Veteran politician Sharad Pawar on Friday resigned from his post as the president of Mumbai Cricket Association. Pawar, according to sources, has decided to step aside as he does not want to draw the ire of the Supreme Court of India.Pawar, who is a Rajya Sabha MP for Maharashtra and also served as president of the International Cricket Council between 2010 and 2012, is actually not eligible to hold his post in the MCA as per the Lodha Committee recommendations, which states that cricket administrators should not be over 70 and must not serve two consecutive terms.Pawar, 76, said in his resignation letter, “Supreme Court order does not allow administrator over 70 years age to be in office. This applies to me so I am resigning.”Also am saddened by SC saying that administrators want to hold on beyond 70 as cricket is lucrative.Abiding by court order is duty of every citizen. So without much deliberation I resign.”Sharad Pawar steps down from the post of Mumbai Cricket Association’s (MCA) President pic.twitter.com/Xsg237povL ANI (@ANI_news) December 17, 2016Pawar had earlier taken a dig at the Supreme Court by saying that the apex court, which has so far been guiding how to run the country, will now decide how to organise cricket.”While I am closely associated with cricket, the matter is in the Supreme court. The Court is now going to decide how cricket will be organised. Till yesterday, they were guiding how to run the country. Now, they are also guiding the sports organisation,” he said while addressing the 89th annual general meeting of industry chamber FICCI in New Delhi.advertisementThe Indian cricket board has been stubborn in its stance by not willing to implement the full recommendations made by the Lodha Committee. The recommendations, if implemented fully, are expected to bring a sweeping change in the way cricket is being managed in India.The apex court had on December 9 adjourned the hearing as court felt that the pollution matter was more important and required immediate hearing.During its last hearing in October 21, the SC restrained from passing an order and allowed the BCCI and state cricket associations more time to implement the recommendations in total. However, BCCI despite many meetings with the associations and SGMs have remained firm on their stance of not accepting the full Lodha recommendations.(With PTI inputs)
This day 10 years ago Apple launched its first iPhone at Macworld 2007 in San Francisco. Steve Jobs introduced iPhone as three products in one – “a widescreen iPod with touch controls, a revolutionary mobile phone and a breakthrough internet communications device.” Many things have changed in the decade that followed, what hasn’t changed is the way iPhone is looked at with admiration. While the iPhone stays one of the best smartphones out there, Tim Cook, the Apple CEO says the best is yet to come.Apple launched the first iPhone over a year before there was an Android phone. In January 2007, when the market was dominated by BlackBerry phones, Apple’s touch screen phone with all the functionalities of an iPod and more definitely set the bar too high for the yet to come Android smartphones.Apple said in a blog that “it quickly grew into a revolutionary platform for hardware, software and services integration, and inspired new products, including iPad and Apple Watch, along with millions of apps that have become essential to people’s daily lives.” True indeed. With over one billion iPhones sold there is little to counter the company’s statement.”iPhone is an essential part of our customers’ lives, and today more than ever it is redefining the way we communicate, entertain, work and live,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO.”iPhone set the standard for mobile computing in its first decade and we are just getting started. The best is yet to come,” he added.Also read: iPhone 8: Everything you need to know about anniversary-special Apple phone advertisementEach year the company adds some new features, improves some older technologies in it iPhones. The latest iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus improved on the camera, processor, audio and almost everything. In our own review, we vouched for Tim Cook’s claim that these are the best iPhones ever made.”It is amazing that from the very first iPhone through to today’s newest iPhone 7 Plus, it has remained the gold standard by which all other smartphones are judged. For many of us, iPhone has become the most essential device in our lives and we love it,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing.”iPhone is how we make voice and FaceTime calls, how we shoot and share Live Photos and 4K videos, how we listen to streaming music, how we use social media, how we play games, how we get directions and find new places, how we pay for things, how we surf the web, do email, manage our contacts and calendars, how we listen to podcasts, watch TV, movies and sports, and how we manage our fitness and health. iPhone has become all of these things and more. And I believe we are just getting started,” said Schiller.Also read: iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus review: The best iPhones Apple has made Now, Apple is ready to launch another iPhone. The iPhone 8, which has already been the favorite of rumourmills. If the reports are to be believed the iPhone 8 will indeed be at an entirely different level even by Apple’s standard. It has been suggested that the iPhone 8 will feature OLED, curved display with minimum to no bezels. It may also get wireless charging and many more exciting features.The last two years have been a little rough for Apple’s iPhone business. However, if the first decade of iPhones is any indication we can expect more exciting things in the name of iPhones from the Cupertino-major. And Apple may hope to get back in the game with the iPhone 8.Also read: OnePlus 3T V Apple iPhone 7 Plus: Top specs shootout
Pakistan’s stand-in captain Mohammad Hafeez hit a fighting fifty to set up a comprehensive six-wicket victory against Australia in the second one-day international on Sunday that levelled the five-match series.Pakistan, who were whitewashed in the preceding test series and lost the first ODI in Brisbane, reached their target with 14 balls to spare after their bowlers had bundled out the hosts for 220 in the penultimate over of their innings. (SCORECARD)It was the first win for Pakistan against Australia in Australia across all formats since their victory in an ODI at the WACA in January, 2005.Mohammad Amir was the most successful Pakistan bowler with three wickets for 47 after left-arm fast bowling colleague Junaid Khan, playing his first ODI in over 19 months, put Australia on the backfoot by sending back the openers cheaply.Pakistan’s spinners, led by left-armer Imad Wasim (2-37), then bowled tightly on a sluggish Melbourne Cricket Ground pitch to keep Australia shackled.Australia captain Steve Smith top-scored for his side with 60 but a number of other batsmen got out after promising starts.Hafeez, who was not part of the original ODI squad and arrived in Australia as a late addition, was handed the captaincy after regular skipper Azhar Ali was ruled out with a hamstring injury.The right-handed opener struggled against Australia’s pacemen initially and Smith dropped him on nought in the slips off Mitchell Starc.Hafeez, who survived again on 55, batted fluently after his initial troubles and set up the chase with an opening stand of 68 with Sharjeel Khan (29) before a second-wicket partnership of 72 with Babar Azam (34).advertisementExperienced Shoaib Malik, who was given out caught behind off Pat Cummins on 10 but successfully overturned the decision on review, took over the responsibility of getting Pakistan home after they lost Hafeez and Azam in successive overs.Malik remained unbeaten on 42 after adding a crucial 53 for the fourth wicket with Asad Shafiq (13).The third ODI of the series will be played in Perth on Thursday.
Thanjavur, Feb 14 (PTI) One Jallikattu bull died after it fell in an open well at Mettutheru, about 13 kms from here today, police said. Three other bulls also fell in the well were rescued, police said. Twelve bul tamers sustained injuries and they were admitted at Thanjavur Medical College hospital. District Collector A Annadurai inaugurated the bull taming sport and about 500 bulls and 1000 bull tamers participated in the event. PTI COR RC MVV
Former Australia batsman Michael Hussey said it will take a “collective bowling effort” from Australia to counter the Virat Kohli phenomenon in their upcoming four-Test series against India.Hussey, however, believes fast bowler Mitchell Starc will pose some serious challenge for the Indian captain throughout the Test series.Kohli recently became the first batsman in history to score double hundreds in four consecutive Test series. (R Ashwin will be ready for me but I have my game plan: David Warner to India Today)”I think Starc is a brilliant bowler for the sub-continental conditions. He bowls at a genuine pace, can swing the new ball and is an excellent exponent of reverse swing. I am sure he will challenge Kohli throughout the series. It will, however, take a collective effort to stop Kohli, who has been phenomenal of late,” Hussey told PTI.Asked about the kind of challenges that Steve Smith will face, Hussey said that despite the Indians being champion players of spin bowling, the Australian captain need to be patient with spinners Nathan Lyon and Steve O’Keefe. (Virat Kohli leading the way in all three formats: David Warner to India Today)”Smith has experience of playing in India, which is important both in Tests and at the IPL. I feel he needs to show a lot of faith and patience with his spinners and get the field right, with a nice balance of attacking and defending,” observed Hussey, a veteran of 79 Test matches.David Warner has been in form of his life, pretty similar to Kohli’s purple patch but Hussey reckons that it will be a different challenge on very different tracks that both Warner as well skipper Smith will enjoy.advertisement”There is always a lot of pressure on Warner and Steve Smith to score big runs for Australia. The good thing is that they are both very hungry for runs and love batting. India will be a huge challenge for both players but I am sure they are very determined to have an impact on the series.” (I won’t sledge Virat Kohli, says Australia allrounder Glenn Maxwell)Known as ‘Mr Cricket’ for his consistency, Hussey is happy with the kind of preparation that the Aussies have undertaken in Dubai but is keen to watch how much of it translates into performances.”This tour of India has been a big focus for Cricket Australia for some time now and the preparation has been meticulous. Whether that transcends into performance on the field remains to be seen but the preparation has certainly been thorough,” he said.Australia are only playing one warm-up game, a three-day match against India A in the build up to their first Test against the hosts starting February 23 in Pune.”I would have perhaps like to have seen a few more warm up matches in India to cap off the preparations.” (Australia won’t shy away from sledging Virat Kohli’s India: Steve Smith)For Hussey, a clear plan against Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja is a must for the Aussie batsmen.”Each batsman must have very clear plans on how they want to play both spinners and then execute that plan in the middle. It will be tough as they are both very effective bowlers in Indian conditions. Ashwin obviously understands the home conditions really well and knows how to utilise them. Similarly, Lyon probably has a better record in Australia for the same reasons.”For rookies like Matt Renshaw or Peter Handscomb (he has played in IPL for Rising Pune Supergiants) playing their first Test series, Hussey has one simple tip – devise ways to get off strike quickly. (Don’t sledge Virat Kohli: Michael Hussey warns Australia)”Back your defence and have ways to get off strike. Be prepared to work very hard for long, long periods of time.”Under Kohli, India have started playing on better tracks of late with none of the pitches during the five-match series against England showing prodigious turn.”Definitely, but India are a high quality team particularly at home and it will be a huge challenge for our team, but as long as they are prepared to play tough Test cricket for long, long periods of time then I think we have a chance.”
A freak heel injury that was supposed to heal in three and half weeks took three and half months but Varun Aaron is back again raring to unleash his 140 plus thunderbolts as he gears up for another comeback to the national team.Ask him if the latest injury has made him more skeptical about choosing line and length stuff over pace, Aaron said: “I am blessed with a natural ability to bowl fast. Everyone can’t bowl quick. So as far as I am concerned there is no question of compromising on pace. Till the time I am playing cricket, I will be only bowling fast.”Aaron has entered the IPL auction pool at a base price of Rs 30 lakh and as an India pacer which is at premium, he should be confident of getting a franchise during the February 20 auctions.”I am optimistic that franchises will be interested in what I can bring to the table. Obviously I am looking forward to auction but before IPL, I will be playing Vijay Hazare Trophy for Jharkhand. I will be able to bowl 10 overs in a number of matches and that will certainly help me. The aim is an India comeback and every match from now on is important,” said the 27-year-old Pune resident.One of the fastest bowlers in Indian cricket, Aaron’s talent is not exactly reflected in nine ODIs and as many T20 Internationals that he has played so far.”It was unfortunate and frustrating. I was aiming for a good Ranji season. I felt some pain in my heel during first match against Maharashtra. But it wasn’t anything serious and as a captain I needed to play against Karnataka. I bowled 29 overs in all in that match but the pain increased.advertisement”When initially tests were done, I was told that it is a minor injury and will take barely three and half weeks before I would be back in action. But eventually, it turned out to be worse than that and I ended up missing out on the first-class season after the first two matches,” said Aaron.The perception that he is injury prone is also something that Aaron would like to change.”The last time I missed a season was back in 2011-12 due to back injury. Post that, you can check records, I have not missed out on a season. This time it was unfortunate. I was in Indian team’s standby list for the tour of West Indies. I went to Australia with the A team and Rahul bhai had praised my bowling. Just when things were falling in place, injury happened,” lamented Aaron.The Indian team’s core fast bowling unit looks set with Mohammed Shami (when back from injury), Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar being the first four choices.So realistically Aaron is looking at a sustained performance throughout the season so that he can make a case for himself when India is back on the road during the 2017-18 season with tours of South Africa, New Zealand, England lined up one after another.”Practically speaking I would like to perform well before Champions Trophy. The communication system in the current Indian team set-up has been brilliant. In my case, I was injured, so there wasn’t much the team management could have told me. But the aim is to play for India again,” Aaron asserted.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy today said the nation’s biggest charities are forecasting a 9 percent decline in giving this year – the biggest drop since the publication started tracking private donations in the early 90s. In an interview with the radio program Marketplace, publisher Stacy Palmer said it’s affecting how nonprofits ask for money:One of the things most nonprofits are very aware of is that some people don’t have jobs and they can’t appeal to them, so they’re focusing on the people who are affluent still and who still have money to give. They’re very careful to not make a pitch to somebody who can’t afford to give.I’m not sure that’s the case for most nonprofits – or if it is, it applies only to major donors, which is one circumstance in which a nonprofit may have intimate knowledge of a donor’s circumstances. Most nonprofits are unlikely to know who among their supporters has a job.In fact, the Chronicle on its website suggests as much (registration required to view article). Apparently most of fundraising is as aggressive as ever:The push to be more aggressive in seeking donations continues. The biggest charities are stepping up their efforts to solicit individuals, trying to explain more clearly why they need money, focusing on donors who have stopped giving, experimenting with new methods of online fund raising, and putting more time and effort into securing planned gifts. Charities are also reorganizing their fund-raising departments, sometimes because they have been forced to lay off employees. They are encouraging fund raisers to share responsibilities and work more closely with people in different departments.Here’s my take: you cannot possibly know the economic circumstances of all your individual donors – though hopefully you’re aware of the status of your biggest donors. And you can’t stop asking for money entirely. So what are you supposed to do? Ask, but with four things in mind:1. Empathy is appropriate. Acknowledge times are hard – for everyone – right now. If a donor can’t give, they’ll appreciate you understand this.2. Show you are tightening your belt. Describe every step your organization has taken to tighten your belt and operate as efficiently as possible this year.3. Demonstrate that all donations count. Because you’re stretching every dollar, make the point that every donation helps more than ever this year – whatever the size of the donation.4. Show impact. Thank your donors profusely for their past help and explain in tangible, vivid terms how their donations have made a big difference. And then do it again and again and again. Donors usually don’t stop giving because they don’t have money. They usually stop giving because of a surfeit of appeals and a shortage of thanks. Show donors that they are making good things happen – and give them credit for every piece of good news you have about your programs.A last point: if you have to reorganize your fundraising department or merge departments because of downsizing – something the Chronicle suggests is prevalent – look at this as an opportunity. It’s a chance to show you’re focused on efficiency and it’s also a great way to get rid of siloes where they should not have existed (ie, between marketing and development). Tough times can hold good lessons. Let them make you a better fundraiser.
This weekend, I’m sharing stories from Mary Holmes of the Cumberland Community Foundation. She often sends me wonderful emails in response to my posts, recounting her experiences as a fundraiser. She agreed I could share some of her tales in two posts, along with my commentary on what they mean for us. Thanks, Mary!Mary says…“Several years ago, our board member Ellie brought a synagogue friend to our Summertime Kids luncheon. It’s a free event, funded by board member donations. The total event cost was around $500– no decorations, no handouts, no perks, just a good, simple lunch. There was a board member seated at each table to provide community foundation information. A few grantees presented their stories, shared how children’s lives were changed, and thanked those present for their support. That friend donated to Summertime Kids the next year and has given every year since then. The friend opened a donor advised fund and made another gift. And then the friend told another friend about the community foundation.”Here’s a simple story about how and why people come to give with great loyalty. Note: there was no lavish event; no magic messaging, no glossy publication. That’s not what drives dollars. Instead:1.) RELATIONSHIPS: A board member introduced the friend to the foundation by bringing the person to an event. Learning about a cause through a friend or family member is the most powerful way to be introduced to it.2) EMOTIONAL, PERSONAL MESSAGING: At the event, the focus was on giving time for the foundation’s champions (its board members) and the people who had benefitted directly from the foundation to connect with the attendees. This did something very important: It gave donors the feeling they were part of an important cause.3.) GRATITUDE: The lunch focused on giving supporters the credit for positive change, and they were thanked for their accomplishments. This creates a great feeling among donors and makes them want to keep supporting the foundation. It’s critical for donors to feel their involvement is appreciated. When they do, they are happy to spread the word because they know their friends will also have a great experience as a supporter.Simple? Yes. Effective? Very.Don’t get so caught up in shiny tools and fabulous events that you lose sight of these basics! Ask Mary: they work.
I’m sure by now you’ve heard all the hoopla — Facebook is changing its pages and your personal life will now appear as a timeline, with a more organized and in-depth view of snapshots of your existence over the years. It’s a bit like a digital scrapbook. The simple world of “likes” will be replaced by a more complex series of reactions to interest areas. Any verb (not just “like”) can be used as an action, thanks to a new feature called Gestures. (A good summary is here.) And those apps? You won’t have to approve them all the time, so careful what you’re sharing! You can also consume media right within Facebook – and have your friends see what you’re watching.I’ve spent a little time this week fiddling around with my timeline and reading what various social media experts are saying about what this means to organizations, not just individuals. I think these insights are worth sharing if you’re a nonprofit that has spent quite a bit of time building a community on Facebook.1. If you have a Cause on Facebook, good news: Causes is very much on top of the changes, and they may be good news for supporters who want to show support for your organization more visibly. Read more here. If your organization is on Facebook but is not using Causes, read this. (Full disclosure: My organization is partnered with Causes.)2. What always held true holds MORE true now: Facebook is about conversation and relationships. If you want to succeed in using it as a tool to build engagement, you have to treat it as such. Recommended reading: this post by Beth Kanter.3. Focus on real ROI. Build relationships with an eye toward actually getting people to do something of value for your cause. Read Beth Kanter’s thoughts on moving people along the ladder of engagement from the same post I cited here. I completely agree with this. If you’re spending your scarce and valuable time on social media, make sure it matters in an important way for your organization. Set goals and meet them.4. Great content will matter EVEN MORE. Read John Haydon’s thoughts here.By the way, John is absolutely right when he says: “The good news is that 99% of communication and marketing professionals are too lazy and uninterested in having real discussions with their fans. So if you have a sincere commitment to do this, the competition will be few.”The headline is that following the good advice that’s been out there for a long time is no longer optional but essential. Namely, with Facebook you now must really, truly focus on relationship-building, clear movement toward action and superlative content.
I understand the temptation to recycle. I don’t mean the desire to reduce-reuse-recycle plastic bottles or aluminum cans. Rather, I’m talking about repeating the same approaches or messages over and over at work. I’ve posted more than 1,000 times on this blog, and some days I confess I truly feel uninspired when it comes time to write. On bad days, I wish I could just cut and paste a previous post and call it a day. Only that doesn’t work for a blog. Blogging requires I find something fresh to say – even if it’s just a tiny variation on an old, well-worn theme. I have to find a bit of new each time. It’s the same way with speeches. And work, where it’s all too easy to fall back on how we’ve always done things. Here’s the problem with giving in to the “recycling” urge: It’s reductionist. Just like the reduce-reuse-recycle concept — only it’s not as good for us as it is for the environment. When you stick to the exact same approaches and messages, you become increasingly narrow in your thinking. You fail to learn. You start assuming there is no other way. You don’t evolve. Your work becomes less inspired – or worse, boring. This is a problem because your audiences and operating landscape are always changing. You have to keep fine-tuning (or sometimes revolutionizing) what you do and how you do it. It’s one thing to identify best practices and build on what works – it’s quite another to get too comfortable and call it in.If you’re in a recycling rut, here are three ways to break out. If you have other ideas, please share them!1. Get out of yourself. Do one thing today that makes you shake free of your own thinking and wakes you up to the need to refine your view. Call a donor and see how they’re feeling about your organization. Go talk to someone in line at your shelter. Visit a front-lines staff member and ask them what’s new or different these days. This works.2. Go read a book outside your field. Or watch a TED talk. I swear by both. There’s nothing like new ideas to shake up your mind and stimulate your own thinking.3. Go have lunch with a really smart person who doesn’t work at your organization. Ask them what they think of your organization or cause. Brainstorm with them. I also swear by this approach. Most of my ideas come from conversations with other people – rather than my own isolated mind.Don’t reduce-reuse-recycle. Instead, re-visit, refine and renew.
As we enter into year-end fundraising season, now’s the time to make sure your website is in tip-top shape. Have you ever wondered what should – or shouldn’t – be on your nonprofit website? Can supporters find your donate button? Do you really need to post your address and phone number? Where do you make your case for giving? Join Network for Good’s Nonprofit Team as they give homepage tips and tricks!Attend this webinar on November 27 to learn ways to maximize your website during the holiday fundraising rush and walk away with the following:• An overview of year-end website best practices• 60 second critiques of actual nonprofit websites (submit yours in the registration form!)• Question and answer period to address any nonprofit website issuesRegister now.
Crowdfunding is a great way to raise money online, so of course you want to make use of it to get charitable contributions for your nonprofit organization. Or maybe you are with a college or university and are looking into education crowdfunding. Either way, the principles are the same, and the big question is, “What does it take to make crowdfunding sites for nonprofits successful?”The good news is you don’t need to figure it out on your own. With many years of fundraising for nonprofits under our belt, we set out to do just that and are happy to share our results. We’ve researched what works in peer-to-peer crowdfunding and what doesn’t. We’ve also designed and extensively tested crowdfunding software, and we offer two different versions: DonateNow and GiveCorps.There are many crowdfunding platforms online, all with different styles and different audiences. Here are the features we have found to be most important:Easy to Use – You shouldn’t have to be a programmer to use crowdfunding software. Look for a program that is laid out in a way that is easy for you to understand and that makes it simple to fill in your information and select options.Support and Training – Fundraising is essential to achieving your goals. You need to have industry-leading training and support available to make sure your strategy is effective.Customizable – Your crowdfunding software should make your donations page customizable in two ways:Branding – You should be able to include your logo, colors, theme — all the things that your donors recognize.Donation Amount – Two things to look for here — you should be able to define the preset amounts for buttons, and there should also be an option for donors to choose how much they want to give. Some will give less than your suggested amounts, and some will give more. Set the amounts on the buttons based on your experience with your donor base, just as you would in a print campaign. Social Sharing – This is critical, and it’s what takes your online fundraising into the realm of crowdfunding. Buttons with the icons for all the popular social media platforms should be built into the software so that they appear on all your pages, and the thank you note that gets sent when a donation is received should be built-in too.Automated Thank You Notes – Yes, blissfully, even the thank you part of fundraising is covered by the best crowdfunding software! Not only that, the thank you message should be customizable too.Recognize Donors – People are proud to see their names publicly displayed for being charitable. Less altruistically, they are also inclined to be competitive, and seeing a friend’s (or rival’s) name as a donor can inspire someone not to be outdone and spur them to make their own contribution, proving that even the lower side of human nature can be used for good!Network for Good has a blog with more free information on how to be successful at nonprofit fundraising. We also have specialists available to discuss how we can help you get the most out of your peer fundraising efforts, so contact us today or call 1-855-229-1694.
If the yardstick is Jose Mourinho’s final few matches against the Premier League’s relegation candidates, then Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first home game in charge of Manchester United was satisfactory after a 3-1 win over Huddersfield.In recent months, United have struggled to put away the likes of Crystal Palace and Southampton, unable to convert territorial and possessional dominance into goals. Admittedly, there was a respite against 10-man Fulham but that was insufficient evidence that Mourinho could turn things around.Missing from those United performances was the belief that they could go out and hammer teams, something that was commonplace in Solskjaer’s days as a player here but sadly lacking of late. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! He wrote in his programme notes of the need to re-establish what it is that Manchester United stand for . That starts with an attitude and a mindset that the work will get done on the pitch. He hasn’t had many training sessions with these players but it is clear that they are already focused on attack.It was rare under Mourinho to see so many United players ahead of the ball as they had here. They often had both full-backs, Luke Shaw and Diogo Dalot, as well as Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford all as options for a forward pass.The line of three behind the striker – Mata, Lingard and Pogba, interchanged quite a bit and left an enthusiastic but ordinary Huddersfield backline unsure about who to mark.It was exactly what you’d want as a United fan. The Old Trafford faithful have come to games in recent months not expecting much and just hoping that Mourinho would somehow get his team over the line.It might not yet be the New Year but there is a fresh feel about how they are playing. That attitude is appreciated by the fan in the stands, who like Solskjaer, still believes United stand for attacking football. So long as he sends them home happy then all will remain well.The interim manager has also made it known that he will seek to promote young, homegrown talents where he can. He introduced teenager Angel Gomes for Mata as proof of that. And it is already clear that another graduate in Rashford is growing in confidence.The No. 10 appeared occasionally timid under Mourinho; maybe afraid to make a mistake in case he saw his number appear on the fourth official’s board shortly after. But there is a definite improvement in the young England striker, who is trying things and seeking to capitalise on the chance he has been given to fill in up top for the absent Romelu Lukaku.There was one first-half nutmeg and cross in particular with Zanka Jorgensen the victim. Dalot should really have given that cross the finish it deserved.And it was Rashford who provided the corner from which Nemanja Matic scored the opener. He was key for United in an attacking sense, peppering Jonas Lossl’s goal with shots all afternoon. He was involved again just before Mata crossed to Ander Herrera, who laid on Pogba for the second.It had been an uncertain period for United at the beginning of the second half to that point. Huddersfield fought hard and could well have had an equaliser. A well-worked corner routine yielded a shot from inside the area by Laurent Depoitre but David de Gea clawed the ball away from the United top corner.It is the type of save for which the Spaniard has been renowned at United, even if this season he has been beneath his peak. It was enough to preserve the lead for United, and to give Pogba the platform to go and kill the game with two fine goals.He will take the plaudits after a fine outing. He was not shackled in a midfield duo as under Mourinho. That heavy lifting was left to Fred and Matic. Instead, Pogba was free to sprinkle his class on the game, such as his goals and one majestic second-half through ball for Rashford.He is a world-class talent and it is clear that Mourinho could not win him over nor get the best out of him. That looks to have already turned around. Zanka took some of the gloss off late on but many United fans had already set off for the pub by that stage.Two wins in a row then for Solskjaer, an achievement Mourinho managed only twice this season. He could well add a third on Sunday when Bournemouth are in town. Then, who knows, a fourth against Newcastle a few days later.It’s no coincidence that Mourinho was chased away with so many winnable fixtures on the horizon. Any Manchester United manager would benefit from a softish start like the one Solskjaer has been landed with. He’s watched his team score eight times in two games, concede only once, and firmly re-align their season.They are still a mile off fourth but the new man has got to start somewhere. The feelgood factor is back around Old Trafford this festive season. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek made a big impact off the bench against Dynamo Kyiv on Thursday, but it was a surprise to many to see him left out of Maurizio Sarri’s starting line-up in the 3-0 Europa League win.The midfielder almost scored and registered an assist for Callum Hudson-Odoi in a nearly 30-minute appearance at Stamford Bridge, as the Blues look set to make the quarter-final of the competition.Sarri wanted to start the 23-year-old, who has looked at times this season like making that decisive breakthrough as a regular first-team player. However, Loftus-Cheek is still not at 100 per cent as he looks to fully recover from a recurring back injury that flared up against Nottingham Forest in early January. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Loftus-Cheek still needs a little longer, according to Sarri, as he tries to allow the homegrown star to finally make it big in west London.“In the last few weeks, better,” Sarri said about Loftus-Cheek’s back injury. “He has played with continuity in the last few weeks. His condition is not at the top at the moment to play 90 minutes, which is why he wasn’t in the starting XI today.”I wanted Jorginho on the pitch for 50-55 minutes. I wanted [N’Golo] Kante on for 30-35 minutes. So I wasn’t able to choose him because he was another substitution. But only for this reason. At the moment, he’s not able to play for 90 minutes.”His condition is improving. His back is better and better, so I think in two or three weeks he will be able to play for 90 minutes.”Wolves beat Chelsea 2-1 at the Molineux in December, in a match that Loftus-Cheek scored in during his brightest period under the club’s latest manager. The two sides are set to meet again at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.Sarri admits that his use of substitutes on Thursday was a bid to keep players fresh in what has been a busy period for the club, and that trend will likely continue against Wolves. “We changed six or seven players today, and probably it will be the same in the next match,” he added. “Of course, at this moment, it’s really difficult to arrive in every match mentally and physically at 100% with the same level of determination.”But I think, for the next match, we can change six or seven players still. Jorginho played only 50 minutes, Kante only 40 minutes, Barkley only 60, no more. These three players will be able to play the next match.”Of course, at this moment, it’s a problem for every English team involved in European competition.”Chelsea have their Champions League qualification fate in their own hands, sitting just two points off the fourth spot with a game in hand. They also have one foot in the Europe League quarter-final, which offers a second route to achieve the club’s main goal for the season.Sarri believes the battle to finish in the top four will run until the end of the season, as four clubs are seemingly fighting over two spots in the top four, with Manchester City and Liverpool looking like they are competing on another level for the Premier League title.”I think we are fighting and we will be fighting for the top four until the last minute of the last match. Every match will be important in our future,” Sarri said.
This is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.My office building isn’t very big and doesn’t get many visitors. The mailman’s daily arrival is widely looked upon as a highlight! Yesterday, however, a friendly stranger popped his head into my office and introduced himself as a friend of a friend:“Hi, I’m Julius Caesar [I may have heard that incorrectly] and we have a friend in common. I was visiting my accountant across the hall, saw the sign on your door and thought I’d say hello.”He told me that he owned a healthcare software business, whereupon I mentioned the interesting fact that many of my clients are also in the healthcare field. I rattled off a couple of examples, including, “a woman who helps healthcare organizations communicate their data clearly.”He asked, “Is her name Kathy?” Indeed it is. Kathy Rowell, to be exact.Which brings me to two very important points regarding your solo professional marketing:1) It’s good to be known for something.Think about how impressive yesterday’s event was. I said a simple phrase – not a shiny elevator statement, not a hyped up “she’s the leading provider of cross-platform healthcare, blah, blah, blah.”Just a “thought chunk” that more or less describes Kathy’s work, and his brain pulled up her name.That’s huge. And it’s exactly how word of mouth happens. Somebody mentions something to someone. Next thing you know, you get a call (often from a prospect) out of the blue. Note as well, that most of the word-of-mouthing doesn’t come out of your particular mouth – it happens when two other people get to talking about you.Which means that polishing your phraseology endlessly is way less important than simplifying it to the point that someone else can remember it and repeat it, a week or a month or a year later.Kathy’s the health care data woman. What would you like to be known for?(P.S. If you said honesty, integrity, high quality work or any other clichéd marketing catchphrase, there’s a seat waiting for you at the back of the class.)Join the nation’s largest group representing the new workforce (it’s free!)Become a member2) Word of mouth doesn’t just happen among business people and in business situations.It happens all the time. Julius knows Kathy because Kathy’s husband painted his house last month (“Roman Column White,” I can only assume). He and I are connected through someone we both know in common. Julius’s accountant happens to have an office in my building.It’s all random and there’s no way you could ever predict when and where it will happen. (“Hey honey, make sure to tell that guy whose house you’re painting about the work I do in case he runs into Michael Katz when he goes to see his accountant next month.”)But it happens, nonetheless. Your job, therefore, is to spread the word to everyone you meet. What is not your job is to spend time trying to figure out who’s worthy of hearing your message. The answer is, everyone. You never know whose wife’s brother’s plumber is married to the CEO of a company that needs your help.Here’s the bottom line. Everyone you know and every interaction you have is a marketing opportunity.Figure out how to simply and clearly explain what it is you do and share it, over and over again, with anyone who’s willing to listen. All hail Caesar.Michael Katz is Founder and Chief Penguin of Blue Penguin Development. He specializes in working with solo professionals and, in particular, teaching them how to develop a clear niche. Sign up for his free newsletter, The Likeable Expert Gazette, here.
Kevin Anderson moved into his first Grand Slam semifinal at age 31, emerging from a back-and-forth showdown between big servers to beat Sam Querrey 7-6 (5), 6-7 (9), 6-3, 7-6 (7) at the US Open.The 28th-seeded Anderson, a South African, is appearing in his 34th major tournament.His victory against the 17th-seeded Querrey concluded a little before 2 a.m. on Wednesday in front of a sparse crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium- and it did not come easily.”Getting through-it just feels absolutely fantastic,” Anderson said.The 6-foot-8 (2.03-meter) Anderson finished with 22 aces, the 6-foot-6 (1.98-meter) Querrey hit 20.Anderson trailed 5-2 in the opening tiebreaker before collecting the next five points to claim it. He fought back from a 6-1 deficit in the second tiebreaker to move within a point of winning it himself at 8-7, before eventually succumbing on Querrey’s eighth set point.”That,” Anderson said, “was really tough.”Reuters Photo The third set was more straightforward with Anderson breaking to go ahead 4-2, then serving it out, closing with a down the line forehand winner. But there was more drama in the fourth, when Querrey fought off a match point at 6-5, then held a set point at 7-6 with a chance to send it to a fifth.But Querrey wouldn’t win another point, with Anderson reeling off the last three to end the match after nearly three-and-a-half hours.Querrey was attempting to become the first American man to reach the final four at Flushing Meadows since Andy Roddick was the runner-up in 2006. (Sam Querrey tramples over Mischa Zverev to reach quarters)advertisementQuerrey, a 29-year-old from California, had never been a semifinalist at a major until his 42nd appearance, at Wimbledon in July. That set a record for most attempts by a man before getting that far in the Open era, which began in 1968.In Friday’s semifinals, Anderson will take on 12th-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain. The winner of that match will reach his first Grand Slam final.Speechless. #usopen #semifinalsKevin Anderson (@KAndersonATP) September 6, 2017Carreno Busta advanced Tuesday with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 victory over No. 29 Diego Schwartzman of Argentina.
Eden Hazard scored twice as Chelsea eased to a 4-0 victory at Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League on Saturday.With the win, Chelsea registered their first league of 2018.Chelsea’s midweek penalty shootout success over Norwich City in the FA Cup meant they had drawn their last five games in regulation time in all competitions.However, Saturday turned out to be different when Hazard and Willian struck inside six minutes to set the tone for the rest of Chelsea’s match.The Blues get back on track with their first #PL win of 2018#BHACHE pic.twitter.com/NQ8xeOF4vX— Premier League (@premierleague) January 20, 2018Brighton tried to get back into the match but were denied by the bar, some fine saves by Willy Caballero — making his first league start for Chelsea in place of injured Thibaut Courtois — while having two penalty appeals waved away by the referee.With Brighton pushing forward, Hazard brilliantly netted a third 13 minutes from time before Victor Moses made it four late on. The win took Chelsea above Liverpool — who play on Monday — into third. One win in 13 league games leaves Brighton 16th.”Today, it was a really good performance,” Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said. “I saw important things. Now, we have to continue.””We need to start games like this more often. When you score early it’s easy to think the game is over but in the Premier League you never know” – @hazardeden10 #BHACHE pic.twitter.com/Kz4XvIAwnEadvertisement— Premier League (@premierleague) January 20, 2018With Alvaro Morata suspended, Michy Batshuayi led the line for Chelsea against a Brighton side who went with three central defenders, and before the hosts even had chance to settle, Moses squared for Hazard to fire into the net three minutes in.After previously scoring just once in four games in all competitions, Chelsea had two inside six minutes at the Amex. Batshuayi was heavily involved, laying the ball off for Willian to drill home.”We didn’t do ourselves any favours by going 2-0 down so early,” Brighton manager Chris Hughton said. “But the result is not a full reflection of the game.”ALSO WATCHBrighton were unfortunate not to earn a penalty after Caballero appeared to upend defender Ezequiel Schelotto, before Chelsea’s stand-in keeper did well to beat out Tomer Hemed’s header.After the break, Brighton continued to threaten, and were inches away from getting back into the match, but Davy Propper saw his effort hit the crossbar.Home goalkeeper Mathew Ryan then tipped an effort from Willian onto the post, before Hazard was more clinical, firing in after Brighton had allowed him to carry the ball into the box, unchallenged.Chelsea were not finished, as Moses latched onto a brilliant pass from substitute Charly Musonda to put the seal on a fine performance one minute from time.(Courtesy: Reuters)
Manchester United have a series of significant fixtures coming up at Old Trafford across three different competitions and manager Jose Mourinho has predicted an “amazing” period for the club.United host Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday to kick off a run of four home games in their next five matches.Mourinho’s side start next month with a league trip to Crystal Palace before welcoming top-four rivals Liverpool.A Champions League last-16, second-leg fixture against Sevilla and a home FA Cup quarter-final against Brighton & Hove Albion wrap up the busy period, and Mourinho remains confident ahead of United’s decisive spell in the campaign.”I think the next few weeks at Old Trafford will be amazing,” he told MUTV.”Two big matches against two direct rivals in the Premier League, two knockout matches that, if things go well, can leave us in the quarter-final of the Champions League and the semi-final of the FA Cup.”Sometimes we have periods with three, four consecutive away matches but this time we have four matches at home, with Crystal Palace away in between, but four big matches at Old Trafford.”United’s schedule contains 13 fixtures, including 11 league matches, but that total could potentially rise to 20 depending on their progress in the cup competitions.”March, April and May can be really busy and going far in the FA Cup creates you problems,” Mourinho added.”We now play Brighton when we were supposed to play West Ham and we don’t know when well play West Ham.”advertisementUnited, currently second in the league, have an opportunity to open up a six-point advantage over fourth-placed Chelsea with a win this weekend.(With Reuters inputs)
Jaydev Unadkat became the most expensive Indian player in the Indian Premier League 2018 Auction when Rajasthan Royals bought him for Rs 11.50 crore on Sunday.RR, on Saturday, had also invested Rs 12.50 crore to buy England all-rounder Ben Stokes, who is the most expensive player of the IPL so far.Indian batsmen Manish Pandey (Sunrisers Hyderabad) and KL Rahul (Kings XI Punjab) had bagged Rs 11 crore each on Saturday..@JUnadkat is sold to @rajasthanroyals for INR 1150 lacs VIVO #IPLAuction IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) January 28, 2018Unadkat enjoyed a spectacular season for Rising Pune Supergiant in 2017, picking 24 wickets in 12 matches. The 26-year-old was also recalled into the Indian team for the T20 International series against Sri Lanka and he resonded brilliantly by returning figures of 1/7, 1/22 and 2/15 – he was named man-of-the-series.Last year, Unadkat was on fire for RPS and he became one of three bowlers in the season to take a hat-trick. He will now join the likes of Dhawal Kulkarni, Ben Stokes and Joffra Archer in what is beginning to look like a dangerous seam attack for the Royals.Here is a look at the Rajasthan Royals team so far:Steven Smith (Overseas)Ajinkya Rahane (Indian)Ben Stokes (Overseas)Stuart Binny (Indian)Sanju Samson (Indian)Jos Buttler (Overseas)Rahul Tripathi (Indian)D’Arcy Short (Overseas)Jofra Archer (Overseas)Gowtham Krishnappa (Indian)Dhawal Kulkarni (Indian)Jaydev Unadkat (Indian)