PSL Grand Prix: Sta. Lucia outlasts Generika in 5 sets

first_imgKingad eyes to bounce back in ONE: Visions of Victory FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View comments AFP official booed out of forum Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sta. Lucia Realty overcame a slow start to escape with a 21-25, 25-21, 23-25, 25-15, 15-7 victory over Generika-Ayala in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix on Tuesday at Bacoor Sports Complex in Cavite. Bohdana Anisova, formerly of the Ukraine national team, erupted for 28 points and MJ Philips chipped in 22 to tow the Lady Realtors to their first victory. SLR coach George Pascua said his key players led by veteran setter Rubie de Leon are slowly adjusting with the rest of the team.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 Citylast_img read more

Rey Guevarra cruises to record-tying 5th PBA Slam Dunk title

first_imgMOST READ Champion duo explore South Africa to prepare for Cliff Diving world series in El Nido Guevarra punctuated his night with a dunk that sided more on the theatrics side rather than the athletic one.With all of the Fuel Masters on the floor, Guevarra pounded a simple one-hander off of a two-legged jump while the rest of his teammates jumped in unison to his dunk.Guevarra was nursing a groin injury a week prior to the Slam Dunk Contest and this forced him to change his dunking style.“I usually jump off of one leg for my dunks so I had to come up with different ones wherein I will jump off two,” said Guevarra.With his fifth title in his hands, Guevarra tied Niño Canaleta for the most championships in the exhibition.ADVERTISEMENT MANILA, Philippines—It seems almost a formality but Rey Guevarra still had to compete to earn his fifth Slam Dunk Contest championship in the Skills Challenge of the 2019 PBA All-Star Weekend Friday in Calasiao.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Phoenix’ high-flyer had a perfect 100-point run across two dunks in the finals where he beat Blackwater’s Renz Palma and Columbian rookie CJ Perez.Guevarra’s first attempt in the final round was a front windmill slam off a self alley-oop pass from the left wing that gave him a 50, tying Palma’s impressive one-hander wherein he jumped above six crouching players in the paint.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsPerez, who dunked just once in the final round, scored just 42 in his lone attempt on a simple one-handed pounder off a self alley-oop pass after he missed his first attempt on a reverse dunk effectively eliminating him from the competition.Palma’s second attempt in the final round had Beau Belga pass him the ball from the stands but all his attempts blanked as time ran out with the Elite forward settling for the minimum of 30 points. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hasslescenter_img View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Google Philippines names new country director PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

Dodgers Beat Cards 3-2, Tie Series

first_imgLOS ANGELES  — Matt Kemp skipped down the first base line, watching his drive fly while calling out to the ball, trying to coax it to stay fair.Once it sailed inside the foul pole and landed in the lower left field seats, he had salvaged a victory for the Los Angeles Dodgers after their bullpen almost gave it away.Kemp hit a go-ahead home run leading off the eighth inning, lifting the Dodgers to a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Oct. 4, evening their NL Division Series at a game apiece. “This was big for us,” he said. “I feel like we definitely do have the momentum. We got continue to go, though.”The crowd of 54,599 erupted in cheers as Kemp rounded the bases. Bubbles percolated into the hot night air from a machine in the dugout the Dodgers turn on to celebrate homers.“It seemed like a mistake pitch to Matt and he’s been hot, as everyone knows, and that was exciting,” Dodgers starter Zack Greinke said.No one looked happier greeting Kemp in the dugout than a once-distraught J.P. Howell, who had served up a tying, two-run homer to Matt Carpenter in the top of the inning after relieving Greinke. Kemp hugged Howell, who pointed skyward in relief.“It was incredible, man,” Howell said. “To me it was almost religious because I was praying so hard and it happened pretty quickly. I was pretty thankful.”Kemp connected against Pat Neshek for his fifth hit in the best-of-five series. “He tried to get me with a couple of sliders,” Kemp said. “I laid off some tough ones that were close on the plate, but he left one just out on the plate that I could do something with and I put a good swing on it.”Game 3 is Oct. 6th in St. Louis, with John Lackey starting for the Cardinals against Hyun-Jin Ryu of the Dodgers. “It was there for us and we let it slip away,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said.Brandon League got his first career postseason win with a scoreless inning of relief. Kenley Jansen retired the side, striking out two, in the ninth to earn the save.“Now we just got to get our rest in and try to beat the Cardinals at their place, just like they did here in the first game,” Jansen said. “Got to go there and steal one.”Greinke pitched two-hit ball over seven scoreless innings a night after ace Clayton Kershaw gave up Carpenter’s go-ahead three-run double in the seventh that helped the Cardinals win 10-9.The low-key Greinke, who has pitched in Kershaw’s shadow the last few years, tried not to put any extra pressure on himself to deliver a win.“Any time personally I try to do more than I feel I’m capable of, it backfires,” he said. “My game plan is always to try to lower my expectations and not try to do too much.”Greinke belatedly took the mound in the eighth after his teammates had already taken their positions. Manager Don Mattingly came out to get him, and Greinke left to a standing ovation.“We’re seeing two teams that don’t really want to go home and that are fighting for every game and every out and every pitch,” Mattingly said. “It’s what everybody wants to see at this time of year.”Howell took over and promptly gave up a single to pinch-hitter Oscar Tavares before Carpenter tied it at 2. Carpenter is 4-for-8 in the series, with two homers, two doubles and six RBIs.“I’m just trying to be aggressive,” Carpenter said. “I’m getting some good pitches to hit, putting some good swings on it. I don’t think there’s any rhyme or reason to it.”Greinke struck out seven, walked two and didn’t allow a runner past second base. He didn’t give up a hit until the fifth, when Kolten Wong doubled down the right-field line before Greinke struck out the next two batters to end the inning.Greinke was pretty nifty at the plate, too. He went 2 for 3 for his first career postseason multihit game, and even slid headfirst into third on Dee Gordon’s single in the fifth that eluded Wong’s dive at second base.“It’s really important fielding your position and hitting, not being an absolute out,” Greinke said.Cardinals starter Lance Lynn gave up two runs and seven hits in six innings, struck out eight and walked two.The Dodgers took a 2-0 lead in the third. Gordon’s groundout to second base scored A.J. Ellis, who doubled leading off for his fifth hit of the series. Adrian Gonzalez’s two-out RBI single made it 2-0, with Greinke scoring from second.Mattingly had earlier challenged a call that Greinke was tagged out going to second. After a review, the umpires ruled him safe when Wong tagged Greinke with his empty glove after Wong had already moved the ball to his throwing hand to try for a double play.The teams that share a combustible history in the playoffs were under control, even after Greinke hit Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay with a pitch in the first inning. Unlike a night earlier, when Yasiel Puig’s plunking by Adam Wainwright triggered a benches-clearing scrum, everyone stayed put in their dugouts.Puig, who drew attention with his neon-green batting gloves, struck out on a high fastball from Lynn in his first at-bat. Catcher Yadier Molina appeared to say something to Puig, who reacted and had to be walked part way back to the dugout by umpire Rob Drake. Puig struck out four times.Molina and Gonzalez yelled in each other’s faces in Game 1 as both benches and bullpens emptied without punches being thrown.(BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

India’s Prajnesh Gunneswaran qualifies for 2019 Australian Open main draw

first_imgIndia’s Prajnesh Gunneswaran has qualified for the main draw of the season’s first Grand Slam tournament – Australian Open 2019, staring January 14 in Melbourne.Prajnesh, ranked 112 on ATP men’s singles charts and India’s top-ranked player, came back from behind after losing the first set in a 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-4 against Japan’s Yosuke Watanuki in the third qualifying round. The sixth seed had defeated Spain’s Enrique Lopez Perez 6-3 6-3 in the men’s singles second round.Prajnesh will face world number 39 Frances Tiafoe from the USA in his maiden main draw match at a Grand Slam on Monday.Prajnesh had been in fine form in 2018 as the 29-year-old from Chennai won two ATP Challenger titles, including the $150,000 event in Bengaluru. He had jumped 131 places after starting last year as the 243rd-ranked player on the ATP charts.Prajnesh had an opportunity to make his Grand Slam main draw debut at last year’s French Open. However, the lucky loser did not play the clay-court major as he had left to play a Challenger event in Italy.Meanwhile, Prajnesh’s compatriot, Ramkumar Ramanathan failed to qualify for the main draw after losing the qualifying second round to 7-5, 5-7, 6-7(6) world number 207 Rudolf Molleker of Germany.Women’s singles star Ankita Raina also exited the qualifying competition in the second round after a 6-4, 2-6, 4-6 defeat to Paula Badosa Gibert.Also Read | Andy Murray mulls retirement after Australian Open: The pain is too muchAlso Read | Australian Open 2019: Tricky draw for Federer as Swiss legend eyes hat-trick in Melbourneadvertisementlast_img read more

A-League grand final preview: a celebration of Perth’s rebirth or Sydney’s continuity?

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Grand finals are torturous affairs. They funnel the blood sweat and tears of a 140 match season into a single 90 minute duel. When the final whistle blows the victors can peacock into the off-season with their project validated.The vanquished will collapse to the turf knowing that despite the nearest of misses the narrative of their campaign will be retrofitted to one of failure. The stakes could not be higher for Perth Glory and Sydney FC.With over 50,000 tickets pre-sold, Sunday afternoon’s A-League grand final at Optus Stadium is already something to cheer, regardless of who walks away with the championship trophy. For so long patronised as a sleeping giant of Australian football, Perth’s reawakening has been spectacular. Guardian Australia sport newsletter: subscribe by email Share on Facebook A-League grand final set for record crowd, as Perth eye first title Share on Pinterest Read more Share on LinkedIn features That’s not to say he hasn’t experimented, most obviously in the final third where Trent Buhagiar offered a speedy Plan A until his devastating injury, opening the door for other recruits like Daniel De Silva, Reza Ghoochannejhad and Anthony Caceres to audition for starting berths, or allowing existing talent like Paulo Retre and Luke Ivanovic moments in the spotlight. Corica has allowed a variety of players to rise to the occasion at different times during a far from straightforward campaign.And Corica knows how to beat Glory, he’s done so twice already this season when the rest of the league combined only managed the feat once. The suspicion Sydney could have the wood over Perth, added to the contrasting semi-final scorelines, means home favouritism is far less guaranteed than might be assumed for a side that ended eight points clear on top of the ladder and coasted along in first place from round four onwards.On Sunday afternoon as the autumn sun sets over Optus Stadium will we be lauding Perth’s radical rebirth or Sydney’s subtle succession planning? It’s been seven months in the making and we’re now only 90 minutes away from finding out. Share via Email Australia sport Reuse this contentcenter_img Read more A-League The first grand final in WA in 16 years is testimony to Glory’s revitalised chain of command. After missing the finals last year Tony Sage put his money where his mouth was, financing an ambitious off-season recruitment program. That spree included the hiring of Tony Pignata, a CEO with the Midas touch. They then set to work with Football Director Jacob Burns and new coach Tony Popovic crafting a title-winning playing list, polishing existing rough diamonds and welcoming proven winners into the fold. One defeat in the opening 22 rounds tells its own story, one culminating in the right to host the biggest game in Australian football in front of the largest competitive crowd in the club’s history.One way or the other, Popovic will dominate how the match is remembered. Should he lose it will be the fourth grand final defeat of his career, a sizeable albatross even for an Asian Champions League winner. Should he win it will complete an astonishing single season turnaround, one with Popovic DNA all over the Glory’s renaissance.Never short of talent in recent seasons Glory have been transformed by Popovic into a ruthless winning machine. “The biggest challenge was a mental one, the psychological aspect,” Popovic explained pre-season. “When I think back to where we started, where the group was psychologically to where they are now, they’ve all really grown along that path”. Read more Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Perth Glory Topics Sydney FC As Neil Kilkenny explained to Guardian Australia there’s nothing revolutionary in the methods, just diligence on the training pitch. Repetition and consistency are not sexy transformational buzzwords but they work. “Popa has an aura about him,” goalkeeper Liam Reddy wrote on season’s eve. “He’s a winner”.Popovic will have to put an adulthood of friendship to one side on Sunday night because his opposite number in the Sydney dugout is Steve Corica and the pair’s long shared history has offered a charming subplot to this year’s grand final. Stories spanning awaydays with the Joeys to terrifying Sydney’s veterans leagues have lent a more convivial air to proceedings; much more than Merrick vs Muscat or Arnie vs the world, anyway.But Corica will journey to Perth as more than simply Popa’s pal. He has quietly overseen a seamless transitional season at the Sky Blues, picking up where serial winner Graham Arnold left off. With Sydney already finishing second on the ladder, runners up in the FFA Cup, and performing well without results in the Asian Champions League, Corica’s debut season as head coach deserves plaudits irrespective of Sunday’s result.Corica is courteous and well-liked but don’t let that mislead you into believing he’s not a self-assured competitor. Asked by Simon Hill back in October how he felt filling Arnold’s shoes, Corica replied: “They are big boots to fill. He has done a wonderful job – he has brought us to this point, but it’s now my job to take us forward and to win more trophies.” “But remember I was a part of that under Arnie too – it wasn’t just one person who won all the trophies.” There is a steely determination behind that boyish grin.Where Popovic has remodeled Glory – introducing a back three and establishing an always-on defence – Corica’s touch has been much lighter. He inherited a squad that wasn’t broken and he hasn’t tried to fix it. 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Seven Steps to Graphing Your Facebook Strategy

first_imgThere is an article on TechCrunch by Dave McClure called “7 steps to Graphing Your Facebook Strategy“.Here are seven major aspects of Facebook you can use to increase the visibility of your startup, business, product or service:1. Set Up Your Graph: Profiles & Privacy2. Make Connections: Networks, Groups & Events3. The Need for Feed: Your [Shared] Social Activity Stream4. Share Your Content: Share & People-Tag Your Stories & Media5. App to the Future: The Facebook Platform, APIs, & Applications6. Pay to Play: Ad Networks, Sponsored Stories, & Paid Distribution7. Show Me The Bunny: Gifts, Points, & Virtual Currency[Editor’s note: For important Facebook demographical information that can be crucial when starting or redesigning your Facebook strategy, view this slideshow posted by Beth Kanter on her blog.]Source: read more

Case Study: National Council of La Raza

first_imgNational Council of La Raza National Council of La Raza’s central goal is nothing less than to help shape a future of unprecedented opportunity and hope for millions of Hispanic Americans. Indeed, their mission is to ensure the collective voice of the Hispanic American population is heard “as never before among our nation’s policy-makers and opinion leaders.” With such a mission, it’s crucial the organization has the mechanisms in place to easily – and quickly – meet the needs of their community, whether through dissemination of information and resources, making it easy to join or donate, and render the highest level of services possible. Darcy Eischens, Director, Direct Mail and Membership Marketing, can attest to the importance of ease in this equation. As the largest constituency-based national Hispanic organization, NCLR serves Hispanic nationality groups in all regions of the country: NCLR has over 270 formal affiliates who together serve 40 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia – and a broader network of more than 30,000 groups and individuals nationwide. Their constituency reach is more than three and a half million Hispanics annually.All of this translates into the need for web tools that are both easy to use internally, and easy for the constituency to use. To help them meet these needs, National Council of La Raza partnered with Groundspring for both DonateNow and EmailNow.Prior to using DonateNow, the NCLR website required potential donors or members to click through five pages, whether renewing membership or joining one of their many programs. They knew this had to change, and when their provider gave them less than one month to find a replacement, their web team conducted a search for an online donation vendor.With the transition has come a more streamlined approach to online donating, joining, and receiving electronic newsletters. Now, with DonateNow, there is only one page people see to join, donate, or renew membership. According to Eischens, “That one change has increased our traffic dramatically; donations are double what they were last year. And that’s an increase with no special appeals, no campaigns. It’s because it’s now easy for people to do what they want to, quickly.”She continues, “The ease of Groundspring’s tools and the way the online donation is set up, provides an easy flow for the user. People signing onto our website get a pop-up window, and are then taken to one screen which allows them the flexibility to do a multitude of things.”There was also the classic issue of having control over one’s own website. Before working with Groundspring, Eischens had to call vendors to make any changes to content or functionality. She recalls, “I had no control of it; I was at the mercy of the vendors to do the work I needed done. There’s nothing like being the captain of your own ship, particularly when it’s your work that is being evaluated.”Today, when Eischens comes into her office, it’s not unusual for her to find a donation in her inbox. This would not have happened as often before. “What is wonderful about using DonateNow is that using one simple page, people can either join as a new member, renew their membership, or have the option to participate in our giving circles.” NCLR’s giving options include the “Leadership Circle,” “Ernesto Galarza Circle” and the “President’s Council.”The organization was so delighted with the ease of implementing DonateNow, they decided to move their messaging service to EmailNow. Eischens had been ready for a switch. “We had another messaging service which had caused us some serious problems,” Eischens recalls. One such problem was the inability to handle foreign language characters. For an organization that serves the Hispanic American population, this was a formidable issue. “The Hispanic language has all sorts of special characters and accents, and this other messaging could not handle them,” says Eischens.The National Council of La Raza uses EmailNow currently for their monthly e-boletín, which for Eischens means less hassle: “Knowing I don’t have to worry about the characters and the ease of inputting the HTML and sending it out, means it’s less time consuming.”In terms of speed in getting the new tools integrated into the website, Eischens put DonateNow and EmailNow through its paces. “I was up and running in a couple of days. Using another vendor would have required a much higher learning curve.”“Groundspring has these tools down to a fine art – they already know what I want. That’s a real asset,” Eischens acknowledges. “The best part is that someone else really thought it through – things I don’t think of when building my own system. They truly know what nonprofits want and need. The proof is in the pudding; we set it up in no time. When we had to leave our donation vendor, we had less than a month to get something up and running. This was no problem for Groundspring.”Eischens continues, “In terms of finding the right vendor, it’s a fine line between going with what you really need, and what is overkill. For us, Groundspring represents what we really need. Many vendors have so many options and choices, you don’t know what you’re supposed to be using: Maybe this way, or that way?”Says Eischens, “There is no question – Groundspring provided the greatest amount of service for the best price. Their services are just shy of what other competitive ASP’s could provide, and for a whole lot less. With some of the more expensive services, I felt like asking, ‘what part of non-for-profit do you not understand?”last_img read more

Making the Most of Your Limited Marketing Resources

first_imgTiffany Meyer is president of Numa Marketing, and the author of Writing a Results-Driven Marketing Plan. Find more information about her nonprofit marketing services, register for her affordable nonprofit marketing e-courses, or sign up for her monthly e-zine The Smart Nonprofit at ©2007 Tiffany Meyer One of the biggest misperceptions about marketing is that it has to be expensive to be effective. Simply not true. Even the smallest of nonprofit organizations – and even those that are entirely volunteer-run – can create and manage a results-driven marketing plan that uses a variety of low- or no-cost tactics.As you move forward on developing your marketing plan, consider some of the following ideas to keep costs in check:Leverage Your VolunteersMany nonprofits recruit volunteers to provide core marketing support, such as fundraising, managing their marketing program, graphic design, Web site development and more. This strategy can be very cost-effective in the short term. However, remember the challenges of relying on volunteers to handle these core areas, such as potential burnout, possible lack of availability, or simply a lack of professional skill. Consider going into the volunteer arrangement aware of these potential challenges, and try to be pro-active in exploring ideas with the volunteer to avoid them.Leverage Your Board MembersIf you haven’t already done so, consider creating a marketing or communications committee represented by 3-6 board members (depending on the size of your board and your organization). While it’s not necessary that all committee members have professional background in marketing or communications, such a background can certainly help you stay efficient and effective.Determine the purpose and function of the marketing committee up front. Typically, the committee’s job is to provide feedback and approval for any major marketing-related decisions (such as a new logo design, collateral materials, your marketing plan, or an overall theme or strategy for an upcoming event). When items require board approval, their job is take specific recommendations to the larger board.This type of committee functionality keeps projects moving along without getting stopped up in the board approval cycle. Equally important, it ensures administrator buy-in; a critical yet often overlooked step. In addition, you’re able to capitalize on the strengths of your marketing committee members and the power of creative collaboration.Depending on your board governance structure, you can also consider making certain marketing or fundraising tasks a mandatory component of your board member’s responsibilities. For instance, some nonprofits require all board members to generate a minimum amount of donations or sponsorships over the course of the year. If you take this route, be sure your board members have the tools they need to be effective, such as key messages, talking points, a description of your target donor markets, and fundraising collateral materials.Find Pro-bono SupportEvery year, for-profit companies and marketing associations (such as the American Marketing Association’s local chapters) donate millions of dollars in donated time and in-kind support to nonprofit organizations.Check in with your local chapter of the American Marketing Association or Public Relations Society of America. Ask if they have an application process for awarding pro-bono support to local nonprofits. Typically the association helps recruit pro-bono professionals from their membership pool to take on your project. Since these associations usually award support only once or twice each year, try to contact them well in advance of when you need your project completed.Remember, competition for such awards can be stiff – your proposal should aim to intrigue the professionals as much as possible. What makes the project creatively or intellectually attractive to the pros? What kind of exposure can this project give them?You may also consider soliciting proposals directly from qualified marketing firms, or even for-profit companies with an established marketing department, to provide pro-bono support for larger projects like branding, identity design, a large campaign or event, or a web site redesign. Your request could be for fully or partially donated time – meaning, if you’re able to pay the pros something, be sure to specify such in your recruitment. Be sure your Request for Proposals (RFP) clearly outlines all of the support you need and identifies methods you can offer to acknowledge the organization or individual’s donated time.Another option is to recruit a student volunteer from your area university’s public relations or marketing department to manage a short-term communications project. If you’re not prepared to manage an actual internship for a student or recent grad, this option may be a better fit for you. Be sure to recruit in a similar manner as the above examples – with an RFP that clearly describes the scope of the project, the specific support you need, what qualifications are important to you, and what benefits the project can offer to the student volunteer. As students are often eager to gain real-world support, a short-term project is likely to be very attractive to them.Request In-Kind DonationsFor some nonprofits, one of the most costly expenses is printing of their collateral materials. In fact, if you’re distributing materials in mass (such as for promotion of a large national event), printing and postage expenses can become a significant hindrance.Consider soliciting printing donations from local printers to offset these expenses, while also offering the print shop a great advertising opportunity (such as the inclusion of their logo and donation acknowledgment on all printed pieces). If the printer cannot provide in-kind support for the entire print job, ask them to match your contribution. For instance, if you can afford to print 50 outreach posters, but you really could use 100, ask the printer to match your payment.In-kind donations are really some of the easiest, low-risk methods for-profit organizations have to contribute to your organization financially. Solicit in-kind donations using a formal solicitation letter printed on letterhead. Include the following in your letter:Identify your specific requestState how the donation will be used in your broader campaign (e.g., the 100 posters will be placed in high-traffic businesses throughout the city)Highlight the contribution your organization makes to the communityHighlight how the company’s donation will help you serve the community better (or make a more significant impact than you could have alone)Identify how you will acknowledge their donation (e.g. placement of a logo, verbal announcements, name on press releases, etc.)When considering what to ask for, think beyond printing donations. What other materials or giveaways do you need for your marketing, event, or fundraiser to be successful? Ideas might include:Fundraising door prizes or auction itemsOutreach campaign giveawaysSpace or facility use for an event or trainingUse of audio-visual equipment for an event, or actual video taping of your eventRemember, acknowledgment of in-kind donations is critical component of effective fundraising, particularly if you hope to receive the support again in the future. Be sure to fulfill on any agreements you’ve made with the donor to acknowledge their gift. And, be sure to submit a personalized thank you letter or card after the donation has been received.Use Collaborative Resources from Nonprofit NetworksMany states have a nonprofit association or regional nonprofit network (or both) that gives access to a wealth of collaborative services at low- or no-cost to their members. From technology and computer support, and from software donations to fundraising and inexpensive Web site design, your state association may help you offset some major marketing-related expenses.To find out if your state has a nonprofit association, visit the National Council of Nonprofit Associations (NCNA) website at http://www.ncna.orgShare Donations and In-Kind Support in Your Marketing BudgetIf your administrators or board members are weary about investing in marketing, consider making a cost comparison between the tactics you are recommending and the tactics used by your top competitors. With a little marketing savvy, you can make an educated guess about the top 3-4 tactics the competition employs. Leverage this information to help your board understand how your investment ranks against the competition.Be sure to integrate the estimated value of in-kind gifts like printing expenses or pro-bono consultant support into your marketing budget to give administrators and board members a clear sense of their investment compared to the actual cost of your program.Even with all of these great ideas to run with, the best way to keep costs down is keep your marketing program efficient and focused. Creating a results-driven marketing plan is the best step you can take to keep costs in check. It will help you simplify your tactics to only those you can successfully manage and track, while eliminating those tactics that simply are not working.last_img read more

10 Common Mistakes in Selecting Donor Databases (And How to Avoid Them)

first_imgRobert Weiner, President of Robert L. Weiner Consulting, is an independent technology consultant based in San Francisco. He specializes in helping nonprofits make informed, strategic decisions about the selection, use, and management of information technology. He has consulted for a wide variety of organizations including the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Earthjustice, EMILY’s List, the California Hospice Foundation, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the Trust for Public Land, UC Berkeley, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Pomona College, the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, Reed College, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the American Red Cross of the Bay Area, and the San Francisco Ballet. Contact him at This article was adapted from a workshop created with Dawn Trygstad Rubin for CompassPoint’s Silicon Valley Conference on Nonprofits and Technology. Many thanks to Tim Mills-Groninger and Dawn Trygstad Rubin for their advice. Picture, if you will, two nonprofits. The first has a donor database that is full of bad data. Donors are getting the wrong receipts or no receipts at all. The organization cannot use the database to plan their fundraising strategies or track their effectiveness. The few reports they can get are useless. Staff members complain that no one trained them, and they get no technical support. For obvious reasons, they hate the system. The second organization loves its database. Their data is clean, their donors get timely, accurate mailings, the organization has a good handle on its fundraising activities, and staff get the reports they want. New personnel are trained on the database before they ever log in, and someone on staff helps them resolve any problems and questions that come up.Both nonprofits are using the same software package.How can this be? Perhaps the first organization has outgrown its old system. But it is quite likely that the organization never had the right software to begin with, and then proceeded to use it incorrectly. They made a series of bad decisions and have been struggling with them ever since.How do you avoid this fate? Selecting and managing a donor database is never easy, but if you avoid the mistakes on this list, you can start out on the right foot.1. Letting Techies Make the DecisionIn the early days of computing, programmers created all donor databases. Their role was to turn fundraising concepts into software programs. But since most fundraisers did not (and still do not) want to be involved in the detailed decisions and testing required to design a database, programmers usually drove the project.Although the market for donor databases has changed significantly over the past three decades, techies still make many of the purchasing decisions. However, few techies have experience with fundraising. This makes it critical to get input from the people who will actually use the database. You don’t need to include every staff member, but you should get input from all levels of the organization (management, departments, end users), fundraisers from all areas of Development (direct mail, grants, major gifts, corporate relations, and planned giving-if you have all of these), and other staff who may be impacted by a new system (administrative and data entry, those who create and run reports, other departments that provide input or use fundraising data). The techies should be there to advise on whether a system will fit into your organization’s technology strategy and be supportable in the long term, but they should not make the final decision.2. Wishful BudgetingBefore you go shopping for a database, you need to know what you can spend. And before you sign a contract, you need to make sure you can afford to pay the bill, now and in the future. Over a five-year period, software could be as little as a one-fifth of your total cost. You might need new computers and printers, network upgrades, help in moving your data to the new system, extra end-user training, help developing new processes and policies, and perhaps even new staff to manage the system. This effect is magnified as the software price rises-more complex software requires more staff training, stronger policies, and better business processes. You also need to plan for the annual software maintenance fee, which is usually about twenty-five percent of the software’s retail price. The bottom line: if you cannot afford to train your staff and pay the annual maintenance fee, do not buy the software.3. Prioritizing Price above Everything ElseBuy the product that meets your top needs, fits your resources, and offers the best price. Think in terms of Return on Investment. Software that allows you to have better control over your fundraising programs, manage your solicitations, track your results, and analyze your effectiveness is a good investment that will pay dividends for many years.Accept a donation (whether of software or services) only if it fits your selection criteria. Feel free to accept input from board members, donors, volunteers, or the boss, but in the end, make an educated, strategic decision.4. Randomly Looking at DemosYogi Berra is supposed to have said, “You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there.” And if you do not know what you want from your donor database, you might get to the wrong “there.” Randomly looking at software demonstrations is not likely to produce a good result.Your first step should be to convene a selection team that will help you make the decision. Make sure they understand their role-is it their decision, or are they advising management? Will the decisions be made based on majority-rule or consensus?The team should start by understanding the current system (what works? what doesn’t? what codes and reports do you actually use?).  Next, develop a list of needs. These can be general, like “ad-hoc report writer,” or specific, like the ability to track a 15-character appeal code or analyze membership upgrades, downgrades, and renewals. Don’t forget to consider future needs, especially if major organizational changes are anticipated. Then the team should identify the mandatory items on the list. “Mandatory” means that if the system cannot provide that one single feature you will have to reject the database, no matter what else it can do. Everything that is not mandatory goes on the “wish list,” which should be ranked roughly in priority order (e.g. A, B, C). Consider what worked at your last job only if the needs, budgets, and staffing are similar.Next, identify a pool of possible vendors. Links to several vendor listings are posted at In addition, you can ask for suggestions from your professional network, or on email forums for nonprofit professionals. Be sure to get references from comparable organizations (e.g., type of nonprofit, number of staff, budget size, fundraising volume, number of locations, etc.). There is no point in finding out which database the Red Cross headquarters uses if your organization’s annual budget is $250,000.You might wish, or be required, to use a Request for Proposals (RFP). If you do, be sure that the questions you ask can be answered unambiguously, and will help you narrow the vendor pool. Think ahead to how you will use and rate the responses. Keep in mind that not all vendors will not respond to an RFP, particularly a lengthy one.When you look at software demos, make sure the vendors address your mandatory and top priority requirements. You can help ensure this by providing a list of your requirements, or a script that the vendors must follow. Make sure each vendor follows the same process: If you use a script for the demos, every vendor will need to follow the same script. If one vendor gets four hours for a demo, the rest should as well. Give each vendor the same information about your needs. If you answer a substantive question for one vendor, give the same information to the others. Follow up the information that vendors provide by checking references carefully and spending time testing a demo version of the software.5. Falling in Love with Cool FeaturesYour donor database has to meet your needs and provide room for growth. But the vendor is also a critical factor. The right vendor will keep up with changing technologies, provide good training and support, and supply usable documentation. Remember, if the vendor disappears you will have to do this all over again. Reference checks will help you check the vendor’s track record. If the company’s stock is publicly traded, you can find detailed financial information. You can also get some financial information from Dun and Bradstreet. If the company seems risky, you might want to visit their office and see how they run their operation.6. Falling in Love with the SalespersonYou are not buying the sales person.  In fact, in most cases you will never hear from the salesperson after you sign the contract, so don’t worry about hurting her feelings. Try to look past who has the best personality or the nicest suit and judge the software on its own merits.7. Buying More Than You NeedDon’t buy a Ferrari if you only need (or can afford, or can maintain) a Honda Civic. It’s great to be able to track every detail about every prospect and donor, but will your staff have time to use those features? Plan for the future, but make sure you can use it now. With some systems, you may be able to start small and buy additional modules as needed (although you will have to be prepared to pay for additional training and annual support along with the new modules). One often-overlooked option is improving what you have-it isn’t reasonable to compare a five-year-old version of your current software to the most recent versions of other software.8. Confusing Highly Functional Software with Highly Trained StaffComplex software requires your staff to have more computer skills, not less. Under-trained staff, poor communication, dysfunctional business processes, and poor management will not be solved by new software. Usually, the problems will get worse.It’s also important to look at your staffing and procedures as part of the project. Beware of management and “people” problems masquerading as technology problems. For instance, if you are having problems getting accurate reports, are the problems being caused by the database software, sloppy data entry, lack of communication between fundraisers and techies, poor training, or bad programming logic in the reports? If it takes two weeks to produce a receipt, does the problem lie with the database or with your business practices?9. Hoping That the Database Will Install ItselfAlthough it accounts for eight of the ten topics in this article, buying software is usually the easiest part of the project. Next comes the hard part: the conversion project. Conversions usually have many components: mapping the fields, codes and reports in the old database to the new one; cleaning up your current data (manually or through programs); figuring out what to do with data that does not fit easily into the new database; defining new codes and reports; testing the converted data; setting up business rules (how various tasks will be accomplished); defining system security (who can log in and what can they view, add, change or delete); setting up system parameters (code types and values, user-defined fields); building interfaces to other systems; defining and documenting your procedures; creating a data entry style guide; and writing training materials.Someone is going to need to oversee that work. This project manager will need to understand your fundraising programs and learn how the software works. She probably has a full time job that may be derailed by this project, and her manager will need to understand this before the project starts. The project manager is also likely to need help from your fundraisers and administrative staff, each of whom have their own jobs to do. Some organizations get through conversions by reassigning staff or hiring temporary staff to support the staff working on the project. Complex software must also be properly configured, which may require help from the vendor or a consultant.If you have a hard deadline (like the end of the fiscal year), you need to make sure everyone knows this. You also need to consider the implications of missing it and have contingency plans in place.Finally, you should try to build some flexibility into your budget, in case unexpected costs arise. They say that time is money, but the reverse is also true. More money can pay for temporary staff, overtime, and more help from the vendor or consultants.10. Leaving the Database to Fend for ItselfAt long last, your new system is live, your data is clean, all processes and data entry standards are documented, you have a training manual, and your staff are fully trained. (Well, you can dream.) The second law of thermodynamics says, more or less, that if you do not continue to put energy into maintaining the system it will degrade. How can you keep entropy at bay?First, someone should “own” the database and be responsible for quality control. This role is sometimes called the “data manager” (as opposed to a technical “database administrator.”) This person must make sure that your data entry procedures are documented and followed, and run periodic audit reports to identify problems.Someone will also need to make sure that staff are trained on new features and procedures, and that new staff are trained before they start entering data.New systems often change the way work gets done. You will need to make sure that job duties and descriptions still match reality. You might also need to spend time thinking through how data and paperwork move through your organization.Finally, you will need to budget for ongoing hardware and software upgrades, annual software maintenance fees, and ongoing training from the vendor-including attendance at annual Users Group conferences.In ConclusionHow do you end up like the contented nonprofit mentioned above, with clean data, solid reports, and happy staff? The software tool itself is only half the story-the other half lies in understanding what you need, and then following through. Sophisticated fundraising combines a realistic development plan with appropriate staffing and the financial and technical resources needed to achieve the plan. With a solid selection process, proper attention during the conversion, and good staff training and support, you can choose software that supports your organization’s long-term goals.last_img read more

4 Website Tweaks to Increase Donations

first_imgImproving your nonprofit website is more than a just facelift — tactical changes can help you get more donors and increase your donation amounts. The key is to tailor your site, and especially your nonprofit home page, to make it easy for your supporters to donate. Frame the Donate button in a more compelling way.Now think about why someone should click on your Donate button. Your financial needs are not enough. Create an appeal around the button that is focused on donors, their interests, and what they get in return for their donation. What tangible change will result if they give? How is that tangible change relevant to them personally? Will it feel good to make the donation? Is clicking on the button fun, touching or compelling? The Carbon Fund features an outstanding example of framing on their home page. Recognize that getting clicks requires cultivation.While you want someone to donate right away, it’s important to remember that it takes time to cultivate donors. Be sure your website includes a way to capture the email addresses of visitors so that you can build a relationship with them and turn them into donors in the future. Think beyond a newsletter sign-up. has an innovative approach to capturing emails.  Photo Source: Big Stock PhotoAfter spending some time scouring over the websites of many organizations, here are four tweaks that the majority of nonprofit websites need:center_img Add a sense of immediacy.You want to inspire someone to give right now, but that can be hard to do if it’s not December or if there’s not an urgent crisis to address. Create a sense of urgency for donating by creating a campaign with a goal and deadline, matching grant, or appeal for specific items or programs that are highly tangible. Malaria No More adds a sense of urgency to an appeal by making it clear what the donation does (it buys a bed net). Make your Donate button easier to find.Grab a friend or relative, sit them down in front of your website home page, and count how many seconds it takes them to find and click on your Donate button. If it takes them more than two seconds, you need to place your button in a far more prominent position. Make it central to the page. Make sure it is above the fold. Make it big. Make it colorful. Make it impossible to miss. (An example of an easy-to-find Donate button.)last_img read more

Social media study: What drives digital support for causes

first_imgGeorgetown University’s Center for Social Impact Communication and Waggener Edstrom Worldwide just released a new study that delves into the perceptions, behavior and motivations for cause support (locally and globally) among digitally engaged American adults.Here are some of the most interesting findings.Passion and pride drive people to post on causes: People who talk about causes online mostly (76%) do so to recruit others to their passion. Looking like a nice or smart person were distant seconds to the desire to influence others in general, but when it came to Facebook users (see bottom of this post), the desire to publicly display support of a cause came in first.Conversations about causes are occurring primarily online, whether people choose to support the cause online or off. Social media is a go-to source of cause information, especially for global and faith-based causes. More than 8 in 10 respondents agreed that social media is effective in getting people talking about causes and issues. Animals and children topped the list of popular causes on social media (of course – puppies and babies win every time!).People are compelled to action by social media – but nonprofits shouldn’t ask for too much. More than half of survey respondents (55%) who engaged with causes via social media have been inspired to take further action. The most common next steps are: donating money (68%), donating personal items or food (52%), attending or participating in an event (43%), and volunteering (53%). But before you plaster your Facebook wall with constant requests for help, keep in mind that leading reasons people stop liking a charity on Facebook are the charity posts too often or only asks for money. As usual, good stories are your best case for support. What does work for charity is when people read a story that makes them want to do more. The majority of respondents said that factor most influenced them.People are skeptical about causes, so instill trust. The biggest barrier to nonprofits realizing the full potential of social media is the skepticism people reported feeling about the legitimacy of causes they discover online. Most people verify the legitimacy of a cause by researching online – which goes to show how critical it is for your cause to build a trustworthy, transparent web presence that details how you use support and your impact on the world.For the full study, go here. For a post I did on another part of the study profiling personality types who support causes online, go here.last_img read more

Restoring Reproductive Health Access for Millions in Boko Haram-Affected Areas

first_imgPosted on February 8, 2017February 9, 2017By: Lolade Daniel, Communication Analyst, United Nations Population FundClick 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)ABUJA, Nigeria – A brutal attack by Boko Haram forced Zainab Abubakar, 28, and her six children to flee their home in northern Nigeria. “I was one month pregnant when I left Gamboru Ngala,” Ms. Abubakar told UNFPA from the Dalori displacement camp in Maiduguri. “During my escape, I lost my pregnancy.”Ms. Abubakar’s tragic miscarriage took place in 2014, but the Boko Haram crisis continues to drive women and girls from their homes – and from access to basic health care.An estimated 26 million people live in conflict-affected areas of Nigeria, according to the 2017 Humanitarian Needs Overview, and some 14 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. In the three states worst affected by the insurgency – Adamawa, Borno and Yobe – some 1.64 million people have been displaced from their homes, according to recent UN reports.Dr. Osotimehin with a woman and her newborn at a health facility in Maiduguri, Borno State. Access to reproductive health care can mean the difference between life or death, he said. © UNFPA NigeriaUNFPA estimates that, among the vulnerable population, 1,725,000 women of reproductive age will require life-saving reproductive health services in 2017.“For women and girls – especially pregnant women, who may face life-threatening childbirth complications, as well as lactating women, caring for newborns throughout the chaos – whether they live or die in a crisis often depends on their access to basic sexual and reproductive health services,” said Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, the Executive Director of UNFPA, during a recent mission to northern Nigeria.Restoring access to reproductive health careNigeria has one of the highest rates of maternal death in the world. The risks are compounded for women and girls living through humanitarian crises, which undermine community support mechanisms and limit access to health facilities.UNFPA is working to reach people whose lives have been turned upside down by the Boko Haram insurgency. There is ongoing support to 155 health facilities and clinics in Adamawa, Borno and Yorbe states, reaching 1.2 million people. Some 300,000 people were reached in October and November of 2016 alone.UNFPA supports over 150 health facilities in the three states worst affected by the Boko Haram crisis. © UNFPA NigeriaUNFPA supplies these facilities with comprehensive reproductive health kits, which contain: contraceptives; equipment for prenatal care, safe childbirth and postnatal care; supplies to treat sexually transmitted diseases and to prevent HIV; and supplies to support the clinical management of rape.These efforts are part of a broader plan to restore access to essential reproductive health services to about 4.5 million people affected by the crisis.UNFPA is also raising awareness of the need to end gender-based violence, and it is supporting safe spaces, where women and girls can learn income-generating skills such as sewing, soap-making and cooking.Family planning, peace of mindFamily planning counselling and services are also offering peace of mind.“We are in a situation here. We are always afraid, running from one place to another,” said Baba Tijani. He and his wife were displaced by the crisis shortly after being married. Today, they are living in the Dalori displacement camp, where they receive family planning services at a UNFPA-supported health facility.“I do not want my wife to be weighed down, so we are accessing family planning services,” he told UNFPA.Maryam Yusuf, a single mother, says she also needs that security. “My first pregnancy was at the age of 13, and within seven years, I had six children.”UNFPA is working with humanitarian partners to increase access to care and support for conflict-affected women and girls. © UNFPA NigeriaShe is also living in the Dalori camp, receiving UNFPA-supported family planning services. “With no home or stable job, I am afraid of having more children until I am financially ready and my body is strong,” she said.Redoubling effortsDuring his mission, Dr. Osotimehin met with the Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima, as well as traditional leaders and institutions. His trip focused on advocating the importance of reproductive health care for crisis-affected women and girls.“Our aim is to redouble efforts to ensure that their right to access health care is protected and that the Government has all the support they need to overcome overwhelming challenges,” Dr. Osotimehin said.This post originally appeared on the UNFPA website.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Dzeko: Florenzi offered me Roma captaincy

first_imgEdin Dzeko revealed he was offered Roma’s captaincy by team-mate Alessandro Florenzi in an effort to convince him to stay amid interest from Inter.Dzeko was heavily tipped to join Inter, however, the Roma striker signed a three-year contract to remain with the Italian capital club until 2022.The 33-year-old Bosnia-Herzegovina captain arrived from Manchester City in 2015 and he has since scored more than 80 goals for Roma in all competitions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Discussing his contract extension, Dzeko told Roma TV : “They went to great lengths to keep me here. I want to thank them and now I need to give my all on the pitch, as always.”It’s really nice to see that other people are happy that I’ve stayed here. My team-mates aren’t just team-mates: we’re friends, brothers…”They were always on my back: ‘You’re not going anywhere – you’re staying here!’ I have a great relationship with them all.”[Lorenzo] Pellegrini and Florenzi were on me every day: ‘You’ll stay here – you’re not going anywhere’. Florenzi would say: ‘If you sign, I’ll give you the captaincy!'”When I did sign, he said: ‘It’s yours!’ But I said: ‘Ale, you’re our captain and we’re all behind you’.”Florenzi RomaAfter reaching the Champions League semi-finals in 2017-18, Roma were unable to reach those lofty heights again, eliminated in the round of 16, while they finished sixth in Serie A.Dzeko scored nine league goals and 14 across all competitions to lead the way for Roma.”I said that Rome was my home after I signed the new deal – but it’s not the first time I’ve said that,” he said.”I’ve always said it and I really do feel that way. My family feels that way too, especially my wife and also my kids, who were born here in Rome. We were on holiday recently and my daughter Una kept saying: ‘Let’s go home to Rome!'””We spoke at the end of last season and they told me they wanted me here and that I was part of the project for the future of Roma,” Dzeko added. “During pre-season over the last two months, they made me feel important.”In the end we were able to achieve what we all wanted. I’m here and I’ve signed for another three years because I want to stay here and because I’m happy.”last_img read more

Lukaku: I don’t know why Man Utd didn’t work out

first_imgRomelu Lukaku has admitted he does not know why his tenure at Manchester United did not work out, but is grateful for the opportunity he received at the club.The Belgian made the move to Old Trafford from Everton for £75 million ($91m) in the summer fo 2016, and featured for two seasons with the Red Devils.He scored 18 goals in his debut campaign for the club in the Premier League, but his total dropped to 12 last season as he fell out of the lineup following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Lukaku was allowed to leave United this summer for a £74m move to Inter, but harbours no ill will toward his former club, celebrating his chance to play for one of the biggest teams in the world.”I don’t know. I don’t try to look back at it,” Lukaku told BBC Sport when asked where his United tenure went wrong. “The way I look at it is that I beat all the odds.”Coming from where I came from, growing up the way that I did, I think I beat the odds. No-one thought I would do the steps I have in my life as a professional footballer, only me and my family.”For me, the Manchester United experience is one I am grateful for – not a good one because we didn’t win and I wanted to win with the club – but they gave me a chance.”I got to play for one of the biggest clubs in the world, so I will always be respectful to them. At the end, I thought it was better for me to move on and try different things.”I wish them well for the future. Now I am on my own path and I am very happy in Serie A.”Lukaku has been joined at Inter by another United outcast, as forward Alexis Sanchez has joined the Serie A club on a season-long loan.Romelu Lukaku Alexis Sanchez Man UtdAnd after Lukaku got his time at Inter off with a goal in his Serie A debut, the Belgian is hoping the Chilean can rediscover the form that made him one of the most feared players in the Premier League.”It is a good move for Sanchez,” Lukaku said. “He played in this league before. The people here know him. In the Premier League he did really well when he was at Arsenal.”He has had a difficult time at Manchester United. Coming here was the right move, in a good dressing room, where the manager wants winners who can really help the team. He is going to be part of that.”He is going to add a lot of competition to the squad we already have. Now it is up to him to show it. I really believe he is going to do well for us. We are here to help him out. Hopefully, he can add that little spark to our team.”last_img read more

Paul Finebaum Has Made His Pick For Oklahoma-Texas

first_imgOklahoma and Texas play in the Big 12 championship gameARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 01: Sam Ehlinger #11 of the Texas Longhorns throws against the Oklahoma Sooners in the first quarter at AT&T Stadium on December 01, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)This year’s Red River Showdown is finally here. Oklahoma and Texas will battle today as the winner will get an upper hand in the conference standings.Even though Texas has already lost one game this season, defeating Oklahoma would help boost its resume.There were main uncertainties about Oklahoma heading into this fall. However, the Sooners continue to prove themselves as a perennial contender.Jalen Hurts is having an amazing season under Lincoln Riley. The former Alabama quarterback has thrown for 1,523 yards, 14 touchdowns and just two interceptions. The Sooners need a big performance from Hurts if they want to keep up with Sam Ehlinger and the Longhorns.Well, ESPN analyst Paul Finebaum is very confident that Hurts will rise to the challenge.Finebaum was on SportsCenter this morning to give his prediction for several matchups, including this year’s game between Oklahoma and Texas.He seems very confident in the Sooners defeating the Longhorns this afternoon.“As great as this rivalry is, and it’s one of the biggest games in college football, Jalen Hurts has been in big games before,” Finebaum said during Saturday’s appearance on SportsCenter. “He’s played in SEC Championship Games. He’s played in national championship games. As far as rivalries go, he’s played in the Iron bowl and I think he’s going to handle this very well. He’s one of the most amazing performers of the year, and I think he’s going to be the key to victory today for the Sooners.”Kickoff for this game is at 12 p.m. ET from the Cotton Bowl.Which team do you think will prevail in this year’s Red River Showdown?[247Sports]last_img read more

New TV Channel Announced For Ohio State-Northwestern

first_img Update: Our @OhioStateFB at @NUFBFamily game Friday night will be on @BigTenNetwork.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) October 16, 2019In general, Big Ten fans are not happy about having to play occasional Friday night games. When those games get moved because of a postseason MLB game, well, they’re even more peeved.Fortunately, Ohio State-Northwestern being shown on BTN is better than the alternative of getting pushed to Fox Business.At 6-0, Ohio State leads the Big Ten East and is ranked top five in the country. Northwestern (1-4) is looking for its first win in league play.The Wildcats are 0-3 against Big Ten foes one year after winning their division and reaching the conference title game. Ohio State celebrates its win at Indiana.BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – SEPTEMBER 14: Justin Fields #1 and Chris Olave #17 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrate a touchdown in the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium on September 14, 2019 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)Ohio State-Northwestern is being moved off FS1 Friday night due to today’s ALCS Game 4 postponement. New television info for the game has just been announced.The Buckeyes and Wildcats will instead be shown on Big Ten Network. Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m. ET from Ryan Field in Evanston.Game 5 of the Yankees-Astros playoff series, originally scheduled for tomorrow, has been pushed back to Friday due to the rainout. The rescheduled game will take precedence over OSU-Northwestern and be shown on FS1.WWE SmackDown is already slotted for primetime on FOX Friday night.last_img read more

USA vs Mexico: Chicharito starts in El Tri return, Zardes up top for US

first_imgThe USMNT tackles Mexico Friday in a repeat of the Concacaf Gold Cup final from July, though this time in friendly action at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.On that occasion, a goal from Jonathan dos Santos after 73 minutes gave El Tri a deserved victory in a match they controlled for long stretches.Just a couple of months on, Gregg Berhalter and his team have the opportunity to demonstrate that they have learned the lessons given to them by their neighbors earlier this summer. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Game USA vs Mexico Date Friday, September 6 Time 1:30am BST / 8:30pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream Univision / Fox Sports 1 / TUDN USA fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will not be available to view on television or via a live stream. UK TV channel Online stream N/A N/A Squads & Team News Position USMNT squad Goalkeepers Guzan, Steffen, Johnson, Gonzalez Defenders Brooks, Ream, Long, Zimmerman, Lovitz, Lima, Cannon, Dest, Robinson Midfielders Trapp, Roldan, McKennie, Morales, Lletget, Yueill, Pomykal Forwards Zardes, Morris, Pulisic, Sargent, Boyd, Baird Tim Weah is out of action after suffering a hamstring tear, while DeAndre Yedlin, Tyler Adams and Matt Miazga are also sidelined.Young Ajax star Sergino Dest is set to debut at left-back.USMNT starting XI: Steffen; Cannon, Zimmerman, Long, Dest; Morales, Trapp, McKennie; Boyd, Zardes, Pulisic. Position Mexico squad Goalkeepers Ochoa, Orozco, Cota, Gonzalez Defenders Moreno, Laylun, Reyes, Gallardo, Araujo, Salcedo, L. Rodriguez, Montes, Navarro, Sanchez Midfielders Guardado, Herrera, J. Dos Santos, Fabian, Alvarez, Montes, Pizarro, Pineda, Gutierrez, Alvarado, Antuna, C. Rodriguez Forwards Hernandez, Jimenez, Lozano, Corona, Vega Mexico’s squad is stronger than the one that won the Gold Cup, with Javier Hernandez, Hirving Lozano, Hector Herrera, Jesus Corona, Marco Fabian and Miguel Layun all returning to action for Gerardo Martino’s side.With a match against Argentina to come, it is unlikely that they will go at full strength.Mexico starting XI: Orozo; Sanchez, Reyes, Moreno, Gallardo; Herrera, Rodriguez, Guardado; Corona, Hernandez, AlvaradoBetting & Match Odds USA are a 12/5 shot to gain revenge on their guests at  bet365 . Mexico can be backed at 23/20 to repeat their Gold Cup victory, while a draw is on offer at 23/10.Click here to see all of bet365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Jozy Altidore Jesus Gallardo Mexico USA USMNT Gold Cup 2019Friday’s friendly match between the USMNT and Mexico promises to be a rather unique occasion, with the sides last having played only two months ago in Chicago for the 2019 Gold Cup.Of course, it was El Tri who came out on top on that occasion, but Gregg Berhalter’s side have an immediate chance for revenge when they square off with their rivals in New Jersey at MetLife Stadium.Reggie Cannon certainly did not hold back when he was asked what the match means to the squad.“It’s going to be a revenge match,” he told reporters. “That feeling after the Gold Cup, that we were so close we could taste it. After that game we were all disappointed in ourselves, the team and the way we played. We’re going to come back out and have that fire and that hunger again. This time around it’s going to be different.“It means just as much if there was a trophy involved or if there wasn’t.”Berhalter is somewhat more circumspect in his viewpoint but equally agreed that the opportunity to face their rivals is one not to be missed.“In the next game, you get to make adjustments,” he said. “You get to look at what you want to work on, how you want to work, and change things a little bit and how the team is how is going to react.“For us, it’s good. What we’re trying to do is gather information on Mexico, gather information on how to hurt them, what we can to do off-balance them. These are fun games. When you get to playing back to back, we’re obviously going to alter a couple things [from the final] and see what effect it will have.”Mexico, though, are in a stronger state than they were at the Gold Cup, with a raft of key players back. However, with a friendly to come against Argentina, coach Gerardo Martino has confirmed he will split the strength of his panel.“I wouldn’t like the players to return with the certainty that they’ve got their spot won,” the former Barcelona boss said. “One of the secrets of a national team is keeping a bit of distance because we’re not always together like a club, keep up the level of demand and competition between the players so, in every moment, the manager has difficulty making choices.“We’ll try to put together two very competitive teams, understanding what it means to face the United States and understanding what it means to face Argentina – and with the strong conviction to play good football and without losing focus on the desire to win the game – every one of our games.”last_img read more

Wenger felt ‘invaded’ by demands at Arsenal

first_imgArsene Wenger feels he was ‘invaded’ by the increasing demands of a modern-day manager during his time with Arsenal. After over 20 years at the Emirates, Wenger left his role as manager in 2018 and has been reluctant to jump back into coaching. Having arrived at the Gunners in 1996, the Frenchman experienced first-hand a radical shift in what a manager of a club is now expected to do on a daily basis and was left annoyed by it.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream “My frustration in the end was that I didn’t have enough time to think about football,” Wenger told beIN SPORTS. “Maybe because I was in a form of model of management where I had so many things to do but I was slowly, if I think back today, I was invaded between the time I arrived to the end.”I was basically invaded by demands that stopped me from concentrating on what is the most important part of my job.”   With the role of a manager changing significantly over the past two decades, Wenger also noted how footballers themselves have evolved.The 69-year-old compared football to basketball when describing the round ball’s obsession with individual physical attributes over general team chemistry. “We have gone a little bit the trend of the NBA,” he said.”That means you look more at the athlete that is in the player, than the player that is in the athlete. “Overall, in the next 10-15 years we have to think of what is the next step. You see many players that are top, top athletes now but you think there is a dimension that is a little bit missing – the team thinking and the team attitude in the way they think about the game. “Maybe because the pressure on a player individually has become bigger as well and he has to think more about having an individual performance. Sometimes I watch games and think ‘he’s a good player, he’s a good player’ but when they play altogether they don’t look like a team.”Wenger, who recently hinted at a potential future in international management, also revealed his plans to write an auto-biography. “I will, because at some stage I think with such vast experience it’s important to share what I know and what I learned in my life,” Wenger said. “I’m tempted to do it in French because maybe I’m more comfortable to express my deep feelings. So at the moment I’m working on that.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Liverpool avoid being thrown out of Carabao Cup

first_imgLiverpool have avoided being kicked out of the Carabao Cup as the Reds were fined £200,000 for fielding an ineligible player in their third-round tie with Milton Keynes Dons. Pedro Chirivella played in that match, a 2-0 Liverpool win, despite having not received international clearance after the expiry of his loan last season with Spanish club Extremadura Union Deportiva.There were fears that the Reds would be expelled from the competition after the EFL opened an investigation into the matter last week.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career However, the EFL has ruled that Liverpool would only be fined, not expelled, “because of a number of mitigating factors.””The board noted that the club had sought the assistance of the Football Association in securing the return of the international clearance prior to the start of this season,” an EFL statement read. “And the club had been able to include the player on team sheets for Premier League Two matches (under Premier League Rules) and one Trophy match, which resulted in the breach not being identified until the club reported the issue to the EFL and Premier League following the MK Dons match.”Liverpool may not even have to pay the full £200,000 fine, as half of that amount has been suspended and will not be enforced unless the Reds field an ineligible player in the Carabao Cup between now and the end of next season.The Reds indicated in a statement that they were comfortable with the punishment handed out by the EFL. “The club accepts the judgement, outcome and punishment imposed by the EFL,” the statement read. “We believe it is proportionate with the technical indiscretion committed and will be making no further representations. “Even though there were mitigating factors, which were beyond our control or jurisdiction, we believe it appropriate we apologise to the competition’s governing body and also to Milton Keynes Dons.”MK Dons v Liverpool Goal Celebration 09252019With Liverpool now eligible to continue in the competition, they will take on Arsenal in the fourth round, which will take place in the week commencing October 28.“The rules of the Carabao Cup require clubs to ensure all players are registered and eligible in line with their respective League’s rules before they play,” an EFL spokesman said. “The player was always contracted to Liverpool FC during this period, and the reason he was not eligible was because the club did not have the relevant international clearance following expiry of an earlier loan agreement.”The club’s breach was in part due to the challenges it encountered with securing the correct international clearance, and its subsequent ability to include the player on teamsheets despite the lack of clearance.“As a result the board concluded the most appropriate sanction was a financial penalty.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more