The Spanish team returned to a heroes’ welcome to the country after they defeated Netherlands to lift their first FIFA World Cup trophy.Players landed at Madrid’s Barajas airport shortly before 3 p.m. (1300 GMT, 9 a.m. EDT).A huge crowd had gathered at the airport to welcome the team which emerged from the plane with keeper Iker Casillas, coach Vicente del Bosque and the golden trophy.The team was reportedly received by the Spanish king after they rested in a hotel. They are also said to have met Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero before taking an open top bus ride through the national capital.Spain beat the Netherlands 1-0 on Sunday in extra time.Spanish player Iniesta scored the winner in the 116th minute after both the sides were locked goal-less in the regulation 90 minutes in an ill-tempered grand finale which saw the ejection of Dutch defender John Heitinga in the 110th minute for his second booking and another 12 yellow cards being shown.New world champions Spain, the eighth such team in history, now join Brazil (five titles), Italy (four), Germany (three), Argentina (two), Uruguay (two), France (one) and England (one).
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool U23 boss Critchley full of praise for goalkeeper Kelleherby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool U23 boss Neil Critchley has showered praise on young goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher for his performance against Wigan on Sunday.Critchley believes Kelleher showed confidence and skill to deny the Latics scoring a late equaliser when he made a point-blank save, comparing the action to Reds first-team keeper’ Alisson.”That’s exactly the type of mentality you need from a goalkeeper,” Critchley said.”That’s Caoimhin for you. Everyone saw the saves he made against MK Dons for the first team in the League Cup, and he made a similar one where made himself big.”It’s no coincidence the ball hit him from so close because he is brave and puts his body on the line.”I always think the best goalkeepers make the important saves at the right time, the vital moment. Like Alisson Becker against Napoli last season, those goalkeepers they seem to produce those moments at the right time and Caoimhin did that here.”
bob stoops stands up for texasOklahoma and Texas may not like each other very much, but Sooners head coach Bob Stoops isn’t letting that cloud his judgment of the 2015 Longhorns. Monday, he actually stood up for Charlie Strong & Co., citing UT’s overly difficult schedule as the most “overlooked” reason for the team’s 1-4 record. He noted that all four of the teams Texas lost to are now ranked.Here’s video, via OU Insider.Texas reporter Taylor Gaspar transcribed what Stoops had to say. Bob Stoops on #Longhorns early season struggles. #Sooners #Texas #OU pic.twitter.com/xG0UIOWK0f— Taylor Gaspar (@Taylor_Gaspar) October 5, 2015Stoops has always been a stand-up guy, so it doesn’t come as a shock that he’s finding the silver lining on Texas’ season ahead of their matchup this Saturday. Still, you know he wants to give the Longhorns their fifth loss.
Imports at major retail container ports in the US are expected to grow 5.8 percent in April, but could be threatened by a developing trade war between the US and China, the National Retail Federation said.“Tariffs are a tax on American consumers in the form of higher prices but they are also a tax on American jobs,” Jonathan Gold, NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy, said.“If tariffs ultimately lead to a reduction in imports and exports, that will put dockworkers and countless others in the supply chain out of work.”Image Courtesy: Port of New York/New Jersey“There is nothing good about a trade war,” Ben Hackett, Hackett Associates Founder, said, adding that it is “a vicious circle of retaliation where there are no winners, only losers.”Major US ports handled 1.69 million TEUs in February, the latest month for which after-the-fact numbers are available. That was down 4.1 percent from January but up 15.8 percent from a year ago.March was estimated at 1.54 million TEU, down 1.2 percent year-over-year, while April is forecast at 1.72 million TEU, up 5.8 percent from last year.The first half of 2018 is expected to total 10.4 million TEU, representing an increase of 5.6 percent over the first half of 2017. The total for 2017 was 20.5 million TEU, up 7.6 percent from 2016’s previous record of 19.1 million TEU.
The mayor of a small village in Saskatchewan says a Nazi flag on the roof of a house there is coming down.Darcy King of Kelliher, northeast of Regina, says the flag went up Thursday night and has already led to complaints with the village.He says photos of the flag have also been posted on social media and people across the country are commenting on it.RCMP Cpl. Rob King says the local police detachment has also received complaints about the flag.He says displaying the flag is not illegal, but officers have talked to the man about it.The mayor says he has also spoken to the man’s parents and the man will be taking the flag down.“It’s this no-brainer kid — 34-years old and never grew up,” Darcy King said Friday.“I contacted his parents … and they didn’t know it was happening. He’s living in his grandpa’s house and, as soon as it quits raining, he’s going to take it down.”The Canadian Press
As if the egos of the Big Ten Champion Ohio State men’s and women’s basketball teams and Rose Bowl champion football team aren’t already enough for Columbus, the egos of those participating in this year’s annual Arnold Sports Festival at the Greater Columbus Convention Center will take over this weekend.The competitions call for beautiful bodies, extreme talent and visible strength. While different from the football and basketball teams in many ways, there are similarities between the competitors. Contestants take pride in their appearance and compete to be the best. Their time is devoted to bettering themselves in their competitions.The festival hosts events for men and women, and over the years the amount of events has grown large enough to make it the most popular profitable competition in bodybuilding. The Arnold Classic brings more than 170,000 people a year from all over the world as spectators and competitors, making it the largest multi-sport event in the nation. Events for women include Ms. International, Fitness International and Figure International. An immaculate figure might make the difference between the winner and loser, but it is not the only requirement. Past contestants have stressed tan, blemish-free bodies and oiled-up skin. The competitions are so competitive that a winner is often decided by only one or two points.The title of “Arnold Classic” is the title of the winner in the men’s competition. It is an honor named after Arnold Schwarzenegger, and although he is currently the governor of California, he is still looked upon for his multitude of awards in the world of body-building competition.There are six events in the “Arnold Classic” that include heavy lifting, high-counting repetitions and utter strength. Throughout the six events, the men contend not only for the title, but the prizes as well. The extravagant final prize consists of a Hummer and $10,000.Contestants are walking billboards for the booths set up throughout the convention center. Tanning products, protein bars, weight supplements, work-out equipment and various products related to the well-being of the body will be on sale throughout the event.If the competitions between the athletes or the booth shopping aren’t of interest, visitors can watch gymnastics, cheerleading, fencing, table tennis, yoga, martial arts, wrestling, figure skating and various other competitions planned for the weekend in hopes to entertain and engage.
Urban Meyer will not broadcast Ohio State-Michigan game OSU enters Saturday’s game at Michigan under a cloud of uncertainty with regard to the future of its head coaching position. Many have speculated that former Florida coach and current ESPN analyst Urban Meyer will be OSU’s next head coach. ESPN said that Meyer, who was a member of its on-air television crew for the Buckeyes’ Sept. 3 win against Akron, will not be contributing to its broadcast of OSU’s season finale even though his usual broadcast partners, Dave Pasch and Chris Spielman, will be on the call. “(Meyer) wasn’t removed from the game because he wasn’t announced to be on it originally,” ESPN spokesman Michael Humes said to The Lantern in an email. “We felt the studio in Bristol was the best place for (Meyer) given the many storylines and top matchups going on in college football this weekend. He can offer commentary about the season, contribute to GameDay from ESPN studios and also help preview and review the significant games on the schedule.” Schedule changes OSU announced some changes to its future football schedule on Tuesday. According to a press release, OSU agreed to play a home-and-home series against North Carolina. The first meeting will be in Columbus, Ohio, on Sept. 5, 2015. OSU will travel to Chapel Hill, N.C., two years later on Sept. 23, 2017. OSU athletic director Gene Smith announced the Buckeyes will fill a gap in their 2013 schedule by playing Florida A&M. The matchup will take place on Sept. 7, 2013 at Ohio Stadium. Smith also said OSU’s home-and-home series against Tennessee, originally scheduled to take place in the 2018 and 2019 seasons, has been cancelled due to the Big Ten’s decision to play a nine-game conference season. According to the release, the schools may look at possible matchups in the future. Buckeyes land big recruit Adolphus Washington, a defensive end recruit from Cincinnati Taft High School, announced his decision to pursue his college career at OSU Tuesday morning, according to multiple reports. Washington is ranked the No. 15 player in the nation according to recruiting website Scout.com and No. 74 by Rivals.com. Washington is OSU’s 15th oral commitment for the 2012 recruiting class. Dwayne Stanford, a wide receiver recruit who was Washington’s high school teammate, decided to attend the Oregon over OSU.
Through two seasons at Ohio State, sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins has shown the capability to be one of the most dominant running backs in college football.In his freshman season, after getting the starting position due to then-redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber’s hamstring injury, Dobbins impressed, amassing 1,403 yards on 7.2 yards per carry.As the primary back, with Weber mostly being used as a secondary option, Dobbins consistently gained momentum and made his impact known.This season, with both Weber and Dobbins at full strength, it was expected the duo would become one of the most lethal backfield combinations in the NCAA.That didn’t happen quite as hoped.“I think I did lose a little bit of mojo,” Dobbins said.Dobbins is barely over 1,000 yards, sitting at 1,029 through 13 games, and Weber sits at 858 yards. Both have the lowest yards-per-carry averages of their Ohio State careers, with Dobbins dropping more than two yards from the season before with 4.6 yards per rush.The Buckeyes failed to reach 100 yards rushing in back-to-back games in the middle of the season against Minnesota and Purdue, the first two times that has happened since the loss in the 2016 College Football Playoff to Clemson.Ohio State ranks No. 57 in rush offense with 175.8 yards per game. In 2017, the Buckeyes were No 17. In 2015 and 2016, they were up to No. 11.Blame could be shifted to the offensive line, but Dobbins thinks it had more to do with the momentum both him and Weber failed to find at times throughout the year.“It was just we weren’t getting it going,” Dobbins said. “When we got it going, I got my mojo back, and I feel like I got the same burst that I had last year.”When looking back at the season, Dobbins’ star performances came against Nebraska and Maryland. He rushed 23 times for 163 yards and three touchdowns in the five-point victory against the Cornhuskers. Weber rushed the ball nine times.The sophomore running back cited that game as the one that was the start of getting his mojo back.“I got into a rhythm,” Dobbins said. “It’s kind of hard switching drives every single drive.”In the 52-51 overtime victory against the Terrapins, Dobbins broke 200 yards, finishing with 203 yards and a score while Weber missed the game with a hamstring injury.Dobbins said immediately following the game he enjoyed being the only back taking carries. On Saturday, he said that game felt like a return to form for him, just like the matchup two weeks prior against Nebraska.“Yeah, it was, I must say. But it’s great that I could do that again, and it’s a great feeling,” Dobbins said. “Hopefully next year, I can do the same.”After a season of splitting carries, Weber announced he will forgo his final year of eligibility to enter the 2019 NFL Draft, something Dobbins said he wasn’t aware of.“I didn’t,” Dobbins said. “I never know what’s going on with him, so I didn’t know.”This leaves Dobbins as the likely sole back for the Buckeyes to rely on, with freshmen Brian Snead, who hasn’t been seen since Week 2 after missing the trip to TCU due to disciplinary action, and Master Teague, who found minimal time in four games this season.With Weber, leaves a duo that was once labeled a “two-headed monster” by offensive coordinator Ryan Day. With Weber’s departure leaves a seemingly unbeatable duo that never lived up to the potential it once had.But as one opportunity goes, an opportunity for Dobbins to become the dominant back he was a season ago returns.If Dobbins was coach next year, he said he would not implement the same system that Ohio State attempted in 2018.“If the best running back is playing well, I’ll keep him going.”
Redshirt sophomore Shiori Fukada celebrates during Ohio State’s loss to Duke at the ITA Indoor Championships on Feb. 8. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State AthleticsOhio State sophomores Luna Dormet and Shiori Fukuda cheered on their teammates together after winning their individual singles matches against Youngstown State. Dormet hails from Tours, France, while Fukuda is from Tokyo. But the two players are close friends. Dormet and Fukuda were doubles partners for team matches against Youngstown State, Michigan State and Wisconsin. Individually, both have success, with Dormet having a record of 26-6 this season and Fukuda recording a 23-9 record.The pair became close friends because of what they have in common.“We have bonded because, besides for Isabelle [Boulais] from Canada, we are the only two international players,” Fukuda said.Their international backgrounds have led to homesickness and other struggles that domestic players have not faced, Fukuda said.“There are times where Luna misses her family and I am there for her and vice versa,” Fukuda said. “American players do not completely understand.” Both have stated that they are quite close to each other. They text each other often, have celebrated each other’s birthdays and share cuisine from their respective countries. “We cheer and are constantly there for each other on and off the court,” Dormet said. Both players’ portraits might be side by side on the official website roster, but their journeys to Ohio State could not be further apart. Fukuda started playing tennis competitively at age 7 in Japan, and went through a dark period at age 18 that made her question playing tennis competitively. “There were a lot of times when it was hard, but one moment specifically was when I was 18,” Fukuda said. “When I was 15 and 16, I was always a top-five high school tennis player in Japan. I stopped winning as much, and over time it had become a really tough time for me.”The pressure of her coach’s expectations, the constant grind of the game and uncharacteristic losses were getting the best of Fukuda. “Everyone’s expectations were quite high, and I was losing,” Fukuda said “I began to question myself. I was not confident in my game. I almost lost the drive.”However, she battled through her lack of confidence and committed to Ohio State, which Fukuda said provided the best mix of education and athletics. So far, Fukuda has found success both on and off the court for the Buckeyes. On top of being named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Fukuda was also named Academic All-Big Ten and first team All-Big Ten in 2018.Dormet started playing tennis at a later age and grew up playing soccer in France. She became interested in tennis from outside the court. “One time, I was at my friend’s and we played Wii tennis,” Dormet said. “I have loved tennis since.”Dormet, unlike Fukuda, has not experienced an adverse moment in her tennis career.“I started pretty late. I noticed I could improve a lot, so there were no bad times,” Dormet said. “I just kept working on my game.”Ultimately, the two hope to celebrate a Big Ten and national championship together, which with an 8-1 record in conference play and a No. 18 ranking in the ITA Top 25, could be a possibility.
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has said England have “a good group” capable of winning the World Cup in Russia.Gareth Southgate’s side begin their campaign against Tunisia on Monday, and Mourinho said his players had the ability and experience to exceed many people’s expectations.“They have a good group of young but experienced players,” the United boss told Sky Sports.“All of them play in the most competitive competition in the world, the Premier League, all of them play for the best teams with experience of playing in the Champions League which is a high level of football, obviously. Yes, I think they can do it.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…There are four of Mourinho’s players in Southgate’s squad and they are: Phil Jones, Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young and Marcus Rashford. But the United manager warned that heavily-tipped sides such as Brazil, Germany and France may not do as well as expected.“They have good squads, but good squads don’t always make good teams,” he added.“But I don’t think the underdogs will make a big surprise. In the end, the top teams in South America and Europe are the ones that will be fighting for the title.”