Ferguson surprised by McDermott sacking

first_img McDermott was sacked this week, with nine Barclays Premier League games remaining of a relegation fight the Royals still have a chance of winning. Ferguson is amongst those who feel McDermott had done a good job, pointing out he was January’s manager of the month following a run of impressive victories. However, he simply doesn’t understand why there should be a change at this point, with McDermott now joining Mark Hughes and Nigel Adkins as managers who have lost their jobs immediately before a trip to Manchester United. “The timing is surprising,” said Ferguson. Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson cannot understand the timing of Brian McDermott’s axing by Reading. “If a new manager comes along, they can’t buy anyone. What he has got he has got. “If they had done it in December or January maybe I would have understood it because it would have given a new manager time to bring players in during the window.” Even then, Ferguson would have been scratching his head. Having offered McDermott advice earlier in the season, the United boss feels by any measure, the former Chelsea coach has been a success at the Madejski Stadium. “He spent something like £1.2million and £7.4million has come in, so financially he has been successful,” added Ferguson. “He also got them promoted to the Premier League. I don’t know what more you can do. “He was manager of the month in January – I hope I am not manager of the month this month.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

McIlroy looking to build challenge

first_img “I was letting the round get away from me somewhat, but making four birdies on the last seven holes was nice to sort of redeem the round a little bit and keep myself in the tournament,” said the world number three, who has been watching videos of his eight-shot triumph at Kiawah Island to gain inspiration. “It makes me feel good because maybe in the middle of the season or a couple of months ago I wouldn’t have been standing up here. I would have been going home. “It’s good to be able to do that and fight back and makes you feel good about yourself going into the weekend. Walking up the second hole, which was my 11th hole today, all I wanted to do is be here for the weekend. All of sudden, I’m somewhat back in the tournament. “If I get off to a fast start tomorrow I’m right there.” Press Association McIlroy, who won five times last year but has recorded just one top-three finish in 2013 since his controversial equipment change in January, looked set to miss his second major championship cut in succession. The 24-year-old was five over par after 11 holes of his second round but birdied four of the next six to add a 71 to his opening 69 and finish level par, seven behind clubhouse leader Adam Scott. center_img Defending champion Rory McIlroy’s thoughts turned from survival to revival after an excellent recovery in the US PGA Championship at Oak Hill.last_img read more

Pre-tournament training camp announced for England Under-21s

first_img Aidy Boothroyd’s side are preparing for next month’s Euro 2017 competition 1 England Under-21s will begin their final preparations for Euro 2017 with a pre-tournament training camp. The meet next week is ahead of next month’s competition in Poland where the Young Lions open the championship against Sweden on June 16. Boss Aidy Boothroyd will use the time to assess the fitness of players while also running the rule over some new faces at St George’s Park.Uncapped Wolves goalkeeper Harry Burgoyne is expected to link up with the group which will be selected to attend training rather than being an official provisional squad. Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham scored 26 goals on loan at Bristol City this term and hopes to be included in the final squad after breaking into the Under-21 side this season.“It’s going to be tough but our aim is to win and do the best we can. I wouldn’t say we’re under pressure but we are going to do our best,” he said.“I have confidence going into it but it’s never going to be easy. Hopefully I’ve done enough this season to get into the team. If I have I’ll work as hard as I can.”England face holders Sweden while they also play hosts Poland and Slovakia in Group A. The Young Lions will be based in Kielce, in the south of Poland, with the semi-finals and final being held in Krakow.last_img read more

Terrorism: SA ‘remains vigilant’

first_img30 September 2013South Africa’s Ministry for State Security says it continues to work with countries, not only in Africa but the rest of the world, to share critical information about terrorism threats.“Terrorism is a global phenomenon which all countries take seriously, and as countries we partner to share information to thwart potential threats of terror,” spokesperson Brain Dube told SAnews on Monday.This follows reports that Samantha Lewthwaite, dubbed the “White Widow”, is suspected to be behind last week’s bloody Westgate Mall terror attack in Kenya. The 29-year-old British woman allegedly used a South African passport under the name Natalie Faye Webb to enter Kenya.The passport, which was obtained using fraudulent supporting documents, was later cancelled following an investigation by South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs.Dube, who said he cannot comment on external claims regarding the country’s intelligence, said South Africa does its own assessments based on national interests which form the basis of state security.“As government we remain vigilant and take these incidents seriously.” However, he could not detail the nature of the government’s continuing investigations due to their sensitivity.The four-day siege in Nairbobi last week left more than 60 people – including a South African, James Thomas – dead and over 170 people injured. About 15 suspected Al Shabaab terrorists have been detained by the Kenyan government.Although the Kenyan government has not officially or directly linked Lewthwaite to the attack, Interpol has issued a red notice for her arrest, urging all 190 member countries to assist in tracking her down and arresting herSource: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Market action for 2016

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With the end of 2015, markets continue to trade in a very narrow range.  Unfortunately, the holiday rally many hoped for didn’t happen.SoybeansWhile the weather hasn’t been perfect in South America, rains have been timely. If this continues $8 futures could result, though $9 may be tested if conditions turn dry. Realistically, the market could respond quickly to any potential weather scare. I tell my clients to be ready with sell orders at prices they want to achieve, because any small rally could be short-lived.CornThe current over-abundance of corn makes a rebound to $4 unlikely anytime soon without a significant weather issue. Many farmers have large amounts of 2015 corn unpriced (and some 2014).  The $4 futures level seems to be the trigger/goal price for many but corn hasn’t been over $3.90 since July except for the 7 days in the first week of October.Market actionThe week before Christmas I became concerned with the bean market. I feared that the devaluation of the Argentine Peso and relaxed export taxes may push large amounts of South American beans into the market, suppressing prices. So, I wanted to protect my remaining 2015 unpriced beans.When I put this trade on, March soybean futures were at $8.90. I bought one July $8.80 put. I sold one July $8.20 put. I sold one July $9.20 call.This cost me 1 cent per bushel after commissions. This trade expires on June 24. It gives me 60 cents of downside protection and 30 cent upside potential from where the market was when I placed the trade.  What does this mean?• If July futures are higher than $9.20 on June 24, then I’m going to be required to sell some beans at a max price of $9.20.• If beans are between $8.80 and $9.20 then nothing happens and the beans are no longer protected.• If beans are below $8.80 but above $8.20 then I have protection that guarantees me $8.80.• If beans are below $8.20 then I will get 60 cents of premium, but my beans will not have a price and I will be subject to the market. Focus on 2016 now Instead of laterMany farmers with unpriced 2015 grain have been asking me what they should do. Most are surprised when I tell them to focus on their 2016 crop right now. Why? Because new crop prices are currently at a 25-cent premium compared to current prices.  The 2016 crop should trade at profitable levels before 2015 prices ever make it back to those type of levels. Farmers shouldn’t just focus on the nearby crop, they need to think about selling their grain for profitable levels no matter which year provides it.Look, I expect (or hope) for at least a minor rally at some point this spring or summer due to an unforeseen reason. But to be clear, it’s hard to say today what prices will do. Optimists may remember holding 2011 grain into 2012, when the drought increased prices over the summer. Pessimists will remember holding 2012 corn into the summer of 2013, when there was a significant drop in prices.While I expect minor short-term rallies for the 2015 corn, opportunities to get price premiums at this point are limited. I’m more worried about the significant risk in the 2016 Dec futures market. If growing conditions are average this coming year, and U.S. farmers raise 90 million acres, $3 futures prices by fall are realistic. I recommend being ready to take advantage of premiums in the market for 2016. By having pricing goals (combined with a market carry and basis strategy for additional premiums) farmers can better maximize farm operation profit.I hope you have a happy, healthy, safe and prosperous New Year.Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. He can be contacted at [email protected]last_img read more

No. 1 Naomi Osaka loses 1st match since splitting from coach

first_imgUS judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Afterward, Osaka wiped away tears while speaking to reporters and discussing the difficulty of dealing with her new-found spot atop the sport.“I don’t think I necessarily understand what position I’m in, in a way. Because last year, I wasn’t even anywhere close to this ranking. People didn’t pay attention to me — and that’s something that I’m comfortable with,” Osaka said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“I don’t really like attention,” she said. “It’s been a little tough.”Playing a second-round match after an opening bye as the tournament’s top seed, Osaka won only 5 of 27 second-serve points, just 19 percent, and barely half of her first-serve points, 12 of 22.She was broken seven of the nine times she served. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war No. 7 seed Kiki Bertens lost to Viktoria Kuzmova 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (6), while No. 11 Daria Kasatkina was eliminated by 20-year-old American Sofia Kenin 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Naomi Osaka, of Japan, reacts during her match against Kristina Mladenovic, of France, at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Naomi Osaka lost her first match since moving up to No. 1 in the WTA rankings — and first since splitting from her coach.The two-time major champion had trouble with her serve and was beaten 6-3, 6-3 by 67th-ranked Kristina Mladenovic at the Dubai Championships in a little more than an hour on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Ex-NBA player Glen Davis avoids jail time in marijuana bust MOST READ Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief LATEST STORIEScenter_img View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Mladenovic came into the Dubai Championships with a record of 0-4 in 2019.Osaka had not competed since winning the Australian Open in January for her second consecutive Grand Slam title, a victory that also allowed her to become the first tennis player from Asia to lead the rankings.Last week, Osaka announced on Twitter that she would no longer work with coach Sascha Bajin, who began coaching her before last season and helped her win the U.S. Open in September.Osaka didn’t offer an explanation for the split at the time, but addressed it during a media availability before the Dubai tournament, saying: “Everyone thinks it was a money-related issue, but it wasn’t. … I think my reason is I wouldn’t put success over my happiness.”In other action Tuesday at the hard-court tournament, second-seeded Petra Kvitova — the runner-up to Osaka at the Australian Open — beat Katerina Siniakova 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-4; third-seeded Simona Halep — Osaka’s predecessor at No. 1 — defeated Eugenie Bouchard 7-6 (5), 6-4; and No. 4 seed Karolina Pliskova edged Dominika Cibulkova 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

Solari honeymoon over as Eibar embarrass Madrid

first_imgReal Madrid succumbed to a stunning 3-0 defeat at Eibar as Santiago Solari’s reign as permanent head coach got off to a torrid start on Saturday.Having taken over from the sacked Julen Lopetegui following the 5-1 Clasico drubbing at the hands of Barcelona, Solari showed early promise with four wins from four in his interim tenure.That run was enough to earn the former Madrid midfielder a deal through to June 2021, but his fortunes will have to improve drastically if he is to have any hope of remaining in the Santiago Bernabeu hotseat until then. 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! Gonzalo Escalante’s scrappy opener saw Madrid fall behind for the first time under Solari, and the writing was on the wall with quickfire goals early in the second period through Sergi Enrich and Kike.The shocking defeat capped a tough 48 hours for the club, who on Friday released a statement to deny accusations made by Der Spiegel that captain Sergio Ramos had broken anti-doping regulations on two occasions in the past.Ramos and the rest of the backline were soon under pressure, Thibaut Courtois producing a wonder-save to tip Kike’s dipping 30-yard volley onto the post, before Karim Benzema was denied on the line by Cote.After 15 minutes of frenetic action, Eibar broke the deadlock as Barca loanee Marc Cucurella surged down the left and squared for Kike. His attempt was brilliantly kept out by Courtois but Escalante managed to bundle the ball home from inside the six-yard box.5 – Real Madrid have only attempted five total shots in the first half against Eibar, the lowest figure they have recorded at halftime in a single all competitions game under Santiago Solari. Clog. pic.twitter.com/bj9F4gzCYy— OptaJose (@OptaJose) November 24, 2018And shortly after the restart, the European champions’ woe worsened.Toni Kroos played a poor pass across the defence to Alvaro Odriozola, who dallied on the ball, allowing Cucurella to steal in and tee up Enrich for a low finish inside the left-hand post.Five minutes later, the game was effectively put beyond a desperate Madrid as Cucurella whipped in a low cross that took a touch off Enrich and ran perfectly for Kike to tap into an empty net from five yards to seal Eibar’s first ever league win over their illustrious opponents.What does it mean? Solari under the pump immediatelyThings could hardly have gone worse for the new head coach. One defeat in isolation is far from disastrous, but the manner of such a loss was concerning. Leaders Barca could be seven points clear of Madrid by the end of Saturday.Cucurella a class aboveEscalante, Enrich and Kike scored the goals but Cucurella was the real star. On loan from Madrid’s fierce rivals, he tormented the right side of Los Blancos’ defence and had a hand in all three goals.Madrid malaise returns with a vengeanceOften under Lopetegui, Madrid looked devoid of inspiration. In Solari’s four interim games in charge, there were signs of improvement, but this capitulation was a major step back. The Bernabeu board may be wondering if they showed faith in the right man.Key Opta Facts- Real Madrid have conceded 19 goals after the first 13 LaLiga 2018-19 matchdays, their worst start in a single LaLiga season since 2008-09 (20 goals conceded).- Eibar have won their first LaLiga game against Real Madrid, Barcelona or Atletico Madrid after 26 meetings against these sides (W1 D3 L22).- Madrid had only three shots on target against Eibar, their joint lowest figure in away games across all competitions in 2018.- Thibaut Courtois has conceded 18 goals in 11 league games for Real Madrid (1.64 on average); the Belgian conceded 94 goals in 111 league games for Atletico in the competition (0.85 on average).What’s next?Madrid will seek to bounce back and secure Champions League progression from Tuesday’s trip to Roma, while Eibar travel to struggling Rayo Vallecano on Friday. read morelast_img read more

The top 15 transfer targets in Serie A

first_imgTransfers Alisson, Milinkovic-Savic & 15 summer transfer targets from Serie A this summer Mark Doyle Last updated 1 year ago 16:10 3/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Alisson Milinkovic-Savic Getty Images/Goal Transfers Serie A Chelsea Liverpool Ligue 1 Bundesliga Premier League Primera División Milan Juventus Internazionale Lazio Roma Barcelona Real Madrid PSG Manchester City Manchester United Arsenal Opinion With the summer window set to open in just three months, Goal looks at the players presently attracting the most attention in Italy’s top flightlast_img read more