GREEN BAY, Wis. — Here are five aspects the 49ers (1-4) must conquer to pull off a Monday night upset of the Green Bay Packers (2-2-1):1. Ball security. What made last Sunday’s home loss to the then-winless Arizona Cardinals so maddening is the manner in which the 49ers gave it away: five turnovers.All blame doesn’t fall on quarterback C.J. Beathard for his two lost fumbles and two interceptions. It takes a clumsy village, and the 49ers must play better around Jimmy Garoppolo’s injury …
17 June 2009The football fans of Mangaung/Bloemfontein are well known in South Africa as being among the country’s most vociferous, charismatic, and hospitable followers of the beautiful game.And now the city’s warmth and love of the game has received the highest praise, after an enjoyable few days spent in the “City of Roses” by Brazil’s superstar Seleçao at the start of the Fifa Confederations Cup.The Brazilians arrived in Mangaung/Bloemfontein on 11 June and held an open training session at the Seisa Ramabodu Stadium the next day, which was attended by thousands of ecstatic fans clamouring to see the likes of Kaka, Robinho, Alexandre Pato and Dani Alves in the heart of the area’s Rocklands township.For South Africa’s organisers, it has been important to give ordinary football fans a taste of the tournament and its stars. And for the Brazilians, training in a familiar-looking favela and entertaining the football-loving locals was clearly equally important.With the team’s welcome matched by good logistical preparations and facilities and the city’s first game seeing Brazil overcome Egypt in a 4-3 thriller at the Free State Stadium on Monday, excitement in the city is sky-high.“I’ve really enjoyed being in Bloemfontein a lot,” said the team’s 2002 World Cup-winning midfielder, Gilberto Silva, after the game against Egypt. “We’ve had a good experience here. Everyone’s very happy with the conditions and the organisation.“We had a very good crowd at our training sessions and at the match, and it’s been great seeing the passion people here have for the game,” Silva added. “They’ve been singing and dancing all the time.”For the decorated former Arsenal player, who now plays for Greek club Panathinaikos, the Confederations Cup – and Brazil – is set to get even better over the next few days.“It’s been a fantastic competition, and I am sure it will get even better,” Silva said. “We are very excited to be playing in a very important competition.”One of the biggest names in the game, Kaka, was even more effusive in his praise of the locals.“This is exactly the World Cup in Africa we were longing for and that we were expecting,” Kaka said. “It’s great to see the passion people here have for the game and how they celebrate and enjoy us being here. I am sure the World Cup next year will be even better.”The Brazilian team’s media officer, Rodrigo Pavia, said his message to the Brazilian press and the team’s multitudes of supporters back home was that their reception and experience in South Africa has been “wonderful”.“Everything’s been great,” Pavia said. “The hotels, the structure and the stadium. In Brazil we don’t have any stadiums like [Free State stadium]. The pitch was OK and the security perfect.“Everyone here in South Africa has been really nice, and our open training session was wonderful, amazing,” Pavia added. “The fans danced and sang throughout. We have the same kind of atmosphere and way of life in Brazil, and the players have really enjoyed being here.”Having charmed their way into the hearts of Mangaung/Bloemfontein, the Seleçao are now in Tshwane/Pretoria for Thursday’s game against the United States at Loftus Versfeld Stadium – and their highly anticipated, sold-out clash against current world champions Italy at the same venue on Saturday.The most popular football team on the planet can rest assured that the reception they receive in Pretoria will be equally warm and friendly.Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committee
Airbus has unveiled a special livery for its latest and fourth Airbus A350 XWB (Extra Wide Body) celebrating its largest customer for the type Qatar Airways, which will also be the first to take delivery. The new color scheme was unveiled on Tuesday February 4th in Toulouse.Qatar Airways CEO, Akbar Al Baker, Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Brégier and Didier Evrard, Executive Vice President Head of A350 XWB program took part in the ceremony revealing the special customer livery. (L to R in picture left)The Doha based airline is the biggest customer for the A350XWB with 80 aircraft on order. Airbus and Qatar Airways are working closely together to ensure a successful entry-into-service of this all-new aircraft from day one.The aircraft will soon join the A350 XWB flight test fleet for external noise and lightning tests, avionics development & certification and training for first customer pilots & maintenance teams.“I am pleased with what I have seen during my visit. It gives me every confidence that the program is well on track for our first delivery in 2014. At Qatar Airways, we are eager to open a new chapter of efficient and comfortable air travel and the A350 XWB will do this for us. The aircraft will give us that extra edge in economics and comfort to further boost our route expansion.” commented Akbar Al Baker.Early this year MSN 3 completed cold weather tests. The trials were conducted at Iqaluit, Canada where the temperature was as low as – 28C! The tests included APU and engine starts following cold soak, verification of system behavior, low-speed taxiing, rejected takeoffs, and performing a local flight.The same aircraft – MSN 3 – will appear at next week’s Singapore Air Show in the tropical heat. It will conduct the types first ever air show flying display on both, the 11th and 12th of February.
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An exciting last few rounds meant that grand final teams were not decided until the end of the final round, with both second placed teams qualifying for the grand final on percentage alone.In the Women’s Open division, the Central Scorpions easily sealed their position at the top of the table, remaining undefeated for the whole season. The Northern Vipers got the job done on Carnival Day to snatch second spot and set themselves up with a chance to do what no team has been able to do this year. Whilst the Central Scorpions will go into the Grand Final firm favourites, the Northern Vipers showed solid form on Carnival Day and are expected to provide quite a challenge. The final will be played at 6.30pm, with the match poised to be an epic contest. In a similar occurrence of events, the Defence Eagles remained undefeated in the Men’s Open division, sealing top spot comfortably. This left the Northern Vipers and South West Wolves to fight it out for second position on the ladder, with the Northern Vipers managing to do enough on the day to progress to the final. The Defence Eagles are highly fancied to take out the title, but the Northern Vipers cannot be overlooked after some impressive performances throughout the minor rounds. The two teams will meet at 7.30pm in the final.2011/12 State League Grand FinalsWomen’s Final – 6.30pmCentral Scorpions v Northern VipersMen’s Final – 7.30pm Defence Eagles v Northern VipersTo keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and results from the finals of the 2011/12 State League, please visit the Touch Football South Australia website:www.touchsa.com.au
Nevin: Kante, Rudiger as important to Chelsea as Van Dijk, Salah to Liverpoolby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePat Nevin says Chelsea losing N’Golo Kante and Antonio Rudiger is similar to Liverpool without Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah.Kante has missed most of the season with injury, but made his return in Sunday’s 2-1 loss to the Reds at Stamford Bridge, while Rudiger remains sidelined.And former Blues winger Nevin thinks their absence has impacted the team heavily, just as the loss of van Dijk and Salah would hinder Jurgen Klopp’s side.He wrote on the club’s website: “N’Golo and Toni Rudiger would have been handy to call on obviously but when you add Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, it just underlines how harsh it has been. “Look at Liverpool for example, they seem to go close to season after season with scarcely a long-term injury to any of their recognised starting 11 players.”The analogy would be if you took Liverpool’s best defender Van Dijk out of the team the way Rudiger has missed the start with us, and then removed their world-class player Mo Salah like we have had to do without Kante. “What sort of difference do you think it would make to their team? I just cannot wait until Frank has every single one of his top players fit, available and on form and I bet he can’t too.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
VANCOUVER — Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou’s case is scheduled to return to court today, when arguments over the disclosure of documents is expected to be heard ahead of her extradition trial.In court documents released last month, the defence has argued Meng was unlawfully detained at Vancouver’s airport last December at the direction of American authorities.Meng’s lawyers allege Canadian officials acted as “agents” of the Federal Bureau of Investigations, but they say the question that remains is to what extent and how the FBI was involved in what they describe as a “scheme.”None of the allegations in the case have been tested in court.READ MORE: RCMP originally planned to arrest Men Wanzhou on plane, defence lawyer saysMeng was arrested at the behest of the United States, which is seeking her extradition on fraud charges in violation of sanctions with Iran.Both Meng and Chinese tech giant Huawei have denied any wrongdoing.Her arrest sparked a diplomatic crisis between Canada and China.Meng is the chief financial officer of Huawei and the daughter of the company’s founder.Her extradition trial won’t begin until Jan. 20. Meng is free on bail and living in Vancouver.WATCH: Hauwei CFO due back in court The Canadian Press
Tiger Woods returns to the course on Thursday after being away from competition for five months. In a press conference on Monday, Woods expressed his excitement to return to the course and was well received in the practice rounds. Woods is paired with K.J. Choi and Matt Kuchar. Woods has been paired with Choi 12 times and Kuchar twice. The threesome will tee off from the first hole at Augusta National at 1:42 p.m. Thursday and 10:35 a.m. Friday.Donovan McNabb was introduced Tuesday as the new quarterback of the Washington Redskins. McNabb, sporting a No. 5 Redskins jersey, is in the negotiation stage with the Redskins on a contract extension. McNabb has one year left on his 12-year, $115 million contract that he signed with the Philadelphia Eagles.Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski denies any interest in the New Jersey Nets coaching job. The Bergen Record reports that the Nets’ new owner, Mikhail Prokhorov, is targeting Coach K. Even if Prokhorov offers Coach K more than $12 million, making him the highest-paid coach in the NBA ahead of Phil Jackson, Krzyzewski maintained that he would not be leaving Duke. Coach K was offered the head coaching position with the Lakers in 2004, but opted to remain with the Blue Devils.Cleveland Browns nose tackle Shaun Rogers allegedly tried to carry a semiautomatic handgun through airport security over the weekend. The police report states that the gun had seven bullets in the magazine and one in the chamber, but was on safe mode. Rogers has pleaded not guilty to the charges. In an apology to his team and fans, Rogers claims he forgot the gun was in his carry-on bag when he went through security at the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.
Karim Benzema plans to start afresh in the new season and continue with his path onto becoming a Real Madrid greatThe French striker had a difficult time last season and was only able to muster 11 goals in a total of 45 games in all competitions.Benzema’s struggles last term saw him lose his place in the France national team for the World Cup this summer and he was forced to watch from home as Les Bleus went on and won a second world title at Russia.To add to his woes, Benzema’s future at Real has been put into heavy doubt with many Spanish media outlets suggesting that it is time for him to pull the curtain on his nine-year stay at the Spanish capital this summer with Serie A giants Napoli reportedly interested.But, contrary to the speculation, Benzema has been hard at work since the very first day of pre-season and he is now raring to go for Los Blancos as the Frenchman looks to put the struggles of last season behind him.“So far this pre-season, we’ve been working really hard and putting in some good work,” he told the club website.“We know that it’s demanding, but it sets us in good stead for the rest of the season.“We have to keep winning silverware because the target here is always to win things as a team.“On a personal level, I’ll be looking to have a better season than I did last time around and continue to etch my name into the club’s history books.“I couldn’t have imagined achieving everything that I have, but I joined this club to win silverware, be a success and achieve a lot of things.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“I knew that I’d have some tough seasons, but it doesn’t matter because this is the best club in the world.”He added: “I’m really happy.”Dancing with the ball ! ? @realmadrid #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/lYgK8VuYzJ— Karim Benzema (@Benzema) July 20, 2018The loss of Zinedine Zidane as head coach had only fueled speculation surrounding Benzema’s future at Real.But the 30-year-old is enjoying his start to life under new boss Julen Lopetegui.“We know that Lopetegui is a coach who likes his teams to have the ball and play a possession-based game,” Benzema said.“He also places great emphasis on working hard when we lose the ball and how we press after we’ve given possession away.”Benzema will likely be in action for Real in the first game of their pre-season tour against Manchester United next Tuesday night.