McKenzie’s hits, whiffs as Raiders’ GM

first_imgALAMEDA — Reggie McKenzie was hired by owner Mark Davis following the 2012 season to be the general manager and handle the personnel department following the death of owner Al Davis. McKenzie was fired Monday, and since last January has been a facilitator for coach Jon Gruden.Some notable transactions under the watch of McKenzie from 2012 through 2017, during which time the Raiders were 36-60 with a playoff appearance and a 12-4 season in 2016:Hits— Drafted Khalil Mack, Derek Carr, Gabe …last_img read more

Michael Ruse Balances the Scales in Creation-Evolution Conflict

first_imgSahotra Sarkar seems in a bit of dilemma about how to treat Michael Ruse’s new book, The Evolution-Creation Struggle (Harvard, 2005).  In his review of the book in Science,1 Sarkar knew that Ruse is an important ally in the fight against intelligent design (see 02/18/2003 entry), but he seemed a little bit put off by Ruse’s distinction between evolution and evolutionism.  Ruse is brazen in his claim that most evolutionists have made a religion out of the theory.  Sarkar begins,In this timely book, Michael Ruse interprets the last 200 years of conflict between biology and religion as a struggle between evolutionism and creationism.  Evolutionism is not merely an endorsement of the scientific theory of evolution.  It consists of “the whole metaphysical or ideological picture built around or on evolution,” including a belief in progress and attempts to reduce cultural and ethical values to evolutionary biology.  As such, it constitutes a “secular religion.”  Thus, for Ruse (a philosopher of science at Florida State University), the debate over creationism is more a conflict between two religions than one between religion and science.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Since such a position seems to discredit the natural scientists’ endeavors to investigate the evolutionary roots of ethics and behavior, including altruism and sexual mores, Sarkar appears to take issue with this claim, but only with kid gloves.  Most of his review is a dispassionate discussion of the contents of the book with only minor criticisms about omissions or misplaced emphases.  For instance, look how he describes Ruse’s depiction of evolutionary theory in the 19th and early 20th century as more religious rhetoric than sound science:The Enlightenment offered a vision of progress based on human effort.  The emerging pre-Darwinian views of evolution (such as those of Erasmus Darwin, Jean-Baptiste de Lamarck, and Robert Chambers), although hardly professional science, co-opted this vision in their accounts of organic change.    Charles Darwin, in contrast, attempted to convert evolution into science by elaborating a material mechanism for it—natural selection.  Darwin was at best ambivalent about the ideology of progress.  (Alfred Russell Wallace was more convinced of its reality—strangely, he receives scant attention in Ruse’s story.)  Moreover, natural selection acting on blind variation was antithetical to the idea of progress with its implied directionality.  In spite of Darwin’s efforts, Ruse argues, evolution did not become established as a professional science in the 19th century or even during the first two decades of the 20th.  Instead, it remained popular science.  Given the generally accepted ideology of progress, natural selection was often abandoned in favor of directional mechanisms of organic change. According to Ruse, during this period, almost all of those who endorsed evolution also endorsed evolutionism.  The social Darwinism of the late 19th century only exemplifies the worst excesses of such an evolutionism.Nothing but objective reporting so far.  But then, Sarkar gets a little riled when Ruse depicts the cult of progress continuing unabated through the formation of neo-Darwinian theory in the 1930s and beyond:On Ruse’s account, evolution became a professional science following the modern synthesis of the late 1920s and 1930s.  Ruse argues, though not very convincingly, that the architects of the synthesis continued to uphold an ideology of progress and endorse evolutionism.  He ignores the fact that, with the exception of R. A. Fisher, these architects largely rejected attempts to deploy evolution in the political arena.   (Some, such as J. B. S. Haldane, whom Ruse ignores, often explicitly rejected progress.)  Ruse’s sketch of contemporary evolutionary theory is also idiosyncratic,  with sociobiology presented as that theory’s most significant achievement.  Because the sociobiologists W. D. Hamilton and Edward O. Wilson are the heroes of this story, Ruse claims that contemporary evolutionary biology endorses evolutionism and not merely evolution.That seems too much to take.  Yet Sarkar is careful not to alienate his ally.  While finding something to praise, he gently scolds Ruse for providing only “an unfortunate whimper” instead of a triumphant charge to inspire the pro-evolution scientists in their battles against creationists:The final chapters of The Evolution-Creation Struggle turn all too briefly to the contemporary debates over creationism.  Ruse offers a short and cogent critique of intelligent design that concentrates on its failure to spawn any serious scientific research.2  But the book ends with an unfortunate whimper: we are told that we should try to understand the other side; we are not told how Ruse’s understanding of that side will help us prevent the reintroduction of religion in our science classes.1Sahotra Sarkar, “Evolution and Religion: Seeing Similarities,” Science, Vol 309, Issue 5734, 560 , 22 July 2005, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1115782].  For another review, see the 05/06/2005 entry.2For contrary evidence, see the 06/25/2005 entry.Wow: this is quite telling.  Michael Ruse seems to be evolving toward rapprochement with I.D. with each new book.  Although he has been adamant against the cult of progress for quite awhile (see 06/12/2003 commentary), he is making even more startling claims now: (1) most historical evolutionists were more religious than scientific in their embrace of the cult of progress; (2) evolutionism is just as religious as Christianity, (3) the religion of evolutionism continues to the present day, and (4) evolutionists need to understand the other side.  Point (1) is clear to any halfway objective historian of science and should not be all that controversial.  But points 2, 3, and 4, though flimsy concessions from a creationist view, are almost fighting words to an evolutionist.    To maintain their hegemony, the Darwin Party needs its supporters to be devoted to the doctrine that their position is based on science, not religion.  They need to keep the onus of religion on the other side where it can be swept aside as faith-based, irrational, dogmatic and irrelevant.  It must sting like acid for them to hear a Party member claim their views are just as religious as that of their opponents, and that we should try to “understand” the other side instead of fighting them with the full arsenal of Big Science.    Based on this review, this new book by Ruse must be highly disappointing to those who have lived with the religion-vs-science paradigm embedded in their heads since high school biology class.  If Ruse keeps this up, it won’t be long before the Party condemns him as a heretic and throws him overboard.  If that happens, the creationists and ID community need to be prepared to rescue him and show him what true Christian (unevolved, real) altruism is like (see 06/12/2003 commentary).  They need to provide him clean, clear designer glasses with which to see the world in a new light, a revelation that brings joy, thankfulness and meaning.    Undoubtedly the softening of Ruse’s hardline position is partly due to his historical research into the unsavory personalities and empty lives of some of Darwinism’s staunchest bulldogs (see 09/02/2004 entry) compared to the friendliness and logic of I.D. supporters with whom he has interacted, like Phillip Johnson.  Creationists need to be careful not to shoot those waving a white flag.  Some of the best allies for design-based science, like Dean Kenyon and Richard Lumsden, were once adamant evolutionists.  Give people space to see the light.  Whether they do or not, keep those Christian graces shining through.  Who knows; maybe Eugenie Scott will be next (see 05/25/2005 entry).(Visited 30 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South Africans to go to the polls on 7 May

first_img7 February 2014South Africa’s national and provincial elections – the fifth general elections since the country attained democracy in 1994 – will take place on Wednesday, 7 May, President Jacob Zuma announced on Friday.Zuma’s announcement comes just ahead of the Independent Electoral Commission’s (IEC’s) final voter registration weekend. The IEC registered over 1-million first-time voters during its last registration weekend in November, bringing the number of registered voters in the country to 24.1-million registered voters, representing 76% of those eligible to vote.On Thursday, IEC Chairperson Pansy Tlakula said they were aiming to register another million new voters this weekend.In a statement issued on Friday, Zuma said that he had consulted with the IEC before deciding on the 7 May election date, and was satisfied that their preparations for the elections were “at an advanced stage”.“These are historic elections, as they take place during the 20th anniversary of our freedom from apartheid bondage,” he said. “They provide an opportunity for us to further consolidate the democracy and freedom that we worked so hard to achieve, and for which esteemed South Africans such as former president Nelson Mandela sacrificed life’s comforts.“Our country is a much better place to live in now than before 1994, because of the participation and contribution of South Africans,” Zuma said, adding: “We must continue participating in building our country.”He encouraged South Africans who have not yet registered to vote to take advantage of this weekend’s voter registration, adding that young people should take care to register to vote in the cities and towns where they will be studying and where they will be come 7 May.“We congratulate all first time voters, the 18-year-olds. They are coming of age this year. They will be deciding the future of their beautiful country.”The President urged all South Africans “to promote peace, tolerance and peaceful coexistence as we move towards the elections and during the elections.“We have worked hard to build a peaceful and stable South Africa from the ruins of apartheid violence, divisions and hatred. Let us make this a vibrant, robust, exciting, peaceful and most successful election, and maintain our track record of successful elections.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

At the heart of agriculture is a helping hand

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This picture is a stump of a Christmas tree I cut down last December on my family’s farm in northwest Ohio. My niece noticed the heart-shape and asked me to take a photo. I didn’t think much of it at the time, but it caught my attention later as I scrolled though my phone photos.As I looked at the photo more, I began to see it as a symbol of the farm that is more than just a place of labor or source of income. My heart is in it. The family farm — the soil, weeds, trees, buildings, wet spots, the critters that roam it, all of it — is a part of me. And no matter where I go or what I do, that farm will always be there. I know that most of you feel the same way.Now, imagine that this piece of you — your farm — was devastated despite your best efforts to save it. That is exactly what happened to many farmers in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Colorado when horrific wildfires blackened the landscape to the distant horizon burning more than a million acres and claiming the lives of thousands of cattle. That piece of them that is also their life and their livelihood has been irreparably destroyed.When you read the stories and see the pictures of farmers and ranchers affected by the horrific wildfires in the west, it affects you. It is hard to be a part of the agricultural community and not want to do something. Many Ohioans are, because as it turns out, at the heart of agriculture is a helping hand.Rose Hartschuh and her husband, Greg, farm in Crawford County, where they raise corn, soybeans, and dairy cattle. They are planning a late March trip to the wildfire area to deliver supplies and lend some helping hands to the relief effort.“It really started by reading the stories of these ranchers out west, specifically the ones in Texas who gave their lives protecting their animals. People do not understand how much farmers care about what they do. Those people really demonstrated that in a tangible way. They gave their lives to protect their livestock. I was just feeling like we needed to do something,” Rose said. “We started with a contribution of hay but it seems like there was more we could do if we were going to make the trip clear out there and do some things to make a lasting impact. We put an ask out on Facebook to see who would be interested in joining us and we were blown away by the response. From there we started putting together some plans. We reached out to the Kansas Livestock Association and they have been instrumental in helping us develop a plan for our time in Kansas and help fine tune the details.”The area has already received substantial amounts of hay from farms around the country and now the greatest need may be fencing.“It seems like they have a fairly good supply of hay. There is some need for some trucking to pick up hay and deliver it to where it needs to be. Fencing seems to be the biggest need so we are collecting fencing supplies like t-posts and barbed wire. Another need is cash. A lot of us have the desire to do something physical but money is just as important,” she said. “It sounds like fence building is going to be a pretty big project we are going to undertake. The Livestock Association is going to put us in touch with some ranchers who need help getting back on their feet. We hope while we are there we can make a difference in that way.”As it stands, there is quite a group from Ohio heading to Ashland, Kansas.“We anticipate over 30 vehicles of hay and supplies and 50 volunteers coming from all corners of the state,” Hartschuh said. “Many of the hay haulers will turn right around and head back to their other responsibilities in Ohio. Approximately 25 of us are staying in Kansas with host families to volunteer our time and talents for a few days.”I am very fortunate to be able to go along with the Hartschuh group later this week to help with the effort. Be sure to follow along with me at ocj.com and the Facebook page. It looks to be a grand adventure to help out on the farms of some folks in need.Any additional donations to the group will be used to fund travel and to pay hauling costs for the Ohio-donated hay. Funds left at the end of the project will be donated directly to the Kansas Livestock Association.“Our plan right now is to pay for our group’s fuel and hopefully lodging there and on the way back, if donations allow,” she said.PayPal donations for the Ohio group can be made at paypal.me/KansasWildfires, or checks can be made out to Ohio’s Kansas Rancher Wildfire Relief Efforts and mailed to 6348 Parks Road, Sycamore, OH 44882.Stay tuned.last_img read more

Budgeting and Calories: Is There a Connection?

first_imgBy Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, [email protected] are three major things that people budget in life- money, time, and calories- and they are all related. For example, physical activity to burn calories and working at a job both take time and eating less food saves money.Photo by Alan Cleaver. CC BY 2.0Many articles have been written in the health field about “budgeting” calories as a way to lose weight. People can visit an online Calorie Calculator and get their recommended daily calorie “budget” (a.k.a., calorie salary) based on factors such as age, gender, height, weight, and activity level.Then it is up to individuals to “spend” their calories wisely throughout the day on meals and snacks and try not to exceed their “number.” Similarly, people make choices with the money they have available to spend. Barring an infusion of cash, such as a settlement or contest prize, most people build wealth slowly by living below their means.Let’s go back to a calorie analogy. The basic principle to lose weight is to eat fewer calories than you burn in a day. For example, if the calculator says you need 1,874 calories to maintain your weight, you’ll lose a pound a week if you consume 1,374. A financial equivalent example is earning $50,000, living on $46,000, and saving $4,000.How do you live below your means? Many experts recommend starting with a detailed written or computerized budget with specific dollar amounts and categories. While this sounds great in theory, the reality is that only 32% of American households actually prepare a written budget or use budgeting software.So what else works? Many people live on less than they earn by automating their savings. Commonly called “pay yourself first,” this strategy gives savings the high priority of a rent or secured loan payment. Savings gets deposited before people receive their take-home pay and they somehow learn how to live on less. Another strategy that works well for some people is personal “decision rules” that restrict their spending.Consider this analogy from the world of NASCAR Motor Sports. Ever since a car wreck nearly killed hundreds of spectators in the grandstands at Talladega in 1987, when a speeding car went airborne, races at Daytona International Speedway in Florida and Talladega SuperSpeedway in Alabama have required drivers to use “restrictor plates” that limit the horsepower of their cars and slow them down.To avoid overspending, people also need “restrictors.” In other words, cues that they’ve “had enough.” Not everyone will have the same restrictions, however. Rather, the amount that people spend relative to their income will vary. Looking for some specific ideas? Consider the following examples of personal financial restrictors:Spend no more than $800 on holiday gifts and partiesCarry a revolving credit card balance of no more than $500 at any timeCharge no more than $200 per month in new purchasesSpend no more than $75 per week at the supermarketIf you want to lose weight, you monitor calorie intake by writing down what you eat and how much. Want to get ahead financially? You do the same thing by tracking income and spending. By writing things down- be it food intake or household expenses- you increase awareness of current practices and motivation to change. You also look at food and spending choices in a different light and mentally ask yourself “can I afford it?” For tracking worksheets for health and finances, see http://njaes.rutgers.edu/sshw/workbook/01_Track_Your_Current_Behavior.pdf.Research conducted with a Rutgers University online quiz suggests a positive association between a wide array of recommended health and financial practices. This is not surprising since many of these activities require a time commitment, discipline, and/or sacrifice. Conversely, some people overeat and overspend and say they’ll cut back later to “balance things out.” Unfortunately, many never do.last_img read more

Man lynched over alleged cattle theft

first_imgA man was beaten to death in Mokama area near here for alleged theft of cattle, the police said on Tuesday.According to the police, the incident took place on Monday night when some persons belonging to Barahpur village entered More village with the alleged intention to steal cattle. “While the cattle were being untethered, some villagers woke up and started chasing the alleged thieves. The villagers caught hold of one of them while the rest managed to escape,” locals told the police. The villagers mercilessly beat the suspected thief with sticks, the police said. He was admitted to a hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries, the police added.last_img read more

SMB coach Austria’s recipe for success

first_imgDespite limited minutes to three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo, the Beermen made sure there would be no winner-take-all in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup championship with a dominating 115-91 win last Sunday over the equally determined TNT KaTropa, who paraded Joshua Smith, who brought back memories of an equally huge Francois Wise during the exciting 80s.He thanked the Almighty for guiding the team to victory, his family for giving him inspiration, the management headed by SMC President and Chief Executive Officer Ramon Ang, San Miguel Brewery President Roberto ‘‘Bobby’’ Huang, board of Governor Robert Non and sports chief Alfrancis Chua for their support, the players for their sacrifices, the coaching staff, the ballboys and before he got overwhelmed by emotions thanked the fans, who got hoarse encouraging their idols to play defense and go for the win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsJust like in SMB’s past five titles under his coaching tutelage, Austria isn’t in the mood to take credit. He lauded the sacrifices made by his players but rarely mentioned his own sacrifices.‘‘Well, I also sacrificed a lot but those are small compared with what my players did. Sometimes, I have to change my work ethics and sacrifice my ego,’’ said Austria, who will be given a motorcade by his proud kababayans in Sariaya on Monday. LATEST STORIES LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend MOST READ Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Well-loved by his fellow Quezonians, Austria created a buzz when he got out of his retirement to become playing coach of the Chowking in the PBL. He attained successes coaching Shark Energy Drink and Welcoat Paints. Welcoat (now Rain or Shine)  took him as coach when the Paintmasters entered the PBA in 2006.Alex Cabagnot, who exploded with a rare triple double ( 19 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists) in Game 6 was lost for words after being voted by the elite Philippine Basketball Association Press Corps as Finals MVP. He hugged Austria so tightly like a prodigal son finally returning to his roots.‘‘Thank you coach, thank you for believing in me. I’m 34 years old. I love you coach,’’ said Cabagnot, who narrowly lost the Best Player of the Conference to teammate Chris Ross, who bloosomed under the tutelage of Austria.As expected, Austria talked about Cabagnot’s work ethics. ‘‘He delivered and deserved the playing minutes. There was pressure on his part but I told him just to play. I’ll help him,’’ said Austria.The presence of Fajardo guarding the 6-foot-9 Smith was a big plus for the Beermen.Then there were the high-octane performances of Marcio Lassiter, Arwind Santos and of course the reliable plays of Ross, who contributed not only in offense but in making life harder for Jason ‘‘the Blur’’ Castro.To illustrate Austria’s love for his teammates, he decided to field all his relievers during the dying seconds of the game.‘‘I just want them to get that championship feeling. They are part of the team and I am very grateful,’’ Austria said as the happy hour commenced.With the win, Austria lined himself for joining the ranks of PBA coaches who achieved the grand slam. Baby Dalupan, Tommy Manotoc, Norman Black and Tim Cone separated themselves from the rest by making the Grand Slams possible.League veteran Wendell McKines will saw action for the Beermen in the season-ending Governors’ Cup which will start on July 19. San Miguel Beermen head coach Leo Austria. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEven during the height of triumph, San Miguel Beer coach Leo Austria refused to take credit for the Beermen’s glory.The mustachioed, tough-looking Austria, whose unorthodox way of making jumpers didn’t prevent him from becoming Rookie of the Year while playing for the Shell Turbo Chargers in 1985, actually thanked everbody for SMB’s latest conquest Sunday evening at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pacquiao wants ‘fair deal for both fighters’ in possible rematch with Horn Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But Austria isn’t going to lose sleep thinking of the Grand Slam which San Miguel Beer last achieved in 1989 under Black.‘‘We’ll celebrate the win and relax a little bit before plunging into action,’’ said Austria, who salivates on ‘‘sinigang na baboy and pritong galunggong.’’No wonder, Dayong Mendoza, a member of the coaching staff and son of highly-respected journalist Al, lavished praises on his head coach and long-time friend.‘‘A brilliant coach with all the basketball knowledge and experience that he applies methodically in every game we have. His devotion in studying the game is no match to all other opponents. His chess match approach to a series has resulted in a five for five finals victory!”Let’s drink to that!Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next His laid-back style suited the Beermen, who before his arrival in 2014 after a successful stint as SMC coach a year earlier in the  Asean Basketball League, boasted of big names but failed to nail major trophies.Not new to coaching having handled various teams in the now-defunct Philippine Basketball League and the UAAP where he steered the Adamson Falcons to the Final Four in 2011, Austria’s demeanor hasn’t changed a bit.Even during the most trying times of the game where tempers flared due to the wayward whistles of the referees, Austria’s chill as ever.Just like a captain steering a ship while in rough seas, Austria would not lose his temper. Business as usual as he would sue for time and map plays while encouraging his stalwarts to keep their focus.‘‘It’s not my attitude to lose my temper,’’ said Austria, who saw action for Lyceum (now Lyceum of the Philippines University) during his collegiate years and Masagana 99 in the Philippine Amateur Basketball League. After Shell, he saw action for Pepsi in the pros before retiring in 1993. ADVERTISEMENT What ‘missteps’? View commentslast_img read more

9-man Chelsea loses 3-2 to Burnley to open EPL title defense

first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Striker Sam Vokes scored two of them by converting crosses, either side of a stunning volleyed goal by left back Stephen Ward.Chelsea improved after halftime. Alvaro Morata, on as a second-half substitute, reduced the deficit in his first league start since a club-record move from Real Madrid for 58 million pounds ($75 million).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAny hope of an unlikely comeback looked to have disappeared when midfielder Cesc Fabregas was red-carded in the 81st after receiving his second booking. However, David Luiz ensured a tense finish when he volleyed home in the 88th after being teed up by the influential Morata.The result will not improve the mood of Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, who hasn’t hidden his frustration at failing to significantly bolster his squad in the offseason. With Eden Hazard, Tiemoue Bakayoko, and Pedro Rodriguez injured and Victor Moses suspended, Chelsea had a threadbare match-day 18. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “The club is trying to do the best,” Conte said. “I am not worried, I am ready to fight with these players. I repeat: It is important for us to concentrate on our work, to be focused every day in training, and to try to work in our best way. No excuses.”Burnley was expected to struggle this season after losing arguably its best two players in the offseason, defender Michael Keane and striker Andre Gray.“A lot was made of our away form last season,” Vokes said. “So that result is huge.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelocenter_img LONDON — Chelsea had two players sent off and lost to Burnley 3-2 in the first match of its English Premier League title defense on Saturday, intensifying the concerns surrounding the champions after their frustrating offseason in the transfer market.Captain Gary Cahill was shown a straight red card for a studs-first lunge in the 13th minute, then the champions conceded three goals in a 20-minute period before halftime.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Neymar braced for PSG debut and French culture shock Jeremie Boga, a 20-year-old French forward, was even given a debut. It lasted only 18 minutes, when he was sacrificed as Conte reorganized following Cahill’s sending off.“It was a pity because our fight in the second half was very good,” Conte said. “But our first half, we kept losing our heads. After the red card we lost our heads, conceded two goals and then it’s very difficult to change the final result.”Chelsea, which won 17 of its 19 home games last season, became the second straight team to begin its league title defense with a loss, after Leicester last season.Fabregas and Cahill will be suspended for Chelsea’s tough second match of the season, away to Tottenham at Wembley Stadium next weekend.Conte is desperate for reinforcements in the final three weeks of the transfer window.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

‘Mourinho the wrong man – he’ll be gone by Xmas!’

first_imgJose Mourinho is “the wrong man for the job” at Manchester United, says Lee Sharpe, with the Portuguese set to be “gone before Christmas”.The Red Devils moved to bring in Mourinho after seeing David Moyes and Louis van Gaal fail to inspire confidence and lift the mood around Old Trafford in the wake of Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.Mourinho was able to deliver three trophies in his debut campaign, but ended 2017-18 empty-handed and saw his hands tied over the summer during a frustrating transfer market. 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! He has now overseen a stuttering start to the new season , with a narrow win over Leicester followed by a 3-2 defeat at Brighton, and Sharpe believes the “dour” 55-year-old is on borrowed time.The former United winger told Press Association Sport : “[Mourinho] is the wrong man for the job.“When he came to Chelsea the first time he was quite charming and fun, but now he just seems dour and fed up.“He’s moaned about not signing new players and not bigging up the ones he’s got.“The football’s not entertaining and what makes it twice as bad is that their two biggest rivals, Man City and Liverpool, do play exciting football.“His negative style does not fit in with the expansive football that United fans want. I think he’ll be gone before Christmas.”Sharpe is also of the opinion that Mourinho’s  public questioning of high-profile figures has done little to build collective harmony around Old Trafford.Paul Pogba Jose Mourinho Manchester United 2018-19The ex-England international added: “I do not think Mourinho has handled the [Paul] Pogba situation very well.“It was the same with Luke Shaw before that. Any views should be kept in-house and not appear in the press.“Mourinho talks about class [he accused Manchester City of lacking it by making their Amazon TV series] but that is the sign of class in my eyes.“Every player who played for Sir Alex Ferguson – whether they liked him or not – respected him because you knew that any grievances would not be aired in the press.”United were expected to mount a serious challenge for the Premier League title this season, but Sharpe admits the early indications are that they could be left scrapping it out for a top-four finish.“I think United fans accepted second last year because they were behind a City side breaking loads of records,” he said.“But, if they are down in third and fourth and playing rubbish, are the fans and the board, in particular, still going to put up with that? I’m not so sure.”last_img read more