Le Bleus finding right mix

first_imgFrance have arguably the best squad at this year’s world cupFootball coaching is a vocation not dissimilar to others. The longer you plug away at it, the better you become.France national team manager Didier Deschamps is a good illustration of this maxim.After bungling his lines as the 1998 World Cup winners as captain, lost Euro 2016 to Portugal as the man in charge , it is right to claim that perhaps Deschamps is the better man for it after all.Deschamps was France’s coach at Euro 2016In 2016, among many others, he got his squad selection wrong. For example, he chose Eliaquim Mangala in his final 23-man squad, without the confidence to deploy him once Raphael Varane got injured. Rather, Deschamps had to deploy Samuel Umtiti, then an Olympique Lyon left back, into central defence and a kid who was just making his debut at a major tournament.French football is teeming with talent. Leaving out stars like Adrien Rabiot (he was so affronted, he’s refused to be on standby), Lucas Digne, Alexander Lacazette and Kingsley Coman despite the Bayern winger being injured in the weeks building up to the summoning of the squad, required a special expertise.Deschamps has however shown he has it.PSG’s Rabiot is not part of Frence’s World Cup squadAs a manager, it must be abundantly clear who your first choices are; and which players are good enough for back up.I say Deschamps is a better manager because amongst all the 32 manager at this year’s World Cup, he had the most difficult task of squad selection.Rabiot has refused to be on standby because he doesn’t believe Seville’s Steven Nzonzi and Bayern Munich’s Corentin Toliso are better options. Truth is, Toliso brings more to the table. He’s faster, better in the air and scores more goals.Nzonzi meanwhile gives Les Bleus better balance with his physicality and European experience and when you look at the player he has become at Sevilla, it is hard to believe that it’s the same person who was playing in fringe clubs in the English top tier.Nzonzi has been featuring prominently at SevillaHaving got his midfield mix right, Deschamps next big decision is over whether to stick with Olivier Giroud in the centre forward role, or go with Paris Saint Germain’s nimble footed teenage prodigy Kylian Mbappe.In a recent build up with Italy, France got mighty traction starting the later in a three man attack along with Ousmane Dembele and Antoine Griezman. If Deschamps sticks to this front three, he should send ripples through Russia 2018.France are blessed to have a young, highly mobile, energetic team. Emulating their 1998 counterparts does however require a huge dose of character from leading players like Antoine Griezman, Paul Pogba and and Kylian Mbappe.To avoid being labelled nearly men, they must take Russia by storm, as on their day, Les Bleus can match any World Cup team.More importantly, having Ngolo Kante and Toliso or Nzonzi allows Deschamps to deploy Paul Pogba atop a midfield three in a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 formation.Releasing Pogba’s creative instincts, as he’s not comfortable tackling in a deep lying midfielder role, is crucial to Les Bleus chances of World Cup glory.Comments Tags: FIFA world Cup 2018last_img read more

Humboldt Crabs fall to Pacific Union Financial Capitalists 6-5 in 12 innings

first_imgARCATA >> In the aftermath of Wednesday night’s loss to the Redding Colt 45s, Humboldt Crabs manager Tyson Fisher didn’t shy away from stating the importance for his team to rebound in its next game.That was simply because of who was making their way to Arcata this weekend.And while Fisher’s squad put up quite a battle, they weren’t able to come away with a win, rather being dealt a second consecutive frustrating loss.Dominic Fletcher’s one-out sacrifice fly to center field in the top of the …last_img read more

Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 9 | Rain, planting progress, and goat crossfit

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Episode #9 of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast courtesy of the good folks at AgriGold. Visit them at www.agrigold.com.This week, the crew talks rain around Ohio and where it puts planting progress. Ty Higgins takes a look at a very unique idea from out west — goat crossfit with DaNelle Wolford. Matt Reese, though absent from the roundtable discussion as he chases down turkeys, was at the No Show Lamb Show this weekend put on by the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association. He’s joined by event co-chair Lisa Shearer. We wrap up the podcast hearing from the new Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue as he visited USDA offices in Kansas City.last_img read more

Brandon Monebrake, Nov. 27

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We are completely done. We finished the Friday before Thanksgiving with our crops and we finished up our custom work the day before Thanksgiving. We got done and moved stuff home that Sunday and started with the custom work on Tuesday and everything has dried up since.The last field we were in was wet and we will have to do some tillage where some places are torn up depending on how dry things get. There are people working ground around us right now.We had a little grass in the corn up at New Paris where the water stood and drowned out the corn. That hurt yields some. We had a good bit drowned out with the fields where we did our custom work too.The corn ended up around 190 bushels or 200 and the beans were 64 or 65 bushels overall. We thought corn would be around 165 and the beans would be around 50 and when we got into them we were really surprised. Things ended up really decent.The beans held up well through harvest. We had a big wind that broke the tops out of a lot of the corn right above the ears. It seemed like the harvest was never ending because every time you turned around it was raining.We are going to clean out dryer and work on some end of the year jobs now.last_img read more

Twitter effort reinforces the importance of NAFTA

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farmers and ranchers across the country took to Twitter last week to let the  President and other administration officials know that staying in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is a win for farmers.  Corn growers from around the United States tweeted about the economic benefits of NAFTA, which supports 25,000 corn industry jobs and stimulates the rural economy.For the past 23 years, NAFTA has been a landmark trade success story for U.S. agriculture, particularly grains. U.S. corn and corn products (ethanol, DDGs and corn gluten feed) have duty free access to Mexico and Canada under NAFTA. Mexico has become the number one trading partner for U.S. corn, buying 25% of all exports. Since 1994, U.S. corn exports to NAFTA partners have increased more than seven-fold. In the 2015-2016 marketing year alone, U.S. exports of corn to Mexico and Canada totaled more than 14 million metric tons, valued at $2.68 billion.For America’s corn growers, this market access can mean the difference between profit and loss. Corn and corn product exports are responsible for 33 percent of growers’ gross farm income.“Farmers and ranchers from all sectors are sending a powerful message to the President about the importance of remaining in NAFTA,” said Kevin Skunes, NCGA President.  “America’s corn growers stand with the Administration as it negotiates an improved trade agreement, but it must ensure that these vital markets remain open to U.S. agricultural exports.”Agricultural exports are a major driver of the U.S. economy with far-reaching benefits for farmers, American workers and consumers.  They support more than one million American jobs and every dollar of agricultural exports creates an additional $1.27 in business activity.The fifth round of NAFTA negotiations wrapped up in November.  Informal discussions are expected in December, leading up to the sixth round of formal negotiations January 23-28, 2018.“NCGA is following the NAFTA negotiations closely and working with allies in Congress and the Administration to preserve these critical markets for U.S. corn and corn products,” Skunes said.last_img read more

Roundup: 5 Awesome Editing Effects in Adobe Premiere Pro

first_imgIn this video tutorial, check out five practical effects in Premiere Pro every video editor should have in their tool-kit.Video editing is just like any other art form. Whether you’re just starting out or are a seasoned veteran, you always need tricks of the trade. Some of these tricks might be simple time-savers, while others may give a creative boost to a dull project.Whatever the case, the real trick is to always be learning. In this great video breakdown from SonduckFilm, we get some helpful insights into editing with Adobe Premiere Pro.So take a look at filmmaker and video editor Joshua Noel’s five favorite effects in Premiere Pro to see if there are any you can add to your creative tool belt.1. Warp StabilizerFor the run-and-gun filmmaker (or the editor who has to deal with rough-and-tumble footage), shaky footage can be a huge problem in any edit. Not just shaky handheld footage either — even stabilized gimbal footage and tripod shots can have shake and inconsistencies.Noel takes us through how to add Warp Stabilizer to your shaky footage clips — and how to customize the effect to maximize the amount of stabilization you can get.2. CropIf you’ve ever worked with any other basic photo or image editing software — like, say, Adobe Photoshop (or even MS Paint) — you may be familiar with this effect. However, as Noel lays out in his tutorial on reframing compositions and adding new elements like split screen effects, sometimes the simplest tools can be the most powerful.3. Camera Blur and MaskWant to add cinematic depth to your compositions and shots? Noel takes us through how you can use the Camera Blur effect with Mask to add new dynamics and depth to your shots. While this is a pretty simple trick, it does require some keyframing. However, once you get the hang of it, it can be a great creative trick to use in a pinch.4. Lumetri ColorIf you’re old enough to remember the days before the Lumetri Color tab, you know how great the updated effect is in Premiere Pro CC. Digital color editing has always been a developing science, and the Lumetri Color tab is about as powerful a tool as they come.Noel offers some great insights into basic color correcting and grading techniques. From there, you can start learning and developing on your own.5. NoiseFor his final favorite, Noel talks about how to use the Noise effect (a highly controversial decision for some but a powerful effect nonetheless). Noise comes in handy most often when working with graphics and motion. Noel uses the example of working with an After Effects clip and using Noise to add a “video” element — which can give your footage a more authentic or real aesthetic.So take a look, and try out something new.Cover image by FrameStockFootages.If you’re looking for more video editing tips and tricks, check out some of these resources below!Professional Video Editing Tips and Techniques5 Ways to Sharpen Your Film and Video Editing PerspectiveFilm Theory: Why Don’t We Notice All Those Editing Cuts?Learning How to Edit While You ShootVideo Editing 101: Prepping for a Quick (and Successful) Editlast_img read more

Nelson to be the next Conor McGregor?

first_imgArsenal The next Conor McGregor? Arsenal youth star Nelson airs MMA ambition Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 19:45 10/19/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Conor McGregor Reiss Nelson Arsenal Getty Arsenal Premier League The teenage forward is starting to make a name for himself with the Gunners, but is already piecing together plans for life after football Reiss Nelson is hoping to have a long career at Arsenal ahead of him, but is already planning to follow Conor McGregor into the world of MMA.The 17-year-old has forced his way into the first-team fold at Emirates Stadium this season, making his senior bow in Carabao Cup and Europa League competition.Arsenal 17/20 to beat Red Star Belgrade Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player There are high hopes for him in north London, with Arsene Wenger clearly a fan of what the promising forward can offer.Nelson, though, is also starting to piece together long-term plans for the future, with the youngster admitting that he can see himself swapping the football field for a fighting cage.He told the Arsenal Magazine on his love of mixed martial arts and McGregor, who recently switched sports himself to face Floyd Mayweather in the boxing ring: “I watched the McGregor fight.“And for the first couple of rounds I felt he was doing really well and he had Mayweather on the back foot, so I was confident that it would be a good fight and he might win, but then as the rounds went on he got pretty tired. “I knew that from his previous UFC fights that he may tire out, like he did against Nate Diaz, and that’s what happened. Mayweather had his way in the last couple of rounds.“I was backing McGregor all the way. I’m a really big UFC fan. I think his aura and his personality are really great. I like to watch a lot of his documentaries and his vlog, and I think he’s just come up from nothing really. He was a plumber before he became a fighter, he’s worked really hard and his story is great.Conor McGregor“In some ways, I look up to him as a sportsman. His work rate and the effort he puts in is immense.“I like Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone a lot too. He’s a very good fighter, very versatile and uses a lot of kicks in his style. I really like the flying knees and all of that, but no one really does that sort of thing anymore, people tend to grapple much more, but I love that style.“MMA is something that I may want to get into after football. I spent some time over the summer doing a lot of kickboxing and I just felt that it was something I enjoyed doing a lot.”For now, Nelson is fully focused on his football, with the talented teenager telling Goal in an exclusive interview that the challenge for him is to fulfil his potential and justify early comparisons to some of the biggest names in his chosen field.He said in the wake of recent comments from Martin Keown likening him to Brazilian superstar Neymar: “That is a very big stretch to say something like that.”Neymar is world-class and if I can get anything close to him in near future, I’d be delighted.”I’m still young and anything can happen.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Vale Elaine Foster

first_imgElaine, a long time and valued employee of the organisation, succumbed to her battle with cancer on Tuesday, 5 October 2010. During her time with the NSWTA she was one of the early “glass ceiling breakers” for female sports administrators through her role as the NSWTA Tournament Manager. A tough job that she handled with aplomb, dedication, professionalism and when needed, humour. Her personal nature and approach saw her make many friends in her time not just with the NSWTA but indeed throughout the sport in general and we know many will be touched by this sad news.On behalf of the Board, Staff and the wider Touch Football community we pass on our condolences and loving thoughts to Bob, Cameron and Stephanie, Evan and Kristy and Elaine’s granddaughter’s Amelia, Claudia and Isla at this sad time. Elaine’s Funeral will be held on Monday, 11 October at 1.30pm, South Chapel Eastern Suburbs Crematorium.  Followed by a celebration of life at Bardwell Park RSL.last_img read more

a month agoWATCH: Valencia fans protest against owner Peter Lim and president Anil Murthy

first_imgWATCH: Valencia fans protest against owner Peter Lim and president Anil Murthyby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveValencia fans have protested against owner Peter Lim and president Anil Murthy.Supporters arrived at Sunday’s game with Leganes at Mestalla with various banners and placards protesting against the ownership of the club.Lim has come under fire for the sacking of Marcelino due to the Spanish coach’s impressive achievements during his time with Los Che.”Anil stay away from Mestalla,” chanted the Valencia fans.”Peter go away now,” was another song.Varios centenares de aficionados protestan en la puerta de Mestalla contra Lim y Murthy. Debo decir que pensaba que habría más gente. pic.twitter.com/RSYnp91QEe— Nacho Sanchis (@sanchis14) September 22, 2019 About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more