first_imgAngel Di Maria has told Real Madrid he wants to leave the club and has rejected the offer of a new contract, coach Carlo Ancelotti has revealed. Press Association Di Maria has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United, with recent reports suggesting the Red Devils are willing to spend up to £100million on the transfer fee and wages to take the Argentina winger to Old Trafford. Ancelotti has previously given little away about Di Maria’s future but on Thursday confirmed that the 26-year-old has asked to leave the European champions. center_img “Di Maria asked to go in the summer and has rejected an offer from the club,” Ancelotti said at a press conference. “The player has to look for a solution. If when the (transfer) market closes he’s still here, he will work with us like last season and there will be no problem.” Ancelotti, speaking ahead of Friday’s Supercopa second leg against Atletico Madrid, added of Di Maria: “He’s a Real Madrid player and until August 31, as I’ve already said, anything can happen. “I’m surprised to read that there seems to be some disagreement (about Di Maria) between the club and me. There’s no disagreement and we both think the same.” Ancelotti also revealed that midfielder Sami Khedira has rejected the offer of a new contract – although the World Cup winner has not said he wants to leave. Arsenal are reportedly keen on the 27-year-old, who has seen competition for a place in the Madrid midfield increase this summer with the signings of his Germany team-mate Toni Kroos and Colombia star James Rodriguez. Ancelotti said of Khedira: “It’s a different situation to Di Maria. He’s not asked to go. He’s rejected an offer to renew, but has a year of contract. We’ll see what happens.” last_img read more

first_imgData from a legislative bill analysis shows the U.S. overall spends 30% to 190% more on prescription drugs than other developed countries. Floridians may find prescription drugs prices decreasing after the Governor signed a new law into effect.Governor Ron DeSantis signed legislation yesterday that, if approved by the federal government, would allow the state to purchase prescription drugs from Canada and other foreign countries.Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill to establish a prescription drug import program in the state https://t.co/PUUPPR7ofu— POLITICO Florida (@politicofl) June 11, 2019last_img read more

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates, (CMC) – Bermuda have a day to regroup after a third successive defeat left their hopes of securing a place in next year’s ICC T20 World Cup hanging by a thread, following a 45-run Qualifier defeat against Kenya here Monday.Bermuda will hope to kick-start their campaign on Wednesday when they face Namibia, who lost their opening two games.After winning the toss at the ICC Academy, Kenya owed their first win of the tournament on a wearing pitch to 24-year-old Indian-born Dhiren Gondaria, who rode his luck with an unbeaten 85 from 67 balls to lift the African side from 66 for four after 12 overs to 138 without further loss.In reply, Delray Rawlins (37) and Janeiro Tucker (22) rallied Bermuda after another poor start with a fourth-wicket stand of 58, but both perished in the space of four balls as the innings petered out.Experienced leg-break bowler Collins Obuya claimed four for 27.Bermuda made one change to their team that lost the previous day by five wickets to Singapore, Allan Douglas replacing Malachi Jones.And they were off to a flyer thanks to George O’Brien, the 35-year-old pacer removing Alex Obanda for a first-ball ‘duck’ with just the fourth ball of the innings.They were firmly on top by the end of the powerplay, as seamer Kamau Leverock took a wicket in each of his first two overs en route to registering two for 30, the best full T20 international figures of his career.But Bermuda would take just one further wicket, courtesy of Rodney Trott, as Gondaria helped Kenya recover with the highest individual score of the competition so far.Gondaria was fortunate, however, gaining a reprieve while facing Leverock in the 17th over when the Bermuda bowler’s third ball hit the batsman and then the stumps without dislodging the bails. Gondaria, who struck six fours and a six and put on 72 in an unbroken fifth-wicket stand with Rushab Patel (15 not out), was also dropped by O’Brien two overs later, again off the bowling of Leverock.In reply, the wickets of Okera Bascome for a first-ball duck, Stovell for four and Terryn Fray run out for three left Bermuda up against it at seven for three inside three overs.But in Tucker and Rawlins, they had their most in-form and talented players together at the crease to spark a recovery before the tail crumbled meekly, leaving the aide on the cusp of elimination with three games remaining.Rawlins, the England-based Sussex star, belted five fours and two sixes in a 26-ball knock. He did his best, reverse sweeping left-arm spinner Shem Ngoche (2-15) for his first boundary in the fifth over before charging Obuya for a trio of straight-driven fours.He pulled Rakep Patel for a couple of big hits over the leg side in the 12th over but a third attempt resulted in a top-edge being taken at short fine leg by wicketkeeper Irfan Karim.Fourteen teams spread over two groups are vying for six places as qualifiers for next year’s T20 World Cup in Australia.last_img read more

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ As the color analyst for ESPN’s noon telecasts throughout the 2010 NCAA football season, Brian Griese was in the booth for what was arguably Syracuse’s most impressive win of the year — a 19-14 victory over West Virginia on Oct. 23. On Thursday, he will be back in the booth for SU’s most important game of the year — the New Era Pinstripe Bowl against Kansas State, which will air on ESPN at 3:20 p.m. Thursday.The Daily Orange caught up with Griese Monday to discuss his thoughts on the game. In this installment, Griese talks about what has held back the Syracuse offense lately, SU defensive coordinator Scott Shafer’s top-five defense and what Syracuse has to do to win the game.The Daily Orange: You mentioned depth as one of the weaknesses in the Syracuse offense. What are some of the other weaknesses that is keeping it ‘pedestrian,’ as you said?B.G.: Well, you got a first-year quarterback (in Ryan Nassib). This is his first year playing. I think he has the tools to be a good quarterback. He’ll be back next year, and that’ll be a big plus.And then you’ve got some youth up front. You’ve got four starters up front that are starting for the first time this year. As good as (Ryan) Bartholomew is at the center position, he can only do so much. I think they came in with the mindset that they wanted to run the football. Their best player was their halfback. And I think that was the right way to approach it: pound the ball, and then play-action off it. And then throw in some West Coast, short passing game to try to move the sticks. Van Chew, I think, has come through for them as a player for the future. And Alec Lemon, the same thing.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut the guy that really is a wild card for me and that really needs to have a big game on Thursday is (Antwon) Bailey. He’s a talented kid, and he’s very versatile. I would match him up on coverage on some of these linebackers from Kansas State. On third down, coming out of the backfield, give him the football and let him do his thing.But Syracuse has to score some points. Because Kansas State, while they haven’t been an explosive offense, they have been able to score points. I think that Syracuse is going to have to score at least 21 or 24 points to win this game.Scott Shafer’s defense has been among the nation’s best this year. But the one thing that has been holding it back in the past few games is its run defense. Louisville and Boston College’s ‘replacement’ running backs ran all over the Syracuse defense. How does that get fixed against a premier running back in Kansas State’s Daniel Thomas?B.G.: Well, you have to look at football as very complementary. When you have an offense that can’t move the ball, can’t score, you have a defense on the field for a long time. I don’t care how good you are on defense. If you’re out there for 35 minutes in a game, you’re going to get worn down. They haven’t gotten any support from this offense. I mean, they only gave up 16 points to Boston College and lost. That shouldn’t happen.They have to play better complementary football on offense, defense and special teams and help each other out. If you get this defense with fresh legs and give Scott Shafer an opportunity to orchestrate some zone blitzes to stop the run — which I think they will in this game, because I don’t think that this Kansas State quarterback (Carson) Coffman scares them at all — they’re going to key on the run game and bring run pressures to stop that run game. Force Kansas State to throw the ball.What are some things that Syracuse has to do to come out on top in this game?B.G.: Like I said, I think they have to stop the run. Daniel Thomas is the best player on the field. They have to be able to key on him, stop him, tackle him and get him down.And then on offense, they have to let it breathe and open it up a little bit. Incorporate the tight ends. I think (Jose) Cruz and (Nick) Provo are good tight ends. They need to get them the football off play-action, and then throw the ball deep to Van Chew. Let him go up and get the ball and make some plays. I think they’ll probably take two or three shots in each half down the field, whether it’s a halfback pass or play-action. If they can hit those and get up in this game — if at halftime, they’re up 14-3 or something like that — then this defense can really take over, and I think they’ll be in good shape.bplogiur@syr.educenter_img Published on December 28, 2010 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

first_img Published on September 4, 2017 at 8:05 pm Contact Josh: jlschafe@syr.edu | @Schafer_44 Courtney Brosnan walked back toward the locker room from Syracuse Soccer Stadium in her highlighter-blue uniform. It was a late August afternoon, hours before a nonconference game, when the senior goalkeeper would blank Cornell and exit early because Syracuse put on cruise control.As she enters the last season of her SU career, she can’t help think of the NCAA tournament appearance she’s never made.“Achieving that would be…” Brosnan said, smiling. She paused and looked off into space.For Syracuse (4-1-1), which hasn’t finished with more than eight wins since joining the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2013, that may seem like a far-off goal: The lowest ACC seed in last year’s tournament — North Carolina State — finished with 11 wins. But if an SU team that relies on youth hopes to make that push, then it must be on the back of its senior goalkeeper. Brosnan led the ACC in saves two years ago with 81, and last season she made 93. But after both seasons, she never received any awards for her play. That’s nothing new to Brosnan, and she’s OK with it.“She was just a complete goalkeeper,” said Josh Osit, a current Columbia University goalie coach who trained Brosnan growing up. “She was reliable, always going to make the good saves. You never really worried about anything when she was in there. She was just solid all the way around.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThat consistency is important to Brosnan. She’s been a wall in front of Syracuse’s net for 55-straight games, dating back to her freshman season. When asked if she ever nearly lost her starting streak, Brosnan deflected.“It kind of comes with the sport,” Brosnan said. “Just little nicks from playing every day. Obviously, your body gets pretty sore. I don’t think it’s anything worse than just what everyone is going through.”The “little nicks” are more common than the senior goalkeeper prefers to admit. Last season, against then-No. 2 Florida State, Sharon, her mother, said Brosnan played with a separated shoulder. Brosnan totaled 15 saves against the Seminoles, including one in overtime when she dove on her hurt side to save the game.The New Jersey native’s efforts didn’t earn her team a win, but it earned her ACC Co-Defensive player of the week. Her lone award in her junior season would have to be split.Josh Shub-Seltzer | Contributing PhotographerBut Brosnan is used to sharing. Growing up, she played for the Players Development (New Jersey) Academy. She was ranked the No. 12 goalie in the nation at the time in the Soccer Girls IMG Academy Top 150, released by TopDrawerSoccer.com. With PDA, she won three national championships under head coach Mike O’Neill, who is now the head women’s soccer coach at Rutgers. O’Neill doesn’t remember his team losing in that three-year span in which its team captain, Brosnan, split time with current Rutgers goalkeeper Casey Murphy.“We believed in having (those) two goalkeepers together because they had a friendship to push each other to be the best,” O’Neill said.In a national championship event headed into her freshman year at SU, Brosnan had an “episode” with her knee, her father, Shawn, said. Her knee had been subluxated before she even stepped foot onto Syracuse’s campus. The then-freshman goalkeeper avoided surgery and chose rigorous physical therapy instead, Shawn said. 10 games into the 2014 season, Brosnan made her debut for the Orange on the road in the ACC opener.Brosnan remembers that game vividly as one of her favorites over the last three years. SU fell 1-0 to Louisville and its keeper only made four saves.“I knew (then) that was where I wanted to be,” Brosnan said. “I took it all in.”Freshman year, she was named to the ACC All-Freshman Team and had her right knee scoped. Sophomore year, she led the ACC in saves and had reconstructive surgery. Junior year, she made a career-high 93 saves and was healthy.She owns second-highest saves per game mark in program history, 5.15, but in part that is because she faces a higher volume of shots than her opponents. Last year, in seven games against eventual NCAA tournament teams, Syracuse’s defense allowed more than 17 shots per game.Yet Brosnan has been up to the challenge so many times before. SU head coach Phil Wheddon said the moment that stood out for him was the 15-save performance against Florida State. But Brosnan doesn’t linger on individual performance.As she walked back toward Manley Field House in her blue jersey, Brosnan returned from her pause. Although she may have more than one hope riding on this season, her main focus isn’t personal. It’s about making a postseason run with her team.“It would be an ultimate goal.” Brosnan said. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgAfter the University of Wisconsin Badgers football team beat Michigan last weekend, they found themselves ranked No. 8 in the AP Poll the following day.Wisconsin fans know all too well the inconsistencies of the poll and its tendency to undervalue the Big Ten as a whole —  specifically the Badgers — seemingly every year.This inconsistency is based around the preseason poll, as writers from around the country construct a top 25 without seeing the teams play, and then require massive victories or surprising losses before they move a team far from their preseason rankings.The preseason poll is also often based around performances from the previous year, and not the current talent level of the teams.Football: Previewing Big Ten West before major conference gamesThe University of Wisconsin football team (3-0) has looked like a complete team through their first few games of 2019. Read…The most prominent example of this has been seen this year with Head Coach Paul Chryst’s Badgers.Chryst’s team came into 2018 after a stellar 2017 season in which they finished 13-1 and fell one drive away from a birth in the College Football Playoff.They began the year ranked No. 4 in the nation despite losing much of their defensive talent from the previous year.Wisconsin then won in week one and dropped to No. 5, won in week two and dropped to No. 6 and narrowly lost in week three and dropped to No. 18. This movement makes sense in the context of last year: The team won their first two weeks against poor teams but didn’t look dominant doing so, and then went on to lose to an unranked BYU in week three.The Badgers dropped out of the rankings after week nine and ended the season ranked outside of the top 25.Football: Return of Cephus brings vitality to Badger air attackBefore the 2019 season began, Badger fans knew little of what they could expect from newly reinstated junior wide receiver Read…After a disappointing 2018 season, Chryst returned his defensive core and injured players and entered the season undoubtedly with a far more talented offense and a better quarterback under center.Fairly, the AP Poll had the Badgers ranked No. 19 entering the year.What has happened during the first four weeks of the year has shown the AP Poll’s inability to forget its preseason rankings and actually evaluate the teams based on their performances during the present season.The Badgers opened the season with a 49–0 victory on the road against South Florida.The win was an impressive one and saw the Badgers look dominant on both sides of the ball. Nearly all of their preseason questions were answered this game, including whether Jack Coan could effectively lead the team, if the new offensive line would hold up and how the defense would perform without T.J. Edwards, Ryan Connelly and D’Cota Dixon.Despite the dominant performance, the Badgers moved up only two spots. Two spots. And they were still ranked below Oregon, a team who lost week one.Football: How Jonathan Taylor can take down Heisman favoritesWhen Jonathon Taylor burst onto the scene back in 2017, it was immediately clear he was the new face of Read…Had the “original” rankings come out after the first week of the season, which is what should happen, the Badgers would have been ranked at least in the top 12 and close to the top 10.Joel Klatt—a college football analyst for Fox Sports—agrees. In back-to-back tweets last week, Klatt mentioned two major grievances with the AP Poll.First, Klatt said that preseason polls suck because teams that don’t deserve to be in the top five, like Clemson, still find themselves there after four weeks because of preconceived bias.He followed this tweet up just a day later stating that without the preseason polls, Wisconsin might be a top 3-5 team in the rankings right now based simply on the “eye test.”Nevertheless, Chryst’s team followed up their shutout victory week one with another shutout, this one 61–0 against Central Michigan. Over two weeks, the Badgers had outscored their opponents 110-0, their best point differential through two games since 1915. How far did they move up after another dominant performance? Three spots, to No. 14.They still sat behind Texas, who lost that week, and Michigan, who needed overtime to beat Army.Week four came around and the No. 13 Badgers throttled No. 11 Michigan 35–14, and only moved up to No. 8.Football: The meteoric rise of Badgers quarterback Jack CoanThe rise of quarterback Jack Coan was a fast one and has Wisconsin Badger fans expecting big things from their Read…Through three games the Badgers have outscored their opponents 145–14 and now, in the words of the national media, have finally played somebody good.After ranking the Badgers No. 19 to start the season, the AP writers have been hesitant to move them above other teams in the rankings, despite the Badgers looking like one of the most dominant teams in the country.This year can’t be the only time the AP undervalued the Badgers in the preseason, right?After searching the AP Poll records dating back to 2004, history shows that since that year, the Badgers have ended the season with a ranking higher than their preseason ranking in ten of 15 years, including going from unranked at the beginning of the season to ranked at the end of the season on four different occasions.In order for the AP poll to improve its authority, they must do two things. First, release the first poll after the first week of games, not in the preseason. Second, evaluate teams based on their performance, not whether they’re in the Southeastern Conference with the likes of Alabama.If the AP can change their system in these ways, the Big Ten and the Wisconsin Badgers will start getting the national respect they deserve.last_img read more

first_imgThe Premier County will take on Cork in the Senior decider in Cashel this afternoon.It’s Tipperary’s first final at this level since 2010 when they won the trophy while today’s opponents are going for three in a row.Borrisoleigh’s Nicole Walsh says their preparations have been going well and the bond between players and management will be an advantage. Throw-in is at 4.30 this afternoon in Leahy Park and Tipp FM will have full live coverage brought to you in association with Joey O’ Dwyer Butchers, Borrisoleigh and Liam Campion Quality Meats, Thurles.last_img read more

first_img“Serving the children of the world – one child, one community at a time” is the motto of Kiwanis International. With County Line Chiropractic Center as its title sponsor, the Kiwanis Club of Lauderdale Lakes (KCLL) is committed to honoring this motto by hosting its 20th Annual Grand Charity Ball at Pier Sixty-Six Hotel and Marina on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 7pm.Proceeds to students and colleges One hundred percent of the net proceeds raised will be donated in the form of scholarships to college bound high school students in the Broward County area, as well as other local charities such as the SOS Children’s Village and Caribbean Heart Menders Association. To date, over $640,000 has been donated. The event starts at 7pm with a cocktail reception, followed by the serving of dinner at 8pm. Patrons can expect to see a presentation of the club’s year in review, hear from this year’s elected honoree (someone who has been of service to their community), witness the drawing of the gate prize, and dance the rest of the night away to the rhythms of The Code Red Band, and DJ Capone.Honored to be presiding “I am humbled and honored to be presiding over this club during this significant year. We are very excited to be celebrating our 20th anniversary, where we continue to focus on the children and the elderly in our community,” said Barry Smallhorne, the Kiwanis Club President. He continued, “Volunteers don’t necessarily have the time, they just have the heart. Our hearts at KCLL beat stronger as we strive to continue to be a beacon shining brightly in the community.” For more information, please visit www.kcllws.com or call Michael Facey at (954) 822-3883.last_img read more

first_imgLeeds are breathing easier after finding a ready-made replacement for runaway PNG international Segeyaro, snapping up Parcell.Segeyaro was expected back at Leeds pre-season training in January but told the club he would not return from Australia and see out the final two years of his UK contract.However, Leeds chief executive Gary Hetherington said they would still require a hefty transfer fee from NRL clubs for Segeyaro – a situation he did not expect to change for the next two years.Leeds recently proposed a STG250,000 ($A427,000) fee for the ex-Penrith rake, who has been linked to NRL champions Cronulla.”The situation with James Segeyaro has not changed even though we have signed Matt Parcell,” Hetherington told The Yorkshire Post newspaper.”James Segeyaro remains on our register and on the (England governing body) RFL’s register as well and he may well remain for the next two years.”He will only be off that at the expiry of his contract but he remains on the transfer list and is available to anybody who makes an acceptable offer.”Segeyaro initially joined Leeds on loan from Penrith in July, helping them win nine of their last 10 matches and retain their Super League status.He signed a two-year contract in September, even removing a get-out clause in his Leeds contract.However, Segeyaro revealed after an off-season break he had been homesick at Leeds and did not want to leave Australia.Leeds moved to soften the blow of Segeyaro’s departure by snapping up Parcell.”He has a genuine interest in coming to England,” Hetherington said.”We have got someone who really wants to be here and who is going to be popular with the fans, players and everyone else.”He is coming into the prime of his career and is fully committed to being part of us for three years and, hopefully, longer than that.”last_img read more

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Tunisia coach says his team is feeling pressure The public is seeing a new side of the players. Not only are they more relatable but painted in a more sympathetic light, beyond the caricatures of millionaire mercenaries just chasing more money.“That connection with the supporters is really important,” coach Gareth Southgate said. “There have been perceptions about our players for a long time … so it’s been really good for our public to see how much it means to the players to play, to see a different side of their personality.”In a move unthinkable in years gone by, when a since-departed FA official blocked Rooney talking about his Christianity, defender Danny Rose recently opened up on his problems dealing with depression. Publicly praised by Prince William for raising awareness of health issues, Rose realizes how players can use their new platform to show their human side and inspire others.“A lot of people messaged me to say thank you, that they know someone who is going through this or has been through that and that I’ve helped them and given them the confidence to express themselves,” Rose said. “We have a lot of down time and I’m going to think of something to help others when I get back. I’ve got time to think while I’m here and when I get back from the World Cup about how I can go forward and help people.”It’s not just about the players feeding a voracious traveling media pack with material. Kieran Trippier, who is also Rose’s club teammate at Tottenham, told the left back he appeared no longer burdened by a private plight in England’s last World Cup warm-up game.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial “I was playing with a bit of freedom,” Rose said of the victory against Costa Rica. “I think he’s got a point.”Southgate is credited with encouraging the warmer environment, far removed from the controlling regimes under Fabio Capello and Gary Neville, who was Roy Hodgson’s assistant for the dismal 2014 World Cup and 2016 European Championship last-16 humbling to Iceland. A bemusing, running theme in the British papers at Euro 2016 in France was the players’ refusal to divulge any details of a darts tournament. The squad has been overhauled by Southgate and it has even been playing darts with the media at the World Cup base near St. Petersburg.Southgate has been playing his part, going to fan forums in the buildup to the tournament to recognize the commitment and cost involved watching England abroad.“Sometimes those really good people who follow us are overlooked at the expense of some who have caused problems in the past,” Southgate said.Ultimately, results dictate the public mood and England hasn’t won a knockout game at any tournament since 2006.“It’s about how we perform,” Southgate said, “but there’s a bigger picture.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding “They appear more relaxed. They appear more normal,” supporter Gavin Hughes said, overlooking the Volgograd Arena where England opens its World Cup campaign against Tunisia on Monday. “They appear human. They are just lads playing football at the end of the day. That’s been the problem in the past. There’s more of a togetherness.”A defining clip of the 2010 World Cup was Wayne Rooney bellowing down the barrel of a camera after a 0-0 draw with Algeria: “Nice to see your home fans booing you, that’s what loyal support is.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThat disconnect with the public has been bridged by the 23-man squad facing the media in a 45-minute, Super Bowl-style session before leaving for Russia. The English Football Association’s approach is in a marked contrast to club duty where they are largely closeted away, save for appearances with paying broadcasters or often in controlled appearances.“We’ve done a lot for the fans on social media so they can see what we are up to, which has not always been the case,” captain Harry Kane said Sunday. “It’s important while we have free time is to try to let the fans know what we are up to.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew England’s Harry Kane answers a question at a press conference for the 2018 soccer World Cup, at the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. England play Tunisia in a group G match Monday June 18. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)VOLGOGRAD, England — Whatever happens to England at the World Cup, at least the reception facing the squad should be less brutal than it was in 2014 after its exit following the group stage.For once, the players can’t be accused of hiding away, retreating behind their headphones. The hallmark of England’s preparations for Russia has been shedding the past reticence to engage with the public, a calculated move by the team leadership to reconnect with a public disaffected by years of failure at tournaments and uninspiring performances.ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations LATEST STORIESlast_img read more