Liberty Media is looking to expand the number of Formula One races, hoping to cash in on the glamorous appeal of its newly acquired asset, chief executive Greg Maffei said on Wednesday.Formula One has a record-equalling 21 races this season and teams have historically been reluctant to go beyond that number, but Maffei told investors at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecoms conference that there was room for more.”There is a general line of interest if you increase the number of races to a point. The FIA (the International Automobile Federation, which governs the sport) makes more money, the teams make more money, we make more money,” he said.Formula One faces a major shake-up after Liberty Media agreed to take control of the cash-generating sport. Liberty Media has acquired an initial 18.7 percent stake from controlling shareholder CVC Capital Partners [CVC.UL] and plans to complete a cash and shares deal by the first quarter of 2017.The deal, which has an enterprise value of $8 billion is expected to lead to a new push to develop the U.S. market and win fresh audiences around the world.Expanding the racing calendar may be a way to do this, Maffei said.”Obviously there is a limit on how much you can do. Just getting the cars around the world, but I think we can expect to grow the amount of races to a mild degree.”Maffei said there were opportunities to expand in Latin America, Asia and the United States.advertisement”I particularly like the idea of a night race in Las Vegas,” the CEO said, acknowledging that the heart of the Formula One sport is in Western Europe with famous circuits such as Monza and Monaco.”But new entrants tend to pay more,” the executive said.Bernie Ecclestone, Formula One’s commercial supremo who has remained at the helm after the takeover, recently appeared to pour cold water on the immediate prospect of adding races in the United States.The 86-year-old Briton has been talking to would-be promoters of a Las Vegas race for several months without any sign of progress. The future of South Americas only current grand prix in Brazil is also uncertain due to the countrys economic crisis.Liberty Media has interests in the Atlanta Braves baseball team, satellite radio service Sirius XM, entertainment group Live Nation and minority interests in Time Warner and Viacom.
Title holders Chennaiyin FC and former champions Atletico de Kolkata’s (ATK) chances of semi-final qualification were left hanging in the balance after a 1-1 draw in an Indian Super League (ISL) football clash here on Sunday.Atletico de Kolkata enjoyed a first-half lead through marquee player Helder Postiga (39th minute) at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. But Chennaiyin were stronger in the second session and got the equaliser through Davide Succi in the 77th minute.The draw left Chennaiyin in the sixth spot with 14 points from 11 matches. ATK moved to the third spot with 15 points from 11 matches, the same as FC Pune City and Kerala Blasters. ATK have a better goal difference than Pune and Kerala. (Also read: Diego Forlan scores hat-trick in Mumbai City’s big win over Kerala Blasters)ATK coach Jose Molina left Canadian striker and ISL’s highest goal scorer so far Iain Hume on the bench.Hume’s absence didn’t hurt ATK much as they were on the offensive right from the kick-off. The visitors should have been ahead in the third minute when a cross from Lalrindika Ralte towards the far post saw Postiga rise highest but his angled header hit the sidebar and bounced back into play.It was a lucky escape for Chennaiyin, who took time to settle down. Thy had a chance to surge ahead but Dutch midfielder Hans Mulder’s half-volley was parried away by ATK goalkeeper Debjit Majumder.Chennaiyin were disciplined defensively and looked like going into halftime goalless. But Postiga struck with six minutes to the breather. Defender Pritam Kotal sent an accurate cross inside the penalty box where Postiga headed past goalkeeper Karanjit Singh.advertisementChennaiyin were much improved in the second session while going forward. Italian striker Davide Succi was at the end of most chances created by the hosts but lacked sharpness.In the 56th minute, he was put clear by Zakeer Mundampara on the right but Succi’s first touch took the ball away, forcing him to miss the target.Succi had another chance in the 71st minute when all alone inside the box after being at the right end of a through ball. The Italian drew out the goalkeeper and cut past him but his final shot only ended up hitting the side netting.After two misses, Succi finally converted his third chance in the 77th minute, rising high to head a ball into the net.Chennaiyin should have got all three points from this game but for their wayward strikers who squandered plenty of chances.
Alvaro Morata ended his goal drought to earn Chelsea a 1-0 home win against Vidi in the Europa League.The striker – without a goal since the middle of August – missed a great early chance but struck in the second half to put the Blues in a dominant position at the top of Group L. Willian’s flick-on gave Morata the chance and the Spain striker’s instinctive finish flashed past goalkeeper Tomas Tujvel at Stamford Bridge. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Loic Nego had a series of chances for the Hungarian side, but Chelsea held firm to follow up a matchday one 1-0 win over PAOK with another narrow Europa League victory.Morata had seven shots without hitting the target against PAOK and the striker missed another superb chance in the 16th minute.Having beaten the offside trap to advance on goalkeeper Tujvel and after creating an angle for the shot, Morata somehow fired wide from eight yards out.Despite Chelsea’s dominance Vidi almost scored against the run of play before the break, Nego poking wide after a mix-up between Kepa Arrizabalaga and Andreas Christensen, then shooting straight at the goalkeeper from close range.Nego was proving a significant threat and Kepa had to make an excellent save from his left-footed drive shortly after the restart to keep the scores level.Such was Sarri’s concern he sent on Eden Hazard for Pedro in the 54th minute, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek bending a shot narrowly wide soon after the Belgium star’s introduction.But Morata broke the deadlock in the 70th minute, Cesc Fabregas finding Willian in the box with the Brazilian’s clever header slammed home by the striker for his first goal since scoring in a 3-2 win against Arsenal.Substitute Ross Barkley almost marked his England recall with a flicked header, while Kepa made a vital late save from Istvan Kovacs, but one goal again proved enough for Chelsea in the Europa League.14 – Alvaro Morata scored his first Europa League goal of the season with his 14th shot and with only his second on target. Breakthrough. pic.twitter.com/Ktq1Mf1NMi— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 4, 2018What it means: Europa League an annoyance for ChelseaSarri named a strong team for Chelsea’s opener, a 1-0 win at PAOK, but it was very much a second-string XI that took on Vidi. With his side flying high in the Premier League, it is tempting to wonder if the former Napoli coach would be happier if Chelsea did not qualify. Having been given such a seemingly straightforward group, though, the Blues will surely be progressing – it could affect their title hopes domestically.Morata finally comes goodIt looked set to be another frustrating game for Morata, who should have scored an early opener but somehow missed the target with the goal at his mercy. His confidence has obviously been affected by a poor run of form, but, to his credit, Morata – who was booked for dissent before scoring – kept going and he got the crucial goal. Perhaps his self-belief will now rise, which would be a big boost for Chelsea as the former Real Madrid and Juventus striker is a major threat at his best.Nego misses costly for VidiFor much of the game it was Nego offering the best goal threat, not Morata. But it was Morata who won the game for his side while Nego could not make his chances count. An opportunity late in the first half, when Nego shot at Kepa when he looked the favourite to score, will be rued by the Hungarian side’s coach Marko Nikolic.Key Opta stats- Chelsea are now unbeaten in 10 games in all competitions this season (W8 D2), since losing their opening fixture against Manchester City in the Community Shield.- Vidi haven’t won any of their last seven away UEFA Cup/Europa League matches, drawing one and losing six since winning 1-0 against Real Madrid in the second leg of the 1984-85 UEFA Cup final.- Chelsea mustered 27 shots in the game, last attempting more in a game in all competitions in May 2017 against Sunderland in the Premier League (28).- Alvaro Morata finally scored his first Europa League goal of the season with his 14th attempt and only his second on target.What’s next?Chelsea head to Southampton in the Premier League on Sunday, with Vidi also on domestic duty the same day at home to MTK. read more
Fernando Llorente wants a return to Athletic Bilbao after failing to make an impact at Tottenham.The Spanish striker moved from Swansea to White Hart Lane in summer of 2017 for £13.5 million but has scored just once in 17 Premier League appearances – all but one from from bench.Harry Kane’s dominant position as Spurs’ main goalscorer has meant limited opportunity for the 33-year-old and he has spoken openly of his desire to move to the club where he was a big favourite between 2005 and 2013. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “I would like to go back to Athletic. My priority is to feel important in the team,” he told Cadena SER. “If I have the opportunity and can talk to them, for me, yes, I would like to go back.”Llorente is contracted to Tottenham until June 2019 with the club having the option of a 12-month extension.But while he has clearly set his sights on leaving in the January transfer window, the veteran forward acknowledges his future is dependent on an Athletic aproach and Spurs chairman Daniel Levy agreeing a move. He added: “Leaving in the winter market does not depend on me, Athletic would have to talk to Tottenham and Levy.”Manager Mauricio Pochettino left Llorente out of his squad for Saturday’s Premier League win over Leicester.Even with Kane resting on the bench, the Spurs boss went with a strikeforce of Lucas Moura and Heung-Min Son and named rarely-used French winger Georges-Kevin Nkoudou among the Spurs substitutes.Llorente did make it off the bench for the Chamlions League draw with Barcelona on Tuesday which sealed Spurs’ passage to the next round.He spent two seasons in Serie A with Juventus, winning two titles, and a year with Sevilla as well as his time with Swansea after leaving Bilbao.Llorente was a member of Spain’s victorious 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 squads.
Mumbai, Feb 6 (PTI) Expanding its footprint in the country, Discovery Communications today launched its sports channel DSPORT that will broadcast over 4,000 hours of live content a year across sports like horse racing, cycling, football, golf, motorsports and cricket among others.”India is one of the first market where we are expanding our sporting play (beyond Europe). We have realised that there are some passionate sporting communities or fans, whose needs are completely undermet in India right now because of the over emphasis on cricket,” Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific Senior Vice President and General Manager, Karan Bajaj told reporters here.Among the sports properties that the new channel will offer include football from Brazilian League, Chinese Super League, Portuguese League and Major League Soccer (USA); golf from British Open, US Open, PGA Championship and LPGA; NASCAR motor racing, and six Nations Rugby along with UK and Irish horse racing events.”We have 4,000 hours of live content which is 3-4 times more than the next broadcaster in sports. We will have at least 10 hours of live content a day in sports that we think are very popular but yet underserved,” he said.”We know exactly who we are getting after. So it is not like we are spreading ourselves too thin by buying rights here and there. We are building scale in properties that we think have a wide viewership in India, who dont have currently access to them. We are picking up sports based on three criteria — popular, unmet and causing a disruption — (if we do that in our acquisition) then it is a home run for us,” he added.advertisementDSPORT is in advanced negotiations for selected high quality cricket events to add to its portfolio.”We are in advanced discussions with one or two cricket boards. If the business model turns out be right, if the properties are at the right valuation and we feel we can add value to it, we buy it. If we have enough live hours then we will buy it. We will have cricket very soon on the channel in next couple of months,” Bajaj said. (MORE) PTI DS RMT BAS
Mumbai, Mar 7 (PTI) Anushka Sharma has managed to stand out with her work as an actress and a producer in her nine-year long career and she says it is because she does not believe in following trends.The actress made her acting debut with 2008 rom-com “Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi”, before featuring in hit movies like satirical comedy “PK”, sports-drama “Sultan” and romantic drama “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil”.Anushka ventured into production with 2015 thriller “NH-10” and is now gearing up for her banners (Clean Slate Films) next project “Phillauri”.”I dont let myself be influenced by what others might think. I dont follow trends or what is in (and what is not), when it comes to picking a film or producing one I follow my instincts and continue to do what I feel is right for me,” Anushka told PTI.”I follow my heart and focus on being part of a good story. I believe thats why turning producer has worked out for me,” she says.”Phillauri” stars Diljit Dosanjh and Suraj Sharma alongside Anushka.There have been reports that “NH10” fame director Navdeep Singh has roped in Diljit and Arjun Kapoor for his next film “Kaneda” to be produced by Anushkas production house Clean Slate Films.Without giving much information on the same, Anushka, 28, says, it is too early to talk about “Kaneda”.Meanwhile on the occasion of Womens Day, Polaroid Eyewear announced Anushka as its ambassador for 2017 campaign and the actress is pleased to be associated with the brand.advertisement”I have a personal sense of style which is comfortable and chic and I feel the philosophy of the brand is similar. As the campaign launches on Womens Day, I salute the power of women across the globe,” she says. PTI KKP JUR DK SSN
I was recently talking to a fundraising guru who has started her own blog – Jennifer McCrea – about the blogs I follow. I am sharing with her my nonprofit blog reading list in Google Reader. Then it occurred to me: Why not share it with everyone?Here’s a feed of posts from the 100+ nonprofit blogs I follow.If this overwhelms you, try putting some of your favorites into your own reader and follow a select few.
You’re excited – and so am I. Sometime over the next few days we get to invest five glorious minutes to configure our inbox and voicemail so anyone who tries to email or call our office is kindly informed that we are unplugging for Independence Day. Effectively raising money for a nonprofit organization is hard work and we need, and deserve, some dedicated downtime. However, so does everyone else, even if they aren’t working at your nonprofit.Too often, the Out-of-Office notification, be it email or voicemail, is a missed opportunity to creatively promote your nonprofit, build or enhance a relationship or advance the donation process through meaningful engagement. Let’s face it, nobody really cares that you will be out of the office, why, or for how long. They care even less that you’ll have “limited access to email,” or that your office “will reopen on July 5, 2016.” The person trying to contact you probably has a question – and the call may even be related to making a gift to your organization. They need, and deserve, an answer – holiday or not.After all, generosity doesn’t take vacations. Existing and would-be donors may want to provide a credit card number, ask where they can make an online gift, get your mailing address to send their check, or ask a question about donor benefits or tax-deductibility.With that in mind, consider a proactive, donor-centric approach when creating our OOO messages. Here are three simple ways to make your OOO notification meaningful, memorable and possibly even profitable:Connect your greeting directly to your Mission and programs.Think impact. Explain that you may be out of the office yet your nonprofit continues to make a major impact even when the office isn’t open. For your email OOO message, graphics and tag lines should instantly showcase the impact and value of your nonprofit. Use positive action verbs in your voicemail OOO notification to confirm that a closed office does not mean your nonprofit is taking time off from its vital Mission.Think about all of the time and energy you invest in trying to thoughtfully engage your donor. When they contact you via phone or email, the opportunity is there even if you’re not. To make it a worthwhile engagement for both the person reaching out to your organization and your nonprofit, use the technology available to share valuable information about your programs and donation process. Convey a similar but abbreviated message as you would in an appeal email or letter. Anticipate why an existing or prospective donor needs to connect.Think FAQ, then efficiently direct them to the information they need to make or fulfill a gift online or via direct mail. Your email OOO message is an opportunity to brand your organization and demonstrate value without writing volumes of irrelevant details. Use relevant or seasonal graphics and links to anticipate the person’s immediate needs while showcasing the impact and value of your nonprofit. Remember donor-centric puts the focus on the OOO notification reader, not on you. And most definitely not on the wonderful details of where you are spending your vacation or with whom or for how long.For voicemail OOO messages, leverage voice tone and energy to convey attentiveness even in your absence. Yes, smiles do transfer over phone lines. The caller is far more concerned with a resolution to their question than with your official title, 3 alternate contacts, and a litany of phone numbers or extensions. Keep it donor-centric, sincere and high energy while providing actual directions to aid the caller—not send them on a wild goose chase. Be sure to provide details about your nonprofit’s Mission, donation process, and available resources to answer their question without sounding like a directory. After all, your recorded voicemail message is still a dialogue between two people. Recognize everyone over weekend “will have limited access…”If your OOO notification or message can make them smile, laugh or be memorable, you have initiated or enhanced a relationship. If it drones on with meaningless or perfunctory information, you can expect their eyes to roll but you probably can’t rely on their immediate donation. If you love the good your nonprofit does throughout the year, express it in your OOO notifications. Guide them through the online or direct mail giving process and give them access to other vital information they may be looking for. Make certain your website and social media anticipate their needs as well as simplify the donation process. And invite them to share their philanthropy with their social networks.Everyone on the planet knows that if they’ve reached a voicemail the person they’re calling is unavailable. Don’t state the obvious. Use that valuable time to inspire them with humor related to your nonprofit or the time of year while demonstrating with sincerity that they, and not just their potential gift, are important to you and your organization every single day.
Real Madrid rebounded from their midweek Champions League embarrassment by securing a 1-0 home victory over lowly Rayo Vallecano on Saturday.Karim Benzema, who limped off late on, struck in the 13th minute to ensure there was no repeat of the forgettable 3-0 loss to CSKA Moscow that summarily ended a run of four successive triumphs.Marco Asensio had chances to put the result beyond doubt before Thibaut Courtois made a crucial double save in stoppage time, Santiago Solari’s men returning to winning ways in time for Wednesday’s Club World Cup semi-final clash with Kashima Antlers. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! They head to the United Arab Emirates two points shy of table-topping Barcelona, who visit Levante on Sunday, and with clean sheets in three straight LaLiga matches for the first time since September 2015.Madrid began confidently in their bid to move on from the CSKA shock as Lucas Vazquez cut inside from the right and slipped through Benzema for the French forward’s first goal in six games.He doesn’t miss! #RealMadridRayo pic.twitter.com/CEtJI8lIZ6— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) December 15, 2018Chances came and went soon after the opener with Emiliano Velazquez heading marginally wide from a corner, before Stole Dimitrievski foiled Asensio in a one-on-one.Rayo were fortunate to avoid additional damage before the break, Toni Kroos’ left-footed drive cannoning into the post.Dimitrievski denied Asensio for the second time five minutes after the restart while Sergio Ramos had a header ruled out for a marginal offside call as Madrid’s wait for a second stretched beyond the hour.They were never able to completely put the match to bed against their 19th-placed visitors and, after Benzema hobbled off, it was Courtois’ time to shine, the goalkeeper well-placed to block both Alex Alegria’s overhead kick and Velazquez’s follow-up in a panicked conclusion.@lukamodric10 was presented with the #BallondOr trophy ahead of #RealMadridRayo! pic.twitter.com/45syLKiSkp— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) December 15, 2018What does it mean? Clear heads for Club World CupMadrid’s mood needed a lift before the long journey to the UAE and three points on home soil will make the flight a whole lot more comfortable.They can now concentrate solely on claiming silverware without having to worry about questions that might confront them upon returning to Spain.Vazquez valuable in victoryOn target against Valencia earlier this month, winger Vazquez made another impressive contribution here as he skilfully set up Benzema’s opener, threatened to get on the scoresheet himself and was busy throughout.Asensio out of sortsThough undoubtedly talented, Asensio’s failure to convert either of his two good chances will do nothing to quieten the critics.The Spain international offered little else in his 70 minutes and, with just one league goal this term, it is perhaps understandable that he is beginning to feature more regularly in transfer rumours.Key Opta Facts- Madrid have won their last 17 LaLiga games against Rayo, their best streak against a single team in the competition.- Benzema has scored six goals in 16 La Liga matches this season, one more than he had last term (five goals in 32 appearances).- Madrid have scored 24 goals in 16 LaLiga games in 2018-19, their worst tally at this stage of a campaign since 1993-94 (also 24 goals). What’s next?Madrid meet Kashima in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday and will hope to have a Club World Cup final to contest prior to their next LaLiga clash, which is away to Villarreal on January 3.Rayo, meanwhile, have useful time to prepare for Levante’s visit next Sunday. read more
Manchester City suffered a shock loss in defence of their Premier League title as Newcastle United came from behind to win 2-1 at St James’ Park.Matt Ritchie’s penalty 10 minutes from time sealed one of the most surprising results of the season to leave Liverpool with the chance to move seven points clear with a victory over Leicester City on Wednesday.Sergio Aguero looked to have set a predictable tone for Pep Guardiola’s 100th top-flight game at the helm, his goal after 24 seconds apparently teeing the Catalan up for a record 74th win from that century of outings. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! But City failed to build on that fast start and the hosts levelled through Salomon Rondon with 24 minutes remaining.And when Fernandinho fouled Sean Longstaff in the box, Ritchie stepped up to drive his spot-kick underneath Ederson and strike what could be a pivotal blow in the title race.80′ – GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! Ritchie puts the penalty away and the Magpies lead 2-1! #NUFC pic.twitter.com/XTkCkgZ9OX— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) January 29, 2019With City having taken 46 points from the last 48 available against the Magpies, Rafael Benitez may well have hoped just to keep things tight early on.Any such plans were shattered before he even had the chance to warm his seat.David Silva stumbled into Raheem Sterling’s cross, diverting the ball into Aguero’s path for the striker to volley home his 15th goal in 13 top-flight outings against Newcastle. 24 – Sergio Aguero’s goal after 24 seconds was the fastest Manchester City have scored in a Premier League game since Jesus Navas scored after 13 seconds against Tottenham Hotspur in November 2013. Rapid. pic.twitter.com/bbMqk4cwAW — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 29, 2019 Aguero was celebrating a second in the 18th minute, but referee Paul Tierney ruled that Kevin De Bruyne was a little too eager in executing a quickly taken free-kick and booked the Belgium midfielder.To their credit, the hosts held firm for the remainder of the first half, although Florian Lejeune had to be alert to block Silva’s shot on the line. Sterling came within a whisker of doubling the lead early in the second half but allowed Leroy Sane’s cross to go through his legs, while Silva stung Martin Dubravka’s palms.Then came the unexpected revival as Rondon, who had cut an isolated figure, sprung to life to lash home after City were caught napping by Isaac Hayden’s header over the top.Ritchie calmly converted from the spot and City could not muster a meaningful response, leaving Liverpool with a golden opportunity to put one hand on a maiden Premier League trophy triumph.What does it mean? They think it’s all over…Guardiola conceded that his City side could ill-afford to drop any more points in order to retain their crown. Even if they should now win all their remaining 14 games, City would fall short of the 100 points they achieved last season. The title may already have been Liverpool’s to lose, but they would have to throw it away now.Benitez the mastermindAll the talk will be about City losing, but Newcastle won this game fair and square and they did it despite going behind so early on. They stuck to the game plan, stayed in the contest and picked their moments. Credit has to go to the Newcastle boss for pulling this one off.Fernandinho floundersHe has been so important to City, and Guardiola has acknowledged as much, but Fernandinho’s moment of madness in conceding the penalty could be the act that ended his side’s bid for glory.Key Opta facts- Newcastle have beaten Manchester City in a Premier League game for the first time since September 2005, ending a run of 22 meetings without a win (D3 L19).- Only Jose Mourinho (W73 D18 L9 – 237 points) picked up more points than Guardiola (W73 D15 L12 – 234 points) in his first 100 games in England’s top flight.1 – Only Jose Mourinho (237 points) picked up more points in his first 100 Premier League games as a manager than the Pep Guardiola (234). Special. pic.twitter.com/Y8w7jLepmW— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 29, 2019 What’s next?City will lick their wounds before hosting Arsenal on Sunday, having won 2-0 in north London on the opening weekend of the campaign, while Newcastle head to Wembley to face Tottenham the day before. read more – Newcastle have now won five of their past seven home Premier League matches against sides starting the day in the top two (L2).- Manchester City have now dropped 16 points in their 24 Premier League games this season, having drawn twice and lost four times; already more than they dropped in the entirety of 2017-18 (14 – D4, L2).- City have lost three games in which they have been ahead in the Premier League this season, their most in a single campaign since 2008-09 (four).- Aguero’s goal after 24 seconds was the earliest goal scored in this season’s Premier League and the fastest Manchester City have scored since Jesus Navas netted after 13 seconds against Tottenham in November 2013.- All 30 of Salomon Rondon’s Premier League goals have been scored from inside the box – of current Premier League players, only Javier Hernandez (49) has netted more, with 100 per cent being from inside the area.
West Brom and Brighton face-off in an FA Cup fourth-round replay for a chance to play Derby County in the next round.With Brighton looking safe in the Premier League they may look to this competition as a real chance to lift some silverware with a favourable draw in the next round and multiple top teams already eliminated from the competition.West Brom will have promotion at the forefront of their minds but a win here to boost their confidence may be exactly what they need. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Game West Brom vs Brighton Date Wednesday, February 6 Time 8:05pm GMT / 3:05pm ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be streamed via ESPN+ US TV channel Online stream N/A ESPN+ In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will by shown on BBC One and can be streamed on the BS UK TV channel Online stream BBC One BT Sport Live Squads & Team News Position West Brom players Goalkeepers Johnstone, Myhill, Bond Defenders Gibbs, Bartley, Mears, Townsend, Adarabioyo, Dawson, Hegazi, Holgate, Melbourne Midfielders Johansen, Morrison, Livermore, Phillips, Montero, Brunt, Barry, Hoolahan, Field, Harper, Murphy Forwards Robson-Kanu, Gayle, Rodriguez, Leko, Edwards, West Brom will be without ineligible loanees Stefan Johansen and Jefferson Montero, who joined after the original game, and the cup-tied Jacob Murphy.Potential West Brom starting XI: Johnstone; Holgate, Adarabioyo, Hegazi, Mears, Barry, Livermore, Hoolahan; Robson-Kanu, Leko, Rodriguez. Position Brighton players Goalkeepers Ryan, Button, Steele Defenders Dunk, Duffy, Bruno, Montoya, Bong, Bernardo, Balogun, Burn Midfielders Bissouma, Propper, Stephens, Kayal, Gross, March, Izquierdo, Knockaert, Jahanbakhsh Forwards Locadia, Murray, Andone Brighton also have a fully available squad and, with the FA Cup looking a winnable competition, they may go with a strong team here.Potential Brighton starting XI: Ryan, Bernardo, Dunk, Duffy, Balogun; Propper, Stephens, Gross; Izquierdo, Knockaert, MurrayBetting & Match Odds Despite being the away team Brighton are favoured for this fixture with odds of 29/20 being given for a Seagulls win. A draw can be backed at 12/5 whilst a West Brom win is priced at 21/10Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Both teams will be looking for better performances than in the previous meeting which ended 0-0 and forced this replay.Derby await the winners of this tie and due to Frank Lampard’s team being weaker opposition both of these sides may fancy their chances of getting a step closer to Wembley this season.Chris Hughton has to be relishing this competition as Brighton have a real shot of lifting some silverware for the first time in their history, with two Championship clubs standing between them and the quarter-finals.Hughton will not make the mistake of underestimating his opponents as he realises that West Brom have a squad ready for the top flight.“It’s a big challenge for us. We’re up against a team that are in a very good position in the Championship,” said Hughton.“What they will be doing is giving everything they can to get straight back to the Premier League.”Hughton was clearly impressed with West Brom’s business in January as they signed four players with top-level experience; Jefferson Montero, Stefan Johansen, Jacob Murphy and Mason Holgate. Although only Holgate from the new arrivals is available for this game.“They’ve brought in some good players in this window, so they’ve got a very good squad and a team that has recently been in the Premier League.”Baggies boss Darren Moore believes that the team spirit at the Hawthorns could be the deciding factor in this fixture”We’re in an exciting part of the season, the confidence is good here, the team morale and togetherness is there. We’re fighting for one another.”With promotion still West Brom’s main aim they may rest players with an important game against Stoke at the weekend, whilst Brighton look safe in the Premier League so they can prioritise the FA Cup.
Is it just me, or have you noticed more programs where you can barter art or manual labor in exchange for health care or dental work? I first read about this last year in DailyFinance, which outlined a program in which people could earn credits for each hour they devoted to helping the hospital, from yoga practitioners training breast-cancer patients in breathing exercises to photographers taking photos of babies to give to mothers as thank-yous for choosing their hospital. Just last week, The Wall Street Journal reported on the second annual O+ Festival happening In Kingston, NY, where 100 artists bartered works and performances for blood work and dental fillings. In Maine, people are doing yardwork to earn “time dollars” for doctor’s visits, as reported by NPR. And, this isn’t just an isolated phenomenon around health care but points to a broader movement that we call New Mutualism, with “all of us collaboratively building solutions to the problems we face,” as Christian articulated in a recent blog post. Have you bartered for health care? Some other product or service? (photo by Memorial Dentists, via Flickr)
As you know, women are woefully underrepresented in STEM fields (science, tech, engineering, and math) – making up barely 11% of math faculty, and earning only 18% of computer science degrees. Nearly half of the women who graduate with engineering degrees never enter the profession, or leave soon after.There is, however, one hugely in-demand STEM specialty where women dominate: statistics!Here, women are a powerful force. More than 40% percent of degrees in statistics go to women, and they compose more than 40% of statistics department faculty that will move into tenured positions.Statistics, which is the science of learning from data, hasn’t always been viewed as one of the sexiest of the STEM disciplines. According to a recent article in The Washington Post, statistics has been rebranded as part of the exploding high tech field of data science, or Big Data.WP reporter Brigid Schulte writes, “It will take an estimated 2 million new computer scientists, mathematicians, engineers and statisticians to sort through the cacophony of data and find meaningful patterns that will help, among other things, to target customers, track diseases and find crime hot spots.”Statistics is the fastest growing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) undergraduate degree in the United States over the last four years, according to American Statistical Association. While there is no “magic bullet reason” why more women go into statistics than other Big Data STEM fields (they are also well-represented in the health sciences), Schulte believes part of it is cultural: research has found that women tend to be drawn to more collaborative sciences that focus on teamwork and communication.American Statistical Association will host the first national Women in Statistics conference this year, and has been recruiting women to lead committees. The organization has also deployed a “This is Statistics” campaign to pitch Big Data professions to middle and high school girls and minorities.This is great news for women that are thinking about entering the field – a quick search online yielded tons of open freelance statistician jobs. Could this be your next lucrative freelance gig, ladies?Join the nation’s largest group representing the new workforce (it’s free!)Become a member
Most freelancers – even those comfortably ensconced in the coziest work-home-nest situation – occasionally have to work on-site with clients.Sometimes, this is a perfectly lovely situation: who doesn’t like free coffee and snacks?By following a few simple tips, you can create a path to smooth, productive on-site visits… even if you have to get out of your pajamas.1. Make sure you have information beforehandI once infamously showed up on-site for a new client and discovered that the person who had hired me had been unceremoniously fired the day before.Nobody knew whom I should report to, or what exactly I should be doing; indeed, they had forgotten to expect me. I discreetly played Minesweeper for the first two hours, while they figured it all out.Save yourself the fate of mindless Minesweeping by doing a little prep work.Once you get on-site, who should you check in with? Who will be issuing approval of projects? Will you need to bring special ID to get in the building / fill out paperwork, or bring your own equipment to work with? How long will you be expected to stay on-site?You don’t need to overwhelm your client with questions. Feel out the vibe a little bit.If it’s a mom-and-pop operation, you probably won’t need to cart your passport to the location in order to get past security.But foreknowledge of your client’s organizational structure is really helpful; you’ll feel less lost, and more confident.Skip the suit and join Freelancers Union (it’s free & pajama-friendly!)Become a member2. Make sure you have your own goals (and boundaries)The best way to feel anchored in a new environment is to have your own goals – no matter how small.Maybe you want to get some practice leading teams or maybe you just want to get the project done with as little muss and fuss as possible.Set a couple of objectives for yourself before you ever set foot in a client’s office. It’ll help you feel focused and self-empowered.Setting boundaries goes hand-in-hand with this tip!While you’re working on-site, you’re still a freelancer – and that means you set some of your own parameters.For instance, salaried employees might be expected to work late hours; that’s the downside of making more consistent money than you do.If YOU’RE not cool with staying late (or similar workplace expectations), politely set your boundaries ahead of time.3. Dress the partNOBODY enjoys “business casual” less than I do. Left to my own devices, I tend to look like a Dickensian steampunk orphan who just stumbled out of a pajama party.But when I visit clients on-site, I bust out the ol’ button-down and black pants.I’m not trying to limit your self-expression or creativity!Some offices are perfectly casual. But start out dressing neutrally/professionally until you’ve absorbed some of your client’s onsite culture.It’s way easier to transition down from a simple, clean style to band t-shirts than it is to dress up after you’ve made a grungy first impression.4. Avoid office dramaIt’s been my experience that as the weird alien who migrates into the client’s office – the unknowable and unknown freelancer – you will occasionally get drawn into office dramas.People view you as a new entity to enlist, and that means you’re privy to all the gossip.Some of this can, honestly, be sorta fun!I don’t mind hearing people’s complaints about Stan X from marketing, because I don’t know Stan X, and thus am not invested.But there’s very little benefit in becoming actively embroiled in back-biting or minor office tensions.Listen all you want – it’s hard to make friends without being a little receptive to other people venting – but try not to join in with gossip just for the sake of “belonging.”As the new person on campus, you rarely know your audience. That same person who’s venting to you now may be indiscreetly quoting your nasty little jibe at the next in-office meeting.Complain all you want to your friends or family at home, but keep it a bit discreet on-site.A modicum of wise silence can mean the difference between more lucrative on-site visits in the future… or a lost client.Kate Shea lives and works in New York City, where she consumes an inordinate amount of Sriracha daily. You can catch up with her on Twitter at @katerone.
What do you do when your customer complains about price, saying it’s too expensive, or it’s out of my budget?So your prospect gives you a price objectionWhatever you do, do not start haggling like you’re in Dubai’s Karama Souk. And don’t start dropping your pants (sales talk for reducing your price), as this completely devalues your product or service.Here’s the problem: if they complain about the price, they don’t get the value. A sale is a mutual exchange; your customers don’t buy a widget or a service, your customers pay for value, a desired outcome. Price objections typically happens when a seller hasn’t sufficiently probed and explored a prospect’s needs, which is essentially what pain do they want to avoid, and what pleasure are they aiming for.How to handle price objections in 3-steps1. Anything elseFirst you want to explore if there are any concerns besides price. You can do this by saying, “I can see why price is important to you. Let’s put price aside for a second. Is there anything else of concern to you?” Asking question uncovers any other underlying objections which you can then address.2. Go back to their objectives, their goalsAs mentioned earlier, people buy a product or service to achieve a desired outcome. At this stage ask questions to get your prospective client talking about their goals. Instead of you telling them what to do – which is a huge no no, because people don’t like being told what to do – get them talking about their goals and motivations for acting.You could ask, “earlier you mentioned wanting to achieve XXXX, is that right? [ wait for a response ] Why is that important to you?” [After their response, ask why one more time]3. Go back to valueAfter hearing their goals and why it’s important, next you want them thinking about what life would be like using your widget or service. Instead of pounding over their head why you’re the best thing since sliced bread, you get them talking about it. For example:“How do you think our widget can help you achieve [insert their desired outcome]?”[Pause to let them talk]Why is that important to you?”[PAUSE].“When you achieve your objectives, what will this allow you to do?”[Pause, let them talk]“So achieving [insert desired outcome] is worth the $[insert your fee] investment?”[Pause, let them answer]“So how would you like to move forward?[Pause, let them answer]”Be detached from the outcomeIf you’re trying to close the sale, you will come across a little aggressive, just like those pushy retail shop sales people who ask “can I help you?”. They’re asking a question but you can feel their underlying intention to get their commission.When you come from a place of presence and detachment they will know that you’re just there to help them. They will either tell you honestly what’s up – which means you can do something real about it, or they will buy from you. Either way, you’re strengthening your connection with that prospect who will either become a client and/or refer clients to you.How to handle price objections mindfullyThis 3-step process begins by uncovering further objections if they have any, remind them of their goals, and then get them talking about the value of your product themselves – rather than ramming it down their throat yourself. Remember to be detached from any outcome to avoid coming across desperate or pushy.By letting it go, it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go – Lao TzuAnis Qizilbash, London-based founder of Mindful Sales Training, author of: Grow Your Sales, Do What You Love: mindful selling for entrepreneurs and freelancers. Sign-up for her free 10-day mindful sales e-course.
Crowd disorder marred Cologne’s return to European competition after 25 years as the German team’s fans caused havoc in London and forced the Europa League game against Arsenal to be delayed on Thursday.Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was surprised that the game was eventually played after a one-hour delay, with his team winning 3-1.The presence of thousands of ticketless Cologne fans, who marched through the streets of the British capital, made it hard for ticketholders to enter the Emirates Stadium.Police said four people were arrested for public order offenses. About 20,000 Cologne fans came to London, after only 3,000 tickets were allocated to them.?? #ElNinoMaravilla#AFCvCOL pic.twitter.com/zswK61ihGS- Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) 14 September 2017″At some stage I thought they would not play the game, because I can’t see the police taking any risk,” Wenger said. “We live in a society of 100 percent security and I thought they would never take a gamble to play this game when I saw the images around the stadium. But I must say our supporters as well dealt well with the situation as well and there was no aggravation.”Great response from everyone after a difficult start in the @EuropaLeague! On to Sunday now. #COYG pic.twitter.com/khijIW7kfU- Hctor Bellern (@HectorBellerin) 14 September 2017Wenger said Cologne supporters had been “very clever” to enter the stadium undetected.”I don’t know how they managed to infiltrate our fans and get everywhere but they did that very well,” he said. “I don’t know if they went through Arsenal membership, on the internet … they did very well.”advertisementCologne coach Peter Stoger declined to be questioned on the actions of the supporters.”I have no comment about the fans,” he said. “I’m the coach. My job is the team. My job is football not the fans.”Good to start with 3 points, but also respect for the performance of @fckoeln????? #COYG #UEL @Arsenal- Mesut ?zil (@MesutOzil1088) 14 September 2017Cologne sits winless on the bottom of the Bundesliga, but its fans – walled off by security guards in the stadium were celebrating after only nine minutes when Jhon Cordoba lobbed goalkeeper David Ospina from 40 yards out.Not a bad way to score your first goal at the Emirates…?? @seadk6 pic.twitter.com/4ZiAcHFuPS- Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) 15 September 2017It took Arsenal 40 minutes to reply, through substitute Sead Kolasinac. Alexis Sanchez hit the match-winner, and started the move for the last goal, a rebound effort finished by Hector Bellerin as Arsenal won a Group H match that is likely to lead to UEFA charges over the disorder.
FC Goa chief coach Sergio Lobera felt that having a three-goal cushion before winning 3-2 against Chennaiyin FC in the Indian Super League (ISL) contest here on Sunday was a way of learning for them.Ferran Corominas Telechea (25th minute), Manuel Lanzarote Bruno (29th) and Mandar Rao Desai (39th minute) gave a 3-0 lead at half-time to Goa but Chennaiyin made a stirring comeback.Spanish Inigo Calderon’s free-kick was poorly handled by Goan custodian Laxmikant Kattimani in the 70th minute. Raphael Augusto converted a penalty 13 minutes later to give some nervous moments to Goa but the visiting outfit managed to seal a close win.”The first half went the way we wanted it to be. In the second half there were little errors which we will correct and improve. The second half was a way of learning for us,” Spaniard Lobera told reporters via a translator.”You are playing against an opposition and it is not easy to dominate for 90 minutes. In these games, you suffer and I prefer to suffer and win. Game is not won at half-time and we knew that,” he said.Lobera also praised his players for continuing with the passing style of football despite coming under high pressure from the hosts.”My players have the personality to continue the style of play we want despite being under pressure. Despite mistakes, they continued to maintain the style and shape.”Attack is the best form of defence and we like to play out the ball from the back with our passing and the players didn’t change that today in the second half,” he said.advertisement
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BCCI tour and programs fixtures committee has agreed to hold a day-night Test match for the first time in India. They have sent a proposal for the same to the Committee of Administrators (COA) for their final approval.If COA approves the proposal, one of the two Test matches with West Indies (most likely the Rajkot Test in October) will be played as a day-night contest.COA head Vinod Rai had earlier instructed the BCCI acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary to put on hold any plans of a day-night Test saying he was concerned about “players body clock over five days.”But with former captain Sourav Ganguly also present in the committee proposing the same, it’s unlikely that the COA may have any more reservations.”It was an unanimous decision of the committee to host a day-night Test in India, the first of the two Tests vs West Indies in Rajkot and we have proposed this to the COA, who have to take a final call,” Choudhary told India Today.India along with Sri Lanka is the only other leading Test playing nation not to have experimented with pink ball cricket so far. Even Pakistan has played hosts to day-night Test cricket in their adopted home, UAE. Australia has played hosts to day-night Tests four times over and the games have been a huge hit with fans.
Bangladesh captian Shakib Al Hasan had smashed the dressing room door during the 6th T20I against Sri Lanka, if reports are to be believed.The virtual semi-final of the Nidahas Trophy last week saw Bangladesh and Sri Lanka players pushing and shoving each other on the field in the final over while Shakib and the rest of his team members shouted at the officials from the boundary line which led to the match getting disrupted for sometime in the final over.And reports in the media claim that it was Shakib who had broken the glass door in the Bangladeshi dressing room in a fit of rage.Match referee Chris Broad saw the CCTV footage but it was inconclusive which is when he questioned the caterers and eye witnesses who revealed it was Shakib who broke the door as he forcefully pushed it open.Nidahas Trophy: Bangladesh Cricket Board apologises after ugly episode in ColomboThe drama unfolded when Bangladesh were chasing 160 in a do-or-die match for both sides and needed 12 runs from the last over. That’s when Isuru Udana bowled a couple of head-high bouncers, the second of which was called a no-ball by the square leg umpire before he changed his decision and Shakib lost his cool and came out on the boundary line to protest.Nidahas Trophy, 6th T20I: Shakib Al Hasan regrets outburst after final over dramaHe even gestured the batsmen – Mahmudullah and Rubel Hossain – to walk off the field and forfeit the match, which would have disqualified them from the tri-series and Sri Lanka would have sealed their place in the final.advertisementNidahas Trophy: Bangladesh dressing-room door damaged, ICC to investigateBetter sense finally prevailed after the Bangladesh support staff, led by coach Courtney Walsh, asked the players to resume the match while Shakib was told to return to the dressing room which is when he repotedly smashed the glass door.Nidahas Trophy, Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh: Push, shove and fury in ugly last over dramaBangladesh eventually won the match and mocked the Sri Lankan team through their ‘Naagin dance’ celebrations which left a bad taste in the mouth of the cricket fans and viewers.NEWS: Shakib Al Hasan and Nurul Hasan have each been fined 25 per cent of their match fees and given one demerit point following Bangladesh’s victory over Sri Lanka.READ https://t.co/PST0TcNbM3 pic.twitter.com/9qaYil7oqoICC (@ICC) March 17, 2018Shakib apologised in the post-match presentation but that did didn’t stop the ICC match referee Chris Broad from slapping a 25% fine on the all-rounder and also gave him one demerit point along with Nurul Hasan while the Bangladesh Cricket Board offered to pay for the damages.”Emotions take over, I need to be careful as a leader of a team, I will be careful next time,” Shakib said after the game.BREAKING: The @BCBtigers board have released a statement following yesterday’s incident in their game against Sri Lanka, for which Shakib Al Hasan and Nurul hasan were punished.READ https://t.co/rwkZPnojEl pic.twitter.com/3BBNNvi91tICC (@ICC) March 17, 2018Bangladesh reached the final where they lost to India by 4 wickets in a thrilling game in Colombo, throughout which the Sri Lankan fans supported and cheered for Rohit Sharma’s team.Past and present cricketers slammed Bangladesh’s behaviour with Harbhajan Singh even going on to call for a ban on their players for a couple of games.”Of course they should not have done what they have done. They can’t break things. There were some errors in the umpiring, but that can happen during a game. You can’t ask your players tom come out. And after that in celebration you can really break the window,” Bhajji told India Today.”Chris Broad should have taken a serious note of what has happened and I am surprised that they got only 25 per cent of their match-fee fine. I think they should have been banned for a couple of games. The whole team should be banned,” Harbhajan added.