A ‘damp squid’

first_imgA week is a long time in politics – just ask John Terry.Last weekend the Chelsea skipper ran a gauntlet of hate at Loftus Road on his way to a sweet FA Cup win.Six days later he was left with sweet FA as the England captaincy was stripped from him for the second time.You suspect he won’t be given the chance to complete an unwanted hat-trick.The pendulum appeared to be swinging back in Terry’s direction when the date for his trial over the alleged racial abuse of QPR’s Anton Ferdinand was scheduled after the completion of Euro 2012.“I was even more astonished a few minutes later to learn Warnock had doubled the lead. You can take the man out of QPR…”However, many fans – from an assortment of clubs – expressed their unease at the possibility of the 31-year-old defender lifting the trophy – a moment, like Bobby Moore in ’66, that would be forever framed in time.All rubbish, of course. My dog has got more chance of winning a football tournament than England – and I haven’t got a dog.Terry, lest we forget, has not been found guilty of anything and is indeed continuing to protest his innocence over the Ferdinand affair.Although you wouldn’t think it given the stream of angry chants directed at him last Saturday.Not that anyone, least of all Terry, expected anything different – with the pre-match hysteria cranked up by the posting of a bullet, which later became a cartridge and was eventually revised to an airgun pellet.In the event, what was billed as an explosion in a fireworks factory fizzled out into a damp squib (or ‘damp squid’ as Paul Merson is fond of saying).There were no arrests either inside or outside the ground, with police almost outnumbering the crowd (3000 empty seats testament to the fear factor whipped up by the media) and the only injury was caused by the ball – such was the reluctance by any player to show anything approaching passion given the fierce glare of the media spotlight.The game had 0-0 written all over it, but was ultimately decided by a penalty so dodgy I half expected Daniel Sturridge’s name to be belatedly added to the Oscar nominees.Bereft of anything of interest to write about, Fleet Street’s finest turned their attention to the crowd.Replacing Rob Hulse. Quite a task facing Zamora.The tone of most pieces seemed to be along the lines of brave John Terry heroically ignoring the bile spat at him as he strode into the lion’s den like an all-conquering gladiator.I agree, it wasn’t particularly pleasant (from either set of fans) – and I left my seven-year-old daughter at home for that very reason – but let’s face it, in a local derby with added spice, no-one is going to be blowing kisses and handing out flowers.It was back to league action in midweek and while 10-man Chelsea sneaked a late point at Swansea, Rangers travelled to Aston Villa with more new faces than a 70s talent contest.I was delayed getting home from work and was amazed to discover we had taken the lead through one of the deadline day signings, Djibril Cisse (move over Philip, there’s a new Beard in town).I was even more astonished a few minutes later to learn Warnock had doubled the lead. You can take the man out of QPR…Over-excited, I made the mistake of telling my little one the news, sending her to sleep with a smile on her face, dreaming of three precious points.At 7am the next morning I had to break it to her that three points had become one – I always find bucketfuls of tears are not the best way to start the day, although thank the Lord for chocolate buttons.It’s fair to say Fulham fans weren’t exactly jumping for joy at the departure of Bobby Zamora to Loftus Road – although one wag pointed out that Mark Hughes’ signings had brought the average age of the QPR squad up to 65.But while most backed manager Martin Jol, they saved their biggest love for the return of Roy Hodgson, with old Steptoe visibly moved by the reception when he returned with West Brom in midweek.And the Fulham defence even had the decency to extend the welcome to Albion’s Some Tchoyi to complete the perfect evening for their former gaffer.Last, but certainly not least, the west London performance of the week goes to Brentford – and in particular Gary Alexander.The striker fired a hat-trick in the 5-2 walloping of Wycombe, taking his tally to 10 goals in his last nine.Mischievous Bees fans renamed their opponents ‘Why Come?’ and took particular delight in seeing former QPR hero Gareth Ainsworth aimlessly looking for the dugout on the wrong side of the pitch.I’m hoping, in true pantomime fashion, one of the Griffin Park faithful shouted out: “It’s behind you!”Follow Chris on Twitterlast_img read more

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ODNR continues plan to monitor deer for Chronic Wasting Disease

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Portions of Holmes and Wayne counties will retain their designation as Disease Surveillance Area (DSA) 2015-01 again this year as part of the state’s ongoing Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) surveillance efforts, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). This designation requires that additional rules be followed by deer hunters in this area.Since October 2014, 19 captive white-tailed deer have tested positive for CWD at a shooting preserve and a breeding facility in Holmes County. Since that time, ODNR Division of Wildlife staff have tested hundreds of wild deer with the cooperation of hunters and local landowners. CWD has not been detected in the nearly 1,000 wild deer tested from DSA 2015-01.The DSA includes the areas within a 6-mile radius from the CWD positive samples in Holmes County and includes: all of Franklin and Clinton townships in Wayne County, and Ripley, Prairie, Salt Creek, Monroe, Hardy, Berlin, Killbuck and Mechanic townships in Holmes. In addition, the northeast portion of Richland Township (defined by the boundary of Township Road 36 to State Route 520 to Township Road 31 to U.S. Route 62) in Holmes County falls within DSA 2015-01. This DSA designation will remain in effect at least through the 2017 deer season. The area will be mapped and posted on the division’s website at wildohio.gov.The following regulations apply within the DSA:Requires hunters to bring deer harvested within the DSA to an ODNR Division of Wildlife inspection station for CWD testing during the seven-day gun, two-day gun and muzzleloader seasons. Inspection stations will NOT be operated during the two-day youth season;Prohibits the placement of or use of salt, mineral supplement, grain, fruit, vegetables or other feed to attract or feed deer within the DSA boundaries;Prohibits hunting of deer by the aid of salt, mineral supplement, grain, fruit, vegetables or other feed within the DSA boundaries; andProhibits the removal of a deer carcass killed by a motor vehicle within the DSA boundaries unless the carcass complies with deer carcass regulations. Additional information on carcass regulations can be found at wildohio.gov.Normal agricultural activities including feeding of domestic animals as well as hunting deer over food plots, naturally occurring or cultivated plants and agriculture crops are not prohibited.Hunters harvesting deer within the DSA are required to bring their deer to a carcass inspection station for disease testing. Two locations have been designated as Carcass Inspection Stations for the seven-day gun, two-day gun and muzzleloader seasons. Both locations will be open and staffed from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The dates for these seasons are: Nov. 28-Dec. 4, Dec. 17-18 and Jan. 7-10.Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) garage, 1800 South Washington Street, Millersburg, 44654Industrial Park, 8254 County Road 245, Holmesville, 44633Hunters, including landowners, will be asked to provide their confirmation number from the game check process as well as the location where the deer was killed (property address or nearest road intersection). Tissue samples and biological data will be collected. The process should take no more than 10 minutes, however, delays are likely at lunch and immediately after dark. Hunters are strongly encouraged to complete the game check process before bringing their deer to the inspection station. However, division staff will be able to assist with checking deer.Hunters who harvest a deer and wish to have it mounted or caped are required to bring their deer to a carcass inspection station. Samples will not be taken, however, arrangements will be made to collect tissue at a later date.last_img read more

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10 months agoSunderland owner fumes over Maja situation as Newcastle, Huddersfield circle

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Sunderland owner fumes over Maja situation as Newcastle, Huddersfield circleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSunderland face having to cash in on Josh Maja this month.Owner Stewart Donald is furious that Maja’s agent has now advised him not to commit his future to the Black Cats.”Yesterday (Thursday), Josh asked to see Jack to say he will sign,” the chairman wrote on social media.”Today (Friday) I got a call from Sky TV saying he won’t sign. Josh advised (us) that his agent has said don’t sign, but no courtesy to tell the club.”Also, we offered what the agent indicated! Busy January ahead.’ But he later added: ‘He wants to sign it, the agent has said don’t! Stay behind him and don’t get on his back – we will try and change his mind.”Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Huddersfield have been monitoring his situation. last_img read more

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8 days agoNapoli owner De Laurentiis: Insigne must change his attitude

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Napoli owner De Laurentiis: Insigne must change his attitudeby Carlos Volcano8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis insists there’s no issues with coach Carlo Ancelotti.And he says Lorenzo Insigne must change his attitude.“In recent days I’ve seen it all in important newspapers, even if no-one reads newspapers anymore,” De Laurentiis told Sky Sport Italia.“I didn’t fight with Ancelotti, he can stay here for another 10 years. In cinema, my relationships, like my one with [director Carlo] Verdone, last a long time.“I’m all for the exclusives, when you want everything right away but get it all wrong.“Insigne’s an excellent sportsman, but he must stay calm, change his attitude and lay off certain things.“He’s always had an attitude of discomfort in Naples. I understand him, I protect him and I like him a lot, but he’s always found his situation in Naples to be uncomfortable.“Therefore, I just want to say that he needs to calm down and become a more peaceful person, but that’s his problem. Neither Raiola nor Ancelotti can resolve that.“He’s a great player and he can be in good form or bad form. If he’s less so, it’s up to the Coach not to play him.“Insigne can’t come out cracking jokes or with an ‘almost’ defiant attitude. The Coach is a family man, 60 years old, and won’t tell you to get lost because he’s three times your age.” last_img read more

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Prince Harry Awards Digital Media Champions For Invictus Games

first_imgPrince Harry has made an impassioned plea for the nation to support his paralympic-style sporting championships for injured servicemen and women.Prince Harry poses for a group photograph during a visit to Bethnal Green AcademyCredit/Copyright: www.princehenryofwales.org/The Prince told a group of students who have become digital media champions for the Invictus Games that the event would be the “most amazing weekends of your lives”.He met more than 60 young people from six schools across east and central London during a visit to Bethnal Green Academy where they were being trained by Facebook in how to use social media to promote the sporting event being staged in the capital from September 10-14.When he stopped in one classroom to join the students learning how to take pictures, he praised their enthusiasm and said: “We’re very short on time, it’s going to happen; what are we – a month and a half away from the actual Games.“The more noise and the more enthusiasm you guys can get behind the Invictus Games, get your friends involved, buy some tickets, come down and scream and shout – I promise you, you will not regret it, it will be the most amazing weekend of your lives.”More than 400 wounded and sick servicemen and women from 14 nations – from countries like Canada, Iraq, Estonia and Italy – will take part in a variety of events from wheelchair rugby and athletics to power lifting during the Games being staged at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Lee Valley Athletics Centre.As digital media champions, the students will have the opportunity to report from sporting sites on all the action and atmosphere.During his visit to the academy Prince Harry stopped in a workshop being run by staff from Facebook and sat with the students listening to advice on how to make interesting posts.He told the group that his team would also be putting information on Facebook and Twitter.Organisers hope that the students will be able to use social media to generate interest in the Games.Speaking at the certificate presentation ceremony The Prince highlighted why he had decided to bring the concept of the Games from the United States, where a version has been staged for a number of years, to the UK.He said: “Some of these guys shouldn’t be alive but they are, they’ve put themselves back out there – they want to put a show on for you guys, for us, that’s the selfless commitment.“They don’t see this as anything else apart from ‘right we’re going to put on a show for the British public to say thank you’.”He added: “They want to say thank you to us whereas I’m trying to get us to say thank you to them.”Source:www.princehenryofwales.orglast_img read more

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Podcast Hockeys Modern Dynasty NBA Finals And A Baseball Hacking Scandal

Hot Takedown Video Excerpt: Baseball, Big Data, And Espionage More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (June 16, 2015), we discuss how LeBron James could win the NBA Finals MVP even if his team loses, whether the Chicago Blackhawks qualify as a dynasty, and the news that the FBI is investigating whether the St. Louis Cardinals hacked data from the Houston Astros. Plus, our Significant Digit of the week, on the second biggest upset in Women’s World Cup history.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above.Below are some links to what we discuss on this week’s show:Nate Silver says the Blackhawks are a dynasty.The Cardinals are accused of hacking the Astros.Last year, Bloomberg profiled “Ground Control” and Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow.Neil Paine on how proprietary data is a growing issue in pro sports.Neil Paine on LeBron James possibly going down as the greatest loser ever.Benjamin Morris offers another story about how great James is.Significant Digit: 6 percent. That was Colombia’s win probability going into its game with France, according to our Women’s World Cup predictions. Colombia won 2-0, the second biggest upset in Women’s World Cup history. If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. read more

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Chelsea assistant compares Sarris era to Guardiolas

first_imgAccording to Gianfranco Zola, the difficult time the Italian manager is having currently with the Blues is just like Guardiola suffered in his first season with Manchester City.When Pep Guardiola joined Manchester City, his first season proved to be a difficult one.Guardiola and the Citizens ended up in third place of the table with 23 out of 38 games played.But the next year he became a champion with his new team for the first time.And now his side sit first in the Premier League table and have a big chance to become back-to-back champions.For Chelsea’s assistant manager Gianfranco Zola, what Guardiola endured in his first season at City is what’s happening to Maurizio Sarri in Chelsea.MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 10: Maurizio Sarri, Manager of Chelsea looks on prior to the Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea FC at Etihad Stadium on February 10, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 10: Maurizio Sarri, Manager of Chelsea looks on prior to the Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea FC at Etihad Stadium on February 10, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)“How do you know that we are not making changes?” Zola said to Sky Sports.“We are adjusting a few things but without changing where we want to go. The direction is always the same.”“Two years ago you were probably asking the same questions to Pep Guardiola. I do remember you asking him, ‘is that the case that you keep playing from the back?’,” he continued.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“And I remember the answers of Pep, saying, ‘this is not in discussion, this is part of my game, I know I am going through this difficult moment, and I don’t change it’.”“I think we are pretty much in a similar moment, where there are a lot of questions and doubts about what we do, but again we are trying to adapt to the league and make some changes,” Zola said.“But we don’t change the way we see football and what is good for this club, because otherwise, we are nothing.”Chelsea is currently in sixth place of the EPL table with 50 points, thanks to 15 matches won, five draws and six defeats.#OnTheGrill: Could Maurizio Sarri face the #CFC sack if he comes up short to #MUFC in their #FACup clash? 👀The Stamford Bridge boss is under immense pressure 🔵 pic.twitter.com/UT72qBpxBg— Managerial Mindset (@ManagerialMinds) February 17, 2019last_img read more

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Poor hygiene among contact lens wearers causes infection

first_imgLondon: Owing to poor hygiene, contact lens wearers in the UK are more at risk of developing a rare but preventable eye infection that can cause blindness, researchers have warned.The team from the University College London (UCL) found that the risk of developing the disease – Acanthamoeba keratitis – was more than three times greater amongst people with poor contact lens hygiene, people who did not always wash and dry their hands before handling their lenses. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfShowering and face washing while wearing contact lenses are also likely to be risk factors.The eye disease causes the front surface of the eye, the cornea, to become painful and inflamed, due to infection by Acanthamoeba – a cyst-forming micro-organism, found more in the UK than in other countries.The study showed a threefold increase in Acanthamoeba keratitis since 2011 in South-East England.”This increase in cases highlights the need for contact lens users to be aware of the risks,” said lead author John Dart, Professor at the UCL. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”It is absolutely imperative that regulators and those working in the optical sector take the findings seriously, and use the recommendations to take immediate and urgent action on prevention.”Contact lenses are medical devices and should be supplied with warnings regarding safe use,” he added.People who used a lens disinfectant product containing Oxipol (now phased out by the manufacturer), and those who wore their contacts while in swimming pools or hot tubs were also found to be at high risk. “People who wear reusable contact lenses need to make sure they thoroughly wash and dry their hands before handling contact lenses, and avoid wearing them while swimming, face washing or bathing. “Daily disposable lenses, which eliminate the need for contact lens cases or solutions, may be safer and we are currently analysing our data to establish the risk factors for these,” Dart said.For the study, published in the British Journal of Opthalmology, the team collected incidence data from 1985 to 2016 in the country.They found an increase dating from 2000-2003, when there were eight to 10 cases per year, to between 36-65 annual cases in the past few years.last_img read more

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