£43m summer signings! Premier League’s most disappointing XI so far this season

first_img 11 6. Right midfield: Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City) – When the Potters announced the £12m signing of Champions League winner Shaqiri from Inter Milan, the Premier League was shocked and a little excited. With a point to prove in England, the 24-year-old was expected to bring new attacking life to the Britannia Stadium. It hasn’t gone to plan for the winger, though, with just one assist in 11 appearances. He has been bright in the final third, but has sadly left much to be desired. 4. Centre back: John Terry (Chelsea) – Terry played every minute of Chelsea’s 2014-15 title-winning campaign, the first player for the Blues to ever do so in the Premier League and, despite his age, many expected the Stamford Bridge icon to repeat his top form when the reigning champions set out to defend their crown. Over the past four months, this has been far from the case, with the centre back looking out of his depth in what has become a highly vulnerable Chelsea defence. Sadly, his influence in the capital looks to be thinning. 7. Centre midfield: Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) – Fabregas almost broke the Premier League’s assist record last season, but what was just as noticeable – if not more so – was his drop in form in the second half of Chelsea’s title-winning campaign. Jose Mourinho will have been hopeful that the summer break refreshed the Spaniard, but it seems to have had no such effect, leaving many wondering, is Fabregas finished at the very top level? 11 11 1. Goalkeeper: Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea City) – Fabianski was in outstanding form last season, recording the second highest number of Premier League clean sheets with 12. The Poland international, however, has failed to convince this time around, making a number of errors, and his confidence looks to have taken a worrying hit. 11 11 11 5. Left back: Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) – Van Aanholt was one of the Black Cats’ worst performers at the beginning of the season, with player after player breezing past him on the left wing. While the arrival of Sam Allardyce has seen his form improve significantly, he remains a considerable weak link for Sunderland, making it little wonder that Chelsea weren’t convinced by his potential as a youngster. 9. Left midfield: Memphis Depay (Manchester United) – The Netherlands international waltzed into Manchester with such swagger that supporters must have felt that a special player had been signed. His performances have been far from special to date, however, with Van Gaal opting to drop the winger to the bench after a miserable start to his United career. He has returned to the starting line up recently, but Old Trafford is yet to be wowed by their £31million man. Time is on his side, though. 11 With the festive period approaching, we’ve now seen enough action to fairly determine who has been performing to – and in some cases above – the standard expected and who has much to prove.At the end of October, talkSPORT put together a team of the season, and now we’ve taken a look at the most disappointing XI of the 2015-16 campaign so far.Some may be wondering, surely this line up must be made up entirely of Chelsea players?To find out the XI that have disappointed the most so far this season click the yellow arrow above, right. 10. Striker: Diego Costa (Chelsea) – Costa took no time at all to adapt to England’s top flight after his arrival last summer, but he looks a shadow of his former self this season. With his relationship with Jose Mourinho being called into question following the striker’s bib-throwing tantrum at the weekend, he is becoming a growing problem in south west London. 11 8. Centre midfield: Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) – With the France international repeatedly speaking of his desire to eventually play in the Champions League and revealing that the Magpies ‘did everything to keep me’ in the summer, great things were expected of his performances this term. Sissoko, though, has been one of Steven McClaren’s poorest performers, offering very little in midfield. There can’t be many – if any – Champions League clubs lining up for his signature. 11 3. Centre back: Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle United) – The form of Coloccini perhaps hasn’t been a surprise to many; what has been a disappointment, however, is his attitude on the field as the Magpies struggle at the foot of the table. With reports of a training ground row between the centre back and manager Steve McClaren, it may only be a matter of time before the Argentine is stripped of the captain’s armband. 11 2. Right back: Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) – Over the past few seasons, Ivanovic has been one of Chelsea’s most consistent performers, with few attackers getting the better of him. However, the Serb has been in shocking form this season, so much so that supporters were delighted when he was ruled out through injury at the beginning of October. He made his return to the line up against Norwich and will need to seriously improve, particularly with his contract expiring in the summer. 11 11. Striker: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) – Since scoring 27 goals in the 2011-12 season, the Red Devils captain has been on the decline. Most worrying of all has been his form under Louis van Gaal, which is showing few signs of improving, despite being handed the captain’s armband. With Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez leaving in the summer, Rooney was expected to step up, but his Premier League career really could be coming to an unsavoury end, with the Old Trafford faithful having been open in their desire for the England international to be dropped from the line up.last_img read more

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Road rage may have motivated shooting

first_imgINDUSTRY – A 31-year-old woman was shot early Saturday on the Pomona (60) Freeway in what officials say was possibly a case of road rage. At 3:35 a.m., the woman, who police would not identify, was driving westbound on the freeway near Crossroads Parkway when suspects drove up next to her and fired several rounds, said sheriff’s Industry Station Detective Phillip Solano. Solano said the woman was struck in the upper back, and her passenger, a man police would not identify, grabbed the steering wheel and maneuvered the car off the freeway. He flagged down help and called 9-1-1 as the suspect’s vehicle continued west on the freeway, Solano said. The woman was taken to a nearby hospital, where she remains in critical condition, he added. Solano said the freeway was shut down for three hours during the investigation. He said at this point the motive for the shooting is unknown. Deputy Carlos Lopez said the suspect was driving a black Ford F-150 pickup truck with a lift kit. Anyone with information can call (626) 934-3024. – Molly Okeon AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Usain Bolt offered playing contract by Champions League hopefuls

first_img revealed SORRY gameday cracker Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion scrap BEST OF LATEST Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT tense latest center_img There has been worldwide interest in Bolt’s performances for Central Coast Mariners 1 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City whoops Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Usain Bolt has been offered a two-year playing contract by Maltese champions Valletta FC, according to reports.Bolt, the eight-time Olympic gold medallist, has been on trial with A-League side Central Coast Mariners since August, and he scored his first goals for the club in their friendly defeat of Macarthur South West United on Friday.He’s also trained with Stromsgodset and Borussia Dortmund, and played for the World XI at Soccer Aid 2018, and now the 32-year-old has been offered the chance to play professionally by Maltese outfit Valletta.According to ESPN, the former sprinter has been offered a two-year contract by Valletta, who want to have him signed before their Maltese Super Cup match against Balzan on December 13. Ghasston Slimen, the club’s CEO, said: “A champion is always welcome and at Valletta FC we believe nothing is impossible.”Valletta have won the Maltese Premier League on 24 occasions, including in the most recent campaign, 2017/18. predicted How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Most read on talkSPORT.com However, they were taken over by the Abu Dhabi-based Sanban group earlier this year, and now have ambitions to make their mark on the Champions League.Despite their domestic dominance, Valletta have never progressed past the second qualifying round of Europe’s premier competition, nor have they made the group stage in the lesser tournament, the Europa League.last_img read more

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Brills Finishes Runner-Up At FIU Invitational

first_imgStory Links Day Two FIU Invite Draws MIAMI, Fla. – The Drake University women’s team continued action at the FIU Invitational Saturday in Miami, Fla. The Bulldogs had both of their doubles teams fall in the #1 doubles semifinals. Senior Summer Brills and freshman Megan Webb were edged out by FIU’s Markovic/Grib 7-6 (6), while senior Tess Herder and freshman Liza Petushkova dropped the other semifinal, 7-5, to Texas State’s Perez/Navajo. A bright spot for Drake in doubles came from juniors Joely Lomas and Kenya Williams as they claimed the #2 doubles consolation championship by defeating UNF’s Lucia Montano and Mela Jaglarz, 6-2. Petushkova will play in the #3 singles draw championship on Sunday, while Lomas plays for third-place and Herder and Jaglarz look to bring home consolation championships in their respective draws. Print Friendly Version Brills finished runner-up in the #2 singles draw as she lost to Grib, 6-0, 6-1, in the championship match.last_img read more

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MH370: Dramatic new find may solve mystery

first_imgBlaine Gibson with some debris from MH370 MH370 sleuth and debris hunter Blaine Gibson has recovered from Madagascar what may be the most significant piece of wreckage yet that could tell investigators what happened on board to cause the loss of 239 lives on March 8, 2014.The new pieces, to be given to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau in Canberra, are non-structural and appear to be sections of an internal wall panel which has been burnt, quite likely by a flash fire.They bear a remarkable resemblance to some of the the panelling used in the Boeing 777 Avionics Bay which is located below and behind the cockpit under the main cabin floor.MH370 relatives: Please don’t give up serach MH370 relatives are tormented by speculationThe pieces were found by Milson Tovontsoa, Rija Ravolatra, and Eodia Andriamahery from the town of Saint Luce on the south east coast of Madagascar.Mr Gibson told AirlineRatings.com that he was immediately struck by the significance of the pieces which showed scorch marks and had obviously been exposed to heat.However, he cautioned that the experts at the ATSB needed “to forensically examine the pieces to determine where they came from and what happened to them” before any conclusions could be drawn.Mr Gibson who has found 13 pieces of confirmed or suspected debris from MH370 has become the focus of picking up wreckage.So far 27 pieces have been recovered.Mr Gibson now has an army of followers in a host of west Indian Ocean locations scouring beaches looking for debris.The new find gives investigators and searchers other scenarios for the loss of MH370.Channel 7 Perth’s interview with Blaine Gibson. The most widely held theory has been that the captain took control of the Boeing 777 and flew it to the southern Indian Ocean.However, these new pieces raise other possibilities including cascading failures after a flash fire.But Mr Gibson says that the burn marks may have been from when the aircraft crashed into the Indian Ocean.“The sea is slowly giving up her secrets.“I believe these pieces are extremely important.”Rather than give up the new pieces to the Madagascar authorities, as he has done before, Mr Gibson has brought them to Australia to hand them over directly to the ATSB.“Malaysia is yet to pick up five pieces I found there three months ago,” said Mr Blaine.One of those pieces is a frame for a seat back monitor from a Boeing 777 which would indicate that the plane was involved in a catastrophic impact with the ocean.Read: Malaysia should give up investigation to another countrylast_img read more

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Govt vows to crack down on violence

first_img14 September 2012 South Africa’s law enforcement agencies will no longer tolerate violence, illegal gatherings or the carrying of dangerous weapons, particularly in the country’s mining sector, government ministers have warned. Forty-four people were killed, including two police officers, during clashes between striking Lonmin platinum mine workers and the police in Marikana, North West province last month. President Jacob Zuma has appointed a judicial commission of inquiry to probe the incident. The government was concerned about the spread of violence, threats and intimidation in the mining sector, and would implement measures to curb the situation, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe said in Pretoria on Friday. Briefing the media on behalf of the government’s justice, crime prevention and security cluster, Radebe said the ministers responsible for South Africa’s security had met and reflected on the situation prevailing in the industry. Acts of violence and intimidation undermined economic and security stability, and if the situation continued unabated, it would make it even harder to overcome the challenges of slow economic growth, high unemployment, poverty and inequality in the country. The government would “not tolerate these acts any further,” Radebe said, and had “put measures in place to ensure that the current situation is brought under control.” These included effectively dealing with illegal gatherings, the carrying of dangerous weapons, incitement and threats of violence. The law enforcement agencies would not hesitate to arrest those who broke the law, Radebe warned. “Government is making a clarion call to all South Africans to desist from these illegal acts and work with the law enforcement agencies to ensure that the situation is brought to normality.” Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa did not rule out the possibility that more police officers would be deployed to troubled areas. “We will do everything possible in the Constitution to ensure that normalcy prevails in those areas,” Mthethwa said. Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said that if the instability and low production on South Africa’s mines continued, the cost would be noted be in terms of the country’s overall economic growth numbers. South Africa’s current account deficit would also be affected, as would employment. “Everybody in South Africa has a responsibility to ensure that we boost the confidence in our economy and our country,” Gordhan said. “What we say, what we do, the violent acts we engage in, the incitement … of violence, undermines confidence in the South African economy, and if we undermine confidence, we undermine investment, both from South Africans and foreigners.” Talks with the mining industry were ongoing, Minister of Mineral Resources Susan Shabangu said. “We are engaging with the mining industry on a regular basis … All of us are … concerned [about] its impact on the economy, its impact on the workers, so we will continue to engage in a way that will make sure we find stability very soon,” Shabangu said. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Brand South Africa’s Domestic Perceptions Research wins two awards at the Southern African Market Research Association (SAMRA)

first_imgJohannesburg, Friday 15 June 2018 – Brand South Africa in collaboration with its domestic perceptions research agencies, African Response and MarkData, are proud to announce to have won two awards at the annual Southern African Market Research Association (SAMRA) conference.SAMRA is a non-profitable marketing research organisation that seeks to fulfil its objectives of growing the marketing research, social research, and opinion polling research industry and to enhance quality and professionalism in the sector.Their paper, “A social segmentation model of the diverse and complex South African society,” received both the Kantar Innovation award, and the Best Overall Paper awards in Durban, on the 13th of June. The foundational issue, the fundamental question, that precedes or underlies reflections on the development of a segmentation model for the South African society, relates to broad questions of nationhood, factors that influence both its making and un-making, how it is constituted through what people do, while acknowledging that how they do it, can also be the source of a nation’s un-doing.After extensive preparatory work the partners developed a segmentation model that identify ten broad behavior groups in South African society. Interestingly enough, none of the groups are dominated by any specific race, or traditional classification. This means that the behavior groups and underlying segmentation model shows the extent to which South Africans have much in common when it comes to values, attitudes, behaviors, and perceptions of ourselves as a nation.A brief introduction of the paper takes focus on the interrogation of nationhood and identity, or in simple terms – the Who We Are, and the Who Are We?, as a South African nation.“A nation is a soul, a spiritual principle. Two things, which in truth are but one, constitute this soul or spiritual principle. One lies in the past, one in the present. One is the possession in common of a rich legacy of memories; the other is present-day consent, the desire to live together, the will to perpetuate the value of the heritage that one has received in an undivided form… The nation, like the individual, is the culmination of a long past of endeavours, sacrifice and devotion. Of all cults, that of the ancestors is the most legitimate, for the ancestors have made us what we are.” – Homi K. Bhabha  “Congratulations to the entire team. We are delighted to receive these awards for the work we do in order to understand our evolving nation, and national/brand identity better. To be acknowledged by the research industry through these awards, means that we are heading in the right direction with our domestic perceptions research programme. Through it we aim to understand the diverse and complex South African society we live in, in order to confidently communicate to both local and global audiences,” said Brand South Africa’s General Manager for Research, Dr Petrus De Kock.During 2017 Brand South Africa implemented a new comprehensive Domestic Perceptions Research project encompassing both quantitative and qualitative elements. These include an annual national omnibus survey, monthly online/mobile surveys, focus groups, and in-depth interviews. The programme delivers 6000 research records per year allowing for robust data on which to base analysis, advice, and feedback to civil society, government, business, and international stakeholders.Brand South Africa continues to make the nation proud as an award-winning organisation.  The organisation has been acknowledged by diverse industries such as the SAMRA, the Loeries, and Marklives.com for its work in marketing the South African Nation Brand.To set up interviews, please contact: Ntombi NtanziTel: 011 712 5071Email: ntombin@brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

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What If You Bought In

first_imgWhat if you drank the Kool-Aid?What if you dropped the skepticism and believed that your company was really trying to make a difference? What if you looked for evidence that your company has a bunch of good people trying to do good work instead of trying to find evidence to the contrary?What if instead of being cynical you gave the leaders and the people trying to do good work the benefit of the doubt? What if you gave them a chance, and what if you assumed they had good intentions? What if you weren’t too cool for school? Instead of mocking the fact that they believed, what if you explored why they believe?What if a couple big talkers are full of it, doing nothing more then mouthing the company line? So what if there are a couple hypocrites who pretend that they’re all in when they are anything but? What if who they are and what they do has no bearing on who you are and what you do? So what if the poseurs judge you?What if you were passionate about your job? What would your passion do for others? What results would your produce? How would your best work help other people to do their best work? What kind of an example would you be for those who need that example? What would your people see, and what would that teach them?Don’t think about what buying in would do for your company. Don’t even think about what buying in would do for your clients and the companies you serve. Think about what would happen to you if you were to bring your best self to your work. What kind of results could you produce if you unleashed your full potential at work, without holding back, and without worrying about what anyone else does or what anyone else thinks?Who would you be if you bought in? Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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World Wrestling Championships: Ravi Dahiya, Bajrang Punia Lose Semis But Secure Olympics Quotas

first_img 2020 tokyo olympicsBajrang PuniaOlympicsOlympics Quota First Published: September 19, 2019, 4:05 PM IST Nur-Sultan: Bajrang Punia lost his semifinal bout against home wrestler Daulet Niyazbekov under controversial circumstances after sealing his Tokyo Olympics quota along with Ravi Dahiya, who made his presence felt in a star-studded field at the World Wrestling Championships here on Thursday.Bajrang’s frustrated coach Shako Benitidis kicked the coach’s block in anger after the 65kg bout ended 9-9 following a nerve-wracking six minutes. Since Niyazbekov was given a bigger throw of four points in the bout, he was declared the winner.In the fiercely-fought bout, the referee gave ample time to tiring Niyazbekov to catch his breath and he was not given caution at least thrice.Instead Niyazbekov was awarded four points when it was Bajrang who effected a throw at the edge of the circle.”I challenged it and they should have given at least two points to Bajrang for that hold,” said coach Benitidis.Several times, Bajrang raised his hands in frustration but to no avail.The last edition silver medallist Indian will now fight for the bronze on Friday.Ravi, who felled a few stars on his way to the 57kg semifinals, lost 4-6 to reigning world champion Zaur Uguev of Russia and will also fight for the bronze.Ravi also made it to the Tokyo Olympics in the 57kg after stunning Arsen Harutunyan, the 61kg European champion from Armenia and 2017 world champion and world number three Yuki Takahashi of Japan.Making good use of an easy 65kg draw, Bajrang steam-rolled one opponent after another earlier in the day to reach the semifinals.Bajrang did not have to work much in going past Poland’s Krzysztof Bienkowski in the opening round. He easily beat his opponent 9-2.Bajrang’s next opponent was David Habat who did not bother the Indian much though the Slovenian twice had his right leg in his clutches. The first chance was in first period from ground position and then in the standing position after the break.The Slovanian, surprisingly, could not exploit the advantageous position.In the quarterfinals against Korea’s Jong Choi Son, Bajrang lost a point for stepping out but won the bout comfortably 8-1 after that.In an incredible debut, Ravi Dahiya won the first two bouts by technical superiority in the 57kg.In a remarkable turnaround he erased a six-point deficit to log 17 points in a row with his counter-attack to shock Arsen Harutunyan, the 61kg European champion from Armenia.What was impressive about Ravi was that despite trailing 0-6, he kept his cool and stayed in the bout and eventually found a way to tear apart the defence of the Armenian.There was a bit of drama towards the end when Armenia challenged the bout-finishing point. After much delay and watching replays, Ravi was declared the winner.Ravi’s first victim was Korea’ Sunggwon Kim.In the quarterfinals against Yuki Takahashi, one of the toughest to beat in 57kg, Ravi showed tremendous composure to eke out a 6-1 win.The Indian did not let the formidable Japanese play his game as he restricted his famous swift movement.In the women’s competition, there was no end to the woes of Rio Olympic bronze medallist Sakshi Malik, who lost her opening round 7-10 to Nigeria’s Aminat Adeniyi.Sakshi waited too long to attack while her powerful opponent moved quickly.Sakshi is out of the championship since the Nigerian later lost her quarterfinal bout.In the 68kg, Divya Kakran could not do much against reigning Olympic champion Sara Dosho from Japan, losing the bout 0-2.Dosho later lost her quarterfinal bout, closing repechage doors on Divya. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

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Heat wave grips Andhra Pradesh again

first_imgVisakhapatnam, May 22 (PTI) Heat wave has gripped Andhra Pradesh again today after parts of the state received rains due to cyclone Roanu for two days.The highest maximum temperature was recorded in Bapatla at 44 degrees Celsius, while mercury crossed the 40 degrees Celsius mark at over 11 places in the state, IMD officials said.Due to convection of hot air from north and central India, heat wave conditions will prevail in parts of coastal Andhra Pradesh and Rayalaseema region in the coming days, they added. PTI CORR NRB NSD RDSlast_img read more

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