first_img“Maybe bad memories from last season, that played a part,” he told a post-match press conference at Anfield. “Look, we had problems today to get our flow going. We didn’t have enough possession in the game. In the first half I felt it was down to tactical and psychological reasons.“In the second half we blocked them much better. After we went 2-1 up, we just let them come at us and didn’t come out enough to score a third goal. As long as you don’t score a third goal, you are under threat to concede a second goal.“We played with three strikers, plus [Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain and [Santi] Cazorla — that’s basically five offensive players and I felt that we didn’t create enough today. We conceded a corner which was a bit unlucky and where we were guilty, we didn’t jump at all with Skrtel on the corner and from then on we conceded 2-2.“Overall it was a fair result for the whole 90 minutes, but it’s a frustrating result for us because they came back into a game where we had plenty of defenders on the pitch and we should defend the set piece much better.“Look, today is frustrating because they came back to 2-2, but overall it’s not the most frustrating day of the season today.”Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker was also downbeat about his side’s display in an interview with the club’s website.“Overall we have to take responsibility for our game,” said Mertesacker. “We want to dictate but we were on always on the back foot. I’m not really pleased with the performance but we take the point now and we’re looking forward to December 26.“We have to dig in now and try to beat QPR [on December 26]. When you compare this result to last year, this is a much better result, but I’m not very pleased with our performance. We can do much better and we have to find it.”-Soccernet.com0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LIVERPOOL, December 23- Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted his side’s below-par performance in Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Liverpool may have been partly due to the mental scars inflicted on his players by their 5-1 defeat at Anfield last February.The Gunners had an unusually low 36.5 percent of possession in a game that they came so close to winning until Martin Skrtel headed an injury time Liverpool equaliser, with Wenger conceding his players underperformed on their return to Merseyside.last_img read more

first_img1 If one team scores, the other runs… But if they miss, they do the running! 🏃⚽️ #s04 https://t.co/LalHF1k49L— FC Schalke 04 (@s04_en) August 25, 2015//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Schalke center_img It’s not quite your Sunday League ‘shoot at will at the goalkeeper’, but Schalke have introduced a simple yet brilliant training drill.The Bundesliga side, who look set to lose prize asset Julian Draxler to Juventus by the end of the transfer window, were put through their paces with a ruthless shooting game.It’s simple – if someone from your team misses, you run. If you score, the other team runs.Can we expect to see something similar in the Premier League soon?Here is the video of the drill:last_img read more

first_imgAdrian has proven himself to be a top Premier League goalkeeper.The Spanish shot stopper has established himself as Slaven Bilic’s number one despite fierce competition from Darren Randolph.But the former Real Betis man had a moment to forget against Manchester City.With his side already trailing 2-0, David Silva shaped to shoot and Adrian anticipated his compatriot’s next move.Unfortunately for Adrian, Silva pulled off a clever dummy before rolling the ball into an empty net.talkSPORT takes a look at the best reactions from fans online… The Spanish shot stopper had a night to forget 1last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON – The narrow defeat of a proposal to ban flag desecration marks the second time in a month Senate Republicans have lost bids to amend the Constitution in ways designed to inspire social conservatives to vote in the midterm elections. The 66-34 tally on the flag amendment Tuesday was one less than the two-thirds, or 67 votes, required to send it to the states for ratification. The House cleared the two-thirds threshold last year, 286-130. Sponsored by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the amendment read: “The Congress shall have power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States.” A proposed amendment earlier this month to ban gay marriage suffered a more decisive defeat, killed on a test vote. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Winning isn’t the only goal for those measures or other social policy proposals congressional Republicans will bring up this year in an effort to energize their base of voters. House Republicans intend to hold votes this summer and fall touching on abortion, guns, religion and other priority issues for social conservatives, part of an attempt to improve the party’s prospects in the midterm elections. The “American Values Agenda” also includes the gay marriage amendment, a prohibition on human cloning and possibly votes on several popular tax cuts. The flag amendment’s cliffhanger defeat a week before Independence Day represented Congress’ response to Supreme Court rulings in 1989 and 1990 that burning and other desecration of the flag are protected as free speech by the First Amendment to the Constitution. Senate supporters said the flag amounts to a national monument in cloth that represents freedom and the sacrifice of American troops. Opponents said the amendment would violate the First Amendment right to free speech. And some Democrats complained that majority Republicans were exploiting people’s patriotism for political advantage.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgSouth Africa took the game to the Brazilians and forced them onto the defensive. The South Americans, though, scored against the run of play to take the lead. After they had clinched third place with a win over Japan, coach Solly Luvhengo told a press conference: “When you work so hard, you always deserve to get something from your hard work. You saw us celebrating on the pitch. But we were not celebrating third position, we were celebrating the results of hard work.” “If we get more time together, these actions will start synchronising themselves and we will get much, much better.” 6 June 2012 While Bafana Bafana struggled against lower-ranked Ethiopia, South Africa’s under-20 football team held their own against the world’s best in an eight-nation tournament which ended in Cape Town on the weekend. The home team had missed out on the final in a penalty shootout against eventual champions Brazil. “I felt we deserved to have been in the final,” Luvhengo said. Semi-finalsAmajita faced a daunting challenge in the semi-finals, taking on five-time under-20 World Cup champions Brazil. However, the hosts were far from intimidated and produced an excellent performance. Ghana, the winner of the World Cup in 2009, were South Africa’s next opponents. “Amajita” finished third after a string of impressive results against very strong opposition, including some of the game’s traditional powerhouses, who have won 11 under-20 World Cup titles between them. Finishing“I’m not happy with the finishing, we must work on that,” he added. “Maybe at some moments we switch off a little bit. That’s expected at youth level, but as a coach you need to keep your players on their toes and keep reminding them. In their third game, coach Solly Luvhengo’s charges took on Nigeria, a country that South Africa has traditionally struggled against at all levels of the game. Brazil went on to lift the title, defeating Argentina 2-0 in the final after extra time. “Sometimes you work hard and you don’t get anything. But I’ll take the bronze medal and build from that.” Top goal scorerStriker Thabani Mthembu scored five times in five matches to lift the Top Goal-Scorer award, while midfielder Snethemba Ngidi was one of three nominees for Player of the Tournament, which ultimately went to Brazil’s Misael Bueno. “It was disappointing not to, but I told the players ahead of the play-off against Japan – go and reward yourselves for your hard work [by picking up a medal]. The game went straight to penalties and after a tense shootout the hosts emerged victors by seven goals to six. Assessing the overall performance of his charges, Luvhengo said: “I’m very happy with the work ethic. I’m very happy with the team spirit. I’m very happy with the chances we are creating. Impressive winPlaying an exciting brand of football once again, Amajita recorded an impressive 2-0 victory over a team that had opened their account with a superb 3-2 win over traditional continental powerhouse Nigeria. Amajita dominated the first half and were rewarded with a two-goal lead. Thembu headed in his second goal of the tournament and Junior Sibande scored after a goalmouth scramble. Although there were no further goals, South Africa continued to impress in the second stanza. Penalty shootout loss Third place playoffBrazil and Argentina were left to contest an all-South American final after the Argentina edged Japan 1-0, leaving Amajita to tackle the Japanese in the playoff for third and fourth places. Mthembu levelled for South Africa only four minutes after the hosts had conceded, but 10 minutes later a defensive error gifted Brazil a second goal. Taking lessons from each match, they showed progress from game to game as they ironed out chinks in their defence and found a cutting edge on attack. With bronze medals up for grabs, Maselaelo Seango put South Africa ahead in the 23rd minute, but Japan scored a goal against the run of play 20 minutes from time to make the final score in the playoff match one-all. South Africa dictated play for most of the contest, but after missing a number of opportunities had to wait until five minutes from time to score the decisive goal. Jerry Mxabo struck the winner, volleying a cross into the back of the Nigerian net to ensure a South African victory and a place in the semi-finals. Argentina, the winner of five of those World Cups, offered a very difficult challenge to South Africa in the host’s first game. The South Americans recorded a 3-1 win, but their coach Marcelo Trobbiani admitted the score-line had flattered his charges. South Africa gave as good as they got in a back-and-forth clash, but Argentina finished better to take the victory. Thabani Mthembu, on as a substitute, netted the home team’s goal. The home team put Brazil under heavy pressure as they sought a winner, but the match went into extra time. South Africa had the better of the chances in extra time, but the game was left to be settled by penalties. Unfortunately for South Africa, they went down four-three from the spot. Amajita pushed hard for an equaliser and after some narrow misses were rewarded eight minutes from time when Mthembu headed in a cross from Junior Sibande. Amajita were certainly one of the most entertaining teams, if not the most entertaining team, in the tournament. Their passing and speed on attack were hallmarks of the side. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgBy most measures, Amazon’s AWS service tops all cloud computing services.  It is Amazon’s AWS that supports NASA’s recent Mars rover exploration.  And AWS is used by hundreds of thousands of companies in 190 countries.  Many high-profile companies are like Yelp, Netflix and Pinterest are fully powered by Amazon.  So, it’s a bit surprising to see a recent report by Evans Data showing Microsoft Azure to be number one.In this case the criteria that Evans Data used for ranking cloud platforms was popularity among developers.  The results are based on a survey taken of 400 developers.Janel Garvin, Evans Data CEO, said that “Microsoft was very aggressive with its introduction of Azure to the development community a few years ago and that has paid off.  Additionally, the large established MSDN community and the fact that Visual Studio is still the most used development environment are huge assets to Microsoft in getting developers to adopt the Azure platform.  However, cloud platform use is still very much fragmented with lots of players laying claim to small slivers of share. It will take more time before a clear landscape of major cloud vendors shakes out.”In the survey, Microsoft Azure was ranked the top development platform by 36 percent of developers.  Google Storage was ranked second at 29 percent.  And Amazon AWS was third at 28 percent.Another puzzling finding from the survey was that only about half of developers who create applications on a cloud platform deploy their solution to the same platform.  27 percent deploy to a different cloud service and 10 percent deploy to a hybrid model that includes both cloud and on-premise servers.last_img read more

first_imgIowa has updated its rules for deducting certain depreciable business assets. Iowa conforms to recent IRC Sec. 179 deduction changes but has adopted state specific limitations on the deduction in some years.The rules also implement the new special election available to taxpayers who receive the deduction from pass-through entities. Updated examples are also included.Iowa Limitations on Deducting DepreciationThe deduction allowances for individuals and pass-through entities in Iowa are:in 2017 $25,000 limitation and $200,000 reduction limitation;in 2018 $70,000 limitation and $200,000 reduction limitation;in 2019 $100,000 limitation and $400,000 reduction limitation; andin 2020 and later the Iowa limitation are the same as Federal.The deduction allowances for corporations, and financial institutions subject to the franchise tax, in Iowa are:in 2017 $25,000 limitation and $200,000 reduction limitation;in 2018 $25,000 limitation and $200,000 reduction limitation;in 2019 $100,000 limitation and $400,000 reduction limitation; andin 2020 and later the Iowa limitation are the same as Federal.Rules 701—40.65(422), 53.23(422), and 59.24(422), Iowa Department of Revenue, effective December 26, 2018Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

first_imgBelgium moved ahead of Germany into second place in the updated FIFA rankings released on Thursday after the world champions had points devalued from last year’s triumph in Brazil.Argentina still top the rankings ahead of the European duo, with Chile, who beat Gerardo Martino’s side in the final of the Copa America last month, moving back into the top 10 at the expense of Netherlands, who fell seven places to 12th.Mexico rocketed up 14 places in the rankings to 26th after they lifted their seventh Gold Cup last month, while beaten finalists Jamaica moved up 21 places to 55th after their surprise run.Also read: 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers: India announces list of 28 probablesOf the 29 matches that were played in the ranking window, 26 of them were at the Gold Cup, with fellow CONCACAF sides United States (29th), Costa Rica (38th) and Trinidad and Tobago (55th) all seeing ranking improvements following their play in America.Mexico now are the top rated side in the region, with Algeria (19th) leading the way in Africa, Iran (41st) in Asia and New Zealand (135th) in Oceania.Elsewhere, Wales moved up to a best-ever ranking place of ninth, just one spot behind rivals England.Austria (14th), Slovakia (14th), Albania (22nd), Congo (43rd) and Guam (146th) also achieved their best ever ranking.last_img read more

first_img Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever London: Gareth Southgate is set to bring Raheem Sterling back from his brief England exile in Sunday’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Kosovo as he seeks to end the controversy over the Manchester City star’s row with Joe Gomez. Sterling was dropped for Thursday’s 7-0 rout of Montenegro after clashing with England team-mate Gomez in the Three Lions’ training base canteen. It is believed Sterling was unhappy with Gomez following an altercation with the Liverpool defender during City’s Premier League defeat at Anfield last weekend. Although Sterling was left out of the Montenegro game as punishment for his attack on Gomez, Southgate has confirmed the winger will return for England’s final Group A fixture. Sterling and Gomez, left with a scratch under his eye after the incident, are said to have patched up their relationship, but the centre-back was jeered by England fans at Wembley when he came on as a substitute against Montenegro. Both Southgate and Sterling expressed their support for Gomez and criticised the booing supporters, with the England manager reportedly comforting the shocked 22-year-old and his family after the match. Now Southgate could include Gomez against Kosovo in a show of support for the Liverpool player. With England already guaranteed to qualify for Euro 2020 in first place in their group, Southgate already planned to make changes, although he is keen to ensure England finish with a win as they eye a top-six seeding in next year’s tournament. “We will make some changes, for sure, but the seeding in the group could be critical and we know it’s a big night for the Kosovans,” Southgate said. “It’s a shame for them that they’re now out of this part of the qualification, although they’ve still got the play-offs in which I think they’ll be a huge threat in that format. “So, it will be a good test for us because it will still be a lively environment. “The enthusiasm for the game is high and we want to finish the group with as many points as we can.” Got to be better Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson could return following a one-match ban, while Southgate has to decide whether to keep faith with Ben Chilwell ahead of Danny Rose at left-back. Harry Kane may have scored a hat-trick against Montenegro but it was Leicester’s Chilwell who was named England’s man of the match following a fine display in which he provided three assists in the opening 24 minutes. “Ben, I liked the hunger in his game, the enthusiasm to get forward,” Southgate said. “The whole team pressed well but he also pressed well from that full-back position, got into overlaps, his quality of delivery was excellent.” Although England have cruised through their qualifying group, Southgate believes the 2018 World Cup semi-finalists still have room for improvement as they chase a first major title since 1966. “There were a couple of chances we conceded that just shouldn’t happen, so that’s still part of our game that we’ve got to improve upon,” he said. “If we are to be a team that are going to challenge seriously, although we’re young, we’ve got to manage games well. “We’ve got to make sure that, although we’re such a fantastic attacking threat, the rest of the team is right as well. There are things we’ve got to be better at.” Live on tv Serbia v Ukraine: Sony Ten 1 & 1 HD, 19:30 Kosovo v England: Sony Ten 2 & 2 HD, 22:30 Albania v France: Sony Ten 2 & 2 HD, 00:15 (Mon) last_img read more

first_imgNeymar has heaped praise on “winner” Thomas Tuchel and warned the best is yet to come from Paris Saint-Germain as they seek Champions League success.The Brazilian star produced a below-par display in PSG’s opening Group C loss to Liverpool, the Ligue 1 champions falling to a 3-2 loss at Anfield. Tuchel’s side host Red Star Belgrade on Wednesday, having seemingly shrugged off the disappointment of that Merseyside reverse by winning three consecutive top-flight matches. 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! And Neymar echoed the sentiments of his coach, who suggested the former Barcelona forward had not yet hit his stride, the 26-year-old insisting the whole team were still short of their best form.”I agree with the coach. I’m not 100 per cent, nobody is at the beginning of the season,” he said.”The high level will come between February and March when the best matches are coming. We will improve in each training session, each game.”We must always be attentive to everything, every minute of every game.That’s what we are looking for this season.”We want to make a great PSG.”Tuchel has deployed the world’s most expensive player in a number 10 role and Neymar said he is content with playing there.Neymar Angel Di Maria Rennes PSG Ligue 1 23092018“It’s different. I like to play there. I can dictate the match, help my team-mates,” he added.”[Lionel] Messi plays like that at Barcelona. My function was different there. Here, I like to have the ball. I’m very happy to play like that.”With so many attacking options at his disposal, Tuchel revealed he had numerous systems that could incorporate all of his headline names and he wants to see a positive response on Wednesday.”It’s very dangerous to have Neymar, [Edinson] Cavani, [Kylian] Mbappe and [Angel] Di Maria together, it’s very important for the club and the team they play and work together, that they win together.”There are several systems with them four, that’s not a problem.”As a famous athlete said, the defeat is undervalued, because you can learn so much from a defeat.”The important thing is the reaction and so far it is particularly positive. “last_img read more