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first_imgStuff 4 December 2018Family First Comment:  Well said, Melanie. “..this Christmas year, innocent fun for children is progressively being thrown out the window, and the slippery slope of pushing adult agendas on to children has begun.”OPINION: Christmas Eve – what an exciting time growing up! As a child, I remember listening out for the bells on Santa’s sleigh, and hoping I could stay awake long enough to maybe even catch a glimpse of the present-bearing man known as Santa.Fast-track approximately 40 years, and I am now the proud mum of four beautiful children aged 8 to 23. Personally, I chose not to have my children believe in Santa, but I did teach them to respect other parents’ rights to, and to also respect other children’s beliefs.New Zealand used to be such a respectful nation. Christmas was known as a special family time. Some families enjoyed celebrating Christmas via including the likes of Santa, while others spent Christmas going to church and celebrating the miraculous birth of Jesus. Regardless, Christmas used to be known as a time for children especially, to have innocent fun.But this Christmas year, innocent fun for children is progressively being thrown out the window, and the slippery slope of pushing adult agendas on to children has begun.First, we had Santa sacked from the Auckland Christmas Parade, after the man behind the beard said he wouldn’t hire women to play Father Christmas. Apparently, Christmas is no longer about the children and their innocence – it’s about implementing an adult gender-confused world view and pushing that on to our kids? It’s devastating to think that New Zealand has such little respect for decades of traditions.Thankfully and rightly so, Santa’s position was reinstated. However, the public discussion over the whole debacle would have been very confusing for children.READ MORE: read more

first_imgMartins starred for Inter in 2001 and spent five years at the San Siro dwellers before joining Premier League club Newcastle United in 2006.The 35-year-old scored 49 goals and registered 13 assists in 136 appearances for the Nerazzurri. Promoted Content12 Countries With Higest Technology In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithFascinating Ceilings From Different CountriesCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever MadeThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical Read Also: La Liga clubs get nod to train with 14 players from May 18The forward, who is known for his speed on the ball also plied his trade with the likes of Wolfsburg, Rubin Kazan, Birmingham City, Levante, Seatle Sounders and Shanghai Shenhua.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Serie A giants Inter Milan took to the social media to recall the performance of  former Super Eagles forward Obafemi Martins’ famous celebration while donning the Nerazzuri’s colours.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: A good run in the junior Girls National Hockey Championship came to an end for Assam at Kollam, Kerala today. The side lost the semi finals tie to Bhopal by 1-5. Assam, displayed good hockey in the early stage of the tournament, today looked out of form and Bhopal took full opportunity of it. In the third place decider Assam will now face Andhra Pradesh tomorrow.Also read: Sports Newslast_img

first_imgIn reply, Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholas started off the innings and went on to put up a partnership of 103 runs before the latter was sent back by Mehidy Hasan.Guptill continued to churn runs eventually registering his 15th ODI International hundred. The innings was laced with eight boundaries and four sixes.His innings along with few cameos from Nicholas and Taylor helped Kiwis to register the win. Martin Guptill was also adjourned as the man-of-the-match for his superlative innings off 103 runs.This remains to be seen as how well the blackcaps can continue their dominance in white ball cricket. The next game between two sides is scheduled to be played on 16th February at Christchurch where Bangladesh will look to bounce back and square the series.Brief Score:Bangladesh: 232/10 in 48.2 overs (Mohammad Mithun 62; Trent Boult 3/40)New Zealand: 233/2 in 44.3 overs (Martin Guptill 103; Mahmudullah 1/27) For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: A stupendous all-round display from Williamson-led New Zealand team saw the visitors get hammered in the most obnoxious manner possible in the first of three-match ODI series on Wednesday. On the given day, the Kiwis turned out to be better side eventually upstaging Bangla Tigers by 8 wickets with 33 balls remaining.The toss fell in favour of Bangladeshi skipper Mashrafe Mortaza who asked the opposition to have a bowl first. Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson tossed the ball to his favourite aide Trent Boult who provided the breakthrough in his first over.Tamim Iqbal, who was returning to the International circuit after suffering thumb injury didn’t trouble the scorers much as he departed for mere one run. He tried to play away from his body to Trent Boult and got a slight nip through to the keeper.The second to go was his counterpart Liton Das who too didn’t trouble the scorers much and departed for as many runs as Tamim scored. With two quick wickets, Bangladesh team was in serious trouble and didn’t manage to recover from the situation.Sooner the spearhead Trent Boult along with his partner-in-crime Matt Henry ripped through Bangladesh’s middle-order as they were reduced for 71 runs of 5 wickets.Losing 5 quick wickets, the men-in-green was looking for a partnership. Fortunately for them, Mohammad Mithun registered an 84-run partnership with Mohammad Saif before the latter falling prey to Mitchell Santner.Bangladesh was then bowled out for not so daunting total of 232 runs. Mitchell Santner and Trent Boult were the picks of the bowlers, picking three wickets each. highlights New Zealand 1-0 up in three-match ODI series. Trent Boult was the pick of the bowlers with 3/40.Martin Guptill adjourned as the man-of-the-match. last_img read more

first_imgTite was critical of his players after the game and asked them to give more on the pitch in their next game.“We were below what we can do. The squad played less than what it can play.  It was less competitive than what it can be. The squad can give more than this. This wasn’t a good game. We need to get results. When we don’t, criticism emerges and I have to be mature enough to absorb it,” Tite said at his post-match news conference.Neymar became the youngest player to earn 100th cap for Brazil, but the player struggled to impose himself on the game. Tite admitted the 27-year-old is still far from being 100 per cent having missed a few months through injury and transfer drama.“He is getting back to his normal patterns. We are also making adjustments for him in the 4-4-2 system, as we’re doing within the whole team,” he said.Meanwhile, Leicester City star Wilfred Ndidi has been talking tough ahead of the Super Eagles’ eagerly anticipated friendly encounter with the Selecao, with the midfielder convinced that Nigeria has enough in attack and defense to hurt their opponents on Sunday.Ndidi is optimistic that the team’s preparation will help them overcome the Samba Boys, most especially after watching them drew with Senegal on Thursday and Ndidi believes a few weaknesses observed in the Brazilian team could be exploited by him and his teammates.“We watched the game between Brazil and Senegal, it was a good game and we have been preparing based on that, plus working on our shape,” Ndidi said.“We have to find our solutions, while we’re trying to go deal with them, we are also mindful of our back.Corroborating the Leicester City midfielder optimism, former Nigeria goalkeeper Emmanuel Babayaro, who described Sunday’s friendly against Brazil as a good test for the Super Eagles suggested the Samba Boys are no longer the invincible team they used to be, and Nigeria have a chance of getting a good result against the five-time world champions if they get their acts right on Sunday in Singapore. “I think it is a good test for the Super Eagles even though I don’t see this present Brazil team as the same as we used to know,” Babayaro told Goal.“Since after the World Cup they hosted,I have not seen Brazil do anything quite spectacular but the fact still remains Brazil is Brazil any day and they have quality players like Neymar and the likes in their team, so they would definitely be a good test for our team but we can get a good result against them if we get our acts right.”With the season still very young across the globe, Babayaro suggests that players may likely be cautious during Sunday’s game so fans might not see the very best of performances.“In games like this, you might not get the very best from players because they would not want to go back to their respective club injured, most players tread cautiously in this kind of in-between season friendly games,” Babayaro continued.While reflecting on the 1-1 draw recorded between Senegal and Brazil on Thursday, Babayaro – a member of the Nigeria U17 team that won World Cup in 1993 – said it may influence Sunday’s game.“The result from Thursday’s game could rub off on how Sunday’s friendly will go,” he added.“After drawing against Senegal in their last outing, Brazil can either come all out to make sure they win against Nigeria and also the Super Eagles can also draw inspiration that if Senegal can hold the Brazil team, they can do same if not better.”Nigeria are set to face Brazil in an international friendly match slated for Singapore on Sunday, with kickoff billed for 1pm Nigerian time.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram •Ndidi  Says Taranga Lions game will help Eagles beat SelecaoBrazil’s Coach Tite has called on his players to step up and deliver a good performance when they face Nigeria in Sunday’s international friendly at the Kallang National Stadium; Singapore after the Selecao drew 1-1 with Senegal on Thursday.Brazil are now on their longest run without a win since 2013, after drawing 2-2 with Colombia and lost 1-0 to Peru in last month’s friendlies.last_img read more

Wisconsin draws Michigan in Big Ten Tournament

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first_imgAfter finishing sixth in the Big Ten, the Wisconsin women’s soccer team will head to Bloomington, Ind., where they will take on Michigan in the first round of the conference tournament.For the second season in a row, Wisconsin (12-6-1, 5-5-1 Big Ten) will play for the Big Ten title, earning the No. 6 seed in the eight-team bracket.Last year, UW made an early exit, losing in the first round to Minnesota 2-0.Redshirt junior forward Paige Adams said the team is excited to begin the postseason.“We are really pumped for the game tomorrow,” Adams said. “It is kind of do-or-die for us, so we’re really excited and I think we are going to do well.”UW has seemingly hit a late-season stride, winning five games in a row before falling to Iowa 2-1 in the last game of the regular season Saturday in Iowa City.During that six-game stretch, the Badgers have scored 13 goals and allowed only seven.Adams said she believes the team has some momentum from its winning streak but learned from the loss to the Hawkeyes.“The last game was kind of a wake-up call for us,” Adams said. “It was a learning experience for us and the wins that we had before. I think we are going to carry that through into the tournament.”Wisconsin will take on No. 3 seed Michigan (13-4-2, 7-2-2) Wednesday in the first round of the tournament.The Badgers hope to avenge a 3-0 loss suffered at the hands of the Wolverines earlier this season at the McClimon Complex.Michigan dominated Wisconsin in the previous matchup, holding the Badgers to only four shots on goal and tallying 11 shots as a team.Although the Wolverines were dominant in their September match with the Badgers, Michigan has faltered as of late, currently riding a three-game winless streak. Most recently, Michigan fell in its regular season finale with Illinois, a team Wisconsin defeated 2-1 just three weeks ago.Senior forward Monica Lam-Feist said the team learned from its earlier game with Michigan and has made some adjustments.“We definitely looked at that game and what we need to do differently,” Lam-Feist said. “We changed some things, so going forward we feel comfortable with what we are going to do.”UM’s biggest threat to UW will be junior forward Nkem Ezurike, who has 11 goals and one assist on the season, with two of those goals coming against Wisconsin in September.Freshman midfielder McKenna Meuer said the defensive unit needs to put pressure on the Michigan attack to avoid giving up three goals again.“Our motto all year has been ‘Make them go around us, not through us,’” Meuer said. “So, we want them to play down the outsides and not down the middle, as well as making them play in front of us and then make the tackles that we need to make to get the ball back.”UW’s offense has been playing well as of late, scoring seven times in its last three games.After being shut out by the Wolverines in the regular season, Adams said the key to the offensive success Wednesday is possession.“What we are really going to try to do is just, once we win the ball, counter and keep the ball,” Adams said. “I think that is something we sometimes struggle with is keeping [the ball] after we win it. So, if we can just connect that first pass and then get forward, I think we are going to be a lot more successful.”It is now win-or-go-home for the Badgers, and with the outcome of Wednesday’s game having a large influence on Wisconsin’s NCAA Tournament chances, it is safe to say this is the biggest game of the year for UW.Lam-Fiest said she knows this is a critical game for Wisconsin, and the team will not be holding back going into Wednesday’s match.“We know that it is do-or-die,” Lam-Feist said. “We don’t want to be safe and not put it all out there. So we are really excited to go out there and play our game and give everything we have.”last_img read more

first_imgAt his weekly Monday press conference this morning, Dino Babers did not lament his team’s deflating loss to North Carolina State on Thursday. He remarked on his team not liking its current positioning but, presented with the Orange’s midseason situation, Babers said trying to at least salvage something from a season on the brink is “the fun part.”“That’s the part that, you know, we’re 3-3. We’re not where we want to be. We’re not happy where we’re at. Now what?” he asked, smiling wryly at the podium. “And again, that’s what’s going to define this season. Going to define this team. It’s going to define this bunch of seniors. And I’m excited about that. I’m not happy with how things have gone, but now that all that stuff is behind us, and there’s no more rose colored glasses here. This is what we are. Look, this is what we are. It’s game six. Now, get better.”Babers addressed Syracuse’s (3-3, 0-2 Atlantic Coast) quickly dipping expectations, growing list of injuries and what might transpire Friday night against Pittsburgh (4-2, 1-1) in the Carrier Dome. While the Orange are not on track for the glory of the Orange Bowl and a second-place ACC finish, Babers remains confident as ever in his team and its ability to have a better second half of the season. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I know that there might be some confidence lacking in other places,” Babers said, “but my confidence is good. I’m glad that all the frost and all the fluff is gone.”At the core of SU’s issues is a spate of injuries, including the long-term absence of center Sam Heckel, who exited the first half of the opener against Liberty with an undisclosed lower-body injury and hasn’t played since. Besides Heckel, defensive backs Ifeatu Melifonwu and Andre Cisco have not played since missing the Holy Cross game with respective lower-body injuries. Cisco traveled to North Carolina last week — not to play but for “something else,” Babers said. Defensive lineman McKinley Williams has been out with a lower left-leg injury since fall camp, as well. Babers ultimately said he expects no changes in SU’s injuries between now and Friday’s kickoff. Heckel and Williams, having played fewer than four games each, are both eligible for redshirts this season. Heckel’s injury has likely hampered the Orange the most, moving arguably their best lineman — Airon Servais — from left tackle to center, given he has the most experience on the team. In his stead, redshirt freshman Carlos Vettorello moved from right tackle to left and graduate transfer Ryan Alexander has filled in for Vettorello on the right side. To date, SU’s offensive line has given up 26 sacks this season, fourth-worst in the country, ahead of Miami (FL), Old Dominion and Akron. “I hope it’s not what we expect,” Babers said of the offensive line’s play going forward. “The one thing that we need to do, I’ve talked to you about game four to six, we’re going to find out where we’re at. We’re at game six. We know where we’re at. I think the big thing here is this: Everybody has a responsibility to get better.”In lieu of Heckel’s immediate return, Babers had few answers for what might happen up front, which is easily the Orange’s most pressing concern at this point. With a patchwork offensive line that’s struggling to begin with, the Orange will now host the blitz-happy Panthers on Friday. Pittsburgh’s defensive front has lived in opponents’ backfields this season, tied for second in the country for sacks with Penn State and Virginia (27.0). Offensively, Babers praised Pitt offensive coordinator Mark Whipple’s new approaches with a traditionally dull offense. “With Coach Whipple being the offensive coordinator, not as much run, run, run,” Babers said. “I mean they’re in spread sets, they’re doing a lot more stuff. Their defense is bringing a heck of a lot more pressure than they’ve traditionally normally done.”Regardless of what the Panthers will bring schematically, SU has its own issues on the field to resolve in order to quell some of the worries off it. And against an opponent that historically plays Syracuse close, the Orange can surely expect an uphill battle. “Those guys are favored,” Babers said. “Rightfully so. And we know we’re going to have our hands full.” Comments Published on October 14, 2019 at 3:54 pm Contact Andrew: | @A_E_Graham Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_img Addressing the shortfall in live sports, Sportradar has confirmed the launch of its AI-driven Simulated Reality, which will be made available to customers within its existing portfolio of events.Launching on 3 April, it is hoped that the Simulated Reality product will deliver ‘a sports betting experience which is as close to real life as possible’.Carsten Koerl, CEO of Sportradar, said: “We have listened carefully to our customers and the betting community who have made it clear there is an appetite for alternative means of betting during this time where this is a void in live sports action.“Simulated Reality will give our sports betting partners seamless access to a highly unique product that is first to market at no extra cost and integration. As market leaders in the industry, we pride ourselves on our ability to quickly pivot our business strategy and redirect our resources towards delivering new and innovative solutions such as this.”The product will draw upon Sportradar’s historical football database and statistical output to provide match data, which offers the opportunity for a number of pre-match and live betting markets, covering top-tier leagues from England, Germany and Spain.Played out over a full 90 minutes, fans will be able to bet on their favourite teams, access match analysis and league tables, while the game itself will be visualised by live match trackers.Sportradar plans to extend its Simulated Reality product to several other leagues and competitions in the near future, with other sports earmarked for production including tennis and basketball. Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020 Submit Related Articles Share Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Share David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

first_imgGhanaian forward, Abdul Majeed Waris found the net for the second straight game in Strasbourg’s 3-0 win over Reims.Waris grabbed his side’s second in the 82nd minute with a one-touch finish after exchanging passes with Ajorque in the box.His strike was sandwiched between goals from Djiku and Lala as the home side run out comfortable winners.After the game, Waris tweeted his appreciation for the fans who had cheered them on throughout the game.“Another goal, another 3 points. Alhamdulillah and thanks to everyone for their support. Allez Racing.” The striker scored his first of the season last weekend, the winner for Strasbourg away at Toulouse.He now has two goals in four league appearances this season for his side.The win takes Strasbourg up to sixth in Ligue 1, five points behind the final Champions League spot.Take a look at Waris’ goal below:last_img read more