Guus Hiddink wants to see all his players take leading roles with Chelsea

first_img The ailing Barclays Premier League champions have turned to the Dutchman for a second time after naming him interim manager following the sacking of Jose Mourinho last month. Six years ago he helped steady Chelsea in the wake of Luiz Felipe Scolari’s departure and of that squad, only John Terry and John Obi Mikel remain. Among the reasons cited for Chelsea’s difficulties this season is the drop in form of Eden Hazard, the team’s playmaker-in-chief who will start Sunday’s clash with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. Hiddink has not spoken at length with Hazard in an attempt to discover the source of his slump – but is confident he will soon begin firing once again. “First of all I think Eden is very versatile, he can play in various positions. On the wing he might give his best performances,” Hiddink said. “I haven’t experienced him as a coach in the past, but now I’ve had him just a few days because he was injured. He came back with a strong character and wanted to play. He is back in shape. “Normally, if a player has been injured he likes to take time to get into good physical and mental shape, but he was eager to play against Watford. “You could see when he was warming up, looking at me saying: ‘bring me on, bring me on’. That is an indication he can get back to the performance levels we are used to. “I’m not a psychologist who tells players to come in and lie on the couch and then I assess them you professionally. “I have short conversations in the dressing room or on the pitch. That’s when you smell how they feel and how eager they are. Eden smells well.” Guus Hiddink insists his Chelsea players must develop the on-field tactical leadership that was evident during his last spell at Stamford Bridge. Hiddink insists a manager has only limited influence from the bench and wants his players to take command when the whistle blows. “This team is a bit different to 2009. I’m not going to say worse or better, but different,” Hiddink said. “It was a bit easier last time because we weren’t down in the table and there were players with big international experience. “Look at the spine of that team – Didier Drogba, Michael Ballack, Michael Essien, Frank Lampard, John Obi Mikel, Alex. The centre was strong. It was a different team with different personalities. “What I’m asking now of players, is that they take the lead from central defence into midfield. “They must demand that of each other, not just in their commitment because they’re all committed – I’ve seen their intensity in training and in games – but also tactically because you can do a lot with two or three words to your companion in front of you. “People think we have a lot of power on the bench, but that’s not true. You can just prepare the team and make the substitutions. “I want the players to be in charge. To compare, there were a few more guys who took that tactical lead the last time I was here. Now I’m asking these guys to take the lead.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Start a journey to play with the stars!

first_img Golf clubs in England are being urged to enter the Bridgestone DriveGuard Trophy and give their members the chance to play in the pro-am of one of the European Tour’s biggest events.Club events will be the first step of an adventure which could take players to one of six regional finals on a premium course, before a date in the pro-am of the Bridgestone Challenge event at Heythrop Park, culminating in the pro-am of the British Masters supported by Sky Sports at The Grove in October, hosted by Luke Donald.The club rounds will take place during March, April and May.The six regional finals will be played at Burnham Beeches Golf Club, Buckinghamshire; Ganton Golf Club, Yorkshire (pictured, image © Leaderboard Photography); West Lancashire Golf Club; Heythrop Park, Oxfordshire; Royal North Devon Golf Club; and the London Club, Kent.The top three players at each final will play in one of six teams at the pro-am of the Bridgestone Challenge Tour event in August. The winning team there will go on to play at the pro-am of the British Masters in October.The Bridgestone Driveguard Trophy is supported by England Golf and brought to you by the world’s largest tyre manufacturer. It’s free to enter and open to all club members in England – men, women, boys and girls.Competitors will also receive the following gifts when purchasing four Bridgestone DriveGuard tyres at participating retailers within six months of their club event:• An official British Masters supported by Sky Sports shoe bag• A dozen Bridgestone golf balls• A free MOT for your car after the tyres are purchased.Click here to view a video about the Bridgestone DriveGuard trophy 1 Apr 2016 Start a journey to play with the stars! last_img read more

Rohit Sharma will be first male Indian cricketer to notch up 100 T20I caps!

first_imgAdvertisement 77iakNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vse62xsWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E1upg2( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) qccWould you ever consider trying this?😱km4nuCan your students do this? 🌚hbmfRoller skating! Powered by Firework Yet another achievement for the ‘Hit-man’, as the Indian opener will be the first Indian male cricketer to play 100 T20Is when he takes on Bangladesh in the second match of the T20I series, on Thursday. Only Shoaib Malik of Pakistan has more than 100 T20I caps.Advertisement “It’s been a long journey since 2007, I made my debut in the T20 World Cup. There has been a lot ups and down in the last 12 years in this format particularly. This has taught me so many lessons going forward.” Rohit said.Advertisement “When you come into the team as a youngster, you are trying to learn things which happened quite smoothly at start. Then with few ups and few downs, I have become a stronger player and understood my game really well,” he added.Rohit is also 48 runs short to become the first batsman ever to reach 2500 T20I runs, which is something he can manage easily in the ongoing Bangladesh series. Along with Virat Kohli (2450), he is one of five batsmen in the world to cross 2000 runs in T20Is.Advertisement Veteran keeper MS Dhoni is the second most experienced among Indians in T20Is, with 98 caps; while Shoaib Malik has 111. Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (April 10, 2016)–The fact that Sunday’s $100,000 Las Cienegas Stakes was moved to the main track due to significant rain the past two days played right into the hands of post time favorite Dreamologist, as the 4-year-old daughter of leading sire Tapit relished the going and posted an impressive 1 ¾ length win under Flavien Prat. Trained by Richard Mandella, Dreamologist pressed Velvet Mesquite into the far turn and took command turning for home en route to a clocking of 1:15.56.“She looked comfortable, looked good today,” said Mandella. “We entered for dirt only. She’s done so well on the dirt, we wanted to take a shot at it. This is a nice way to finish the meet.”Owned by LNJ Foxwoods, Dreamologist was the heavy 3-5 favorite in a field of seven and paid $3.40, $2.60 and $2.20.A close second down the hillside turf in the Arboretum Stakes March 18, Dreamologist posted her first stakes win in the Las Cienegas (originally listed as a Grade III stakes, but currently under review due to the switch in surface) and collected her fourth win from eight overall starts. With the winner’s share of $60,000, she increased her earnings to $203,710.“She runs the same race on the turf as she runs on the dirt I think,” said Prat. “The only difference is that when you run on the lead on the dirt, you get an advantage. On the turf, it’s pretty tough to run and win on the lead. That’s the biggest difference.”A close third at the quarter pole, Brazilian-bred Off the Road kept to her task in game fashion through the drive and prevailed by a nose for second over Fanticola. Ridden by Martin Pedroza, Off the Road was off at 15-1 and paid $7.60 and $4.40.Last after the first half mile, Fanticola rallied well under Joe Talamo and finished third, 1 ½ lengths in front of Velvet Mesquite. Off at 9-2, Fanticola paid $3.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.54, 44.25 and 1:08.96.(The main track was listed as “muddy” for Sunday’s first race, but was then upgraded to “fast” for the remainder of the day).last_img read more

Fifteen Podcasts You Must Listen to in 2019

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Follow the Puck How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Related Posts Radio “just ain’t” what it used to be. In the olden days, you’d turn the dial, try to avoid the whistles and pops, then land on a station that plays Hotel California every half an hour. Today, you can build your own music playlists, and you can also line up a stream of talk-radio-style podcasts that cover every topic you can imagine. Here are ten of the best to listen to this year:Freakonomics RadioIf you liked the Freakonomics books, you’ll love Stephen Dubner’s podcast which is full of interviews and analyses that make you go, “huh.” It’s a solid mix of economics, social studies, and stuff that makes you think.Motley Fool MoneyIf you want to understand what’s happening in the world of business and finance, Motley Fool has always been the place to turn. Its money-based podcast airs on the radio every week in many major cities, but you can also subscribe to its take of business news on iTunes and Stitcher.Bad Crypto PodcastOne of the most significant innovations in money recently has been the growth of cryptocurrencies. If all the talk of Bitcoin and virtual coins has given you a real headache, then the Bad Crypto Podcast is your aspirin. It’s fun and down-to-earth, but it’s also a useful and clear guide through the world of digital currencies and ICOs.Random but MemorableFeel like you need to be a computer expert to stay safe online? 1Password are on a mission to change that with their security podcast, Random but Memorable. Join some of the industry’s leading voices as they navigate the often murky waters of cybersecurity. Expect friendly advice, expert interviews, and answers to your burning security questions — all delivered with a side-helping of good-natured banter.The Dave Ramsey ShowSometimes, you want your financial advice to feel personal and focused on family issues. Dave Ramsay is a financial coach who has been successful, been broke, and learned the lessons. He now brings those lessons to others. His podcasts offer common sense, life and money tips.CrimetownCrime is big on podcasts. Crimetown looks at criminal activity in a different city each season. Lately, it’s been digging up dirt on Detroit. Even if you’re not from the city, it’s interesting — and a warning to everyone. It’s only on Spotify.This American LifeIf you haven’t been listening to This American Life, you haven’t really been listening to podcasts. This is the podcast that set the standard, with true stories covering a smorgasbord of life in America. It’s always surprising and always worth hearing.UndisclosedSerial isn’t only about the failures of the justice system, but that’s precisely what Undisclosed places its focus. Each episode takes one case and explores the investigation, the trial, and the result of difficult cases. It’s frustrating and challenging, but it’s also fascinating and essential.RevealIf investigative reporting is your thing, then Reveal should be on your listening list. The topics range from national security and criminal justice to history and science. It’s like a great news magazine landing in your ears every few days.How Did This Get Made?There’s nothing like sitting down in front of a movie with a group of friends and a bucket of popcorn — and ripping shreds off the mess on the screen. How Did This Get Made? brings together a group of mates to watch very poor movies and say rude things about them. It’s hilarious.Revisionist HistoryMalcolm Gladwell is best known for his books The Tipping Point, Blink, and Outliers. His Revisionist History podcast takes a second look at an event, a person or an idea from the past. It’s an excellent opportunity to think again about something you thought you knew.The Curious Cases of Rutherford and FryIf science is your bag, then you really should listen to The Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry. Made by the BBC and presented by geneticist Mark Rutherford and mathematician Hannah Fry, the pair answer scientific questions every week in a show filled with insight and humor.In Our TimeAnd if you really feel like expanding your mind, then the BBC’s In Our Time is like a series of university courses. Each week a group of academics come together to explain a topic from the worlds of culture, history, science, philosophy, and religion. It can be a tough listen, but it’s always an enlightening one.What’s NextThis podcast, with host Tiffani Bova, is like listening in on two friends talking over coffee. With her eclectic guest lineup including leading thinkers, Best Selling Authors, an Olympic Athlete, an NFL Coach, and a Grammy Nominated Artist all sharing what they have learned along the way, and What’s Next for companies and individuals as they look to innovate and grow both their business and themselves. Tags:#education#learning#legal#Podcasts Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

James Anderson and Ravindra Jadeja not guilty, what?

first_imgThere is a term called Pyrrhic victory, which means something achieved at a loss greater than the value of the win. But the ICC hit wicket is not one. It needs to be called something worse. The ICC decision on the Anderson-Jadeja spat is blind and STUPID justice.Here were two players who brought disrepute to the game by their crass behaviour. The Indian team had charged English pacer James Anderson with pushing Ravindra Jadeja on the second day of the first Test at Trent Bridge. Anderson was charged with a level 3 offence. The English countered the charge with their complaint that Jadeja threatened Anderson. Jadeja got a level 2 charge, which was cut to level 1 by match referee David Boon and which meant he will lose 50 per cent of his match fee. Boon did this before the 3rd Test began at Southampton.India got creamed here after the heady win at Lord’s and Anderson was the man of the match for his contribution with the ball. The BCCI had sought a re-hearing of the whole case in the hope of justice. They may have thought the might of the ICC, now under sidelined BCCI chief N. Srinivasan, would have punished Anderson and spared Jadeja the penalty. Anderson has been absolved, so has Jadeja. Some justice this, man. What seems to have been struck in the bargain is the mother of all compromises, farce is a cliche.last_img read more


first_imgFINALS FEVER!!! The last day of Round games was the calm before the storm as teams jockeyed for finals berths at the Schools Sport Australia Combined Touch Tournament on the Gold Coast today. After taking the Dream World one day holiday, it was back to work for our Junior Touch stars who plied their trade for a grateful crowd who appreciated the efforts of players, referees, and coaches who continue to produce quality performances under sweltering conditions. The semi-finals jigsaw had final pieces inserted and all is in place for an exciting finals series. The 15 Years Boys semi-final schedule seeds an inform QLD as number one qualifiers. The Maroons will open proceedings tomorrow on field one after rounding off their preliminary games with copycat 12 -1 victories over Western Australia (6th Overall) and their semi-final opponents, Northern Territory. NSW produced a 28 -0 demolition of Tasmania and a 13 – 1 victory over the Territory Boys to set up a semi-final showdown with the ACT who had a 6 -5 Houdini like escape against Victoria and a comfortable 11 – 0 win over the Apple Islanders. Victoria and Tasmania will face off and South Australia will battle with Western Australia, with the respective winners advancing to the plate final. In the 15 Years Girls QLD and NSW `Tom cruised’ into the semi-finals with emphatic wins today. QLD made short work of the ACT 13 -1 then cut loose and rattled up a 23-0 score line over the Northern Territory. The Maroons will confront the ACT in their semi-final after completing a flawless run in the round games, whilst NSW will take on Western Australia in their semi-final after disposing of the Sandgropers 9 – 1 today, and South Australia 15 – 0. Western Australia bounced back from their defeat at the hands of NSW to beat Tasmania 7 -0 and advance to the semis. SA will meet NT and Victoria will clash with Tasmania for spots in the Plate Final. The 12 Years Boys and Girls had only the one round game today, and then played some lightning mixed games. The ten-minute games pitted Mixed combinations from the respective Girls and Boys State teams against each other for some fun and social touch. The kids had a ball and some of the Touch looked pretty good from where I was standing, the girls mixing it up with the best the boys had to offer – with this sort of talent on display the future of all forms of the game, including Mixed, looks pretty bright. In the 12 Years Tournament proper, the top three teams on points at the end of the round games go into Pool `A’ and the bottom three into Pool `B’. There are no grand finals in the 12 Years divisions, whichever team is placed the highest after all games is declared the overall winner. NSW put on a clinic with a professional 28 -0 victory over Tasmania in the 12 Years Boys to cement the top spot in Pool `A’. QLD comfortably defeated fellow Pool `A’ combatant, the ACT 13 – 0. NT, SA, and Tasmania will play each other to determine final rankings for the 2004 tournament. The QLD 12 Years Girls team’s quest for glory remains right on track after completing the preliminary games undefeated with the incredible figure of 87 touchdowns for and 0 against… Harry Potter wrapped in his cloak of invisibility couldn’t sneak past these girls! NSW who swept aside Tasmania 15 -0, will be joined in Pool `A’ by the Northern Territory, 8 -0 victors over South Australia. SA, ACT, and TAS will battle out the ranking games in the Pool `B’ series. So there you have it sports fans, the Finals series is shaping up better than Anthony Mundine to a forty -year-old opponent. The preliminary bouts tomorrow see the super powers NSW and QLD determined to produce the goods to set up a final confrontation in each division that will determine National champions for 2004. “Don’t stop fighting until the fight is done” Kevin Costner’s character Elliot Ness in the movie `The Untouchables’ famously said – the other competing States will be doing just that tomorrow – fighting as hard as possible to produce their best and prove that no one is untouchable. Ranking games, Semi-finals, and Grand finals are on the menu. Games start at 8.30 am, yes I know it’s early, so set the Alarm clock – not the VCR – c’mon we all know there’s no such thing as `live’ broadcasts, anyway, the atmosphere’s always better at the ground. Get down to Owen Park and cheer on our Touch stars of the future, it will be a fantastic day. Written by Karley Banks 29th October 2004.last_img

a month ago​Van Dijk full of praise for Liverpool teammate Matip

first_img​Van Dijk full of praise for Liverpool teammate Matipby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk singled out his Reds colleague Joel Matip for praise.The Netherlands and Reds centre-back was up for the FIFA Best Player award.Despite losing out to Lionel Messi, Van Dijk was honoured to be among the final three.And he believes that playing next to a player of Matip’s quality certainly helps him show his best qualities.He said to his club’s official website: “We call him Matop because he was that good yesterday!”We need everyone, that’s the message everyone knows in the team. Yesterday he was outstanding, as were all the players. It was a massive win. We do it all together.”In this vote, the country plays a part as well and I’m very proud that things have been going well at Liverpool and in our country things have been going in the right direction too.”We have to all keep it going, that’s the only way forward.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoChelsea midfielder Mount feared long-term injury

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea midfielder Mount feared long-term injuryby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveMason Mount has revealed he feared he had suffered a long-term injury against Valencia last week.The midfielder was substituted after 15 minutes during the 1-0 loss, but returned to start against Liverpool on Sunday.”As soon as I did it I thought it was going to be a long-term injury,” Mount said.”But then I iced it and it calmed down and I realised it was not as bad as I first thought. The next day I was jogging on it a little and from then I knew there was a chance of me being involved [against Liverpool yesterday].”There is still swelling there now but it is solid and I felt good and I trained the day before. I was pretty positive the day before the game that I would be involved.”He added: “You have to block the injury out of your mind and focus on the game.”When I had that chance which I felt I should have scored I rolled my ankle a little bit and it felt fine. It was fine throughout the whole game. It was solid.”Your Champions League debut, you don’t want it to end so soon, but that is football, it happened, and I try to stay positive. “I looked forward to the Liverpool game and set a goal that hopefully I could get ready for that. I feel like I am a quick recoverer and we worked on it hard and I was able to get back.” last_img read more