Cyprus win despite poor performance

first_imgIn an unconvincing display against the joint-lowest FIFA-ranked country in the world, Cyprus managed a 3-1 win over Gibraltar to claim their first three points in 2018 World Cup qualifying.What most expected to be a walk in the park for Cyprus almost ended up being an embarrassing evening for the hosts, with the visiting minnows arguably creating the better opportunities.It could, and perhaps should have been, a different story had Pieros Sotiriou converted his one-on-one-chance within the first three minutes but the Apoel striker instead snuffed at the effort and was easily denied.From then on, it was Gibraltar who had the better of the first half. On 21 minutes, Cabrera was picked out at the back post but the forward headed the ball into the ground over the bar.Another excellent left-footed cross, this time from Walker from a set piece found Chipolina at the back post who headed the ball beyond Panayi, only to see his fine finish correctly ruled out for offside.But just when Gibraltar were experiencing the best spell of the game, Cyprus earned a free-kick of the game on the counter-attack. Christofi’s strike deflected kindly into the path of Laifis who calmly poked the ball home for 1-0, against the run of play.In a bizarre incident, Cyprus also had a goal ruled out when Christofi’s prodded cross into the box bounced slowly over the Gibraltar keeper but it was chalked off as Sotiriou made an intent to attack the ball.A similar trend of the first half continued at the start of second as Liam Walker’s excellent left-footed deliveries wreaked havoc in the Cypriot defence, and this time it would prove costly.A whipped cross to the far post found Ryan Casciaro at the far stick whose header was poorly flapped at by Panayi, and Lee Casciaro was there to head the ball over the line from close range.Straight up the other end, Jason Demetriou hit a rasping effort from around 30 yards which was saved onto the crossbar, and headed in on the rebound by veteran defender Elias Charalambous only for the linesman’s flag to deny Cyprus once again, with another correct call.Gibraltar, to their credit, never showed signs of settling for just a point and continued to threaten. Just before the hour-mark, they should have been ahead when another fine Walker delivery from a corner found Chipolina unmarked at the far post but, despite making clean connection with the volley, Panayi stooped low to deny.Against the run of play, it took Cyprus until the 67th minute to restore their lead – Christofi’s low cross found Sotiriou, who then turned his defender well to make a yard of space for himself before finishing beyond Ibrahim for his first ever international goal at the 19th attempt.It could have been game-over ten minutes later when Kastanos cut the ball back to the penalty spot for Sotiriou but his effort was denied by a combination of the keeper’s hand and the help of Ryan Casciaro on the line.Eventually the game was put beyond any reasonable doubt with three minutes to go when Sielis rose well to powerfully head home from a corner to give Cyprus their first points of the campaign.Cyprus’ next international game is on 25 March when they host Estonia at the GSP Stadium, where a much-improved performance will be necessary to get a result.Source: cyprus-mail.comTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Norton: India has to defend well

first_imgU17 World Cup U-17 World Cup: Luis Norton – The base for India is to defend well Rahul Bali Last updated 2 years ago 09:20 10/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Luis Norton de Matos Cropped gettyimages U17 World Cup India U17 v United States U17 India U17 United States U17 The Portuguese gave an in-depth explanation to his coaching philosophy and what changes he has made to India U-17 team… Luis Norton de Matos had a tough job to do as he took over the reins of Indian U-17 coach’s role in March this year. This was after Nicolai Adam and the All India Football Federation (AIFF) parted ways  in acrimonious circumstances.The former Benfica ‘B’ coach has made several changes to the team after he took over from Adam. One of the first things he did was to call more players for trials and he wanted players of a certain height in key positions – goalkeeper, centre-backs, central midfielders and strikers.Norton was also open to the idea of including Namit Deshpande and Sunny Dhaliwal into the squad even though they joined the team very late. Why? Because they fit into the profile of players he was looking for. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Speaking to Goal exclusively, he explained what is it in a player that he looks for and also shared his reasons as to why in certain positions, you need to scout for a particular profile.Norton de Matos GFX“I think the first criterion to test a player is through his talent. You can have a combination of talent and profile for certain positions. If you’re 1.80 meters, it’s impossible for you to be number one in gymnastics or if you’re 1.60 meters it’s impossible to be good in basketball. In all kinds of sport, excellence can be earned through hard work. Obviously, you need some skills to do that hard work. If you have wingers, it’s not so important if they are big or not but they must be fast. For certain positions like central defence, goalkeeper and so on, being big is important,” explained Norton.One look at India Under-17’s midfield and you can tell why he agreed to include Jeakson Singh. The tall midfielder operates as a number six and also has good passing range. Norton explained that it is vital to know what one expects from a certain position and then scout for the player.Unlike the previous coaches India have had in recent times, the obsession to play like Barcelona is rather unrealistic because in order to achieve that, you need players to be playing in a certain manner for several years and only then you get to see the ‘tiki-taka’ brand of football.“You look at Mourinho’s Manchester United. Their central midfield is (Nemanja) Matic, (Marouane) Fellaini and (Paul) Pogba. Each of the three players are tall. They are good with the ball and also recover it, win the second balls as well. This is something which I like,” he shared his insights.“But you can also have Xavi, (Andres) Iniesta and (Lionel) Messi. It depends on how they play. Barcelona never play long balls but control the game by possession. Barcelona model is an exception to the rule though.  The other teams control the game in the way they recover the ball because they are very strong in that department,” he further added.India have been practising on set-pieces, both offensively and defensively. Norton highlights that India’s best chance to score is from a deadball situation and they must be ready to take those opportunities.Norton de Matos GFX“Almost 50 percent of the goals in football are through corners and free-kicks. These kinds of things for me is all about the organization and knowing what you want from each position. You have to define the position’s role in the game and what profile of players you need.“What are the profiles of the players, how does the team play. Every coach has a model of playing. For example, you play two wingers, one number nine and one number 10. So you must look for players who can play in this manner. When you construct a building, it starts from the base. The base for us is to defend well. It does not mean that we play defensively but in an organized manner,” he elaborated.“When the game ends, we say that the opponents were stronger than us but it was actually due to the individual actions through corners or free-kicks that we have difficulty with. People think that it’s easy to defend. It’s not easy to defend because the general notion when you have the ball is to attack,” he illustrated.On Friday, India Under-17 team will for the very first time play in front of a packed stadium. Norton mentioned that there are certain areas which are difficult to control such as how would a player react under pressure as this will be a novel experience.Although he did take them to Benfica’s game to experience what it’s like to watch a game, playing one is a different proposition altogether.“A competition brings us a lot of information that a player needs. For example, when we play our first game in Delhi, I don’t know how many people are going to be there. Suppose there are 40,000 people, how will the player react? Some may play much better than usual and other may feel blocked by the audience.“It’s a completely new thing to play with the crowd and responsibility. Even as a nine-year-old if you’re playing in a final, the emotions from the public is also there. Perhaps the public includes family and friends, but they create a kind of a pressure.“However, this experience doesn’t exist in India as the boys haven’t played in competitive matches in front of a full stadium,” he pointed.Although a tough task at hand, Norton is expecting his boys to deliver and play to his instructions in order to get the best possible result at the Under-17 World Cup.Remember, it’s time to celebrate India’s participation and not judge.last_img read more

The Week Continues Upward Trajectory

first_imgThe Week has been a bright spot in consumer magazine publishing since it launched in 2001, and was one of the only magazines to continuously increase its advertising pages through much of the economic recession. Through the first half of 2010, the magazine has increased ad pages by 10.3 percent, according to Publishers Information Bureau figures.And its growth continues in other areas. According to president Steven Kotok, the print magazine is gearing up to raise its rate base again in 2011 from 500,000 to 510,000. It also will be raising the price of gift subscriptions by 17 percent next year. Kotok says the magazine currently offers a bundled “two-for-one” deal for $69.“Our largest source of new subscriptions is from current subscribers introducing The Week to friends, family and colleagues, and that activity just keeps increasing,” he says. Online, the brand has effectively tripled its audience over the last 18 months. In January 2009, averaged more than 330,000 unique visitors and roughly 1.28 million page views. Last month, the site pulled in more than 1.35 million uniques and 3.5 million page views.On top of seeing a strong amount of returning visitors coming directly to the site each day, is getting a lot of its traffic from links from other sites. “We see a lot of links to our content from Yahoo News and AOL News—sites that report news events but link to our content for those of their readers seeking a further multiperspective ‘opinion take’ on the news,” says Kotok. “And we see a lot of traffic from links from opinion sites such as Real Clear Politics, Hot Air, Talking Points Memo, Salon and DailyKos.”Kotok says the linking raises’s profile with Google, and as a result the site also is seeing an increased amount of traffic from search.Online Accounts for More Than a Third of ProfitsInitially, as did other publishers, The Week considered selling advertisements on its Web site as a small add-on for print buys. Today, though, roughly 35 percent of the brand’s profits are generated online. Kotok says a big contributor to this is landing major advertisers that aren’t buying into the print magazine, like BMW and FedEx, to buy ad schedules online.“We see online revenue rising by 50 percent in 2011 and 33 percent in 2012,” he says.Content-wise, Kotok says is planning to launch a new “Election” page later this month and is developing several “multiplatform programs” which he declined to describe in further detail.“Even though we are considered new and innovtive, we actually put a lot of effort toward not changing what’s already working and toward staying true to what makes us unique,” he says. “And most importantly, focusing on what’s best for our business in the long term. There are so many pressures in this business to make compromises on those principles for short-term benefit, but compromise is not what has gotten us to our successful position today.”last_img read more

BUSINESS BRIEF Glenn Strauss Joins Reading Cooperative Bank as SVPChief Lending Officer

first_img(NOTE: Reading Cooperative Bank has two locations in Wilmington — 230 Lowell Street and 352 Middlesex Avenue.)READING, MA — Reading Cooperative Bank (RCB) is pleased to announce that Glenn Strauss has joined the bank as its new Senior Vice President and Chief Lending Officer. Glenn is a highly experienced bank lending professional, having come to RCB from Salem Co-operative Bank in Salem, NH, where he worked as a Senior Vice President/Senior Commercial Lending Officer and Department Head. While at Salem Co-operative, Glenn handled all aspects and activities for the Commercial Lending Division, including sales and portfolio growth, customer retention, loan servicing, budgeting, and strategic planning.Glenn also worked more than 15 years at Pentucket Bank in Haverhill, MA as the Senior Vice President/Massachusetts Market Manager and Commercial Loan Team Leader. While there, Glenn managed a team of commercial lenders, servicing both new and existing commercial and consumer relationships through a strong referral network and market presence.Some of Glenn’s other past employers include U.S. Trust (Assistant Vice President, Commercial Loans) in Woburn, MA, Family Bank, FSB (Commercial Loan Officer) in Haverhill, MA, and Malden Mills Industries, Inc. (Credit Officer) in Burlington and Dedham, MA.Glenn is a longtime Wakefield resident and is highly active in the community. He was on the Board of Directors at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salem; is a member of the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce; and is a Loan Advisory Board Member at the Merrimack Valley Planning commission. Glenn graduated from Bentley University with a BS in Business Administration and a concentration in Finance.“It’s a pleasure to join an institution that values its community and seeks to bring cooperative banking back to its roots,” said Glenn. “The personalized touch that is RCB’s brand is something that really speaks to me. I look forward to contributing my own verse as I join a top-notch team that is building something truly special.”“We’re really fortunate to have Glenn here at such an exciting time in the bank’s history,” said RCB President & CEO Julie Thurlow. “I have no doubt that his broad lending experience, creative aptitude and penchant for leadership will help us reach the short-and-long-term goals that we and our owners/depositors strive for.”About Reading Cooperative BankReading Cooperative Bank is a depositor owned co-operative founded in 1886. This community-centric North Shore financial service provider has branches in Reading, Wilmington, North Reading, Andover, and Burlington. They also operate teaching branches at Northeast Metro Tech in Wakefield (open to the public) and at Reading Memorial High School (students and staff only), as well as an online branch at The above press release is from Reading Cooperative Bank.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedReading Cooperative Bank Hires Elizabeth Trifone As New Vice President & Commercial Loan OfficerIn “Business”Reading Cooperative Bank Welcomes 4 New Staff MembersIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Reading Cooperative Bank Announces 3 New Branch Managers, Including Changes In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

Avengers Endgame new trailer arrives full of MCU flashbacks

first_imgRocket Raccoon and War Machine better be awesome together in Avengers: Endgame. Marvel Studios The new trailer for Avengers: Endgame, which Marvel Studios released Thursday, offers a few more hints of our next trip to the Marvel Cinematic Universe on April 26.Thanos may have snapped half the population to dust in Avengers: Infinity War, but that doesn’t mean the fight is over.The trailer opens with a stranded-in-space Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) recording a message for his Earth-bound fiancee Pepper Potts, reminiscing about his first days as Iron Man and falling in love with her. (Still no sign of Pepper in the current timeline, however.) After the title card, the trailer ends with Thor (Chris Hemsworth) meeting Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), who isn’t fazed by his hammer tricks, as she smirks at the god.”I like this one,” he says, suggesting that the MCU powerhouses will get along just fine. TV and Movies Culture 4 Update: After an uproar over the lack of Danai Gurira’s (Okoye) name in the top billing, Marvel Studios released a new official poster.  It kicks off a series of mostly black-and-white flashbacks to the various Avengers’ past adventures — like Steve Rogers’ pre-Captain America World War 2 life and the now destroyed Asgard — and the Snappening by Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War. Fascinatingly, the only color we see in these parts is red (like the beginning of the first Endgame trailer).Hawkeye/Ronin and Black Widow sport a variety of haircuts in the color shots, hinting at either a fashion crisis or that we’ll be hopping to different points in the timeline. Hawkeye’s flashbacks include a look at him teaching his daughter how to shoot an arrow (presumably before she’s dusted and he goes dark?). Some publications have speculated this could instead be Kate Bishop, Hawkeye’s protege, as Marvel possibly introduces Young Avengers — but if you look closely in trailer at 0:38, there are other Barton family members in the background. Is it impossible to think Marvel would rewrite comic canon for a film? Absolutely not, but signs point to this being where Clint was pre-Snappening. (Quick, someone comb through all the released Endgame footage and let us know how wrong we are!)”The world has changed, and none of us can go back. All we can do is our best, and sometimes, the best that we can do, is to start over,” says the late Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) — a line she uttered in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Appropriately enough, we get a shot of Cap carrying her coffin. Marvel Studios We then see Cap, Nebula, Ant-Man, Hawkeye, War Machine, Iron Man (who clearly makes it home) and Black Widow in fancy, matching white Avengers outfits. Could they be preparing for a trip to space … or perhaps these are the rumored fancy suits for a trip to the Quantum Realm? 26 Photos Avengers: Endgame trailer takes you back to the start She should have been up there all this time. Check out the official Marvel Studios’ #AvengersEndgame poster. @DanaiGurira #WakandaForever— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) March 14, 2019 More Endgame Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Check out the new poster for @MarvelStudios #AvengersEndgame, in theaters April 26.— Russo Brothers (@Russo_Brothers) March 14, 2019 Captain Marvel Marvel The Avengers 2:26 Marvel and the Russo brothers (who are directing the movie) tweeted a sweet new poster to go along with the trailer — it shows most of the surviving heroes with Thanos looming in the background.Avengers: Endgame is scheduled to open in theaters worldwide on April 26, and could be up to three hours long. For more plot theories, characters reveals and news, check out our Avengers: Endgame movie guide.   Endgame looks like a three-hour bladder-buster How to stream every Marvel movie before April 26 Comments Tags Also, check out our sister sites and GameSpot for more Avengers: Endgame coverage. If you want to catch up with the MCU movies before the Endgame begins, here’s our guide to streaming them all.Originally published March 14 at 5:18 a.m. PT.Update, 3:24 p.m. PT: Adds more details. How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right orderlast_img read more

Former Astros Player Jeff Bagwell Named To MLB Hall Of Fame

first_img Share Jeff Bagwell, who spent his entire 15-year career with the Houston Astros, has made it into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Bagwell is only the second player in franchise history to be inducted as an Astro. He joins Craig Biggio, who was inducted in 2015.Bagwell earns the recognition after his seventh season on the ballot. He’s joined by Ivan Rodriguez and Tim Raines in the Hall of Fame’s 2017 class.The Houston Astros plan to hold a public rally and celebration on January 23 at 5 p.m. in the Union Station lobby at Minute Maid Park. Doors will open to the public at 3 p.m.Bagwell’s career highlights include a Rookie of the Year award, National League MVP, four All-Star selections, three Silver Sluggers, and a Golden Glove award.Bagwell drew 82.6 percent of the vote from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. The threshold to be admitted to the Hall of Fame is 75 percent. The induction ceremony takes place July 31 in Cooperstown.last_img read more