Zidane place in pantheon of great coaches secure

first_imgLess than two and a half years after being promoted from his position as coach of Real’s second team to his first managerial role at the highest level, the Frenchman has become only the third coach in the history of the game to lift the European Cup three times.Leaving behind contemporaries Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola, Zidane has equalled former Liverpool manager Bob Paisley and Carlo Ancelotti, the man he used to serve as an assistant.“I need to congratulate the players as it is not at all easy what they are doing,” Zidane said after the game in the Ukrainian capital.“This is the business. There are no words for it. That is what this squad is all about. They have no limit to what they can do.”Zidane was reluctant to take too much of the credit after seeing his side secure their fourth Champions League title in five seasons, and the 13th in the club’s long love affair with the European Cup.The 45-year-old also won the trophy as a player for Real, his volley in the 2002 win over Bayer Leverkusen in Glasgow being considered one of the best ever to grace a final — although it was possibly surpassed by Gareth Bale’s overhead kick on Saturday.It is 20 years since the Marseille-born son of Algerian immigrants scored twice as France beat Brazil 3-0 in the 1998 World Cup final.Two years later his midfield artistry inspired France to victory at the European Championship, and on the eve of Saturday’s game Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp called him “one of the best five players of all time.”– ‘No secret’ –Zidane celebrates with with wife Veronique and son Theo after winning Saturday’s final © AFP / FRANCK FIFEYet as a coach, he has now won nine trophies since replacing Rafael Benitez in the Santiago Bernabeu dugout in January 2016.It is a remarkable record, all the more so for a man who has not yet convinced everyone that he is a tactical genius.“What I am doing is just a continuation — I have just started as a coach, what I am experiencing with my players is impressive,” he said.“There is no secret. It is just a lot of work. We have players who are very good, but behind that there is lots of hard work. They have the desire, the hunger to win.”Having such a talented squad certainly helps. Zidane has also had a fair amount of luck on his side, with Liverpool’s night being marred by the first-half injury to Mohamed Salah that forced off their best player.Two goalkeeping errors by Loris Karius helped too, just as a howler by Bayern Munich’s Sven Ulreich had been vital in the semi-finals.Nevertheless, guiding Real to the longest period of sustained success in Europe’s elite club competition since the 1970s means, statistically at least, his place in the pantheon of great coaches is secure.The question is, where does he go from here?Zidane recently insisted that winning La Liga is harder than anything else, but his Real side finished well behind Barcelona in third place in the season just finished.As long as he has the motivation to carry on in his current role — possibly outlasting the ageing Cristiano Ronaldo and building a new team — he will try to wrestle back the domestic title from Barcelona.“We are not going to settle now for anything. You know that at the start of the season we always want to win everything.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Zinedine Zidane with the Champions League trophy after Real Madrid’s win against Liverpool in Saturday’s final in Kiev © AFP / GENYA SAVILOVKIEV, Ukraine, May 27 – He was one of the all-time greats as a player, and Zinedine Zidane now merits consideration as one of the game’s great managers after making history with Real Madrid in Saturday’s Champions League final.His team’s 3-1 win over Liverpool on a dramatic evening in Kiev allowed Zidane to become the first coach ever to win the Champions League in three consecutive seasons, with Real becoming the first team to achieve that feat in more than 40 years.last_img read more

Bournemouth 2-1 QPR: Highlights of Rangers’ defeat against the Cherries

first_imgCharlie Austin returned to action but QPR missed another chance to put pressure on second-placed Burnley.See also:Austin returns but Rangers are beatenQPR must be ‘careful’ with Austin – HarryBournemouth v QPR player ratings Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Jerry Blevins looks to re-establish lefty specialist role in A’s return

first_imgMESA, Ariz. — Jerry Blevins returns to the A’s a different pitcher, a veteran who is now well-traveled with plenty of experience. But that sense of humor he had his first time around remains intact, and it was on full display as he arrived at Hohokam Stadium for the first day of workouts.“I don’t think I’ll get sick from mold in this one,” Blevins joked when talking about the differences from his first A’s stint, referring to the club’s older spring home of Phoenix Municipal Stadium. The …last_img read more

How the Draymond shindig bridged No. 23’s East Lansing, Bay Area legacies

first_imgClick here if you are unable to view this gallery on a mobile device.EAST LANSING, Mich. — The entryway to Breslin Center had been transformed into a Draymond Green monument.A massive Michigan State Spartans logo was emblazoned with his No. 23. Pillars holding up the ceiling were adorned by LED displays projecting pictures of his college years. A wide banner in the “Tom Izzo Basketball Hall of History” suggested the reason for all of the hullabaloo: “23. Draymond Green.”On display was the …last_img read more

9. Honey I shrunk the combine

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It seems like every farm show across the U.S. was unveiling the biggest and best technology and machinery agriculture has to offer, but at some of these shows farmers and farm enthusiasts alike were getting a glimpse at something a little bit tinier. Kansas farmer Alan VanNahmen has built one-quarter and one-third scale replicas of a John Deere combine. The idea came to VanNahmen as he was working at Machinery Link, a company that started as a combine leasing business to help reduce farmers’ operating expenses.“The company I was working for was trying to shrink the cost of combines and harvesting, so I decided to create a quarter-scale John Deere combine to help get that message out,” VanNahmen said.The FarmBuddy combine was born.last_img read more

Hemp bill moves to DeWine’s desk

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Ellen Essman, Senior Research Associate, OSU Extension Agricultural & Resource Law ProgramIt’s been busy in Columbus, with the Ohio General Assembly sending multiple bills to Governor Mike DeWine for his signature. One of the bills is one we have been following very closely — Substitute Senate Bill 57, or the “hemp bill.”Ohio’s hemp bill was originally introduced in the Senate in February. The bill was written in response to the 2018 federal Farm Bill, which gave states the option to create hemp programs so that citizens within the state could cultivate and sell hemp products. For a breakdown of the Farm Bill, see our post here. Ohio’s hemp bill passed the Senate in March, and was sent to the House, where numerous amendments were made.The Ohio House made many changes to the Senate’s original hemp bill. Most importantly, the House version, in addition to requiring a license to cultivate hemp, also requires a license to process hemp into different products. Additionally, the House’s substitute version of the bill created a Hemp Marketing Program, which would be similar to other grain and soybean marketing programs, added legally cultivated hemp to the list of agricultural uses permitted under CAUV, required setbacks between hemp and medical marijuana cultivation, and banned people from obtaining both hemp licenses and medical marijuana licenses, among other changes.We were not expecting the hemp bill to pass the General Assembly in July, as House Speaker Larry Householder indicated in June that the House would not vote on the bill until September 2019. However, on July 17, 2019, the bill passed in the House with emergency language, and the changes were quickly accepted by the Senate. During the July 17 afternoon legislative session, we were given some possible insight into why the bill passed so quickly and unexpectedly; State Representative Koehler spoke about the need to help Ohio’s farmers given all the struggles they currently face. Representative Koehler viewed quick passage of the bill as an opportunity for Ohio farmers to potentially have a new commodity crop in the ground next spring.The emergency language in the final version of the bill means that once signed by the Governor, the law will go into immediate effect. In other words, once the bill passes, hemp and hemp products will be decriminalized in Ohio and the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) will be able to immediately begin the process of writing regulations to carry out the new hemp cultivation and processing programs.Even with the emergency language in the bill, a few things still need to happen before farmers can plant hemp. First and most obviously, Governor DeWine still needs to sign the bill into law. Then, ODA must begin its hemp program rulemaking. The rules will not become effective until the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) approves of Ohio’s hemp program. After USDA approves the program, then ODA will be able to approve licenses for those who want to cultivate and process hemp.last_img read more

Watch the trailer for GIFF 2019

first_imgNow, back to the sneak preview… SharePrint RelatedSneak preview: GIFF 2017October 10, 2017In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”Watch the trailer for GIFF 2018October 2, 2018In “News”Ready, Set…Plan Your GIFF Event!August 20, 2019In “Community” There are now 516 GIFF (Geocaching International Film Festival) Events (and counting!) in 42 countries featuring 16 films. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll earn a smiley, and the GIFF 2019 souvenir! GIFF 2019 is November 7 – 17. Learn how to attend or host a GIFF Event at www.geocachingfilmfestival.comShare with your Friends:More GIFF 2019 is November 7 – 17, 2019. Are you ready? Find a GIFF event near you and log your Will Attend! No events nearby? Try hosting! Just be sure to submit your events by October 24, 2019 so it has time to be published on Geocaching.com!last_img read more

How Mastercard wants to become your new travel ticket

first_imgPublic transportation systems around the world are very different. Ticketing systems and route information are often confusing and rarely convenient for the user. But what if your credit card could act as a Fifth Element-style multipass enabling you to board that commuter train or bus with a wave of your hand?This is the idea behind Mastercard’s initiative to make its contactless payment system to work getting people around town, or cross-country, with ease.Embracing contactless paymentsMore than 80 cities around the globe are enabling commuters to pay for their train or bus pass by tapping their card on an onboard terminal. For users that prefer to use their smartphones as a contactless payment medium, this feature will work for them, as well.This allows holders of a Mastercard to skip the ticket lines and hop on board with a tap or a swipe. London, a city with one of the largest public transportation systems in the world, introduced contactless payments in 2014. Since then, an incredible 40% of daily pay-as-you-go trips are taken by passengers using this system.See also: How contactless payments can help disaster-proof smart citiesCommuter rail lines in New York are set up so travelers can “Masterpass” their ticket. Singapore is following suit, becoming the first city to offer contactless ticketing in the Asian market.“While every city has its own characteristics, virtually all of them are dealing with congestion and pollution, hence they are eager to shift passengers from cars to public transport,” said Pablo Tomasi, senior analyst, smart cities and IoT, IHS Markit. “With constraints on their budgets, cities are looking for smart, cost efficient ticketing and demand management solutions that enhance urban life.”Mastercard showcased this technology during the Global Public Transportation Summit in Montreal this week. Mobile ticketing and contactless payments are a key part of Mastercard’s strategy to extend its reach and provide a value-add for its customers.What are long-term implications?Mobile ticketing and contactless payments are an appealing addition to any public transportation system. These systems have long been struggling with a ticketing bottleneck. Having a simple, one-step solution for passengers to board and pay their fare makes life easier not only for Mastercard’s customers but countless other passengers in the transportation system.This isn’t an exclusive system for Mastercard customers. Visa, American Express, and other payment system providers have long been pushing to make it easier for their customers to use their services. Time will tell whether or not this system will make public transportation more appealing to the larger market. Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities Ryan Matthew Pierson Related Posts How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi…center_img How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Tags:#Internet of Things#IoT#MasterCard#Payments#travel IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A…last_img read more

Injured Venus pulls out from thrid round at Aus Open

first_imgVenus Williams lasted just seven points in her third-round match Friday at the Australian Open, forced to withdraw due to injury from a Grand Slam singles match for the first time in her career.Venus Williams reacts before she withdrew from her third round match against Andrea Petkovic at the Australian Open. APAfter losing the first game to Andrea Petkovic of Germany and trailing in the second, Williams stretched to her right to return a serve, hit the ball and then cried out in pain, clutching toward her stomach on her right side. It was soon clear that she couldn’t continue.”Obviously I just couldn’t play,” Williams said. “I couldn’t move, it was too painful.”Her right thigh was already heavily bandaged from an injury she sustained in the first set of her second-round match Wednesday, when she beat Sandra Zahlavova in three sets. Afterward, Williams said the injury was in her “psoas” muscle, which flexes the hip and spinal column.”The last 48 hours, I just did as much pain management as I could,” she said. “A lot of times when you play, you get that adrenalin and that blocks pain. I just didn’t get enough of that today. I was hoping for some magic that I could recover.”Williams, 30, waved to the Rod Laver Arena crowd and appeared to be on the verge of tears as she walked off the court. Her younger sister, defending champion Serena, didn’t even make it to Melbourne Park because of a foot injury.advertisement”It’s super disappointing because this is just not how I envisioned my Australian Open being,” Venus Williams said. “But I have peace of mind that I really gave more than my best to be out there.””I’m just going to focus obviously on getting healthy and coming back, because I love tennis and I’ve got a lot of great tennis in me. I love my job, so no end in sight.”Petkovic was surprised by the sudden end to the match.”I feel very weird about how the things went,” said Petkovic. “It’s a pity, and I feel very sorry. I just hope she gets better – she’s such a great champion.”Justine Henin departed the tournament a lot sooner than she expected, too, but No. 1-seeded Caroline Wozniacki is still around, providing entertainment on and off the court.Henin, the 2010 finalist, was beaten by two-time Grand Slam winner Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 7-6 (8) in a mild third-round upset, while Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Roddick and Maria Sharapova all advanced. Wozniacki provided as much fanfare in her post-match media conference as she did during her 6-4, 6-3 win over Dominika Cibulkova.Pretending to be irritated at being considered “boring” by some critics, she came prepared with a monologue to answer any question that might be asked about the match, and then some.”I always gave the same answers,” Wozniacki said. “I find it quite funny because I always get the same questions, so I’m just going to start with the answer.”What transpired was one of the funniest schticks ever to grace the tiered news conference room under Rod Laver Arena. Once she got the usual match comments out of the way, Wozniacki had a chance to be asked about global warming, her prowess on the piano, the game of cricket and what she’s looking for in a boyfriend.”Hopefully this was a little bit different than usual, and now you can maybe give me some questions that are a little bit more interesting,” the 20-year-old Wozniacki said.Henin and Kuznetsova didn’t have much fun following Wozniacki on the court. Kuznetsova twice had chances to serve out the match but Henin broke her both times.Henin was only weeks into a comeback from a career break from the tour when she lost the final last year to Serena Williams, the third time in four appearances that she’d reached the championship match at Melbourne. Her comeback season was derailed when she injured her right elbow at Wimbledon and didn’t play again in 2010.”There’s no excuse, even if I know I’m not at 100 percent, she was better than me today,” Henin said in remarks translated from French. “I made way too many errors.”It was Henin’s first loss in a major to Kuznetsova, the former French and U.S. Open champion, and her worst run at a Grand Slam event since Wimbledon in 2005.Sharapova, who won the 2008 Australian women’s title, struggled to a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over Julia Goerges of Germany. French Open champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy also won, beating Monica Niculescu of Romania 6-0, 7-6 (2).advertisementNo. 9 Li Na of China, who reached the semifinals last year before losing in two tiebreaker sets to eventual champion Serena Williams, advanced 6-2, 6-1 over Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.Schiavone and Kuznetsova, who will play each other in the fourth round, had what Kuznetsova called a misunderstanding after a Fed Cup match won by Italy over Russia.”We didn’t talk for some time, I didn’t shake her hand,” Kuznetsova said. “So after we spoke in the locker room … we are completely over it. I said sorry or whatever.”Federer was back to his vintage best, beating Xavier Malisse 6-3, 6-3, 6-1. While the defending champion also won in straight sets in his opening-round match against Lukas Lacko, he was extended to five tough sets against Gilles Simon in the second round, a near five-hour match that Federer said he was he relieved to survive.On Friday at Rod Laver Arena, there was no such drama for the second-seeded Swiss star who is chasing his fifth Australian title. It took him 1 hour, 45 minutes to beat Malisse and earn an Open Era-record 57th match win at the Australian Open, breaking Stefan Edberg’s record.”I’m OK today, and I’m happy I was able to come through it,” Federer said. “Surely it’s not the easiest thing to come back after a five-setter, but I managed. I’m sure that another day of rest is going to do me good.”Federer will play Tommy Robredo, who beat Ukraine’s Sergiy Stakhovsky 5-7, 6-2, 6-4, 6-2.Roddick overcame a slow start before powering to victory with 32 aces to beat Robin Haase 2-6, 7-6 (2), 6-2, 6-2. The eighth-seeded Roddick is seeking to win his second Grand Slam nearly seven years after his first – the 2003 U.S. Open.Haase received treatment on for an ankle early in the first set, having it heavily taped after appearing to stumble on a shot. The trainer was back out at the end of the set for Haase, who broke Roddick’s serve twice.The Dutchman, despite the injury, made the shot of the tournament so far, chasing down a Roddick lob and hitting a flick backhand over the net while facing the back of the court. Haase won the point two shots later, only to eventually lose the match.”He was playing great early on,” Roddick conceded. “The biggest thing was just to turn it around in the second set.”Djokovic only had to play one set in the third round to advance. The 2008 Australian Open champion was leading Viktor Troicki 6-2 when his Serbian Davis Cup teammate retired due to a stomach muscle strain. Djokovic will play No. 14 Nicolas Almagro, who beat No. 17 Ivan Ljubicic 6-4, 7-6 (8), 6-3.”It’s not really the way you want to win, especially if you’re playing against one of your best friends,” Djokovic said.Ninth-seeded Fernando Verdasco advanced with a 6-2, 6-4, 6-3 win over Kei Nishikori of Japan and will play Tomas Berdych in the fourth round. The sixth-seeded Berdych beat Richard Gasquet of France 6-2, 7-6 (3), 6-2.advertisementStanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland beat 12th-seeded Gael Monfils 7-6 (4), 6-2, 6-3, breaking the French player in the last game. Warwinka will play Roddick in the fourth round.last_img read more