanja Vidic has backed defender Eric Bailly to play a big part at Old Trafford for “many years” to come.The Ivory Coast international cost United in the region of £30million and became new manager Jose Mourinho’s first signing at the club. Spectators and pundits have been drawing comparisons between the 22-year-old and Vidic, who announced his retirement earlier this year after a couple of seasons at Inter Milan.And Vidic has been impressed with what he has seen so far from the centre-back and reckons he will only continue to do well with the Red Devils.“If he keeps going as he is, he will definitely have a great career at United,” he said.“Of course, I’m glad that someone compares him to me and I hope he will be a player who does very well for us. He’s strong and composed with the ball.“He’s a very confident player. He has a bit of everything. What I have seen in the first few matches is that we have a great player for the future and a player I would say we needed.“He reads the game well. He already looks a big signing for us. I think he’s already popular with the fans. Of the signings we’ve had this year, I think he’s the one that has surprised everyone the most.“He’s 22-years-old and he went straight into the club and looks at home straight away. That’s outstanding for me.“We know how many players come to England and need time to adapt and that, for me, is what is so impressive – he’s 22 and he has adapted straight away and showed some confidence which is important.”Vidic thinks Bailly’s shaky performances against Manchester City and Watford will only be a blip as he continues to learn and improve at Old Trafford.“The most important thing for a player of his age is to keep his feet on the ground,” Vidic added.“The first few matches he really performed well and had so many compliments from everyone, but it’s important to stay calm, keep doing what he was doing before and keep improving.“If he continues to play like he does and stays focused, he can be here for many years and help the team be successful.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Tottenham Hotspur are facing a tough task as they meet Monaco in the Champions League on Tuesday.Spurs will know a victory is needed or they risk exiting the competition at the first hurdle.In their first encounter with the Monegasques, Mauricio Pochettino’s men struggled to deal with the likes of Bernardo Silva and Thomas Lemar.So what do Tottenham need to do to beat Monaco at Stade Louis II? Click the right arrow above to see what we think… 4. Utilise the team’s strength to bully Monaco – When dribbling down the flank against Bayer Leverkusen, Moussa Sissoko looked clumsy and error prone. But when Spurs took on Manchester City, the French star did a superb job holding the ball up and bring team-mates, like Kyle Walker, into play. If he can play this way up against Benjamin Mendy, Spurs might do well. And the same goes for Vincent Janssen, if the Tottenham midfielders can put the ball directly into his feet, the Dutchman could be pivotal. His strength is, literally, his strength. He can hold up play and bring others into the game. 2. Stay away from Jemerson – At Wembley, the Brazilian centre-back was superb. Harry Kane, and substitute Vincent Janssen both struggled up against the man nicknamed Blackenbauer’ yes, really (see here for an explanation of the nickname). With Kamil Glik alongside him, its probably best if Spurs attack down the flanks and use their movement in the middle to cause problems. 1. Stop Thomas Lemar – Click the right arrow above for more ways Tottenham can beat Monaco… – The worst thing that happened to Spurs in their Wembley tie with Monaco was an injury to Nabil Dirar. This saw Lemar thrown into the fold. The pacy attacker gave Ben Davies a hard time and scored the second goal of the game. Whichever full-back faces him this time will have to have a big game. If theres any justice in the world, his opponent will win the battle. 4 4 4 3. Move Christian Eriksen further forward – Currently, the Dane is occupying a midfield hinterland and is barely making an impact on games for Spurs. Hes no longer in a No.10 role or a wide playmaker, and seems to occupy a space between the two, which is restricting his play. With Dele All likely to be on the bench, Pochettino should push Eriksen back into a No. 10 role, allowing him to feed the striker ahead of him and use his movement to cause havoc behind Monacos midfield four. If he can evade Fabinho, Spurs might be successful. 4
ADVICE LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS The Mirror report Spurs are preparing to offer Sturridge a two-year deal to stay in the Premier League, with the player also linked with a move to MLS club New York City.Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino wants to bring in cover and competition for Harry Kane, whose current understudy Fernando Llorente, is also out of contract at the end of the season. REVEALED 1 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury no dice Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? shining BEST OF RANKED Tottenham are interested in signing Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge.The 29-year-old is out of contract in the summer and has started two league games this term due to the form of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah. huge blow Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ REPLY Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Daniel Sturridge has struggled for playing time under Jurgen Klopp Pochettino’s opposite number Jurgen Klopp is believed to be reluctant to give Sturridge a new contract due to injury problems that have blighted his career.Despite his lack of playing time at Anfield, Sturridge would be called upon if Firmino, Mane or Salah were injured.And with Liverpool battling for Premier League and Champions League glory, Klopp might call on Sturridge if he chooses to rest his first-choice forwards.He has proven to be a useful back-up this season, evident when he scored against PSG in the 3-2 win when Firmino was only fit enough for the bench, and when he rescued a point against Chelsea in his four-minute Premier League cameo in September. REVEALED MONEY
Elsewhere, Graziano Pelle’s girlfriend has been caught being less than supportive, while Simone Zaza’s bonkers penalty has been given the internet treatment. And then there were four. Iceland’s Euro 2016 adventure is over after hosts France upped their game and saw off the mighty minnows. It’s not often a team can concede five goals in a quarter-final and leave with their heads held high but Iceland won over the neutrals and made every nation who didn’t qualify (and a few who did) ask “why can’t we be like that?”.They even won over former Roman gladiator Russell Crowe, though he has now moved his affection to Wales.And what was Chris Coleman’s reward for putting together a side impressive enough to draw the support of the LA Confidential star? A link to the England job.
One of the white males was approximately 5’-10” to 6’-01” tall with a close cropped beard and mustache. He was wearing a black baseball style hat turned backwards, a gray hooded sweat shirt or jacket, with a dark colored shirt under the hooded sweat shirt or jacket. He was wearing dark colored pants and his shoes were of an unknown type.The other white male was approximately 5’-10” to 6’-1” tall wearing a tan colored baseball style hat. He was wearing a pair of Carhart style bib overalls with a black crew neck shirt underneath and work style boots. This subject allegedly pointed a hand gun at the elderly male while the robbery was taking place.Anyone with information on this robbery is encouraged to contact Detective David Makowsky at the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg at 1-800-872-6743 or outside of Indiana at 812-246-5424.Callers can also contact Crime Stoppers of Kentuckiana at 1-502-582-CLUE, (2583), for up to a $1,000.00 reward. This past Friday, January 3rd, at approximately 6:30 am, an elderly male retrieved money from an ATM machine located at the New Washington State Bank on Main Street in Henryville, (Clark County). As the elderly male walked away from the machine he was approached by two white male subjects demanding the money he withdrew. One of the subjects even pointed a hand gun at the elderly male. The elderly man gave them the money and the two robbers quickly got into a black SUV and fled the scene going north towards County Road #160, (Old State Road #160).
15 December 2008It was a good weekend for South African golfers as Richard Sterne claimed the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek and Tim Clark captured the Australian Open at Royal Sydney after both courses bared their teeth in the final round.Thomas Aiken had stolen the headlines at Leopard Creek, with a blistering course record of 11-under-par 61 in the third round. It was four shots better than the next best effort – 65 by Keith Horne – and took him into a one-shot lead over the USA’s Len Mattiace on 18-under-par 198.A group of four players followed four shots off the pace, including Sterne, Sweden’s Oskar Henningsson, and England’s David Lynn and Robert Rock.UnpredictableThe unpredictable nature of golf soon showed its face as Aiken struggled with his game. He started strongly with two birdies in the first four holes, but finishing the front nine with a bogey.The inward nine took the title away from Aiken; he bogeyed the tenth and then double-bogeyed the eleventh. After settling into a steady stream of pars, he finished with a bogey on the final hole.While he went backwards, Mattiace moved to the top of the leaderboard, but Leopard Creek was done with generosity for the co-sponsored Sunshine and European Tour event and bit back hard.TumbledThe American tumbled down the standings with a horrific triple-bogey seven at the fourteenth and a second triple-bogey – this time an eight – at the eighteenth.Sterne, meanwhile, exited the front nine with two birdies – at the third and eighth – but then dropped shots at the tenth and twelfth to fall back to level par for his round. His response was excellent, however, as he sank three birdie putts in succession to take him to three-under-par through 15 holes.Successive pars took him to the testing eighteenth, which had been unkind to him in the previous two rounds. Sterne had made a birdie in the first round, but followed that with a triple-bogey and a double-bogey in the next two rounds. This time he managed a par.Challenge overDespite Aiken’s struggles, he had an opportunity to force a playoff with a birdie on the eighteenth, but when he found the water his challenge was over.Sterne won on 17-under-par 271 and picked up the winner’s cheque of €158 500 – roughly R2.16-million. It was his fourth European Tour victory.Sweden’s Johan Edfors equalled the day’s best round of six-under-par 66 to move into a share of second with England’s Robert Rock on 16-under 272.Aiken was forced to settle for a share of fourth with Spain’s Rafael Cabrera Bello on 273.Australian Open surpriseDown Under, Tim Clark scored a victory in the Australian Open that came as a big surprise to him; he was busy enjoying lunch, thinking his tournament was over, when he was summoned to take part in a playoff.Earlier, the South African star, who had contested the Australian Masters and the Australian PGA the previous two weeks, didn’t seem to be in the running despite firing the final round’s best score of five-under-par 67, which left him on nine-under 279 for the tournament.Out on the course, third round leader David Smail of New Zealand appeared to be in complete control of his destiny. He had posted two birdies on the outward nine and his nearest challengers had slipped further back. His lead was four shots.Lead evaporatedEven a dropped shot at the tenth didn’t seem to be that bad and Smail went on to par the next four holes. Then it all went wrong for the Kiwi at the fifteenth where he suffered a double-drop. Another double-bogey followed on the sixteenth and his comfortable lead had evaporated.Pars on the last two holes left Smail a shot adrift of Clark – who had begun the final round seven shots behind the New Zealander – and Matthew Goggin, who had closed with a 69.After Clark was summoned from his lunch, he and Goggin headed for the first playoff hole. It was soon advantage Goggin when Clark found a bunker with his approach to the green.However, he recovered with a superb shot that took him to just two-and-a-half metres from the pin. Goggin’s birdie attempt came up short and Clark then sank his putt for par. When Goggin missed his putt the title was Clark’s.LegendsHe became the third South African to win the Australian Open, following in the footsteps of the legendary Gary Player, a seven-time champion, and Bobby Locke, the winner in 1955.His win was worth A$270 000 – about R1.82-million.Clark will next be in action at Pearl Valley Golf Estates – as will be Alfred Dunhill champion Richard Sterne – in the South African Open from 18 December.Clark is one of five South Africab players ranked in the world’s top 50; the others are Ernie Els, Trevor Immelman, Rory Sabbatini, and Retief Goosen and they will all be contesting the SA Open.Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Communications company British Telecom (BT) has acquired innovative web telephony platform Ribbit for a reported $105 million. BT has been sniffing around the Bay Area for startups to acquire for some time and this one is a great fit. Not just because both companies are in the voice market but because as a means of folding click-to-call functionality into any web application – Ribbit is fascinating.BT was supposed to be a big mover and shaker in the communications industry of the future. Telephony expert Om Malik has been watching the company’s progress closely though, and says that it has largely failed to live up to its promise. Can Ribbit move the needle for BT? We think it could in a big way.Who Cares?We argue that well built developer platforms are the key to the future of every industry. The internet has blown wide open the means of production in content and is now aimed at the scarcity of functionality next. Even with giant research and development budgets, established companies are increasingly hard pressed to compete with the innovation brought to market by a whole world of developers once those developers are handed Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).The big companies can offer mass distribution, financial and tech security – but they sure aren’t the only game in town any more. Smart telecom companies know their time as local monopolists is counting down fast. Companies like Ribbit and others powered by Ribbit could quickly offer better, cheaper, more exciting telephone service than companies like BT. Someone had to buy Ribbit and it’s a sign of the ineptitude of US telecom companies that none of them did.What’s Ribbit All About?When we first heard about Ribbit, we thought it sounded like a whole lot of hype that wouldn’t amount to much. How exciting is voice communication anymore? After hearing about a number of use cases, though, we became much more interested in the company.Ribbit is a platform that lets developers add click-to-call functionality to other applications on the web. It’s really easy to set up a way for users to make a voice call over the internet to a particular phone number. See, for example, the shot below of Ribbit functionality being added to a widget in drag-and-drop widget authoring service SproutBuilder.The other use case that interests us is a short list of Adobe AIR applications powered by Ribbit. Though the AIR iPhone may be more frivolous than anything else, as a proof of concept it’s powerful. Ribbit’s own consumer app Amphibian is more significant.Andrew Powell’s mashup of Mapquest, Kayak hotel look-up and Ribbit to call found hotels is also pretty cool. The 5,000 developers already signed up for access to Ribbit will also be offered a list of new features as of today, so even more innovation should be delivered in short order.The point is that Ribbit is a platform that that offers to move voice calls off of the handset and outside the relatively slow-moving development environment of Skype. There are a world of interface and functionality possibilities that could be set on top of Ribbit.Michael Boustridge, President, BT Americas said in the release about the deal: “The Ribbit platform makes it simpler, cheaper and faster to build communications functionality into applications, enabling developers to introduce new revenue-generating voice services in hours, rather than weeks. By combining the Ribbit platform with BT’s existing web services, we have the potential to deliver some of the world’s finest applications for communications innovation benefiting consumers and businesses alike.”Will Acquisition Propel Ribbit Forward?Will developers engage, though? As Om Malik again pointed out today, Ribbit to date has stirred up limited developer interest. We suspect however that two factors will contribute to a significant increase in interest.First, being owned by a very large company (operating in 150 countries after 27 years) could lend some real stability and visibility to Ribbit. Second, being owned by a European company, where there’s a stronger history of innovation in telephony and higher expectations, could help propel development better than the climate in Silicon Valley has. There is relatively little innovation in telephony in the US, in case you haven’t noticed. The iPhone platform could help change that but it’s only beginning.We’re excited to see what BT can do with Ribbit. We’re thrilled to see a consumer infrastructure play, based on APIs, focused on an unexpected technology (a telephony API instead of say, an ecommerce API) rock out to the tune of $100 million plus. That’s great news for innovators in general.Will BT strangle Ribbit? Telecom companies generally aren’t a breath of fresh air into any polite conversation, but to a great degree this situation isn’t unlike every other acquisition by a major player of a small one. As a development platform, however, Ribbit seems particularly well oriented to maintain some integrity in a larger company. We’ll have to watch and see.Someone had to buy Ribbit, though, and we expect to see developer platforms rolled out by all telecom companies around the world within the next two years. In many cases it will cost a lot more than $100 million, too. 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Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella was furious at the referee for not checking VAR on the winning Lazio goal. “That’s what it’s there for.” The Viola were beaten 2-1 by a late Ciro Immobile header, but the issue was Jordan Lukaku winning back the ball from Riccardo Sottil – seemingly with a foul – to then provide the assist. “I don’t understand when there’s a decisive incident in the final minutes and you have this technology, why not use it? Just take a minute and go look?” the visibly irritated coach told Sky Sport Italia. “I said to the referee, if you see it afterwards and think it wasn’t a foul, I’ll buy you a coffee. If you see it and think it was a foul, you can buy me a coffee. “It’s not the first time this has happened to us. There might’ve been a penalty for Lazio on Lazzari, fine, but this was at the last minute and the decisive goal, why not go and check? That’s what VAR is there for. “The protocol is meant to be that the referee makes the final decision, but why can’t he go and evaluate it properly for himself? It was easier to accept without VAR, because we know that’s over in a second, but here we have the technology and aren’t using it. “We all stood around for four minutes waiting for the VAR to say if he should see it or not. If he’d just gone and looked at it, it would’ve been a minute or two longer, but at least we’d all be sure. “He may well have made the same decision that it wasn’t a foul, but at least we’d have the confidence he’d seen it.” Fiorentina had been unbeaten since September 1, but Montella picked the same starting XI for the seventh game in a row. “I am proud of the lads, as it was a difficult game, Lazio have been working together for a long time and are well-drilled. Lazio were more consistent, certainly. We struggled a little physically, which was strange, considering they had played on Thursday. “I think this is the first game in the last few weeks where the opponents have been superior in terms of performance, not by much, but it could’ve gone either way or ended in a draw.” Franck Ribery was livid at being substituted, spending the next 10 minutes in the dugout complaining about the decision and asking for clarification. “I thought he looked tired, maybe he was angry because he wanted to come off earlier,” joked Montella. “He’s a champion, I like the adrenaline and passion, he’ll have plenty of time to give his contribution. I was a forward, I know what it was like being substituted.” Ribery was visibly still furious after the final whistle, as there is footage of the veteran pushing the linesman as they walk off the field.
Hyderabad: Actor Venkatesh will star in the Telugu remake of Ajay Devgn’s latest release “De De Pyaar De”, producer Suresh Babu announced on Wednesday. On the occasion of renowned production house Suresh Productions completing 55 years, its Managing Director Suresh Babu spoke to reporters and opened up about the banner’s upcoming projects. “We are currently shooting ‘Venky Mama’ in Kashmir. The pre-production work on ‘Hiranyakashyapa’ (starring Rana Daggubati), which will be India’s biggest film, has been going on for three years now. As a company, we hope to make more films than before. We recently acquired the Telugu remake rights of ‘De De Pyaar De’ and it will star Venkatesh. We also have films planned with Tharun Bhascker and Trinadha Rao with Venkatesh,” Suresh Babu told reports. Also Read – ‘Will be acting till I die’ He also said that they plan to make films in Tamil and Hindi. On Suresh Productions clocking 55 years, Suresh said: “It’s not easy to stay relevant even after 55 years. We are really blessed to continue in the industry. What was once a production company is slowly turning into a content, talent management and technology company. This is a complete ecosystem that Rana and I are trying to put together”. Suresh Productions’ upcoming release is Samantha Akkineni starrer Telugu comedy “Oh Baby”.
Warsaw: Dozens of former Polish ambassadors are telling President Donald Trump that Poland’s democracy is at risk and urging him to pressure the country’s populist government during a coming visit to respect human rights and stop flouting the constitution. “Mr. President, you are coming to a country where the rule of law is no longer respected,” the Conference of Ambassadors of the Republic of Poland wrote in an open letter posted on its website late Monday. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US Trump is to attend ceremonies in Warsaw on Saturday marking the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II, which began with Nazi Germany’s invasion of Poland on Sept. 1, 1939. More than 40 other world leaders will also attend. It will be Trump’s second visit to Poland, where a nationalist right-wing government that shares his anti-migrant views welcomed him enthusiastically in 2017. Then, Trump gave a speech praising Poland as a defender of Western civilization without mentioning democracy or concerns voiced often by the European Union that the young democracy was veering off course. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls At the time, the government was moving to restrict judicial independence, a process that picked up speed after Trump’s visit. His visit now comes as the ruling party, Law and Justice, and the country’s powerful Catholic church have been depicting gays and lesbians as threats to Polish society and to families. That appears to be a campaign ploy ahead of parliamentary elections on Oct. 13 to appeal to the conservative heartland in a country where many people cling to their traditional Catholic values. The former ambassadors write that “the process of flouting and bending our Constitution has been on the rise for several years.” “The division of powers is being dismantled and the independent judiciary is being destroyed. Human rights are curtailed, and the growing repression of political opponents and various minorities, be they ethnic, religious or sexual, is not only tolerated by the government, but even inspired by it.” They tell Trump: “Your powerful voice calling for tolerance and mutual respect, as well as compliance with the provisions of the Constitution and other laws, may have historical significance.” The ruling party has repeatedly denied accusations of violating democracy, noting that it came to power in free elections and that it still enjoys the approval of many Poles. It is by far the most popular party in the country, approval that is partly explained by generous welfare policies for families and farmers. The Conference of Ambassadors is made up of 41 ex-ambassadors concerned the current government is eroding democracy and hurting the country’s position on the global stage. It was formed in 2017, two years after Law and Justice took power, and some of its members were fired by the party.