Nine 49ers notes to spice up your Monday morning

first_imgA week from tonight, the 49ers take the field as the NFC’s only remaining undefeated team, and they’ll put their 3-0 record up against the visiting Cleveland Browns (2-2). Here are other Monday morning morsels to digest:1. The 49ers will practice today from roughly 11 a.m. to noon, and another light session will follow Tuesday. These “bonus” practices are intended to get them back into the groove after last weekend’s bye, and, after Wednesday’s day off, full-time practices resume Thursday. …last_img

South Africa and DRC to collaborate on economy projects

first_img20 October 2015President Jacob Zuma has announced that following a working visit to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) last week, the two countries are working together to strengthen relationships and build new economic partnerships.“We have decided that the next decade of our Bi-National Commission (BNC) should intensify the implementation of joint economic projects, in particular the Grand Inga Hydropower Project, whose founding treaty was signed on 30 October 2013,’ Zuma said yesterday.The visit and the results of the relationship with the DRC fulfil a fundamental pillar of South Africa’s National Development Plan, that of assuring a stronger South African presence in Africa and the world.Earlier last week, Zuma co-chaired the ninth session of the BNC with his counterpart, President Joseph Kabila of the DRC.During the session, the two presidents reviewed progress made on bilateral programmes during the first decade of the Bi-National Commission. These included co-operation projects in the fields of politics and governance; defence and security; economy, finance and infrastructure; as well as social and humanitarian affairs.Bilateral trade increased from R11-billion in 2012 to R13-billion in 2014. South Africa is the DRC’s biggest supplier of foreign goods and services, providing more than 20% of the country’s total imports.Speaking in the capital Kinshasa, Zuma pledged support for an emerging DRC, adding: “This is not the DRC of 2004. (The country is) emerging from a prolonged conflict and civil strife, (and) required support and solidarity. South Africa has committed and pledged to accompany and walk with the government and the people of this great nation, and now, a decade later, we can look back with deserved pride considering the noticeable achievements that we have made.”Over the next 10 years, Zuma said, economic relations in the areas of trade, industrialisation and infrastructure development would be more prominent than they were now. “We have urged the responsible ministries and departments to finalise all outstanding issues in order to pave the way for the construction of this Pan- African flagship project,” he added.During last week’s visit, the South African leader witnessed the signing of the Bilateral Air Services Agreement by the ministers responsible for transport. The agreement will enable the two countries to facilitate movement of people and expand aviation co-operation. South Africa and the DRC maintain good diplomatic and political relations.Both leaders urged authorities in charge of the various projects in both countries to do their best to “speed up the process with a view to resolving all the outstanding issues. in order to clear the way for carrying out this pan-African project”.One of the projects highlighted during the visit that will enjoy a boost from the ongoing relationship is the multibillion-dollar Inga 3 dam project, on the Congo River. Africa’s most powerful river, it is perfect for hydro-energy generation.The Inga 3 Basse Chute project near Matadi will divert the river’s waters into a 12km channel and passing through a 100m hydropower dam in the Bundi Valley before releasing the water back into the river. The project is expected to generate 4 800 megawatts of power, equivalent to the output of three third-generation nuclear reactors, and boost power supplies to a region starved of electricity.“This project will help turn on the switch to a brighter future for Congo, and the continent,” Zuma said.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

The magic of uShaka Marine World

first_imgAt the end of Golden Mile in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, lies a world of sun, surf, entertainment and wild water rides. Spanning more than 16 hectares of prime beachfront, uShaka Marine World is Africa’s largest marine theme park and home to the fifth-largest aquarium in the world. It has 32 tanks filled with 17 500 cubic meters of water.uShaka Marine World incorporates fresh and sea water, natural materials and the recreation of a 1920s shipwreck, all drawn together by indigenous African imagery, lush vegetation and maritime images of the Port of Durban.And there’s lots to do: wild water rides, a huge aquarium, dolphin displays, excellent cuisine at the restaurants, shopping in uShaka Village Walk retail village – or simply sunbathing on uShaka Beach.uShaka Marine World was developed to create a world-class entertainment and tourism centre for Durban. It was initiated by the eThekwini Municipality as a major node of development in the city – one of South Africa’s premier tourism destinations.Video: uShaka Marine World, DurbanuShaka Marine World: www.ushakamarineworld.co.zaeThekwini Municipality: www.durban.gov.zaSea WorldLying in the centre of uShaka, Sea World has a saltwater aquarium with indoor and outdoor exhibits, the cargo shipwreck, seal stadium and penguin rookery.There’s also a 1 200-seat stadium for Sea World’s dolphin acrobats, with specially designed windows providing a view of the animals both above and below the water.uShaka Sea World builds on the work of the South African Association for Marine and Biological Research and the facilities of the older and legendary Durban Sea World. While focused on education, it offers visitors fun interactive experiences.Sea World includes the marine research facilities of the Oceanographic Research Institute (ORI), giving uShaka an important scientific and environmental function.uShaka Sea World: www.seaworld.org.zaOceanographic Research Institutewww.ori.org.zauShaka BeachDurban’s beaches are world-famous, offering the best of sand and surf. Other than just lazing in the sun, at uShaka Beach you can also join in windsurfing, beach volleyball, beach rugby, surfing, jet skiing, kite flying, paddle boat rides, dolphin sightings and boat charters, and national and international beach sports events. There are also daily surfing lessons available.Wet ‘n WildThis freshwater entertainment facility offers thrilling water rides, swimming pools and more. Rides include kamikaze speed slides, Stuka freefall slides, a five-lane racer, supertube open rides, children’s rides, sunbathing areas on sand, grass or decking, and a 750-metre lazy river ride around the centre of uShaka Marine World, part of it flowing through the uShaka shipwreck.SAinfo reporterReviewed: October 2013Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

More learning, more success

first_imgQC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Trust is also important, Kiraly explained to the local coaches. It spills over to allowing assistants to teach and have a say in how things are run. “You might get sick one day and your assistant needs to take over,” Kiraly said.All sports should make an effort like that of the PSL to continuously look for ways to upgrade their game. And with Karch Kiraly’s visit, you get lessons not only on how to play but a serving as well of the values indispensable for team success. PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd03:06‘Pamana’: Mausoleum caretaker cherishes humble work for family00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Karch Kiraly. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOUnited States national women’s volleyball coach and three-time Olympic gold medalist Karch Kiraly was clearly delighted that the Philippine volleyball community knew him very well.“I covered you in the 1988 Seoul Olympics,” I told Kiraly as we were introduced by Philippine Superliga president Tats Suzara. “That surely dates us,” Kiraly smiled back. ESPN 5 sports head Patricia Bermudez-Hizon and I were clearly fans as we talked shop with Kiraly, who also dabbles in the game’s TV coverage.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Isaac hopes to see FEU connection thrive in Blackwater Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The younger generation of volleyball fans may not exactly know of Kiraly’s game until they hit the internet for a quick review. But the PSL coaches, who were to undergo a clinic with Kiraly later in the afternoon, clearly knew him and had followed his indoor and beach volleyball accomplishments.Kiraly was in town for the clinic and the formal opening of the PSL Grand Prix tournament. Suzara invited the game’s legend when they met in Japan in a recent international tournament. It didn’t take long for Kiraly to agree to come over as he was aware of how the game has grown in this part of the world.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn the press conference and in the clinic, Kiraly shared lessons from years of playing and coaching. “You don’t have to be the tallest team to do well,” Kiraly explained, citing the Thai and Japanese volleyball teams as great examples of what sound fundamentals can do.Aside from discussing the game’s technical aspects, Kiraly emphasized in the clinic that “If there’s more learning in a team, there will be much more success.” The nature of the game, with its limited number of passes, compels teams to have players with multiple skills so that anyone on the floor should know how to set, dig, block and attack. “We don’t have a lot of time to handle the ball,” he pointed out.last_img read more

Aus Open: Schiavone wins 4th round match in 4 hours & 44 mins

first_imgOne of the players was so exhausted she forgot who was serving. The other kept checking the ticking clock on center court and thinking to herself, “Brava, Francesca!”.The clock finally stopped at 4 hours and 44 minutes, when French Open champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy overcame Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 1-6, 16-14 in the fourth round at the Australian Open and set a record for the longest women’s Grand Slam match in the Open era.Italy’s Francesca Schiavone (left) shakes hands with Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova after their fourth round match at the Australian Open on Sunday. Schiavone won 6-4, 1-6, 16-14. APExhausted but elated, Schiavone described the match as “fantastic!” Schiavone is now 30, the age when many players are considering retirement. But she’s on a roll, playing the best tennis of her career and creating new pieces of history as she ages. She won the French Open last year, becoming the first Italian to win a major and the oldest woman to win her first Grand Slam in four decades. She also became the oldest woman in 12 years to crack the top 10 for the first time.With Sunday’s win she set a new personal best, reaching her first Australian Open quarter-finals in 11 tries. She has played in 42 consecutive Grand Slams. She is also expected to rise from her current ranking of No. 6, which was already a career high. “When you’re in a situation like this, I think every point is the most important. It’s like every point is match point. You have to keep going,” she said. To be exact, Schiavone saved six match points and closed the final set on her third match point. “Physically you are tired,” she said. “Mentally it’s the same.”advertisementSchiavone kept fresh by dousing herself with bottled water at game changeovers, pouring it over her head and her arms and legs. Both players sought rub-downs from their trainers to ease tight muscles. The third set was a three-hour marathon, with incredible shots and saves by both players, going more-or-less game for game until Schiavone edged ahead and ended to it at a staggering 16-14.The longest previous women’s match in a Grand Slam was in Melbourne last year when Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova beat Regina Kulikova 7-6 (5), 6-7 (10), 6-3 in a match lasting 4:19.At Roland Garros last year, Schiavone gained a reputation for dropping to the court and kissing the clay, a ritual that started in the quarter-finals and continued through the final. There was no kissing the ground at Melbourne Park. Schiavone raised both arms to the sky and then walked to the net to hug Kuznetsova. “At some stage, I was like, ‘What’s the score? Who’s serving?”’ Kuznetsova said.Sunday’s record-setting match was almost spiritual. “What doesn’t kill you will make you stronger. I’m still alive and sitting here,” said the No. 26-ranked Russian. “I am a religious person and I believe in God. If he makes me go through this, I will go through this and keep my head high and work even harder. I’m proud of the work I’ve done,” she said.Schiavone said her focus never strayed. “I was watching the clock. I say, ‘Brava, Francesca! You are tough!” she said. The Italian expects another tough match in the quarter-finals when she faces No. 1 Wozniacki. Asked if she’ll have the energy for the next round, she smiled, “If you ask me now, I say, ‘No.”’ “But I am young. I can run,” she said. “I can do anything.”Match summary Kuznetsova vsSchiavone  69 1st Serve% 57 5 Aces 3 3 Double Faults 10 68 Unforced Errors 67 69 Winners (Including Service) 59 33 Break Point Conversion % 35 181 Total Points Won 177last_img read more

Martial wants to leave Man Utd, claims agent

first_imgTransfers Martial wants to leave Manchester United, claims agent Goal Last updated 1 year ago 04:45 6/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Anthony Martial Manchester United 2017-18 Getty Images Transfers Manchester United Anthony Martial Premier League The forward struggled for a spot in Mourinho’s starting line-up last term and is now keen for a fresh start elsewhere Anthony Martial is looking to leave Manchester United after three seasons at Old Trafford, according to the France international’s agent. Martial moved to Old Trafford from Monaco in 2015 and made an instant impact in his debut season under Louis van Gaal with 11 goals in 31 Premier League games. The forward, however, has found a starting spot hard to come by with Jose Mourinho on the bench, with 12 of his 30 league appearances in 2017-18 coming off the bench.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move And while Martial’s agent Philippe Lamboley assures that United are keen to keep him at the club, he feels the time is right for a change. “After considering all possibilities and options, Anthony wants to leave Manchester United,” Lamboley explained to  RMC Sport . “There are many reasons, for now it is too early to discuss it. Anthony will talk soon to go through that. “Man United want to extend Anthony’s deal and they do not want him to leave, but we have not come to an agreement for several months. I think that when Man United, who are the most powerful club, cannot come to an agreement after eight months it is because they really don’t want to make him a key player. “The decision is related to that. It is a decision that has been thought through thoroughly. However, it is important to remember that he is under contract, Man United have the last word and we will respect the club’s decision.” While the agent was reluctant to discuss the motivation behind Martial’s transfer request, he did hint at frustration at a lack of playing time. “We do not have the same vision of Anthony’s future. Right now Anthony is disappointed because he has shown for three seasons the love he feels for the club and its fans. On top of that, I can tell you that without the fans’ unconditional support Anthony would have already asked for a transfer,” he added. “I think he has done his best over the last three years. It is important to remember that this season he scored 11 goals and gave 10 assists in five months. He was chosen Player of the Month three times by fans. “Where will he play? Right now I don’t think that’s the most important question. Anthony just wants to play, to feel happy and connect with his coach, that is essential.”last_img read more

10 months agoWest Ham offer terms to Samir Nasri

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham offer terms to Samir Nasriby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham are offering terms to Samir Nasri.The Mirror says they have offered Nasri a six-month contract worth £80,000-a-week.The Irons have backed boss Manuel Pellegrini by handing the 31-year-old French midfielder a heavily-incentivised deal until the end of the season.It means the pair are reunited after Nasri lifted the title under Pellegrini at Manchester City four years ago.It also comes with Pellegrini hit by the loss of striker Javier Hernandez and defender Fabian Balbuena.Balbuena suffered a knee injury against Watford on Saturday and striker Hernandez came off with back and hamstring problems.Should Nasri impress, West Ham will have an option to keep him beyond next summer. last_img read more

The NFL Is Botching Kickoff Returns

Citing concerns about safety, the NFL adopted a rule change last offseason that moved touchbacks on kickoffs five yards out to the 25-yard line, ostensibly to reduce the number of kick returns, though perhaps with the added benefit of juicing the league’s offense.For its stated purpose, the effect of the rule change has been underwhelming. Of non-onside kickoffs this season, 39 percent have been returned. While this is an all-time low, it’s only down from 42 percent last season, which was already well below the 52 percent average from 2011-14, which was way below the average before the tee placement for kickoffs was moved to the 35-yard line in 2011. It’s not clear that this decline is any greater than what we would have expected if the rule change on returns hadn’t been adopted, based on the ongoing kicker improvement that has been taking place across the board.While there are multiple issues at play, the main reason the change hasn’t been more effective is straightforward: Despite kick returns out of the end zone being rendered a demonstrably worse bet, teams keep trying them.Below is a chart showing the league average starting field position for standard kickoff returns1Meaning returns from non-onside kickoffs kicked from the 35-yard line, excluding returns that ended in a lost fumble. from near the end zone: In 2015, the Jacksonville Jaguars returned 24 percent of kickoffs out of the end zone, and had the seventh-worst average starting field position in the league. In 2016, they have the lowest return rate from the end zone in the league at just under 9 percent3Jacksonville returned 8.7 percent to the Carolina Panthers’ 9.3 percent. and are tied with the Arizona Cardinals for the second-best starting field position after those kickoffs (both 0.8 yards better than if they’d taken the touchbacks). Meanwhile, the Chicago Bears went from returning 37 percent in 2015 to returning 48 percent in 2016. Yet, despite seeing their starting field position improve from the 23-yard line to the 24-yard line, their advantage fell from being tops in the league (by a wide margin) to being 20th — and one of the 25 teams that would have been better off always taking a knee.Further complicating matters, kickoffs that drop short of the goal line seem to be better for the kicking team than touchbacks (as you can see on the first chart above). Before the new rule came into play, the league anticipated that coaches and kickers might try to game the system by kicking just short of the end zone. This seems to have happened, at least somewhat, with 79 percent of kickoffs going into the end zone this season, down from 87 percent last season. That’s a low mark since the kickoff spot was moved in 2011 (in a stat that had been on the rise). But the fact that teams have been willing to inefficiently return out of the end zone may have limited the incentive to try.If this rule stays, it’s likely that teams will adjust eventually on both sides, meaning fewer returns out of the end zone but fewer kicks into the end zone, as well. Kickoffs may essentially go the way of punts, with how often a kicker pins the opposing team inside the touchback line (“In 25”) becoming an important stat for kickoff specialists.Check out our latest NFL predictions. This chart doesn’t give any bonus value to touchdowns, which are slightly more valuable than their equivalent in yardage, though it also doesn’t reflect returns with fumbles lost (which are rare, but still considerably more common than return touchdowns). While some endgame situations may arise where even a bad return is worth trying, and perhaps some of those returns were legitimate responses to openings presented by the kick-coverage unit, ultimately there is no reason to be significantly under the red line save poor judgment. If the entire league had simply taken a knee on these 356 kickoffs it returned out of the endzone, it would have saved a combined 1,108 yards of field position.Kick returners have been more judicious this season — just 23 percent of standard kickoffs have been returned from the end zone, compared with 33 percent last year2That 33 percent was also down from the 42 percent between 2011 and 2014. — but little has changed about the average result of such returns, other than whether they’re worth it.Some teams appear to be figuring this out and have been rewarded as a result. Others have declined the free yards and continued running it out, and they have been punished accordingly: read more

Football Depth at defensive end could lead to new formations

OSU junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis (59) takes his position during their game on Nov. 19, 2016 at Spartan Stadium. The Buckeyes won 17-16. Credit: Lantern File PhotoIt’s rarely a bad thing to have too much depth at one position.That can most certainly be said of Ohio State’s defensive end group. With reigning Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year Tyquan Lewis returning for a fifth year to join senior Jalyn Holmes, sophomore Nick Bosa and redshirt junior Sam Hubbard, the Buckeyes boast arguably the most dominant quartet of defensive ends in college football.“Is it possible to have too many?” Ohio State coach Urban Meyer asked, sarcastically. “On defense, I’ve never thought about it. On offense it happened here. Every time I walk into a press conference, ‘Why did he only have four touches? What about this, what about that?’ Once again, I rather have that conversation than say we don’t have anybody.”With the defensive end talent, it can make the whole defense better, regardless of the set. Redshirt senior linebacker Chris Worley said the ability for the Buckeyes’ defensive linemen to put tons of pressure on the quarterback — even if the pressure does not result in a sack — makes the job of everyone else on the defensive side of the ball easier.“All those interceptions that Malik (Hooker) had and other guys, Marshon (Lattimore), a lot of times it’s, ‘Oh, did you see the Marshon play?’” Worley said. “But what you didn’t see was, down one through two or the two drives before that, the quarterback was probably hit six times upside the head and he was just trying to get the ball out and guys are making plays now.”With that depth on the roster, it could be challenging to fully maximize the talent. During the spring, the concept of a line that featured the four defensive ends with redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones in a heavy-loaded front five surfaced as a possibility in 2017.“Coaches like to say that we have to hold the checkers,” Meyer said on April 6. “You got five really good checkers right there, play them all at once.”Three months later, Meyer and his team are still toying with the idea of using all those playing pieces at the same time.“We have five like we have right now. I’ve kind of tapped them on the shoulder and say all those five guys are playing,” Meyer said. “It’s fun to have checkers like that, move them around.”A key aspect of the plan involves standing Hubbard up and possibly play a few steps behind the linemen. He might be built like a defensive lineman, standing at 6-foot-5, 265 pounds, but he still has the athleticism to play a unique form of defensive lineman.“I’ve never had this situation and it remains to be seen and I think (defensive line coach) Larry Johnson and (defensive coordinator) Greg Schiano know how to handle it or have had conversations that I’ve been involved into,” Meyer said. “I wouldn’t call (Hubbard) a linebacker but he might be something like that. Get him on the field.”Lewis believes that even though the team will not always be able to get all four defensive ends on the field at one time, there is nothing that separates those on the field from those who have to step off.“We don’t consider them backups,” Lewis said. “They’re just another asset to the starting lineup. That’s why they’re always featured in it. With a line this deep, it’s always fresh. Fresh rotation, nobody’s afraid of anything.”It is certain the team will not always utilize all four defensive ends at the same time. There’s even a chance it is just an idea that might not come to fruition. But Meyer has seemed adamant that with all that talent, there has to be some way to maximize those players.“You look at our four D-ends right now — that doesn’t include Chase Young or Jonathon Cooper — so we have four, and unfortunately we’ll probably lose three of them (to the NFL Draft),” Meyer said. “Bosa, Jalyn Holmes is in that same category, and Sam Hubbard. We have to find a way … to get them on the field.” read more