Southland Gives Back: Sam Houston State

first_imgEarlier this month, the organization delivered school supplies to Scott Johnson Elementary. The department’s 17 teams collected items to assist the school including Kleenex, scissors, glue sticks, hand sanitizer, No. 2 pencils, crayons, notebook paper and composition books. As part of the “Southland Gives Back” initiative, the Southland Conference will profile a community service outing from each of our 13 member institutions each weekday from Dec. 6 to 22. “To be part of a group that got to go and see things from the teachers and principals side of things was really neat,” sophomore men’s golfer Noah Steele said. “We arrived at the school and carried them all in. It was cool to see where they were doing and how they were going to impact in a positive way.” In addition to the collected items, the department also delivered 100 backpacks donated from Academy Sports & Outdoors. The retailer, and partner of Sam Houston athletics, presented the backpacks on the final day of the collection period. “We had each player offer what they could,” Steele said. “I walked into the LEC and to say something to Mrs. Thompson and saw all of the supplies outside her door. When you come together as a group, you make anything happen.” HUNTSVILLE, Texas – The Sam Houston State athletic department is doing its part to give back this holiday season, thanks in large part to the efforts of its Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). “Helping with the school supplies is something special,” football senior tight end Ragan Henderson said. “What we do is super important to families in need; especially for kids who don’t get a whole lot at home. We’re somebody extra just to put a smile on their face. If we can, we will.” In the case of men’s golf, the team worked together to collect hand sanitizer for the school. According to Steele, seeing all of the hard work pay off for a good cause was a fulfilling moment. SAAC is comprised of representatives from all sports in Bearkat Athletics and initiates community service efforts throughout the year. The group has contributed to local school-supply drives for the last 11 years, receiving a list of supplies needed to assist the school and children in resources needed.last_img read more

Benji Marshall out for six weeks

first_imgMarshall suffered the injury after impressing in Redcliffe’s 28-20 win over Ipswich, having scored one try and had a hand in three others.”It is really unlucky for it to happen like this but that is football,” Marshall told”All I can do now is concentrate on it getting better and keep training for a return as soon as I am able.”Read more at

STETHS clip Munro in ‘St Bess’ derby in ISSA/FLOW DaCosta Cup

first_img first goal of the season WESTERN BUREAU: St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) missed one penalty, but made amends by scoring another to edge Group E rivals Munro College 1-0 in their ‘St Bess’ derby at Alpart Sports Club yesterday in the ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup football competition. The win took them second behind Lacovia High (seven points), who were also in the winner’s circle following another good outing to defeat BB Coke High 2-0. Surprise team Maggotty High kept their positive season going, although playing to a nil-all scoreline with BB Coke and kept alive hopes of advancing beyond the first round for the first time in the school’s history. STETHS secured victory when second-half substitute Travar McCulloch stepped up to score from the penalty spot in the 72nd minute, this after a moment of madness from Munro’s Nicholas Collins, who dived goalkeeper-style to save a certain goal with his hands. Collins was issued a straight red card for his action and left his team a mountain to climb, with STETHS looking ominous with each attack. McCulloch said the win meant that they will be able to play with more freedom and that it brings confidence to the team moving forward. “It’s my first goal of the season, but more important, we got the win,” McCulloch stated. “We expected a very hard game from Munro. The win gives us more confidence because we weren’t winning as we should,” said the STETHS central midfielder. STETHS, who lost in the final last year, were quick out of the blocks and should have taken the lead from the sixth minute when forward Michael Kerr failed to hit the target, after getting the better of Munro goalkeeper Onandi McKenzie. Munro gradually settled and also provided some dangerous moments for STETHS, but lacked the cutting edge on the final play to dent their opponents. At Jarrett Park, the game between St James High and Group A leaders Cornwall College ended in a 1-1 draw. Defending champions Clarendon College were held to a 1-1 draw by Lennon in Group H to still lead on seven points. Lennon and Thompson Town are next, with Kellits at the foot of the standings. Elsewhere, there were wins for Denbigh High over Porus 1-0, Central High and Foga Road High ended 0-0. Manchester High moved further away from the field with a 4-0 whipping of Mile Gully in Group F, while Dinthill Technical and Bog Walk drew 1-1. Former winners Rusea’s High made it two wins in two starts with a battling 1-0 victory over Group B rivals Frome Technical, while 2005 champions Godfrey Stewart High thumped Little London 3-0 in Group D.last_img read more

Comeback for the ages: No. 17 Miami stuns FSU, 28-27

first_imgMiami linebacker Michael Pinckney celebrates with the turnover chain during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Florida State, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Miami won 28-27. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — At Miami, this will be The Comeback.At Florida State, this will be The Collapse.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Stanley Pringle difference maker for struggling NorthPort “It just took a spark,” Richt said. “And before you knew it, that spark turned into a flame.”THE TAKEAWAYFlorida State: FSU gets to ruminate on this collapse over its bye week, and has Wake Forest, Clemson, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Boston College and Florida left on its regular-season slate. Becoming bowl-eligible won’t be easy.Miami: The Hurricanes hadn’t beaten Florida State in consecutive seasons since 2003 and 2004, and still control their destiny in the ACC Coastal Division race. They’ll be without Smith for the first half of next week’s game at Virginia.POLL IMPLICATIONSThe Hurricanes’ 23-week streak — the ninth-longest active run in the country — will continue. Florida State will remain unranked.HALFTIME LEADSAdvice to Miami and Florida State: In 2020, trail your rival at halftime. Each of the last three FSU-at-Miami games have seen somebody waste a double-digit lead at the half — Florida State by 13 on Saturday, Miami by 10 in 2016, Miami by 13 in 2014.FIRST-TIMERSPerry became the fourth consecutive QBs to win his initial FSU-Miami start, joining Miami’s Malik Rosier in 2017, Francois in 2016 and FSU’s Everett Golson in 2015. But what Miami did in the final 20 minutes, that was most unusual.The Hurricanes, down 27-7, scored two touchdowns in a span of 42 seconds to get right back into the game, and then Perry connected with Brevin Jordan with 11:52 left for what became the winning score — the one that would give Miami (5-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) its first home victory over FSU since 2004.“No one gave in,” Miami coach Mark Richt said. “No one gave up,”Perry’s numbers weren’t great — 13 for 32, 204 yards — but he made big throws when they mattered. The go-ahead score to Jordan came one play after Perry threaded a 32-yard throw to Thomas on third-and-10, meaning in the span of about a half-minute the Hurricanes went 73 yards for the lead.“I’m happy people are going to talk about that down the road,” Perry said. “But right now, it’s just another game that we won.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum N’Kosi Perry threw four touchdown passes, and No. 17 Miami pulled off its biggest comeback ever against Florida State by rallying from 20 points down midway through the second half to top the Seminoles 28-27 on Saturday night.“I never doubted,” Miami safety Jaquan Johnson said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThere were few who could say that.The game had the usual fare that comes with this rivalry: A pregame shout fest after warmups, the entire Miami roster getting an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for running across the field to come to the aid of injured receiver Jeff Thomas after he got pulled down by his face mask and was shaken up near a raucous Florida State sideline, and missed field goals by both teams in the final quarter. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Deondre Francois completed 15 of 30 passes for 129 yards with two touchdowns and an interception for the Seminoles (3-3, 1-3), who were held to 200 yards of offense. He’s 2-1 in three starts at Hard Rock Stadium, all three games being one-pointers.“We didn’t get what we wanted, which was a win,” Florida State coach Willie Taggart said. “This one’s going to hurt for a while.”The Seminoles had a fourth-quarter touchdown off a double pass taken off the board when officials ruled that the first throw from Francois to D.J. Matthews was forward, and negated Matthews’ throw to Keith Gavin for a score that would have put Florida State up by two touchdowns.“I thought it was good,” Taggart said.For the first 40 minutes, everything Florida State did was good.Matthews tiptoed down the left sideline early in the third quarter for a 74-yard punt return touchdown, putting Florida State up 27-7. And the Hurricanes got booed off the field on their ensuing possession, the volume of those jeers rising when a draw play got called on third-and-16 as a prelude to a punt.“Florida State came in here and took control of this game,” Richt said. “We found a way to fight back … somehow, we gutted it out.”Miami striker Derrick Smith got ejected for targeting, and one play later, the Turnover Chain appeared and the game turned. Gerald Willis III picked up a fumble to set up a 20-yard drive where Perry connected with Darrell Langham on a fourth-down throw for a touchdown. Francois was intercepted by Miami’s Michael Pinckney two plays later, and the Hurricanes cashed in on their next snap when Perry and Thomas hooked up for a 17-yard score.Just like that, 27-7 became 27-21. And when Ricky Aguayo missed 43-yard field goal with 12:42 left, the Hurricanes were still within one score.The ensuring drive was when Perry went to Thomas on third down, Jordan one play later, and after a more than four-hour game — and 14 years — Miami could finally celebrate beating FSU at home. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil UP NEXTFlorida State: Host Wake Forest on Oct. 20Miami: At Virginia on Oct. 13Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

Anthony Davis explodes with 36 points, 13 boards as Pelicans rout Grizzlies

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Randle finished with 15 points for New Orleans, while Jrue Holiday scored 13 and Elfrid Payton 11.JaMychal Green scored 16 points for the Grizzlies. Jaren Jackson Jr. added 12 points.TIP-INSGrizzlies: Justin Holiday, who is Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday’s younger brother, played in his second game for Memphis since being acquired from Chicago on Jan. 3. He scored four points — all on free throws — in 12:21 off the bench. … Memphis turned the ball over 18 times, leading to 23 Pelicans points.Pelicans: Davis has at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in 11 straight. … Wing player E’Twaun Moore was ruled out with bruised left thigh. … Forward Nikola Mirotic missed his 12th straight game because of a right ankle injury, but Gentry said Mirotic could return soon.DAVIS’ DUNKFESTDavis dunked seven times.His thunderous jam on a feed from Jahlil Okafor along the baseline gave New Orleans the first double-digit lead in the game for either team at 76-66 late in the third quarter.His last dunk came after he received an underhanded, no-look pass from Holiday as he cut down the lane. That made it 107-85 with a little more than three minutes left, and Davis checked out for good moments later.As for his “Shammgod” dribble, Davis said, “I’ve got a lot of stuff in my bag. I just don’t pull it out often.” MOST READ Another solid night for Giannis Antetokounmpo as Bucks trip Jazz JACKSON’S ACTIONJackson’s fast-break layup late in the third quarter capped a 10-point outburst in a less than three-minute span that included two 3s and a reverse layup, putting the Pelicans up 83-71. The spurt highlighted a promising performance for Jackson, who missed his entire rookie season with an injury and is eager see if he can give the Pelicans more of the bench scoring they’ve needed.“We’re half-way through the season now,” Jackson said. “This is my first year and I think for sure it’s slowed down a ton for me.”UP NEXTGrizzlies: Host San Antonio on Wednesday night.Pelicans: Host Cleveland on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next New Orleans’ latest victories have come against struggling teams in Memphis and Cleveland. But the Pelicans, who came in allowing 115.1 points per game and yielded 126 in a disheartening loss at Brooklyn last Wednesday, took a considerable measure of gratification from holding two straight foes under 100.“It was a really good team win for us because I thought, defensively, the last two games, we’ve been really, really solid,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said.New Orleans dominated inside, outscoring Memphis 70-42 in the paint and outrebounding the Grizzlies 40-36.Still, most of the game was competitive. There were 11 lead changes and nine ties, and neither team led by more than six until Julius Randle’s dunk gave New Orleans an eight-point lead with five minutes left in the third. That was the beginning of the end for Memphis, which has lost 13 of 16 after winning 15 of its first 24 games.“Things aren’t going our way and teams are doing a good job of taking away what we are trying to do, so we have to figure out ways to play out of that,” said Memphis center Marc Gasol, who was held to seven points on 3-of-10 shooting. “Our confidence is really fragile and when something bad happens, especially in the second half, we kind of panic and a six- or eight-point deficit goes to 16. … Everyone is giving their effort, but now we also have to put discipline and everything into it and help your brothers out.”ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) slam-dunks over Memphis Grizzlies forward JaMychal Green (0) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS — Anthony Davis had little to say about his latest dunk-filled scoring outburst. He even shrugged off his seldom-seen “Shammgod” crossover dribble that stunned the Grizzlies, delighted the crowd and set up his thunderous driving dunk.The Pelicans’ perennial All-Star was more eager to highlight an improved defensive performance that has given the Pelicans hope of stringing some victories together before the season gets away from them.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Davis had 36 points, 13 rebounds and three blocked shots, and New Orleans pulled away for a 114-95 victory over reeling Memphis on Monday night.“That’s how we were able to be successful last year, by playing defense,” Davis said. “It leads us to get a lot of transition points, fast-break points and easy buckets, gets guys wide-open 3s and stuff like that.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissMike Conley had 22 points and 10 assists for Memphis, but that was not nearly enough to stem what is now a six-game slide.Second-year pro Frank Jackson scored a career-high 17 points for New Orleans, which has won two straight for the first time since winning three in a row in mid-November. 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Act in good faith and dissolve Parliament

first_imgDear Editor,I see a lot of debate from both sides on the issue of the dissolution of the 12th Parliament of Guyana. I’m no legal expert but I do believe my ability to comprehend the law is not limited.According to the Article 61 of the Constitution of Guyana: “An election of members of the National Assembly under article 60 (2) shall be held on such day within three months after every dissolution of Parliament as the President shall appoint by proclamation.”Our Constitution is very clear that within three months after Parliament is dissolved, it must be reconvened after the holding of General and Regional Elections. Given that General and Regional Elections are scheduled for March 2, 2020, an act of good faith from the President would have been to dissolve Parliament on December 2, 2019.After the passage of the No-Confidence Motion almost a year ago and the lengthy legal battles that millions of taxpayers’ dollars have been spent on, the APNU/AFC coalition should realise the merits of a show of good faith.Good faith is something I have yet to see from the APNU/AFC coalition, so I will not be holding my breath for the dissolution of the 12th Parliament this year.Sincerely,Nalinie Singh BA(Political Science)last_img read more

Weah to Revive NOCAL

first_imgPresident George Weah: “We’ve also taken a number of steps to improve the education sector.”In the wake of the country’s economic woes, the President in collaboration with partners is working to revive the oil sector, including the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) and Liberia Petroleum Regulatory Authority (LPRA).According to an Executive Mansion press release, President George Weah on November 6 mandated the “relevant institutions” to work out necessary modalities for a successful reopening of the Liberia basin as well as the opening of the Harper Basin for oil and gas exploration.“In an effort to revive the Liberian economy, the Government of Liberia will be hosting bid rounds for selected blocks in the Liberia and Harper basins in 2019 and, therefore, wishes to encourage interested companies to take advantage of the groundbreaking opportunities to invest in the sector,” the release said.The release also indicated that the President and developmental partners have worked tirelessly to identify and develop a framework that would revive the economy and eventually bring relief to the Liberian people.“In the view of the President, one area of significant interest and relevance in reviving the economy is Liberia’s oil and gas sector, which remains largely untapped, but has the potential to rekindle and brighten the path to prosperity,” the release said.The President has directed and advised the relevant institutions to develop an appropriate framework in order to enhance and facilitate the successful hosting of the 2019 Bid Rounds.The President will subsequently announce the blocks for the Liberia and Harper basins that the government intends to put up for bid.It can be recalled President Weah, in his inaugural address to the nation, declared that Liberia is open for business and appealed to international partners to come and invest in the country, which the release said the President has reiterated.On June 19, President Weah made additional appointments at NOCAL, bringing onboard Madam Saifuah Gray as president/CEO, Eric Daniels, vice president for Finance, Dr. Lester Tenny, vice president for Technical Services and Carmena C. Yeke, general counsel.Both institutions that the President has decided to revive have allegedly been managed by Madam Gray.According to reports, NOCAL was performing both regulatory and commercial functions in the petroleum sector, but a reform which began in 2010 saw the passage of two laws amending the NOCAL Act and creating the LPRA.Before his resignation, Mr. Smith disagreed with Ms. Gray over the allocation of money and assets that the LPRA should have received.Madam Gray is on record for saying that she will ensure that the President fires Mr. Smith. She said  if it does not happen then she is not a woman. But it is not clear whether Smith’s firing by the President is related to the ongoing wrangling between him and the NOCAL boss.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Securing Women’s Land Rights Advances Equity in Our Communities

first_imgAmb. Josefa Sacko, African Union Commissioner, Department of Rural Economy and AgricultureBy Josefa Sacko, African Union Commissioner, Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture The African Union (AU) Declaration on Land Issues and Challenges, the AU Declaration of committing 2010 – 2020 as the African Women’s Decade and the AU 30 per cent target for documented land rights in women’s names by 2025, are important messages from leaders on the continent that empowering women through tenure security is a necessary condition for equity and the socioeconomic and agricultural transformation of Africa. But the declarations must be turned into action at the national and community levels with each institution at national, regional and continental level playing its role.Globally, gender shapes the experience, opportunities, constraints, rights, and obligations of men and women through social and cultural practices and attitudes. It determines tenure security through power dynamics in land governance systems and practices. To reform land governance in Africa so that it is responsive to women and how they relate with land and its resources, nations ought to pay attention to policy and legislative frameworks and align them appropriately taking into account gender dimensions. Similarly, there ought to be investment in public education to shift attitudes and practices that undermine women’s land rights.The legal pluralism that governs women’s land rights is characterized by inconsistencies which inadvertently undermine women’s rights to land and property. Secure land rights for women require a gender-responsive property rights framework beyond land laws. Therefore, harmonizing inconsistencies across and within land governance systems and practices so that they are aligned with the principles of equity and fairness is critical to strengthening women’s land rights.Another area which requires particular attention relates to research and data on women’s land rights in order to understand underlying factors, patterns, effect on agricultural productivity and accounting for the particular needs of women. Without sufficient data, institutions mandated to address land governance concerns are likely to perpetuate inequalities and normalize gender discrimination in the land sector.Women’s land rights are characterized by multiple interlocking systems and practices. These include formal laws, customary laws and practices, religious law, socioeconomic factors and intra-household dynamics. Therefore, tackling gender inequality in land relations requires systematic identification of political, legal, cultural and socio-economic gender -specific constraints to women’s land rights and understanding the interplay between the various dimensions. The analysis must not only account for external threats, but also capture intra-community threats to women’s land rights. Furthermore, it must reflect on the intra-gender dimensions as women’s experiences are also defined by other social characteristics such as ethnicity, religion and marital status. Recognizing the heterogeneity of women will account for the variables effecting women’s rights to land and highlight the particular land-related vulnerabilities of some categories of women, such as widows and single mothers.We know that throughout Africa, rural women contribute significantly to household food production and commercial agriculture and are active players in food marketing and processing within cottage industries. But they also face considerable challenges related to the rights to access, control or own land. Research on women’s land rights can facilitate systematic accounting of existing gender inequalities by explicitly integrating the significance of gender in land governance and accounting for the specific needs of women. Failing to do so is likely to reinforce existing gender inequalities around land rightsWomen’s land related vulnerabilities are often exacerbated by the effects of climate change, land related conflicts, scarcity and degradation of agricultural lands, large-scale land-based investments, unplanned urbanization and rapid population growth. The fact that women hardly sit in decision making forums means that they do not get opportunities to negotiate and ensure that their land rights are protected at all times.  Considering the incessant hunger for land, we need to pay particular attention to women’s land rights in their various contexts.With secure land rights, women acquire the foundation for food production and income generation, collateral for credit from financial institutions, and investment opportunities for themselves and their families. The land rights give them dignity, identity and status in the community and build their self-esteem and confidence. These are necessary attributes for social and economic well-being.These land reforms ought to go hand in hand with attitudinal and behaviour change at all levels of society. Well-designed, targeted and executed media and dialogue approaches that entertain and educate have potential to increase knowledge and change behaviour in households and communities about land rights. Additionally, gender-responsive training of land professionals and policy makers in government, private sector, traditional leadership structures and civil society would ensure that policies that undermine women’s land rights including ownership, control and access are put aside to pave the way for more inclusive ones.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Man City held at newly-promoted Wolves

first_img0Shares0000Willy Boly’s controversial goal put Wolves ahead against Manchester City© AFP Geoff CADDICKWOLVERHAMPTON, United Kingdom, Aug 25 – Aymeric Laporte rescued a draw for Manchester City against newly promoted Wolves on Saturday as Pep Guardiola’s team dropped their first points of the season.The reigning champions were forced to dig deep to rescue a point on a day of mild controversy at Molineux, with Laporte’s header in the 69th minute cancelling out Willy Boly’s opener 12 minutes earlier that went in off his arm. It appeared Wolves might inflict a first league defeat on the Premier League champions since City’s derby defeat to Manchester United in April.The home side exposed some chinks in City’s armour that will offer a glimmer of encouragement to the rest of the Premier League.Nuno Espirito Santo’s men weathered intense City pressure before claiming a surprise lead.And even though City shared the points thanks to an emphatic header by Laporte, the game threw up rare questions for Guardiola to answer.Having stormed to the Premier League title last season and started the new campaign in impressive style, life has been plain sailing for much of the past 18 months for Guardiola.In the absence of the injured Kevin De Bruyne, however, the composure his side so often display in attacking areas was sometimes missing at Molineux, although they still created enough chances to see off Wolves comfortably.Of more concern, perhaps, was the lack of solidity in defence, where Vincent Kompany and Laporte at its heart looked far from assured as a partnership.With John Stones left on the substitutes’ bench, there were signs that Kompany’s lack of pace and Laporte’s lack of experience could be exposed, although the young Frenchman looked like a seasoned Premier League campaigner when he thundered home the header to give his side a point.– Patricio save –A first half in which Wolves played their part in an entertaining spectacle was still, inevitably, dominated by the reigning champions, who struck the woodwork twice, once with the aid of a fabulous save from Rui Patricio.The Wolves and Portugal number one threw himself high to his left to claw a long-range effort from Raheem Sterling onto the crossbar on 22 minutes.That came shortly after Sergio Aguero had struck Patricio’s left-hand upright with a snap-shot from a Kyle Walker cross.That effort came from a break that followed a disallowed goal for Wolves, who had Raul Jimenez flagged offside after he had tapped home a cross-shot by Diogo Jota.Fernandinho fired narrowly wide for City and Ruben Neves did likewise for Wolves, with Boly making two fine challenges on Aguero as the opening 45 minutes failed to produce a goal.It was unusual territory for City, who then conceded a 57th-minute goal to add to their frustrations.Joao Moutinho’s delicious cross from the left skimmed the head of Matt Doherty and found Boly, with the ball finding its way into the bottom corner via his arm.City believed the opener might have been ruled out for either offside or handball and they were further agitated when David Silva was denied a penalty for what he felt was a shove by Doherty.But they were right back in the game when Ilkay Gundogan delivered a free-kick from the right and Laporte leapt above Boly to head home the equaliser from six yards.Had a stoppage-time free-kick from Aguero dipped under the crossbar instead of striking it, City would have forgotten their frustrations.Instead, Guardiola was left to ponder a number of issues after a rare disappointment for his all-conquering side.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Five reasons why Germany are struggling so badly

first_imgHere are five reasons for Germany’s dismal form:Loew stuck in rutDespite the woeful World Cup displays in Russia, where Germany crashed out after finishing bottom of their group, Loew sticks by his Brazil 2014 winners — even when past their prime.The likes of Thomas Mueller, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels are nowhere near the form which won the 2014 world title, yet Loew lacks the bravery to replace them with up-and-coming talent.“At some point, Loew has to consider how much longer will it make sense for him to put his trust in established, experienced players,” questioned ex-Germany captain Oliver Kahn, now a TV pundit.A soft centreGermany captain Manuel Neuer, 32, is not the world-class goalkeeper he once was after twice fracturing his foot in 2017 © AFP / EMMANUEL DUNANDAt 32, Manuel Neuer is sadly no longer the world-class goalkeeper he was after twice fracturing his foot in 2017.In front of him, Boateng, 30, and Hummels, 29, often leave gaps.In attack, Mueller’s finishing has deserted him and Toni Kroos, 28, often struggles to marshall the midfield.Loew needs a new spine in his team to rely on, even if the players do not seem to want to see it.Hummels’ post-match analysis after the Dutch drubbing that “a lot was good” bemused German fans.Loew was more accurate when he said he needed his senior players to “take responsibility in the final 10 minutes” when the German defence capitulated.A goal droughtGermany defender Mats Hummels blamed their 3-0 defeat against Holland on bad luck and poor finishing © AFP / EMMANUEL DUNANDOnly ten goals in the last twelve games speaks for itself — Germany are no longer a force to be feared in their opponents’ penalty area.Hummels claim it was “a mixture of bad luck and lack of finishing” as Germany had no goals to show for 21 shots while the Dutch scored three times with their 14 attempts and hit the crossbar.Mueller and his second-half replacement Leroy Sane both missed clear chances.Worryingly, there is no hot-shot ace waiting in the wings as Loew gave the 27-year-old Mark Uth his debut in Amsterdam, even though the Schalke forward has yet to score for his club this season.Split squadLeroy Sane is one of a crop of young talented players struggling to impress © AFP / JOHN THYSEven at the World Cup, there was a clear division between the young and old factions in the squad.Of those who won the 2017 Confederations Cup, only Timo Werner, 22, Julian Draxler, 25, Jonas Hector, 28, and Joshua Kimmich, 23, are regulars.The remaining 2014 World Cup winners still seem to get preferential treatment.Loew has younger talent at his disposal, like Sane, who too often is given only brief opportunities to show what he can do.In post-match interviews, it was clear Kimmich and Draxler do not understand why Loew does not turn to their generation to build for the future.A strong team spirit would have prevented the Germans falling apart like they did against the Dutch.Germany are mediocreJoshua Kimmich is one of the few stars to come out of the World Cup debacle and heavy defeat against the Netherlands with any credit © AFP / JOHN THYSAs daily newspaper Welt bluntly put it on Sunday: “3-0 defeat to the Netherlands – Germany is just a mediocre European nation”.Sane, Draxler, Julian Brandt and especially Kimmich have talent, but their generation lacks a stand-out star like Kylian Mbappe, who helped France win the World Cup.Defeat on Tuesday to the French in Paris would leave Germany on the verge of relegation to the B division of the Nations League to face the likes of the Czech Republic, Wales or Sweden — teams currently more at Germany’s level.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Germany coach Joachim LowBERLIN, Germany, Oct 14 – Germany’s 3-0 defeat to the Netherlands on Saturday left them bottom of their Nations League group ahead of Tuesday’s away match against world champions France.Three months after the World Cup debacle, head coach Joachim Loew is desperate for a win at the Stade de France to ease the pressure as a sixth defeat of 2018 would be a new record for a senior Germany team.last_img read more