Muntari backs Mourinho after style criticism

first_imgFormer Inter Milan midfielder, Sulley Muntari, has jumped to the defence of former coach Jose Mourinho over the Portuguese’s style of play which has been largely described as ‘negative football’. Mourinho, currently in charge of Tottenham Hotspur, is widely known for his defensive philosophy, a system during his time as manager of Chelsea and Inter, with whom he won the Champions League in 2010. Muntari played under the former Real Madrid boss at Inter from 2008 to 2010. “I really don’t buy it because I know who we are talking about here,” the Black Stars told Metro FM. “He is the leader and you need to obey what your coach tells you, and that’s what he wants from his side. So if he wants them to defend in a certain way, they have to do it. “Every coach has his style of play and that’s the way he wants his team to play, that’s his choice. “For instance, when he was our coach, he didn’t say anything during matches because we know what he wanted. We knew where we wanted to be, we knew we wanted to win trophies.”Advertisement Loading… Without a doubt, Muntari and Mourinho’s biggest accomplishment together remains the 2010 Champions League success where they beat Bayern Munich 2-0 in the final. “It was amazing, we still keep in touch as I speak, and we have a chat group which has the squad that won the triple at Inter Milan so we keep in touch,” Muntari said. “It was always fun around him. He is a very principled man, he is an amazing coach. He gives you all the attention in other to perform. He doesn’t accept if you are not in good shape, you should be in good shape the whole year. read also:Obiora: I had a wonderful experience with Benitez at Inter Milan “So that’s what he gets from his players and everybody is loyal to him because he is loyal. He is very amazing.” Former Udinese and Portsmouth ace Muntari went on to play for AC Milan and Pescara in Italy, Spanish side Deportivo La Coruna and Ittihad in Saudi Arabia after his Inter adventure. The 35-year-old is currently on the search for a new club since ending a short spell with Spanish second division fold Albacete last year. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted ContentThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?The Top 9 Oddest Underwater Discoveries No One Can ExplainEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You10 Amazing Characters We Wish Were Official Disney PrincessesYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More9 Movie Scenes That Got Re-Shot Because Viewers Didn’t Like ThemWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Waylast_img

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EPL: Mane strikes 50th Liverpool goal

first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea Martinez completes £20m Aston Villa move Sadio Mane’s 50th Anfield strike and a late Curtis Jones goal edged the champions within 11 points of the Premier League century mark as relegation-threatened Aston Villa were left to rue what might have been.Dean Smith’s side squandered what was the best chance of any visiting team in the last three years to end Liverpool’s unbeaten home run but slipped to a 2-0 defeat, which extended the sequence to 57 matches. What transpired was a scrappy, disjointed, low-tempo display in which they did not register a shot of any kind until the 37th minute, with their only two pieces of quality producing goals for Mane and substitute Jones in the final quarter.Villa, still a point from safety and now without a win in nine matches, had created the better opportunities up to that point but failed to take the openings offered to them.Villa, while fairly resolute in their defending, could not have expected to have such an easy ride and out-shot their opponents three to two in the first half despite having just 28 per cent possession.Jones, a Scouser from the club’s academy, celebrated signing a new five-year contract less than 24 hours earlier by smashing home Salah’s headed knockdown in front of the empty Kop.Tags: Aston VillaCurtis JonesDean SmithSadio Manelast_img

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Karunaratne, Cornwall star on second day

first_imgSRI Lanka-A’s commanding start to the innings – Test batsmen Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Perera putting on 167 for the first wicket – ensured they finished the second day against West Indies-A in a strong position.Scores: Sri Lanka A 348 for 8 (Karunaratne 131, Perera 87, Cornwall 6-87) lead West Indies-A 276 (Vishaul Singh 96, Brooks 65, Gunaratne 3-27) by 72 runs.The left-handed opening pair scored at 4.57 per over, with Perera especially going after a West Indian bowling that might have looked even more pedestrian had it not been for Leeward Islands off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall, who ended the day with 6 for 87, his third five-wicket haul in a row in first-class cricket.Cornwall has taken 42 wickets in his last ten innings.Cornwall broke the opening stand and further damaged Sri Lanka-A’s momentum as he picked up Lahiru Thirimanne and Roshan Silva shortly after. However, Karunaratne dug in and scored 131, setting up a fifth-wicket stand of 85 with Niroshan Dickwella, who scored 59.Cornwall then returned to take three wickets for no runs as Sri Lanka-A slipped to 337 for 8. They finished on 348 for 8, 72 ahead of West Indies-A. (ESPN Cricinfo)last_img

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The Latest: NASCAR delays next generation car until 2022

first_imgPreviously announced increases in Cyclone Club annual giving levels have been delayed, prices for season and individual game ticket prices have been frozen for all sports and the deadline for booster club donations and football season ticket renewals has been extended to May 29.___The Belgian soccer league has become the first major European competition to recommend ending its season with the current standings declared final because of the coronavirus outbreak.The league says Club Brugge would be awarded the title if the advice is confirmed at a general assembly meeting on April 15. Brugge would also qualify for next season’s Champions League.Brugge is currently 15 points ahead of second-place Gent with one game to go before the season-ending playoffs. ESPN starts it off at 3 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday with the final round from 1986. That’s arguably the most popular Masters of all, when Jack Nicklaus shot 30 on the back nine to win his sixth green jacket at age 46. ESPN will show the the 2012 Masters, when Bubba Watson won his first green jacket, at 2 p.m. Thursday. That’s followed by Tiger Woods’ record 12-shot victory in 1997 at 7:30 p.m. On Friday, ESPN features 2013, when Adam Scott won, at noon and 2005, with Woods and his memorable chip-in on the 16th, at 6 p.m.CBS takes over on the weekend, starting with a one-hour production of 1975, when Nicklaus won over Tom Weiskopf and Johnny Miller. That begins at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and is immediately followed by 2004, which was Phil Mickelson’s duel with Ernie Els.On Sunday starting at 12:30 p.m., CBS will show the entire round from last year, when Woods completed his comeback from back surgeries to win his fifth green jacket.Masters.com and @TheMasters social media will complement the broadcasts with content never before seen from famous final rounds.___ The Senior PGA in Benton Harbor, Michigan, was to be played May 21-24. It will be held next year at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It will return to Benton Harbor the following year.___World Athletics says it won’t clear any Russian athletes to compete internationally amid the shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.The governing body of track requires Russians to apply for “authorized neutral athlete” status each year to compete outside their home country. Russia has been suspended from World Athletics since 2015 for widespread doping.World Athletics spokeswoman Nicole Jeffery says in e-mailed comments that “the ANA system only applies to international competition, so until there is competition there is no need for any athlete to apply.” The World Games that were more than a year away have been delayed to 2022 because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Olympic-style event for sports that are not on the Summer Games program had been scheduled for July 15-25, 2021, in Birmingham, Alabama. But those dates now overlap with the Tokyo Olympics, which were delayed for a full year while the world deals with the pandemic.The International World Games Association and Birmingham Organizing Committee announced Thursday that the 11th edition of the World Games will now be held on July 7-17, 2022.The World Games began in 1981 and are held every four years to showcase disciplines that are not on the Olympic program, such as sumo, floorball, billiards, lifesaving, orienteering, dance sport and tug of war.Birmingham won the right to stage the 2021 competition, beating out Lima, Peru, and Ufa, Russia, to become the first U.S. host since Santa Clara, California, for the inaugural World Games. The Next Gen project has been years in the works as an industry-wide collaboration to cut costs and improve competition.___The California State Athletic Commission has canceled all combat sports events through May due to the coronavirus pandemic.Several dozen events were scheduled for May, mostly in Southern California.The affected events include a UFC show scheduled for May 16 in San Diego. The event was scheduled to feature lightweights Dustin Poirier and Dan Hooker in the main event. The Bellator mixed martial arts promotion had already postponed its two events scheduled for California in May. Golden Boy Promotions also had already canceled a boxing show scheduled for April 25 outside Palm Springs, headlined by light heavyweights Sergey Kovalev and Sullivan Barrera.___Anaheim Ducks owners Henry and Susan Samueli say they will pay their 2,100 part-time employees across all of their sports and event management companies through June 30 for work that was wiped out by the coronavirus pandemic.The Samuelis’ Anaheim Arena Management company operates Honda Center, the Ducks’ home rink. They also own two large ice hockey complexes in Orange County — including Great Park Ice, the massive new winter sports facility that houses the Ducks’ training complex in Irvine, California.The Samuelis own the Ducks’ AHL affiliate, the San Diego Gulls. Their company even operates JT Schmid’s, a popular restaurant and read more

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Missing USC student reportedly sighted

first_imgDerek Adam Seehausen, a 26-year-old fourth-year medical student at USC who has been missing since Aug. 5, has allegedly been seen twice since his disappearance.A tip to the Los Angeles Police Deparment on Sept. 10 described a man matching Seehausen’s description shuffling on Pacific Coast Highway near Solana Beach, California. Seehausen has plantar fasciitis, a painful disorder affecting the heel and underside of the foot, which private investigator Thomas Martin, who was hired by Seehausen’s family, attributes the man’s shuffling gait.The L.A. County Sherriff’s Department also reportedly sighted Seehausen on Sept. 5 while searching Metro bus footage for a sexual assailant. They reported a sighting of a man with similar characteristics to Seehausen.At a press conference on Sept. 12 at USC’s Health Sciences Campus, Jean Gadra, Seehausen’s mother, made her first public appearance since her son’s disappearance. Gadra said Seehausen posted a video of himself scuba diving through kelp on Facebook a week before he went missing. Her son also called her around the same time to tell her the dates of Keck School of Medicine’s spring graduation and talk about Christmas plans.“This is an unimaginable nightmare for our family. We don’t understand it. … If you took a thousand people, Derek would be the last person that you would think would do this,” Gadra said.After Seehausen had not attended class in two days, fellow students started to suspect that something was wrong. With Martin’s help, Seehausen’s family has photos of possible sightings and believes that he is still alive. Martin said that he hasn’t talked to any law enforcement officers who think that Seehausen is deceased.At 10:34 p.m. on Aug. 5, Seehausen was caught on tape at a Vons ATM withdrawing $200. Later that night at 11:54 p.m., Seehausen made a $2,999 payment to a friend via his iPhone. He was last seen at 12:02 a.m. Aug. 6 on foot northbound on Alvarado Street.Martin said that no foul play is suspected. He does not believe there is any connection between the payment and Seehausen’s disappearance.A family member told NBC San Diego that Seehausen has ties in San Diego County, where Solana Beach is located, and is a frequent visitor to the area. Seehausen supposedly was planning to visit his best friend in San Diego during the time of his disappearance. He has also been known to surf at nearby Mission Beach.Shuhan He, a close friend and USC student who spoke at the press conference, described Seehausen as intelligent, athletic and resourceful. He said Seehausen was top of his class and very motivated, and said he said he spoke to Seehausen three days before his disappearance about plans for the weekend.Seehausen’s family and friends have set up a website, helpfindderek.com, hoping to expand their search by reaching out to the public for help.Seehausen is about 6 feet tall and 180 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. According to NBC Los Angeles, he was last seen wearing a black sweater, maroon T-shirt, plaid shorts and colorful shoes. He has a distinct 5 cm flesh-colored scar on his right arm. Those with any information are asked to contact the LAPD Adult Missing Persons Unit at 213-996-1800.last_img

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D.O. Sportscast: a look at Syracuse’s spring football season

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 15, 2019 at 11:58 pmcenter_img Syracuse wrapped up its spring football season this past weekend. Our beat writers talk about what they’ve taken away from the past few weeks of practice and Saturday’s scrimmage. The beat writers talk about players to watch and compare Syracuse’s upcoming season to a movie sequel.Listen here:last_img

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Triggy’s Björn Nilsson – “Localisation is nothing, personalisation is everything”

first_img Submit Degree 53 ‘UX Review’ reviews operators against latest Apple app guidelines January 15, 2020 In a global environment where instant is everything, many organisations on a global basis are striving to gain a march on the competition with the latest innovation or tool etc, with ‘personalisation’ becoming an increasingly utilised buzzword.One such example is Triggy, who after struggling with outsourced development of its TriggySport app, brought it in-house, re-worked and subsequently rolled-out very recently.Intended to be integrated by operators, SBC News spoke to Björn Nilsson, co-founder of Triggy, regarding the new offering, where live betting is currently going wrong, and how his firm is attempting to bridge the gap.“…operators, and providers, don’t make use of the internet and the digital tools available…”__________________________________SBC: Could you begin by telling our readers a little about TriggySport and your story? Björn Nilsson: Sure! Triggy is a betting focused live score product that we integrate with betting operators in lean and smart ways. Our goal is to help operators engage their players with data driven products to generate more turnover. Triggy comes attached with push notifications and AI-based next bet suggestions. We launched TriggySport in App Store a short-time ago, to show operators how it works in a live environment. Daniel, Stefan and I met a bit over a year ago to discuss the gaps and opportunities in the mobile betting industry. We all agreed that operators, and providers, don’t make use of the internet and the digital tools available in the way they could. What we mean by that is that operators in many ways just moved whatever they had in retail into digital, as they did not understand what the future would hold. Then again, who did? They have still not caught on though, likely because they are profitable as it is. But these things change and now it is time to adapt.  SBC: How does Triggy’s operations differ from, and build on, the live betting solutions that are operational?BN: Live betting today lacks efficiency. Players have to spend an uncalled for amount of time and effort to place a bet. When something of interest happens in a game, a player has to choose what betting site to go to, then he has to find the event list, then the event and the actual market. Then, he has to make a betting decision based on the odds provided. There are many drop-off points here. We want the operator to serve the player with the bets he is most likely to bite on. Based on the current status in the game, what just happened and the player’s history – Triggy will help the operator notify the player of the bets he is most likely to want to make right now. One click and you’re in the betslip.“We believe that personalisation is everything. It will be bread and butter moving forwards”SBC: How important is the ability to offer an added dimension of personalisation in the current market? And enhancing such offerings moving forward?BN: We believe that personalisation is everything. It will be bread and butter moving forwards. Localisation is nothing, personalisation is everything. With Triggy, the player chooses what information he wants to listen to and when. He can either toggle on “match notifications” and he will then get push notifications with general match information, similar to what you would get from any other live score product, but with all notifications the player will get next bet suggestions. Or, the user can choose to listen to specific triggers in an event such as time, odds and score. The triggers can be used separately or combined. An example would be: “Notify me when/if the odds on Manchester United to win over Everton is over 1.65, the game is tied and there is at least 60 minutes left to play”. That way, a player will only get truly betting specific information and can thus follow many games simultaneously without watching them on TV or live. SBC: For today’s punters data forms such an important role, can incorporating deep layers of data now be considered essential?BN: It may not be essential just yet, but the operators that give their players data driven tools to play around with, in their environment, are bound to leap ahead of the competition. We think that it is imperative for operators in this highly competitive environment to offer their players the best services to acquire and, more importantly, retain their players. Bonuses and whatnot are not ways of winning the battle, better products are.SBC: How is Triggy going to develop its product moving forward? And what do you consider to be both short and long-term targets?BN: We started with Triggy for soccer. In the short-term we will focus on adding more sports and features to offer the same great live-score and betting experience for other sports. We’ve, for instance, started adding American sports. In the medium-term we will focus more on read more

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WCQ: Zambia arrive in South Africa to prepare against Ghana

first_imgThe Zambia national team yesterday arrived in South Africa to commence preparations for next Friday’s crucial Brazil 2014 World Cup qualifier match against Ghana to be played in Kumasi.The national team camp started yesterday in Johannesburg after the technical bench and 6 local players arrived at Milpark Hotel which will be the base for the Chipolopolo until they leave for Ghana on Wednesday next week.And Renard has said his return to Ghana will be very emotional. It will be the first time the Frenchman will be returning to Ghana where he spent two years as assistant coach to Claude Le Roy for the Black Stars.Renard further said he would be happy to beat Ghana and qualify Zambia to the World Cup.“It will be a pleasure to beat Ghana but the 90 minutes will determine who will win,” Renard said.The players who left with Renard on Thursday morning are the Red Arrows trio of Bruce Musakanya, Bronson Chama and Danny Munyau. Others are Joshua Titima, Christopher Munthali, Kondwani Mtonga and Kabaso Chongo.The next batch of players expected in camp are the PSL contingent of Kennedy Mweene, Joseph Musonda and Davies Nkausu whose clubs will be in action on Saturday.FAZ Communications manager Eric Mwanza defended the decision to camp the team in Johannesburg saying apart from issues to do with the weather other considerations like player movement were factored in.“As announced, we looked at many options in West and East. Joburg was best as we will maximize on time and have wonderful preps.”“Look at the time we have for preps, player movement & all logistics: you need best plan to be ready & Joburg is,” Mwanza stated. The team had a morning sessionFull Team Called up:Goalkeepers: Kennedy Mweene (Mamelodi Sundowns, RSA), Danny Munyau (Red Arrows), Joshua Titima (Power Dynamos)Defenders: Christopher Munthali (Nkana), Joseph Musonda (Golden Arrows, RSA), Davies Nkausu (SuperSport United, RSA), Bronson Chama (Red Arrows), Stoppila Sunzu, Hichani Himoonde (Both TP Mazembe, DRC), Kabaso Chongo (Konkola Mine Police), Chintu Kampamba (Kabwe Warriors), Emmanuel Mbola (TP Mazembe)last_img

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Hernandez nets as Mexico see off South Korea

first_imgJavier Hernandez scored his 50th international goal to help Mexico take a big step towards the last 16 of the World Cup with an impressive win over South Korea, despite Son Heung-min’s stunning late strike.Having upset defending champions Germany in their opening game in Group F, Mexico proved again they will be a test for any side should they reach the knockout stages.They took the lead in Rostov-on-Don through Carlos Vela’s penalty – the 14th of the tournament already – on 26 minutes after Jang Hyun-soo’s handball.Although they dominated possession against lacklustre opponents, Mexico also displayed their thrilling counter-attacking game with their second goal, when West Ham striker Hernandez added a neat finish to Hirving Lozano’s surging run.As South Korea’s sole threat, it was fitting that Tottenham striker Son gave his side fleeting hope in added time with a sublime, curling strike from 25 yards.Mexico will reach the last 16 should Sweden beat Germany in Saturday’s final game, kicking-off at 19:00 BST. Only a Germany win will prevent South Korea being knocked out with a group game remaining.last_img

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Reaction to Blake Griffin incident: Clippers star ‘needs to grow up’

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Kristine Leahy noted this was not the first altercation involving the team this season. There were reports that recently-traded Josh Smith was involved in a fight an assistant coach, she pointed.“They’re a mess,” Cowherd remarked.The reaction on social media was not any better. People were in denial at first, but quickly came to accept that the star they loved may not be the star they know.“I totally misread Blake Griffin,” tweeted @BradleyDowell. “Always thought he seemed like a cool & down to earth dude that’d be fun to hang out with. Definitely not.”He wasn’t the only one who took to social media to talk about Blake Griffin. Blake Griffin’s return to the court will be delayed after an off-the-court fight with a member of the team’s equipment staff.The incident, which was confirmed to LANG by a league source, does not paint a pretty picture of Blake Griffin, who had a run-in with a person with a cellphone in a night club in Las Vegas in 2014.Fox Sports personality Colin Cowherd said this morning it’s time for the Clippers’ franchise-player to grow up.“Blake Griffin needs to grow up. You’re not a tough-guy if you’re 6-9, 250 punching out an equipment manager,” said Cowherd. “If you’re Golden State, you have to be laughing at this stuff. The Clippers don’t get along, Houston players don’t get along, San Antonio is getting really old and brittle.”center_img • Click here to see our recap of how people reacted on Social Medialast_img

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