Ralph Hasenhuttl says Southampton rise is ‘scary but not surprising’ | Football News

first_img“The first 15 minutes was probably our worst spell after half-time. We couldn’t get out. We kept giving the ball back to them and when you’re in that situation it becomes difficult for. Congratulations to Southampton on the night. They were far better than us and we couldn’t cope with them.“We go up and down too quick. That’s one thing we have to resolve. We go along nicely then all of a sudden we don’t play well enough in the game. It nags me.”What’s next?Southampton travel to face Wolves on Saturday November 21 after the international break; kick-off 3pm.Newcastle will host Chelsea at St James’ Park at 12.30pm on the same day. Ralph Hasenhuttl heaped praise on his players after Southampton moved top of the Premier League, but admits his side’s rise has not come as a surprise to him.Saints moved top of the Premier League for the first time in their history after beating Newcastle 2-0 at St Mary’s on Friday night. A seventh-minute strike from Che Adams gave the home side an early lead and they wrapped up victory in the 82nd minute through Stuart Armstrong.- Advertisement – Jamie Redknapp and Alan Pardew felt that Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles was lucky to avoid conceding a penalty after a reckless tackle on Southampton’s Theo Walcott. Inconsistency frustrates Bruce – Advertisement – 1:14 Newcastle, who had yet to be beaten away from home in the Premier League this season and headed into the game on the south coast in good form, having beaten Everton 2-1 in their previous fixture, but often lacked control and managed just four shots during the game.“Certainly, the best team won,” Newcastle boss Steve Bruce told Sky Sports. “We didn’t get anywhere near where we were five days ago. We didn’t look after the ball well enough and we gifted them two goals. We didn’t do enough to win the game. We didn’t handle the full press and it was a difficult night.“The one thing you can’t do at this level is give them the goals we did. We gave the ball away far too often. We knew what to expect from them – the full press – and unfortunately we couldn’t play through it. Che Adams rattles in Theo Walcott's cross to put Saints in frontImage:Che Adams rattles in Theo Walcott’s cross to put Saints in front A year ago, Southampton sat in the bottom three of the Premier League, but the Austrian believes his side are now showing their development and the fruits of their investment both away from the pitch and on the training ground, away from the pressure of playing in front of supporters. 3:03 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Southampton’s win over Newcastle preview image preview image “It’s amazing what my team does in the moment,” he told Sky Sports. “Congratulations to everybody around the pitch and the team. Amazing. We could maybe have scored more but the rest was perfect. Everybody was on the highest level. It is a little scary what we are doing at the moment to be honest but not surprising when I see what we are working on.“Earlier, we could have closed the game, earlier. That was definitely possible. The way we played through lines was fantastic to watch. We can then make the last pass and final decision even better but this is criticism on a high level. We know it’s not so easy to create a lot of chances against these teams.- Advertisement – Hasenhuttl’s men dominated possession and chances as they sealed a comfortable win that saw them replace Liverpool at the top of the table ahead of this weekend’s fixtures.The Saints last stood at the summit of English football 32 years ago under the management of Chris Nicholl and it marks a remarkable 12 months for the Austrian manager since their 9-0 thrashing by Leicester last October. 2:35 Newcastle boss Steve Bruce was very disappointed his side couldn’t follow up their win against Everton with a good performance and admits his side’s biggest problem is consistency after their 2-0 defeat to Southampton in the Premier League. Hasenhuttl added: “I’m happy for the fans that we’re top of the league at the moment, but the season is very long. We have a very intense period over Christmas but the squad is nicely balanced. We’ve restructured a few things and this now shows that the players are stepping up.”“It’s the first time that we’ve had three wins in a row and this was the goal for today. It’s the first time that we’ve taken three points over Newcastle as the last three times we’d lost. We’re top for now, but it’s only for a few moments. Of course, it’s nice for the fans and the players. For me, it’s important that we say hungry and don’t lean back.” Stuart Armstrong sealed the win to put Southampton top of the leagueImage:Stuart Armstrong sealed the win to put Southampton top of the league Ralph Hasenhuttl shakes hands with Adams at the final whistleImage:Ralph Hasenhuttl shakes hands with Adams at the final whistle “We’re a strong side and this is not a coincidence as we’ve developed every part of our game. Our game management has been very brave and I feel it has helped us in some situations where there’s no crowd in the stadium so we can develop our game, as there’s not so much stress now, and we’ve got used to it. As a result, we’ve now got a more complete game.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

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USC must top UCLA to stay relevant

first_imgI cringe every time I think about it, and at times it’s hard to believe, but over the past few months I’ve finally come to accept the following: I am a senior in college.As frightening as it might feel to be graduating in just seven months, there’s one thing that makes me feel extremely fortunate to be part of the class of 2015 — I was lucky enough to witness the 50-0 game in person.It was my freshman year, and the first year that the NCAA imposed sanctions on USC. The sanctions ignited a certain passion in Trojan fans, so we celebrated each win with extra vigor — especially the wins at Notre Dame and Oregon. Heading into the season finale against the Bruins, the Trojans sported a 9-2 record, and golden boy Matt Barkley had put together a record-setting season.The UCLA game was nothing short of perfect. Barkley threw for six touchdowns in what many assumed would be the last game he ever played at USC, in front of the crowd of 93,000. The moon shone over the beautiful 50-0 scoreboard and the Olympic Torch burned bright next to it. Students felt pure elation.But as great as the 50-0 win felt, next year’s trip to the Rose Bowl felt equally as awful. As rain fell and the clock ticked down, UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr sacked Barkley, and the Trojan nation held its breath — and held back tears — as Barkley stayed down.Last year’s loss to UCLA incited no feeling at all in me, just numbness, as the Bruins beat the Trojans 35-14 at the Coliseum to secure their first consecutive wins against USC since 1997-1998. UCLA fans roared that they finally owned L.A., and it appeared the rivalry was no longer one-sided.So who really has the upper hand in L.A.? The team that absolutely demolished the other three years ago? Or the team that’s won the last two meetings? It’s a back-and-forth that all rivalries go through. Fans of one team will point to the overall series record. Fans of the other might point to one significant game. Heading into the Crosstown Cup, I’ll take the time to present both sides of the argument.Yes, UCLA has won the last two meetings, but USC has won seven of the last 10, if you include the two wins vacated by the NCAA. From 1991-1998, UCLA won eight consecutive meetings, the longest streak in the series. USC responded by rattling off seven straight wins from 1999-2005. Dating back to 1929 — a game which USC won 76-0 — the Trojans lead the all-time series 46-30-7 (or 44-30-7 if you don’t want to count the vacated wins in 2004 and 2005).Aside from that, there are the Heisman and national championship conversations. USC had produced seven Heisman trophy winners: Mike Garrett, O.J. Simpson, Charles White, Marcus Allen, Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush. UCLA fans are quick to point out, though, that one of those Heismans was taken away and one belongs to a man who was charged with murder.But how many Heisman winners can UCLA claim? One.Let’s look at national championships, too. USC has won 11 national championships in football.How many national championships can UCLA claim? One.That just about ends the conversation for me.USC and UCLA share a special rivalry — no other teams in the same city have such perennially relevant athletic programs. The prestigious academics of each institution lend themselves to the rivalry being a respectful one as well, which many rivalries across the country cannot claim (though I was happy to see that Florida students express their support for Florida State students following the tragic shooting on their campus Wednesday night).Here in L.A., there’s no question that historically USC is the superior football program. My question is whether fans and students can continue to fall back on history.If USC doesn’t win on Saturday, it’s time for the 50-0 bragging to stop. We need to live in the moment. Trust me, reveling in the joy of beating UCLA is a much better feeling than citing the Trojans’ all-time record against the Bruins.Hopefully the seniors on the team have the same desire to finish their careers 2-2 against UCLA rather than 1-3.Let’s legitimize that graffiti that somehow ended up on UCLA’s Bruin Statue last week: ’SC runs L.A.Aubrey Kragen is a senior majoring in communication. She is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. Her column, “Release the Kragen,” runs Fridays.last_img read more

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XLMedia feels strain of Google deranking

first_img Submit Related Articles Refocused XLMedia hires Ken Dorward as US business lead  June 17, 2020 XLMedia completes takeover of 101GreatGoals.com July 17, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Share Amit Ben Yehuda steps down from XLMedia August 13, 2020 Affiliate marketing publisher XLMedia has continued to battle the effects of a Google deranking, with projected revenues expected to fall short of previous quarters.Publishing a trading update for the first six months of 2020, XLMedia predicts that revenues will amount to approximately £27.5 million, while EBITDA is forecasted to reach approximately £3.5 million.XLMedia said: “As anticipated, monthly revenue is currently running around $2 million below the level being achieved before the impact of the Google deranking, with the vast majority of this dropping through to the bottom line.“The Company believes that around half of the revenue drop is directly associated with the deranking of these predominantly Casino websites, with the remainder caused by the impact of Covid-19 on the Sports and Personal Finance verticals and the management decision to discontinue the media buying operations.“The first quarter of the year was stronger than the second, with revenue of $15.6 million, due to a normal period of trading before the deranking in late January and the impact of Covid-19 not being felt until the middle of March. A strong focus on cost management and the recently announced reduction in employee numbers contributed to the healthy cash position at the end of June.”Despite the effects of the deranking, XLMedia expressed its confidence in being able to maintain a strong balance sheet, with cash balances at the end of June of approximately $27.9 million.XLMedia explained that unlike some of its competitors, the January Google deranking has prevented the company’s casino division from being able to take full advantage of the industry-wide uptick in online casino and gaming.The London AIM-listed affiliate marketing network, continues to restructure its publishing portfolio, seeking to reduce the number of domains and focusing growth on its revenue effective properties.The statement concluded: “While financial performance in the first six months was disappointing, XLMedia continues to make good progress on its transformation agenda and the delivery of its strategic priorities. Alongside this, the Company is prioritising removing the penalties imposed by Google on some of its premium sites.“Combined with recent encouraging signs of increased activity in Sports and Personal Finance, this would provide an increasing level of confidence in the Company’s ability to grow revenue and profit in 2021 and beyond.“XLMedia remains a strong business and a leader in its industry, with a clear strategic vision and the operational and financial strength to deliver it.”last_img read more

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Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers rely on familiar formula, shut out Braves in NLDS Game 2

first_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies And it came in the second game of a Dodgers’ postseason, the first time since 2009 Kershaw was not the Game 1 starter. It was a much-dissected decision that Kershaw finally admitted added fuel to his already-considerable fire.“Yeah, maybe. Maybe a tick, for sure,” he said in the post-game interview room, his son and daughter sitting on his knees and slapping at the microphone. “But (Game 1 starter Hyun-Jin) threw so unbelievable last night that you just want to match him.“That’s all I was trying to do, try and put our team in a good spot. You want to defend home-field advantage when you have home field obviously. So Game 1, Game 2, Game whatever – I’m getting to pitch in the playoffs and I’m excited about that.”The series now shifts to Atlanta, where rookie right-hander Walker Buehler could pitch the Dodgers to a series sweep Sunday night. If he gives up a run, it will be the Braves’ first since Sunday.The back-to-back shutouts in the postseason are the Dodgers’ first since Game 2 and 3 of the 2016 NLCS against the Chicago Cubs. According to Stats LLC, the Dodgers are only the second team in postseason history to have back-to-back shutouts in the first two games of a postseason – the New York Yankees did it to the New York Giants in the 1921 World Series. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start center_img LOS ANGELES — Second verse, same as the first.Some of the names and details changed. The format – a dominant left-hander on the mound, multiple home runs from the offense – and the outcome did not.Clayton Kershaw made his one-day-delayed postseason debut and allowed just two hits in eight scoreless innings. Manny Machado and Yasmani Grandal hit home runs and the Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves in Game 2 of their National League Division Series 3-0 on Friday night.It was the longest and probably best start of Kershaw’s star-crossed postseason career – and Manager Dave Roberts was roundly booed by the home crowd when he let Kershaw warm up for the ninth then went out and pulled him from the game after the Braves’ pinch-hitter was announced. “Really impressive,” Cody Bellinger said of Kershaw’s performance Friday. “We knew it (the Game 1 decision) wasn’t going to affect him. He’s a competitor no matter what day he pitches. We knew he was going to shove.”Over the previous two days, Roberts wearied of the questions about starting Kershaw in Game 2. But he said he never doubted how Kershaw would respond to what he likely perceived as a slight.“It is impressive. It’s not a surprise,” Roberts said. “This guy is a potential Hall of Fame player. So to have the noise around him – when it comes to his day to start and to help his ballclub win a game, I had no concern that anything was going to affect him.“Our decision – a lot was made of it. But I think that I feel good that we put both those guys in position to pitch well.”Grandal had to pause when asked if that decision had created a distraction.“Distraction?” he repeated. “I don’t think that was a distraction. That was a move that was made to help the team. He’s all for that. I think the fact that we were able to come out with two wins is all that matters.”Like Ryu in Game 1, Kershaw strolled through the Braves’ lineup with ease. He spent even less time on the mound than Ryu did despite pitching deeper.Ronald Acuña Jr. scorched his first pitch into the left-center field gap for a double. He went to third on a ground out – the first time in this NLDS a Braves runner made it that far – but was stranded there when Kershaw froze Nick Markakis with a curveball for a called third strike.After the first-pitch ambush, Kershaw retired the next 14 Braves in order. The early swinging worked for Acuña but no one else. The first 17 Braves batters and 19 of the first 20 swung at Kershaw’s first or second pitch.The aggressive approach is a familiar strategy for opponents facing Kershaw. But it is a dangerous one – if you don’t get to Kershaw with it, you will be seeing him all night because of a low pitch count. It played right into Kershaw’s hands – or into his infielder’s hands. He struck out only three but got 14 outs on ground balls in the first seven innings and only threw 73 pitches.“They’ve done a lot of damage early in counts … a lot of those guys like to swing the bats,” Kershaw said. “A lot of other teams against me tend to swing early, for the most part.“It didn’t catch me off guard, really. Tonight, I think the biggest thing is I was able to throw some breaking balls for strikes early in the count, which definitely helped out.”The Braves didn’t get their second hit of the game until Ender Inciarte beat out a dribbler to second base with one out in the fifth. Kershaw hit a batter in the sixth but was otherwise stressed only by a comebacker by Ozzie Albies in the fifth that caused him to slip on the grass.“He pitched,” Roberts said. “For me, that was one of the best outings that I’ve seen that I can recall, in the sense that he used his complete repertoire of pitches. He used both sides of the plate. He changed eye levels effectively. And he really pitched.”Like Ryu, Kershaw was able to pitch with the lead for nearly the entire game.Joc Pederson didn’t lead off with a home run this time. He only doubled. Two outs later, Manny Machado got the green light on a 3-and-0 pitch and drove a two-run home run into the left-field pavilion.“I want him to swing right there,” Roberts said. “I was hoping he’d get a fastball that he could handle and I trust that if it’s in the strike zone then he could slug it. I can’t recall what Buck (Showalter, former Orioles manager) did with him. But here in the right spot, I feel good about certain guys swinging 3-and-0.”The Dodgers have held the lead after every inning of this series so far. They padded that lead with a solo home run by Grandal in the fifth inning. It was one of just 10 hits in the first two NLDS games for the Dodgers – but their fifth home run.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I was just trying to see the ball,” said Grandal, who went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts in Game 1 and was dropped to eighth in the batting order for Game 2. “I wasn’t seeing the ball out of his hand and if I’m not seeing the ball out of the hand, my swing is messed up. So I went to my two-strike approach, just tried to see it out of his hand.”Kershaw drew a roar from the crowd when he charged out to the mound to warm up for the ninth inning. But it was just a ploy. Once right-handed Tyler Flowers was announced as the pinch-hitter, Roberts left the dugout to replace Kershaw with Jansen – drawing loud disapproval from the crowd.“Did you want Daddy to finish?” Kershaw said, turning to his 3-year-old daughter Cali when the question was posed after the game. “No? See – she knows. She knows.”Like all of the Dodgers’ pitching choices in this series (starting with the Ryu-Kershaw decision), it worked. Jansen retired the side to close out the win and give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series.last_img read more

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Contracts awarded on three N56 upgrade projects

first_imgDeputy Pat the Cope Gallagher Leas-Cheann Comhairle has welcomed confirmation that steady progress is being made on the three N56 road projects.Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) have confirmed that contractors are appointed for works at Dungloe to Glenties and Coolboy- KilmacrennanFox contractors have been appointed for the N56 Dungloe to Glenties to construct the road section between Kilkenny to Letterlily. The N56 project for Coolboy to Kilmacrennan has been awarded to BAM construction. A contractor will be appointed soon to the third project on the N56 Mountcharles to Drumbeigh. Pat the Cope said he plans to maintain pressure on the TII and the Government in order to make sure the N56 remains a top priority for further investment.He added: “It is critical that we continue to invest in our roads within the county, especially in the context of the forthcoming Brexit and the very increasing rural – urban imbalance which exists in this country. “Infrastructural investment in rural areas is essential to act as a catalyst for future growth and regional development. “I expect that Donegal County Council and the TII will now put in place further plans for future investment in the N56 along with investment in the N13, N14 and the N15; all of these National roads provide critical access to our county and our regions and as such warrant sizeable investment by central Government. “It is critical that we invest heavily in our county’s infrastructure in the years ahead, in order to safeguard and secure our competitiveness,” concluded Pat the Cope.TII confirmed the following upgrade plans to Deputy Gallagher:The Kilkenny to Letterlily N56 contract has been awarded by Donegal County Council to Fox Contracting.The planned improvement scheme covering from Kilkenny to Letterilly on the Glenties to Dungloe road will involve widening and realignment to Type 3 Single Carriageway (6.0m Carriageway with 0.5m hard strips). The project also includes a cycle track for its full length.The scheme is 3.6km long and has an estimated completion cost of €12 million euro.The TII expect the contract will take 18 months to complete and these works have already commenced. The Coolboy to Kilmacrennan N56 contract has been awarded by Donegal County Council to BAM construction.The proposed N56 Coolboy Kilmacrennan scheme is located an approximate 5 km north of Letterkenny and is a continuation of the N56 Mountaintop to Illistrin project completed in 2009.The existing road is narrow (approximately 6m wide with neither shoulders nor verges) and has a substandard horizontal and vertical alignment. There are 5 local road junctions with restricted junction visibility on this section. The 3.15km long scheme will involve the widening and realignment to Type 2 Single Carriageway (7.0m Carriageway with hard strips) of the N56. The project will significantly improve safety for road users and will maintain consistency of cross-section between Letterkenny and Kilmacrennan.The construction works is expected to take 18 months and works are to commence shortly. The N56 Mountcharles to Drumbeigh contract will shortly be awarded and the announcement of the contractor will be imminent. The proposed works will involve the design and construction of approximately 2.75km of new National Secondary Road to Type 1 Single Carriageway. This scheme commences at the tie-in with the Mountcharles Bypass and continues to Drumbeigh and when complete the project will cost an approximate €15 million.Works are to commence within weeks and will take 21 months to complete.Contracts awarded on three N56 upgrade projects was last modified: February 2nd, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click 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 share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:N56Pat The Cope Gallagherlast_img read more

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