31 August 2010Get up 15 minutes early. Start a conversation with someone new. Go for a walk during lunchtime … as part of its “Legacy” campaign, Brand SA has called on South Africans this Friday to “fly the flag for our ability to see things differently, to see challenges where others see obstacles, and no matter what, to make a plan.”Brand South Africa’s Legacy campaign aims to leverage the momentum of the 2010 Fifa World Cup by providing platforms for South Africans to keep achieving and showcasing their “South Africanness” to the world, while entrenching the principles of pride, patriotism and solid citizenship that have been established over the past year.SA Legacy campaign explainedEach Friday for the next five weeks, “South Africans will celebrate all the things that make us who we are,” Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola told journalists at the launch of the campaign in Johannesburg last week.Each Friday has a different theme, this Friday’s being a call to Do Things Differently, for example:Instead of sending an e-mail, pick up the phone.Call an old friend.Celebrate those who have made a difference in your community, and join them.Put a suggestion box up where people can share their ideas on how to do things differently.Do Things Differently – posterThe 2010 Fifa World Cup™ “marked a massive change in the way we see ourselves and the way the world sees us,” Brand South Africa said in a statement.“This Friday, do something differently, and acknowledge how each of us made the world see our country in a new light.”SAinfo reporterSA Legacy campaign: programmeWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
The Indian women’s cricket team finished runners-up in the recently concluded Women’s World Cup. India lost to England by nine runs in the final after a dramatic batting collapse, but even though the result didn’t go in India’s favour, the team is still being hailed across the nation. “This world cup was very important for us. We were preparing as a team for the last year with no changes in team. The way we performed last year, be it Asia Cup, home series or quadrangular, we knew we would do well. But we did not think we would lose the final in the way we did, after controlling the game for so long.”We controlled 80 percent of match but they won. One good thing for us is that this can bring about a revolution for women’s cricket and show new direction and hopefully new platform for us,” said Jhulan Goswami in an exclusive interview with India Today.Opening batswomen Punam Raut and all-rounder Harmanpreet Kaur reiterated Jhulan’s views about the importance of this World Cup campaign.”Great feeling. It’s been the best achievement. Preparation for two years how to express ourselves in World Cup. Great that we took responsibility through the World Cup and were not dependent on just one player. That’s a positive. Maybe because of that we reached the final, collective effort of the team and support staff,” said Raut.”Was a good experience that we reached so far this World Cup,” said Harmanpreet.Captain Mithali Raj was named skipper of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 team with all-rounders Harmanpreet and Deepti Sharma also in the side.advertisementThe team got a rousing reception upon their arrival at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai on Wednesday following their memorable campaign, something Jhulan says did not happen the last time they played a World Cup final.”We have been felicitated by high commissioner in the past but as far as reception at airport goes it did not happen in 2005. So this time feels good. Hopefully things will kick start from here,” she said.Punam Raut sounded hopeful after the tournament and the kind of response the women’s national team has received after their strong show.”Except Mithali (Raj) and Jhulan (Goswami) it was the first final for all the girls. So this is a lesson. For us and the next time we play a big game we will do well,” she said.”The crowd at Lord’s, the first time played in front of packed house. So much has changed and everyone is watching us now and what we are doing. If this support continues it will be great,” she added, promising to go one step further in next year’s World T20.But all that is for later, now is the time to revel in the glory, something the team hasn’t been subjected to in the past, and Harmanpreet is eager to spend some time with her family having been away for so long.”The first thing I want to do is to meet my parents. Haven’t met them in four-five months. And my routine is to go to the Gurudwara so I will do that when I reach home,” she said.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Burnley boss Dyche: VAR being used unwiselyby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley boss Sean Dyche says they were robbed of a point after seeing VAR rule out a late equaliser at Leicester City.The Clarets looked to have levelled the scores up at 2-2 in the 80th minute at the King Power Stadium, when Chris Wood’s effort cannoned off goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and hit team mate Jonny Evans on the chest before rolling into the gaping net.However, following a lengthy delay, referee Jon Moss ruled out the goal after VAR referee Andy Madley spotted a ‘trip’ on Evans that he claimed stopped the fallen defender from clearing off the line.But Dyche said: “Firstly, for the record I am a big fan of VAR. I think it will streamline and improve things.“When it’s used unwisely, like today, it’s a head-scratcher and today we are probably a cautionary tale of its development.“To start with, before the game the referee (Moss) told my coach that if he needed to use the screen at the side of the pitch, he would do, and to be tolerant if that was the case.“He didn’t use the screen and if you are not going to use it for instances like that, I’m not sure when you will ever use it.“Going to the moment of truth, if goals start not being given for that, we’re in trouble.“Chris (Wood) has clearly not changed his running gait and if you look at his eyes they are only for the ball.“The reason I’m bringing this level of detail up is that someone is sitting in a studio seeing everything I’m describing.“They see 15 different angles of what I’m saying, and Chris is quite obviously not deliberately trying to trip the player up – for starters.“Secondly, their lad is never going to get that ball and keep it out of the net in a million years.“If he did, he’d be the quickest player on earth, so therefore in a game when people are falling over constantly every week, you just look at this incident and say ‘it’s a goal’.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Robertson hails Liverpool teammate Lallana: A top, top professionalby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool left back Andy Roberston was full of praise for midfielder Adam Lallana.The Englishman has not received too many chances to shine in the team this season.But when he came on for the Reds against Manchester United, he scored the Reds’ equaliser, which got them a point in a tight contest at Old Trafford.Speaking about Lallana after the game, Robertson told Liverpoolfc.com: “Amazing, because he struggled with injuries, he has come back and got injured again and stuff like that, so he has struggled.”Adam feels it as well because you can see when he is injured. Nobody likes it when you are injured, but he managed to pick himself up, he is now fit and he has been unbelievable this season in training. He has been giving 100 per cent.”In the changing rooms before games he is one of the loudest. He could easily be quiet as he is on the bench and not playing. But the way he has conducted himself – and, to be fair, [along with] all of the lads who haven’t played as much as they would have wanted – Adam is a top, top professional and a top, top guy.”I’m absolutely delighted for him that he could get on the end of it. “When he came on I thought he was brilliant and I thought he changed the game. To get that goal, it will do a world of good for him and his confidence and I think we’ll see a lot more from him.”
There is also strong interest in the coaching programmes Story Highlights G.C. Foster College reports “overwhelming” support for its two-year diploma programme in sports massage therapy Graduates of the programme have been finding employment in the sport, recreational and hospitality sectors The G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport in Spanish Town, St. Catherine, is reporting “overwhelming” support for its two-year diploma programme in sports massage therapy.Principal of the institution, Edward Shakes, said there has been high demand for admittance to the programme, which was introduced to deal with the rising incidence of sports-related injuries.“In fact, there are more persons than we can accommodate for that programme,” Mr. Shakes told JIS News.He attributed the increased interest to the publicity that emanated from the trained masseuses accompanying the Jamaican delegation to the London 2012 Olympics and the recent IAAF World Athletics Championships in Moscow. Those masseuses graduated from the sports massage programme, which has been offered at GC Foster since 2004.Additionally, Mr. Shakes said that graduates of the programme have been finding employment in the sport, recreational and hospitality sectors as massage therapists, resulting in the increased demand for the programme.He said that persons wishing to enroll in the programme should have at least four Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) passes. Persons without the required CXC qualifications can still be accepted based on their years of experience in the profession.Mr. Shakes said the college is making every effort to remain significant and relevant and “is looking for the many opportunities that may evolve.”He said that there is also strong interest in the coaching programmes, which have been training and providing qualified coaches, teachers and officials for various sports since 2004.In her contribution to the recent sectoral debate in Parliament, Minister without Portfolio with responsibility for Sport, Hon. Natalie Neita Headley, lauded the work of the G. C. Foster College-trained coaches.“There is no doubt in my mind, and in the minds of many Jamaicans, that our sporting success is as a result of the solid training of the physical education teachers and coaches that are deployed into our high schools,” she stated, adding that over 90 per cent of all coaches in Jamaica have been trained at G. C. Foster College.
NEW DELHI: AAP’s South Delhi Lok Sabha candidate Raghav Chadha, who is himself a Chartered Accountant by profession, met with a delegation of CAs from South Delhi in presence of Rajya Sabha MP and Senior Chartered Accountant ND Gupta, Ex-ICAI President Naveen Gupta and Senior Chartered Accountant Pankaj Mangal on Saturday. The CAs presented a collection of cheques towards Raghav Chadha’s election campaign.The delegation held a brief discussion with him regarding his profile, his work experience and vision of Aam Aadmi Party for Delhi. They congratulated him on being one of the youngest candidates for the Lok Sabha elections from not just Delhi but the whole country. They also appreciated the fact that he was able to accomplish this without any political background or muscle power, but on the basis of merit alone. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderRaghav Chadha thanked the delegation for supporting him; “As a Chartered Accountant myself, I know that CAs value hard work, diligence, transparency, merit and precision and thus I am humbled by your faith in me.” Speaking to the delegation, Raghav Chadha said ” South Delhi has immense potential for development but politics of muscle and money power has hindered its progress. Elected MP from South Delhi has not done any work in the past five years. Successive Congress and BJP governments have also neglected the core issues of providing basic amenities since independence.” Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsHe said, “The Aam Aadmi Party government is the first government to lay emphasis on education, healthcare and ensuring access to basic amenities for all. Working on improving sewage systems, pipeline infrastructure among other things. Arvind Kejriwal’s government has been able to achieve major milestones in the past four years but there is more to be done, which could not be possible due to obstructions by the Central Government. Hopefully, when all the seven MPs are elected from the AAP, Delhi will see exponential growth in its pace of development.”
2012NY GiantsDallasHomeWed-4.0 2005New EnglandOaklandHomeThu-7.5✓ 2015New EnglandPittsburghHomeThu-7.0✓ Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com YEARDEFENDING SB CHAMPIONOPPONENTLOCATIONDAYVEGAS LINEWIN? NFL season openers, 2002-15 2014SeattleGreen BayHomeThu-8.5✓ 2013BaltimoreDenverRoadThu+7.5 2011Green BayNew OrleansHomeThu-5.0✓ 2010New OrleansMinnesotaHomeThu-5.0✓ 2007IndianapolisNew OrleansHomeThu-5.5✓ In January 1970, the AFL Champion Kansas City Chiefs upset the NFL’s Vikings in Super Bowl IV, 23-7. That was the last game played prior to the AFL-NFL merger, and the newly unified league had Kansas City travel to Minnesota for Week 1 of the 1970 NFL season. The Vikings, like this year’s Broncos, were playing with a new starting quarterback; Joe Kapp was in a contract dispute, leaving Gary Cuozzo as the team’s starter. It didn’t matter; the Vikings defense dominated en route to a 27-10 victory, giving the team a small measure of revenge for the ugly loss eight months earlier.Broncos fans probably noticed that the defending champion won four of the last five Super Bowl rematches, and the lone outlier — the 1993 Cowboys — wound up winning the Super Bowl that year. If you’re a Panthers fan, you can point to that 13-0 Thursday night record among favorites.And if you’re an NFL fan, you can just be happy that football is — finally — back. 2004New EnglandIndianapolisHomeThu-3.0✓ In January 1979, the Steelers beat the Cowboys in Super Bowl XIII. The teams squared off in Pittsburgh the following October, and the Steelers again handled Dallas, winning 14-3 after knocking Roger Staubach out of the game early in the fourth quarter. Pittsburgh had Dallas’ number in the late 1970s: The Steelers won all four times that Staubach and Terry Bradshaw faced off, including twice in the Super Bowl. But that doesn’t mean the Broncos are a lock to win Thursday night. All 10 of those teams were favored, which also means the favorites are 10-0 in these games (and an even better 13-0 in all Thursday Night kickoff games;2This includes the Broncos/Ravens game, along with the Thursday night openers that did not feature the Super Bowl champions in ’02 and ’03. the only favorites to lose the kickoff game being the 2012 Giants, at home on a Wednesday night.) And on Thursday, Carolina is favored by 3 points — only the third time since 19783The first season for which Pro-Football-Reference.com has data on Las Vegas lines for each game. that a defending Super Bowl champ was at home but not favored4The Patriots were 2.5-point underdogs in 2002 against the Steelers and won, 30-14. And in 1983, Washington lost 31-30 to Dallas as 1.5-point underdogs on Monday Night Football. in Week 1 of the following season.5The defending champ was a road underdog to start the season in 1987, 1988, 1993, 2003 and 2013. So it’s a split that gives both fan bases some history to point to for optimism in the opener.As for Super Bowl rematches? The defending champion has gone 4-2 in those games, and has also been at home in four of six games. (That may be a good omen for the Broncos, who were on the other side of things just two years ago.) Here’s a rundown of those rematches:In February 2014, the Seahawks embarrassed the Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII. Seven months later, the rematch in Seattle turned out to be a much more exciting game. The Broncos had a mere 4 percent chance of winning the game when Denver gained possession, trailing 20-12, with 59 seconds remaining. But Peyton Manning completed three passes for 80 yards and a touchdown, then tacked on a two-point conversion to force overtime. He never saw the ball again, though: In overtime, the Seahawks won the coin toss and drove 80 yards for the game-winning touchdown. 2008NY GiantsWashingtonHomeThu-4.5✓ 2006PittsburghMiamiHomeThu-1.5✓ 2009PittsburghTennesseeHomeThu-6.5✓ The last professional football game that mattered was Super Bowl 50, when the Denver Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers, 24-10. And when those same two teams take the field Thursday night in Denver, it will be the first Super Bowl rematch ever to occur on the opening night of an NFL season.The NFL introduced the idea of a lone Thursday Night game to kick off the season in 2002, and two years later the league started making the game a home showcase for the defending Super Bowl champion. (It’s worked out in all but two years since. In 2013, a scheduling conflict with the Baltimore Orioles made the Ravens travel to Denver for the opening game, where they lost 49-27.1So the Broncos have already hosted a Thursday Night Kickoff game featuring the defending Super Bowl champions. And another conflict, this time with President Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention, caused the Giants to host the Cowboys on a Wednesday night — and lose, 24-17 — in 2012.) In those Thursday night home games, the defending Super Bowl champion boasts a perfect 10-0 record. In Super Bowl XI, Oakland dominated Minnesota on both sides of the ball en route to a 32-14 victory. The teams met in Oakland for a rematch in December of the 1977 season, and again the Raiders outclassed the Vikings in every fashion, winning 35-13. On Jan. 31, 1993, the Cowboys obliterated the Bills 52-17 in Super Bowl XXVII. And 364 days later, Dallas beat Buffalo in the Super Bowl again, 30-13, the only time the same teams have ever met in consecutive Super Bowls. But in between those historic games, the teams also met in Dallas during Week 2 of the 1993 regular season. The Cowboys, missing Emmitt Smith because of a contract dispute, lost 13-10 on a late field goal. It was a result symbolic of that entire Bills era: In games started by Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly from 1990 to 1993, Buffalo went 14-0 in the regular season against the NFC, including a 4-0 mark against Dallas, New York and Washington. Against those same teams in the Super Bowl, of course, the Bills went 0-4. In Super Bowl XXXI, the Packers beat the Patriots, 35-21. The teams met again on a Monday night in New England during Week 9 of the 1997 season, although by then Pete Carroll had replaced Bill Parcells as New England’s head coach. Green Bay, behind great performances from Brett Favre and Dorsey Levens, easily beat the Patriots, 28-10.
All eyes are on Ohio State junior forward Deshaun Thomas. Thomas, who elected to stay with the Buckeyes after former OSU forward Jared Sullinger declared for the 2012 NBA Draft, was named a preseason All-American by Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook Wednesday. A second team All-Big Ten selection and a starter in each of OSU’s 39 games during the 2011-12 season, Thomas averaged 16 points per game on 52 percent shooting. Thomas caught fire in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, leading the Buckeyes in scoring with 19 points per game on their way to the Final Four. His postseason performance prompted some to question whether he’d stay at OSU for his junior season. OSU coach Thad Matta collected information about Thomas’ draft stock from NBA teams. Instead of leaving for the professional ranks, Thomas will remain as one of four upperclassmen on the 2012-13 Buckeyes. Junior guards Lenzelle Smith Jr. and Aaron Craft and senior forward Evan Ravenel will join Thomas as team elders. Jared Sullinger’s father, Satch Sullinger, tweeted about Thomas Wednesday, from his Twitter account, @satchsullinger: “Now DT gets all the opponents attention. Like Tupac; All Eyes On You!!!!” Thomas helped lead last season’s OSU squad to a 31-8 record. The Buckeyes lost their March 31 national semifinal game against Kansas, 64-62, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. OSU is scheduled to open the 2012 season Nov. 9 against Marquette in the Carrier Classic, which will be played on the museum ship the USS Yorktown in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
Mohamed Salah is the equal of both Cristiano Ronaldo and Luka Modric, claims Egypt coach Javier AguirreThe 26-year-old had an incredible debut season at Liverpool and received many plaudits and accolades for his efforts.However, Salah was beaten to the UEFA Men’s Best Player of the Year award by Modric with Ronaldo finishing second.Now, after missing out on Europe’s top individual prize, Salah has once more been pitted against the duo for the world football’s most prestigious personal honour in FIFA’s The Best award.“I think that the three players are equal, none of them is above the other, but there can be only one winner. Hopefully, it’ll be Salah,” Aguirre told EFE.Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.Salah has only managed two goals in his first five games of the new Premier League season.But Aguirre feels that even the most prolific goalscorers like Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have their dry streaks.“This is just the beginning. The scorers go through streaks, suddenly they score three goals in one match.“Scorers like Salah, Ronaldo or (Lionel) Messi can be three or four games without a netting goal, and then they let go.”Salah will likely line-up for Liverpool in this evening’s Champions League opener at home to Paris Saint-Germain.