US adjusting to Arena’s system as World Cup qualifier looms

first_imgGerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in “We just wanted to have a meeting in the morning,” Arena said. “Meeting, practice, have lunch and off the rest of the day. Wasn’t rocket science.”Figuring out what system the Americans may utilize could be, though. At times against Venezuela, the squad employed a 4-4-2 formation. At other times, it was a different alignment.“It’s better for us if the opposition doesn’t know how we’re going to play, how we’re going to start the game,” midfielder Fabian Johnson said. “It’s positive for us that we have two systems that we can also switch during the game.”Now, they just need everyone healthy. Central defender John Brooks left Saturday’s game with a bruised quadriceps muscle. Arena doesn’t know if he will be available Thursday, let alone three days later when the team plays in Mexico. But there’s also this: Forward Jozy Altidore is getting up to speed after reporting late to training camp because of his brother’s wedding.Arena has gradually increased the tempo at practice to get his team acclimatized to the higher elevation. It’s 5,200 feet in Commerce City and a lung-searing 7,820 feet at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City. The elevation for the exhibition game was around 4,450 feet.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. United States’ Christian Pulisic (10) celebrates with teammate DeAndre Yedlin (2) and Omar Gonzalez (3) after scoring against Venezuela during the second half of an international friendly soccer match. APCOMMERCE CITY, Colorado — U.S. coach Bruce Arena looked at the rosy side of a surprise draw with Venezuela in an exhibition game over the weekend.“Good exercise for us,” he said Monday (Tuesday Manila time).ADVERTISEMENT The Americans are still getting used to Arena’s system, along with playing at a higher altitude. But there’s not much time left, with a World Cup qualifier on Thursday in Commerce City against Trinidad and Tobago.Neither team has margin for error, with the U.S. currently in fourth place in the six-team standings with four points and Trinidad and Tobago last with three points. The top three teams qualify, with the fourth-place squad going to a playoff against Asia’s No. 5 nation.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? 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MOST READ Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreakcenter_img Swing Out Sister back to PH this April For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ View comments “Of course, it’s hard to breathe, to run,” said Johnson, who recently extended his contract with Borussia Moenchengladbach. “The first couple of days, you can tell in warmups and stuff. You’re breathing hard. But you get used to it.”Arena certainly liked the play of 18-year-old Christian Pulisic on Saturday as the midfielder scored the tying goal for the Americans in the 61st minute. Asked how he’s come along over the last six months, Arena responded: “Six months older.”“He’s stronger physically, mentally,” Arena said. “The young ones make more improvement. I don’t think (DaMarcus) Beasley and (Clint) Dempsey are going to get much better in six months.”Johnson met with Arena several times in Germany to discuss what’s expected of him. Johnson likes his responsibilities in the midfield, a position that’s relatively unsettled. Sebastian Lletget started against Honduras in March, scoring the opening goal, but injured his left foot in the 6-0 home win and will be sidelined four to six months.“We have to create more chances, use the space a little bit better,” Johnson said. “That’s what we’re going to try to do on Thursday.” Wallace to become first black driver in Cup race since 2006 Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite LATEST STORIES End of his agony? 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TKR condemn Tridents to seventh straight loss

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): The Barbados Tridents bowed out of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) in humiliating fashion’s, as they suffered a seventh straight defeat at the hands of the Trinbago Knight Riders here at the Queen’s Park Oval on Friday night. In a clash of two teams heading in opposite directions, the Knight Riders strengthened their stronghold at the top of the table with a nine-run win over the hapless Tridents, to complete their sixth straight victory. Having been asked to bat first by the Tridents, the home side posted a formidable 180 for five from their 20 overs, thanks mainly to a brisk half-century by Denesh Ramdin. Fawad Ahmed then delivered a masterful spell of leg-break bowling on his way to capturing three wickets, as the Tridents were limited to 171 for five in their 20 overs. The Knight Riders were given a blistering start by Chris Lynn and Colin Munro, as the duo added 35 runs inside the first three overs. When fast bowler Chemar Holder got rid of Lynn with a pinpoint yorker for a well-played 29 runs from just 10 balls, Ramdin joined Munro at the crease and proceeded to take the game away from the Tridents. MAIN AGGRESSOR The pair added 75 in eight overs, with Ramdin being the main aggressor. He belted Roston Chase for two fours and six in the fourth over, before turning his attention to Tridents’ captain Jason Holder two overs later, smashing him for two boundaries. But once Ramdin was eventually dismissed for 51 from 31 balls, laced with five fours and two sixes, with the score 117 for three in the 12th over, the Knight Riders’ run rate slowed down. It took a late cameo from captain Dwayne Bravo, who hit three fours and two sixes in scoring 33 from 20 balls, to help push the Knight Riders up to their eventual total. Introduced into the attack in the fifth over, Ahmed struck with his first delivery, bowling Tion Webster with a googly. He also used the same delivery to also bowl Sunny Sohal, and then tricked a charging Shai Hope into playing down the wrong line to have him stumped as the Tridents slipped to 92 for three in the 12th over. A 50-run partnership between Nicholas Pooran, who smashed 44 from 32 balls, and Jason Holder, who made 21, then brought the Tridents within striking distance of earning just their third win of the tournament. Following Pooran’s dismissal, the visitors required 39 from three overs. However, Holder holed out to long off soon after, leaving Chase and Shamar Springer to get an unlikely 24 runs from the final over.last_img read more

Linden/Georgetown hire car drivers protest relocation

first_imgSeveral hire car drivers plying the Linden/ Georgetown route have on Monday staged protest action outside the office of the Linden Mayor and Town Council (LM&TC) to register their opposition to a decision byProtesters meeting with Linden Mayor Carwyn Hollandthe Council to relocate them from being stationed along the Co-op Crescent roadway to the Linden/Georgetown minibus park. The decision went into effect on September 1st but the dissatisfied drivers are up in arms, hoisting placards and voicing their concerns over the move, citing issues such as safety and what they described as the “ill- prepared state” of that section of the park to facilitate them. Some drivers have also posited that the LMTC did not have the authority to move them.Linden Mayor Carwyn Holland invited the protesters into his office for discussion shortly after the protest started, and has noted that discussions were “fruitful.” He refuted claims that the Council did not have the authority to relocate drivers, and explained that after several consultations with the drivers and their association, an agreement was arrived at to facilitate the move.He, however, said there appeared to be some miscommunication between some drivers who were not involved, and he deemed them “misguided”. The Mayor said the Council, in an effort to bring order to the system of operation, facilitated the move, adding that the Linden-Georgetown park was also underutilized. He said the Council is seeking to have proper systems in place to better facilitate the drivers, such as proper separation and different entry and exit points for minibuses and cars. Holland said proper park markings are also expected to be completed today, and the Council would be ensuring security measures by having constables present to maintain order on the park. He added that the Police have also pledged to do their part in ensuring security at the location.last_img read more

SportPesa becomes new LaLiga regional sponsor

first_imgThe company strives to contribute to the growth of sports in each of the markets in which it operates and is also strongly committed to transparency and integrity, values with which LaLiga is synonymous.This groundbreaking agreement was inked on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by President Javier Tebas and LaLiga’s Commercial and Marketing General Manager, Adolfo Bara, representing LaLiga as well as SportPesa’s Africa CEO Ronald Karauri and Director responsible for Global Strategy, Ivo Bozukov.Spanning an initial three years, the agreement will help LaLiga grow and get closer to its fans in Africa, which is a strategic territory as over three quarters of the population are interested in football, with millions of fans tuning in across the continent to watch the flamboyant Spanish football.SportPesa CEO, Karauri, welcomed LaLiga’s engagement in the African continent and their commitment to contribute high quality footballs, sports kits, training expertise and public viewing events for those who have not had the opportunity to experience the joy of Spanish Football.“We believe that this partnership will bring into Africa LaLiga, which is a globally recognised leader in football talent development. It ties well with our company’s objective of developing sport in Africa by bringing in the invaluable professional experience of one of the top leagues in Europe,” said Karauri.Already active in Africa, LaLiga has offices in Johannesburg, South Africa, which was established in 2015 and in Abuja, Nigeria, which opened in July 2016. With this agreement, it hopes to achieve much greater visibility and understanding of Spanish clubs overseas.By Goal0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000tHe agreement was presented between LaLiga and the African bookmaker SportPesa , which became LaLiga’s new regional sponsor. In this presentation came Javier Tebas , president of Laliga, Adolfo Bara , General Manager Sales and Marketing, Antonio Barradas , manager of Laliga in Africa and Ronald Karauri , CEO of SportPesa and Paul Ndung’u , president of SportPesa. PHOTO/GOAL.MADRID, Spain, Apr 26 – This agreement is another step forward in LaLiga’s bid to get closer to followers of Spanish football in AfricaSportPesa, a global gaming brand has broken new ground after entering an agreement with the Spanish Football League, to become The Official African Betting Partner of LaLiga.last_img read more

Euro 2016: Take our quiz on European Championship history!

first_img1 Think you know everything about the European Championship?Here at talkSPORT we love a brain teaser to keep us going in the office and, just like every Friday, we’ve got the perfect thing if you feel the same as us.Euro 2016 has been a tournament full of memorable games, moments, songs and some hand-sniffing we wish we could forget.Previous tournaments also live long in the memory, but how much do you know about past battles for the Henri Delaunay trophy?Check out or quiz below to test yourself and share it with your mates too…About | Privacy | Terms Russia star Andrey Arshavin at Euro 2008 last_img

Buncrana Golf Club: Winter League in full swing as fifth round gets underway

first_imgThe fifth round of the Owen McDaid (Roe) Winter League took place last weekend and the format was a two ball better ball.Last years winners Leo Sheehy (16) & Cormac Doherty (18) played some tremendous golf to shoot 47 pts to take the weekly prize by one point form Shaun Devlin (12) & Henry McDaid (17).Shaun and Henry’s score included a hole in one at the sixth hole by Henry and were very unfortunate not to take the weekly prize. However, Leo and Cormac are clearly not going to relinquish their title without a fight and will definitely be hard to beat in them match play stages and are clear favourites to retain their Winter League title this year.The final round of the qualifying stages takes place this weekend and there will be a few teams looking for improved performance to get them into the top qualifiers position with a chance to win the Winter League outright.CompetitionsThere will be a new competition starting this week Monday 4th November it will be a 9 hole Stableford “Twenties” it will be €3.00 to entry and will run until 20 competitors play with the prize being win at this stage and a new competition will start straight away. CompetitionThere will be and 18 Hole Open Stableford Sweep on Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th November. The entry fee will be €7.00 for members and €10.00 for visitors and there is a timesheet in operation.Find the Joker FundraisingThe “Find the Joker” is up and running again with a Jackpot of €975.00, lines only cost €2 each and this draw is open to members and non-members alike. Lines can be purchased in the clubhouse or through chief seller Oliver Doherty.Membership There is a great membership deal at present anyone who joins now can play the remainder of this year and all of 2020 for the normal rate of membership. That’s 15 months for Male €350.00, Lady €232.00, Beginner Male €260.00 and Lady Beginner €190.00 all fees inclusive of G.U.I. / Insurance.Christmas Hamper Qualifying for the Annual Christmas Hamper has commenced and the format is as follows; 7 handicaps up 21 pts to qualify and 6 handicaps down 20 pts to qualify. Cards can be taken in conjunction with other competitions and the Christmas Hamper will be played weekend 7th & 8th December.Buncrana Golf Club: Winter League in full swing as fifth round gets underway was last modified: November 8th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

Key dates across Scottish football for season 2018/19

first_imgThe SPFL have confirmed the Scottish Premiership will continue to break for winter during in the 2018/19 campaign. It will be the third consecutive season the top flight will have come to a halt for three weeks midway through the fixture schedule.It comes as the SPFL announce some of the key dates ahead of the new campaign.All four divisions will kick off their league competitions on the weekend of August 4/5 while the new-look League Cup format will continue for its third season. The competition’s last 16 fixtures will now take place on Saturday, August 18 rather than the usual midweek slot due to a change in the UEFA competition dates.The full league fixture list will be published in June with fixtures subject to change due to live broadcast selections.last_img

Clarke: SFA must take action as McInnes was ‘out of order’

first_imgSpeaking ahead of Wednesday’s league fixture with St Johnstone, he said: “I thought he (McInnes) was out of order.“I thought it was a cheap shot. I am not happy, of course I am not happy.“It was a clear penalty. The referee was 10 yards from the incident and saw it clearly and there was no reaction from the two Aberdeen players involved in the incident.“I saw the television replays that Derek said showed there was no incident. “Why is he allowed to come out and infer that Jordan Jones dived? I don’t understand why he gets away with that. Surely the authorities have to ask him to explain himself?“I would like to think they should remind managers of their responsibilities when they speak to the press after the game.“If you are going to make an accusation like that without evidence then I think it is disappointing.”The two sides meet for a replay on March 13 at Rugby Park, with the winners facing Motherwell in the semi-finals.Clarke is concerned that the replay adds to an already hectic fixture schedule awaiting his side as they still have outstanding league games to play.He added: “The one moan I have about the fixtures is that the Hamilton game was called off in December.“At the end of January I made a comment about the fact we had lost two games, we lost the Dundee midweek game in the league, and we lost the St Johnstone midweek game in the league due to cup replays for both of them.“I said at the time we should get the Hamilton game played as quickly as we could.“We offered two dates in February, both were turned down, and now we are in a position where we don’t have a date to play that game and that’s disappointing. It’s not very professional.“I don’t understand that the league doesn’t have the structure in place to say if a game is off then it has to be played by a certain date and if there is the first available date then the game should be played.” Kilmarnock boss Steve Clarke has called for Aberdeen counterpart Derek McInnes to be reprimanded by the Scottish FA for claiming Jordan Jones went down without contact to win a penalty on Saturday.The Dons led 1-0 in the Scottish Cup tie before Killie striker Kris Boyd levelled from the spot after winger Jones tumbled to the ground as he nipped between defenders Shay Logan and Kari Arnason inside the box.McInnes said of the penalty incident after the game finished 1-1: “I think he goes down without any contact.”Killie boss Clarke was left angered by the suggestion his player had dived.last_img read more

Ronald C. Terrell, 71

first_imgSurvivors include: wife, Wanda (Fleming) Terrell of Pekin; 2 sons, Jody L. (Diana) Terrell of Convoy, Ohio, and Todd A.(Amy) Terrell of Pekin; 6 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.Preceded in death by parents, Cleo B. Terrell and Doris L. (Jackson) Terrell; brother, Dale Terrell.The funeral service will be at 1:00 PM Friday at the Hughes-Taylor Funeral Home in Salem. Viewing will be from 4-8 PMThursday and Friday from 11:00 AM until time of service at the funeral home. Burial will be at Swayback Cemetery.www.hughestaylor.net Ronald C. Terrell, age 71, of Pekin, Indiana, passed away on October 21, 2015 at his residence. He was born on July 8, 1944.Ronald was a retired Film Director with WLKY, he was also retired from Baird Mobile Homes. He was a member of the PekinUnited Methodist Church.last_img read more

Workforce Planning for 2017

first_imgMoments after stepping off the plane from New Orleans I headed into San Francisco to present at the Northern California Human Resources Association’s Compensation Conference.After a week of interacting with 10’s of thousands of HR Professionals, a few questions remained:1. Why aren’t things changing at a more expedient rate?2. What is something new we can do that will actually work?I left SHRM17 with a mission to help organization find their Utopian Employee Experience…. The concept was immediately applied at NCHRA’s Compensation Conference. What is Your Employee Value Proposition?We asked attendees to answer this question… answered varied.In essence, your Employee Value Proposition addresses a single and all-important question:Why would I want to work at your company more than anywhere else?Do you have a better compensation package?Is optimal pay enough to create an irreplaceable Employee Experience?Is there a clearly defined opportunity for advancement?How is working at your company like no other professional experience?You can gather employee insight through:Idea sharing portals (or even a suggestion box)Light touch, frequently administered, pulse surveysConversation…. (this is the ability to leave your office and engage Employees in face-to-face communication :()What Are You Gonna Do About It?Anyone can ask questions and/or gather opinion. Action Planning is a strategic necessity that commonly remains unmet.~ You can spend a million dollars on tie tacks, but if nobody wears ties this “reward” will do more harm than good.~ If you ask for opinion but do not take action, employees will fail to trust.~ Without HR Intervention in workforce planning, incompetent middle managers will continue to drive away the leaders of tomorrow. Micro-Management has given way to Purpose-Driven Leadership!For planning purposes, the opinion from the trenches matters more than those of the C-Suite.Innovation is a human practice with a defined, strategic path.Employees would rather have opportunity for advancement than pats on the back.It is imperative that we are crystal clear in reforming our company purpose, that we validate through feedback and action plan for the future with transparency at the forefront.Thank You for Reading!Dave  Originally published on Dave’s Weekly Thought blog.last_img read more