SA crush Australia, remain world No. 1

first_imgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material ‘An amazing journey’“It’s been an amazing journey over a long period of time,” Ponting reflected afterwards. After Australia declared their second innings on 267 for 8, South Africa needed 429 for victory. When they slipped to 45 for 4, they looked to be in huge trouble. South Africa secured a memorable 1-0 away series victory over Australia after winning the third and final test by a massive 309 runs with a day to spare in Perth on Monday. The victory confirmed the Proteas’ position as the number one test team in world cricket. The bowlers, with Dale Steyn to the fore, then did their bit, running through the Australian batting order and dismissing them for only 164. Steyn picked up 4 for 40 and Robin Peterson, in the team in place of an out-of-form Imran Tahir, snared 3 for 44. The Australians began day four on 40 without loss, needing to bat out two days to draw, but they lost all 10 wickets on the day as they fell for 322. They began the final day on 77 for 4, needing to bat it out, and Du Plessis again delivered, finishing undefeated on 110. AB de Villiers, with an uncharacteristic but determined 33 off 220 balls, lent good support, and Kallis, despite struggling with his hamstring injury, made 47 batting at number seven as the test was saved. Du Plessis was named man of the match on debut. 3 December 2012 Steyn picked up three wickets to take his record to 299 wickets in tests, while Peterson, although he came in for a bit of stick at the end, added another three wickets to his first innings’ haul. It was a remarkably huge win for Graeme Smith and company, who had been thoroughly tested by the Australians in the first two tests. Jacques Kallis was injured while bowling and could not bowl any further after sending down only 3.3 overs. SA skipper Smith weighed in with 122 in South Africa’s innings of 388, and Faf du Plessis, Duminy’s replacement, scored 78 on debut. Second testIn the second test, minus JP Duminy, out with an Achilles injury that required an operation, and Vernon Philander, a late scratch because of a stiff back, South Africa staged a superb fight-back to prevent an Australian victory. While the Proteas opened the first test with 450 runs and centuries from Amla and Kallis, Australia still managed a first innings lead of 115 after captain Michael Clarke hit 259 and Ed Cowan a maiden test century of 136. It took a dogged second innings to secure the draw for the Proteas. ‘You want to score runs in a winning cause’ Then came the match in Perth, the scene of a magnificent victory when South Africa last toured Australia in 2008, in which they scored 414 for 4 in the second innings to take 1-0 series lead on their way to 2-1 series win. Once again, it proved to be a happy hunting ground for the Proteas. “I don’t want to take anything away from South Africa,” he added. “We were outplayed in this test match. I think they fought really hard and showed what the number one team in the world has to do to be number one throughout this series.” center_img Smith added: “To win a series here takes a lot of effort, and it’s something that means the world to us. We know how tough it has been, and to have won two series here means the world to us.” Australia’s captain Michael Clarke, with two double-centuries and 577 runs, more than anyone else on either team, was named man of the series. He said he would have chosen a series win over the individual accolade. “I’m just glad that I was able to make a contribution. Obviously you want to score runs in a winning cause. The bowlers did an amazing job today to wrap it up,” Amla commented when he received his man of the match award. ‘It means the world to us’ Only a stubborn, hard-hitting last wicket partnership of 87 runs by Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon prevented a much bigger defeat for the Aussies. The match was notable for the fact that it brought the curtain down on the 168-test match career of Ricky Ponting. When he went in to bat in Australia’s second innings, he was met at the pitch by an honour guard made up of South Africa’s players. Questioned about career highlights, he said one that ranked highly was a series victory over South Africa in South Africa in early 2009 with a young team, after the Proteas had beaten Australia in Australia. Man of the match Hashim Amla led the way with 196 off only 221 balls. AB de Villiers shone with 169 off 184 deliveries, and Graeme Smith cracked 84 off of 100 as South Africa tallied 569 all out, leaving Australia needing an imposing 632 to win. A remarkable jobThe second time they batted, the South Africa batsmen did a remarkable job, scoring at over five runs an over as they took the contest to the Australians. When their total reached 425 for 3, they had taken just 13 overs more than they did in their first innings to reach 225. Starc took his chances and finished with an unbeaten 68 off 43 balls, while Lyon ended with 31 off 43 as Australia advanced from 235 for 9 to 322 all out in their second innings. It was only the fourth instance in test history of a team scoring over 500 runs and batting at more than five runs an over. Proteas captain Graeme Smith said in a post-match interview: “I thought the guys showed tremendous ability and character over the past 10 days, two weeks. In Adelaide [in the second test], we were right up against it. To fight as hard as we did, to get that draw, was big, and the way we turned it around for the series win here in Australia was special.” With Clarke contributing 230, Australia posted 550 all out to lead by 162 on the first innings. South Africa’s win in Perth was built around an excellent 78 not out by Faf du Plessis, which helped the Proteas to 225 all out in their first innings after they had been reduced to 75 for 6.last_img read more

Protection sought for South Africa’s sardines

first_img8 June 2015Scientists are trying to prove that the sardines that appear on the KwaZulu-Natal coastline are a different population group in the hope of pressuring the government to give them better protection.There is a belief that time is running out, with research revealing that with each passing season the annual sardine run is becoming less predictable.It is unclear why, but over-fishing of the commodity before it reaches the KwaZulu- Natal coastline is believed to be a contributing factor.Last week, a pilot shoal landed in Margate, but recent rough seas may have dashed any hope of another shoal being spotted any time soon.The shoal moves up the East Coast generally when water temperatures drop during winter, beginning its trek at the Agulhus banks, south-east of Port Elizabeth. The main batch heads up the West Coast while a smaller group, just 2% to 5% of the entire South African population, goes to KwaZulu-Natal.KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board operations head Mike Anderson-Reade admitted another poor season could be problematic following the lacklustre season of the last two years.Fewer sardines“Last year was the first time I did not handle a sardine in my career. If we have three bad cycles then we possibly have a reason to be concerned.“It is important. It is nature’s bounty. Very little is for free yet these fish provide good protein. It is a special event,” said Anderson-Reade.Dr Allan Connell, a South African Institute of Aquatic Biodiversity honorary research associate who has been collecting sardine eggs for 25 years at Park Rynie on the South Coast, said his data had revealed that the last 12 years had been less “predictable than the first 12 years”.Connell takes samples weekly, sometimes daily, which includes 226 separate species of eggs and early larvae of fishes spawning pelagic eggs.“The first half of my data in relation to sardines was stable and predictable, the second half not so.”Study of ear boneConnell said the researchers were trying to prove that sardines spawned on the KwaZulu-Natal coast returned every year for their approximate five-year life cycle. To do this they were peering into the otolith (ear bone) for their study. The study is currently focused on juveniles of about 10mm to 15 mm, with larger sardines expected to be part of a later study. “Our first study has shown that the chemistry of the otolith is different in the Natal Sardine to the West Coast Sardine.”He said they were waiting to complete two more studies. “One batch in research is not conclusive enough to convince statisticians. But because the sardine runs have been wobbly, the chances are less that we will find juveniles.”He said if their research was conclusive and proved that the KwaZulu-Natal sardine was a different population from that of the West Coast sardine, it could be used to tighten fishing controls.“Without the science it will be difficult to convince the politicians of the need to better manage the sardines.”Justin Mackrory, the chief executive of South Coast Tourism, said the annual sardine run, nicknamed ‘The Greatest Shoal on Earth’, helped to contribute to the about R500-million economic injection into the region during winter.The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries was approached for comment but was unable to provide a response at the time of going to press.Source: News24Wirelast_img read more

CarMic House: Retrofitting the HVAC System

first_imgResultsWe have now lived through one winter, complete with a blizzard that left 28 inches of snow, plus a summer that saw a record-setting July and days in August and September well into the low 100s along with high humidity. I have to say the results have been pretty fantastic. The zoned, dampered American Standard has been very effective and a lot of fun to observe as it modulates total heating and cooling loads and air flow to each zone over the course of the day. Our hypothesis that zoning should be determined by solar gain is proving to be a useful approach.During the heating season, the solar gains are concurrent with a virtually complete elimination of heating loads in the east and west zones in the morning and afternoon respectively. On cloudy days, which tend not to be the coldest, the loads are very evenly driven by heat loss through assemblies and the system evenly distributes heating to both zones with no problems. The system meets the peak loads we have experienced.We do have a backup electric resistance coil. Prior to our insulation and air-sealing retrofit, it did kick in a fair bit, but less than I would have anticipated. There were only two comfort problems in the winter. One was that sitting near the 25-year-old Andersen double-pane windows before the sun came around was not very nice, which is another issue worthy of discussion in another post.The other is that ground temperatures lead to a very cold downstairs, which lasted well after the ambient temperatures warmed up and the thermostat upstairs ceased calling for heat. But this was before any insulation improvements down below, and this effect should be substantially mitigated now that the envelope retrofit is underway. We will let you know next late winter and early spring. RELATED ARTICLES All About Furnaces and Duct SystemsSaving Energy With Manual J and Manual DCalculating Cooling LoadsReturn-Air ProblemsReturn to Sender — HVAC Return Pathway OptionsRules of Thumb for Ductless MinisplitsGreen Heating OptionsCooling Options Our retrofit solutionOur first step was to break out ideal zones by load profile, including solar loads and occupancy, while accounting for the planned retrofit yet to come. It was clear we had distinct east, west, and south zones by solar load profiles. It so happened that occupancy profiles roughly tracked with solar loads. We then overlaid the zone areas over the existing map of ductwork, supplies and returns.We found that by cutting the main supply trunk at one, strategic location, we could transform the one-zone duct system into a two-zone system serving east and west zones (see Images #4 and #5, below).A vertical chase leading from the supply trunk to the attic and back down to the sunroom on the south would be abandoned as undesirable (attic transit is not recommended) and largely ineffective (snaking flex ducts and high static pressure losses), and not in keeping with the zoning concept.All of the southern zone would be served by a separate system to avoid going through or over the stone walls. With this scheme, the three zones would respond independently as the sun worked its way around the house in any season.The remaining question was the lower level (a space formerly known as the basement). The lower level was finished but the bedrooms were not code-compliant due to the small well windows, which were of no use for egress, solar gain, or daylighting. We decided early on to make the bedrooms and recreation space of the lower level legal and livable by increasing the size of the windows. Still, the exposure to the earth as opposed to ambient temperatures (except on the walkout south side) and the limited solar gain meant that these spaces did not conform to our solar-load-driven zone analysis.In addition, due to the ground contact, the basement maintains lower temperatures well into the late spring and would call for heat much longer than the rest of the house, particularly when the zones immediately above were being warmed by ample solar gain. During the cooling season, we feared that the upstairs east and west zones would drive over-cooling downstairs, which would presumably already stay cooler.All of this conceptually argued for a fourth zone, though the duct layout made such an arrangement unworkable without abandoning existing supplies and adding new ducts. My assumptions of increased cost argued rather compellingly against this notion.However, once we designed our envelope retrofit (we’ll discuss that in a future post), changed the size of the windows in the downstairs bedrooms and recreation space, and modeled it all in Wrightsoft for our Manual Js, and a zoned, dynamic simulation model in WUFI Passive, we found the lower rooms tracked more closely with the upstairs zones than expected, only with a lower volume of air.In the heating season, solar exposure was less, but so were the envelope losses. In the cooling season, the added glazing definitely helped balance the equation, and the added insulation lessened the springtime losses to the ground, such that over-cooling appeared not to be a risk. We made the decision to do a central return in the open-plan recreation space downstairs to further encourage temperature equalization between the upper and lower levels.So the decision was made to do a three-zone house: east, west, and south. The downstairs supply ducts were simply broken out and assigned zones roughly corresponding to the zones upstairs and according to the retrofitted split in the main supply trunk. The systemsOur zoning concept and the existing ductwork drove equipment selection as well. Our retrofitted two-zone supply ducts, with large ducts, long runs and numerous branches, eliminated ducted minisplits from serious consideration. Mitsubishi was introducing a high-static-pressure, small, variable-speed air handler, but it was new and it lacked a tested zone damper system.When I spelled out all of our objectives and the systems configurations, our HVAC contractor, Michael Bonsby Heating and Cooling, suggested that we look into the American Standard Platinum 20 variable-speed, zone-dampered system air-source heat pump. With our new load calculations, we determined that a 3-ton unit (down from 5 1/2 tons) would adequately condition both the east and west zones, even when loads were concurrent.Once retrofitted, the south zone could be easily conditioned with a 1-ton wall-mounted minisplit, installed in what would be our superinsulated dining room. I was skeptical that this little unit could cool the solar-blasted sunroom space from one side of the building clear to the other, but the HVAC contractor was confident it would work. The best laid plans go awryThe plan was to get our full air-sealing and insulation package done, build out our superinsulated wall retrofit in the wood-framed addition portions of the house, and get as many new windows as we could afford. Once we had all of that accomplished, we could then design and install a right-sized, super-efficient HVAC system. We could coast through one summer, managing humidity left by the short-cycling monsters with dehumidifiers, then install a new system in the fall — or even coast through a winter with oversized (but who cares?) heating systems.Previous owners had coupled two forced-air furnaces to create a one-zone heating and cooling system. Even with a total rated capacity of 210,000 Btu/h, the heating system struggled to maintain the set point.It didn’t work out that way. Within days of purchasing the house, in the depths of a late winter cold spell and icy snow falls, the monster in the basement started buzzing whenever it was activated. At first it would buzz and then gradually settle into the normal hum of an air handler (more of a rumble, in this case). Over a short time, it became apparent that my desperately crossed fingers were cramping up to no avail.Despite a total of 210,000 Btu/h worth of furnace capacity, the house would not reach the set point for hours, and struggled to maintain it. The buzzing worsened and one air handler started cutting out. I went down and took the cover off to examine it and rust poured out onto the floor. It was literally falling apart.Now that I had to figure things out, I realized that the two air handlers were actually both feeding one big supply trunk (see Image #3, below). One big return connected to the intake on the bottom of one of the twins. Presumably, a hole had been cut in the opposite side to allow air to pass into the adjacent twin air handler’s intake.It seemed that someone had decided they could create a 160,000 Btu/h furnace by taping two 80,000 Btu/h furnaces together. The side-by-side thermostats, then, were in one location because they were supposed to respond to the same conditions and activate the twin air handlers together!Now that immediate replacement was an imperative, we set to work modeling the house to optimize the building envelope and determine loads. We designed retrofits for every part of the house to reduce our heating and cooling loads, but I had no idea how we would design a system that could meet our needs. The bizarre twin air handlers implied there was a single zone for the entire original 1954 house. The sheer quantity of ductwork in the house was intimidating. Large basement bulkheads were packed with ducts. There were two supplies and two returns in all rooms with the exception of the small bathroom and smallest bedroom. It was nearly impossible to determine what was attached to what.The first step was to do the old toilet-paper test just to figure out what was a supply and return (grilles and diffusers had been installed as if they were interchangeable), and if they were working at all. Once I mapped the location of all supplies and returns, I started drilling holes and cutting access into bulkheads to determine the layout of the duct system. Ultimately, I did enough exploration to determine how the ducts were configured — and sure enough, it was one big zone. Editor’s note: Carri Beer and Michael Hindle are renovating a 1954 house in Catonsville, Maryland. Hindle is a Certified Passive House Consultant and owner of Passive to Positive. Beer is a registered architect who has been practicing sustainable architecture for 18 years. She is an associate principal with Brennan+Company Architects. This post details Michael’s redesign of the HVAC system. For a list of the couple’s posts, see the “Related Articles” sidebar below.center_img Challenges on the cooling sideThe cooling season has been a bit more of a challenge, driven as expected by solar gain. Our three zones show spikes in cooling loads following the sun’s transit around the over-glazed portions of the building. Generally speaking, the system has managed to keep up even on the roughest days, though localized increases in temperature do occur in the most exposed areas.The master bedroom on the southeast corner of the house gets the brunt of the sun all the way through mid-afternoon. This room definitely experiences temperature increases of 3-7 degrees as the thermostat is located in the hall and does not respond to the localized demand. The good news is that we do not use that part of the house during those hours, so it is of little significance. On the other hand, a fan placed in the door to circulate hallway and master bedroom air equalizes the temperature fairly quickly.The west side experiences something similar. In the afternoon the solar loads are so high that it inevitably heats up the space adjacent to the west wall. Ultimately the system keeps the spaces comfortable; they just have to run a lot more than I would like.Of course, any good designer would understand these large energy demands could easily be lowered with shading. Indeed, a significant aspect of our retrofit plan entails shading for the east, south, and west windows with a combination of extended overhangs (south), sliding louver blinds salvaged from the German Embassy in Washington (east and west), and vegetation.The impact of new shading was included in the energy modeling and load sizing, but remain to be executed. We anticipate these exterior improvements will virtually eliminate solar-driven gains, substantially reduce cooling loads, and eliminate our temperature increases under peak conditions, as well as reduce annual energy demand.The central return has contributed to a reduction of stratification and thus far is working well, though we may have opted for more than one return and kept a small amount of return duct to decentralize the audible impact of the central return. BLOGS BY BEER & HINDLE Rebuilding a Mid-Century DinosaurNo, We Are Not CrazyImproving Indoor Air Quality Hot stone stays hotI’m confident we’ll have even greater success next year as insulation, air-sealing, and window work go forward. However, one sticky issue remains.In the original stone house we have been limited in how much insulation we can add in a wall cavity of only 3 1/2 inches. When you combine the hot sun and the minimal insulation with the specific heat capacity of the stone wall, you really do feel the consequences.The outside temperature of an exterior wall clad in stone measured 119°F, according to this infrared image. The images were taken in August just before 5 p.m.The same wall inside the house was measured at 87.8°F.I have done a couple of days of thermal imaging (see the images at left). I will do a future post on this as well, but suffice it to say that the brick-oven analogy I used earlier is not that great an exaggeration. The surface of the stone is heating up to 120°F, and it is exposed to the sun long enough that I suspect this temperature is raising the whole mass of the stone to near that temperature.The resulting comfort issue — and it is palpable — is the internal mean radiant surface temperatures we experience in the rooms with solar-loaded stone walls. What is particularly noticeable is how long the increase in the stone temperature impacts interior comfort. Well into the evening on the peak days of late summer, my face has felt flushed and slightly overheated when I walk into the bedroom, as if I’d been to the beach.I have noticed this (though I have not tracked or monitored it) well after cooling loads have dropped in other parts of the house. The southeast corner continues to be baked by the stone, and cooling loads persist. On a cool evening this is not particularly problematic; we simply open up and let the breeze in. But in our area, we have many nights when the combination of warm outdoor temperatures and high relative humidity make that unrealistic.This is maddening. I grew up in New England with windows open from April to October and no air conditioning, and I yearn to reduce carbon impacts wherever possible. I know in the shoulder months with heating loads and during the winter this mass will play to our advantage, but it still sticks in my craw. Mean radiant surface temperatures is, in my opinion, one of the more overlooked aspects of designing for comfort and low energy. We can say now with very direct experience what we knew in theory before: that radiant surface temperature can force you to alter your set point and operative air temperature to affect the same comfort outcomes at the expense of a significant increase in energy use and enviro-guilt.In other words, shading the windows is only one aspect of mitigating solar gain. We will need to use our best passive design and amateur horticultural instincts to determine how to shade the house itself in the summer with vegetation and other design elements. This, of course, feels like another exciting design challenge and reinforcement of the holistic design idea that the building as a system acts in a truly integrated fashion with its site, and our interventions in any aspect of our property may well have an impact on our goals of carbon impact reduction. Understanding you have a problemThe house is at the high end of the street and has no shade trees. In the morning, the sun shines directly into six windows, including a large bank of four in the master bedroom. As the sun works its way around to the south, two more windows on the south side of the master continue to harvest solar gain. The south-side sunroom has a bank of large windows and a tile floor. In the late afternoon the living room and office heat up dramatically, thanks to the infamous wall of glass.It was now March, and so the passive solar assets were playing in our favor. But in Baltimore, this 1970s passive solar dream for heating would become a cooling-demand nightmare.Combined with no shade, virtually no insulation, stone walls, plentiful air infiltration, and stack effect through the vented attic, the house had all the attributes of a solar collector and a brick oven rolled into one delightful HVAC headache.My goal, of course, was a right-sized, efficient system that would deliver comfort when and where it was needed, subject to all the changing conditions around the house over the course of the day. So our next task was to determine what zoning strategy could work with these asymmetrical load characteristics. We knew that we simply did not have the money to tear out the existing ductork and replace it all. We were going to have to work with what we had; but how do you zone a house with an existing single-zone duct system? Perhaps this says something about the author, but the HVAC retrofit/replacement has been one of the most fun aspects of this project. When we toured the house it was apparent the heating and cooling systems were configured and sized simply to overwhelm any possible deficiency of the building. They were not only vastly oversized, but very strangely configured and in poor condition.The inspection report said the systems were functional. This was stretching the definition of “functional,” as we soon learned, but to a naïve optimist, every challenge looked like a cool opportunity.There were actually two systems: one for the original house and the south-side sunroom, and a second one for the large living room addition over the garage. The system serving the addition was very straightforward: just a big old gas furnace and cooling coil in an air-handling unit (in the attic, of course) that chose not to work half the time.The heating and cooling systems of the main house were a mystery at first. At the time of our first walk-through I noticed there were two air handlers sitting side by side, each an 80,000 Btu/h furnace and a cooling coil. I assumed this meant there were two zones in the main house. On the second walk-through I noticed there were indeed two thermostats but, strangely, they were right next to each other on a wall opposite a west-facing wall of glass.Surely, I thought, these were not the actual thermostats. Perhaps these were just the controls, and there were remote temperature sensors located appropriately in zones served by the side-by-side air handlers. I had not seen this before, but then there were a lot of things I didn’t know pertaining to old HVAC systems. We had a lot to think about in deciding to purchase the house, and we assumed we would replace the systems soon anyway, so I didn’t worry myself about it too much and decided to figure it out later.last_img read more

World Cup 2018: Russia in sight of knockouts after crushing Egypt

first_imgRussia moved a step closer to to the last 16 of the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Tuesday with a 3-1 win over Egypt on Tuesday. With the win, the hosts moved to top of Group A with six points from two games.A three goal blitz in the space of 15 minutes early in the second half put the Russians firmly in command before Egypt’s Mohamed Salah, who had a subdued game on his return from injury, struck from a penalty, awarded after a video review.Should Uruguay (3 points) beat Saudi Arabia (0 points) on Wednesday, it will ensure the South Americans and the Russians go through to the round of 16 with a game to spare. A draw would also send the hosts through.It is an unexpectedly positive situation for a Russian side that came into this tournament amidst scepticism and pessimism at home. After the two confident victories, with eight goals, the public appear to have taken the team to their hearts.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEFar from being over-awed by the pressure on them to perform, there is a real look of confidence and at times swagger about Stanislav Cherchesov’s side, who beat Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opening game.Egypt, whose final group game is against the Saudis, have only the slimmest of chances of staying in the tournament although they will at least be hopeful of picking up a first win in what is their third World Cup.#RUS maintain their 100% record and take a massive step towards the knock-outs! #RUSEGY // #WorldCup World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 19, 2018Hector Cuper’s side looked confident given the return of their talisman Salah, but the forward was short of full sharpness and made little impact in what was a tight first half.But just two minutes after the interval, Russia got their breakthrough and they never looked back.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEAleksandr Golovin’s cross was punched out by Egyptian keeper Mohamed El-Shenawy, only as far as Roman Zobnin whose low drive was heading wide until Ahmed Fathi’s outstretched leg turned the ball into his own net.Remarkably, it was the fifth own goal of the tournament so far. The record amount for a World Cup is six in 1998.If there was some good fortune to the opener, the Russians’ second was pure quality.Alexander Samedov pushed the ball out wide to Mario Fernandes, the Brazilian born right back who had powered forward from deep to deliver a perfect pull-back into the path of Denis Cheryshev who slotted home his third goal of the tournament.#RUSEGY | We caught up with @Cheryshev after the @TeamRussia player picked up his SECOND @Budweiser #ManoftheMatch award!( Russian) World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 19, 2018Two minutes later it was 3-0 via a route one play, as target man Artem Dzyuba chested down a long ball, bustled past Ali Gabr and drove home.MANIC CELEBRATIONSDzyuba, a throw-back physical centre forward who troubled Egypt’s defence all night, celebrated in manic fashion.”The most important thing is we won. The whole country is happy I think, Russia is partying. We are unbelievably happy. Thank you to everyone for the support.”Every player battled today in every area of the pitch. We didn’t give Egypt a centimeter of the pitch. We held back Salah and deserved to win,” he said.Salah, who had not played since going off injured in Liverpool’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid last month, managed some consolation when he converted from the spot.The penalty came after a video assistant referee (VAR) ruling that he had been brought down by Zobnin inside the area after the referee had initially awarded a free kick.”We had a good first half then we had 10-15 really bad minutes and that’s why we lost,” said Cuper, who immediately faced questions over his future.”Whether I should stay or not does not depend on me and we still have another match. In a World Cup you have to wait till the very last minute although our chances are minute,” he added.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

10 months agoMarcelino in stunning Batshuayi attack: Not to Valencia nor Primera standards

first_imgMarcelino in stunning Batshuayi attack: Not to Valencia nor Primera standardsby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveValencia coach Marcelino launched a furious attack on Michy Batshuayi after their Copa del Rey defeat to Sporting Gijon.Marcelino blasted the on-loan Chelsea striker in an amazing personal attack.”I think we have to bring players in for up front. It is clear that patience in some cases has already run out. In the first minute we could have put ourselves ahead. It’s the clearest chance I’ve seen in six months of competition and we did not even shoot at the goal, this is not like a player from the Primera nor Valencia,” the coach fumed in reference to Batshuayi, who was hauled off at halftime.He added that “I do not make the changes to point to anyone. I make the changes depending on the performance I see. Of the effort, of the intention, of what I see. I try to be fair and from there I modify.”Interestingly, on-loan Derby striker Nick Blackman featured for victors Sporting Gijon. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Curtis Samuels touches too few for OSU in stunning loss

OSU junior H-back Curtis Samuel (4) runs for a touchdown during the second half of the Buckeyes game against Penn State on Oct. 22. The Buckeyes lost 24-21. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorSTATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The goal for any offense is to get the ball into the hands of its playmakers. It’s to give the ball to those athletes in space with the hope of creating a long gain. For the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes, at some times that can be challenging due to the amount of raw talent on the field. But through the team’s first six games, junior H-back Curtis Samuel asserted himself as the most dynamic player on the sideline.When looking back on its loss against Penn State on Saturday, OSU might want to consider using Samuel more.In the first quarter, Samuel registered zero touches and the Buckeyes scored zero points in a quarter for the first time all season. However, the inefficiency of the offense wasn’t an anomaly, and the stagnation begins with not getting the ball in Samuel’s hands.OSU had accumulated just 61 yards of offense after the first quarter, not one of those belonging to Samuel. It took redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett until the under-10 minute mark of the second quarter to get the ball to Samuel, which resulted in a first down and 15-yard gain. His next catch, too, moved the sticks.On that drive, Barrett threw a touchdown pass to redshirt junior tight end Marcus Baugh, putting the Buckeyes up 9-0.Samuel began to be more involved in the beginning of the second half. It was almost as if OSU coach Urban Meyer remembered how important Samuel is to the offense. The Brooklyn native took his first carry of the night for 74 yards for a touchdown, taking the wind out of Penn State’s sails.Then, all of a sudden, Samuel wasn’t anywhere to be found in the run game. He had just one carry after the touchdown run and he was held to 10 total touches for the game with 139 total yards of offense. The Buckeyes stagnant offense allowed Penn State to get back into the game, with some help from OSU’s special teams, and ultimately ended in a 24-21 loss — the first of OSU’s season.Meyer simply said after the game that Samuel is much too important to the success of the offense to have just 10 touches and two carries.“We got to get him more than that,” he said.The two games where OSU’s offensive inconsistencies were the most prevalent were Indiana and Penn State. Against the Hoosiers, Samuel did not have a touch in the first quarter and did not record a reception. Against Penn State, Samuel surpassed his average of 5.3 receptions per game, but only had two carries, which is seven attempts lower than his season average.Play calling is one factor in an offense that is having difficulty with moving the ball, and execution is another. Redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber and senior H-back Dontre Wilson are two other dual-threat players who are used in the passing and running game, but the offense doesn’t have an urgency to get one guy the ball over the other.“It’s not like, ‘hey, Curtis has got to touch the ball, Dontre has got to touch the ball, Mike Weber has got to touch the ball.’ We’re not doing that,” Barrett said. “I’m going to tell you that from here on out, there’s not going to be any, ‘hey, let’s get Curtis the ball on this play.’ It’s not going to be like that.” In 2015, OSU had an embarrassment of riches concerning the talent at skill positions. That team struggled in finding the right amount of touches for each player on the offense. This season, in many ways OSU is still finding a balance in its offense. However, it is coming at the expense of neglecting Samuel.Although Meyer said he needs to get the ball to Samuel more, Barrett said that the offense doesn’t function best when one player is singled out to get the ball.“We’re going to run our plays and if Curtis happens to get the ball, then Curtis happens to get the ball,” Barrett said. “Our offense runs very well when that happens. We’re not going to start going backwards into ‘this person has to get the ball, that person has to get the ball’ because then you’re just predictable. That’s not how we play. That’s not good football.” read more