About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say West Ham defender Balbuena: England feels like a movieby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham United defender Fabian Balbuena is living the dream in his debut Premier League season.The Paraguayan arrived from Corinthians in the summer for £4million.”I saw all the good matches,” Balbuena told Standard Sport. “Chelsea vs Manchester United, United vs [Manchester] City, Arsenal vs West Ham, Tottenham vs Arsenal… when I was a child all the teams had good players.”I saw every game on TV and when I came to the Premier League in my head it seemed like a movie because all the players want to play in the Premier League and now I make the target possible.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Alisson credits Liverpool teammates for FIFA Best awardby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker believes that his FIFA award is partially due to his excellent teammates.Alisson won the FIFA Best Goalkeeper award in midweek, capping off a tremendous first year with the club.But he believes that despite his excellent personal performances, the team’s displays and results helped him win.”Well, like I always said, for me the most important thing is to achieve my goals that are the same of the team: winning something for the club, winning something together. And then if you win some awards individually then it’s OK if you win always together,” Alisson told Liverpoolfc.com.”I’m really happy because I worked a lot to arrive here, to win the Champions League, to become a great player, to have a great season as I had in the last one with Liverpool and with the national team also. “So yeah, I’m very happy because always I just feel grateful for my family – they help me a lot in all the moments, good moments, bad moments. They are together with me so I’m really happy for that.”
DURHAM, NC – FEBRUARY 7: A general view of the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Duke University Blue Devils tip off at center court to begin their game on February 7, 2007 at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina. North Carolina won 79-73.(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Former Duke star J.J. Redick is back in Durham this week, and worked out at the team’s facility yesterday. He’s back out there today, and shooting like he used to do for the Blue Devils, according to the Duke basketball Twitter account. All-time Duke scoring leader @JJRedick shooting 92% unofficially in this workout. The guy can’t miss. #DukeFam pic.twitter.com/qH5Bg6imDZ— Duke Basketball (@dukeblueplanet) September 15, 2015Crazy to think that Redick is entering his 10th NBA season. Time flies.
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MONTREAL – Laurentian Bank’s CEO acknowledges having underestimated the market reaction to irregularities surrounding certain mortgages sold to a third-party buyer even though he believes the issue has been “over mediatized.”“We certainly underestimated the sensitivity of the market to all that (touches) the mortgage sector,” Francois Desjardins told reporters Tuesday after the bank’s annual meeting.The bank didn’t address the issue in its presentations, but that didn’t stop a shareholder from criticizing its leaders and demanding accountability for the company’s share performance.Canada’s seventh-largest bank is trading around $48 on the Toronto Stock Exchange, far from its level of about $60 in early December, before the disclosure of irregularities.Laurentian expects to purchase up to $392 million in loans deemed problematic by the end of the second quarter, following the comprehensive review of mortgage loans totalling $1.1 billion.Desjardins told reporters that the bank’s situation is very different from what happened with Home Capital last year.The discovery of irregularities at the Ontario alternative lender resulted in charges being laid by the Ontario Securities Commission and pushed the company into a crisis that threatened its survival.“The amount mentioned is $400 million (of potentially redeemed loans) on (managed assets) of $47 billion,” said Desjardins. “That’s less than one per cent of all the work we do.”He insisted that the quality of the loans in question was not bad, but that the product type simply wasn’t what was wanted by the third-party buyer, whose identity was not disclosed.Laurentian shareholder Richard Venor, an accountant by profession, regretted a lack of transparency by management in recent months, believing that it had not been able to “deliver the goods” to the shareholders.“If loans have gone bad, heads have to roll,” he told fellow shareholders. “It’s the way we work in business. Managers should be identified and we must get rid of them.”Venor later told reporters that the current share price reflected the market’s view of the bank’s management.Desjardins acknowledged that the issue could have an impact on the share price, adding that there were several other factors to consider, including the current transformation plan.Desjardins wants to double the bank’s size as part of a major digital shift, which has resulted in a decrease in the size of the branch network in Quebec. He intends to eliminate 50 branches and reduce their number to about 100.“We are building the bank of tomorrow,” he said, urging patience. “It’s over seven years, it’s not a one-quarter correction.”Companies in this story: (TSX:LB, TSX:HCG)
Noah West celebrates with Gavin Lyon following scoring a run during the two’s days in Little League for the Westerville Warhawks. Credit: Courtesy of Carrie WestComing from a small town and being counted on to play a varsity sport is not an easy task to ask of anyone. It can be a very challenging transition.But freshmen baseball players Noah West and Gavin Lyon have something that can help make that transition much easier — a friendship dating back to the days of Little League.And, as West noted, having his best friend by his side to begin his collegiate baseball career at Ohio State proved to be very advantageous for the pair.“Coming into here, I was pretty nervous; it was really nerve-wracking,” West said. “A whole new set of players who we were playing with, and we don’t know them that well. But coming here with Gavin is basically a comfort zone. He’s always had my back, and if something’s going on, I can always come talk to him. It was always just a lot easier coming here with him.”They first started playing with each other when they were on a travel team called the Westerville Warhawks. Their fathers had been good friends and both helped coach the team. From there, they would continue to grow up and play at every level together from Little League to the varsity at their school, Westerville Central High School.For their former high-school baseball coach, Jeff Keifer, it has been a remarkable thing to watch the two of them grow up together and now both play at the highest level of amateur baseball.“They went on spring trips together. They played on the same travel teams growing up and then eventually playing on practice teams and ultimately junior varsity and varsity for three years,” Keifer said. “And that in and of itself must be incredibly special — just to be able to do that. But the uniqueness of them both being able to go on and play at the next level at a place with the storied history of Ohio State, it was just great for both of them.”Both have made it to the level of college baseball, but each took different paths.West, the youngest of three brothers, has grown up in a baseball family and has always had the sport in the forefront of his mind. Coach Keifer, who coached both West’s older brothers in high school, had figured for a long time Noah was going to be able to move on to the next level.“He just had that special athleticism that makes the difference between just a really good high-school player and a college athlete,” Keifer said.OSU baseball coach Greg Beals thought West had the skills to live up to the high expectations that come with playing shortstop at OSU.“I thought Noah showed me that between his hands, his athleticism and especially his arm strength that he could stay at shortstop at the college level,” Beals said.Noah West (left) and Gavin Lyon (right) pose for a photo on a visit at an Ohio State football game. Credit: Courtesy of Carrie WestLyon was a multi-sport athlete in high school, serving as both a starting pitcher for the baseball team and as starting quarterback for the football team. There was a time when baseball was not necessarily the runaway first sport for Lyon.“I was kind of new to baseball,” Lyon admits. “I’ve always loved both, but baseball especially through high school became the one, that I knew was going to be the one that I wanted to pursue further.”But as he continued on his high school career, Lyon became more enamored with the game of baseball and his coach said that it had probably surpassed football as his favorite sport by the time he was a senior.Though he now only plays the one sport, Lyon still possesses that athleticism that made him such an exciting player to watch. Coach Beals believes it is really special when you see someone who can excel in two sports the way Lyon did at Westerville Central.“It speaks to his athleticism,” Beals said. “To be able to quarterback at a big high school like that and then also be the No. 1 pitcher on his high school team speaks a lot about his athleticism.”When it finally came time to commit to a school, West was the first to submit a pledge to coach Beals and the OSU program. And at that point, it quickly became an easier decision for Lyon to decide to join the OSU baseball team. The prospect of playing baseball together for four more years with his best friend seemed too good an offer to pass up.“Noah visited first and he committed, so I committed a little later, but there was always that thing where Noah was pushing me to commit,” Lyon said. “We had always been thinking about it, like how cool would that be, and it really was like a dream come true when it all came into place.”For West, it was just a dream, one that somehow became fact rather than fiction.“I just never thought it would be possible to play baseball with my best friend all the way through high school,” he said.
Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins runs around a Northwestern defender in the Big Ten Championship game on Dec. 1 in Indianapolis. Ohio State won the game 45-24. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorINDIANAPOLIS — No. 5 Ohio State had the momentum heading into the Big Ten Championship.Coming off a 62-39 win against then-No. 4 Michigan, the Buckeyes were clicking on all cylinders, with redshirt sophomore Dwayne Haskins leading the No. 2 pass offense in the country, with redshirt junior defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones and the defensive line providing consistent pressure, limiting success for opposing quarterbacks. But in the way of Ohio State’s 37th Big Ten championship was No. 21 Northwestern, a team that survived by playing opponents close, never winning or losing a game by more than 14 points, that limited opponents’ success in the passing game by playing a zone base defense, keeping pass plays in front of them. Ohio State became one of the victims of Northwestern football on Saturday, but came out with the largest win differential of any opponent the Wildcats have faced this season, recording the 45-24 victory and winning their 37th Big Ten title. Even without knowing what the College Football Playoff committee will decide for the Buckeyes moving forward, head coach Urban Meyer said the first focus was to get to the Big Ten Championship in the first place. “The ultimate prize is a National Championship. But you certainly can’t be in that discussion unless you win your conference,” Meyer said. “So our objective is to get to Indy, win in Indy, win the conference championship.”The Buckeyes never lost its lead in the entirety of the game, securing the victory on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Haskins to sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins in the fourth quarter. Haskins finished the game with 499 passing yards, breaking his own school record for single-game passing yards, while completing 82.9 percent of his passes. The redshirt sophomore quarterback threw five touchdowns with one interception, his eighth of the season. Haskins said that the players around him, whether it’s the offensive line or the wide receivers, provided him the opportunities to succeed. “The biggest thing was execution,” Haskins said. “And the thing I had to do was give the ball to playmakers and let them make the plays. I’m just the distributor. And we did a great job tonight.” After Ohio State had held a 24-7 halftime lead, Northwestern surged back, recording 14 unanswered points in the third quarter, bringing its deficit to three points after a 18-yard touchdown run for redshirt senior quarterback Clayton Thorson and a 2-yard pass from Thorson to junior super back Cameron Green. But sophomore defensive end Chase Young batted a pass up at the line of scrimmage in the third quarter, landing in the arms of redshirt junior cornerback Damon Arnette for one of three turnovers by the Ohio State defense, seemingly giving the game back to the Buckeyes. Even after a 29-yard touchdown pass from Haskins to freshman wide receiver Chris Olave bringing the Buckeyes’ lead to 10 heading into the fourth quarter, the Wildcats continued to stay in the game, with Thorson leading Northwestern on a 7-play, 76-yard drive ending with a 21-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter. Ohio State extended its lead on a 9-yard pass from Haskins to redshirt senior Johnnie Dixon, who led the team with seven catches for 129 yards. Even with the late game success defensively, Ohio State looked more like the defense that played against Maryland in the first quarter. After recording a three-and-out in its first drive, Northwestern junior running back John Moten IV found running room on the right side of the Ohio State defense, taking the ball 77 yards for the Wildcats’ first score of the game, the seventh play of 70 yards or more the Buckeyes have allowed this season. It seemed to click for the defensive line later in the game, with Ohio State recording eight tackles for loss, including five sacks. Young finished the game with three sacks and a forced fumble. Facing a quarterback that he considered to be an NFL pro-style quarterback, Young said he and the rest of the line got its game plan from defensive coordinator Greg Schiano. “Coach Schiano said we have to get after him. Ran certain blitzes to block the storm press,” Young said. “And today, we just won. And we followed what Coach Schiano said and we got the win.” Pressure in the backfield led to turnovers in the first half. As he was hurried by junior linebacker Malik Harrison, Thorson heaved a ball down the sideline, testing Ohio State’s man coverage and one-on-one ability as many opponents have done prior. Redshirt freshman defensive back Shaun Wade brought in the ball for his third interception of the season. Wade said pressure, whether it’s from the linebackers or from the defensive line, is vital to the success of the pass defense as a whole. “When they do that, as DB’s, we should be getting picks or just going to get the ball to be honest,” Wade said. “Because they provide that for us, that pressure for us all the time.” Young also recorded a strip sack, easily moving through Northwestern senior left tackle Blake Hance and bringing Thorson down on his blind side. After breaking former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson’s Big Ten record for most total yards in a single season in the first quarter, Haskins found redshirt senior wide receiver Terry McLaurin twice in the first half, recording a 16-yard score and a 42-yard score, breaking former Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett’s record for the most touchdowns in a single season. After a 2017 Big Ten Championship in which McLaurin brought in two catches for 92 yards, recording a touchdown, Haskins knew, with where they were playing, that the redshirt senior wide receiver would be an impact on Saturday. “This is where Terry grew up,” Haskins said. “Whenever he has an opportunity to come back and play in this stadium, he does it for his family, for each other, for our teammates. And he shows out and he did a great job today.” Dobbins, recording his ninth rushing touchdown of the season in the first quarter, led the Buckeyes in rushing with 68 yards on 17 carries, averaging four yards per rush. Haskins said the win against Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship is a perfect example of what he wants to remember about Ohio State and the season he’s had. “What’s so fantastic about this game is that I looked to my left, my right, and we’re all ready to go out there, make a play together and be trusting one another, trusting the coaches when they put us in that situation,” Haskins said. “And what better way to go out on a win today.” Ohio State’s postseason fate will be decided when the College Football Playoff selection committee releases its final rankings on Sunday at noon.Updated on Dec. 2 at 1:46 a.m. with quotes from players and coaches after Ohio State’s 45-24 win against Northwestern.
FIFA has said that it has “taken note” of its former president Sepp Blatter’s attendance at a World Cup game despite being banned from football.The 82-year-old Blatter, was in Russia to watch Portugal’s 1-0 Group B victory over Morocco on Wednesday on the invitation of Russian president Vladimir Putin.The Swiss’ 17-year spell in charge of world football’s governing body ended amid a corruption scandal in 2015 and FIFA banned Blatter for eight years, which was later reduced to six years on appeal.“FIFA has taken note of Mr Blatter’s visit to Russia,” a FIFA spokesperson told BBC Sport.Fan dies after setting herself on fire protesting Iran’s ban on women spectators Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 A young woman from Iran set, only publicly known as The Blue Girl for the color of her favorite club Esteghlal, has died from her injuries after protesting Iran’s ban on female fans.“We have no further comment at the present stage.”In September 2015, Swiss authorities announced that Blatter was under investigation over a £1.3m “disloyal payment” to Michel Platini, the ex-boss of European football’s governing body Uefa, in 2011.However, the both men denied any the allegation