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Former Economist correspondent and Daily Telegraph South East Asia Correspondent. Author of 'Kathmandu' - a social and political history of the city. www.kathmandubook.com
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FC 100: Ronaldo ranked where?! Overrated, underrated & snubs

10 Jun 2024  |  ESPN.com
ESPN's FC 100 ranks the top men's soccer players, including Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappé, while also highlighting overrated and underrated players. The USMNT depth chart ranks the top 120 American players by position ahead of Copa America. The 20th anniversary of Porto's unexpected Champions League win is commemorated. Emma Hayes' transition from club to international coaching with the USWNT is examined, and Lionel Messi's performance with Inter Miami is tracked.

Zwift: The mountain biker's dirty secret

29 May 2024  |  www.bikeradar.com
Indoor training, traditionally dominated by road cyclists and triathletes, is now gaining traction among mountain bikers thanks to MTB-compatible smart trainers and apps like Zwift. Zwift offers custom workouts, mountain bike training plans, and features like steering functions to enhance the indoor training experience. It helps improve pedaling force, power, and momentum, while also providing a social aspect through virtual meetups and group rides. Zwift's structured, repeatable tests allow mountain bikers to track fitness improvements and set training benchmarks, making it a valuable tool for maintaining and enhancing performance, especially when outdoor riding is not feasible.

Scores, Stats and Highlights

22 May 2024  |  ESPN.com
The Gündogan Awards celebrate players excelling despite age or club status, with Mats Hummels, Alyssa Naeher, and Luis Suárez leading this year's class. Bayer Leverkusen's 51-game unbeaten streak is analyzed for its historic significance. The Premier League's best non-title-winning teams are ranked, with Arsenal likely to finish second this season. Luis Miguel Echegaray discusses standout players and teams in the Premier League 2023-24 awards. Johnny Cardoso's impressive performance at Real Betis and potential impact on the USMNT are highlighted. Lionel Messi's first full season with Inter Miami is tracked, providing detailed game-by-game analysis.

Winter training for cyclists: how to make this your best winter yet

21 May 2024  |  www.bikeradar.com
Winter poses challenges for cyclists due to reduced daylight and harsh weather, but a well-planned training regimen can help maintain fitness. Key steps include conducting fitness tests, setting specific goals, understanding training purposes, scheduling varied workouts, and making adjustments based on feedback. Tools like smart trainers, power meters, and indoor cycling apps such as Zwift, Trainerroad, and Wahoo SYSTM are recommended for effective training. Having a dedicated winter bike with appropriate equipment can also help maintain motivation.

Ranked: The 16 worst misses of this Premier League season

20 May 2024  |  ESPN.com
In the Premier League, there are the misses that make you say 'oof' and the ones that cost a team the title. The article ranks the worst failed shots, from the embarrassing to the costly.

Ranking all 16 Man United player signings under Erik ten Hag

02 May 2024  |  ESPN.com
Manchester United, under manager Erik ten Hag, ranks as one of the top spenders on player signings, yet the team's performance remains subpar. Barcelona, after a successful previous season, faces a crisis and struggles to keep up with Real Madrid. The environmental impact of soccer is highlighted with predictions of flooding affecting English stadiums and training challenges due to climate change. Lionel Messi's performance with Inter Miami is being tracked, providing a detailed analysis of his contributions.

Arsenal move into first but aren't celebrating: The grind only gets worse now

World Snooker Championship: China’s Zhang Anda crushed by pressure after ‘Crucible curse’ dethrones Luca Brecel

21 Apr 2024  |  South China Morning Post
China's Zhang Anda experienced significant pressure and underperformed at the Cazoo World Championship in Sheffield, exiting after a 10-4 loss to Jak Jones. Defending champion Luca Brecel from Belgium was also defeated, succumbing to the 'Crucible curse' with a 10-9 loss to David Gilbert. Brecel expressed relief at shedding the world champion title, while Gilbert, who has been out of form, hopes to build on his victory.

Bellingham, Wirtz, Musiala lead best male soccer players U21

12 Apr 2024  |  www.espn.com
ESPN's annual list features the top young soccer players aged 21 or under, with Bellingham, Wirtz, and Musiala leading the rankings. Arsenal's recent performance has improved, while Manchester United is experiencing one of its worst seasons. Upcoming managerial changes at Liverpool, Barcelona, and Bayern Munich are anticipated to impact the European soccer landscape. Goalkeeper André Onana's use of Vaseline on his gloves is highlighted as a tactic for gaining an advantage. The New York Red Bulls top the MLS Power Rankings, and Lionel Messi's performance with Inter Miami is being tracked game-by-game.

Stars vs. balance: USWNT overcomes perpetual problem to lift SheBelieves Cup

10 Apr 2024  |  espnfc.com
The USWNT won the SheBelieves Cup amid team selection and chemistry concerns. Arsenal and Bayern Munich drew 2-2, with the second leg's small margins set to be decisive. The UEFA Champions League quarterfinals feature key players like Rodri and Neuer. Nigeria and Zambia secured the final women's football spots for the Paris Olympics. PSG and Barcelona prepare for a thrilling Champions League round-of-16 clash. Barcelona's Pau Cubarsí is highlighted as a talent, and Manchester United's André Onana's glove technique is discussed.

Hong Kong Sevens 2024: New Zealand women and men make strong cases for defence of their titles on opening day

05 Apr 2024  |  South China Morning Post
New Zealand's women's and men's teams showcased strong defensive performances on the opening day of the Cathay/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens, aiming to defend their titles. The women's team, led by Michaela Blyde, demonstrated resilience and determination, securing victories against Great Britain and Brazil. The men's team overcame Great Britain and delivered a decisive win against Argentina, the series leaders. Both teams emphasized their readiness and hunger to maintain their top positions, with an eye on the upcoming Olympics.

Hong Kong Sevens 2024 set to be declared a 40,000 sell-out as international visitors return

02 Apr 2024  |  South China Morning Post
The Cathay/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens is anticipated to sell out for the first time since the pandemic, with over 39,500 tickets already sold. The event, which will likely be the last at Hong Kong Stadium before moving to a new venue, has seen a resurgence of international interest. The Hong Kong China Rugby chairman, Chris Brooke, expressed delight at the fan response. The event will feature various performances and the appointment of James Farndon as the new CEO of HKCR was announced.

World Aquatics Championships: Hong Kong’s Siobhan Haughey happy with ‘nice collection’ of medals after 100m silver

17 Feb 2024  |  South China Morning Post
Siobhan Haughey of Hong Kong completed a set of medals at the World Aquatics Championships in Doha, securing silver in the 100 meters freestyle. Despite leading at the halfway mark, she was overtaken by Marrit Steenbergen of the Netherlands. Haughey's performance included a historic gold in the 200m freestyle and a bronze in the 100m breaststroke. China achieved two additional golds, with Dong Zhihao winning the men's 200m breaststroke and their team claiming victory in the men's 4x200m freestyle relay. The Chinese team is now tied with the US for swimming golds and leads the overall aquatics medal table.

World Aquatics Championships: Hong Kong’s Siobhan Haughey wins historic first gold in 200 metres freestyle

15 Feb 2024  |  South China Morning Post
Siobhan Haughey of Hong Kong won her first gold medal in the 200 metres freestyle at the World Aquatics Championships, making history as the city's first world champion in the event. She finished with a time of 1:54.89, ahead of her rival Fairweather and third-place Brianna Throssell. Haughey, who holds the world record in short-course swimming, is preparing for the Paris Olympics and aims to improve her performance. Hong Kong's Secretary for Culture, Sports and Tourism, Kevin Yeung Yun-hung, congratulated her, and Haughey expressed hope for the future success of Hong Kong's young team. Other notable wins at the championships included Japan's Tomoru Honda in the men's 200m butterfly and Ireland's Daniel Wiffen in the 800m freestyle.

Ireland’s sporting tradition is lesson for Hong Kong, says boss of city’s athletes as he warns: you can’t buy Olympic success

12 Jan 2024  |  South China Morning Post
Hong Kong's sports funding system is defended by Choi, who emphasizes that more money does not guarantee Olympic success. He highlights the importance of building a sports culture for long-term results, citing Ireland's success despite a smaller population. Hong Kong's recent Olympic performance, including Cheung Ka-long's gold in fencing and Siobhan Haughey's swimming silvers, is praised, but Choi stresses the need for realistic goals and the development of a sports culture. He notes a shift in perception of sports as a career in Hong Kong and the increased investment in sports medicine and coaching.

Kai Tak Sports Park: questions swirl as deafening silence surrounds what future holds for Hong Kong’s new stadium

28 Dec 2023  |  South China Morning Post
The Kai Tak Sports Park in Hong Kong is shrouded in uncertainty as officials and agencies, including Sportfive and the Secretary for Culture, Sports and Tourism, provide no clear details on future events or vision for the park. Despite the city's leader John Lee Ka-chiu's goal to boost Hong Kong as a sports hub, there is a lack of information on how the taxpayer-funded project will be utilized. Local sports bodies like the Hong Kong China Rugby and the Hong Kong Tennis Association are considering the venue for future events, but there is no confirmation on plans or costs associated with the new stadium.

Ding Junhui denied UK snooker title by Ronnie O’Sullivan – but earns another shot at him at the Masters

04 Dec 2023  |  South China Morning Post
Ronnie O’Sullivan defeated Ding Junhui in the UK Championship snooker final, earning his record-extending eighth UK crown and becoming the tournament's oldest winner. Despite the loss, Ding's runner-up position secured him a spot in the Masters, where he will face O’Sullivan again. O’Sullivan, part of the 'class of ’92' alongside John Higgins and Mark Williams, expressed his appreciation for the sport's longevity and his ability to win with experience. The victory marks O’Sullivan's 22nd Triple Crown title and his 40th ranking-event win, surpassing Stephen Hendry's record.

Hong Kong Sevens 2024: could France superstar Antoine Dupont add X-factor to city in April?

25 Oct 2023  |  South China Morning Post
Antoine Dupont, the world-renowned scrum-half, is transitioning to rugby sevens with hopes of competing in the Olympics, potentially playing in the Hong Kong Sevens in April 2024. Dupont's inclusion in the France squad for the Vancouver SVNS tournament marks his shift from 15-a-side rugby. The Hong Kong Sevens, scheduled for April 5-7, 2024, will be the last at Hong Kong Stadium before moving to the new Kai Tak Sports Park. Dupont's participation is expected to enhance the event's appeal, which has lacked star power since Fiji's Waisale Serevi. France's sevens team, needing Dupont's talent, aims to improve its Olympic record. Former England sevens captain Tom Mitchell believes Dupont will adapt well to the sevens format. France will compete against the United States, Samoa, and Australia in Vancouver.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp not satisfied with Augsburg draw

19 Oct 2023  |  ESPN.com
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp expressed dissatisfaction with his team's performance in their draw against Augsburg, despite acknowledging the result as decent for a European first leg away game. Klopp highlighted the team's inconsistency and passive play, which allowed Augsburg to remain in contention. He emphasized the need for a more consistent 90-minute performance and looked forward to the rematch at Anfield.

ITTF World Team Table Tennis Championships: Hong Kong beat Taiwanese to reach semi-finals

12 Oct 2023  |  South China Morning Post
Hong Kong's women's team advanced to the semi-finals of the ITTF World Team Table Tennis Championships by defeating the higher-ranked Chinese Taipei. This victory also secured their place in the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris. Key players like Doo Hoi-kem, Zhu Chengzhu, and Lee Ho-ching played pivotal roles in the matches. Despite a setback, the team managed to clinch the win, with Zhu Chengzhu emerging as a standout performer. Hong Kong's men’s team, however, failed to qualify for the Olympics after losing to Austria.

Lionel Messi: after fans cry ‘scam’ in Hong Kong, any takers for US$20,000 ‘special experience’ Inter Miami ticket in Tokyo?

10 Oct 2023  |  South China Morning Post
Tickets for Inter Miami's match in Tokyo are still available, with prices ranging from US$67 to US$303. Special experience packages costing up to US$20,200 offer various perks, including VIP access and a meet-and-greet with Lionel Messi. This follows a controversial event in Hong Kong where fans felt scammed. The article advises fans to manage their expectations and travel at their own risk.

Christian Benteke and Divock Origi out for Belgium

05 Oct 2023  |  ESPN.com
Liverpool forwards Christian Benteke and Divock Origi have withdrawn from the Belgium squad for a friendly against Portugal due to injuries. Kevin Mirallas of Everton has been called up to replace Origi. Belgium coach Marc Wilmots confirmed Origi's calf strain and Benteke's knee issue. The match will be played in Leiria following bomb attacks in Brussels. Liverpool's upcoming fixtures include a Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur and a Europa League quarterfinal against Borussia Dortmund.

Liverpool to split squad if Europa League clashes with ICC

04 Oct 2023  |  ESPN.com
Liverpool will split their squad during their preseason tour in the United States if they need to play in a Europa League qualifier in July. Jurgen Klopp has planned for the possibility of European fixtures clashing with their matches in the International Champions Cup. The team will face Chelsea and AC Milan in California, but a Europa League qualifier could interfere. Klopp is satisfied with the plan, despite the potential for long flights. He consulted with Jurgen Klinsmann regarding the training camp venue in California. Players will join the preseason at staggered intervals due to international commitments.

Liverpool relish chance to face Man United

04 Oct 2023  |  ESPN.com
Adam Lallana expressed optimism about Liverpool's upcoming matches against Manchester United, highlighting the significance of the rivalry and the opportunity to improve their record. He emphasized the importance of European success and maintaining consistency in the Premier League, aiming for a strong finish to the season.

Let’s talk about digital skills and why they’re so important

01 Jul 2023  |  www.scouts.org.uk
The article discusses the importance of digital skills for volunteers within the Scouts organization, emphasizing the diverse backgrounds of volunteers and the need for digital literacy. It introduces the new Digital Skills tool, designed to help volunteers develop their digital skills through tailored learning, task assistance, and personalized support. The tool includes over 300 curated activities and leverages peer-to-peer learning through Digital Champions. The development of the tool was supported by Nominet, Yalla, and CAST, and aims to make volunteering easier and more efficient through the use of technology.

Who started Bluffton High School street painting?

21 May 2023  |  Bluffton Icon
Tom Bell recounts the origins of the street painting tradition at Bluffton High School, initiated by Ron “Gridley” Steiner and executed by a group of students including Bell, Dick Herr, and Larry Moser. The group borrowed paint from their parents and devised a plan to avoid detection by the local police. Their goal was to paint 'Seniors Rule 65' in large letters visible from the principal’s office. The story is part of a collection in the book 'A Good Place To Miss – Bluffton Stories 1900-1975.'

When Ivana Trump Met Sarah Palin

17 Jul 2022  |  www.politico.com
Ivana Trump, seen as a feminist hero by her fans, visited Anchorage where she met Sarah Palin, then a commercial fisherman and member of the Wasilla town council. Palin, who later gained fame in Republican politics, was among the crowd seeking glamour and culture. Ivana, promoting her perfume at J.C. Penney, discussed her views on gender roles and equality. Her husband, Riccardo Mazzucchelli, was present, and the couple later took a helicopter flight to Mount McKinley.

Calorie labelling on booze is much needed – but doesn’t go far enough

17 Aug 2020  |  thegrocer.co.uk
The UK government's new measures to combat obesity include highlighting calories on alcoholic drinks, which the author supports but believes do not go far enough. The Department of Health and Social Care notes alcohol accounts for a significant portion of calorie intake, yet there is no standard for brands to disclose calorie or nutritional content. The author argues for comprehensive labelling and suggests adopting the 'traffic light' system to inform consumer choices. The government is urged to ensure full transparency and provide guidance for manufacturers to develop healthier products, emphasizing the ethical imperative over cost concerns. The article also notes the rising consumer demand for lower-calorie options and the potential for industry change driven by health-conscious younger generations.

Best Rugby World Cup sees 2019 kick off exciting new era

30 Dec 2019  |  South China Morning Post
2019 marked a memorable year for rugby, highlighted by the ninth Rugby World Cup held in Asia, which was widely regarded as the best yet. Japan's performance as hosts disrupted traditional powerhouses, while South Africa's victory over England in the final showcased their dominance. The year also saw significant coaching changes among top teams, with new leaders poised to shape the future. Traditional club giants faced challenges, and emerging nations like Georgia and the United States showed promise. The image of Siya Kolisi lifting the World Cup symbolized a shifting landscape in rugby.

Rugby World Cup: can England’s new look midfield land them a second Webb Ellis Cup?

20 Oct 2019  |  South China Morning Post
England's revamped midfield, featuring Owen Farrell and George Ford, demonstrated significant promise in their Rugby World Cup quarter-final victory against Australia. Farrell's return to fly half and Ford's impactful substitution were pivotal, with key contributions from players like Kyle Sinckler and Henry Slade. The strategic decisions by coach Eddie Jones, including the use of Manu Tuilagi and the ball-playing option of Slade, were instrumental in overcoming Australia's defensive efforts. The blend of experience and tactical adjustments suggests England may have found a winning formula as they advance in the tournament.

Agile alcohol brands will fare best

08 Oct 2019  |  morningadvertiser.co.uk
Established brewing brands are experiencing declines due to outdated practices, while emerging subcategories like reduced calorie and vegan options are gaining traction. Modern consumers demand more functional and transparent products, pushing brands to innovate and adapt. The author emphasizes the need for updated industry policies and guidelines to meet these evolving consumer desires. Entrepreneurial brands are encouraged to lead the market by being agile and innovative, guiding the mainstream towards new directions.

'Witch' quits normal life to live off-grid in the middle of the rainforest

18 Mar 2019  |  The Mirror
Sarah Wu, a self-identified witch, left her conventional life in Philadelphia to live off-grid in the Costa Rican rainforest. She built a home from bamboo and fallen trees, relying on solar power and rainwater. After splitting from her husband, Stephen Brooks, she continued her eco-lifestyle, teaching herbalism and organizing the Envision Festival to promote alternative living and self-expression.

Two Russian fans stabbed following Red Star

26 Mar 2017  |  ESPN.com
Two Russian fans were hospitalized with serious injuries after being stabbed in Belgrade following a friendly soccer match between Red Star Belgrade and Lokomotiv Moscow. The attack, allegedly by Partizan Belgrade supporters, occurred downtown late Saturday. Serbian Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic stated that police are searching for the assailants and emphasized that such violence would not harm Serbian-Russian relations. The incident is part of a broader trend of fan violence in Serbia.

Jurgen Klopp criticised for Christian Benteke treatment

21 Mar 2016  |  espn.com
Jurgen Klopp's public reprimand of Christian Benteke following Liverpool's 3-2 loss to Southampton has been criticized by former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy and ex-Newcastle striker Alan Shearer. They argue that such matters should be addressed privately in the dressing room rather than in front of fans and cameras. Murphy also commented on the intensity of Klopp's playing style, suggesting that the team struggles to maintain it over a full match and that Klopp may need a full preseason to integrate his system fully.

Belgium's Benteke not certain of Euro 2016 spot

15 Mar 2016  |  espnfc.com
Marc Wilmots, the Belgium national team coach, indicated that Liverpool striker Christian Benteke is not guaranteed a spot for Euro 2016, highlighting his limited playtime and competition from other players like Romelu Lukaku, Michy Batshuayi, and Divock Origi. Wilmots empathized with Benteke's situation at Liverpool under manager Jurgen Klopp and mentioned that his selection will focus on squad balance, considering the different strengths of each player.

Jose Mourinho backed to manage next season by Aitor Karanka

22 Feb 2016  |  ESPN.com
Aitor Karanka, Middlesbrough head coach and former assistant to Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid, is confident that Mourinho will return to management soon, citing him as the best in the business. Despite Mourinho's departure from Chelsea in December, he has been strongly linked with the Manchester United job, which is currently held by Louis van Gaal. Karanka has not discussed Mourinho's future with him but believes he will not have issues finding a team to manage next season.

Liverpool Jurgen Klopp delighted with Villa hammering

14 Feb 2016  |  ESPN.com
Jurgen Klopp praised Liverpool's 'relentless' 6-0 win over Aston Villa, highlighting the importance of having Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho back from injury. Sturridge scored the opening goal, with Milner, Can, Origi, Clyne, and Toure also contributing to the scoreline. Klopp emphasized the team's depth as they prepare for European and League Cup finals. Milner expressed the win as a confidence builder for the rest of the season.

Sturridge, Origi, and Coutinho return for Liverpool

12 Feb 2016  |  www.espn.com
Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool's manager, is cautious about the return of Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi, and Philippe Coutinho, emphasizing the need to manage their fitness as they reintegrate into the team. Despite their return in a 2-1 FA Cup defeat at West Ham, Klopp is focused on finding a stable formation that does not rely on individual players' fitness. Coutinho's smart free kick is highlighted, and Klopp expresses optimism about having multiple striking options with the return of Origi and Sturridge, alongside Roberto Firmino and Christian Benteke.

Liverpool fans' protest over 'obscene' ticket prices backed

10 Feb 2016  |  ESPN.com
Liverpool fans' protest against increased ticket prices is supported by Mayor Anderson, who criticizes the club for its 'obscene' pricing despite significant TV revenue and the construction of an expanded Main Stand. He highlights the economic struggles of local fans and questions the necessity of the price hike, urging football clubs to consider the fairness of their pricing structures.

Sam Allardyce admits surprise by Sunderland rally

06 Feb 2016  |  ESPN.com
Sam Allardyce expressed surprise at Sunderland's comeback from 2-0 down against Liverpool, crediting Jermain Defoe's quality and the team's resilience. He noted the impact of the crowd on player performance and highlighted the importance of Defoe in Sunderland's battle against relegation. Allardyce downplayed the effect of Liverpool supporters' walkout on the game's outcome.

Liverpool fans' walkout didn't affect result

06 Feb 2016  |  ESPN.com
Lijnders, standing in for an ill Jurgen Klopp, defended Liverpool fans' right to protest and felt the team played well for 82 minutes. Despite the walkout, he did not believe it affected the players. He critiqued the team's play in the final third and confirmed Dejan Lovren was taken off as a precaution and Joe Allen was replaced due to fatigue, with a scan scheduled for the following day.
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