Facing an institutional and sporting crisis after their 8-2 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich, Barcelona look set to return to their roots by turning to Ronald Koeman, a member of Johan Cruyff’s ‘Dream Team’ who delivered the Catalans’ first European Cup.A club source confirmed on Tuesday that Barca are negotiating a deal to release the Dutchman from his current contract as coach of the Netherlands national team, whose fortunes he has transformed.The imminent appointment of Koeman comes after Barca sacked coach Quique Setien on Monday and brought forward presidential elections after incumbent Josep Maria Bartomeu faced widespread calls to resign over his leadership of the club. Bartomeu, president since 2014, faced an internal revolt earlier this year as six key directors resigned from the board due to the club’s handling of a scandal involving a social media monitoring firm.He has also received criticism for the club’s financial troubles, which forced them to enact a pay cut to staff in April as a result of the coronavirus pandemic despite having the highest revenues in world soccer.Should he take the Barca job, Koeman will miss out on leading his nation into the European Championships next year following a stellar qualifying campaign. The Dutch failed to reach the Euro 2016 and 2018 World Cup tournaments under their previous coaches.Koeman, 57, spent six years as a Barca player and won their hearts in 1992 with his goal from a free-kick in the European Cup final against Sampdoria to end the club’s long wait for Europe’s biggest prize. The former defender, affectionately known as “Tintin” for his supposed likeness to the Belgian comic strip character, returned to Barca as assistant coach to compatriot Louis van Gaal in 1998.He then embarked on a career as a head coach with Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem before landing the job at Ajax Amsterdam, going on to win two league titles.Koeman has coached the three biggest clubs in the Netherlands in Ajax, Feyenoord and PSV Eindhoven plus AZ Alkmaar, Benfica, Southampton, Everton and Valencia, the latter being his only previous coaching job in Spain.That role ended in disaster and he was sacked in 2008 with the team hovering above the relegation zone, despite having lead them to win the Copa del Rey that same year.Koeman’s time at Everton also ended in disappointment and a relegation battle but his patchy coaching record rarely affected his standing at Barca, and his name was routinely mentioned whenever the club needed a new manager.He was also approached earlier this year when Ernesto Valverde was sacked but turned down the offer due to the looming European Championships, which were later postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Topics :
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by Jim LitkeAP Sports Columnist LONDON (AP)—The question was whether the U.S. Olympic basketball team could be beaten.“Sometimes a team wants to show that this is their tournament,” French coach Vincent Collet said Sunday, after getting blown out 98-71 in Sunday’s opener. “They did it today.”Those were the last two sentences of his answer. The first was how he hoped to have a chance to try again. The dozen or so in between were how Collet had hoped to accomplish it the first time around. All of them can be summarized by something heavyweight-turned-thespian Iron Mike Tyson once famously said:“Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face.”In Collet’s case, his plan was to limit turnovers on one end by having his players protect the ball and second-chance points on the other by controlling the defensive boards. The French succeeded at neither, largely because their opponents played without much in the way of opening-night jitters and with way more defensive intensity than some of the packed-with-NBA-superstar squads that USA Basketball sent to the games in the past.That said, it’s not as if the French didn’t know what to expect. They boast a half-dozen NBA players of their own, the second-largest contingent in London, and were the darlings of the U.S.-can-be-beaten crowd. But after hanging tough early—France trailed by a point at the end of the first quarter—the opportunistic U.S. defense and their own frigid shooting from beyond the 3-point arc (2 of 22) doomed any hopes of an upset.Afterward, the same question put to Collet was put to a few of his players.Tony Parker pronounced the U.S. team would be “very, very tough to beat,” and none of his teammates objected very loudly. Boris Diaw, who claimed a starting spot alongside Parker in San Antonio for the stretch run of the NBA season, said: “Definitely not by shooting 10 percent from 3-point range. And we turned it over (18 times) way too much.”The most optimistic assessment, ultimately, came from the young and freshly minted Portland Trail Blazer millionaire Nicolas Batum.“You have to play a 40-minute game, really” he began. “Play a 40-minute game, continue to rebound. Take care of the ball and play good defense.“Some teams can do it, you know? I think some teams can beat them,” Batum added, trying to pump himself up. “Really.”Besides his own team, Batum nominated Spain, Argentina and Brazil. That’s no coincidence, since all three gave the U.S. side some trouble on the road to London. After one period Brazil was ahead by 10 and Spain by 1; Argentina cut a 20-point deficit to four. All three eventually got punched in the face.Those moments of vulnerability are why few people—other than Kobe Bryant—have been willing to compare this bunch to the original Dream Team. Well, that, and the fact that the first edition featured a then-and-still-without-peer Michael Jordan in his absolute prime, a still capable Magic Johnson and a much, much deeper and more reliable bench.When Bryant, LeBron James and Kevin Durant are all in sync and on the floor together, the comparison doesn’t seem unreasonable. But put together a different combination—say Bryant with Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook, none of whom would ever be mistaken for a “pass-first” player—and one ball is never going to be enough.So it might not take a perfect storm to sink the U.S. gold medal cruise. Maybe they get into foul trouble early, or fall in love with the three-point shot on a night they’re not falling. Maybe they run into a team with a point guard who doesn’t turn the ball over and deftly finds his big guys underneath, where the U.S. team has no true center other than Tyson Chandler.Sounds a lot like Spain, when Jose Calderon is handling the ball smartly and feeding big men Pau and Marc Gasol on a regular basis. Of course, that composite team sounds a little like France, too, if you substitute Parker for Calderon and Ronny Turiaf for the Gasol brothers. But Turiaf himself doesn’t buy the argument the U.S. team is short on big men, or that it can’t beat any rival playing small ball.“They are so versatile that, for me, it’s a false debate,” he said. “If you can foul out Tyson, so what? In comes Carmelo or LeBron. And really, who’s going to take advantage of them?”“It’s a case of…of …” Turiaf paused, looking for a phrase. He didn’t look pleased, either.“A case of ‘pick your poison?’” someone offered.“Exactly,” he said, nodding gravely. “Pick your poison.”(Jim Litke is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at [email protected] and follow him at Twitter.com/JimLitke.)
PHIL D’AMATO, ENOLA GRAY, WINNER: “I liked that position she was in (pressured by Desert Steel). So long as she’s chasing and on the outside, I think that filly kind of helped her coast along, and crossing the dirt, she just opened up. I really, truly believe the sky’s the limit with this filly. We’re going to plan to stretch her out later on in the year, and then I think she’ll be even more effective.” NICK ALEXANDER, OWNER/BREEDER, ENOLA GRAY, WINNER: “I’m relieved to win. We haven’t won a race since the last race she won in October. We’ve been nosed out twice. We got disqualified once, on New Year’s Eve so, we needed a win. I’m relieved.“It played out just about the same as the last time they hooked up (Desert Steel and Enola Gray on the lead in the Cal Cup Distaff down the hill on Oct. 15). I thought we had more horse and she proved it. There was a late scratch of a cheap speed horse that I was thrilled wasn’t in there. The two legitimate horses had a chance to fight it out on the lead.“We want to stretch her out now on the grass, maybe a Grade III. There’s one that comes up as bit too quickly for her in 18 days or something like that but we’ll find the next one. There’s one in April (one mile turf Royal Heroine Stakes on April 8, Grade II, $200,000). We might even take her home for a week or two and give her a little rest.“She’s a neat horse, she really is. The dam had not had anything worth a darn before that. Everyone that gets on her says that you can’t even feel her hit the ground. She just has one of those big, long strides. She’s a sweetheart.“She threw in two horrible races. At 1-9 and 1-5 and she got beat, with no apparent excuse. I think she has to be on the lead, or fighting for it. I think you have to go as fast as you can and that’s the way she likes it. That’s the way her daddy liked it, too.” JOCKEY QUOTES TYLER BAZE, ENOLA GRAY, WINNER: “I had a beautiful trip. She’s an unbelievable filly. Once I put Bejarano (on Desert Steel) away it was pretty much over from there and I just kept her attention.” TRAINER QUOTES NOTES: Winning owner/breeder Nick Alexander is from Los Angeles.
Despite some disappointing early performances, England coach Gareth Southgate has kept faith with the 23-year-old and his speed was a constant threat to Sweden’s defence in England’s 2-0 quarter-final win on Saturday.“I think Raheem Sterling is an important player because he is fast and dangerous alongside Harry Kane,” Dalic said in a press conference Sunday.“I wouldn’t say there are any glaring weaknesses (in England’s team) since they are in the semi-finals, that says it all.Zlatko Dalic says he expects an open, attacking game against England © AFP / Adrian DENNIS“They play very direct football, dangerous, fast, and they are really good at setpieces, and dangerous at corner kicks.”England survived a penalty shootout against Colombia in the last 16 whereas Croatia emerged through extra-time and spot-kicks against Denmark before going through the same ordeal again against Russia in Saturday’s quarter-final.After such tight matches, it is easy to forget that Croatia produced a feast of attacking play to destroy Lionel Messi’s Argentina 3-0 in the group phase.Dalic blamed Croatia’s opponents for smothering the creative talents of Luka Modric and said he expected a more open match in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.“Our last three games were different because we played teams with a defensive approach,” he said.“But we are looking forward to a different style of game against England because they like to play attacking football.”The semi-final also represents a financial mismatch between the riches of England’s Premier League and Croatian football.“If we had England’s money, who knows where we’d be in our country?” Dalic said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Raheem Sterling’s pace caused problems to Sweden’s defence © AFP / Manan VATSYAYANAMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jul 8 – Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic has identified Raheem Sterling as England’s danger man in the World Cup semi-final on Wednesday.Sterling was a key part of the Manchester City side that won the Premier League last season but he has been less effective in England’s charge to the last four for the first time since 1990.
The Crabs are getting accustomed to playing extra-inning games this summer.And they’re getting used to winning them too.On Saturday, they secured their second extra-inning walk-off victory of the early season when McCarthy Tatum scored on an error in the bottom of the 11th to beat the Seattle Studs 7-6 at the Arcata Ball Park.It was also their second extra-inning win in just three days after a marathon 20-inning affair at Redding on Thursday. More importantly, the Crabs are now …
The international journalists will get to visit iThemba Labs and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, and join a video conference with the team heading up the Square Kilometre Array programme.Johannesburg, 17 March 2015 – Brand South Africa will host journalists from Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, China and the United Kingdom from Tuesday 17 – Friday 20 March 2015 in Johannesburg during which media will be exposed to South Africa’s competitive advantages in a variety of areas.This media tour provides Brand South Africa with an excellent opportunity to showcase South Africa’s competitiveness as well as the relevant policy actions around South Africa’s implementation of the National Development Plan.Journalists from Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana were selected since Brand South Africa conducted primary research in these countries in 2014. The visit to South Africa by these journalists – as well as those from the UK and China – will give them an opportunity to experience South Africa for themselves.The visiting journalists will be hosted by various stakeholders for a series of engagements aimed at profiling the competitiveness of our country in a range of areas – including culture and heritage, the diversity of our cities and science, technology and innovation. Engagements will include a visit to the CSIR, iThemba Labs, a video conference with the team heading up the SKA programme and interaction with South African corporates during a Brand South Africa hosted networking session with the Deputy Minister of Communications, Ms Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams. The journalists will also visit Soweto, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and experience Johannesburg on an inner city tourFollow the activities during the media tour on @Brand_SA #CompetitiveSA.Note to editorsAbout Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official reputation management agency of South Africa internationally and locally. The organisation is mandated to build the county’s reputation, by contributing to the objectives of the National Development Plan (NDP) and contribute to improving South Africa’s global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Boitumelo MpeteCommunications Officer Domestic: Brand South AfricaTel: +27 11 712 5007 Mobile: +27 (0) 82 358 9047Email: [email protected]
Carpal tunnel syndrome is becoming more frequently recognized and may be occurring more often. It may result from repetitive motion or the use of devices like computer keyboards. It affects the median nerve, the nerve that supplies feeling and movement to the thumb and “thumb-side” of the hand.Review Date:4/16/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.
Alternative NamesBack strain treatment; Back pain – home care; Low back pain – home care; Lumbar pain – home careInformationA common myth about back pain is that you need to rest and avoid activity for a long time. In fact, doctors do not recommend bed rest. If you have no sign of a serious cause for your back pain (such as loss of bowel or bladder control, weakness, weight loss, or fever), stay as active as possible.Here are tips for how to handle back pain and activity:Stop normal physical activity for only the first few days. This helps calm your symptoms and reduce swelling (inflammation) in the area of the pain.Apply heat or ice to the painful area. Use ice for the first 48to 72 hours, then use heat.Take over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB) or acetaminophen (Tylenol).Sleep in a curled-up, fetal position with a pillow between your legs. If you usually sleep on your back, place a pillow or rolled towel under your knees to relieve pressure.Do not do activities that involve heavy lifting or twisting of your back for the first 6 weeks after the pain begins.Do not exercise in the days right after the pain begins. After 2to 3 weeks, slowly begin to exercise again. A physical therapist can teach you which exercises are right for you.EXERCISE TO PREVENT FUTURE BACK PAINThrough exercise you can:Improve your postureStrengthen your back and improve flexibilityLose weightAvoid fallsA complete exercise program should include aerobic activity (such as walking, swimming, or riding a stationary bicycle), as well as stretching and strength training. Follow the instructions of your doctor or physical therapist.advertisementBegin with light cardiovascular training. Walking, riding a stationary bicycle, and swimming are great examples.These types of aerobic activities can help improve blood flow to your back and promote healing. They also strengthen muscles in your stomach and back.Stretching and strengthening exercises are important in the long run.Keep in mind thatstarting these exercises too soon after an injury can make your pain worse. Strengthening your abdominal muscles can ease the stress on your back. A physical therapist can help you determine when to begin stretching and strengthening exercises and how to do them.Avoid these exercises during recovery, unless your doctor or physical therapist say it is okay:JoggingContact sportsRacquet sportsGolfDancingWeight liftingLeg lifts when lying on your stomachSit-upsTAKING MEASURES TO PREVENT FUTURE BACK PAINTo prevent back pain, learn to lift and bend properly. Follow these tips:If an object is too heavy or awkward, get help.Spread your feet apart to give you a wide base of support.Stand as close as possible to the object you are lifting.Bend at your knees, not at your waist.Tighten your stomach muscles as you lift or lower the object.Hold the object as close to your body as you can.Lift using your leg muscles.As you stand upwhile holdingthe object, do not bend forward.Do not twist while you are bendingto reachfor the object, lifting it up, or carrying it.Other measures to prevent back pain include:Avoid standing for long periods. If you must stand for your work, place a stool by your feet. Alternate resting each foot on the stool.Do not wear high heels. Wear shoes that have cushioned soles when walking.When sitting, especially if using a computer, make sure that your chair has a straight back with an adjustable seat and back, armrests, and a swivel seat.Use a stool under your feet while sitting so that your knees are higher than your hips.Place a small pillow or rolled towel behind your lower back while sitting or driving for long periods.If you drive long distance, stop and walk around every hour. Do not lift heavy objects just after a long ride.Quit smoking.Lose weight.Do exercises to strengthen your abdominal muscles. This will strengthen your core to decrease the risk of further injuries.Learn to relax. Try methods such as yoga, tai chi, or massage.ReferencesChou R, Qaseem, Snow V, Casey D, Cross JT Jr., Shekelle P, et al. Diagnosis and treatment of low back pain: a joint clinical practice guideline from the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society. Ann Intern Med. 2007;147:478-491.Chou R, Loeser JD, Owens DK, Rosenquist RW, et al. American Pain Society Low Back Pain Guideline Panel. Interventional therapies, surgery, and interdisciplinary rehabilitation for low back pain: an evidence-based clinical practice guideline from the American Pain Society. Spine. 2009;34(10):1066-77.advertisementEl Abd O. Low back strain or sprain. In: Frontera WR, Silver JK, Rizzo TD, eds. Essentials of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Elsevier Saunders; 2008: chap 44.Review Date:4/16/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
In the eighteenth edition of In The Spotlight, Australian Women’s Open captain, Louise Winchester, speaks about how she got involved in Touch Football and what it means to her to be representing Australia at the 2011 World Cup. Name: Louise WinchesterNickname: Weezo or SqueezeAge: 30Affiliate: CanterburyOccupation: PDHPE TeacherPosition: LinkDebut for Australia: 2001Career highlights so far: My debut for Australia, playing with my sister Bear (Claire) for the first time, being captain for the first time at the Trans Tasman in 2010, playing with my Bulldogs teammates.How you got involved in Touch Football: My dad. Playing with my dad and sisters at Canterbury as well as playing with my cousins (Stevie Roberts) at the front of their house.Favourite player: My sister Claire “Bear”.What does it mean to you to be representing Australia at the 2011 World Cup: I could not be prouder to represent my country; it means the absolute world to me. Biggest influence on your Touch Football career: My dad.Favourite sporting moment: Bulldogs winning the premiership in 2004.What do you know about Scotland: That it’s a beautiful country and that William Wallace came from there.Any superstitions: Yes but don’t want to reveal because I’m superstitious. But I do say my prayers.Funniest Australian teammate: Dobbo (Ashleigh Dobbins)Favourite quote: “Hard training, easy combat; easy training, hard combat.”Any travel plans for after World Cup: Lucky enough to travel Scotland, Scandinavia, Croatia, Sicily and Malta.Stay tuned to the website for the upcoming editions of In The Spotlight, which will feature every Open’s player travelling to the World Cup. With only 36 days to go until the 2011 Federation of International Touch World Cup, be sure to be regularly visiting the Touch Football Australia website to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information.Don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook and Twitter in the lead up to the 2011 World Cup to find out all you need to know about Australia’s World Cup campaign:http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus
TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Smalling insists Maguire arrival didn’t force Man Utd exitby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChris Smalling insists the arrival of Harry Maguire didn’t force him out of Manchester United.The defender is now on-loan with Roma.“Not really,” he told the Telegraph when asked if Maguire had effected his future.“I had spoken to the manager before Harry came and I knew I was behind him and Vic [Lindelof] but in previous seasons I had started behind [two first-choice centre-backs] and after four or five games I had worked myself into the team.“I love a challenge and when a new centre-back comes in it makes you raise your game.“You have to show more, you have to be more consistent.”He added: “If I had stayed I would have taken on that challenge and I would have been very confident that I would have played the number of games that I was worthy of.“Equally I have a challenge here at Roma.“Going back I will have an added element that some of the centre-backs won’t have.“The easy decision was to stay.”