Swansea manager Garry Monk feels his former boss Brendan Rodgers is capable of managing Barcelona or Real Madrid one day. It is a far cry from the autumn when Liverpool were struggling to emerge from the post-Luis Suarez era at a time when Daniel Sturridge was injured and they lost four successive games in both league and cup. But the upturn in their fortunes has led to reports that Manchester City are making admiring glances towards Merseyside and, asked if Rodgers was equipped to manage Barcelona or Real sometime in the future, Monk replied: “Yes, he can manage at the top, for sure. “He’s got the knowledge, know-how and capabilities in man-management. He’s got the package to do it at the elite of Europe. “Whether that’s an ambition he has at Liverpool or it is an ambition to be at the really elite I don’t know. “But I’m sure he wants to take Liverpool to those heights again.” Rodgers admitted earlier this month that he feared the sack at Liverpool prior to changing the formation to three at the back which sparked their climb up the table. But Monk, club captain at Swansea when Rodgers steered the Welsh club into the Premier League in 2011 via the Championship play-offs, says that would have been a foolish move and applauds his courage to change a system which had proved so successful last season. “I’ve spoken to him about it and the pressure at the bigger clubs is constant but I think he handles it very well,” said Monk, who remains in regular contact with Rodgers. “Transition’s never easy, especially after a fantastic season, and just missing out on that title will have knocked the confidence of the players initially. “It takes time to get that confidence back but he’s done that and he also had quite an influx of players in the summer. ” All credit to Brendan for having the bravery to change it to what players probably weren’t used to. He did it at a period where it could have been a risk but it’s paid dividends.” Liverpool’s renaissance has taken them to within two points of fourth-placed Manchester United and Monk feels they will improve still further if they qualify for the Champions League again. “I know he was disappointed with the Champions League this season but if they can push on and get in there again I think they’ll do better next year,” Monk said. “He’s evolving as a manager and he’s obviously more confident in his own ability than when he was at Swansea. “That comes with going to a big club, being on a big stage and performing there.” Monk crosses swords again with Rodgers at the Liberty Stadium on Monday night having lost all three of his previous meetings with the Liverpool manager and the Northern Irishman’s stock at Anfield is rising rapidly again. Liverpool have gone 12 games unbeaten in the Barclays Premier League as they close in on a top-four spot which would secure Champions League qualification for the second successive year after almost ending the club’s 24-year wait for the title last season. Press Association
The possession of the worst record over the last five games in the Red Stripe Premier League could seriously cost one of the more storied clubs in local football when the final whistles are blown today to signal the end of the 2015/2016 Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) regular season. Four losses in the last five games including three successive ones over the last three games and the only other result being a draw means that Cavalier have attempted the tragic act of committing suicide. Only a miracle or a lack of interest in the proceedings by their opponents, Tivoli Gardens who have very little to play for, could save them. With two teams set to be relegated the lower leagues today, Cavalier, who just weeks ago were in with a chance, albeit slim, of finishing in the top four now find themselves the second least likely team to survive of the four that could go down. Of the four the favourites tag still belongs to Waterhouse who have basically made the relegation zone their residence more most of the season. Waterhouse have shown fight of late and with a victory over Boys’ Town today could end up on a maximum 34 points, one above the total currently held by both Cavalier and Rivoli. Their survival therefore depends on the loss of both teams and in the event of a Rivoli draw Waterhouse would have to win by at least five clear goals – improbable. Cavalier can end the season with a maximum 36 points and stay up but would have to beat Tivoli Gardens and see Rivoli lose to Humble Lion or Reno lose to UWI FC. The University team still has chance of being on the right side of another decision to be made today that of the fourth semi-finalists and they will not give up that fight easily even though Reno will be at home. That situation makes Cavalier’s task much tougher. Today’s games 3:30 p.m: Portmore United vs Arnett Gardens – Juici Park, Clarendon 3:30 p.m: Montego Bay United vs Harbour View – Montego Bay Sports Complex 3:30 p.m: Reno vs UWI FC – Frome Complex 3:30 p.m: Humble Lion vs Rivoli United F – Effortville Community Centre 3:30pm Tivoli Gardens United vs Cavalier – Edward Seaga Stadium 3:30 p.m: Waterhouse vs Boys’ Town – Drewsland Stadium Points standing P W D L GF GA GD Pts Portmore 32 18 7 7 41 26 15 61 Arnett 32 17 6 9 46 28 18 57 MoBay United 32 15 11 6 51 26 25 56 Humble Lion FC 32 12 11 9 28 27 1 47 UWI FC 32 12 10 10 37 40 -3 46 H.View 32 10 13 9 39 32 7 43 Tivoli 32 11 7 14 38 40 -2 40 Boys’ Town 32 10 8 14 35 49 -14 38 Reno 32 7 13 12 34 52 -18 34 Rivoli 32 8 9 15 38 45 -7 33 Cavalier SC 32 8 9 15 24 35 -11 33 Waterhouse 32 7 10 15 29 40 -11 31
Former Man Utd starlet Ryan McConnell has signed for Finn HarpsFinn Harps have made their first major signing for life back in the Premier Division and it’s a major one.The club revealed that former Manchester Utd starlet Ryan McConnell has signed on the dotted line.McConnell from Oldtown in Letterkenny, spent 3 years on the books of the Red Devils, where he captained the United U21 side.His last season was dogged with a serious groin injury, limiting him to only had a few minutes of football resulting in his departure from Old Trafford. The Irish under-age International and former Letterkenny Rovers schoolboy may have had a recent injury problem, but he is relishing the task with his local club.Ryan says ”I am delighted to have signed for Harps for the 2016 campaign. Everyone is still talking about the play-off win and there will be huge anticipation in the County about us playing in the premier next year.“Ollie has shown that he can get players performing to their full potential, so I am already looking forward to getting started in pre-season and hopefully playing my part in what should be an exciting time for everyone at Finn Harps”Harps boss Horgan is delighted with the signing. “I know Ryan well and he is a lad with good character who knows he is going to have to work very hard over the next 12 months. If he does that, then he has the qualities that are needed to succeed at senior level .“We are looking forward to working with Ryan to offer him the best opportunity to progress his football.”Meanwhile four of the Harps promotion winning squad have re-signed again with the Ballybofey club for the upcoming 2016 Premier Division season.The quartet of Kevin McHugh, Ciaran Coll, Gareth Harkin and the club’s 2015 Young Player of the Year Tony McNamee were mainstays in the Harps side that won promotion to the Premier Division. All four started the exciting finale against Limerick and will be important players in Harps quest to consolidate their place in the upper tier of Irish football.Harps manager Ollie Horgan tonight told Finn Harps Dot Com ”It was important to starting formulating the squad for next year so I am pleased that Gareth, Ciaran, Tony and Kevin have agreed to commit for the 2016 season. It will be a big challenge for all of us to step up to premier level, but I think supporters will be happy if the four lads give the same commitment and display the same quality as they did during our promotion campaign.Like all clubs we are presently talking to a number of players and we hope to announce further signings in the coming weeks.”FORMER MANCHESTER UTD STARLET SIGNS FOR FINN HARPS was last modified: November 26th, 2015 by StephenShare 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)Tags:donegalfinn harpsMan UtdRyan McConnell
20 June 2014 The South African government is set to launch an initiative – inspired by the “Big Fast Results” methodology successfully applied by Malaysia – to fast-track the delivery of priorities outlined in the country’s National Development Plan, President Jacob Zuma announced in Cape Town on Friday. Responding to the debate on his State of the Nation address in Parliament, Zuma said government officials had held discussions with their Malaysian counterparts on a South African adaptation of the Big Fast Results methodology. He said the initiative, dubbed Operation Phakisa, would be launched in July. “We want to find methods that work, that will deliver results, and we believe Operation Phakisa may provide the key.” The National Development Plan (NDP), also known as Vision 2030, is the country’s 30-year framework for growing the economy while tackling unemployment, poverty and inequality. Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe, speaking during the debate on the State of the Nation address earlier this week, said the Big Fast Results methodology involved bringing key stakeholders together in “laboratories” for intensive planning at a practical and detailed level; setting targets which are made public; rigorously monitoring progress with implementation; and making the results public. Using this methodology, Radebe said, the government of Malaysia had been able to register impressive results within a short period. The first implementation of Operation Phakisa – the economic sector “laboratory” – will initially be led by the Department of Environmental Affairs, and focus on unlocking the economic potential of South Africa’s oceans. Radebe said there was massive untapped economic potential related to the country’s oceans, in the areas of marine transport and manufacturing, offshore oil and gas exploration, aquaculture and marine protection services and governance. “It is estimated that unlocking the economic potential of our oceans can contribute up to R177-billion to GDP by 2033 compared to R54-billion in 2010,” Radebe said, adding: “This sector has the potential to employ one-million people by 2033 compared with 316 000 in 2010.” The second implementation of Operation Phakisa – the health sector “laboratory” – will apply the new methodology to improve service delivery in clinics nationwide, promoting Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi’s “ideal clinic” initiative. The laboratory will be undertaken in collaboration with provinces, districts and clinic managers with the aim of producing a detailed plan for improving service delivery in public sector clinics. The plan will include indicators, targets and timeframes, as well as a guideline for clinic managers to develop and sustain these improvements. Source: SAnews.gov.za
Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Lynx capture 4th WNBA title, overcome Sparks in 5 games BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue answers questions during a press conference introducing Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder & Ante Zizic at Cleveland Clinic Courts on September 7, 2017 in Independence, Ohio. Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFPCLEVELAND — For Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue, the shootings in Las Vegas became personal.Lue said he personally knows three people who were shot Sunday night when a gunman armed with assault rifles smashed open to hotel windows and opened fire on concert-goers, killing 59 and wounding more than 500 in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City “Whatever we can do to try to eliminate these types of situations, I’m all for it,” he said. “I’m not really a political guy who says what you should do. Whatever we can do to stop these types of violent acts, I’m all for it.” MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Lue, who has lived in Las Vegas over the past nine summers, said he knew about 15 people who were at the show.“Just a horrible thing to have to go through, especially when I lived there for nine years and knowing all the people I know out there that work at the Mandalay Bay and Aria,” Lue said Wednesday night before the Cavs hosted the Atlanta Hawks in their first exhibition game. “I feel sorry for all the loved ones of each one that lost someone or been badly hurt. It’s just not a good thing. I’ve been touched by a few people who’d gotten injured, who’d gotten shot. Just a tough position to be in.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I feel sorry for all the loved ones of each one that lost someone or been badly hurt,” Lue said. “It’s just not a good thing. I’ve been touched by a few people who’d gotten injured, who’d gotten shot. Just a tough position to be in.”In his third season as Cleveland’s coach, Lue wouldn’t comment on changing gun laws, but would be in favor of anything to prevent bloodshed. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles05:18After the Typhoon Part 200:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View comments
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Much the same applies to England’s pack, whom Jones acknowledges still have a way to go in terms of consistency. In the absence of Billy Vunipola there was never much prospect of England going in without a big blindside presence and Courtney Lawes and Sam Simmonds, in particular, will now be expected to deliver the yardage gains and bruising intent that shape games at this level. “We’re in this tournament to win it,” said Jones. “We want to set the tone early, run through them, create space, smash them at the clean-out, get on the front foot. And when they get the ball they’ll see this white line of jerseys coming at them. They’ll have nowhere to go. We want to be brutal and absolutely ruthless and that’s the team to do it.”Dylan Hartley, the captain, is also demanding England flex their muscles. “That’s ‘Rugby 101.’ You need to be physical, and clinical. We’re challenging ourselves not to have ebbs and flows, or choosing when to dip in and dip out. We want constant intensity from the guys.”England can certainly call on more experience than seemed likely at one stage, with 689 caps in their starting XV, and have never lost to Italy either home or away. But this is the Six Nations and Italy will be telling themselves their hat-trick-chasing visitors are not totally invincible.In addition to Te’o, Jack Nowell, Mike Brown and Chris Robshaw are also only just back from injury, with Nowell’s availability on the bench surprising even Jones: “Seven days ago he was going back to Exeter to eat pasties, now he’s going to Rome where they eat pasta.” France’s Matthieu Jalibert will end long wait for a teenage No 10 Share on Twitter Reuse this content Back when Eddie Jones rose early to watch Six Nations games in his native Australia one thing always caught his eye. The matches tended to be played at a slower pace than in the southern hemisphere but their physicality and set-piece intensity struck him every time. Now he is coaching England those first impressions remain unaltered and woe betide any of his players who are insufficiently “brutal” and “ruthless” from the first whistle in Rome’s Stadio Olimpico.It is the bluntest of manifestos, with the choice of the forceful Ben Te’o at outside-centre against the Azzurri ahead of Jonathan Joseph further reinforcing the point. As far as Jones is concerned the chief prerequisite of Test selection is a collective willingness to run straighter and harder than the other mob. Defend with a similarly full-on mindset and, as proven over the past two years, winning games of rugby – and championship titles – suddenly becomes a whole lot easier.Never mind that Te’o has not played for his club Worcester since mid-October and has made only one previous start for England. Jones saw enough during a no-holds-barred training session last Friday in Portugal to trust his fitness and will be sorely disappointed if the 31-year-old meanders back into the fray. “None of these blokes can think past the next game because they don’t know whether they’re going to be in the team. If he [eases himself in] there won’t be a Wales. He’ll be back eating Worcester sauce. He’s got to put his best foot forward because if he cruises he won’t be there for a while.” Read more Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Italy’s Sebastian Negri: from fleeing Zimbabwe to Six Nations debut Six Nations England rugby union team Read more Topics Share via Email Rugby union news Eddie Jones Since you’re here… Six Nations 2018 Support The Guardian … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Add in the unavailability of Vunipola, Elliot Daly, Nathan Hughes, Joe Marler and James Haskell and their depth is also being tested. If Mako Vunipola were to tweak something in the warmup, for example, the next man off the rank is Alec Hepburn, the shaggy-haired Exeter loosehead about to enter his first seething Six Nations cauldron. The 25-year-old Hepburn – who shares a house with his team-mate Harry Williams, grew up playing Aussie Rules football in Perth and also once played junior rugby at Henley alongside Italy’s fly-half Tommaso Allan – was a member of the England Under-20 side who won the junior World Cup in 2013 but Italy are not known for gently greeting callow Test props.In private, however, the Azzurri remain more wary of England’s pack than any other side in the Six Nations, with the former France hooker Marc dal Maso the latest consultant sighted in Bagshot this week. They also cannot rely on the same “fox” strategy that threw their opponents off the scent at Twickenham last year. The laws have now been tweaked, ruling out any repeat of the tactic of not contesting rucks and thus removing the offside line.Ironically one of the England players most affected was Te’o. “We played him against Italy last year and ‘the fox’ got him big time,” said Jones, subsequently impressed by Teo’s strong showing for the Lions opposite Sonny Bill Williams. “He wants to go fox-hunting this week. If there are no foxes out there, he might have a chance. He’ll add a different dimension at 13 for us. We want him to hit the line hard, that’s what he’s good at.”It is worth remembering, even so, that Italy were 10-5 up at half-time last year and trailed 17-15 with 10 minutes to go. England’s last two visits to Rome have been blow-outs but O’Shea has made them fitter and Alessandro Zanni’s 100th cap offers further motivation. The hosts may not fold in the final quarter so readily this time but have exceeded 20 points just once in this fixture(in 2001 when they conceded 80 themselves). 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Ferdinand hails ‘perfect performance’ from Chelsea defender Tomoriby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Rio Ferdinand is convinced by the potential of Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori.Ferdinand knows a thing or two about good defending – and he saw that in abundance from Tomori in Chelsea’s Champions League win over Lille.He enthused: “Huge talent. I think tactically Frank has got an A+ today because the pace on the counter attack from the Lille front men was there for all to see.”That was the best defender on the pitch actually setting up the first goal.”Everything he did today defensively I thought he was perfect.”His tenacity, his anticipation, his willingness to step out and make quick decisions to intercept.”He notices the danger, he’s running past people to get back to make an effort for his team. That’s what you want to see from young players.”The best bit is one-v-one. He’s saying, ‘Go on, you try and run past me.’ That’s what you want from your centre-half.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
In Thursday’s first contest of the second round of the NCAA Tournament, No. 3 seed Notre Dame held off a wild rally from No. 14 seed Northeastern to prevail, 69-65. The Irish, more known for their offensive prowess, had to lock down defensively on the Huskies’ final possession to eke out the victory. Following the game, head coach Mike Brey kicked off his locker room speech by clarifying just how important a victory it was for the team.Here’s a clip from our locker room after our 2nd-round NCAA win. Stay tuned to @WatchND for full video. #NotDoneYet pic.twitter.com/5a1HuQW7Uz— Notre Dame MBB (@NDmbb) March 19, 2015Notre Dame has had a tough time advancing in the NCAA Tournament over the years, so this was a big hump for the program. How far can the Irish go?
georgia spike squad mark foxGeorgia basketball coach Mark Fox has always made it clear how much he supports the school’s football team. Saturday, he’ll be going all out, yet again, to help cheer on the Dawgs against SEC juggernaut Alabama.Friday, Fox, on Twitter, revealed that he’ll be joining the Spike Squad in the stands for the contest. The Spike Squad is notorious for wearing body paint and spiked shoulder pads to games.…& forgive me when I drip paint on you cause I’m #100%Dawg @UGASPIKESQUAD – I’m in! Time to GATA pic.twitter.com/ldchIG1e2q— Mark Fox (@coachmarkfox) October 2, 2015This isn’t the first time Fox has done this, and it probably won’t be the last. Very cool.