silverware England Under-19 international Jadon Sancho has signed a new contract with Borussia Dortmund, the Bundesliga club have announced.Sancho, at the Manchester City academy until last year, has extended his stay at the Westfalenstadion until the summer of 2022. REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Sporting director Michael Zorc describes Sancho as one of Europe’s most exciting players BEST OF LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS “I can really make outstanding progress here. I’m happy, delighted and proud to be part of this team. We’re building something incredible.”Sancho scored five goals and contributed seven assists during his debut season with Dortmund.Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said: “Jadon Sancho is without doubt one of the most exciting players in Europe.“This contract extension acknowledges the extremely positive development he’s made.” MONEY Sancho has impressed in the Bundesliga England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won RANKED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade ADVICE 2 2 It is reward for the 18-year-old’s impressive start to the season which has seen him score one goal and provide the assist for six others, despite starting only one match this campaign, as Dortmund have moved to the top of the table in Germany.Sancho told the club’s official website: “I’m so happy that I chose to come to Dortmund a year ago. Everything I was hoping for has come true: this city loves football like no other, and at BVB young players get regular playing time. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED huge blow Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury
Miller Matola, CEO of Brand South Africa, said faith-based organisations have a significant role in creating caring and cohesive communities.Brand South Africa hosted an interfaith dialogue on Wednesday 26 September that discussed the role of faith-based organisations (FBOs) in promoting greater social cohesion, active citizenship and patriotism in the country.Representatives from various FBOs came together in Johannesburg for a day filled with conversation, to debate the role of religion in creating a society that celebrates diversity and supports ethical living.The objective of the dialogue was to mobilise the sector to identify and participate in initiatives that promote the country’s constitutional mandate of building a just society grounded in positive values.Miller Matola, CEO of Brand South Africa, said FBOs have a significant role in creating caring and cohesive communities as they complement the work of the government and agencies already involved in social cohesion efforts.“The biggest challenge is the belief that faith-based solutions to our problems are outdated,” Matola said.Bishop Paul Verryn heads up the Central Methodist Mission Church in Johannesburg. He added that every South African has a role in ensuring active citizenship.“We can play a part in shaping the future we would like to see for our country,” he said. “We need to ensure that we speak out, guide, redirect and shape the future we envision.”Taking up an active roleBishop Paul Verryn, head of the Central Methodist Mission Church in Johannesburg, delivered a thought-provoking speech about the urgency of the faith-based community’s involvement in bringing about social cohesion.Explaining that South Africa’s challenges are part of a bigger universal context – with many of the world’s countries experiencing similar problems – he noted that, however, what counts in the country’s favour is that its Constitution outlines the critical role of FBOs.“We’ve been relegated to a space of irrelevance at times. I think we hold a key that has to be exercised vigorously,” Verryn said.He challenged the faith community to take up a more active role in communities, particularly in the area of healing.“Get involved, do the dealing work, celebrate diversity,” he said, adding that FBOs are in a unique position to do this.Discussion and debateDelegates used the breakaway sessions to discuss the role of FBOs in dealing with racism, xenophobia, promoting ethical living and dealing with materialism. They were also tasked with developing strategies that are practical and can be implemented.Representatives in attendance agreed that the country needs a multi-faceted approach at individual, family and community levels to deal with complex social issues.FBOs are ideally placed to identify problems and solutions to some of South Africa’s biggest challenges as they work at grassroots level and understand what communities need, but they can also play a leading role in promoting common human values and encouraging a culture of togetherness.Seth Naicker, an activist for justice and reconciliation, said FBOs should be at the forefront of bringing about reconciliation and building understanding among the country’s diverse groups.Religious leaders identified interventions such as the need for educational programmes aimed at children of school-going age that teach good values, speaking out against unethical behaviour and modelling good ethics.Others suggested that actions could be as simple as women’s groups reaching out to expectant mothers, or families inviting each other for meals.A vision for South AfricaMatola said he was encouraged by the quality of the discussions. “What I found encouraging about the dialogue is that people are open and willing to give of themselves,” he said.He added that it is possible to find solutions to some of South Africa’s toughest challenges.“This is an inspiring country. We have done things people said could never be done,” he said.He added that the outcomes of the dialogue can be used to build South Africa’s reputation. “A nation’s brand is national identity made tangible,” he said.Source: MediaClub
Ex-Molde keeper Pettersen: The best quality of Man Utd boss Solskjaer is…by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Molde goalkeeper Espen Bugge Pettersen says the man-management ability of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is his best quality.The Molde coach has been loaned to Manchester United as caretaker manager following the sacking of Jose Mourinho.”I think most people were surprised when Solskjaer got the job at United, but this is a great fun for Ole Gunnar. He’s going to be followed by everyone in Norwegian football,” Pettersen told VG.”Ole Gunnar is generally very good with people, also as a coach. I want to say it’s his greatest strength that he sees all the players all the time. He manages the players and the coaching in a good way, regardless of the situation, and of course he has a football professionalism.”Pettersen won two league titles with Solskjaer at Molde.And he added: “It is in the offensive game he is the best and he does not tie up his players. Ole Gunnar triggers creativity and speed. Watching from outside, he is the real opposite to Mourinho.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Photo/Dustin tackett Photo/Dustin TackettThe Everett Golson era at Florida State may very well be over. Jimbo Fisher made the switch to Sean Maguire during FSU’s 31-17 win over N.C. State on Saturday, a move that may well be permanent going forward. Fisher told the media that Maguire will start this weekend’s game against Chattanooga.“(Maguire) will start this week,” Fisher said. “Yes he will.”Maguire was 18-for-28 through the air, for 231 yards and two touchdowns, after replacing Golson, who threw two early interceptions. Fisher says that Maguire’s play gave the team a much-needed lift.“The energy grew. He was being vocal, being a leader,” Fisher said. “And then all of our guys got that bounce and got some urgency and he was the spark. He made a couple really nice plays under pressure. The guys appreciated that.”After facing the Mocs on Saturday, FSU takes on rival Florida, which is still in contention for a College Football Playoff berth at 9-1, with the SEC East clinched. A 10 win season would be a pretty strong result for a Seminoles team that has dealt with uncertainty at quarterback through much of the season.[Dr. Saturday]
Predicting every team’s first loss. Every college football team is currently undefeated. And, in the minds of many of these teams’ fan bases, their team will still be undefeated once September, October and November come to an end. Predicting every team’s first loss.They are wrong, though. Pretty much every college football team will suffer at least one loss during the 2016 season. Only one Power 5 team went undefeated through the conference championship games last season, Clemson. And the Tigers, of course, didn’t end their campaign unblemished, falling to Alabama in the College Football Playoff title game. So a loss is coming, at some point, for all of your teams. We’re going to predict when that first loss is coming for every Power 5 team (and Notre Dame). Here are our predictions. Start With The ACC >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6
Some seasons end in championships. Others, losses that make you scratch your head.Some teams show pure dominance in their sport. Others fight just to finish with a winning record.Ohio State sports dabbled in a bit of each of these during the 2013-14 season, as the men’s tennis, men’s lacrosse, pistol and synchronized swimming teams captured at least a share of a conference or National Championship, and redshirt-junior Logan Steiber captured his third-consecutive NCAA wrestling title in addition to senior Joe Totts winning his second individual pistol title.Other squads, like the football, women’s volleyball and men’s basketball teams, all started hot and won at least 12 straight contests to open the season, only to falter down the stretch.Some OSU teams are still battling to the finish off their respective seasons — baseball, softball and men’s and women’s lacrosse, to name a few — but let’s take a moment to look back at the school year that was in OSU athletics. The championsEven though perhaps the most popular sports failed to pick up any championships this past year, other Buckeyes did.The synchronized swimming team won the 2014 U.S. Senior National Championship; the men’s tennis team won its first ever National Team Indoor Title in February and also clinched a share of the Big Ten Title for the ninth straight year. As mentioned before, Steiber won his third consecutive wrestling National Title and the men’s lacrosse team grabbed a share of the regular season ECAC crown after defeating Air Force Saturday, 8-6. The OSU pistol team also snatched its sixth NRA Intercollegiate National Championship March 13. New coachesNumerous programs saw a changing of the guard on their coaching staffs, as men’s hockey coach Steve Rohlik and women’s tennis coach Melissa Schaub shed their interim tags and took over on a full-time basis. Rohlik led the Buckeyes to the conference championship game of the inaugural Big Ten Tournament where the Buckeyes fell to Wisconsin in overtime, and Schaub guided her team to an 18-7 regular season record in preparation for the Big Ten Tournament, which is set to commence Thursday.A pair of other coaches — women’s basketball’s Kevin McGuff and diving’s Justin Sochor — also came to OSU prior to their seasons’ starts. Sochor became the next man in line behind Vince Panzano, who retired after 35 years at the helm and McGuff took over for Jim Foster, who was ‘terminated without cause’ March 19, 2013. McGuff’s Buckeyes finished the season 17-18, but made a run to the Big Ten Tournament’s semifinals before falling to Iowa.The OSU Spirit Squad also has a new head coach in Ben Schreiber, who returns to his alma mater after spending five years at the University of Delaware. Schreiber replaces former head coach Lenee Buchman, who was terminated “for cause” Nov. 25 following a sexual harassment investigation involving former coaches and a former cheerleader. The main revenue sportsIn what some fans could consider a down year, the Buckeye football and men’s basketball programs both started off their respective seasons well, with the football team again going 12-0 and Thad Matta’s team ripping off 15 straight wins themselves as the team ascended as high as No. 3 in the polls.But things quickly went south for the hoops squad, as it struggled to score consistently and only won half of its remaining 20 games to close out the season. The Buckeyes fell to Dayton, 60-59, in the NCAA Tournament’s second round, marking the first time in five seasons the Buckeyes failed to advance to the Sweet Sixteen.“If anything, we’ll look at this and put ourselves in positions of understanding what it takes to win on a consistent basis,” Matta said on his team’s season after the loss to the Flyers. “It’s not just putting on a uniform that says Ohio State, it’s about going out and getting the job done.”It took 739 days for Urban Meyer to experience his first loss as OSU’s football coach — the school officially announced his hire Nov. 29, 2011, and the team ripped off 24 straight wins before losing to Michigan State, 34-24, in the Big Ten Championship Game Dec. 7.After following that loss with another less than a month later — this time to Clemson, 40-35, in the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl Jan. 3 — Meyer wasn’t pleased with how his team finished out the season.“Is this what we expect? No,” Meyer said after the Orange Bowl loss. “We expect top 10 defense at Ohio State, top 10 offense and top 10 special teams, and I don’t believe we accomplished any of those.”OSU Director of Athletics and Vice President Gene Smith said Meyer has got the program in an “outstanding” place, but the team must perform better in the big games.“Every game we have a chance to win, and we were there,” Smith said in an interview with The Lantern Jan. 29. “There’s a lot of teams that wish they had the opportunities to be in those games. We have to perform better when we’re in them, because we don’t want to lose them … I feel good about where we are.”Both programs look to rebound for next season, as Matta brought in two transfers — forward Anthony Lee, from Temple who can play next year and center Trevor Thompson from Virginia Tech, who will sit out the 2014-15 season — to help fill the void. Meyer finalized another top five recruiting class and also added defensive line coach Larry Johnson, from Penn State, and co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chris Ash, from Arkansas, to help bolster the unit. The restMultiple teams are knee-deep in their spring seasons — baseball, softball, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s tennis and track and field — but the women’s rowing team and men’s and women’s golf teams are just getting their seasons going. The rowing team captured OSU’s first women’s NCAA team title in June, and is looking to add another title to the list this year. The men’s soccer team finished the year 5-8-4, while the women’s team was 10-7-3, falling to Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament in November.Much like the football and men’s basketball programs, the women’s volleyball team started off well only to falter at the end of the year. After winning their first 14 matches this past season, the team finished 18-14. The men’s team fell to IPFW, 3-0, Saturday in the first round of the MIVA Tournament to end its season 11-16.
Ohio State sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski controlls the puck during a 4-0 loss to Penn State on Dec. 2. Credit: Nick Hudak | For the LanternThe No. 6 Ohio State men’s hockey team (18-6-4, 11-6-1-0 Big Ten) travels to South Bend, Indiana, Friday and Saturday to take on top-ranked Notre Dame (21-5-2, 15-2-1-1 Big Ten) for a colossal Big Ten weekend series.Ohio State has won eight of its last 10 games, but is coming off a loss to Michigan State to split a weekend series.Notre Dame enters having lost just two of its last 20 games with the only blemishes coming against No. 17 Wisconsin and No. 12 Minnesota. It started that stretch with back-to-back wins versus the Buckeyes at the Schottenstein Center in early November.“I think we’re different because we’ve got more experience. We’ve played quite a few games and we’ve played some close games. I hope to think we’ve grown as a team. Our special teams, maybe our power play, is in a better spot,” Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik said. “Against a team like this, it all comes down to the little things. We didn’t do enough of the little things against them last time here. Hopefully, we’ve corrected some of that stuff.”Notre Dame is one of the best defensive teams in the country, allowing just two goals per game, third-fewest in the NCAA. The Irish defensemen almost act as extra goaltenders, blocking shots while clearing traffic in front of the net. They also can contribute offensively. Senior defenseman Jordan Gross leads the group with 21 point, while junior defenseman Bobby Nardella has 18 points and sophomore defenseman Andrew Peeke adds 11.If a player manages to get past those defensemen, he would still have to deal with sophomore goaltender Cale Morris. Morris has posted some of the best numbers in collegiate hockey, allowing the second-fewest goals-against average at 1.68 and registering the highest save percentage at .952.“You’ve got to get a guy in front of their goaltender. You’ve got to work to get into the dirty areas. It comes down to competing and it’s the one-on-one battles,” Rohlik said. “It’s either our will to get the goaltender or their will defensively to not let us there.”The Buckeyes’ special teams play has been a key for the team when its 5-of-5 play has faltered. The Ohio State power play has found its way into the top 10 in the country at 23.5 percent, joining the top-ranked penalty kill at 90.4 percent.Continuing that power-play success against Notre Dame won’t be easy, though, since the Irish’s penalty kill is fifth in the country at 88 percent.“We are going up against one of the best teams, No. 1 in the country and they are great at special teams, especially on the penalty kill,” Rohlik said. “Our best penalty kill is being disciplined and not taking penalties, and they do that as well. They don’t take a lot of penalties. When we get an opportunity, we’ve got to take advantage of it.”The Buckeyes sit in second place in the Big Ten standings with 34 points, 13 points behind the Irish, who are first with 47 points. With a win, Notre Dame can clinch the Big Ten regular-season title, which includes the top seed and a bye in the Big Ten tournament.The Irish need a victory at home where they have gone 10-3-1 this season. Ohio State redshirt defenseman Wyatt Ege would like to have them wait another week.“I don’t think you want anyone to have that success against you. I think that’s a big part of it,” Ege said. “We know that we are going to have to face them in the Big Ten Tournament too, potentially. I think this is a big weekend for us to send a message.”Puck drop for the weekend series will be at 7:35 p.m. Friday and at 7 p.m. Saturday. Both games will be played at the Compton Family Ice Arena.
Carlo Ancelotti and Pep Guardiola have opened up about the mentors who had a huge influence on their careers and man-management skills.The two tacticians sat down on stage at the Festival dello Sports event in Trento and debated the fundamentals of football. You can read part one of their conversation here.“Johan Cruijff was the most important person that I worked with, as he opened my eyes with his style of football,” Manchester City manager Guardiola told Football Italia.“He helped us all understand a different way of looking at football. It was like going to school every day. We would win and he’d tell us the reason we were winning. He made us fall in love.“It’s no coincidence that so many players who worked under Sacchi and Cruyff are now Coaches because their minds were opened. They gave us a new love for the sport.“I didn’t invent tiki-taka. We won the Champions League with Barcelona and a team full of players who had started in the academy at the age of 8-10.Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…“It was a unique moment of the stars aligning, with the faith of the club and a group of lads who all saw football the same way. We could’ve signed bigger stars, but wanted to cultivate that hunger.“To be honest, I don’t really like tiki-taka much as a concept, but we knew exactly where we wanted to go with the ball. There is nostalgia for it now, but it was wonderful to experience it. We’ll see if they still talk about it in 10-20 years, much like they do with great movies.”Ancelotti was one of the founding figures of Sacchi’s Grande Milan project of the late 1980s, then became his assistant manager for Italy at the 1994 World Cup.“I had some important teachers and on a human resources level, none better than Nils Liedholm. In the 1980s he was fundamental, as he didn’t put pressure on.“The role of a Coach is complex, but enjoyable, as you have to think that there are 25 players and everyone is important in the same way, from the kit staff to the biggest star. My idea of dealing with a group is to make people as comfortable as possible, give responsibility and delegate.
With goals by Sterling and Rashford in Seville, The Three Lions shocked Spain in a Nations League match that they needed to win in order to stay alive.For the shocking result of the day, we have the England National Team defeating Spain in Seville, The Three Lions hadn’t even scored a goal in Spanish territory since Gary Lineker scored that Poker back in the 80’s at the Santiago Bernabeu.After not being able to win their first two Nations League matches against Spain and Croatia, a win for this match was something that Gareth Southgate’s side desperately needed and they got it thanks to the impressive front three players they have.Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling had a great night, but they would’ve never scored any goals if it wasn’t for Harry Kane’s stellar performance in which he orchestrated every single play where the English got ahead in the scoreboard at the Benito Villamarin Stadium.It was a clash of two vastly different styles of football, but today was proved that any of them when executed correctly can be lethal.Spain dominated ball possession as usual, but Gareth Southgate studied Luis Enrique’s tactics during the first match at Wembley and managed to respond accordingly for this match with a perfect counter-attacking game during the first half.Love it, @sterling7! 🙌#threelions pic.twitter.com/o6EfVYjcff— England (@England) October 15, 2018The Spanish side got the attacking initiative, but they weren’t able to read the game as England did.The Three Lions had a pretty straight-forward strategy, they used their traditional long ball in order to hurt the Spaniards through a counter-attack and they drew first blood early in the game thanks to a definitive Harry Kane pass to Marcus Rashford.The Manchester United striker made the transition from his own pitch to Spain’s and got the pass from Kane with a lot of room to maneuver, he also spotted Raheem Sterling who got the assist with no marker on him and got to score England’s first goal in front of David de Gea without a single obstacle.A lightning-quick counter-attack that gave us a pretty good idea of what we could expect from England, who had all three strikers in top form this evening.The second goal came right before the full half hour arrived, this time Kane delivered the assist to Rashford in another perfect counter-attack and stunned all the Spanish players because they weren’t able to recover from the first blow after the first goal.The English were literally proving that they still wanted to remain alive in the competition, but they weren’t done with their particular exhibition in Seville this evening.Easy as 1️⃣2️⃣3️⃣!#threelions pic.twitter.com/kZvyPeXjZLQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.— England (@England) October 15, 2018Sterling got another assist to score a brace before the 40th minute, this time he got it from skipper Harry Kane who by this point was already the most valuable player of the match.The English silenced the Benito Villamarin Stadium with that third goal, which was the first setback in Luis Enrique’s spell as the Spain National Team manager.With this partial result, the match went to halftime and we were all expecting a proper reaction from Spain during the second half.It took La Roja nearly 15 minutes to get back in the game, England was very well organized in the back and fought every single divided ball with everything they had.Luis Enrique decided to bring in striker Paco Alcacer who is in great form right now, his impact was fast because he scored a header from a corner kick that got Spain back in the game for a moment.But England’s resilience was just too great and the Spaniards practically lost the match during the first half, coming back from a 3-0 loss is impossible almost every time.Near the final whistle, Sergio Ramos scored Spain’s second goal but he did it during the final injury time minute and the referee decided to end the match right after this second goal from the locals.England is still alive, they need to keep winning their next few matches but they still have chances to qualify after this win.England have become the first team to beat Spain in a competitive international in Spain since Greece in 2003 – 5609 days ago.⚽🇪🇸🏴 pic.twitter.com/62AeplpOIx— Football Tweet (@Football__Tweet) October 15, 2018Which of the three England goals was your favorite? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.