Languishing at the bottom of ODI team rankings, Pakistan have set sights on direct qualification for the ICC Cricket World Cup when it takes on the in-form reigning world champion and number-one ranked Australia in a five-ODI series starting in Brisbane on Friday. (Latest Cricket stories)Former world champion Pakistan are presently in serious danger of failing to qualify directly for the ICC’s pinnacle 50-over tournament in the United Kingdom as they are sitting in eighth position on 89 points two behind Bangladesh and two ahead of the West Indies.Hosts England and the seven highest-ranked sides on the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings as on September 30, 2017 will qualify directly for the event proper to be held from May 30 to July 15, 2019.The four bottom-ranked sides will be joined by six teams from the ICC World Cricket League in the 10-team ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018 and the top two sides will complete the 10-team World Cup line-up.To, at least, maintain their pre-series ranking points, Pakistan need to win one match of the series, while victories in more than one match will earn them crucial points.If Pakistan win two matches, then they will join Bangladesh on 91 points but will be ranked behind their Asian rivals by a fraction. In the scenario of Pakistan winning the series, they will move ahead of Bangladesh and, as such, will enhance their chances of qualifying directly for the event they won in Australia in 1992.On the other side of the coin, Australia will retain their pre-series points if they win the series 4-1, while they will concede one point if they win 3-2.advertisementAustralia can fall from the top pedestal but to make it happen, Pakistan will have to win by 4-1 or better. However, considering that Australia lead Pakistan 33-16 on a head-to-head in their backyard, including 15 wins in 19 ODIs this decade, this looks highly improbable.Meanwhile, India will be aiming to narrow the gap with second-ranked South Africa when the third-ranked side takes on fifth-ranked England in a three-ODI series starting in Pune on January 15.India can rise to as high as 114 points if they sweep the series, but if the series result is reversed, then England can move up one place to fourth and India can slide to fifth.KOHLI EYES TOP SPOTIn the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Player Rankings, newly-appointed India captain Virat Kohli has number-one ranked AB de Villiers of South Africa firmly within his sights. The Delhi batsman, who led India to victory in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2008 in Malaysia, trails the South Africa star by 13 points.David Warner, who destroyed Pakistan’s bowling in Sydney, is ranked third just two points behind Kohli. England’s Joe Root is seventh, whereas Pakistan’s highest-ranked batsman is Babar Azam in 15th position.Mitchell Starc, who was the Player of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, will start as the highest-ranked bowler in the upcoming One-Day International matches. He trails New Zealand’s number-one ranked Trent Boult by 13 points.England’s Adil Rashid will start in fifth position, India’s Amit Mishra will begin in 12th spot and 39th-ranked Wahab Riaz of Pakistan is his side’s highest-ranked bowler.
The International Olympic Committee has sanctioned three athletes for failing anti doping tests, saying on Wednesday the Russian and Turkish athletes had been disqualified them from the 2012 London Olympics.Runner Antonina Kriovshapka, who won a silver medal as part of the Russian 4 x 400 metre relay team, was disqualified after a positive test for the banned substance turinabol.Turkish boxer Adem Kilicci and Russian discus thrower Vera Ganeeva were also sanctioned after the same substance was found.
The 2017 Indian Premier League player auction will be held on February 20 at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Bengaluru. The IPL franchises will go into the player auction with a maximum of INR 143.33 crore purse for 2017 season, said the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in a press release. (Also read: Indian Premier League 2017: Kevin Pietersen opts out of auction)The teams can have a maximum of 27 players including nine overseas players. A maximum of 76 players, including 28 overseas, can be bought at the auction.The auction was delayed from the originally proposed date of February 4due to the administrative changes in the BCCI following the directions of the Supreme Court.BCCI’s Committee of Administrators (COA) has already finalised the dates forthe tournament with the league starting on April 5 and the final slatedfor May 21.So far, more than 750 players have registered for the auction. The deadline for player registration ends today, February 3, 2017.Interestingly, the first IPL player auction in the year 2008 was also held on February 20, 2008.The player auction will be followed by a day-long IPL Franchise Workshop on February 21.Following are the details of balance purse and squad formation: TEAMPURSE SPENT BALANCE PURSE PURSE SPENT (Rs in Crs.) BALANCE PURSE (Rs in Crs.)TOTAL PLAYERS IN THE SQUAD OVERSEAS PLAYERS DD 429,000,000231,000,00042.923.1175KXIP426,500,000233,500,00042.6523.35195KKR462,500,000197,500,00046.2519.75144MI 544,450,000115,550,00054.44511.555206RCB531,750,000128,250,00053.17512.825208SRH451,000,000209,000,00045.120.9175RPS485,000,000175,000,00048.517.5175GL516,500,000143,500,00051.6514.35166TOTAL3,846,700,0001,433,300,000384.67143.3314044
As a nonprofit marketing person, I often talk to nonprofit groups about their “audience,” but it’s a bad word. An audience brings to mind a group of people quietly listening while you deliver a message. And in this day and age, there is no such thing as a passive group of people content to simply listen. Everyone from your funders to your donors to your volunteers to your constituents expects participation. They want to talk. They want to act. And they want you to listen and enable.Today, I want to highlight three examples of great nonprofit marketing and fundraising that do just that.1. Join My Village from CARE and General Mills. Visitors have the opportunity to ‘join’ one of ten real Malawi villages on the site and track its progress. 2. A Billion Views Helps a Billion from WFP and YouTube, which takes something people love to do (watch videos) and allows them to turn their actions into a collective force for change.3. The Escuela del Sol website, which is about what the school does for its kids more than anything else. Nice job making it about the community rather than the institution!4. Find Your Mission, which is all about what the donor can do rather what organizations do.
As you know by my incessant blogging and tweeting, today was Generosity Day. Thanks to Sasha Dichter for starting it! You can read the whole story behind this at Fast Company.All day, I told myself to be positive, do nice things for others and say yes to every opportunity to help. This required some rigorous self-examination that showed me I have a long way to go before I’m truly generous, despite the fact that I blog about its importance all the time. Being thoroughly generous all day wasn’t always easy (like when I got an email telling me I was ridiculous for doing this or especially in rush hour traffic on the way to aftercare), but I kept giving. And in so doing, I got more from the experience than I gave. I definitely had the best Valentine’s Day of my life.That’s the thing about generosity. It isn’t a sacrifice. It’s a gift. If you work in nonprofit marketing or fundraising, it’s such an important thing to remember. Generosity inspires generosity. Our work isn’t ultimately about telling others to be generous – it’s about being generous in spirit ourselves. When we focus on what we can do for others, rather than our own needs, we find our way to a greater good.Thanks to everyone who reminded me of this today — and to everyone who did generous things.
This is a test. I repeat, this is a test. I’ve got a few questions to run by you to figure out if your nonprofit’s website is doing all it can to bring in donations. According to NTEN’s Staffing & Investments Survey Report, the average nonprofit organization has 0.7 full-time staff members allocated to “web” work and 0.7 allocated to “online/digital” work. Let’s face it, 1.4 people can’t possibly spend as much time maintaining and updating an organization’s website as an outside firm could. Many of you are the web/online/digital person at your organization, right? And we’d all be millionaires if we had a nickel for every well-meaning comment or email we’ve received that encourages us to try a new tool, make the site copy more meaningful, and, most importantly, get more donations.I’m happy to report that the three things I recommend will be fairly easy to implement and will make a difference in your donor efforts. (Want some step-by-step guidance? Download our eguide, “How to Create an Effective Nonprofit Website.”)So, back to that test.1. Is your site responsive?A) Yes!B) Somewhat …C) I’m not sure.D) What’s responsive?If you answered A, pat yourself on the back and move on to the next question. For the rest of us, let’s talk about what makes a site responsive.Most of us have accessed websites on mobile devices. In fact, a few people might be visiting your website on mobile devices right now. If your site doesn’t respond to users on specific devices, they’ll have more reason to take their eyeballs elsewhere.Imagine a first-time visitor experience: Jane comes home from work. She makes dinner and sits down to watch a few days’ worth of The Daily Show while she catches up with friends. She scrolls through her newsfeed on her iPhone’s Facebook app and sees that a good friend in another state is running a marathon to raise money for cancer research. Jane wants to support her friend from afar, so she clicks the link in her friend’s post and ends up at the beneficiary organization’s site.It’s like a Choose Your Own Adventure book—Jane’s ability to donate will depend on whether this site works on her phone. Otherwise, she’ll have to wait until she goes back to work and remembers to donate. Jane is a busy woman; do you really think she’ll remember to do that? Probably not. 2. Is your donation form easy to use?A) Yes!B) There are five questions, is that easy?C) There are three pages of five questions, is that easy?D) I get a lot of error complaints, so maybe not.If you answered A, you’re 2 for 3. Go on to the third question and see if you passed the website donor test with flying colors. If you answered B, you’re on the right track, as long as those questions are simple and essential. If you answered C or D, we’ve got some work to do so let’s get to it. (Need some help setting up a donation page that matches your website? Check out DonateNow!)Getting people to your site is most definitely the first step. But once they’re there, how easy is it to donate no matter where they are on the site? Donation forms run the spectrum from stunning and touching to disastrous and annoying. It’s best to make the form simple and don’t ask for too much. Handing over hard-earned dollars should be a joy, not a chore.No matter how simple or complex your organization’s donation forms are, regularly test the checkout experience. Check it from different browsers and make sure you’ve got a confirmation and thank you email set up to send within minutes of the donation processing. Acknowledging and thanking donors—whether they’re regulars or first-timers—should be a given, but not everyone is on top of that essential step.That reminds me of one more thing you could add to the checkout process to strengthen your relationship with potential, new, or ongoing donors. 3. Do you have an e-newsletter or a downloadable asset to collect email addresses?A) Yes!B) We have an email list and send a newsletter out every few months.C) We have a snail mail newsletter that goes out semiannually.D) No, should I?If you responded all As, it looks like you have everything covered. Congratulations!If you answered D, make it your goal to build a quality email database. Google Analytics is a lifesaver in terms of getting to know your website visitors’ habits, but it can only track so much.Give people a reason to hand over their email address in exchange for something they wouldn’t otherwise have access to, whether it be an insider’s guide to fundraising success or a newsletter with priority registration for your events. Make it clear that when someone gives you their email address for a downloadable asset, they’re automatically opting in to your subscriber list. Give them the ability to opt out. An email address is the beginning of a relationship with a visitor who could potentially become a donor, so be mindful of the content and frequency of the messages you send.So, how did you do? If you’re 0 or 1 for 3, don’t worry—the best part of the web is that it can change! The time you spend improving your site to be more donor-friendly will be rewarded with more donations in the long run, just wait. I truly believe you will have little to no trouble accomplishing the steps we just walked through.Emily Lonigro Boylan is the founder and creative director at LimeRed Studio, a creative services firm in Chicago that works with groups that inspire positive change. LimeRed works with nonprofits, higher education, and social enterprises that promote the people, programs, and ideas that make people’s lives better.
Rezarta joined the NFG family as Director of Customer Experience. She is passionate about making an impact and giving back in any way she can. Her goal is to empower nonprofits so they can “do more good” in their communities. Rezarta is a seasoned traveler and has been all around the world! In her free time, you can catch Rezarta watching The Bachelor franchise and planning her next adventure!“I love giving back to society in any way I can. Working alongside organizations with a strong mission and positive impact in their communities remains a passion of mine.”Q&A with Rezarta Haxhillari, Customer Experience DirectorWhat do you do at Network for Good?I lead our Customer Experience team, which ensures we deliver the best experience possible to all our customers. Our goal is to successfully on-board customers when they first join the NFG family and encourage continued engagement with our products and services throughout their journey with us. By doing so, we are helping them achieve their organizational goals that allow them to “Do More Good” in the communities they serve.What is your experience with nonprofit organizations outside of Network for Good?I served as an Executive Director of a nonprofit organization called The Gjergj Kastrioti Scholarship Fund for three years. I now serve on the organization’s Board of Directors. I believe this experience is very valuable for my current role at NFG as I have a deep understanding of the challenges some of our customers may face.What attracts you to nonprofits? I love giving back to society in any way I can. Working alongside organizations with a strong mission and positive impact in their communities remains a passion of mine. At NFG, we help thousands of nonprofits and charities daily. Consequently, we have an indirect influence on the ability to change people’s lives, which is an incredibly rewarding feeling!What do you enjoy most about your work? I enjoy speaking with our customers and hearing about the milestones and growth they are reaching as a result of using our products and services. I’m a proponent of adding convenience in everyday tasks. So, it’s extremely rewarding to hear when our platform makes their lives easier and helps them become successful.What do you enjoy doing outside work? I love to travel. In fact, I’ve visited over 40 countries! It’s gratifying to visit and learn about new cultures and historical facts unique to each country I visit. When I travel somewhere new, I visit local museums, take part in interesting attractions, and explore the restaurant scene (so much delicious food to be tried!)Lightning RoundDream vacation? Not sure about a dream vacation destination, but a two-week vacation to any new country is always a good idea! During the first week I would tour the city, eat local food, listen to local music and get a sense of the area’s unique characteristics. The second week would be just a period to relax. Maybe a beach in that country? Yes, that sounds like a lovely vacation Most recent book read? I just finished “End Game” by David Baldacci and I would absolutely recommend it if you’re into fast-paced thrillers. I’m also a fan of anything written by James Patterson and John Grisham. All three write quick page-turners!Last movie seen in movie theater? “Green Book”, an Oscar-nominated biographical comedy-dramaTheme song? “Happy” by PharrellFavorite color? FuchsiaAll time favorite athlete? Serena WilliamsRead more on The Nonprofit Blog
Mohamed Salah’s continued heroics for Liverpool have earned him a place in the latest FIFA 19 Team of the Week alongside luminaries such as N’Golo Kante and Ousmane Dembele.Kante played an unlikely role as goalscorer as Chelsea upset Manchester City 2-0 on Saturday, while Dembele was a leading light for Barcelona as they breezed past Espanyol 4-0.The World Cup winner has seen his rating on the special card jump up to 90, which matches that of Salah. 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! Andrej Kramaric’s late equaliser for Hoffenheim against Wolfsburg has earned him a berth in the team along with Manchester United star Juan Mata, who was on target against Fulham.Bruno Fernandes and Thomas Delaney are alongside Kante in the midfield.The defence, meanwhile, has a strong Serie A-based lilt to it, with full-backs Faouzi Ghoulam and Joao Cancelo ahead of goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma. Completing the rearguard is Betis centre-back Sidnei.See the full squad below…STARTING XIGK – Gianluigi Donnarumma – AC MilanRB – Joao Cancelo – JuventusCB – Sidnei – Real BetisLB – Faouzi Ghoulam – NapoliCM – N’Golo Kante – ChelseaCM – Bruno Fernandes – Sporting CPCDM – Thomas Delaney – DortmundRM – Juan Mata – Manchester UnitedST – Mohamed Salah – LiverpoolLW – Ousmane Dembele – BarcelonaCF – Andrej Kramaric – HoffenheimBENCHGK – Guillermo Ochoa – Standard LiegeCB – James Tarkowski – BurnleyRM – Jefferson Farfan – Lokomotiv MoscowCM – Aboulaye Traore – NantesST – Moussa Marega – PortoST – Charles – EibarST – Duvan Zapata – AtalantaRESERVESGK – Nils Korber – OsnabruckLB – Luke Leahy – WalsallST – Alfredo Donnarumma – BresciaCAM – Mike Frantz – FreiburgRM – Brais Mendez – Celta
Crystal Palace’s recent momentum was halted as they failed to break down Cardiff City in a 0-0 Premier League draw at Selhurst Park.Roy Hodgson’s side came into Wednesday’s game on a high after back-to-back wins over Leicester City and Manchester City, but the closest they came to a goal was two efforts against the woodwork.Andros Townsend hit the crossbar after 66 seconds, while captain Luka Milivojevic sent a free-kick against the post in the closing stages. 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! A fine late reflex save from Vicente Guaita denied Kadeem Harris as Cardiff almost snatched a victory, but Neil Warnock will be happy with a battling point against his former club that stops a two-game losing run.FULL-TIME Crystal Palace 0-0 CardiffA lively finale but no way through for either side at Selhurst Park#CRYCAR pic.twitter.com/R8rg5Qrm9h— Premier League (@premierleague) December 26, 2018Palace came flying out the traps and they struck the bar when Townsend’s dinked finish beat Neil Etheridge but did not quite dip fast enough, after great work from Wilfried Zaha to create the opportunity.Zaha and Townsend were just off target with other efforts while Milivojevic had a shot saved as Palace dominated possession and play.But Cardiff provided a warning shortly before the break when they worked a move that saw Bobby Reid miscue a header over from six yards, while Junior Hoilett and Joe Ralls warmed the hands of Vicente Guaita.Cheikhou Kouyate was heavily involved after the break, having one shot blocked before lashing another effort narrowly over from six yards after a deflection from a set piece presented him with a huge chance.Max Meyer, Zaha and James McArthur fired efforts just over as Palace still failed to cause Etheridge many problems.Hodgson brought on Connor Wickham for Meyer, and he fired over from eight yards on the turn shortly after his arrival, before Palace had their best moment of the game. When Victor Camarasa fouled Townsend, Milivojevic’s 20-yard curler bounced off the post.But Cardiff almost nicked it when Mamadou Sakho’s poor clearance led to Harris’ attempt being impressively kept out by Guaita, Zaha and Patrick van Aanholt having late efforts saved by Etheridge at the other end as the match finished level. What does it mean? Both sides creep away from bottom threePalace, who had 31 shots, and Cardiff both edge a point further away from the bottom three after Burnley’s defeat to Everton. Palace now sit seven clear, while Cardiff’s cushion is three points.With all Palace’s quality, you get the sense they could surge further up the table with a reliable goalscorer, while Cardiff will need plenty of the fight displayed here if they are to survive.Cardiff’s defence stands firmAfter shipping five goals to Manchester United last time out, and 38 in their first 18 games of the season, Cardiff’s defence delivered here.Sol Bamba overcame a minor first-half injury to rack up 11 clearances and five tackles, Sean Morrison had 14 clearances, and Bruno Ecuele Manga’s superb late challenge on Zaha snuffed out what would have been an opportunity for a winner.Meyer yet to showcase star qualityMeyer failed to find the target with five shots on goal and did not create a single chance for his team-mates before his 63rd-minute substitution. The 23-year-old arrived from Schalke with a big reputation but is yet to score and has just two assists in 16 Premier League appearances.Key Opta Facts:- Crystal Palace mustered 31 shots in the game, their highest tally of shots in a Premier League game since 2003-04.- Palace’s 31 shots was the joint-most Cardiff have ever faced in a Premier League game, level with their clash with Norwich City in October 2013, which also ended 0-0.- Cardiff are winless in their last five league games played on Boxing Day (D2 L3), with their last such win coming against Crystal Palace in 2012-13 (2-1).- This game was the first-ever Premier League meeting between two managers aged over 70, with Cardiff boss Neil Warnock aged 70y 25d and Crystal Palace’s Roy Hodgson aged 71y 139d.- Each of Hodgson’s five Premier League games on Boxing Day have ended 0-0.- Warnock is unbeaten in his last 10 away league games at Selhurst Park (W6 D4).70 – Crystal Palace v Cardiff will see the first ever Premier League meeting between two managers aged over 70 in the Premier League, with Cardiff boss Neil Warnock aged 70y 25d and Crystal Palace’s Roy Hodgson aged 71y 139d. Experience. pic.twitter.com/Td6yF7J3Xf— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 26, 2018What’s next?Palace are at home to Chelsea on Sunday, while a day before Cardiff will seek a first win in four when they are on their travels again, with Leicester City their next opponents. read more
MLS coaching legend Sigi Schmid passed away on Christmas day at the age of 65.The German-born manager was admitted to the hospital earlier in the month and was reportedly in intensive care. His family released a statement on Wednesday that the former LA Galaxy, Seattle Sounders and Columbus Crew manager had passed away. 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! It reads: “On Tuesday, December 25, Sigi Schmid passed away at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles due to a personal health matter. Our family is deeply saddened by his passing and is taking this time to grieve the loss of a tremendous husband, father, leader and mentor. We also recognize how much Sigi meant to so many people across the U.S. Soccer landscape and around the world at different levels of the game.”That community meant a great deal to him as well, and for that reason, it was important to us that we share the news of his passing. While we mourn his loss, we appreciate privacy during this challenging time and will not be issuing further statements.”Schmid managed the Galaxy during the recently completed 2018 MLS season, before he resigned in September. During his legendary managerial career Schmid won two MLS Cup titles, in 2002 with the LA Galaxy and again in 2008 with the Columbus Crew and was twice named as MLS Coach of the Year. Schmid also claimed five U.S. Open Cup titles, including four in his time with the Sounders. “Major League Soccer is devastated by the news of the passing of Sigi Schmid,” MLS commissioner Don Garber said in a statement. “Sigi will go down as one of the leading figures in the history of our league. From Los Angeles to Columbus and Seattle, Sigi won more games than any coach in MLS history and led his clubs to multiple championships, including two MLS Cups and five Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cups.”Sigi’s passion for soccer was unrivaled, and he was loved and admired by everyone in MLS. We deeply mourn his passing and send our heartfelt condolences to his wife Valerie, their children, and all of his loved ones.”All together Schmid rolled up 240 regular season wins and 26 playoff victories over the course of his MLS coaching career, which followed on from winning three NCAA titles with the UCLA Bruins over two decades with the college program. “He was an amazing family person and his love for soccer was endless,” former USA boss Jurgen Klinsmann told the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday. “He was like an encyclopedia. He formed soccer in this country like no one else over the last 30 years, at UCLA, in the college world, or by building the success and foundation of the Galaxy, the Columbus Crew and the Seattle Sounders. His brain was always going 200 mph.“He was such a giver. Sigi leaves us far too early. People like him are very rare in this world: straightforward, giver, passionate, endlessly dedicated to his mission and to his family.”Outside of his head coaching duties Schmid was an assistant for the 1994 U.S. World Cup team. He is a member of both the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame and the UCLA Hall of Fame.
Alexis Sanchez is “at risk of finishing his career in the same way Fernando Torres did at Chelsea”, says Andrei Kanchelskis, with it possible that the Manchester United flop could end up at Atletico Madrid.The Chile international has endured a torrid time at Old Trafford since arriving from Arsenal during the January transfer window of 2018.He is currently back on the sidelines with knee ligament damage and has just five goals to show for 41 outings with the Red Devils to date. 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! Another move is already being mooted for the 30-year-old forward and Kanchelskis believes the former Barcelona man may follow the lead of World Cup winner Torres and make his way to the Spanish capital on the back of a forgettable stint at a Premier League heavyweight.The former United winger told bwin: “Sanchez is at risk of finishing his career in the same way [Fernando] Torres did at Chelsea. Torres was the main man at Atletico Madrid and Liverpool, but he is now remembered for the tough time he had at Chelsea.“Sanchez has clearly shown that he has the capability to play with the best teams in the world, but Man United doesn’t suit his style of play and he’s never looked settled into the dressing room since joining the club.“I’ve previously said that Ole should give him the chance to express himself as a winger, but now looking at his form and how often he’s been used, I think it’s best for Man United and Sanchez if he were to move on this summer.“I can’t see him moving to another Premier League club and I think he should move back to La Liga. I see Sanchez joining a club like Atletico Madrid as there are currently a lot of problems at Real Madrid and he wouldn’t go back to Barcelona. He will most likely have to take a pay cut, but it’s for the benefit of his career.”Kanchelskis believes that Sanchez could be joined in the Old Trafford departure lounge this summer by Juan Mata, with the Spanish playmaker approaching the end of his contract and considered to no longer be at his peak.The ex-Russia international added: “I think it’s time for Mata to move on from Man United. He’s not been able to replicate the same form he had at Chelsea, but he’s also had a tough time with being used very sporadically, whilst being part of a very unsettled Man United squad.“Mata doesn’t add too much to what Man United already have and I think he needs to move on in order to re-spark his career. He’s fairly far down on the pecking order and only really seems to play games when others are injured.”While deeming one Spaniard to be surplus to requirements, Kanchelskis admits it is imperative that the Red Devils tie another to fresh terms – with David de Gea yet to commit to a contract extension.“There is a worrying situation developing with De Gea at Manchester United,” said Kanchelskis.“He still hasn’t signed a new contract and the club will soon be faced with a decision either to sell him for a fee this summer or risk allowing him to leave for a free.“De Gea is the best goalkeeper in the world so it would be a nightmare if he doesn’t sign a new contract at Manchester United. It’s bad enough that he may be leaving the club, but it would be an even bigger travesty if they were to let it happen on a free transfer.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
A little more than 15 years ago, Joanne Rowling was a jobless single mother. Like many fledgling entrepreneurs, she was financially strapped but had a brilliant idea. And success didn’t come easy; she was rejected by twelve publishers and the first Harry Potter book sold for a mere $4,000 dollars.Today, she’s one of the most successful female entrepreneurs in history. And it seems she’s far from finished.J. K. Rowling expanded her portfolio of talents yet again this week: she signed a deal with Warner Bros. to write the screenplays for a new movie series and TV mini-series in the “Harry Potter” universe. The series will feature the adventurer Newt Scamander, author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (a Hogwarts textbook).As independent workers, pursuing our passions and living outside the support of a safe career and regular paycheck, it would be wise to take a thoughtful look at Rowling’s attitude towards creativity and new enterprise, and what makes her a great entrepreneur.Why did Rowling succeed at a place in her life where so many of us would have crumpled and given up?She Doesn’t Believe in FailureIf you haven’t heard Rowling’s 2008 Harvard Commencement Speech, stop reading this article and do it now.Only when Rowling reached “rock bottom” did she begin to write the first Harry Potter book. Why? “I was set free because my greatest fear had been realized,” she says.Sometimes you can’t know what’s bad about your business unless everything stops working. Getting less and less repeat clients? You can ignore it, blame it on the economy, or blame it on your field. And that might be true, but it’s not useful. Instead, stop and say “I’m failing.”That’s a very scary place. But it’s humbling. “Failure meant a stripping away of the unessential,” Rowling says. You can start from scratch and rethink everything, return to the original passion that built your business in the first place.If you come back from failure once, you’ll never be as afraid of failure again.She Controls What She CreatesTraditionally, when a studio wants to turn your book into a movie, you sign a deal and run. Or you sign, run, and then complain about how much they messed up your book. Rowling not only signed a deal that let her be intimately involved in the making of the films, but she even negotiated a special percentage of the profits. No movie merchandise is sold without her OK.When you sign a book deal, you almost always sign away the rights for the publisher to distribute the e-book. Rowling did not sign away those rights, and distributes the e-books of Harry Potter only on her own website.She’s become incredibly savvy about making sure nothing that she created ever gets outside of her control.Sure, Rowling does have a much higher negotiating position than most of us when, say, we head into a meeting with a client to create a contract that stipulates who owns what. But as Sara Horowitz and others have argued, it’s extremely important that freelancers and entrepreneurs are clear about who owns the rights to what they create for clients.Again, your reputation and the quality of your work may dictate your negotiating power. But don’t underestimate your worth. If you give up rights, expect more money for your work. Be ready to explain to clients why that’s appropriate.She Doesn’t Get Stuck in SuccessRowling is one of the best-selling novelists of all time. After Harry Potter became successful, she could have just said, “Well, now I know what I’ll be writing about for the rest of my life.”In just a decade, she’s also become an adult mystery writer, amusement park designer, a toy designer and following her announcement this week, she’s also a screenwriter and a TV writer. She’s not as successful in some of these endeavors as she was with Harry Potter. That hasn’t stopped her from trying new things.Sometimes, as entrepreneurs or freelancers, after we find a business that works, we just float along. Of course, you’ll still be looking for clients and hustling, but you’re just executing and sustaining your original idea.If Rowling shows us anything, it’s that success is not the end. It’s difficult to leave the safety of what’s successful. Many would ask – why would I even bother? Because for Rowling, creation clearly isn’t only about success, but about stretching her boundaries. And while less secure, it must give her a sense of renewed accomplishment only the pursuit of new ideas – and the risk of failure – can provide.Even if you don’t care about Harry Potter or wizards or fantastic beasts, even if you don’t care what J. K. Rowling does next, how she does it and why she does it is something we should all care about.
What if I told you that you could charge more money as a freelancer, be more memorable to clients — and save time?You’d probably think I was selling you a fancy app. This is a lot simpler. It’s the ancient art of specializing. For example, you wouldn’t sell yourself as a copywriter, you’d sell yourself as a copywriter who specializes in writing about consumer tech (apps, phones, tablets, etc.). Not a designer, but an interior designer who’s an expert in optimizing small spaces.Here’s why you should specialize:1. Clients want experts. Let’s say you want a WordPress blog and you have two applications or queries in your inbox: one from a WordPress developer, and one from a “web developer”. Which would you pick? Exactly.2. Clients trust experts. Clients trust experts to direct projects and provide valued advice. When a client trusts you, your relationship is much smoother, the client doesn’t try to micromanage or direct you, and the end result is often much better.3. Your work will (probably) be a higher quality. Mastery takes time and practice. As you freelance in one specialty, you will be developing mastery of a specific set of skills that you use over and over again. The quality of your work may improve faster than a generalist.4. Experts are more memorable. After your project is finished, if your client ever has a similar project, you’ll be the first person they think of. You’ll also be top-of-mind when that client is talking to another person looking for someone like you. When your client is at a networking event speaking to someone looking for iOS UX design, do you think they’ll recommend the iOS/mobile UX designer or the UX designer?5. Experts save time. Let’s say you’re a copywriter who writes all different kinds of news articles. A lot of your time is spent researching because you’re always starting from a low level of knowledge. As a specialist, you’ll probably cut your research time in half. You already have a deep-level knowledge of your topic, and you can dive right in to the latest news in your field.6. You’re already a specialist. If you’ve been freelancing as a generalist, chances are there is already an area of your work that you enjoy more, are better at, or get the most work in. If you’re a new freelancer, you already have unique strengths and a unique background. Some freelancers don’t pin themselves down because they’re worried about not getting the gigs that aren’t in that field. In my experience, if you decide to specialize, you will fill in those “lost” gigs with new gigs in your specialty (remember, you’re a more attractive candidate now).7. Experts get paid more. Saving the best for last. Expertise is naturally perceived of as being of higher value, and clients are willing to spend more for it. If you decide to specialize, you can increase your rate.Freelancers, do you specialize? Was it a natural process? Do you think you get more gigs or get paid more as a specialist?
Former world number one Maria Sharapova avenged her US Open loss to Anastasija Sevastova with a 7-6(3), 5-7, 7-6(7) victory over the Latvian in the China Open first round on Saturday.The 30-year-old Russian, returning to court for the first time since her fourth-round exit at Flushing Meadows, came back from a break down three times before clinching the first set 7-3 in the tiebreak.Despite dropping her serve in the opening game of the second, Sevastova, seeded 16th, rallied back to force a decider.Sharapova, who had never lost a third-set tiebreak, needed a brave forehand winner at 6-5 before sealing a second-round spot in just over three hours.She will take on the winner between American qualifier Jennifer Brady and Ekaterina Makarova of Russia in the second round.Earlier in the day, second seed Simona Halep snapped her three-match losing streak with a hardfought 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 win over American Alison Riske.The Romanian, who had not won a match since her defeat in the Cincinnati final to Garbine Muguruza, overcame a sloppy start before claiming 12 of the final 14 points to set up a second round clash against Magdalena Rybarikova or Eugenie Bouchard.Germany’s Angelique Kerber began her campaign with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Japanese teenager Naomi Osaka.Kerber, the former world number one, came back from a break down to win five consecutive games in the second set to seal a second-round spot.Twice Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, seeded 12th, produced an impressive array of powerful groundstrokes to beat fellow Czech left-hander Kristyna Pliskova 6-3, 7-5 in the opening round.advertisement
Spain midfielder Francisco “Isco” Alarcon will not appear with his team in the pre-World Cup friendly match against Russia, the Spanish national football team announced on Sunday.Isco was forced out of the squad after sustaining an injury during Spain’s 5-0 win over Costa Rica on Saturday, reports Efe.”Isco will miss the Russia match on Tuesday and has left the training camp due to the injury sustained during yesterday’s match,” the Spanish team said in a statement on its official website.Real Madrid’s medical staff, who contacted the national team’s staff, will evaluate Isco’s treatment “from this moment forward,” according to the statement.Spain, coached by Julen Lopetegui, is to travel to St. Petersburg to face Russia, which will host the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Fifty international hundreds might seem staggering for a 29-year-old but India captain Virat Kohli feels that it hasn’t been that long a journey as the figures might suggest.Kohli’s status in world cricket grew further when he smashed his 18th Test hundred and 50th international ton on the final day of the first Test against Sri Lanka on Monday, but the skipper said that records are just numbers for him.”It (50 international hundreds) feels good. It hasn’t been a long journey yet,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony after the first Test between India and Sri Lanka ended in a draw.”If I can step up and perform, that will give me more pleasure than thinking of the number of hundreds I have. That will remain the mindset till I play this game,” he added.Kohli scored an unbeaten 104 as India declared their second innings at 352 for eight, which left Sri Lanka with an improbable 231 to chase in little over a session.The target was out of reach but the Indian bowlers went full throttle, raising a hope of a victory by reducing Sri Lanka to 75 for seven before umpires called off the play due to deteriorating light.Asked about India’s mindset going into the final session, Kohli said he was pleased with the character shown by his team to make the match interesting despite losing considerable amount of play due to rain.”It was important to make something out of the game with whatever time we had. Conditions changed drastically over the five days. We had to show character, having been on the backfoot on day one and day two,” he said.advertisement”The team showed a lot of character. We didn’t look at batting collapse. We believed in our strengths. If you didn’t have intent on this wicket, it would’ve been difficult to survive. That was the key. All in all, we’re proud of how we finished.”Bhuvneshwar Kumar was adjudged man-of-the-match for his impressive match figures of eight for 96 and Kohli was all praise for the bowler. He said that the swing bowler has now become an automatic selection in India’s Test playing XI.”Bhuvneshwar’s bowling has picked up pace, his ball is heavier than what it used to be. He grabs his chances every time he comes into the team. He’s a massive contender to start in every Test for India, he’ll be a vital part of our plans, especially overseas,” said Kohli.
(Eds: rephrasing headline)New Delhi, Feb 8 (PTI) Indian womens cricket team opener Smriti Mandhana was today named as the new brand ambassador of Batas sport wear brand Power.The 21-year-old, who is a role model for next generation Indians, is among the most sought-after female sports personalities in the country, with a huge fan base.The turning point of Mandhanas career was her memorable knock at the ICC Womens World Cup last year which helped her win accolades.”When I was approached for Power, the first thing that clicked was their vision to enable more and more young Indians onto a path of fitness. It is a great privilege to be the brand ambassador for Power as it truly reflects my personal style and values,” Mandhana said.”Any brand that fuels an active lifestyle in todays world and helps people to overcome their inertia to start on a personal path to fitness, is a brand that I would love to partner with,” she added.Starting this month, Mandhana will be seen promoting Powers latest range.Country Manager, Bata India, Sandeep Kataria said: “Smriti is undeniably one of the most talented sports personalities and a strong role model for all youngsters. We are honoured to have Smriti who has brought such glory to our country, as the face of brand Power.”The deal comes almost a year after the Indian womens team returned from a successful World Cup campaign, where it finished runner-up . The players had been vocal about not getting endorsement deals since then. PTI APA SSC PMadvertisement
Tiger Woods, a 14-time Major champion, has been named as one of the vice captains of the United States Ryder Cup squad alongside Steve Stricker for the tournament later this year.Jim Furyk will serve as captain when holders United States battle Europe in September at the Golf National on the outskirts of Paris. US look end a 25-year drought on European soil.”To win in Paris will be a great challenge, and to have Steve and Tiger share in the journey is important for me and for American golf,” said Furyk, who made the announcement from the PGA of America Headquarters in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.”The deep appreciation they both have for competition, the concept of team, and the Ryder Cup is infectious. Their knowledge and experience will be an invaluable resource in our effort to retain the Ryder Cup.”Woods, who this week will make his third start of the PGA Tour season after a year-long absence during which he had back surgery, first served as a vice captain at Hazeltine in 2016.The 42-year-old Woods is a veteran of seven Ryder Cups as a player, most recently in 2012. He said he was thankful to be selected as a vice captain but is still keen to earn a spot on the team as a player.”My goal is to make the team, but whatever happens over the course of this season, I will continue to do whatever I can to help us keep the Cup,” Woods said in a video played at the news conference. “I’m excited about the challenge.”advertisementFuryk said Woods possesses an ability to effectively pair players together in foursomes and fourballs while also inspiring a young team room filled with players who took up the game in the hope of emulating Woods.Woods may have plenty of ground to make up if he hopes to be a playing vice captain, but Furyk did not rule out the greatest golfer of his generation filling a dual role.”I want to do what’s best for Tiger and I want to do what’s best for the team and that would be a bridge we cross when we got there,” said Furyk. “If he could be valuable as a player, I mean, I’m sure we would want him playing on this team. But there’s so much time to go.”This year’s Ryder Cup, to be played from Sept. 28-30, will mark Stricker’s third stint as a vice captain, having served at Gleneagles in 2014 and in the 2016 U.S. victory at Hazeltine.Furyk previously appointed former Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III as a vice captain and will announce additional vice captains at a later date.The United States won the biennial matchplay event at home in 2016, marking their first triumph since 2008, but they have not celebrated on European soil since a 15-13 victory at The Belfry in England in 1993.(Courtesy: Reuters)
Antonio Conte believes that Paul Pogba would get a start when Manchester United and Chelsea face each other in the Premier League on Sunday at Old Trafford.Pogba, 24, developed into one of the best midfielders in the world under the tutelage of Conte at Juventus, who signed him as a 19-year-old from United back in 2012. Knowing his protege well, Conte said it would be better for Chelsea if the French does not start.Pogba was dropped to the bench by Mourinho by United’s important away clash with Sevilla in the Champions League but Herrera’s injury in the 17th minute forced the United manager into making an early substitution and sending Pogba on the pitch. However, it seems Pogba was given the duties of a holding midfielder and Pogba hardly impacted or created an attacking move for United.The France international returned to United at the start of last season but has been under serious criticism for his below-par performances in recent weeks. Reports of troubled relationship between him and Mourinho are doing the rounds and it is not known of Pogba will earn a start against Chelsea on Sunday. There are reports of strained relationship between Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba doing the rounds. (Photo: Reuters)”I expect to see him on the pitch. If he stays out it will be better,” Conte told a news conference on Friday. “We are talking about a top player, a fantastic player.”Pogba has not completed 90 minutes for more than a month and Mourinho once again faced questions from reporters about his relationship with him after the match against Sevilla.advertisement”Every coach has to find the right way to manage him. Pogba is showing at United as well that he is a top player,” Conte added.Chelsea will be without midfielders Ross Barkley and Tiemoue Bakayoko and defender David Luiz who all have injuries. A win for the London side will put them level with second-placed United on 56 points and help them in their push to secure a Champions League place.Conte reports that David Luiz, Bakayoko and Barkley remain out for Sunday’s game. The boss has no other injury worries. #MUNCHEChelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 23, 2018″It is a massive game for us, we have to give 120 percent and try to get three points,” Conte said.”From now on till the end, every game is important. Getting three points will be very important for us and very important for United too.”The run for the Champions League is open and we must pay great attention because in this run there are many great teams and someone has to stay out of the next Champions League.”(With inputs from Reuters)