“Colossal” was the word used by Midi Olympique last week to describe the pressure on Guy Novès and his coaching team ahead of France’s three autumn Internationals.The paper is right. The former Toulouse coach, viewed by many in France as a rugby guru, no longer has any excuses for failing to deliver success. His predecessors, Bernard Laporte, Marc Lièvremont and Philippe Saint-André, bemoaned the lack of time they had with the national squad, not to mention the shortage of cooperation between the clubs and the FFR.Novès has got the time and the cooperation, thanks to the Accord signed between the LNR and the FFR in the summer that guarantees him two weeks with the players prior to the November Tests and eight uninterrupted weeks during the Six Nations.France now has the same amount of preparation time as their northern hemisphere rivals, and the squad has been training hard for the challenge of taking on Samoa, Australia and New Zealand in the space of a fortnight.Captain Guilhem Guirado was asked at the weekend what would represent a good return for France from the three matches. “Three victories,” he replied. “That’s the objective the team is training for.”Lofty goal: Guilhem Guirado, here scoring v Scotland, expects to win all three Tests (Pic: Reuters)Midi Olympique was prepared to cut the squad a bit of slack in its assessment of what would constitute a good November for France. While defeat to New Zealand would be acceptable, said the paper, victory against Samoa and Australia was imperative.That was before the weekend’s results, however, when New Zealand suffered their stunning defeat to Ireland and Australia ran Wales ragged with an expansive style of rugby that once, many years ago, was the hallmark of French sides.None but the most deluded rugby fan would expect the All Blacks’ first defeat in 19 matches to lead to a crisis of confidence, and Italy are likely to feel the full force of the backlash on Saturday when they host New Zealand in Rome. He may only have just started but Guy Novès’s job could be on the line should France falter in the autumn Tests. Gavin Mortimer explains why he’s under such pressure As Midi Olympique says, the pressure on Novès is colossal.Hard at work: France training at Marcoussis ahead of games with Samoa, Australia and NZ (Pic: AFP)For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: Samoa France play Samoa in Toulouse on the same day, a nation they struggled to put away when last they met in the autumn of 2012. On that occasion the French laboured to a 22-14 victory, thanks to the 19 points of Frédéric Michalak, with the Samoans scoring two tries to France’s one.Nice moves: Samoa perform the Siva Tau ahead of the 2012 clash in Paris (Pic: AFP/Getty Images)That win over Samoa was one of three for France in November 2012 (Australia and Argentina were also beaten), the only time in the past ten years that they have won all their autumn Tests. Traditionally les Bleus have started with a win and ended with a loss, as they did in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2014. The only exception was 2013, when a win over Tonga was sandwiched between losses to South Africa and New Zealand.The prospect of France finishing the month with three victories are slimmer than a model on a Paris catwalk, and if Australia and New Zealand play to their full potential they could embarrass their hosts. Technically, the French squad is vastly inferior to their Antipodean rivals, while the leaden pace of so many Top 14 matches means that the players are incapable of playing rugby at the speed and intensity of their southern hemisphere rivals.There’s not even a fear factor any longer with France, the knowledge for an opposition side that facing the French would be brutal and bone-jarring whatever the outcome. The now retired Pascal Papé made that point in his recent autobiography, saying that for the new generation of France internationals “the blue jersey doesn’t have the same meaning”.Outspoken: Pascal Papé believes the current crop of players have lost pride in the jersey (Pic: AFP)Accusing them of “managing their image and their careers like show-biz entertainers”, Papé added: “The most important thing for them today is ‘how many followers do I have on Twitter, on Instagram’…[but] for me, the France team was mythical. Wearing the blue jersey was a dream I dared not hope for. For them, playing for France is good because they become bankable.”Bankable, bland and a far cry from French sides of old, which were crammed with characters who fought tooth and nail for the cockerel. It’s been a few seasons since a France team showed any fight, but perhaps they’ll rediscover their fire in the next fortnight. If they don’t then Novès could be out of a job.Rumours are circulating once more that should Bernard Laporte be elected president of the FFR next month he’ll want a new national coach. It would be difficult to fire a man who’s just beaten the All Blacks, but easy to get rid of a coach who’s overseen three defeats. Hot seat: Guy Novès has no excuses now that he has extended access to his players (Pic: Reuters)
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Xherdan Shaqiri and Nemanji Matic will be in action 3 Latest World Cup News The Swiss come into this in good form and confidence too, though, having held favourites Brazil to a 1-1 draw with a battling display in their opening game, and will fighting to keep their hopes of reaching the last 16 alive.When is Serbia v Switzerland?The match will take place on Friday, June 22 and will kick off at 7pm UK time.The match will be at the Kaliningrad Stadium, which has a capacity of 35,000. German icon blames Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and another star for World Cup exit The Kaliningrad Stadium will host Serbia v Switzerland talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. UNITED How can I listen?Click here to listen to our live commentary of the action as it happens on talkSPORT.Who are the key players?Sergej Milinkovic-Savic enjoyed a brilliant World Cup debut last week, so it is easy to forget the midfielder, born in Spain, is still a rookie on the international stage. Comparisons have been made between Milinkovic-Savic and past greats, ranging from Zinedine Zidane to Yaya Toure. His 12 Serie A goals in 2017/18 led all midfielders in the division.Hailed as the brightest star in Swiss football when with Basel, Xherdan Shaqiri remains his countrys most threatening player. Likely to seek a move away from relegated Stoke City this summer, the World Cup is the perfect shop window for the winger to show why he has the likes of Bayern Munich and Inter Milan on his CV.What is the team news?Serbia: Stojkovic, Ivanovic, Milenkovic, Tosic, Kolarov, Matic,Milivojevic, Tadic, Milinkovic-Savic, Kostic, Mitrovic.Subs: Rajkovic, Rukavina, Spajic, Zivkovic, Prijovic, Veljkovic, Rodic, Grujic, Radonjic, Jovic, Ljajic, Dmitrovic.Switzerland: Sommer, Lichtsteiner, Schar, Akanji, Rodriguez, Behrami, Xhaka, Shaqiri, Dzemaili, Zuber, Seferovic.Subs: Mvogo, Moubandje, Elvedi, Lang, Embolo, Freuler, Fernandes, Zakaria, Gavranovic, Drmic, Djourou, Burki.What does Group E look like ahead of the match? 10 amazing football facts you won’t believe are true World Cup 23 Japan confirm Russia 2018 squad, including ex-Manchester United man ‘THEY FAILED’ 3 Stadiums revealed for 2026 World Cup in USA, Mexico and Canada Serbia can book their spot in the World Cup knockout stages when they take on Switzerland in Kaliningrad on Friday.A brilliant free-kick from Aleksandar Kolarov got Serbia off to the perfect start in Group E, earning them a 1-0 win over Costa Rica in their opening match. 3
Where do the teams competing for the the No. 1 pick in late April’s draft stand after Week 13?49ers (2-10)Lost to Tampa Bay 43-16Reminder: In case of a tie, the 49ers have the edge on Raiders based on strength of schedule. The Raiders’ opponents have a better record. The thinking? A bad record is even worse when it comes against less credible opposition. Remaining schedule: Denver (6-6), Seattle (7-5), Chicago (8-4), at L.A. Rams (11-1).Raiders (2-10)Lost to Kansas City 40-33 …
Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement As of June 2009, AdMob reports that 54% of iPhone OS users were in the U.S. However, this number has dropped from 61% in January of this year, implying that international growth is now outpacing U.S. user growth. Following the U.S., the other top iPhone/iPod Touch-owning countries include the U.K., Germany, and France, each having over 5% of users. Not surprisingly, there are far more iPhones in use than iPod Touches. The worldwide ration of iPhone to iPod Touch is nearly 2 to 1, says AdMod. This ratio has remained consistent over the last several months. iPhone OS Percentage of Smartphone TrafficAnother interesting metric from the recent report is the amount of traffic generated by Apple mobile devices. The iPhone OS literally dominates the charts when compared to the other smartphones worldwide – in fact, it’s responsible for nearly half (47%) of smartphone requests. Nokia’s Symbian OS is still in a respectable second place with 34% of requests, but then the numbers dip down quite a bit. Blackberry’s RIM OS only accounts for 7% of requests, for example, and Android only has 5%. However, AdMob notes that requests from the Android operating system have increased 25% month over month and have, for the first time, pulled ahead of Windows Mobile, which dropped to 4%. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology The 45 million iPhones and iPod Touches sold over the last two years is having a major impact on the worldwide mobile phone ecosystem. Today, nearly half of smartphone web traffic comes from an Apple device. Although the iPhone is still a popular device in the U.S., the number of international users is now growing at a faster rate than here, at least according to the latest Mobile Metrics Report (PDF) from mobile ad firm AdMob.iPhone OS Geographic DistributionIn the June 2009 Mobile Metrics Report, the focus was on the geographic distribution of the iPhone OS – the operating system that powers Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch. North America is still the largest region with a 58% share. Western Europe is in second at 26%. From there, the percentages drop dramatically, as the chart below illustrates. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … sarah perez Tags:#Apple#mobile#Trends#web Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What we can learn from this recent round of data is that the iPhone OS could easily be on its way to becoming a worldwide phenomenon. Although the U.S. still retains the number one spot when it comes to the country having the most iPhones and iPod Touches, the rate of adoption here has slowed. As worldwide growth speeds up, the chart may end up being less lopsided than it is now as other regions gain more users. Still, you can’t count out Apple’s competitors just yet. Android’s rapid growth is something to keep an eye on, especially as more models of Android phones are introduced. The Palm Pre – only responsible for 2% of smartphone requests – is also too new to the market for anyone to form any definitive conclusions about just yet (although the fact that it registered at all on a chart that features only the major smartphone players is worth noting). All that being said, it’s clear that the iPhone OS has a commanding lead when it comes to surfing the mobile web, and that’s something that won’t change overnight…if it ever changes at all. Related Posts
Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “Meb is Meb. There’s nobody quite like him,” she said. “It’s been a joy getting to know him through our sport. If this is in fact his last marathon, he’ll continue to be very involved in the sport at every level.”The face of American long-distance running, who became more familiar through Skechers shoe commercials, says he’ll coach, run as a pacer and work with youth through his MEB Foundation.“The marathon, you can’t act it,” he said. “From Mile 1 all the way, you have to get there somehow. That’s what life is. I hope I’ve been a good ambassador of the sport.” Read Next “What a day for America,” Keflezighi said. “I heard she won at 24 (miles). I think I did a jump with both hands in the air.”NYC marathon race director Peter Ciaccia called this “the Mebathon.” He surpassed the great Grete Waitz of Norway with his 11th appearance here. Throughout his career, Keflezighi has produced eight top-10 finishes in New York.Five days after the bike path terror attack killed eight people near the World Trade Center, more than 50,000 runners from 125 countries and all 50 states ran through the various ethnic neighborhoods of the five boroughs.Keflezighi was ahead at Mile 7. He wound up about five minutes behind winner Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya.Keflezighi’s dramatic victory at the 2014 Boston Marathon came a year after the deadly bombings there. He triumphantly broke the tape with the names of three victims and a slain police officer written on his bib, finishing in a personal-best time of 2:08:37.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Meb Keflezighi of the United States approaches the finish line of the New York City Marathon in New York, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK — Meb Keflezighi left it all on the course in his final New York City Marathon, blowing kisses and giving the thumbs-up to the adoring crowds in Central Park before collapsing at the finish line.Wearing his signature “MEB” bib, the 42-year-old Keflezighi led the pack early and finished 11th on Sunday in his 26th and final marathon in the city where he made his 2002 debut.ADVERTISEMENT Race officials, his wife and young daughters lifted him off the pavement after a 26.2-mile effort that lasted 2 hours, 15 minutes, 29 seconds.“It was a beautiful victory lap to be up in the front,” said Keflezighi, whose goal was to finish in the top 10. “Emotions get to you.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMore than 70 friends and family were on hand to witness the final bow of the only runner to win an Olympic medal and the New York and Boston marathons. Keflezighi became a U.S. citizen in 1998, a decade after his family left war-torn Eritrea.In 2009, he became the first American man since Alberto Salazar in 1982 to win the NYC marathon. On Sunday, his friend Shalane Flanagan of Boston became the first American woman in 40 years to win the event. 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It’s for outstanding contribution to the sport of distance running, handed out by the New York Road Runners.“Growing up without television, electricity or running water, probably the first athlete I ever heard about was Abebe Bikila,” he said. “The second athlete was Pele.”Keflezighi and his family immigrated to Italy and then San Diego to escape Eritrea’s war of independence from Ethiopia. Bikila, a two-time Olympic marathon champion from Ethiopia, set a world record while running barefoot in the 1960 Rome Games.“Sports were something, when I didn’t speak a word of English, it got me the thumbs-up,” said Keflezighi about his teen track performances in the U.S. “It’s self-esteem, that you belong to something.”A four-time NCAA title winner primarily in the 5K and 10K at UCLA, he vowed his first NYC marathon would be his last after hitting the wall in mile 21. But Keflezighi’s long-distance career took off when he won silver at the 2004 Athens Olympics, the first U.S. man since Frank Shorter in 1976 to win a medal in the marathon.He broke his hip at the U.S. Olympic trials in 2007 in Central Park, a race where friend and training partner Ryan Shay collapsed and died of a heart attack. He followed that sadness with a 2009 NYC Marathon win.Keflezighi is one of 10 children who maximized their potential in the United States, becoming doctors, lawyers, nurses and engineers.“My dad first taught me that hard work beats everything and never judge a book by its cover,” he said. “You do the best you can do, get the best out of yourself. Sports, Nelson Mandela says, unites us more than anything else.”Joan Benoit Samuelson, who won gold at the first women’s marathon at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, says Keflezighi has left a “unique legacy.” Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Perkins arrives to Phoenix practice way before call time, but still not the earliest
Vine/@MattNorlanderMichigan State nearly lost its game against Minnesota on one of the worst fouls you’ll see. Instead, the Spartans lucked out, and have a chance to redeem themselves in overtime. With his Golden Gophers down three and two seconds remaining in the game, Carlos Morris drilled a three-pointer and was fouled by Michigan State’s Gavin Schilling. Foul up three. But not like that. Izzo not even registering what happened. https://t.co/BaMUDf0LVr— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) February 27, 2015With the game now tied at 78, Morris had a chance to win the game at the free throw line, but was unable to complete the four-point play. Instead, this great Big Ten battle has gone to overtime. Minnesota leads 81-80 with 3:32 remaining in the game.
Twitter/@OSUCoachMeyerOhio State fans wouldn’t be totally out of line called Evan Spencer’s double reverse touchdown pass to Michael Thomas in the Sugar Bowl against Alabama a “piece of art.” Apparently Urban Meyer (and/or whoever runs his Twitter account) agrees. Meyer tweeted out a video of the play, with a Vincent Van Gogh quote dubbed over it:“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.”Embrace The Grind pic.twitter.com/8Y9zsJzKl8— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) June 8, 2015We have to say, that quote sums up the game of football very well. [Eleven Warriors]
COLIN cowherd alabama walmartSince Duke’s Sweet 16 loss to Oregon on Thursday night, there’s been plenty of chatter about Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski’s conversation with Oregon’s Dillon Brooks and his initial denial that he reprimanded Brooks for hitting a meaningless three-pointer in the final seconds to make the score 82-68. Krzyzewski apologized over the weekend for not being truthful about his exchange with Brooks but there were some who still felt disappointed with what he did. Count Fox Sports’ Colin Cowherd among them. Cowherd spoke on his show today and said he felt “bummed” that Krzyzewski lied, saying he had held the coach to a higher standard. [email protected] is really bummed Coach K lied. #HerdHerehttps://t.co/YqgW96nm4p— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) March 28, 2016Does Cowherd have a point here?
Internationally renowned primatologist, Dr Jane Goodall, DBE Founder – the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace, has joined animal protection organization Cruelty Free International to speak out against the Mauritius monkey trade.Save Our MonkeysDespite being one of the world’s largest suppliers of primates for experiments, Mauritius is considered a ‘paradise’ island for holidaymakers and this year the Government is trying to promote the country’s image as a green or ethical tourist destination.Dr Goodall has raised her concerns about the cruel exploitation of monkeys from Mauritius and is calling on people to contact the Mauritius Ministry of Tourism urging it to take action to end the suffering inflicted on the country’s primate population.Dr Jane Goodall told Cruelty Free International: “I am shocked and saddened to learn about the capture and breeding of the long tailed macaque of Mauritius, and the export of their young for research. I have spent years learning about primates: they are highly intelligent and form close social bonds that can last for life. The trade in living monkeys and knowledge of the terrible suffering this is causing has led to increasing international concern and is tarnishing the image of Mauritius as an idyllic paradise island. A number of people have told me they will no longer consider visiting. I appeal to people to contact the Mauritius Tourism Ministry and urge it to take steps to end this cruel, inhumane trade – not only for the monkeys but also the many people of Mauritius who benefit from eco-tourism.” In 2014, Mauritius exported 8,991 monkeys to laboratories, primarily in the USA and Europe (in particular the UK, France, Spain and Germany). Across the island, breeding farms contain tens of thousands of monkeys, many of whom were captured from the wild and imprisoned; their offspring are transported to laboratories around the world for use in experiments. A recent opinion poll commissioned by Cruelty Free International revealed that 92% of tourists and potential tourists interviewed were not aware of the island’s export of monkeys for experiments. The survey found that over half (53%) of those who had been, want to go or would consider going on a holiday to Mauritius would not want to visit or revisit the island and would reconsider choosing Mauritius as a holiday destination after learning about the island’s monkey trade. Michelle Thew, CEO of Cruelty Free International, said: “We welcome Dr Jane Goodall’s support and hope that the Mauritius Government quickly recognises the fact that the monkey trade is tarnishing the country’s reputation. We urge Mauritius to say no to the cruelty and suffering that is being inflicted on these highly social and intelligent wild animals. If you would like to join us in ending the cruel trade and export of Mauritian monkeys for research, please sign the Save Our Monkeys petition today. Mauritius should be a paradise for everyone, including the monkeys.”The Cruelty Free International Save Our Monkeys campaign is dedicated to ending the cruel exploitation of the monkeys of Mauritius. To help them stop the suffering, please sign their petition.