25 October 2007The number of companies seeking to list publicly on South Africa’s stock exchanges increased from two to 17 in the third quarter of 2007 as compared to the same period last year, in what professional services firm Ernst & Young has described as a “listings boom”.This rise in local initial public offerings (IPO) is in sharp contract to the global picture, where listings declined by 22% in the third quarter as compared with the second quarter of 2007, mainly as a result of the sub-prime crisis fallout in the United States.“South Africa saw 17 IPOs, with R1.6-billion of capital raised during the third quarter of 2007,” said Ernst & Young Transaction Advisory Services associate director Stef Greeff.“This represents a significant increase when compared to the six IPOs of the previous quarter (with R1.0-billion raised) and the two IPOs in the third quarter of 2006 (R50-million raised) and also confirms that South Africa is indeed experiencing a ‘listings boom’.”Thirteen of the IPOs during the third quarter of 2007 were on the JSE’s alternative exchange board, the AltX, taking its number of listings to more than 60 since inception.According to its website, the AltX is designed to appeal to a diverse range of companies, including young and fast-growing businesses including start-ups, family-owned businesses, black economic empowerment companies and junior mining companies.South Africa’s massive infrastructure development programme and 2010 Fifa World Cup preparations are also having a positive effect on listings, with Ernst & Young pointing out that 10 of the IPOs during the third quarter were construction or related companies, with the firm itself advising three construction-related companies on their listings.Ernst & Young states that US$57-billion was raised in 428 IPOs globally in the third quarter, a decline of 36% when compared to the previous quarter, but 27% higher than the same quarter in 2008.Brazil, Russia, India and China together raised $27-billion in a record 118 IPOs and accounted for seven of the 10 largest IPOs in the third quarter.Overall, China, Brazil and the US led activity by capital raised, and made up 56% of the global total with $14.4-billion, $9.3-billion and $8.3-billion respectively. China also led number of IPOs with 77, surpassing last quarter’s leader Australia (50) and the US (36).As per the second quarter of 2007, financials was the dominant industry sector, with a quarter of all capital raised by financial companies, followed by energy and power (14%), industrials (14%) and materials (12%). By number of listings, materials companies still led the way with a 20% market share of IPOs ahead of industrials (16%), and high technology (14%).“The global IPO markets still remain strong despite a drop in activity,” said Ernst & Young IPO Initiatives global director Gil Forer.“The record number of IPOs in the emerging markets shows that international investors continue looking for high return opportunities, as emerging markets are driving global economic growth. Thirteen of the Top 20 IPOs were from emerging markets, and interestingly only two of those chose not to list on domestic exchanges.”SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
19 June 2014The German government has signed five agreements committing €414.26-million (about R5.89-billion) to development projects in South Africa.The agreements were signed by Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene and German Ambassador Horst Freitag in Pretoria on Friday.The new contributions will bring Germany’s total financial and technical aid to South Africa to just over R14.4-billion since 1992.According to the Treasury, the aid has gone towards empowerment, skills transfer and the building of institutional capabilities, with the cooperation maturing over the last 20 years into a partnership focused on climate change and energy, HIV/Aids prevention and good governance.“South Africa is one of our most important global development partners,” Freitag said following the signing. “Our development cooperation is an integral part of our broader cooperation in the political, economic, social and cultural spheres, bearing testimony to a successful partnership between countries of the northern and southern hemisphere in a changing world.”Nene welcomed the support from Germany, saying he was looking forward to the successful implementation of the agreements, all of which are aligned to priorities listed in South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP).“On behalf of the citizens of South Africa, the recipients of your support, we would like to express our gratitude for the long-standing partnership with the German government, and hope to strengthen the collaboration going forward,” Nene said.Source: SAnews.gov.za
TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Krauss LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Jabari Parker came off the bench to lead Chicago with 18 points and Lauri Markkanen added 17.“We have to play better basketball for more of the game. We played about 28 to 35 minutes of good basketball and had 12 minutes of not good basketball,” Bulls coach Jim Boylen said. “We don’t have enough firepower to be able to turn it on and take over the game. We have to plow through it and get the lead and hold on to it.”Both teams struggled shooting from the floor in the first quarter, but the Lakers held a 19-18 lead, marking the first time in eight games they led after the first 12 minutes.Los Angeles held a 44-43 lead at halftime as the first half had 22 lead changes and five ties.TIP-INSBulls: Chicago’s 8 of 28 from the field in the first quarter was its second-worst opening 12 minutes of the season. It was 8 of 29 in a Dec. 26 loss to Minnesota. … The Bulls were 7 of 17 on 3-pointers in the second half after going 2 of 14 in the first.Lakers: Kuzma also had 12 rebounds as he recorded his third double-double of the season. … The Lakers were 2 of 15 on 3-pointers in the first half but 6 of 11 in the second half, which included three from Ball.LINEUP CHANGEWalton changed his starting lineup, putting Tyson Chandler at center and Caldwell-Pope at guard while moving JaVale McGee and Josh Hart to the bench.Chandler, who got his third start, scored eight points and had three rebounds in 26 minutes. Walton was also pleased with Caldwell-Pope holding Zach LaVine to 10 points, including 4 of 11 from the field, as well as what McGee and Hart provided off the bench. It was just the fourth win in 11 games for Los Angeles since LeBron James was sidelined with a groin injury.“It was a must-win today, I knew I had to pick up whatever I could,” said Ball, who also had rebounds and six assists. “We were missing shots early but we got it together.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe game was close for the first 28 minutes before Los Angeles took control. It was tied at 48 with 9:24 remaining in the third quarter when the Lakers went on a 13-7 run, which included eight straight points at the start. Tyson Chandler scored the first two points before Ball scored 11 straight, including three 3-pointers.“He’s got a knack for hitting big shots. He’s not afraid to knock down a 3 when we needed it,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “What is great is seeing him more confident in getting to the rim. He can draw contact but still be able to finish.” Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “I’m sure there was some anger but they both engaged. You could tell by Josh’s defensive demeanor in the fourth that he was locked in,” Walton said.NUMBER OF NOTEThe Lakers have won all four games since James’ injury when Ingram had six assists or more. He had seven against the Bulls.“It is a chance for me to get everyone involved and show another part of my game,” Ingram said. “With me getting in the lane the defense collapses and a lot of guys are open.”UP NEXTBulls: Conclude their five-game road trip against the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night.Lakers: Travel to Oklahoma City on Thursday night for the second of three meetings against the Thunder.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball shoots as Chicago Bulls guard Kris Dunn defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 107-100. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — Lonzo Ball and the Los Angeles Lakers were angry after the NBA’s worst team broke a long losing streak on their home floor. They weren’t about to let the league’s second-worst team do the same thing on Tuesday night.Ball scored 13 of his 19 points in the second half as the Lakers handed the Chicago Bulls their eighth straight loss with a 107-100 victory.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Manny Pacquiao, Adrien Broner make grand arrival in Las Vegas for fight week Chicago got within 72-68 on a 3-pointer by Wayne Seldon, but the Lakers pulled away again with six straight points to end the third and start the fourth.Los Angeles’ lead grew to 94-76 with 4:26 remaining in the game before Chicago made a late flurry to get within 103-98 in the final minute.Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who got just his fourth start of the season, scored 17 points while Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma scored 16 apiece.The Lakers erased the bitter taste of a 101-95 loss Sunday to the Cleveland Cavaliers, who ended a 12-game skid, and gained some confidence going into a three-game stretch where they face Oklahoma City, Houston and Golden State.“We’ve been losing and wanted to go out on the road with some momentum,” Ball said.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on October 29, 2010November 13, 2014Click 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)This week on the MHTF blog:We heard from Maria Laura Casalegno, a Young Champion working in MexicoYoung Champion Martha Fikre Adenew wrote about maternal health in LouisianaThe Maternal Health Policy Dialogue Series streamed live on the Wilson Center’s websiteYoung Champion Anna Dion updated us on her work in ArgentinaFormer MHTF staff member, Kate Mitchell, wrote about her work with community health workers in IndiaYoung Champion Onikepe Oluwadamilola Owolabi wrote about her first month of work in India Some weekend reading:Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni says maternal health is a priorityAn evaluation of women-led community mobilization intervention (PDF) for maternal and newborn healthA gel to replace the pill?Share this:
New Delhi: The finance ministry is working on one more booster dose to give a leg-up to the economy that has hit over six-year low of 5 per cent, a senior finance ministry official said. The blue print for the stimulus is ready that would be announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the next few days, the official said without giving further details. The government announced a slew of measures in three dosages which include a special window for real estate, export incentives, bank consolidation and sops for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and the automobile sector. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalEarlier this week, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das had said the government has taken a number of measures to boost the economy in three phases and indicated that more steps are likely. “I think with right measures taken, things should improve. It’s a positive trend that the government is responding fast and I don’t think we have heard the last from the government with regard to dealing with the current economic situation… My expectation is that it will be a continuous process and they would definitely be dealing with other challenges,” he had said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe first set of announcements was made on August 23 that included rollback of the enhanced surcharge imposed on foreign portfolio and domestic investors in Budget 2019-20. Sitharaman had in her maiden Budget raised the surcharge on income tax paid by super-rich individuals. The surcharge, levied on top of the applicable income tax rate, was hiked from 15 per cent to 25 per cent for those with a taxable income of Rs 2-5 crore, and to 37 per cent for those earning more than Rs 5 crore. This increased the effective tax rate for these two groups by 3.12 per cent and 7 per cent to 39 per cent and 42.74 per cent, respectively. Some 40 per cent of foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) automatically came under the higher tax rate as they have been investing as a non-corporate entity, such as trust or association of persons (AOPs), which in the income tax law is classified as an individual for the purpose of taxation. It was followed by announcement with regard to consolidation of 10 public sector banks (PSBs) into four on August 30. According to the consolidation exercise, United Bank of India and Oriental Bank of Commerce are to be merged with Punjab National Bank, making the proposed entity the second-largest PSB. Syndicate Bank is to be merged with Canara Bank. Allahabad Bank will be merged with Indian Bank. Andhra Bank will be amalgamated with Corporation Bank and Union Bank of India. This would be the second round of consolidation of PSBs. Earlier this year, State Bank of India had absorbed its five associate banks and the Bharatiya Mahila Bank to form the biggest public sector lender. In another merger, Bank of Baroda had taken over Dena Bank and Vijaya Bank. Last week, the government announced a slew of measures to boost exports and the real estate sector. During the week, the finance minister will chair the 37th meeting of the GST Council, which is expected to discuss rate revisions for various sectors, including automobiles, fast-moving consumer goods, and hotels. Besides, she will meet heads of the PSBs to discuss issues, including following up on transmission of monetary policy rates.
Casablanca – According to daily La Vie Eco, Casablanca’s M’dina buses will start using the same ticket management system used by Casa Tram by the first half of 2014.According to the same source, the project has reached a completion rate of 85%. However, for interoperability to be effective, there remain certain issues that need be addressed, starting with the rates and the distribution of revenues between the company that manages M’dina buses and the one that operates the tramway.These points will be discussed by the City Council during the first quarter of 2014, as the quality of services or investments made by each party are unequal. It should also be noted that after a year of service, Casa Tram has already exceeded its objectives in terms of number of passengers.With 21.8 million transported passengers, the tram transports a daily average of 100,000 passengers, while the initial objective was set to 85000.This has generated revenues of MAD 123 million last December. However, the company could not avoid a deficit of MAD 189 million in its first year.For the management of Casa Transport, interoperability with the bus will play a key role in balancing the tram’s finances, since it would help generate sufficient revenues to cover operating expenses.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or or redistribute
For years sabermetrics has theorized that pitchers can’t control what happens after a batter strikes a ball. Whether it bloops in for a hit, rockets its way to an outfielder’s glove or lands just inches outside the foul line, it’s a consequence of the batter and the defense, but not the pitcher. That argument is what led to Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP), a statistic that attempts to quantify a pitcher’s performance only for the events for which we know the pitcher has definite responsibility (walks, strikeouts and home runs — in sabermetrics parlance, the “Three True Outcomes”). FIP throws out base hits completely on the basis that they are partially a product of the defense.But now we have Statcast. The new technology that collects data on the position and velocity of the ball and the players on the field is beginning to change what we know (or thought we knew) about all sorts of things — pitching included. And that’s raising new questions about how much effect a pitcher can have on a ball once it’s put in play. The answer might be: a lot.But first, let’s talk batters. Last week, I used Statcast to show that harder-struck pitches tend to fall for hits more often. That, generally, makes hard contact good for the hitter and bad for the pitcher. Obviously, some hitters are better at hitting the ball hard. What Statcast tells us is that some pitchers are better at making batters hit the ball softly.That’s not to say pitchers hold the upper hand. In my models1Specifically, I used a linear random effects model with the R package lme4. The model was specified as follows:Batted ball velocity ~ (1|hitter) + (1|pitcher) + (1|ballpark).In total, batter explains 3 percent of the variance in batted ball velocity, while pitcher explains 0.6 percent and park 0.03 percent. of batted ball velocity that incorporate the pitcher, batter and ballpark, the batter’s effect dominates the pitcher’s. A ball’s exit velocity after a bat strikes it is about five times more the batter’s doing than the pitcher’s. This fact seems to partially vindicate FIP — batters really are the ones in control.At the same time, the pitcher’s effect is not negligible.2Deriving a p-value in a random effects model is tricky. However, the random effect for pitchers significantly improves the model by AIC, improves out-of-sample prediction accuracy, and is larger than expected under a null distribution derived from permutations. While the best batters increase batted ball velocity by as much as 7-8 mph, the best pitchers suppress it by 1.5 mph compared with the average pitcher.That has real significance: Such a decrease roughly equates to a 13-point decrease in batting average on balls in play (BABIP) for a given batted ball.3This number comes from a logistic regression of exit velocity for each batted ball. Over the course of a game, the pitchers who can best decrease exit velocity save about a quarter of a run (on average). A quarter of a run doesn’t sound like much? Multiplied over a season, all those quarters of a run add up to about one win of value.4Run expectancy numbers are derived from a linear regression of linear weights value per pitch on batted ball velocity. Linear weights values come from Pitch Info.So that means FIP is flawed as an overall value metric, at least for some pitchers. Who are those pitchers? Here’s a table of all 485 pitchers with batted ball data this season as of the writing of this article.5This amounts to 17,768 batted balls. You may notice that most relievers are close to zero on this list. That’s because the model does not have enough data per reliever to be certain that they are altering velocity heavily, so it regresses their readings to the mean. Search for your favorite pitcher and see how many miles per hour he takes away from or adds to the average batted ball. The five best pitchers in the league: the Baltimore Orioles’ Wei-Yin Chen (balls leave the bat 1.63 mph slower than average when Chen pitches); the Chicago White Sox’s Chris Sale (1.56 mph); the Los Angeles Angels’ Garrett Richards (1.53 mph); the St. Louis Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright (1.46 mph, before he experienced a season-ending injury April 25); and the Houston Astros’ Dallas Keuchel (1.40 mph). Many of these pitchers are bona fide aces, most obviously Sale, Richards and Wainwright (Clayton Kershaw also lurks in ninth place). These players are not only adept at managing contact, they are also skilled strikeout artists. FIP accurately tabs them as great pitchers even without information about their contact-controlling abilities.These pitchers control their opposition’s quality of contact partly by driving the hitters into bad counts. In pitcher’s counts, hitters tend to put weak, defensive swings on the ball, resulting in glancing contact. About 15 percent of pitchers’ exit velocity suppression comes from controlling the count.6This estimate is derived by incorporating count into the model as a fixed effect and then determining how much the pitcher’s estimated random effect decreased. Richards, for example, has reached two-strike counts in 92 of his opponents’ plate appearances, compared with three-ball counts in only 38; in the former, hitters have a .271 BABIP, whereas in the latter, they have a .333 BABIP.7The league difference is a bit smaller, but still significant: .291 BABIP with three balls, .281 with two strikes.Chen is an intriguing case. The best at suppressing batted ball velocity, Chen also has the largest gap between ERA and FIP among qualified starters. In fact, Chen has put up a sizable gap between his ERA and FIP in three of the four years in which he’s pitched in MLB. Lacking batted ball velocity in years prior, we cannot say that his skill is consistent, but his results appear to be.FIP doesn’t only fail to credit the pitchers who manage their opponent’s batted ball velocity, it also fails to blame bad ones who consistently get hit hard.The league’s bottom five in that respect: the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Vance Worley (1.43 mph added to a ball’s exit velocity, compared with average); the Tampa Bay Rays’ Nate Karns (1.39 mph); the San Francisco Giants’ Tim Lincecum (1.16 mph); the Kansas City Royals’ Yordano Ventura (1.11 mph); and the San Diego Padres’ James Shields (1.06 mph). Just as the best pitchers tended to be better than average even by FIP, these five are worse. And while the aces use the count to their advantage, these pitchers are liable to find themselves in hitter’s counts, which causes some of their problems in the first place.Their exit velocity stats are also worse because they serve up pitches down the middle of the plate. Batters crave these meatballs and can punish them for extra-base hits and home runs. When I took pitch location out of the model, the pitchers’ effects on batted ball velocities fell by 20 percent on average.8Location was added into the model with a quadratic term for horizontal and vertical coordinates after adjusting for the count.Ventura, the Royals’ young flamethrower, is a conspicuous member of this worst-in-the-league list. Like Worley and Karns, he tends to throw his four-seam fastball more often than the league average.9Using pitch tags generously supplied to me by Pitch Info. That’s significant because fastballs tend to get hammered the hardest (even adjusting for count and location). Ventura, and other fastball-heavy starters, run the risk of allowing harder contact and more hits.The idea that pitchers can, in fact, influence their BABIP is not new. Shortly after the initial publication of DIPS, Tom Tippett (currently employed by the Red Sox) wrote about how the best pitchers seemed to be able to control the probability that their struck pitches would fall for hits. Tippett had only anecdotal examples such as Pedro Martinez and Greg Maddux, so the sabermetric community coalesced on the idea that they could be exceptions to a very reasonable rule.Now that we have Statcast’s data, we can see otherwise. No one will mistake Wei-Yin Chen for Pedro Martinez, but it appears that Chen can repeatably depress his opponent’s batted ball velocity, and a statistic such as FIP will fail to credit him for that skill.10Fortunately, new statistics such as Baseball Prospectus’ DRA (Deserved Run Average) do take into account all the events in which a pitcher plays a part. In fact, individual pitchers’ DRAs better correlate with the velocity suppression effects I calculated than their FIPs do, indicating that DRA is capturing some of this skill. Statcast’s data is beginning to challenge not only our views of specific players, but also some of the fundamental precepts of sabermetrics.Special thanks to Baseball Savant for the batted ball data; Pitch Info and Harry Pavlidis for the use of pitch tag data; and Jonathan Judge, Greg Matthews, Harry Pavlidis and Dan Turkenkopf for helpful comments and feedback.CORRECTION (May 22, 11:38 a.m.): An earlier version of this article stated that Wei-Yin Chen had a sizable gap between his ERA and FIP all four years in which he pitched in the league. That wasn’t true in 2013, when his ERA was slightly higher than his FIP.
Braxton for Heisman?Through the first nine weeks of the season, Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer declined to consider his star sophomore quarterback, Braxton Miller, a candidate for this year’s Heisman Trophy. Following the team’s ninth consecutive victory on Saturday at Penn State, Meyer’s response changed.“I do believe Braxton’s a Heisman candidate,” Meyer said. “He has to play much better, however, from just sheer production on a team that’s 9-0, it puts him in that category.”Miller ranks 10th nationally with 2,620 yards of total offense and ranks fifth nationally with 1,093 rushing yards. The OSU quarterback has also 12 passing and 12 rushing touchdowns this season.Meyer said Miller’s progression as a quarterback this season is “on schedule.”“Somebody would say he should be a better thrower by now, and he should be,” Meyer said. “But there’s other areas of his game that have really improved.”Meyer said he does not know who the other candidates are but mentioned Kansas State senior quarterback Collin Klein and West Virginia senior quarterback Geno Smith when discussing the award.Meyer also named Miller as OSU’s offensive player of the week. Miller completed 7-of-19 passes for 143 yards with one touchdown and one interception against Penn State but also ran for 134 yards and two touchdowns.Miller also received recognition on a national level. Miller was announced on Monday as one of 16 semifinalists for the Maxwell Award, an award recognizing the collegiate player of the year.Praise for Penn State performanceMeyer said he was proud of his team’s overall performance in their 35-23 road win in State College, Pa., on Saturday.“Our guys responded well in a very tough situation,” Meyer said. “Overall, very good team win … our best team win we’ve had.”Meyer said his Buckeyes are a “special” team.“They’re fighting for each other,” Meyer said. “It’s a refuse-to-lose type atmosphere.”Wide receivers coach Zach Smith said he did not foresee the Buckeyes starting out the season with a 9-0 record.“I think it’s a testament to just the commitment of a group of guys that refuse to lose a game,” Smith said. “I wouldn’t say that we are an undefeated football team that is sitting here just dominating people … There’s a lot of stuff we can improve at every position in every phase, but what you love to see is that teamwork and that cohesion of players that go out and win the game because they have the passion for each other and this university and ultimately the team.”Awards all around for BuckeyesSophomore outside linebacker Ryan Shazier, who had eight total tackles, two sacks, an interception returned for a touchdown and a forced fumble in Saturday’s win, was named the Big Ten co-defensive player of the week on Monday.In addition to Miller, two other Buckeyes were named as national semifinalists for major college football awards. Junior defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins was named one of 16 semifinalists for the Chuck Bednarik Award, which is awarded to college football’s outstanding defensive player of the year. Redshirt sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby, who was credited with four pass breakups in Saturday’s game, was also named a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, which recognizes the nation’s best defensive back.Meyer said Monday that Shazier and Roby were named OSU’s co-defensive players of the week. Sophomore wide receiver Devin Smith, who had two special teams tackles, was named special teams player of the week.Redshirt junior left tackle Jack Mewhort, junior left guard Andrew Norwell, senior right tackle Reid Fragel, redshirt senior tight end Jake Stoneburner, sophomore wide receiver Evan Spencer and junior running back Carlos Hyde were named as offensive champions along with Miller.Additionally, Meyer awarded redshirt sophomore Adam Griffin a “Scarlet Shirt” award for his efforts on special teams, which included a pass breakup on a fake punt pass.Griffin said being recognized for his effort “means a lot” to him.“It just lets you know that all the hard work you put in throughout practice and throughout camp is paying off,” Griffin said.Injury reportMeyer said redshirt senior outside linebacker Etienne Sabino, who has missed the last three games with a broken right fibula, is questionable for Saturday’s game versus Illinois.Aside from Sabino, however, Meyer said the team has a relatively clean bill of health.“Our trainers say we’re as healthy as we’ve been,” Meyer said.
Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has been dubbed ‘Karius’ by Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez, according to ESPN.The Real Madrid pair of Asensio and Vazquez were seen calling the United goalkeeper Karius in the tunnel before the game between Real Madrid and Manchester United on Monday in Miami.It is understood that De Gea might have been giving the nickname ‘Karius’ in the Spanish camp during the World Cup.The former Atletico Madrid shot-stopper was heading onto the pitch when he heard familiar voices call him Karius and the voices turned out of be those of Spanish teammates Asensio and Vazquez.The goalkeeper smiled and exchanged pleasantries with the duo before heading out to the pitch to warm up.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…De Gea had a difficult making just one save in all four games as La Furia Roja exited the competition in the second-round after a penalty shootout loss to host Russia.These below-par performances have led to comparisons with Liverpool’s Loris Karius by his Spanish teammates.Karius has had a difficult time of late. The German goalkeeper had a frustrating outing in the Champions League Final against Real Madrid and he’s has been unconvincing in preseason friendlies as well.Liverpool have signed Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker for a record-goalkeeper fee to solve their problem in that department.
Napoli defender Raul Albiol is adamant the Serie A title is far from over despite Juventus’ perfect start to the season.Juventus currently hold a 100% record in the Serie A as they bid to reclaim their title.The Bianconeri have established a six-point lead over Carlo Ancelotti’s side with a win over them last weekend but Albiol is bullish about his team’s chances.“A few mistakes cost us,” Albiol recalled on Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli.“In those kinds of games, you get punished for every mistake. They were more aggressive after they equalised, but the goal was more about our mistake.Juventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“After 2-1 we started playing again, we had a lot of chances but it’s difficult having 10-men away at Juventus.“Is the title race already over? No, it’s not over. We knew from the start that Juventus were favourites, they spent a lot of money and bought great players. But it’s too early to say they’ve already won.“We know we have to do a lot to be up there with them, but there’s no use talking we just have to think about winning, starting with Sunday.“If we keep winning then it’s all to play for.”