Selection for the 2007 World Cup in South Africa is on the line at the upcoming 2006 NTL.TFA has released the World Cup Selection Process and the Player Selection Registration Form.WORLD CUP SELECTION PROCESSPLAYER SELECTION REGISTRATION FORMEnquiries can be sent to Colm Maguire, TFA National Game Development Manager at email@example.com
Two virtual representations of Guantanamo Bay prison have been launched, one with the specific goal of encouraging the U.S. government to close the real prison and the other to encourage public discourse. Both projects are engaging examples of virtual advocacy, with one creating a virtual representation of the detention center in the virtual world Second Life and the other, a flash-based web site that has a video game quality to it.Tearitdown.org, from by Amnesty International USA, is billed as an online movement to tear down the prison at Guantánamo Bay. Visitors to Web site can eliminate one pixel from a photo of Guantánamo by signing a pledge protesting the U.S. government’s detention center. This project is part of AIUSA’s America I Believe In campaign that seeks to restore America’s leadership on human rights and end abuses in the war on terror. All 500,000 petitions will be delivered in person to the president, encouraging the U.S. government to close the real prison.The site departs from the typical online advocacy tactic of getting people to sign a online petition with some compelling messaging and forwarding it via email to friends. After you sign the petition, the online pledge rips a pixel from a photograph depicting hooded and handcuffed prisoners at the detention site. The pixel is replaced with your name and is left behind. Indeed, after I signed the petition,a pointer to the pixel with name on it. I saw there mesmerized watching the animation and reading the other names of the petition signers (not all 47,000 of them, though) and was offered a badge to put on my social networking profile or blog.The Web site includes case studies, other actions and information about upcoming protest concerts happening around the country in the next six months.USC Institute for Media Literacy and the Seton Hall School of Law launched a “Virtual Guantanamo” to focus on public policy issues surrounding the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center. The first discussion held about various political, legal and ethical questions surrounding the detention center focused on constitutional questions relevant to Guantanamo. The mixed-reality discussion took place in real life at Seton Hall and in the virtual world, Second Life. Blogger Rik Riel writes about his harrowing experience as a virtual prisoner there.Source: http://beth.typepad.com/beths_blog/2007/09/tear-it-down-an.html
Be AuthenticEvery page of your site should include your postal mailing address (a street address, not a PO Box) and your phone number. Both lend a comforting aura of credibility and realness to your page.Don’t come across as too “institutional”. Show them that you’re real, hardworking people, trying to accomplish important goals. Strive for Clarity and SimplicityHave at least one “Donate Now” button on every page of your site (and avoid soft language such as “Help Us”.) The “Donate Now” button should immediately take the user to the donation form, with no intermediate steps.Other musts for every page of your site include: identifying yourself and the organization, linking back to the home page and including a search function or box in the upper right hand corner.The more choices you give people the more anxiety it creates. Think of it like asking somebody out for a date. You don’t suggest dinner or lunch or maybe a hike sometime in the next two weeks. Dinner at 7 on Friday. Be specific.People skim websites, so think of Web copy as a billboard advertisement. Users should be able to identify what your website is about in four seconds.Have a guessable web address. Source: Adapted by Jake Emen from Mark Rovner’s Nonprofit 911 Presentation “Website 101 for Fundraisers” No two organizations are exactly the same, nor do they have the exact same target audiences. Keep in mind, though, that there are generally two audiences — people who came to your website looking to make a donation and people who have heard of your website and are looking to be seduced and impressed.Do simple user testing while creating or updating your website. Experiment to Find What Works Show Your PassionMost giving decisions are emotionally based. Use compelling, inspiring and large imagery on your home page.Give thanks to recent donors or share donor stories. Seeing past donors as real people helps inspire prospective donors to give as well. The website of an organization is how many donors “meet” you and therefore it’s just as important to make a great first impression online as it is in person. The essential challenges in online fundraising are getting a prospective donor to your donate page and also establishing who you are in a compelling fashion. To achieve both you need to remember these four essential principles and tips:
Don’t worry – If you’ve heard the phrase “Web 2.0” and wondered how much that software upgrade is going to cost you, you’re not alone. Truth is, while the phrase certainly conjures up ideas of a technical upgrade, Web 2.0 was coined to describe the significant recent shift from static, information-only Web sites to the demand for an interactive, participatory user experience. Whether you’re advocating for change, managing members, raising funds, or marketing events, services, or products, it’s critical to understand how to leave the hype behind and best leverage your Web experience for maximum success.To fully understand where the Web is moving and how this impacts your marketing strategies, let’s dive into some specific nonprofit examples.The Fundraiser or Membership DriveLet members design their user experience – When members register with you, give them as much power to customize their membership experience as possible. For instance, you can give them the option to opt-in to specific interest-related list servs or news groups.Gather donor data – Use a simple form to gather basic data from each donor that you can use to drive future fundraising efforts (try to limit to 3 questions or so). Find out their basic demographics, their reason for giving, how they found out about you, etc. You can also use this information to determine how you keep donors informed about your organization’s impact, what it will take to keep them giving year after year, and how you can leverage their support to find even more donors that fit a similar profile.Advocating for ChangeMarketing social change or a cause is one of the toughest jobs out there. Let’s face it, you’re trying to promote invisible benefits that people may not see or experience until years into the future. Advocacy and cause-oriented nonprofits now have a wealth of tools available to leverage the Web and social marketing networks to significantly boost public awareness of their issue, as well as to influence direct action.Go viral – Viral campaigns use pre-existing social networks (blogs, YouTube, FaceBook, MySpace, etc.) to produce an increase in awareness for a brand, an idea, or a cause. MarketingSherpa.com posts a hall of fame each year of viral campaigns – http://www.marketingsherpa.com. This is a great tool to understand best-practices and to get the ideas flowing.Leverage social media – Whether you start a blog or create a community forum on your own Web site, social media is about creating an interactive, user-driven experience that has value to your target customers and keeps them coming back. Compare that to a print newsletter or ad placed in a major newspaper – not only is the cost of the tactic significantly cheaper, but when done right, social media can drive more quality traffic to your site, and the interactive experience helps you gather important customer data.Creating community experience on your site – Attaching ourselves to a cause is all about creating community. Think about how you can create an interactive customer experience on your site where your advocates can learn about the cause, take a specific action, and even visualize or experience the impact they and other advocates have had.Promoting Services or Products Gather customer data – Whenever you take a step to enhance or even recreate your Web site, it’s critical to think about it as a tool to learn as much about your customers as possible. Think about your Web site as a tool for starting a conversation. If you haven’t done so already, integrate a simple lead-capture tool on your site (ask for a customer’s contact information in exchange for signing up for your e-newsletter or to download a valuable article).Focus on enrollment rather than action – If purchasing your services or products involves a significant commitment from your customer, likely they won’t be ready to buy the first time the visit your site. Focus on enrolling site visitors through an e-newsletter subscription, offering a white paper or article they can download, or other offers depending on what’s most appropriate. Remember, enrollment is about using tools to find out what that person’s needs are, and using this information to continue the conversation later.Let site visitors experience your services/products – Upload video, customer testimonials/endorsements, personal stories, etc. to fully engage the user in the experience of what you offer. If you run a child care center, this could include a video tour of the facility, video of the kids interacting with the providers, and parents endorsing the facility.Regardless of the specific tactic(s) you choose, the key point to remember is that your Web site or social media tools like blogs or viral campaigns should only be one component of an integrated marketing plan. A Web site alone, in other words, may not get you where you want to go.Putting all of the hype aside, integrating the new Web experience into your site is really this simple: just keep thinking how you can engage the user, enroll them, and keep the conversation going.Tiffany 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 www.numamarketing.com. ©2007 Tiffany Meyer
I read an interesting story in the Washington Post today. Apparently marketing staff from Disney are training Walter Reed staff in customer service. The hospital serving wounded soldiers has made headlines for its poor conditions and crippling bureaucracy.The Mouseketeer Marketers apparently say it’s all about the audience. No magic there – just smart marketing. Customer service makes all the difference – just ask Snow White.[Kris Lafferty, a trainer for the Disney Institute], who was a Navy lawyer before she started a second career with Disney, led the audience in a discussion of similarities between Disney and the Army hospital. (Both are dedicated to “making people feel better”; both are “subject to media scrutiny”; both are named after famous people named Walter. ) The Walter Reed employees learned the Disney lexicon. Employees are called “cast members.” Customers — or patients — are “guests.” Then it was on to what Lafferty called the “Disney difference”: “You have to know and understand your guests.” Much of it involves paying attention to details that matter to patients and visitors, Lafferty noted. “If I go to the doctor’s office and all the plants are dead, I don’t have a good feeling,” she said. A wheelchair with frayed padding on the arm rests leaves a lasting impression, Donnelly said. As a contrast to the irate Donald Duck, the trainers showed a slide of a beatific Snow White, holding a broom in a spic-and-span room and surrounded by happy animals. (Lesson: “You can’t sweep it under the rug,” Lafferty said.) During breaks, some Walter Reed employees expressed surprise at the relevance of the training to their jobs. “This is good,” said Jan Yatsko, head nurse for vascular surgery at the hospital. “It’s not what we expected.” I think it’s sound advice – at a price. Apparently the Disney training is around $800,000. So let me save you some money: Listen to Snow White. Your customer service really, really matters. It’s true in the Magic Kingdom, it’s true for the famlies of wounded soldiers, and it’s true for charities. The main reason donors quit supporting a charity is HOW THEY WERE TREATED BY THAT CHARITY. How people experience you when they give, when they call you and when they benefit from your programs is everything. Give to your own charity and see what happens. If you provide human services, use them as a visitor. This may be depressing. I have yet to work for any organization that is consistently fantastic at customer service – and it’s especially hard for small, underfunded organizations. But we can’t afford not to try better.
A lot of people think old is good. “We should do this because we’ve done it every year.”This is how you end up with an Oldsmobile-style marketing strategy.Not good.A lot of people think new is good.“We should do this because it’s new and different.”This is how you end up with a “this is not your father’s Oldsmobile” marketing strategy.Old and new are not ideas. They are substitutes for thinking. Don’t make decisions based on what you’ve done in the past or what looks good in the future. Make them based on what’s relevant to your audience now.
Put yourself in the shoes of a corporation or small business for a moment. There are about 1.5 million nonprofits, and most are hitting up you — the businessperson — for money. That’s a lot of competition. And that’s the bad news.The good news is that most nonprofits do a lousy job approaching businesspeople. It’s easy to stand out by doing better. Simply stop treating corporate folks as sources of money and start treating them as an audience.Here are ten steps for gaining a corporate partner: Find your match. Think of yourself as searching for a relationship (not a fat check) with a company. Any relationship needs compatibility to work. Ask yourself, who wins when I win? What corporations are naturally aligned with my audience and my mission? You want to partner around mutual benefits or you won’t be partnering at all.Find out the business and philanthropic agendas. You need to do some homework before you pick up the phone or fire off an email all about your organization. What are this company’s business priorities and philanthropic goals (because they likely already have some)? How can you align with those?Find an in. Find a board member or a LinkedIn connection who can introduce you so you’re not cold calling. I always respond to people who have been recommended by someone I know, and businesspeople do, too.Try to get to the businesspeople rather than the community service people. They have more power and can get things done faster. You’ll usually fare better if you’re coming in as a partner who can drive a brand or business initiative.Start your sentences in the right way. Instead of: “This is what we do,” say “This is what we can do for you.”Sell the benefits to them along with the social impact. Instead of: “We need x,” say “We understand you need x, and we can help make that happen.” Don’t only say: “This is who will benefit,” ADD, “AND this is how this benefits your image, bottom line, etc…”Go into partnerships – like relationships – with open eyes. No partnership is perfect. Look for more positives than negatives in regard to fit and benefits and devise a plan for compensating for weaknesses within the alliance.Put work into it. Inevitably, the benefits that partners receive will change, and one partner may perceive diminishing value. Create new benefits if commitment is flagging on one side.Communicate constantly. Keep your partner energized by regularly sending them updates, examples of good media coverage, positive reactions from people, stories about impact, etc.Know when to call it quits. Knowing when to stop a partnership is as important as knowing when to start one. Declare success and move on when a goal has been achieved, or set a new, finite goal together. Better a clean finish than death by disintegration.
Robert 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. First, decide what you are looking for. It is hard to comparison shop until you know what you are looking for. Start by identifying the key features that you are seeking in a new database. Include both what is missing from your current system as well as what it does well. For instance, is the new database primarily going to support any particular type of fundraising, such as membership, major gifts, special events or capital campaign management? Does it need to support special events, prospect research or moves management?You also need to be specific about any special features or interfaces you need, such as a Web front end, support for Macintoshes or the ability to record gifts in multiple currencies. The sophistication of the software should support the sophistication of your fundraising operations, but must also fit within your budget and staff resources. Do your homework. Check references, try to visit organizations that are using the software and ask lots of questions. Look for comparable organizations with similar fundraising operations. The questions to ask include: How long did it take them to ‘go live’ on the software? Were they happy with the vendor’s support during the conversion? What would they do differently if they had it to do over? This is where you test whether your impressions of each product match reality.On the other hand, it is important to distinguish software and vendor problems from problems caused by the client. The organization might have implemented the software incorrectly, failed to offer adequate training or support or have purchased the wrong software to begin with.Remember, there is no perfect database. But there might be one that is perfect for you. There is no perfect donor database. Every donor database on the market has strengths and weaknesses. The challenge is to find a database with strengths that meet your needs and weaknesses that will not get in your way. Set up software demonstrations so you can compare ‘apples to apples.‘ In a ‘scripted demo,’ all vendors are asked to demonstrate the same scenarios in addition to providing an overview of the system. For instance, they might show you how to enter a variety of gifts that match different situations you encounter (hard and soft credits, matching gifts, multi-year pledges, crediting gifts toward campaign priorities, and so on).Vendors will need to show that they can meet your mandatory requirements as well as the top nice-to-haves. One caveat: your ability to get this level of detail will depend upon which vendors are bidding. Some vendors will do extended on-site demos; others only do web-based demos. Involve stakeholders in the decision. If you get buy-in during the selection process, staff members will be likely to support you during the implementation. This will be critical when the conversion encounters the snags that are inevitable in such a complex project. This is not to say that software selection is a consensus decision. But stakeholders need to understand how the system was selected and that their interests were taken into account. If you do not get buy-in from the start, all subsequent decisions are likely to be questioned. Make sure you understand all the costs. The price of the software is just one piece, and often the smallest part, of the ‘total cost of ownership.’ You might need to upgrade your server, desktop computers or network. You might need consulting help to implement the software, develop special interfaces or write custom reports. You might need to invest in additional training or add technical support personnel. Some of these will be one-time capital expenses, but many will become ongoing operating costs. Next, decide what matters most. Now that you have documented your requirements, you need to decide which are mandatory. If a vendor cannot meet your mandatory requirements, you should not look at their system – even if it is free. Next, prioritize the ‘nice to have’ features. Since every system you look at will have to meet your mandatory requirements, the nice-to-haves might be the deciding factors.
Smart cookie Alia McKee of Sea Change Strategies shared some brilliant ideas on “breaking the fourth wall” for your donors. Here are her suggestions for sharing more personality and giving supporters a new perspective:— Create a candid “making of” video for a campaign you are launching.— Take a tip from Wikipedia and live broadcast the results of your campaigns and decisions you are making based on those results.— Develop a “Why I Do This Work” video series that shows why your staff have dedicated their lives the cause.— Create a fun photo board of staff desks — including those in both exotic and not-so-exotic locations.Showing supporters what’s behind the scenes of your organization reinforces trust and transparency, helping them to feel good about giving to your cause. An insider’s view lets donors become part of the team. Give them something more than the standard lines and form-letter appeals to make your organization stand out. How are you breaking the fourth wall for your audience?
Posted on March 6, 2014November 14, 2016By: Natalie Ramm, Communications Coordinator, Maternal Health Task Force, Women and Health InitiativeClick 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)Continuing the celebration of the one-year anniversary of the “Manifesto for Maternal Health,” this post showcases the work of the University of California, San Francisco’s Safe Motherhood Program, and Midwives for Haiti to improve global maternal health.The Safe Motherhood ProgramThe Safe Motherhood Program of the University of California, San Francisco has been working on many of the issues in the Manifesto, but major activities center on core area of number 11:Our recent clinical trials documented the efficacy of the non-pneumatic anti-shock garment (NASG), low technology first-aid device and our implementation work has helped introduce NASGs to over 13 countries. NASGs are used at the community level and lowest level of the health care system, as well as in ambulances/referral transport. This has enabled women in hypovolemic shock in remote and/or rural areas to survive long delays in transport and in receiving quality comprehensive EmOC, reducing maternal mortality from obstetric hemorrhage.Midwives for Haiti Midwives for Haiti trains skilled birth attendants in Haiti and provides quality maternal health care to women in rural areas (number six in the Maternal Health Manifesto). Last year, their graduates performed over 60,000 prenatal care visits and attended over 12,000 births throughout Haiti. They will soon begin training their seventh class of students.Please join the conversation! Tell us about your work to improve maternal health over the past year and how it relates to the calls to action from the manifesto. Send an email to Kate Mitchell or Natalie Ramm or join the dialogue on Twitter using the hashtag #MHmanifesto and help us celebrate the anniversary of the manifesto for maternal health!Midwives for Haiti told us about their work using Facebook! You can do the same by sending us a message or comment.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
Former Barcelona and Spain head coach Luis Enrique has confirmed his daughter Xana has died after suffering from bone cancer.Luis Enrique stepped down from the Spain post in June after missing their three previous matches, having been granted leave in March for what was described as a family emergency.Robert Moreno was confirmed as Luis Enrique’s successor, although Luis Rubiales, head of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) said: “Our doors will always be open to him”. 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? On Thursday, the ex-Barcelona boss confirmed nine-year-old Xana has passed away.”Our daughter Xana has died this afternoon at the age of nine, after fighting for five intense months against an osteosarcoma,” he said in a statement posted on Twitter.”We give thanks for all the shows of affection we’ve received during these months and we’re grateful for the discretion and understanding.”We are also grateful to the staff of the Sant Joan de Deu and Sant Pau hospitals for their dedication and treatment, to the doctors, nurses and all the volunteers. With a special mention to the palliative care team of Sant Joan de Deu.”We’ll miss you a lot but we’ll remember you every day of our lives with the hope that in the future we will meet each other again. You will be the star that guides our family.”Rest, Xanita.”An outpouring of support has followed for the coach and his family, from players, clubs as well as many outside the sport. Spain striker Alvaro Morata wrote on Twitter: “There are no words that can comfort you in these tough moments, boss, but from here we send you all the strength and love in the world. May Xana rest in peace.”Real Madrid and Spain defender Nacho Fernandez said: “All the courage, strength and support in the world right now boss.”Barcelona also offered support, saying: “Our condolences and all our sympathy for Luis Enrique and his family at this very difficult time. RIP Xana.”Real Madrid, for whom Luis Enrique played for five years, said: “Real Madrid are deeply saddened by the passing of Luis Enrique’s daughter and would like to share our condolences to him and his family at this difficult time.”The RFEF said: “The RFEF mourns the sad loss of little Xana, only nine years old, daughter of the coach and international player with Spain, Luis Enrique. We want to show our condolences to family and friends, joining us all today in their pain.”Roma also expressed condolences towards their former coach, as did tennis star Rafael Nadal and Spain’s prime minister.
Leonardo Bonucci has said that racism is a ‘plague that has to be eradicated’ but added that fingers should not be pointed solely at Italy as abuse has been witnessed in more leagues than just Serie A.The Juventus defender, currently on international duty for Italy’s European Championship qualifiers against Armenia and Finland, was responding to the recent verbal attacks directed at Inter striker Romelu Lukaku during a match with Cagliari.The Belgian, formerly of Manchester United, was subjected to monkey chants before, during and after taking the winning penalty in a 2-1 win at the Sardegna Arena and stated on social media after the game that he feels society is ‘going backwards’. 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? Inter’s Curva Nord fans issued an open letter to Lukaku following his statement, insisting that Italy does not have a racism problem and that the chanting is a form of respect intended to ‘help teams’ against black players who might score against them.The statement served only to highlight ignorance on behalf of the Nerazzurri ultras, with Lukaku’s fellow striker Demba Ba expressing his desire to see all black players leave Serie A until fans realise what they are doing is wrong.Bonucci, however, who had to backtrack on comments he made around a racist incident involving former Bianconeri team-mate Moise Kean, has said that Italy should not be singled out, as hateful acts are committed by fans from all over Europe.“It’s a delicate situation,” the 32-year-old told a press conference. “There are certainly measures to hold the guilty ones responsible.“I believe it is not right to generalise. We have entities and means to take the guilty ones and ban them from entering stadiums.“And I don’t think this happens only in Italy, we have seen such episodes in other European leagues as well.“So I think it would be too much to point a finger, but racism is a plague that has to be eradicated.”Italy first face Armenia at the Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium in Yerevan on September 5 before travelling to Tampere to face Finland three days later on September 8.
CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 29: Head coach Dabo Swinney links arms with safety Isaiah Simmons #11 and defensive back K’Von Wallace #12 of the Clemson Tigers during Tigers’ traditional Face Off prior to their football game against the Syracuse Orange at Clemson Memorial Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)Another weekend full of college football is finally here. On Saturday, Clemson will try to stay undefeated this season as it faces Louisville on the road.Clemson is coming off a dominant win over Florida State. Trevor Lawrence threw for 170 yards and three touchdowns before Dabo Swinney allowed Chase Brice to see extended action.While the Tigers should enter this weekend with confidence, the Cardinals are also riding a serious wave of momentum.Louisville managed to pull off a win against previously undefeated Wake Forest last weekend. Malik Cunningham and Evan Conley both threw for a pair of touchdowns. After suffering a tough loss to Florida State back in September, Louisville has won back-to-back games. Scott Satterfield has done an incredible job in his first season as the football program’s head coach.Next up for the Cardinals is a date with the best team in their conference.Here’s all the details for this ACC showdown:Game Time: 12 p.m. ETChannel: ABCSpread: Clemson -24Over/Under: 62.5Announcers: Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky, Allison WilliamsThis is the first road test for Clemson since its narrow victory over North Carolina in Chapel Hill.With the first half of the regular season in the books, the Tigers will try to make a statement this Saturday with a victory over the Cardinals.
World Cup 2019: Buttler is England’s dangerman, says PontingFormer Australia captain Ricky Ponting said he has watched Jos Buttler develop over the last 2 or 3 years. Heaping praise on Buttler, Ponting said “He might not take the gloves but his middle-order batting is out of this world.”advertisement Press Trust of India MelbourneMay 22, 2019UPDATED: May 22, 2019 14:22 IST Buttler is England’s dangerman . (IANS)HIGHLIGHTSFormer Australia player Ricky Ponting said Jos Buttler will be England’s dangermanPonting said Buttler can hit the ball 360 degrees around the groundThe former Australian skipper said going into the 2019 World Cup that England have a depth in their squadEngland boats of a number of match-winners in their 15-man World Cup squad, but former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has handpicked Jos Buttler as the dangerman for the hosts in the showpiece, stating May 30.”The dangerman for England is gonna be Jos Buttler. I just watched him develop over the last 2 or 3 years. I had a chance to coach him at Mumbai Indians 3 or 4 seasons ago when he was really sort of starting to make his mark in international cricket,” Ponting was quoted as saying in a video posted at Cricket Australia website.”What he has done in the last 12 to 18 months whether in a T20, One-Day game or a Test match for England, it’s really outstanding. So, Jos Buttler is England’s dangerman for me.””He (Buttler) might not take the gloves but his middle-order batting is out of this world. He scores 360 degrees around the ground, hits the ball incredibly hard, hits the ball a long way as well,” he added.Besides Buttler, England’s team comprises of match-winners like skipper Eoin Morgan, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer to name a few.The two-time World Cup winning skipper said England’s depth in the batting department makes the hosts a force to reckon with in the upcoming World Cup.”I think England’s great strength right now in their One-Day team is how deep they bat. That allows all their top-order to play probably with more freedom than most other teams,” Ponting said.”Someone like a Buttler or (Ben) Stokes or Moeen Ali coming in at 7, 8, 9, allows their top-order to go hard. They are a really confident outfit. They have got great depth in their squad and obviously would be playing in conditions they are very much used to.advertisementAlso Read | Virat Kohli is the ‘form batsman’ going into the World Cup: Jos ButtlerAlso Read | She’s beautiful: James Anderson thought on 1st meeting Stuart BroadAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Jos ButtlerFollow Cricket Australias websiteFollow Ricky Ponting
Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill has welcomed comparisons between Steven Davis and Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo. The Rangers midfielder is set to earn his 113th international cap on Monday when he leads his side out to take on Germany at Belfast’s Windsor Park. Should Davis play as expected, he will move up to second in Northern Ireland’s all-time appearance record – with the former Aston Villa, Fulham and Southampton man drawing level with Aaron Hughes on 112 caps in Thursday’s 1-0 win over Luxembourg. 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 The Green and White Army skipper could also become his country’s highest ever appearance holder in the next year should he overtake Pat Jennings’ record of 119 caps for Northern Ireland. “I think it’s a great achievement,” O’Neill said when asked about Davis’ achievement. “He pestered me all week to get five minutes against Luxembourg, and I eventually wilted under the pressure. “Last night I was watching Cristiano Ronaldo play at 34 years of age for his country and what it means to him, and that’s why international football is so special,’ said O’Neill. “Steven deserves to be talked about in that breath because I believe he will go on and break Pat Jennings’ record. “Any player who amasses over a hundred caps at international level, that has played and been available for as long as Steven for every game barring a few that he’s missed through injury, is a fantastic role model for all international footballers. “He is still as effective at this level as he was when I took the job seven years ago. He’s had a magnificent career at both club and international level. When he ever does hang up his boots, which hopefully will be after I’ve left this job, he will rightly be remembered as one of the greatest players we’ve ever had.” Davis’ remarkable Northern Ireland career began in 2005, when he made his debut in a 1-0 loss to Canada. He is also the first player to captain his country at a major tournament for 30 years, when he skippered the province at Euro 2016. Northern Ireland are hoping to yet again make it to the tournament in 2020, and have made a perfect start after four games in their qualification group, having gained 12 points. However, Michael O’Neill’s men face a daunting task to qualify for the finals next year and must pick up points in the next four fixtures: two double headers against Germany and the Netherlands.
Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid face off at the Parc des Prince on Wednesday in what promises to be a blockbuster Champions League opener.The hosts’ summer has been dominated by the future of Neymar, who made his return to action on Saturday by scoring a last-minute overhead kick winner against Strasbourg. He will, however, be just one of several stars PSG are missing as they seek to get their campaign off to a winning start.Real Madrid, meanwhile, have troubles of their own, having made an unconvincing start in the Primera Division, despite a 3-2 win over Levante at the weekend. 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 Game PSG vs Real Madrid Date Wednesday, September 18 Time 8:00pm BST / 3:00pm 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 TNT USA / UniMas / TUDN USA fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the UK, the match will be shown on BT Sport 2, BT Sport Ultimate and can be streamed via BT Sport Live. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 2 / BT Sport Ultimate BT Sport Live Squads & Team News Position PSG squad Goalkeepers Navas, Rico, Bulka Defenders Meunier, Kimpembe, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Bernat, Kurzawa, Diallo, Kouassi Midfielders Gueye, Verratti, Herrera, Paredes, Sarabia, Di Maria Forwards Icardi, Choupo-Moting PSG are without Neymar, who is suspended for the first two game of the Champions League this season, having seen that reduced from three on appeal. Additionally, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe will miss out, so Mauro Icardi is set to make his first start for the club.Julian Draxler, Thilo Kehrer and Colin Dagba are also ruled out.PSG starting XI: Navas; Meunier, Silva, Kimpembe, Bernet; Verratti, Marquinhos, Gueye; Sarabia, Icardi, Di Maria Position Real Madrid squad Goalkeepers Courtois, Areola, Altube Defenders Carvajal, Varane, Militao, Mendy, Odriozola, De la Fuenta Midfielders Rodriguez, Casemiro, Kroos, Vazquez Forwards Bale, Benzema, Hazard, Vinicius, Jovic, Rodrygo Eden Hazard is set to make his first competitive start for Real Madrid, but Zinedine Zidane has numerous selection problems of his own to juggle.Centre-backs Nacho and Sergio Ramos are both banned, while regular left-back Marcelo is injured.Also laid up are Luka Modric, Federico Valverde, Isco and Marco Asensio.Real Madrid starting XI: Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Varane, Mendy; Rodriguez, Casemiro, Kroos; Bale, Benzema, HazardBetting & Match Odds PSG are priced as 23/20 favourites with bet365. Real Madrid are a 9/4 outshot to leave Paris with maximum points, while a draw is on offer at 13/5.Click here to see all of bet365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Real Madrid’s quest to regain the European Cup they won on a hat-trick of occasions between 2015 and 2017 begins at Paris Saint-Germain’s Parc des Princes on Wednesday.Zinedine Zidane’s side are undefeated this season through four matches, but after draws against Valladolid and Villarreal, it is evident that they are still far from the side that swept the best of the continent away in three successive years.Even the weekend’s 3-2 win over Levante, which seemed destined to be a cruise as they scored three times in the first 40 minutes, proved to be something of a labour as their opponents hit back twice in the second half.“We have to improve and we will,” Zidane said in the aftermath. “I know we’ll score more goals and concede fewer.”One man who will make Madrid improve is Eden Hazard, who has been unable to start a competitive game for them until now, but the Belgian could be unleashed in the French capital.“Hazard is ready to play and ready to start,” Zidane confirmed on Tuesday. “We’ve had some good training sessions recently and he’s ready.”While the Spaniards are undoubtedly strengthened by the return of a superstar, PSG will have to do without three of their own as Edinson Cavani, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar are set to sit the game out, the Brazilian due to suspension and the others because of injuries.“They are a team that is at a very high level even without those three,” Zidane warned. “They’re a favourite to win the Champions League because they are a great team. They’re always dangerous, although sometimes they don’t get the results expected of them.”Home head coach Thomas Tuchel may have a depleted squad, but he wants those players who are available to show how good they are.“I want to be aggressive and play fast,” he said before reflecting on how the squad will fight their demons after a painful exit to Manchester United in the last 16 earlier this year, in which they threw away a 2-0 lead after the first leg.“We’ve made a lot of changes, with new players We have gained in personality and experience. We have a good team. It’s time to trust and look forward.”Specialists in sore Champions League defeats when everything appears in their favour, PSG will try to flip that narrative around on Wednesday against opponents who have won the competition in three of the last four years. It is the best remedy to their exit last season.
Former Arsenal forward Serge Gnabry scored four times as Bayern Munich embarrassed Tottenham 7-2 in London, piling the pressure on under-fire Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.Spurs were comfortably the better side in the first half of the Champions League Group B encounter and took the lead early on, but they were made to rue their profligacy in front of goal, as a Gnabry-inspired Bayern taught woeful Spurs a lesson after the break.Son Heung-min put Spurs deservedly in front, though Bayern were ahead by the break, with Joshua Kimmich and Robert Lewandowski netting fine strikes. 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 That was only the beginning, however, as Bayern went on to decimate their hosts – Gnabry scoring twice in two minutes, with Harry Kane’s penalty nothing more than a consolation.Gnabry added another two either side of Lewandowski’s second in the final 10 minutes as Spurs were humiliated.7 – Tottenham Hotspur have conceded seven goals in a home match for the very first time in any major competition. Embarrassed. pic.twitter.com/3Yh8WarA7S— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 1, 2019Spurs had already threatened twice before opening the scoring 12 minutes in, Son firing across Manuel Neuer into the bottom-left corner after Corentin Tolisso’s awful error under pressure from Dele Alli.But Bayern hit back quickly – Kimmich firing an unstoppable long-range effort in down to Hugo Lloris’ right.Lewandowski punished wasted Spurs chances just before the break, finding the bottom-right corner from 20 yards after the ball kindly broke for him.Gnabry extended Bayern’s lead in style early in the second half, racing past the hapless Serge Aurier and burying into the corner before netting again two minutes later, once more shooting across Lloris after being released into the left side of the box by Tolisso, who had robbed Harry Winks.Spurs got what they thought was a lifeline just past the hour when Kane slammed home a penalty – Kingsley Coman penalised for catching Danny Rose, but Bayern picked Tottenham off in the latter stages.Gnabry completed his hat-trick with a neat finish after Thiago Alcantara’s pass, with Lewandowski getting the sixth – and his 14th of the season – soon after, guiding home having been found by Philippe Coutinho.Bayern ensured Spurs conceded seven in a single home match for the first time when Gnabry smashed into the top corner two minutes from time, with jeers ringing out from the few home fans that remained as the full-time whistle blew. What does it mean? Pochettino in troubleWhile many would have decried any suggestion of sacking Pochettino until recently, he must be in danger after that farce.Sure, Spurs were good in the first half and fortunate to be trailing at the break, but their display after the interval was utterly embarrassing. If he feels he has had to answer some tricky questions recently, the inquisitions are surely about to get even more uncomfortable.5 – Tottenham’s 2-7 defeat to Bayern Munich was the biggest ever margin of defeat by an English team at home in any European competition. Crushing. pic.twitter.com/LnUf8PKaWO— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 1, 2019Gnabry power Serge cripples SpursSpurs as a team – let alone just Aurier – simply could not handle Gnabry. The winger’s pace, movement and ability on the ball made him truly unplayable. The Arsenal academy product scored four goals on his return to London. An astounding performance.Aurier all at seaHaving retained his place in the side despite being sent off against Southampton, Aurier was unimpressive again. The right-back hardly got near Gnabry all match and failed to offer much going forward either.Key Opta Facts- Tottenham are the first English side to concede seven goals in any European competition since Spurs themselves lost 8-0 to Cologne in the Intertoto Cup in July 1995.- Spurs’ 7-2 defeat to Bayern was Pochettino’s joint-heaviest defeat as a manager in all competitions alongside a 5-0 loss to Real Madrid in March 2012 with Espanyol.- Tottenham conceded seven goals in a competitive match for the first time since December 1996 versus Newcastle United in the Premier League (7-1).- Gnabry is only the second German player to score four goals in a Champions League match after Mario Gomez versus Basel in March 2012 (also for Bayern, 7-0 win).- Lewandowski has scored in his last nine competitive appearances – his longest scoring streak in his German club career. Indeed, Lewandowski has scored 14 goals in 10 games in all competitions for Bayern this season, more than any other player in the big five European leagues.What’s next?Spurs travel to Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League on Saturday in desperate need of an immediate response to this embarrassment. Bundesliga champions Bayern host Hoffenheim the same day. read more