‘Iron Man’ Paulinho ploughs on in China

first_img0Shares0000Brazil’s Paulinho (C) has found a new lease of life at China’s Guangzhou Evergrande, where fans have given him the nickname ‘Iron Man’ © AFP/File / KAZUHIRO NOGISHANGHAI, China, Aug 16 – Barcelona fans were delighted that he left and at Tottenham Hotspur they called him lazy, but Brazil’s Paulinho is on a punishing run of matches that has earned him the nickname “Iron Man” in China.The international midfielder re-signed for Guangzhou Evergrande from Barcelona last month after Brazil’s World Cup ended and was pressed immediately into action because, unlike in Europe, the Chinese season was midway through. Combining games for Barcelona, Brazil and now Guangzhou, the 30-year-old best known in China as “Violent Bird” — a nod to how his name is pronounced in Chinese and his style of play — has racked up 69 games in the past year and had no off-season.By comparison, fellow Brazilian international midfielder Renato Augusto at Chinese Super League (CSL) rivals Beijing Guoan has played less than 40 matches over the same period, according to the football data tracker transfermarkt.com.Both featured at the World Cup in Russia, but Paulinho played through the winter and spring as Barcelona won the Spanish league and Copa del Rey, while Augusto and the CSL were on a break.While many players in Europe were able to put their feet up after Russia, Paulinho jetted back to China on loan from Barcelona and made his second Guangzhou debut just 11 days after Brazil were knocked out of the World Cup by Belgium in the quarter-finals.Little wonder that Paulinho enjoys the kind of adulation in China that he never had at Tottenham, where he had an unremarkable stint in 2013-2015, or at Barcelona.– ‘Violent Bird can still fly’ –After arriving back in China to a hero’s welcome at the airport, Paulinho made light of the number of games he has played since August last year.“I am actually in a very good physical condition and I believe that the coaching staff knows how to use me (sensibly),” he said.He has gone on to play every minute of the six games that Fabio Cannavaro’s Guangzhou have had in the past month, scoring five times and earning another nickname in Chinese media: “Iron Man.”Along with another new signing, his fellow Brazilian Talisca, who is on loan from Benfica, they have almost single-handedly helped rescue Guangzhou’s season — and kept Cannavaro in his job.Paulinho again played all 90 minutes on Wednesday as the reigning seven-time CSL champions thrashed Henan Jianye 5-0 away to leave Guangzhou fourth in the table, six points off leaders Beijing Guoan but with a game in hand.After bringing up a century of games for Guangzhou, one sports commentator wrote online: “Violent Bird — 526 days, 100 matches — can still fly.”Paulinho’s gruelling schedule is a reflection of the problem that Chinese football faces in a World Cup year.The CSL season runs from March to November, bringing it into direct conflict with the summer World Cup.The CSL took a two-month break for the tournament and now is squeezing in games to make up for lost time.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Troubles continue for Irish

first_imgFrom news services Purdue’s Curtis Painter threw two touchdown passes and Chris Summers made four field goals in a 33-19 win over winless Notre Dame at West Lafayette, Ind. The Fighting Irish lost their fifth in a row to start the season, a school record. The Boilermakers (5-0) are off to their best start since 2004, and former quarterback Drew Brees was on hand to watch. Notre Dame outscored Purdue, 19-10, in the second half, something Weis hopes to build on. “For the first time this year, we played a half of football where you could win,” he said. “That’s closer to winning football.” Michigan 28, Northwestern 16: Chad Henne hit Adrian Arrington for the go-ahead touchdown pass in the fourth quarter after a fumble recovery and Michigan (3-2, 2-0 Big Ten) rallied to beat Northwestern (2-3, 0-2) at Evanston, Ill. Indiana 38, Iowa 20: Kellen Lewis threw two touchdown passes and was credited with a third when he ran 71 yards after picking up a teammate’s fumble, leading visiting Indiana (4-1, 1-1) over Iowa (2-3, 0-2). Arkansas 66, North Texas 7: Darren McFadden rushed for 138 yards and two touchdowns in the first half to lead Arkansas (2-2) past overwhelmed North Texas at Fayetteville, Ark. The Mean Green (0-4) are still winless under new coach Todd Dodge. Texas A&M 34, Baylor 10: Stephen McGee and Jorvorskie Lane each ran for more than 100 yards plus a touchdown as Texas A&M (4-1, 1-0 Big 12) beat Baylor (3-2, 0-1) at College Station, Texas. Oklahoma State 39, Sam Houston State 3: Zac Robinson threw for 279 yards and two scores and Perrish Cox returned a punt for a touchdown as Oklahoma State (3-2) pulled away from Sam Houston State (2-2) in the second half at Stillwater, Okla. Texas Tech 75, Northwestern State 7: Graham Harrell threw for 338 yards and five touchdowns as Texas Tech (4-1) thumped Northwestern State (2-2) at Lubbock, Texas. Louisville 29, N.C. State 10: Louisville forced five turnovers and Brock Bolen rushed for a career-high 112 yards to lead Louisville (3-2) over North Carolina State (1-4) at Raleigh, N.C. Miami 24, Duke 14: Kyle Wright threw a game-sealing touchdown pass to DajLeon Farr with 2:15 left, and Miami (4-1, 1-0 ACC) escaped an upset bid by Duke (1-4, 0-2) for the second straight year by beating the Blue Devils at Miami. Virginia 44, Pittsburgh 14: Jameel Sewell threw three first-quarter touchdown passes and Cedric Peerman ran for two scores as Virginia (4-1) extended its winning streak to four games with a rout of Pittsburgh (2-3) at Charlottesville, Va. UTEP 48, SMU 45: Marcus Thomas rushed for 207 yards and scored on a 10-yard run in overtime to lead UTEP (3-2, 1-0 Conference USA) past Southern Methodist (1-4, 0-1) at Dallas. Tulsa 38, Alabama-Birmingham 30: Paul Smith threw for 333 yards and three scores and ran for another to help lead Tulsa (3-1, 1-0 C-USA) over visiting Alabama-Birmingham (1-3, 0-1). Tarrion Adams gained 63 of his career-high 183 yards on Tulsa’s final possession. East Carolina 37, Houston 35: Chris Johnson rushed for 147 yards and two touchdowns to lead visiting East Carolina past Houston. East Carolina (2-3, 1-1 C-USA) led, 34-21, in the third quarter and held on late as Houston (2-2, 1-1) missed two field goals in the final two minutes. TCU 24, Colorado State 12: Backup quarterback Marcus Jackson rushed for two touchdowns and threw for another to lead TCU (3-2, 1-1 Mountain West) past Colorado State (0-4, 0-1) at Fort Worth, Texas. Navy 31, Air Force 20: Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada ran for 101 yards and scored twice in the fourth quarter to lead Navy (3-2) over Air Force (3-2) at Annapolis, Md. Army 37, Temple 21: Corey Anderson returned the opening kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown to lead Army over winless Temple at West Point, N.Y. Army is 2-3; Temple is 0-5.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Kory Sheets added 141 yards rushing for Purdue, which takes its unbeaten record into next week’s home game against No. 8 Ohio State. Notre Dame faces games against UCLA, No. 12 Boston College and top-ranked USC. Unlike their first four losses, the Irish put up a fight in the second half. Quarterback Jimmy Clausen, a freshman from Thousand Oaks, threw his first touchdown pass in the third quarter but suffered a hip injury. Clausen limped often in the game, and was shuffled in and out of the lineup. Backup Evan Sharpley completed 16 of 26 passes for 208 yards, and Golden Tate caught three passes for 104 yards for the Irish. Notre Dame fell behind, 23-0, at the half, and Coach Charlie Weis let his players know he’s tired of playing catch-up. “This time, I was maybe a little more rough at halftime,” he said. “I’d had about enough. It was a collective effort. Offense, defense, special teams.” last_img read more

Kylian Mbappe backed to become ‘best player in the world’ by ex-Arsenal forward

first_imgKylian Mbappe has been backed to become ‘the best player in the world’ by former Arsenal striker Jeremie Aliadiere after the teenager’s sensational performance against Argentina on Saturday.The 19-year-old Paris Saint-Germain forward netted a brace goals in the knockout game and dazzled the world with his incredible dribbling. ‘THEY FAILED’ The PSG forward netted two goals 10 amazing football facts you won’t believe are true LATEST WORLD CUP NEWS UNITED German icon blames Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and another star for World Cup exit REVEALED England’s expected starting line-up for World Cup opener v Tunisia 1 World Cup 23 Stadiums revealed for 2026 World Cup in USA, Mexico and Canada And Aliadiere believes Mbappe has all it takes to reach the highest level of the game.He told the Weekend Sports Breakfast: “He’s very special and if he carries on the way he has being doing for the last couple of seasons he could become the best player in the world.” Japan confirm Russia 2018 squad, including ex-Manchester United man The 35-year-old, who made 50 appearances for the Gunners, added: “At 19-years old on the big stage against Argentina yesterday it’s pretty much incredible.“I don’t think there are many people who will disagree with me today.”France beat Argentina 4-3 in a seven goal thriller which knocked Jorge Sampaoli’s men out of the tournament, and secured Les Bleus a quarter-final clash against Uruguay.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.last_img read more

DONEGAL DUO MURPHY AND GALLAGHER HOPING TO HIT THE BULLSEYE!

first_imgDonegal GAA stars Michael Murphy and Neil Gallagher are hoping they can be as accurate on the Oche as they are on the pitch.The Glenswilly men will face reigning PDC World Darts Champion Michael Van Gerwen and former two-time World Champion Adrian Lewis at the Pulse Venue tonight.A huge crowd is expected to attend tonight’s exhibition event to see the darting superstars in action against the Donegal stars. It’s believed Gallagher and Murphy are competent with the arrows, but they face a stiff challenge in the form of the deadly duo of Van Gerwen and Lewis.It promises to be a great night’s entertainment.The VIP area has already been sold out, but tickets are still available which can be purchased from The Orchard, while you can also pay at the door, doors open at 8pm.DONEGAL DUO MURPHY AND GALLAGHER HOPING TO HIT THE BULLSEYE! was last modified: October 2nd, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Adrian LewisEntertainmentMichael MurphyMichael Van GerwenNeil GallaghernewsSportlast_img read more

Ohio well-represented in National Soil Judging Contest

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Several Ohio FFA chapters had a busy schedule last week with the National Land and Range Judging Contest in Oklahoma where 600 4-H and FFA members gathered.Austin Wood of the Northwestern-Wayne FFA Chapter said it was a busy one, competing in the OK state before quickly flying back for the last day of the 89th Ohio FFA Convention on Friday.“Our team placed fifth at state which qualified us to go out there,” Wood said. “We signed in Tuesday morning and we went out and did six pits. That was really cool. The red dirt is completely different than what we do here in Ohio, but a lot of the textures and stuff are the same. The following day, we went out and did two more pits then Thursday was the actual contest.“We each just went there more as a fun thing for us to do. It was our first year doing this and to me it was just an amazing experience being able to go out and represent our chapter in a national contest.”Other teams from Ohio included the Buckeye Central FFA, taking 4th place overall. Tallawanda placed 19th, Centerville in 38th, Northwestern-Wayne at 46th place, and right behind them the McClain FFA Chapter in 47th.last_img read more

Success Is Found in Older, Deeper Truths

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Human beings are novelty seeking creatures. We are infinitely creative, and equally resourceful. We are always seeking ways to improve things. Right now, technology is delivering these improvements at a blisteringly fast pace. What’s new may offer improvements in some areas, but success is often found in older, deeper truths.Last week I was forwarded an email from a salesperson. She wrote, “You would appreciate this guy’s persistence.” The only problem with her email was that there was no “guy.” Instead, the string of emails was an automated campaign pretending to be communication.There is nothing wrong with automating some communication, but there is something missing when that communication needs to create a human connection, to create a preference, and to allow the salesperson to gain an appointment. Imagine if your spouse called the florist and ordered flowers to be delivered to you every year on the same date. There would be a certain efficiency, but a massive lacking of effectiveness.In human relationships, trust is the currency. Efficiency, in many cases, is the elimination of caring and the exclusion of intimacy when it comes to relationships.The technologies we use allows us to communicate over great distances. Being able to use hardware and software for meetings has made meetings easier—and in many ways—more effective. Distance is no longer a barrier. The ability to see one another has improved communication.But your digital presence, while being much greater than an email or phone call, is no match for your physical presence. Presence, showing up, actually being in the room with people is still far more powerful, still more effective, still creates a greater connection and intimacy, and still creates a preference.Stay aware of the new technologies and use them where and when they make sense. But don’t lose sight of the fact that over the long term, the advantage you gain is far greater when you focus on older, deeper truths. Things like integrity, character, trust, intimacy, resourcefulness, determination, and accountability will do far more to improve your overall results where human beings are concerned.last_img read more

CWG Village improving, says Fennell

first_imgThe massive last-minute clean-up launched by hundreds of workers at the Commonwealth Games (CWG) Village appears to have given Commonwealth Games Federation chief Mike Fennell some confidence. Fennell inspected a few towers at the Village on Friday and said that “some improvements were visible”. He said the Delhi government had put in “considerable resources” at the Village.  Fennell said he would be giving a final report about the Village by Saturday. Fennell flew into India on Thursday to take stock of the situation in the face of mounting criticism from advance teams of countries about the conditions in the Village.  Fennell took a round of the Village on Friday, visited 7-8 residential towers and held a meeting with the chef-de-missions of the participating countries.  Work at the village was also inspected by CWG Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi and vice-president Randhir Singh. Fennell will be meeting Cabinet Secretary K.M. Chandrashekhar to voice his concerns. He will also visit other CWG venues.last_img read more

Priyanka Chopra fought real boxers in Mary Kom

first_imgActress Priyanka Chopra fought with real boxers in “Mary Kom”, a biopic on the five time World Champion boxer. She says it was not easy to take a full-on punch from professional boxers during the shoot.”All my opponents in the film were real boxers,” Priyanka said here in an interview.The film will hit the screens September 5.”It was very difficult to shoot with them because they are real boxers and they don’t know how to fake a punch, they had to really hit you. So I had to get hit a lot and that was really hard,” she added.Co-produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, “Mary Kom” shows Kom’s journey from an athlete to a boxer, opposition faced by her father to take up the sport as a profession, training with men, her fearless nature, marriage and so-called end of her boxing career.Directed by Omung Kumar, it is slated for a Sep 5 release.last_img read more

Razer smartphone with dual rear camera setup leaked in live image

first_imgRazer is planning to launch its first smartphone in November based on reports from last week. While not much is known at the moment, CEO Min-Liang Tan has stated in the past that the company is working on a phone aimed at hardcore gamers, which means the upcoming smartphone it could pack some serious horsepower under the hood. Over the weekend, an alleged live image of the Razer smartphone made its way on the Internet, giving us an idea of what the phone could look like.The image, revealed via TechByte , comes from an unnamed source in the gaming industry who allegedly acquired the handset for testing. The leaked image reveals only the back of the device, and just the top half at that. But from what the image shows us, we are looking at a smartphone with a dual rear camera module with flash on the top left side. The back is also shows a clean slab with no hint of antenna lines. You can also see Razers logo prominently sitting on the centre. Meanwhile, one can also see what looks like two buttons placed oddly in the centre of the left side, but it’s unclear as to whether they are volume controls or gaming-related keys.As is the case with most early leaks, one should take this image with a pinch of salt. Based on a GFXBench listing last week, the alleged Android Nougat-powered Razer smartphone could be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC coupled with 8GB of RAM and Adreno 540 GPU. The handset could sport a 5.7-inch (1440×2560) display with a standard 16:9 aspect ratio. The smartphone could also be offered with 64GB of internal storage. But while the leaked image points to a dual camera setup, the benchmark listing only mentions a single 12-megapixel sensor for the back, and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera.advertisementAlso Read: Razer may launch a smartphone designed for hardcore gamers on Nov 1Razer is known for creating monstrous gaming PCs with eye catching design and one can expect the upcoming smartphone to feature some of the company’s well known signatures. The company could implement some of Nextbit’s tech, especially its cloud synchronization ability, following the acquisition of the start-up earlier this year. But this is merey speculation at the moment. As we approach the reported November 1 unveiling of the smartphone, you can expect to see more leaks and details about the smartphone to drop online.last_img read more

MS Dhoni’s magical performance behind the stumps. WATCH

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni was at it yet again last night. In the second T20 against Sri Lanka, Dhoni’s glovework once more brightened the stadium lights.At a night, when Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul set fireworks with their exhibitional batting setting up the second-highest total in T20Is, 260/5, Dhoni stood out in his own little way.Courtesy the brilliance of Rohit and Rahul and the impressive spells from Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, India won the match by a massive margin of 88 runs.However, Dhoni surely had a big hand, quite literally, in the Sri Lankan collapse.At 14.5 over, Dhoni took off the bails in a flash when Asela Gunaratne missed Kuldeep’s delivery. Kuldeep bowled a full and flat outside off, which Gunaratne looked to sweep but missed. His balance went off there and his foot got dragged outside the line for a moment.However, a moment is all Dhoni needs to weave his magic. Dhoni immediately whipped the bails off and though the decision went to the third umpire, Dhoni’s reaction had already confirmed the worst for Sri Lanka.The third umpire eventually ruled Gunaratne out and Kuldeep had got his third wicket of the over.Dhoni’s assault, however, did not stop there.In the next over itself, in the third delivery of the 16th over, Dhoni stumped off Sadeera Samarawickrama off a wide from Chahal.Chahal floated the ball wide outside off luring Samarawickrama to come down the track to go behind the delivery. Sadeera, though, failed to judge the pitch of the ball and swung his bat full only to completely miss the delivery. And Sadeera’s miss was Dhoni’s gain.advertisementThis was not the first time that Dhoni took the lights off from Sri Lanka’s behind, literally!In the third ODI in Vizag, Dhoni’s quick reactions had denied Upul Tharanga a hundred, stumped him out at an 82-ball 95.Experts have time and again declared Dhoni as the best limited-overs wicket-keeper in the world. His mastery over the art of stumping, those fast hands and that alertness and street-smartness is unmatched.Nobody can forget his iconic stumping in the T20 World Cup last year when Dhoni’s brilliance had sent Bangladesh’s Shabbir Rahman packing at a crucial juncture in the match.Earlier in the year, he reached the milestone of 100 stumpings in the 50-over format during his 301st match. MSD stumped Sri Lanka’s Akila Dananjaya of the bowling off Yuzvendra Chahal during the fifth ODI at Colombo in September to reach the landmark.He now has 105 stumpings to his name from 311 ODIs. In total, Dhoni has 397 dismissals in the 50-over format, out of which 292 are catches. He tops the list of most stumpings in ODIs followed by Kumar Sangakkara, who has 99 stumpings from 404 matches for Sri Lanka. Romesh Kaluwitharana is third with 75 from 189 games.Dhoni’s first stumping came in his maiden ODI series, in the third ODI against Bangladesh in Dhaka on December 27, 2004. With Sachin Tendulkar bowling, Dhoni took the bails off and sent Rajin Saleh packing.last_img read more