first_imgWilly Caballero will perhaps be always remembered as the initiator of the disaster that struck Argentina at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.On Thursday, it was all alright for Argentina till Caballero sent shockwaves through his whole team and the entire Argentinean support system with his attempted chip.And then it all fell apart!Argentina lost the match by a massive margin of 3-0, suffered their heaviest group stage defeat in a World Cup in 60 years and were already staring at their first group stage exit since 2002.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThroughout the first half of the match, Argentina and Croatia both played the ball around, created chances in each others’ half and it all looked well poised for the second half.It was the second half that turned the story upside down.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEIn the 53rd minute, Willy Caballero attempted to trick a striker with a chip. He got a backpass and under pressure from Ante Rebic, Caballero made a mess of it. He attempted to chip the ball over the head of Rebic towards his defender. All that happened though, was that the ball kindly floated towards the Croatian and to his credit, he executed a fabulous half-volley.MATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS | PHOTOSAs the Croatians went into a frenzy, Caballero could only hold his head in absolute embarrassment. Argentina players and Messi stood rooted and the fans, all they could was stare at their keeper.Also read – World Cup 2018: Argentina left in tears as Croatia create historyadvertisementCaballero was deemed the architect of Argentina’s downfall. Loris Karius’ Champions League nightmare came into the picture again. Perhaps everyone was missing the injured Sergio Romero now. Social media was tearing apart Caballero.Also read – Argentina slammed on Twitter after embarrassing defeat to CroatiaThere is still a game left and Argentina have everything to play for and most definitely, it will be Caballero again under the sticks. There are nerves already running through.Willy Caballero tonight…#ARGCRO pic.twitter.com/RM36Yxet9v??442oons?? (@442oons) June 21, 2018Good heavens, Caballero has had an absolute shocker. Poor bugger.Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 21, 2018Messi when he sees Caballero in the locker room ???? pic.twitter.com/NxaZUUhVyJMi12on?? (@miltonthegr8) June 22, 2018Caballero or myself in goal would be the same thing”.- Mourinho after Argentina and Iceland.??????pic.twitter.com/NKOxliO9I6? Yübbîe Umoh ? (@Yubbie007) June 22, 2018Caballeros mistake totally changed the match ????Mladen Markovic (@MladenLfc) June 22, 2018So Caballero did really pass the ball to Rebic to score yesterday? How is that guy a professional goalkeeper?AJ (@aj_aaronic) June 22, 2018Can’t still get over Caballero’s assist. Xavi esque. Perfect. A little lower would have been too low and then forced a save, a little higher would have had Rebic over stretch. Perfect.Dido. (@nnamdinnani) June 22, 2018…and now am in Caballero’s body, it’s way less cool than being De Gea #WorldCup #ARGCRO pic.twitter.com/abTAVomWJsYOUNG the GIANT (@kiiru_gichora) June 22, 2018Told y’all Argentina wouldn’t qualify with Caballero between the posts ??Edwardicus (@TerrenceTanTing) June 22, 2018last_img read more

first_imgRoger Federer tops the bill at the French Open on opening Sunday when he makes his long-awaited return to the Parisian clay with a first-round match against Italian Lorenzo Sonego.The 37-year-old Swiss, whose one Roland Garros title came 10 years ago, has been absent from the claycourt Grand Slam since 2015 and says he has missed it.”I’m very happy to be back, maybe a tiny bit more because when I have missed the last three editions, and when you miss something in life, you’re happy to be back there again.”The 20-time Grand Slam champion, who will play in the third match on the revamped Court Philippe Chatrier, returns as the third seed behind world number one Novak Djokovic and 11-times champion Rafael Nadal, neither of whom are in action on Sunday.The Swiss has played down his chances of winning the title, although 73rd-ranked Sonego, making his main draw debut at Roland Garros having lost in qualifying last year, should not cause him undue alarm as he reaquaints himself with his surroundings.”Centre court looks very different. There has been a lot of upgrades and investments made,” Federer said.”But I feel it is still the old Roland Garros, it’s kept its flair and everything.”A connoisseur of style, Federer will no doubt be interested to see the brand new Court Simonne Mathieu — set in the picturesque Serres d’Auteuil botanical gardens and flanked by greenhouses containing rare and exotic plants.Muguruza eyes return to formFormer French Open champion Garbine Muguruza will hope the beautiful setting will help her recover some form as the 19th seed christens the court against American Taylor Townsend.advertisementWomen’s fifth seed Angelique Kerber will hope the ankle injury that has ruined her preparation will not be factor as she opens proceedings on Chatrier against Anastasia Potapova.Germany’s Kerber is seeking to win the only Grand Slam to elude her and is one of several women that could take over as world number one at the end of the French Open.Another one, second seeded Czech Karolina Pliskova, closes play on Chatrier against American Madison Brengle.Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, one of the young brigade being tipped as a title contender, will also get his tournament started when he takes on Germany’s Maximilian Marterer.Two Grand Slam champions will be on show on Court Suzanne Lenglen. Marin Cilic plays Italian Thomas Fabbiano while later last year’s runner-up Sloane Stephens faces Misaki Doi.Also Read | French Open 2019: Want to play my best tennis here, says Novak DjokovicAlso Read | Unfamiliar, but nice: Simona Halep back to defend French Open titleAlso See:last_img read more

first_imgThe Australian Sports Awards were a night of glitz and glamour, with representatives from the Australian Mens 30’s Touch side holding down a table at the Sydney event last night…if you were up late enough watching the SBS broadcast you would have even seen Tony El Takchi’s television interview in the introduction.Nominated in the Masters Team of the Year Award, the side rubbed shoulders with other award nominees, including Grant Hackett, Liesel Jones, the Sydney Swans and more.Unfortunately for the side, they were beaten for the award by the Australian Mens 55’s athletics relay team, although the recognition of making the final three for the award is still something special.Keep an eye on the website for a full report of the evening from the team, coming soon.last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Klopp snappy with Italian, English reporters after Liverpool defeatby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was snappy with questions from both English and Italian reporters after their Champions League defeat at Napoli.Klopp admits he was unimpressed by claims that Napoli were superior and fresher.He rapped: “Tonight the questions are really a challenge, to be honest. I think the guy from Sky Italia asked me or told me Napoli was much better than us. I didn’t see that game, so I don’t know exactly where he was when the game happened. But now you say we were tired. Who had the cramps? Who was on the ground? Liverpool players or Napoli players? “After the 2-0 they looked fresher than us, after the 1-0 they looked fresher than us – that’s normal. You have a boost. But there was no fresher team on the pitch. There was no physical problem apart from the normal physical problems in a game like this, which is very intense [because] both teams fight hard and all that stuff. It’s not a physical problem tonight. We have to finish the situations off. “How everybody is in life, you need positive moments and you can run forever. We didn’t have really positive moments tonight. They obviously got the second air, so they could go again. That’s normal, but that was not the reason.” last_img read more

first_imgThe logo on Michigan’s football jerseys isn’t the only thing that’s changing regarding the Wolverines’ look heading into the 2016 season.Jim Harbaugh’s team also has different helmets.Michigan will still be sporting its “iconic” winged helmets, but they’re a bit different. The Wolverines’ helmets are now of the “matte” variety.The program’s equipment staff tweeted out a couple hi-res pictures of the helmets with the caption, “Still Iconic.” Michigan@HailEquipment Michigan@HailEquipmentWhat do you think, Michigan fans?More Photos Of The Wolverines’ New Uniforms Belowlast_img read more

first_img Consultant Cardiologist at the Heart Foundation of Jamaica, Dr. Handel Emery, has highlighted the need for more resources to address cardiovascular complications, which account for the majority of diabetes-related deaths.Dr. Emery was speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’, on January 23, against the background of the observation of Heart Month, under the theme ‘The Diabetic Heart: Are you at Risk?’.“I think it is of paramount importance that we recognise this connection, and direct a lot of our attention to identifying, preventing and treating the cardiovascular complications associated with diabetes,” he emphasised.Dr. Emery said it is important to note that diabetes is extremely common, pointing out that the current data suggest that about 12 per cent of the population over the age of 15 in Jamaica is diabetic.“When you look at the international data, it’s even more alarming,” he noted. The Consultant said that about 400 million persons worldwide are diabetic at present, and the number is expected to grow to about half a billion by 2030.“It is a significant global problem, and whilst there has been a lot of focus given to some of the other complications of diabetes, we tend not to really focus a great deal of effort, energy and resources on the cardiovascular complications associated with it,” Dr. Emery said.He noted that the relationship between diabetes and hypertension is not new, and although the initial accounts were largely anecdotal, “we began to have epidemiologic data which support this association in the form of a very large and important trial called the Framingham Heart Study, which began in 1948”.The Consultant explained that subjects were assessed over a 30-year period, which led to the establishment of associations between particular disease entities.“One of the associations made from the study was that persons who were diabetic were about 200-500 per cent more likely to develop cardiovascular disease than persons who were not diabetic,” he informed.Dr. Emery noted that diabetic persons have a more rapid rate at which fat and cholesterol are deposited in the arterial system, leading to a narrowing of the blood vessels, which limits the flow of blood. This results in the heart muscle being starved of blood, which can lead to angina.He also explained that one may have complete blockage of the vessel, which is a heart attack.“Another way in which diabetes leads to heart failure is that the elevated blood sugars which we see in diabetes can also be directly toxic to heart cells. The heart tissue is not meant to function in an environment where blood sugars are elevated, so if they are chronically exposed to those levels of blood sugar, then there are biochemical consequences such as weakness of the heart muscle, and many patients go on to develop heart failure,” he said. “I think it is of paramount importance that we recognise this connection, and direct a lot of our attention to identifying, preventing and treating the cardiovascular complications associated with diabetes,” he emphasised. Dr. Emery was speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’, on January 23, against the background of the observation of Heart Month, under the theme ‘The Diabetic Heart: Are you at Risk?’. Consultant Cardiologist at the Heart Foundation of Jamaica, Dr. Handel Emery, has highlighted the need for more resources to address cardiovascular complications, which account for the majority of diabetes-related deaths. Story Highlightslast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: A national capital school has topped the rankings for government day schools in the country, while two others have made it to the first 10 in the rankings released by an education portal, a statement from the Delhi government said on Saturday.The government-run Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidyalaya (RPVV), Sector 10, Dwarka, has been ranked no. 1 in the India School Ranking 2019 released by Education World (EW), a portal for educators, teachers and parents which comes out with rankings for schools every year, the statement said. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal congratulated teachers and principals of these schools for their efforts. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”A Delhi govt school in Dwarka has been named the best govt school in the country. Two more are in the Top 10. Congrats to all teachers, principals and officials. It is your effort that has made Delhi proud today,” he tweeted. Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidyalaya(RPVV) , Sector 10, Dwarka was ranked the best in India in the government day school category for a second consecutive year, the statement said. Kendriya Vidyalaya, IIT Madras, Chennai; and GVHSS for Girls, Nadakkavu, Kozhikode, are joint second, followed by Kendriya Vidyalaya, IIT Bombay, Powai at number 3. Delhi government’s RPVV Lajpat Nagar and Rohini have also improved their rankings. While RPVV Lajpat Nagar has jumped one position and is now ranked as fifth, RPVV Rohini got into the top 10 and is now at 7th, the statement said.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress has lost all political credibility when it comes to addressing the issue of poverty, Union minister Nitin Gadkari said on Thursday, taking a dig at Rahul Gandhi’s proposed “Nyay” scheme by invoking Congress prime ministers, who, he claimed, had vowed to eradicate poverty and failed. Addressing a press conference at the BJP office here, Gadkari also alleged that the Congress had deliberately created “fear” in the minds of the minorities to divert attention from performance, work and development, which should have been the issues in the ongoing Lok Sabha election. “The Congress party has no credibility. After 1947, (then prime minister Jawaharlal) Nehru said he will remove poverty. Then Indira Gandhi said this. She used the slogan of removing poverty and won (elections), but poverty did not go. Then Rajiv Gandhi repeated that, then Sonia Gandhi and then Manmohan Singh, but poverty did not go. “Now, even Panditji’s (Nehru) great-grandson is saying the same thing. If he (Congress chief Rahul Gandhi) will remove poverty by giving Rs 72,000, then what did Pandit Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Manmohan Singh do? That is why the political credibility of the Congress in removing poverty has ended,” he said. The senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader further alleged that the Congress had a history of injustice and since 1947, it had been responsible for “wrong economic policies, bad and corrupt governance and visionless leadership”. “So, ‘Nyay’ will not happen, because with justice, the person doling it out should also be trustworthy,” he said. Gadkari also lashed out at the opposition party for the abuse it had meted out to Prime Minister Narendra Modi during its poll campaign and said he had a list of 56 such abuses. “The Congress deliberately wants to ensure that performance and work do not become poll issues. That is why they have done two things. “One, fear is their biggest capital. Create fear in the minds of Dalits, minorities, SCs and STs. Two, ensure that a discussion on the work done in five years, which had not happened in 50 years, does not take place. If the discussion revolves around development, then they know they will be in trouble,” he said. Under the Modi government, the social sector had benefitted immensely, Gadkari said, while talking about opening of bank accounts, roads, water and electricity. “Last time during the Kumbh, the prime minister of Mauritius could not go for a bath in the Ganga…. This time, 20 crore people visited the Kumbh and took bath in the river. For the first time, the Ganga was pure and clean. “We did what we promised. We made the waterways and that is why (Congress leader) Priyanka (Gandhi Vadra) could travel from Prayagraj to Varanasi on a boat while abusing us continuously. I want to ask her, had we not made the waterway, how would she have done that? She could drink the water thrice because we have cleaned the Ganga water. Or else, she would have also had to leave like the Mauritius PM,” the Union minister for road transport and highways said. He said it was unfortunate that those who had promoted the accused in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, those who had failed to give justice to the victims were now talking about “Nyay”. “The politics of performance and development is our biggest asset. Our schemes have reached every nook and cranny of this country and that is how we want to fight the election. The lowering of the standard of the discourse during this election has been noticed by the people of this country. We will form a BJP-led NDA government with a record mandate,” Gadkari said.last_img read more

first_imgBy Cheikh Lioussi Rabat- For the first time in the history of Italian football, a female referee conducted a football match while wearing the Islamic head covering, known as hijab.Chahida Chekkafi, a young Italian of Moroccan origin, was the referee of a football match between two male teams, San Luigi and Karimou Stradevar, in the north of Italy. Chekkafi was born and raised in Italy. As a 16-year-old referee for the Italian football league for young players, she commanded the admiration of those who know her. Her mother was a football player in Morocco.The Italian daily newspaper Corriere Della Sera dedicated an article on its front page on Monday to the story, and quoted the President of the Committee of Referees in Milan describing Chahida as “shy and young but talented and determined.”© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

JaVale McGee has gone a long way toward shedding the persona he got from “Shaqtin’ a Fool,” the TV blooper segment on which he held residency for years. Coming off consecutive NBA titles with Golden State, the 7-footer is currently logging career highs in points and blocks per game with the Lakers while serving as a full-time starter for the first time since 2011-12. Not bad considering the collective confusion when he agreed to a deal to join LeBron James in Los Angeles.But for all the improvement he’s shown as a mainstay in this lineup, the 30-year-old still has an Achilles’ heel when it comes to his defense: McGee remains the league’s supreme goaltender.As of Wednesday, McGee had been called for goaltending an NBA-high 13 times, nearly twice as many as Orlando rookie Mo Bamba, who ranks second in the league with seven violations. The Knicks, who also have 13 goaltending violations, are the only team that’s been called as many times as McGee himself, according to PBP Stats, which tracks a wide array of advanced NBA statistics. But this is nothing new for McGee: Since his rookie year, he has somehow managed to lead the NBA in goaltending violations per 100 possessions in each of the eight seasons in which he logged at least 400 minutes of playing time.With 214 goaltends in his career,1This includes 11 in the postseason. including one season when he logged a league-high 55, there have obviously been some true head-scratchers. One violation in 2012 was particularly egregious: The ball was in clear, undeniable descent before McGee launched it, volleyball-style, into the stands 25 or so feet in the air.Puzzling as they might be from time to time for his coaches, the goaltending calls probably aren’t that big of a deal. Getting called for something that costs his club 2 points — 2 points they might have surrendered anyway — is arguably small potatoes compared with the upside of blocking a shot. And that’s likely even more true of McGee, who this year has blocked 5.3 shots for every goaltending violation.But McGee’s willingness to lunge at nearly every shot attempt the way a cat flails at a laser pointer can cost his team in other ways. His block attempts often hurt the Laker defense more than if he had simply stayed on the ground. Take a late October game against the Spurs, when McGee committed three shooting fouls — resulting in seven San Antonio free throw attempts in a 1-point defeat — that stemmed from him ramming into jump-shooters. Twice, LaMarcus Aldridge pump-faked McGee into the air, knowing his constant tendency to go for blocks. (DeMar DeRozan did the same thing to McGee when the Lakers visited San Antonio.) Over the past two seasons, McGee has posted the second-highest foul rate when it comes to big men bumping into jump-shooters, according to data from Second Spectrum.2Among those with at least 10 such fouls. Only Portland’s Zach Collins has a higher foul rate in such scenarios.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/JaVale1.mp400:0000:0000:55Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.While McGee may not have the greatest on-court instincts, the reason he attempts to block so many shots is simple: He thinks he’s capable of cleanly blocking them all. He’s highly athletic — remember the dunk contest in which he jammed on two side-by-side rims at the same time? — and at one point McGee owned the largest wingspan in the entire league, at more than 7-foot-6.“That’s something [the referees are] not used to seeing,” McGee said of a particularly ridiculous block, when he caught the ball with one hand — and appeared to do so cleanly — but was whistled for goaltending anyway.“I think he tries to be spectacular,” then-Nuggets coach George Karl said in 2013 when asked about McGee’s game. “Basketball is a game of possession after possession of doing things the right way, doing your job and letting the spectacular come. I think JaVale tries to find the spectacular and forces the spectacular when if … you just let us orchestrate the game, something big-time will happen.”Another prolific rim protector, Tyson Chandler, sized up McGee’s game nearly eight years ago in a post from a Wizards blog. Chandler presciently said the then-Wizards center needed “to understand how he can be effective,” and that he would learn that by playing with more established veterans. McGee gained that experience with Golden State — and now Chandler is backing up McGee with the Lakers.McGee has been a force this season. He’s been a top-10 rim protector3Among players who’ve logged at least 15 games and who have defended five shots or more from inside of 6 feet per game. so far, holding opponents more than 10 points beneath their averages from inside of 6 feet, according to NBA Advanced Stats. In large part because of their play at center, the Lakers rank fifth in the league in opponent field-goal percentage inside 3 feet and ninth in overall defensive efficiency. And while there were once questions about McGee’s basic fundamentals, those concerns have largely evaporated. Just look at last year’s NBA Finals, when McGee played incredibly solid defense after being switched onto LeBron.What will be worth watching on Thursday, when the Lakers play foul-drawing maestro James Harden and the Rockets, and this postseason4If Los Angeles makes it. is whether McGee can avoid being baited by fakes. If savvy teams like the Spurs already know to test his ability to stay on the ground, it’s almost a given that other teams will try it in a series.In a way, the key to the Lakers rising to become true contenders could very well be based on McGee’s ability to stay grounded on defense.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more