CONMEBOL awards South American cup championship to Chapecoense

first_imgSouth American soccer’s governing body CONMEBOL awarded the continent’s championship to Brazil’s Chapecoense club after most of the team died in a plane crash in Colombia last week, according to a CONMEBOL statement on Monday.Only six people survived the crash outside Medellin in route to the Copa Sudamericana final, which would have been the biggest game in the club’s history.last_img

Mourinho hails Nuno amid Man Utd links

first_imgJose Mourinho believes fellow Portuguese manager Nuno Espirito Santo is doing “fantastic work” at Wolves as he prepares to face his former player.Wolves visit Manchester United on Saturday having won their last two Premier League games 1-0 against West Ham and Burnley respectively, although Mourinho’s men are also in good form having won three in a row in all competitions.Last season’s Championship winners sit ninth in the Premier League having made eye-catching signings including Portugal internationals Rui Patricio and Joao Moutinho. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Nuno, who has been linked with the United hot seat, played under Mourinho at Porto and the Red Devils manager believes the 44-year-old is doing a fine job at Molineux.”Really good. Last season dominant and we all know it’s not easy to be dominant in the Championship even if you have the best team,” Mourinho told reporters. “And it’s not easy to be dominant from the start to the end.”Strong [transfer] markets, great work. Great adaptation in the Premier League, getting points and performances, not just the points, that makes them feel and everybody feel, including myself, that they are going to have a very stable season. “Very far from the problems that a team normally has coming from the Championship.”When they are players, always some players you have a feeling they can become managers, but even then I didn’t think about it at Porto, but 75 per cent of them are now managers.”Nuno reached the Premier League level and he reached it by his own merits and credits. He didn’t come direct, he came to the Championship.”He earned the right to be a Premier League manager and he’s done fantastic work, the results speak for themselves.”Wolves have benefited from close links with Portuguese super-agent Jorge Mendes, who also represents Mourinho.”I don’t speak with him for quite a long time to be honest, but when we speak we don’t speak about my job or his job, he’s my agent and that’s it,” Mourinho added. “But I think the work in Wolves is good, because it’s not just about the Portuguese influence with the manager, the staff and players,”It’s also about getting the right ones and I think they got good young players and they got also good, experienced, young players.”Diogo Dalot Miralem Sulejmani Man Utd Young Boys 19092018Diogo Dalot made his Manchester United debut in the defeat of Young Boys in the Champions League but Mourinho wants to introduce the defender slowly to regular first team duties, with Antonio Valencia to return against Wolves.”I want him in this process of adaption. I want him to play totally fresh so he won’t play tomorrow, he’s playing Tuesday [against Derby County in the EFL Cup],” Mourinho said of the teenager. “To play for Manchester United is difficult enough for a kid, 19 years old from another country.”To have an important injury and a surgery is difficult enough, he doesn’t need more difficulties from the accumulation of matches.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Barkley reveals World Cup frustration

first_imgChelsea midfielder Ross Barkley has revealed his frustration at having to watch the 2018 World Cup from the sidelines.Barkley endured a nightmare 2017-18 campaign as he only made five appearances due to recurring hamstring problems.The former Everton man is now playing regularly for Chelsea under Maurizio Sarri and scored his first goal for the club at the weekend in their 3-0 win over Southampton. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! He has also earned himself an England recall after his fitness denied him a place in the World Cup squad – a tournament which he had mixed emotions about after Gareth Southgate’s side reached the semi-finals.”It was frustrating for me because England means the world to me, to play for your country, but these things happen in football and you have to react and work hard to get your rewards, which I am doing,” Barkley said.”I was proud to see the lads do really well and see how proud the country was of the boys.”After where I was at, I had had a difficult season through injuries and I had a few niggles but kept a positive mind. I had a strong pre-season and things are going well for me now.”England’s run to the last four in Russia was their best performance at a World Cup since 1990 when Paul Gascoigne shone, with Barkley’s playing style seeing him likened to the former Three Lions star.”All of the midfielders will be thinking that,” he added. “It is a challenge for us to go out there and produce the goods as Gazza did when he was a player.”We have a lot of talent in the squad that can produce magic at any point in the game and we have a confident bunch of lads and there is a lot of talent coming through.”Barkley was part of the 2014 World Cup squad as a 20-year-old but he now feels like he has matured as a footballer and is back where he belongs after being called up for the UEFA Nations League games against Croatia and Spain.”I’m over the moon to be back, I feel like it’s been a long time coming but I feel like I have worked hard over the last couple of years and that it’s fully deserved that I am back here.”I feel like I have matured as a person and understood what football is, and taken little details on as I have done now under the manager (Sarri). Things are going really well for me now and I’m fully focused on improving and kicking on.”last_img read more

Sao Paulo player mutilated & killed over rape claims

first_imgSao Paulo midfielder Daniel Correa Freitas has been killed following claims made by a 38-year-old man, Edison Brittes Junior, that the footballer was trying to rape his wife.Daniel’s body was found on October 28 in Sao Jose dos Pinhais, a city in Parana in the south east of Brazil, with UOL reporting that his genitals had been removed and that there were also serious injuries to his neck.Brazilian Civil Police have since arrested Edison Brittes Junior, as well as his wife, Cristiana Brittes, and daughter, and confirmed that he “confessed to the crime” . Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The same police report goes on to state that Daniel’s body was found after he was “brutally killed”, with a knife having been referenced and that searches were being conducted in a nearby river.Edison Brittes Junior claims that, at what has been reported as an after party gathering to celebrate his daughter’s 18th birthday , Daniel was trying to rape his wife Cristiana Brittes, prompting his reaction.In a video posted on UOL , Edison claimed that he was forced to break down the door to reach his wife, where he alleges he then found her with Correa.”When I got to the door, it was locked. He had entered the room, taken off his clothes and locked the door. I broke down the door of my bedroom,” he said in a video released by his defence lawyer.”When I opened the door, he is over my wife, and she is screaming and calling for help. I did what every man would do. That woman was not just my wife. For me, it was for all the women from Brazil. For those who are watching me now, it could be your wife, your daughter, your sister.”At that moment it was my wife, Cris, with whom I’ve been married for 20 years. The woman I dedicate my whole life to. The media said a lot, but my wife never had anything with Daniel, least of all my daughter.”Rumours always arise, but if I did what I did, I want everybody watching this to think ‘what would you do to maintain the moral integrity of your family and to help a small and fragile woman?’ I took him off of my wife, threw him on the floor and avoided that my wife was raped by this monster.”Amadeu Trevisan, a delegate of the Civil Police and who is in charge of the investigation, revealed that the victim was initially beaten and then later killed : “Everything was committed during the event, the victim was beaten in the house of the main suspect.”After that, he accompanied three other people and took the victim, still alive, to where they left the body.”Sao Paulo held a minute’s silence prior to a training session on October 29  while Serie B side Sao Bento, whom Daniel had been playing for on loan prior to his death, released a statement offering solidarity to the family .It read: “Sao Bento regrets the death of midfielder Daniel.  The player was hired on loan from Sao Paulo to strengthen the Sao Bento squad in Serie B. The cause of the death has not yet been confirmed.”The board of directors of the club regrets the fact and offers solidarity with the family and friends of the player in this moment of deep sadness.”A number of other Brazilian clubs, including Cruzeiro and Atletica Ponte Preta , also expressed their condolences, while Botafogo, who are 14th in Brazil’s top-flight league, are another of Daniel’s former teams to have issued a statement .last_img read more

2016: A happy year for Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma

first_imgIt has been a breakout year for India Test captain Virat Kohli. With 2595 runs, seven hundreds, which include three double centuries, and 13 fifties, Kohli bulldozed the most potent bowling attacks and enforced his supremacy.He scored 1215 runs in 12 Tests, 739 runs in 10 ODIs and 641 runs in 15 T20 internationals this year as his average went above 50 in all three formats of the game. (Virat Kohli made 2016 a year to remember)While Kohli’s stupendous on-field success captured the imagination of millions of fans, the cricketer also had a successful year off the field.The 28-year-old Kohli and his rumoured girlfriend, Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma, had a fitting end to the year, both personally and professionally.Kohli led India to Test series wins over West Indies, New Zealand and England, ensuring that the team finished on top of the ICC Test rankings, while Anushka delivered two blockbusters in Sultan and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. (Virat Kohli in Uttarakhand to celebrate Christmas with Anushka Sharma)Sultan, which had Salman Khan essaying the title role, went on to gross approximately Rs 584 crores worldwide and became the fourth-highest grossing Indian film of all time while Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, which starred Ranbir Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan alongside Anushka, made Rs 237.54 crores worldwide.However, the year did not start off well for the celebrity couple as reports in February had suggested that they had broken up. Later, when Kohli unfollowed Anushka on Twitter and Instagram, it more or less confirmed the news. (Virat Kohli is twice as aggressive as I was: Sourav Ganguly)advertisementBoth Kohli and Anushka, who have always remained tight-lipped about their relationship, didn’t reveal any reasons for the rumoured break-up.However, their reported split did not deter Kohli from showing support for Anushka.Kohli, in a tweet in March 2016, slammed the trolls for targeting Anushka for his poor performance on the field. The tweet got Retweeted over 39,000 times and got more than 1.07 lakh likes.Shame on people for trolling @AnushkaSharma non-stop. Have some compassion. She has always only given me positivity Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) March 28, 2016And in April, the couple was spotted together on a dinner date in Mumbai, spreading rumours that they were again back together. Later, Kohli re-followed Anushka on Twitter and Instagram.While the couple kept the rumour mills busy with occasional outings, they maintained a safe distance from the media and avoided questions on the personal life.In October, Kohli and Anushka spent the Diwali evening together at an Indian Super League match, cheering for FC Goa, which is co-owned by the cricketer. (Expecting Virat Kohli to achieve much more: Chris Gayle)In November, Anushka joined Kohli for his birthday celebrations on November 5 in Rajkot, where India were playing a Test match against England.Later in the month, the couple were seen having a blast at cricketer Yuvraj Singh’s marriage with Bollywood actress Hazel Keech in Goa. Numerous videos popped up on social media, showing the couple dancing with Yuvraj and Hazel.And after a resounding success against England in the Test series, Kohli travelled to Uttarakhand to spend Christmas with Anushka.last_img read more

Haven’t decided on my retirement yet: Leander Paes to India Today

first_imgIndian tennis legend Leander Paes has rubbished reports of his retirement, saying that he still has a lot to play for and achieve in his career. (Latest Sports stories)Earlier, it was reported that Paes had dropped hints about his retirement on the sidelines of Chennai Open, which starts from Monday.According to PTI, when Paes was asked if he will think of retiring if he gets to a record 43rd Davis Cup win, he replied: “You will see. I play for fun now. I play because I love the game, because I am passionate about the game. There will come a point when the curtain comes down. Before the curtain comes down, a big thank you to you all. Its been a fun run, you guys have been awesome with me for 20 years, so thanks.”However, in an exclusive conversation with India Today, Paes dismissed the possibility of retiring in 2017. (Is this the end of the Davis Cup road for Leander Paes?)”I have a lot to play for, to enter the history books. I have not decided on my retirement yet. When it happens, I can’t say right now,” Paes told India Today.Meanwhile, Paes, a veteran of 54 Davis Cup ties, said his former doubles partner, Mahesh Bhupathi, who is replacing Anand Amritraj as the non-playing captain of India’s Davis Cup team, has all the required credentials for the job.”People out there need to have credentials to be the captain and Bhupathi has got credentials to be captain. In the next 18 months, we will see how it goes,” Paes was quoted as saying by PTI.advertisementAsked if he will be comfortable having Bhupathi in the captain’s chair, Paes retorted: “Why not? Country comes first. No egos. As far as I am concerned, there has never been ego. If you have to achieve excellence, you have to be student of life. Captain sits on the bench, helps you out with a few things but at the end of the day, I am out there representing the country.”So for me, whether it was Ramesh Krishnan, SP Misra, Naresh Kumar, my first captain, Anand Amritraj or Jaideep Mukherjee or Mahesh, I have one job to do and that is to represent country,” he said.Paes and Bhupathi had emerged as a force in late 1990s in international tennis, winning three Grand Slams together before parting ways. Their stormy relation apart from their exploits together as a team has always been a topic of discussion in Indian tennis.Bhupathi will take over as captain from April. It fuelled speculation on how the two legends will go keeping in mind the history they share.Paes said he had some good memories with Anand as captain.”Congratulations to Anand for years, we have played together. We had some memorable matches, when we beat Korea in Chandigarh also when I beat my former partner Nenad Zimonjic in the doubles in Bangalore against Serbia. That was one of my best Davis Cup comebacks. So thanks to Anand and congratulations to Mahesh,” he said.However, Paes chose not speak on issues that resulted in change in captaincy. Asked if he thinks there was indiscipline in the team under Amritraj’s reign, Paes said: “That you have to ask AITA. I am a player under the captain and it’s not right for a player to speak about captain.”Paes is close to a historic achievement as a win in the doubles against New Zealand in the upcoming tie will make him the most successful doubles player in Davis Cup with 43 wins.last_img read more

David Beckham put MLS on fast track to respectability

first_imgDavid Beckham sent shockwaves around the world when he signed with Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007, giving Major League Soccer a level of legitimacy and visibility that otherwise may have taken decades to reach before the ink on his contract was barely dry.Wednesday marks the 10th anniversary of Beckham’s coming to America, a deal that made the former England captain the poster boy for a new era of MLS and transformed the Galaxy into one of the planet’s most recognizable soccer brands.With Beckham aboard, Galaxy merchandise flew off store shelves, MLS enjoyed a spike in interest and attendance and even landed international TV deals but perhaps his greatest mark is the creation of the designated player rule.Also known as “The Beckham Rule,” it allowed clubs to sign certain players outside of the league’s strict salary cap rules and paved the way for dozens of other high-profile players like Robbie Keane, Thierry Henry and David Villa.”Beckham accelerated the respectability of the league by years in terms of viewership, attendance and in getting more (big-name) players willing to join MLS as opposed to playing overseaes,” Bob Dorfman, a sports marketing expert at Baker Street Advertising in San Francisco, told Reuters.”His celebrity status, not just as a soccer player but as a celebrity with Posh Spice as his wife and playing in L.A., made the Galaxy an attraction and Hollywood stars would come watch them play. He made the league fashionable.”But while Beckham, the biggest thing to hit American soccer since Pele joined the New York Cosmos in 1975, helped popularize soccer in a country where it has long struggled for mainstream attention, he was unable to bring it into the top tier of North American sport.advertisementBlessed with good looks, a celebrity wife and a talent for self-promotion, Beckham appeared on popular late-night talk shows, in the pages of glossy magazines and broke into sports media empires normally the preserve of NFL and NBA stars.When he joined the Galaxy his deal was reported to be $250 million over five years, which essentially was a made-up number since it was the potential earnings for Beckham from all sources on and off the field.Beckham’s MLS career got off to a slow start as injuries limited him to five games in his debut season even as a media circus surrounded him. He also faced plenty of criticism from Galaxy fans for loan moves to AC Milan in 2009 and 2010 that meant he missed some of the MLS season.But by the time Beckham left MLS in December 2012 after winning a second consecutive championship with the Galaxy, he did more for MLS than perhaps any other player could have during that stretch.The 2017 MLS season will feature 22 clubs compared to the 13 that competed in 2007. A second Los Angeles franchise will join next year and Beckham is behind a bid to add an MLS team in Miami that would bring the league to 24.Fees for expansion teams have jumped to $150 million compared to $10 million in Beckham’s first year.”His arrival was certainly met with great fanfare. Did it accomplish what its most wild dreamers thought about? Probably not,” Robert Boland, director of the sports administration program at Ohio University, told Reuters.”But even if it didn’t return on investment it probably returned on the objective and brought more attention to soccer, brought more attention to the league and to the values of it.”last_img read more

Trump threatens German carmakers with 35 per cent border tax

first_imgU.S. President-elect Donald Trump warned German car companies he would impose a border tax of 35 percent on vehicles imported to the U.S. market, a plan that drew sharp rebukes from Berlin and hit the automakers’ shares.In an interview with German newspaper Bild, published on Monday, Trump criticised German carmakers such as BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen for failing to produce more cars on U.S. soil.”If you want to build cars in the world, then I wish you all the best. You can build cars for the United States, but for every car that comes to the USA, you will pay 35 percent tax,” Trump said in remarks translated into German.”I would tell BMW that if you are building a factory in Mexico and plan to sell cars to the USA, without a 35 percent tax, then you can forget that,” Trump said.Also Read:BMW 520i First Drive: Is it worth it?Volkswagen (VW) shares closed down 2.2 percent, while BMW and Daimler’s shares ended 1.5 percent lower.Under pressure to deliver on campaign promises to revive U.S. industrial jobs, Trump has turned his fire on carmakers that use low-cost Mexican plants to serve the U.S. market. He has also warned Japan’s Toyota it could be subject to a “big border tax” if it builds its Corolla cars for the U.S. market at a planned factory in Mexico.All three German carmakers have invested heavily in Mexico, but also pointed out on Monday that they manufacturer in the United States as well.advertisementBMW executive Peter Schwarzenbauer told reporters the company was sticking to plans to invest around $1 billion in a new plant in Mexico, which is due to go into production in 2019 and create at least 1,500 jobs.Also Read:BMW to recall over 1.93 lakh vehicles in ChinaSERIOUS WARNING”The president’s powers are considerable. He can legally impose tariffs of up to 15 percent for 150 days. Trump is not constrained by Congress,” said Simon Evenett, professor of international trade at Switzerland’s University of St Gallen.”Even if foreign companies object and seek to challenge the legality of tariffs, it will take at least 18 months to get decided. Corporate strategies will be disrupted by then.”While investing in Mexico, German carmakers have quadrupled light vehicle production in the United States over the past seven years to 850,000 units, more than half of which are exported from there, Germany’s VDA automotive industry association said.”In the long term, the United States would be shooting itself in the foot by imposing tariffs or other trade barriers,” VDA President Matthias Wissmann said in a statement.German carmakers employ about 33,000 workers in the United States and German automotive suppliers about 77,000 more, the VDA said.Speaking in tabloid newspaper Bild, German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said that rather than trying to penalise German carmakers, the United States should instead respond by building better and more desirable cars.Norbert Roettgen, head of Germany’s foreign affairs committee, said Berlin needed to take Trump’s comments seriously. “He seems to be absolutely focused on short-term job interests and security interests … not that he is looking for free trade so much, but more for protection,” he told Reuters.Also Read:BMW opens dedicated centre for developing autonomous driving techMEXICAN PLANSDaimler’s Mercedes-Benz and BMW already have sizeable factories in the United States where they build higher-margin sports utility vehicles (SUVs) for export to Asia and Europe.Around 65 percent of BMW’s production from its factory in Spartanburg, South Carolina, is exported overseas. BMW builds the X3, X4, X5 and X6 models in the United States.”It is surprising that Trump singles out the carmaker that exports more vehicles from the United States than any other manufacturer,” Evercore ISI analysts said.A BMW spokeswoman said the planned plant in the central Mexican city of San Luis Potosi would build the BMW 3 Series from 2019, with the output intended for the world market. The plant would be an addition to existing 3 Series production facilities in Germany and China.In June last year, BMW broke ground on the plant, pledging to invest $2.2 billion in Mexico by 2019 for annual production of 150,000 cars.Also Read:BMW 740Li launched in India at Rs 1.26 croreDaimler has said it plans to begin assembling Mercedes-Benz vehicles in 2018 from a $1 billion facility shared with Renault-Nissan in Aguascalientes in Mexico. A spokesman for Daimler declined to comment on Trump’s remarks.Last year, VW’s Audi division inaugurated a $1.3 billion production facility with 150,000 vehicle production capacity near Puebla, Mexico. Audi said it would build electric and petrol Q5 SUVs in Mexico.advertisementAudi declined to comment on Monday. VW also declined to comment on Trump’s remarks but noted it was investing another $900 million in its U.S. plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.Trump called Germany a great car producer, saying Mercedes-Benz cars were a frequent sight in New York, but claimed there was not enough reciprocity. Germans were not buying Chevrolets at the same rate, he said, calling the business relationship an unfair one-way street.Chevrolet sales have fallen sharply in Europe since parent company General Motors in 2013 said it would drop the Chevrolet brand in Europe by the end of 2015. Since then, GM has focused instead on promoting its Opel and Vauxhall marques.Asked by Reuters whether Trump could take any steps to make it easier for GM to sell more American-made cars in Europe, GM Chief Executive Mary Barra said the company aimed to build cars in markets where they are sold.”We’re a global company so we’re going to continue that focus just because from an economic perspective that generally turns out to be the best framework,” she said. “I think there is a lot that we can work on with President-elect Trump.”Also Read:India-bound BMW 5 Series to debut at Detroit Auto Show 2017last_img read more


first_imgThe Saurashtra batsman welcomed the competition in theThe Saurashtra batsman welcomed the competition in the team, when asked about wicketkeeper Wridhiman Saha, who was replaced by Parthiv Patel after he got injured.”Its very good for the Indian team. Both are experienced, both are performing well. Ultimately it would be up to the team management to decide. I always believe if you have healthy competition, it?s very good for the team.”If we want to be No. 1 in the world, we need to have some back-up players. Not just wicketkeepers, but even in other departments. We need players who can come in and perform well. Someone like Karun Nair is a prime example. He was doing well with the India `A and when he got the opportunity, he scored a triple hundred. We need such players.”He advised gangling Rajasthan pace bowler Pankaj Singh, included in the Rest outfit, to take a cue from Parthiv who made a comeback after several years in the series against England by forcing his way through domestic cricket performance.”He is a very good bowler. Personally, I feel he is one of the most talented fast bowlers we have. He had an opportunity to represent the Indian team when we toured England (in 2014). Things didnt go well but he is someone who always likes to improve.”He always gives his best and I definitely feel if he keeps performing at this level, he will definitely get an opportunity to play for the Indian team again. It?s just about maintaining his fitness, maintaining his bowling. He has to keep improving. Parthiv Patel is one example of having made a comeback after doing well in the domestic circuit,” Pujara said. PTI SSR RSY SREadvertisementlast_img

Sania Mirza and Barbora Strycova cruise into Indian Wells Masters quarters

first_imgIndian tennis ace Sania Mirza and her doubles partner Barbora Strycova of Czech Republic on Sunday defeated Italy’s Sara Errani and Alicja Rosolka of Poland to enter the quarter-finals of the ATP Indian Wells Masters.The Indo-Czech pair defeated their opponents 6-2, 6-3 in a contest that lasted for over an hour.The fourth seeded pair of Mirza-Strycova was unstoppable and completely dominated their opponents.Meanwhile, in men’s doubles, Leander Paes and his partner Juan Martin del Porto were eliminated from the tournament after losing their opening match in straight sets to Gilles Muller and Sam Querrey.Paes and del Porto lost 6-3, 6-4 in their round-of-32 clash at Indian Wells in a match last an hour.Paes and his Argentine partner never looked in their form and were outclassed by their opponents in all departments of the game.Yesterday, Rohan Bopanna and his partner Pablo Cuevas were eliminated by Serbian duo of Novak Djokovic and Viktor Troicki after losing the match 2-6, 6-3 (10-7).last_img read more

Tamil Nadu clinch fifth Vijay Hazare crown, outplay Bengal

first_imgInspired by a belligerent century from seasoned keeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik, Tamil Nadu outshone Bengal by 37 runs at the Feroz Shah Kotla here on Monday, to clinch the domestic 50-over cricket competition, the 2016-17 Vijay Hazare Trophy for the fifth time.Monday’s summit clash resembled the 2008-09 and 2009-10 finals, when Tamil Nadu got the better of the Bengal side. Besides that, the Southern side bagged the inaugural title way back in 2002-03 before sharing the trophy with Uttar Pradesh in 2004-05.Electing to bat after winning the toss, Karthik (112) used all his experience to guide the Southern side to a decent 217 after Bengal pacers Mohammed Shami (4/26) and Ashoke Dinda (3/36) ripped through the Tamil Nadu line-up to bundle them out in 47.2 overs.Tamil Nadu were straightway in a spot of bother after losing four quick top order wickets of Kaushik Gandhi (15), Ganga Sridhar Raju (4), Baba Aparajith (5) and skipper Vijay Shankaar (2) with only 49 runs on the board.But Karthik and Baba Indrajith (32) put the Tamil Nadu team back in the hunt with a 85-run fifth-wicket stand before Washington Sundar (22) came up with a cameo to take the side past the 150-run mark.Karthik, who consumed just 120 balls for his knock, slammed 14 boundaries before being dismissed hit-wicket by Shami.In reply, Bengal too got off to a devastating start, losing opener Abhimanyu Easwaran (1) and Agniv Pan (0) in the same over to find themselves at 4/2.Stumper Shreevats Goswami (23) and skipper Manoj Tiwary (32) fended off good starts as Bengal found themselves tottering at 68/4 by the 21st over.advertisementMiddle order batsmen Sudip Chatterjee (58) and Anustup Majumdar (24) then added 65 runs for the fifth wicket to bring the Bengal side back into contention before Aparajith broke the partnership by sending back Majumdar. Aamir Ghani too fired a 30-ball 24 but it was not enough to get his team over the line.Thereafter, it was a one-way traffic for the Southern giants as they picked wickets at regular intervals, including the last five scalps within a space of 37 runs to bundle the rivals out for 180 in the 46th over.For Tamil Nadu, Aswin Christ, M. Mohammed and Rahi Shah picked two wickets each while Shankar, Aparajith and R. Sai Kishore took one wicket apiece.Brief Scores: Tamil Nadu 217 (Dinesh Karthik 112, Baba Indrajith 32, Washington Sundar 22, Mohammed Shami 4/26, Ashoke Dinda 3/36) beat Bengal 180 (Sudip Chatterjee 58, Manoj Tiwary 32, Aamir Gani 24, Aswin Crist 2/23, M.Mohammed 2/30) by 37 runs.last_img read more

Sell Better with Stories

first_imgIf you heard that a certain type of fox is endangered, would you be moved to act?How about if you heard that a mama fox was trying to keep herself and her litter safe as their forest disappears?Now that’s different. There’s a story there with actual individuals being affected.Such was the storyline for a campaign by Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), which told a universal tale of survival to communicate about the kit fox problem in Northern California.Information in the context of a story is dramatically more compelling than straight facts. Yet, many nonprofits fail to tell stories to illustrate their challenges and successful outcomes.“If you look at the web sites of fifty small nonprofits, you would be hard-pressed to find written stories or pictures that tell a story,” says Katya Andresen, author of Robin Hood Marketing and Chief Operating Officer, Network for Good. “You should never be communicating without stories – pictures, examples or full-blown stories.”Most nonprofit staffers know they need to tell more success stories, but just don’t have the capacity.Whether you work for a nonprofit, are an independent writer, or board member or volunteer, here are some tips for helping nonprofits integrate stories more frequently and effectively into communications.Leverage praise lettersNonprofits that serve their beneficiaries well inevitably get praise letters from time to time. Make the most of this unsolicited praise.Immediately ask the submitter if and how you might use their comments. Even take a few minutes to collect a few more details about their story if possible. Can you reprint their comments and stories in your newsletters, blog, annual reports and brochures, or read them at events? Can you use the person’s full name or just first name?Ask the people you serveEncourage those that the nonprofit serves, or family members, to submit their own stories. Include a “share your story” page on your web site, ask on surveys, or hand out “share your story” forms at live events that they can fill out right there and hand back.Be sure to collect contact information in case you need to follow up, and let them check multiple-choice options on how you can use their stories publicly.ID story witnessesWhat individuals – paid or volunteer – are in a position to see successes firsthand and relay those back to office staff or someone handling communications? Identify your potential story witnesses.Make it easy for witnessesCommunicate to story witnesses – in regular communications – specifically and frequently where to share their positive accounts.Should they email a specific point person? Fill out an online form? How about a success story box in your office for staff or volunteers to write down a few words?Also solicit stories in staff and volunteer meetings.Share within the teamEveryone in the organization that communicates with internal and external audiences should have access to your latest success stories.Your communications person or a volunteer may produce your newsletter while others are creating donor letters, annual reports or grant requests, or training new volunteers and staff. Email stories among the staff to ensure everyone has access to them, or post them on an intranet site.The president of EDF holds fireside chats annually to tell stories and build team spirit with new employees.Stay positiveAndresen urges nonprofits not to tell tales of doom and gloom. Rather focus more on the positive outcome to avoid depressing your audience.Mix your mediaTell your stories in various ways – audio, video, written, in photos, and verbally in meetings with potential supporters.Find a talented volunteerNo time to interview beneficiaries and write or video success stories? Engage freelancers, or even talented journalism, film or public relations students.But remember, quality does matter. You want to look professional, so hire the best you can.Vary story perspectivesDon’t just tell beneficiary stories. Make-A-Wish Foundation also features wish-granter, volunteer and sponsor stories.Remember, always use stories in all internal and external communications to connect with your various audiences.As for EDF’s kit foxes, as a result of the campaign, farmers signed a safe harbor agreement to help protect them. Source: © 2009 SYS-CON Media, Inc. – All Rights Reserved. Casey Hibbard is president of Compelling Cases Inc. and author of the first book on customer case studies, Stories That Sell: Turn Satisfied Customers into Your Most Powerful Sales and Marketing Asset. For more tips, visit the Stories That Sell blog.last_img read more

Five ways to get people to act now

first_imgMy mentor, Bill Novelli, once said to me, “If we’re simply in the business of ‘building awareness,’ we might as well be shoveling pamphlets out of airplanes.” The point is, nonprofit marketing (and fundraising) is about motivating people to do something – not just think something. Channel attention into action if you want to change the world.So how do you get people to act? You want to speak to their values and connect to them emotionally, obviously. But it also helps to have a sense of urgency. Don’t just tell them to act, show why they need to act NOW.Here are five ways to build that sense of urgency.1. Set a deadline. As any procrastinator knows, nothing concentrates the mind like an imminent deadline. Set a goal and tie it to a date. People will be far more likely to give or take action as the deadline approaches.2. Make it close. When people sense you’re close to the finish line on a goal, they are more inclined to help you cross it. If you’re close to your goal, show how people can put you over the top. It creates tremendous urgency.3. Create scarcity. When people feel an opportunity is running out, they are more inclined to take action. “Get your tickets now – only ten seats left at our gala!” is better than “attend our gala!”4. Be specific. As I like to say, it’s easy to say no to something hard and hard to say no to something easy. Make your call to action clear, quick and easy and people are more likely to act now. 5. Build a campaign – or join one. On this topic, the Case Foundation and Razoo have a new guide to fundraising under the umbrella of giving days: “How Giving Contests Can Strengthen Nonprofits and Communities.” Check it out here for tips on using these giving days to generate donations for your cause.last_img read more

Reader question: How do I get people to open my emails?

first_imgI continue to work my way through the many great reader questions! Thanks for all of them.Today’s question: I’d like to create copy for the subject line for emails that will encourage people to open them. Amazing Results .. Update .. News .. doesn’t seem to work well, especially when trying to reach potential donors. The space is very limited so there’s no room for an explanation of what’s in the email. Any suggestions?Here are some ideas for better subject lines.1. TEST: Before you send out an email blast, test two different subject lines with a smaller subset of your list. Do this always,so you get smarter all the time. 2. PERSONALIZE: Use something personally relevant to the reader to grab attention.3. BE INTERESTING: Make your subject line oddly short, long or different. Above all, make it interesting. My friend Kivi Leroux Miller talks about bad subject lines being a wrapper (example: September Diabetes eNews) and good subject lines being the candy in the wrapper (example: 6 ways to manage your diabetes). Make it interesting, so people open the message in the first place.4. BE FRESH: Don’t say “update” or “news” each time. Focus on what’s actually new!5. BE BRIEF: Put key information right up front since subject lines get cut off. 6. INSTILL URGENCY: Make it clear why your email matters now — “three days left to give”7. BANISH SPAMINESS: Run it through a content-checker, avoid all caps and shun exclamation points.If I had to choose just one of these to convey, I would think it’s #3. My best advice for building a following is to create wonderful content and reflect it in the subject line. People open the emails they know will contain something of value. Provide that value. The rest will follow!For further advice, I recommend Copyblogger’s tips for better email. You can find that here.last_img read more

The 4 T’s of Amazing Fundraising Appeals

first_imgAt Network for Good we spend a lot of time analyzing what makes an ask more effective, as a really good fundraising appeal is so crucial for nonprofits to connect with supporters and inspire donors to give. Our CEO, Bill Strathmann, is a big fan of alliteration and recently shared four T’s for effective appeals. Here’s how they add up to a better message that works: Timely: Your appeal needs to have a sense of urgency to move donors to act now. Let them know what will happen if they give immediately—or what might be lost if they don’t.Touching: Effective fundraising taps into the emotional and personal reasons for giving. Your fundraising appeal must inspire your reader to feel something if you want them to take action. Compelling photos and stories help make your message come to life.Trustworthy: Once you’ve inspired donors with emotion, they need reassurance to follow through with their donation. Build trust by including trust icons, testimonials, and sign your appeal with believable and relatable messenger. Tangible: What will happen if someone gives? Show concrete results and the specific impact of a gift. Donors want to know that they can make a difference. Make it easy for them to see how their donation matters.Want to take your nonprofit’s fundraising appeals to the next level? Our latest ebook will help you do just that. Download your free copy of “How to Write Amazing Fundraising Appeals” to learn how to take your fundraising letters from fizzling to sizzling. Plus, you’ll get a step-by-step template and cheat sheet that makes writing your next appeal a piece of cake.last_img read more

La Liga clubs in talks to sign Chelsea’s Baba

first_imgVillarreal and Girona have spoken to Chelsea about signing Baba Rahman on loan as he is set to cut-short from his Schalke loan spell early, Goal understands.Rahman spent more than a year out injured after tearing his cruciate ligament at the African Cup of Nations with Ghana; an injury which has had a sufficient impact on his 18-month loan spell at the Bundesliga club.The 24-year-old is looking for a six-month loan deal to revitalise his career and is currently fit to play despite only appearing for 327 minutes this season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Chelsea are keen to recall him but they are currently well-stocked in the left back position, with both Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri battling it out for a spot in Maurizio Sarri’s defence.Rahman was a £21.7m signing from Augsburg when he joined the Stamford Bridge club in August 2015, but he has yet to make the sufficient impact, having made only 23 total appearances for the Blues.The defender is seen as an option to help Villarreal steer away from the Liga relegation zone, while Girona are outsiders for a Europa League spot.Michy Batshuayi is also being touted around by Chelsea over a lack of game time at Valencia, having often found himself on the bench too often for the Spanish club.Michy Batshuayi Chris Smalling Manchester United Valencia UEFA Champions League 02102018Crystal Palace have rejected the chance to sign Batshuayi, who will target playing for as big of a club as possible, having made a big impact on loan with Borussia Dortmund last season.The Belgium international scored nine goals in 14 appearances for the current Bundesliga leaders last season, but has only managed three in 18 matches for Valencia.U.S. national team defender Matt Miazga will also look to end his loan deal at Nantes early in the January transfer window after a change of coach stunted his promising start at the Ligue 1 club.last_img read more

Batshuayi in Brussels as Monaco move remains held up

first_imgChelsea striker Michy Batshuayi is in Brussels as a move to Monaco remains held up, Goal understands.The Ligue 1 side revealed earlier this week that they were interested in signing the Belgian on loan and claimed Chelsea were holding up any potential deal as they search for a permanent buyer.“We are happy with our transfer window so far,” Monaco’s vice-president Vadim Vasilyev told a press conference. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “It’s true that a striker could help the team. We’re just looking to good opportunities on the market.”Batshuayi? We have an agreement with the player and with Valencia but not with Chelsea.”They want a [permanent] transfer. Everything could go very quickly in football so we’ll see.”Batshuayi’s appearance in his homeland therefore suggests he could soon be on his way to Thierry Henry’s side.Should the striker make the move he will be the second Chelsea player to do so this month, with Spaniard Csec Fabregas also joining Monaco.Batshuayi has endured a tough few seasons since joining the Blues in 2016. He was scarcely used by former manager Antonio Conte in his first campaigns at the club, with the Italian coach preferring Diego Costa.Last January, Batshuayi was sent on a short-term loan to Borussia Dortmund, where he bagged an impressive seven goals in 10 Bundesliga matches.However, a move to the German side failed to materialise in the summer and as a result he was shipped off to Valencia on loan.That spell was less rewarding for the Belgian, where he managed just three goals in 23 games.He returned to Chelsea at the beginning of this month and was linked with a £18 million ($23m) move to Everton. Yet this now appears unlikely and Batshuayi appears set for another loan deal to the continent.Any deal for Batshuayi would be determined by a move for Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain.The Argentinian is currently on loan at AC Milan but appears set to join up with former boss Maurizio Sarri.last_img read more

Free October Events for Freelancers Union Members

first_imgYour mission, if you accept it: make October freelance friendlier.This month, we’re putting the life in work-life balance by offering free wellness classes in Brooklyn that are open to all members.Here are a few things you should know: This is just the beginning. We plan to host free, members-only classes every month at 408 Jay. All of the events are completely free (yes, really) and will be held at 408 Jay Street in Downtown Brooklyn. You’re welcome to attend as many events as you want. So what’s the catch? There isn’t one! We just want to make the quest for mind/body healthiness easier by designing wellness classes just for our members. Freelancers Union is truly focused on improving freelancers’ lives, and that extends from your workspace to the yoga mat.And speaking of the yoga mat, here’s the roster of our October classes:Slow Flow Yoga – It’s important for busy freelancers to stay both healthy and centered. At Slow Flow Yoga, you can build strength and flexibility at a pace that’s designed to empower you while enhancing your practice.Beginning Mindfulness Meditation – Ready, set, relaxation. The best way to unwind is to meditate with people who actually understand your career. This session includes a 30-minute seated or walking practice, followed by a brief check-in and discussion.Stress-Busting Tai Chi – Come to tai chi and kiss stress goodbye! This mind-body practice is referred to as “moving meditation” – practitioners move their bodies slowly, gently, and with awareness, while breathing deeply.**P.S. **Nothing’s better for you than having fun and meeting new people. Join us for Mix It Up: Speed Networking for Freelancers on October 8 at 408 Jay Street. It’s part of our new Freelance 360 event series (Please note: this event has a $15 entry fee).last_img read more

Winner Announced! Journey Forth, Freelancers Contest

first_imgLast week, we announced that Freelancers Union is sending one lucky freelancer on a New Mutualist vacation to San Francisco. Over a thousand freelancers entered, and today we have a winner!The winner is Merva Faddoul, a project manager, writer, film director, and social activist from New York. Congrats, Merva!We’re sending Merva to SF with $1,000 for travel expenses and meals at New Mutualist hot spots: the world-famous Chez Panisse, The Cheese Board Collective, and the Rainbow Grocery Cooperative.What is New Mutualism, you ask? It’s the simple idea that we’re stronger together than we are alone. So whatever choices we make as freelancers and individuals — whether that’s where to shop or where to visit on vacation — we should support businesses and organizations that support the Do It Ourselves principle and are driven by a social mission. Read more about New Mutualism here.last_img read more

How to be persistent, not pushy

first_imgAt the Freelancers Union blog, we talk a lot about the importance of pursuing gigs with confidence – and that means reaching out to potential clients. But how do you ensure that you’re being persistent, without becoming pushy?Here are my tips for being a go-getter without crossing the line.Give it timeFollowing up is a good thing – but make sure you’re giving your potential client breathing space.When we push too hard, too fast with potential clients, we’re signaling that we don’t believe in the strength of our pitch. Resist the urge to bombard that dream client with pushiness. Instead, start cultivating a long-term relationship.If you’ve sent an initial pitch, wait at least a week before you follow up. Don’t take it personally if you haven’t heard back; people get busy! Focus on other things for a bit, and be patient. Follow common sense social cues, and give people space to respond.Expand your network. Join Freelancers Union (it’s free!)Become a memberA “no” isn’t a “never” – but it isn’t a yesThe good news is that you don’t need to win people over instantly, nor do you need to give up at the first hint of rejection.Again, focus on building long-term relationships: “no” doesn’t necessarily mean “never”!Even if you haven’t heard back from a potential client (or if they turned you down), hold onto their contact information. Jot down notes about where, when, and how you interacted with them, for future reference.If you’ve been rejected, politely express your interest in future opportunities and (if it feels right) ask if you can keep in touch about your services. Maybe the next project will be a better fit! If they say no (unlikely but possible), cheerfully thank them for their time and move on.Once you’ve done your due diligence, let it go. Look for greener pastures. Don’t try to convince them that they are making a mistake or that you are the right person for the job. Don’t ask them what you did “wrong” or ask for notes.You do NOT need to convince every potential client in the world to hire you; you need to find the clients who really dig your work. Don’t burn those bridges, but don’t keep building new ones, either.Keep it friendlyThe quality that makes potential clients cringe isn’t persistence – it’s pressure. Undertones of desperation or pushiness are unlikely to get you the gig.You may punch and kick the air as much as you like in the privacy of your own home. You may whine at your computer screen. You may curse your conspicuously empty inbox. But in communications with potential clients, keep it friendly and light, light, light.Even if you’re struggling (and we’ve all been there), come from a position of strength; you have skills that they need, and you want to collaborate with them. As far as clients know, you are a tremendously successful and busy freelancer – they are lucky to have the offer of your services!Don’t beg, plead, or devalue your work. Avoid the hard sell (almost nobody likes it). Keep your tone friendly, collaborative, and professional – speak peer-to-peer, and be almost beatific in your acceptance of delayed responses to inquiries. Remember that when you’re looking for gigs, every communication becomes an important clue about your temperament and response to obstacles; put your best foot forward.Kate Shea lives and works in New York City, where she consumes an inordinate amount of Sriracha daily. You can catch up with her on Twitter at @katerone.last_img read more