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Nani: I made Ronaldo a star

first_img Loading… Former Manchester United winger, Nani has joked that he taught Ronaldo all his tricks! The two were teammates for the Portuguese national side for many years, and at United when Nani joined in 2007/2008. While Ronaldo enjoyed a glittering career, Nani never hit the heights that his early potential suggested. Nani also had a lot of praise for former United teammates David De Gea and Paul Scholes.Advertisement When he was asked about Ronaldo, Nani only had good things to say. Read Also:‘Lionel Messi is more incredible than Cristiano Ronaldo’ He told reporters jokingly: “Cristiano Ronaldo with all these skills, the fast feet, he learned a lot from me in the youth. “He knows, he knows.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Characters Who Would Make Astounding Disney PrincessesBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Best Car Manufacturers In The World8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hystericallast_img read more

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West Florida Volleyball Begins Conference Schedule with 3-0 Win at Valdosta State

first_imgWest Florida Volleyball Begins Conference Schedule with 3-0 Win at Valdosta State Share Sept. 21, 2007 Box Score  VALDOSTA, Ga. – The Argos started the conference portion of their schedule on the road Friday night with a victory over the blazers of Valdosta State 30-20, 30-26, 30-22. The match marked the 14th time in 15 wins this year, that West Florida has won in straight sets. Senior Danielle Spitzer (Birmingham, Ala.) led the Argo attack with 9 kills and 4 blocks, while Isabela Gualberto (Sr. / Brazil) added 10 kills in only 16 attempts.The Argos started a little slowly, as Valdosta State took a 3-0 lead, resulting in a timeout by West Florida. Coach Melissa Wolter regrouped her team and they scored eight of the next 11 points to regain the lead, which they would hold throughout game one, to win without much resistance. Valdosta State managed a slight lead midway through game two; however, West Florida was in control most of the evening. West Florida had an attack percentage of .245, while Valdosta State hit only .057 for the match. That was really the story of the match, as the Argos were more efficient with their attacks then the Blazers.The Argos kept the Blazers off balance by spreading the attacks around among several players, as setter Madeline Gonzalez (Jr. / Puerto Rico)tallied 41 assists in the three game sweep. Luciana Rapach (Jr. / Brazil) added a strong performance with 8 kills and 14 digs. Defensive specialist Jerica Carter (Jr. / Gainesville, Fla.) also had 14 digs for the Argos. Valdosta State was led by Irene Hannan and Stephanie Kirrstetter, with 9 kills apiece. The Blazers really only challenged the Argos in game two, but three service errors late in the game ruined their chances, and the Argos put the game away when given the opportunity.West Florida is now 15-2 overall, and 1-0 in the Gulf South Conference, and is set to play at West Georgia Saturday afternoon in Carrollton, Georgia. The Wolves of West Georgia are also 1-0 in the conference and 17-2 on the season, setting up what appears to be a showdown of two hot teams. West Georgia has won 17 in a row, and also defeated Valdosta State, just a few days ago. The match will be broadcast on stretch internet. Go to the UWF Athletics home page and look for the stretch internet link on the right side. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Johan Cruyff: Jose Mourinho is setting a bad example to young people

first_img Cruyff launched an attack on the former Chelsea manager and reopened his war of words with Louis van Gaal during an interview with Sky Sports News on Tuesday. Mourinho has come in for criticism for his management of Chelsea so far this season. The champions are languishing in 16th position in the Barclays Premier League after losing four of their opening eight matches, but the Portuguese’s antics on the touchline have annoyed Cruyff. The Dutch pair have had a running feud for some years now and Cruyff decided to reopen old wounds by criticising Manchester United’s style of play under the 64-year-old. “He doesn’t dominate. I like dominating football. Manchester (United) doesn’t play like that,” Cruyff said. Asked if he thought Van Gaal was too cautious, Cruyff said: “I don’t think so, but it’s strange that against strong teams they’ve got good results and with weak teams they’ve had difficulties. “That’s a strange situation. “But the results I think are second. The game is first. Money is very important but always second. “In England they play different, everybody has their own style. A mix of styles is always good. “The most important part are the fans, that people are going home happy. It’s their time off and you should give them something to enjoy.” Mourinho was criticised for his treatment of Dr Eva Carneiro, who left the club after rowing with the Chelsea manager over an injury to Eden Hazard against Swansea. The former Real Madrid manager was also charged with misconduct for his comments about referees following the 3-1 defeat to Southampton on Saturday. “He’s controversial,” the former Ajax and Barcelona manager said. “What I like about him is he’s always capable of creating good ambience within the players and what I don’t like is that he always puts himself on the first row. He should be on the second row. “It’s probably because of his background, where he’s never been cheered by 100,000 people, or whistled at by 100,000 people. “Maybe it’s because of that, maybe because of the interest from the press, but I don’t think he is educating children to play football or educating for life. “He should behave better because he will be in the press all over the world.” Another manager Cruyff has little time for is Van Gaal. Johan Cruyff believes Jose Mourinho is setting a bad example to young people with his behaviour. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Season of Destiny: A’s clinch first playoff spot since 2014

first_imgClick HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.SEATTLE — The word “destiny” is thrown around way too often in sports. But when trying to comprehend the story of the 2018 A’s, you can’t help using the word.How else to explain it?The A’s punched their ticket to the playoffs Monday just as their game in Seattle was getting underway. Moments earlier, the Tampa Bay Rays — the only remaining threat to Oakland’s first postseason since 2014 — were eliminated from …last_img read more

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SA revamps immigration services

first_img13 April 2005South Africa has launched a specialist immigration branch in order to offer a professional, world-class service to the growing number of foreigners visiting the country.The National Immigration Branch (NIB), launched by the Department of Home Affairs in Cape Town on Tuesday, will professionalise SA’s control over the entry, stay and departure of visitors, offering efficient services at the country’s ports of entry while beefing up the fight against illegal entrants.The makeover includes high-tech equipment such as automated fingerprint scanners at immigration offices across the country; training in service provision and public relations; distinctive new uniforms for officials at border posts and airports; and a new fleet of vehicles.Building a new immigration policySpeaking at the launch, Home Affairs Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said the service offered by the NIB would reflect South Africa’s quest for “friendly and co-operative co-existence with our neighbours and other nations globally”.South Africa, she said, was in the process of building an immigration policy that facilitated legal and regulated movement of people, attracted much-needed skills, boosted tourism, encouraged foreign investment – and was responsive to the immigration challenges the country was facing.“Beyond just the capacity issues, we are confronted with problems regarding trafficking, facilitation, xenophobia, irregular and illegal immigration, lack of integration with neighbouring states, a formerly isolated economy, and the porous nature of our borders”, Mapisa-Nqakula said.“South Africa’s newly established democracy 10 years ago created unprecedented levels of interaction with other nations of the world and placed us at the centre of the rebuilding of our continent.“Our immigration regime as designed before the advent of our democracy was obviously not going to be adequate in addressing these new sets of challenges.”Forging a new mindsetPresident Thabo Mbeki, who also attended the launch, said that since 1994 the volumes of people entering South Africa had increased substantially.“Some come because they want to do business with us, while others will come because of political reasons”, Mbeki said. “It became clear that we don’t have the necessary capacity to handle these large volumes.”Mbeki emphasised that it was a new mindset, not a new uniform, that would ensure a better quality of service to ordinary people. South Africa needed officials that were “good, polite and efficient”, and the NIB should ensure that those who entered the country were handled with the necessary sensitivity.At the same time, he said, those who came into the country for wrong reasons would be identified and dealt with.“Some would like to come in our country to use our country as a base from which to attack other countries”, Mbeki said. “There are also some who will come because they want to bring illicit drugs into the country.“It is therefore imperative that we detect them, and that our immigration officials are efficient when dealing with these matters.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Pietersen unlikely to return, Cook can’t handle him: Boycott

first_imgBoycott feels that Cook lacks the strong personality to handle someone like Pietersen Former England cricket team captain Geoffrey Boycott has reportedly said that an international call for Kevin Pietersen is unlikely because captain Alastair Cook “can’t handle” him.Boycott said that although Pietersen is capable of giving match-winning performances yet he can give “headaches” and therefore, one needs a captain who can handle that. He went on to say that Cook lacks the strong personality required to handle someone like Pietersen, reported Sport 24.He also said that Michael Vaughan would have handled Pietersen much better than the present England hierarchy.Thirty four-year-old Pietersen’s international career effectively ended in February following England’s 5-0 Ashes thrashing in Australia even though he was England’s all-time leading run-scorer across all formats.The move was dubbed as an attempt to support current skipper Cook.last_img read more

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Drake shocks Toronto crowd with concert for Canada 150

first_imgAdvertisement Nathan Phillips Square has held concerts and fireworks every night since Friday for the Canada Day celebrations. Drake took the stage at Nathan Phillips Square on Sunday night as part of the city’s Canada 150 celebrations. Twitter Monday is the last night for the shows with Canadian rapper Belly headlining the finale at 10 p.m. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment During the concert, the Toronto singer celebrated the country’s Indigenous people and their land.center_img Login/Register With: Advertisement TORONTO — Canadian rap artist Drake has made a surprise appearance at a free Toronto concert. Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

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NFL Week 4 Elo Ratings And Playoff Odds

NFL Week 4 Elo Ratings And Playoff Odds

Before scrolling down and peeking at the table, take a guess: Which team has the highest projected end-of-season win total according to FiveThirtyEight’s latest NFL Elo ratings and playoff odds?While you’re thinking, let me briefly explain what these numbers are all about. A team’s Elo rating represents its current strength — or at least an estimate thereof using a simple method that incorporates margin of victory, home-field advantage, strength of schedule and team quality in previous seasons. (For the really gory details of how the ratings work, click here.) To give you a sense of the scale, the average NFL team always has an Elo rating of 1500, and the ratings usually range from 1700 on the high side to 1300 on the low end of the spectrum.Anyway, once computed, they can be used to derive win probabilities for each game and even point spreads. That’s how we’re able to simulate the remainder of the NFL schedule thousands of times and track each team’s chances of winning the division or making the playoffs, right down to using the NFL’s actual, highly arcane tiebreaker rules.OK, so now that the explanation is out of the way, which team has the most predicted wins?Perhaps you’re thinking of the Seattle Seahawks, who won their Super Bowl rematch with the Denver Broncos on Sunday afternoon. You’d be close; Seattle once again checks in with the top Elo rating this week (see left), but their schedule is difficult enough — eighth-toughest in the league, to be exact — that they don’t have the league’s highest expected win total. Speaking of the Broncos, they had the most predicted wins in last week’s column, but their loss to the Seahawks was damaging — both because it took away about 0.38 expected wins for the Seattle game itself, and because their Elo rating was downgraded by 14 (or the equivalent of a little more than a half a point of victory margin per game), reducing their win probabilities in future games as well.New England, then? The Patriots did manage to win last week but only marginally improved their Elo rating after a seven-point victory over the Oakland Raiders in a game Elo thought they should have won by more than two touchdowns. They currently rank fourth in expected wins. And the Carolina Panthers, who had been pegged for 10.7 wins after a 2-0 start, dropped to a 9.1-win expectation in the wake of an 18-point home loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.The answer you were looking for was actually the Cincinnati Bengals, who project to win a league-high 11.2 games, according to our simulations. The Bengals moved to 3-0 for the first time since 2006 (don’t ask what happened that year) by drubbing the Tennessee Titans 33-7, and they now have the NFL’s best point differential. They also have an easier remaining schedule than the teams above them in the Elo pecking order. Based on Elo, an average team would be expected to beat Cincinnati’s remaining opponents by about 0.1 points per game (taking into account where the games are being played), while an average team would lose by 0.6 PPG against Seattle’s slate, 0.4 PPG against Denver’s and 0.2 PPG against New England’s.The Bengals also have the league’s best playoff odds at 78 percent and its second-best shot at winning the Super Bowl. Cincinnati does not have the best division odds, thanks to the re-emergence of Pittsburgh and Baltimore (sorry, Cleveland). Before the season, we thought the AFC North would be up for grabs, and three of its teams had preseason Elo ratings above 1500, but they were all bunched at the fringe of the top 12. Now Elo’s fourth-, ninth- and 12th-best teams hail from the AFC North, making it the NFL’s second-best division (in terms of its members’ average rating) behind the fearsome NFC West.Either way, Bengals fans should enjoy their team’s newfound success. They’re in a relatively prosperous cycle of the franchise’s history; including the end of last season, the team is consistently producing its best Elo ratings since the end of the 2005 season. Let’s hope there isn’t another Kimo von Oelhoffen moment waiting to derail the momentum this time around.Here are the projected standings and playoff odds for every NFL team:Some other observations:After briefly pulling themselves up to a 1503 Elo with a win over the New York Jets in Week 2, the Green Bay Packers dropped below 1500 again and now have their worst rating since the beginning of the Aaron Rodgers era. It’s a far cry from the Packers team that boasted a 1780 Elo late in the 2011 season, just 145 short weeks ago.Like Cincinnati, the Arizona Cardinals are zooming up the expected-win charts. Our simulations have them winning an average of 10.6 games by the end of the season, which ranks third in the league. Interestingly, by Elo they aren’t even the second-best team in the NFC West — San Francisco is barely ahead despite losing to Arizona last week — but they are expected to win 1.8 more games than the 49ers because they are already two games up in the standings (though they play the fourth-hardest schedule in football from now on).San Diego shouldn’t be forgotten in the Super Bowl derby. Although the Seahawks are the clear favorites, with a 14 percent chance of winning it all, the Chargers are at the periphery of the next tier of contenders — a group that also includes Cincinnati, New England, Arizona, Denver and possibly the Philadelphia Eagles. And along with the Bengals and Cardinals, the Chargers have added the most to their Elo score since the preseason ratings, improving from a 1555 to their current 1602 mark over the course of three straight victories.Although their 1999 incarnation was pretty extraordinary, the 2014 St. Louis Rams — along with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jacksonville Jaguars — seem to be deteriorating. No teams have shed more points off of their Elo ratings since the season began, with each losing in excess of 49 points (the equivalent of about two points per game of expected scoring margin) compared to their preseason ratings.As I mentioned, Elo ratings can also be used to generate point spreads for future games. It is our staunch recommendation, however, that these be used for “entertainment purposes only” — especially after a performance like last week. Going up against the point spreads listed at Pro-Football-Reference.com, Elo’s picks were a dreadful 4-11-1 in Week 3. (They did have a 12-4 straight-up record.) But we’ll soldier on anyway and list the matchups for this week, along with their predicted win probabilities and point spreads:The best matchup of the week in Elo’s eyes is Philadelphia at San Francisco, which matches Nos. 6 and 10 in our rankings. But as far as marquee games go (measured by the harmonic mean of the two teams’ pregame ratings after adding half the home-field advantage to each side), it’s the worst week-leading matchup of the season yet.Even so, there are some interesting pairings to be had, in addition to Eagles-Niners. Elo considers Washington and the New York Football Giants to be a classic “pick ’em“, while Vegas sees Washington as three-and-a-half point favorites, perhaps underestimating just how bad of a period this is in the franchise’s history. Likewise, Green Bay is a one-and-a-half point favorite at Chicago despite Elo pegging the Bears as five-point favorites. How much of that is owed to the Bears’ banged-up defense, and how much simply stems from a refusal to believe the Packers aren’t the same team they were several years ago, is tough to say.Finally, a couple of NFC South teams are getting a lot more love in Vegas than the ratings say they deserve. The books have both Atlanta and New Orleans favored by 3 on the road this week (the Falcons visit Minnesota; the Saints go to Dallas), while Elo thinks Vegas is off by about 5 points in each matchup — enough to swing the expected winner of both games. In general, Elo has the NFC South as the fifth-best division in football, but if both teams buck the odds and live up to those spreads on the road, our computer might have to change its tune. read more

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Meet The Spurs Sharpshooter Who Refuses To Shoot Straight

Meet The Spurs Sharpshooter Who Refuses To Shoot Straight

Marco Belinelli has been one of the NBA’s more successful marksmen from deep the past decade. But few would suggest emulating the Italian’s often unsightly approach to shooting. The 11-year veteran has a curious habit of leaning into his jumpshots “Smooth Criminal”-style. The move puzzles even Gregg Popovich, who, as the longest-tenured American professional coach in sports, has seen just about everything by now.“It’s not a sometimes thing — he always is leaning somewhere,” said Popovich, who is coaching Belinelli for a second stint. “I don’t know who taught him that, but it can’t be untaught at this point. It’s just there.”But watch the 32-year-old dart around on offense long enough, and it becomes more clear why he does what he does. Much like an armadillo curls into a ball for protection, Belinelli leans to safeguard his shot from being blocked from behind, particularly as he comes around teammates’ screens.“It looks crazy when I’m off-balance all the time, but I just want to be quick with the ball,” said Belinelli, who’s had just two of his 265 jumpers blocked this year.1Of those two blocks, per Second Spectrum data, one resulted in an immediate putback and basket for the Spurs, while the other drew a loose-ball foul on Jimmy Butler, who’d blocked Belinelli’s shot just before. “That’s the life of a shooter, I guess.”Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/MarcosLeaners.mp400:0000:0003:45Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.It’s hard to overstate Belinelli’s offensive importance off the bench in San Antonio, which not only came into the year short-handed but also had several new faces in its experienced rotation. Aside from the trade of star Kawhi Leonard,2Danny Green was also sent to Toronto, while Tony Parker signed with Charlotte in free agency. Manu Ginobili — the 16-year warhorse who gave the Spurs’ reserves stability — retired, leaving Belinelli with even more scoring to replace.The Spurs are the NBA’s biggest shot-selection outlier, with long, midrange jumpers making up a league-high 17 percent of their shots while 3-points are an NBA-low 27.7 percent of their shots. Because of that, Belinelli’s production as a reliable perimeter shooter is welcome.His return from an early season hibernation — he shot a frigid 35 percent from the field over San Antonio’s first 25 games — lines up with the Spurs’ streak of 13 wins in 16 games, which put the team squarely back in the Western Conference playoff race. During this hot streak, Belinelli has connected on 46.8 percent of his field-goal tries, including almost 41 percent of his threes.A handful of Belinelli’s most successful tendencies are used more often by the game’s elite ball-handlers. His desire to come off screens aggressively (and with almost no space between him and his screener) is an art that Kemba Walker perfected some time ago. And he sometimes makes use of the perimeter give-and-go, which Steph Curry employed to blister the Cavs in last year’s NBA Finals.But few players, if any, shoot as well as Belinelli while using such unorthodox leans and angles. He initially developed the tendency to lean forward on a number of his jumpers when he first entered the league with Golden State, playing for Don Nelson’s up-tempo Warriors club. Because the team was always in transition, Belinelli often had forward momentum as he’d launch threes in Golden State’s offense — something that would become a habit elsewhere.As for his penchant for leaning as he comes around screens, Belinelli said that was something he took from his lone season in Chicago, where the Bulls needed him to serve as a point guard of sorts in the absence of Derrick Rose. The team didn’t have many players capable of creating their own offense, so his coaches there told him to be aggressive — and quick — about shooting when he saw daylight after getting a pick at the top of the key.Belinelli acknowledges that a fair number of his misses stem from being too off-balanced. But similar to Klay Thompson, the Spurs swingman suggested that it’s usually most important for him to square his shoulders — and less important to think about where his feet or toes are pointed as he lets it fly.Having the occasional embarrassing miss (or a seemingly impossible, completely redeeming make) simply comes with the territory in this day and age, according to J.J. Redick, the Sixers sharpshooter who was teammates with Belinelli in Philadelphia last season.“The game’s changed too much for us to stand still and wait for open shots. If we did that, we’d get maybe a shot or two each game,” Redick said of his and Belinelli’s perpetual movement. “We’re not getting many swing-swing passes where we can come straight up and down. When you’re on the move and beating someone to that spot, you’re going to be a bit off-balanced.”So next time you see Belinelli nearly falling over on a jumper, as strange as it might seem, just remember that it’s likely not an accident. 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