Always read the fine print.On Monday, NFL savant Peter King gushed over the 49ers, especially the team’s defense, in the wake of their resounding triumph over the Rams.On Tuesday, King appeared on 95.7 The Game’s Damon, Ratto and Kolsky show and dropped a well-considered qualifier.The only NFC team better than the 49ers, King opined, is the New Orleans Saints once quarterback Drew Brees returns from his right thumb injury. Hear it for yourself:“I think the only team right now …
L’Afrique du Sud est l’un des marches emergents les plus prometteurs et elabore au monde, offrant une association unique entre des infrastructures economiques tres developpees de rang mondial et une economie de marche emergent dynamique.C’est aussi l’une des economies les plus avancees et productives d’Afrique.Voici quelques raisons de faire des affaires en Afrique du Sud :Des politiques economiques sainesUn contexte juridique et commercial favorableDes infrastructures de rang mondialL’acces aux marchesLa porte de l’AfriqueLa reforme commerciale, les accords de libre-echangeLe prix des affaires en Afrique du SudFaire des affaires est facile en Afrique du SudDes competences industrielles, des technologies de pointeCompetitiviteDes politiques economiques sainesDepuis le retablissement de la democratie en 1994, l’economie de l’Afrique du Sud est passee par une transformation structurelle avec la mise en place de politique macroeconomiques visant a promouvoir la concurrence nationale, la croissance et l’emploi et a augmenter l’ouverture de l’economie sur l’exterieur.Les principales reformes economiques ont donne naissance a une stabilite macroeconomique. Les taxes ont ete reduites, les prix ont baisse, le deficit fiscal a ete maitrise et les controles des echanges assouplis.Les depenses publiques ont aussi ete restructurees au profit des services sociaux qui contribuent a une meilleure qualite de vie pour tous les sud-africains.La Banque Centrale d’Afrique du Sud et la Banque de Reserve d’Afrique du Sud conservent leur independance vis-a-vis du gouvernement. Le programme de la banque axe sur l’inflation a eu des resultats positifs, le taux d’interets s’est stabilise et la devise se maintient a des niveaux concurrentiels. L’inflation a la consommation avoisinait environ 4,6 % en 2006 contre 9,8 % en 1994.Le gouvernement a clairement indique que les investissements etrangers etaient les bienvenus en Afrique du Sud et que des politiques en faveur des investisseurs supportaient les declarations publiques.En 2005, le gouvernement commença a formuler une nouvelle strategie pour stimuler le taux de croissance economique a 6 % du PIB d’ici 2014 et reduire le chomage. La mise en place de cette strategie, impliquant des investissements publics a grande echelle dans les infrastructures, les petites entreprises et le developpement des competences ainsi que des interventions visant des zones specifiques de l’economie, est en bonne voie.Voir : Afrique du Sud : aperçu economiqueUn contexte juridique et commercial favorableL’Afrique du Sud possede un cadre juridique progressiste de rang mondial. Le droit commercial, du travail et des questions maritimes est particulierement developpe et les lois relatives a la politique de concurrence, aux droits d’auteur, aux brevets, aux marques et aux conflits sont conformes aux normes et conventions internationales.Le caractere inviolable des contrats est protege par le droit coutumier et des cours independantes d’assurent du respect des droits et obligations commerciaux. L’independance du pouvoir judiciaire est garanti par la constitution.Les systemes financiers de l’Afrique du Sud sont complexes, solides et bien reglementes. Les reglementations bancaires d’Afrique du Sud se classent parmi les meilleures du monde et ce secteur se classe dans le top 10 a l’echelle mondiale. Les banques etrangeres sont bien representees et les equipements de services bancaires electroniques sont etendus, la banque par Internet etant un facteur de croissance du secteur.Le JSE Limited est la 20eme bourse du monde en termes de capitalisation du marche. Les regles du JSE et leur mise en application se basent sur les meilleures pratiques internationales et les systemes de negociation, reglement, transfert et enregistrement automatises du JSE sont equivalents a n’importe quel autre dans le monde.Des infrastructures de rang mondialDes infrastructures de niveau mondial, comprenant un reseau de transport moderne, une energie a des prix relativement bas et des equipements de telecommunication sophistiques.Et celles-ci sont modernisees et agrandies de façon importante en preparation de la Coupe du Monde 2010 de la Fifa.Le gouvernement a identifie des projets d’infrastructures massives comme pouvant etre des vecteurs de l’amelioration du taux de croissance economique du pays et de la creation d’emplois et le pays engage des milliards de rands pour que les investissements affluent.Voir : Les infrastructures de l’Afrique du SudL’acces aux marchesSitue a la pointe la plus australe du continent africain, l’Afrique du Sud est idealement placee pour un acces facile aux 14 pays formant la Communaute de Developpement d’Afrique Australe (SADC), dont le marche combine represente plus de 250 millions d’habitants, et les iles au large de la cote est de l’Afrique et meme les etats du Golfe et l’Inde.L’Afrique du Sud sert aussi de point de transbordement entre les marches emergents de l’Amerique Centrale et du Sud et les nouveaux pays industrialises de l’Asie du sud et de l’est.Les principales routes maritimes longent le littoral de l’Afrique du Sud dans l’Atlantique Sud et l’Ocean Indien et par ses sept ports commerciaux qui forment de loin le reseau le plus grand, le mieux equipe et le plus efficace du continent.Ces ports sont des intermediaires pour le commerce entre l’Afrique et ses partenaires de la SADC et l’Union douaniere d’Afrique du Sud mais fonctionnent egalement comme des plates-formes pour un trafic en provenance et a destination de l’Europe, de l’Asie, des Ameriques et des cotes est et ouest de l’Afrique.La porte de l’AfriqueL’Afrique du Sud est non seulement un marche emergent important mais egalement la condition minimale pour acceder a d’autres marches subsahariens. Le pays est frontalier de la Namibie, du Botswana, du Zimbabwe, du Mozambique, du Swaziland, du Lesotho et ses liens routiers et ferroviaires bien developpes offre la plate-forme et les infrastructures pour le transport terrestre jusqu’au cœur de l’Afrique subsaharienne.De plus, l’Afrique du Sud possede sur place les competences en marketing et les canaux de distribution imperatifs pour toute entreprise commerciale en Afrique.Le pays joue un role significatif en fournissant de l’energie, des secours, des transports, des communications et des investissements sur le continent. L’Afrique du Sud etait le plus gros investisseur dans le reste de l’Afrique entre 1990 et 2000, d’apres un rapport de 2003 de LiquidAfrica Research avec un investissement avoisinant 1,4 milliard de dollars US et totalisant 12,5 milliards sur dix ans.L’Afrique du Sud est egalement une force dynamique au sein des 14 membres de la Communaute de Developpement de l’Afrique Australe (SADC) et a joue un role cle dans le developpement du Nouveau Partenariat pour le Developpement de l’Afrique (Nepad), le programme de renouveau socio-economique de l’Union Africaine.L’Afrique du Sud est egalement une force dynamique au sein des 14 membres de la Communaute de Developpement de l’Afrique Australe (SADC) et a joue un role cle dans le developpement du Nouveau Partenariat pour le Developpement de l’Afrique (Nepad), le programme de renouveau socio-economique de l’Union Africaine.La reforme commerciale, les accords de libre-echangeDepuis la signature de l’Accord General sur les Tarifs et le Commerce en 1994, l’Afrique du Sud est devenu un acteur du systeme des echanges mondiaux et une serie de reformes commerciales, incluant une reduction des tarifs et un programme de rationalisation, a ete mise en place.L’acces au marche a ete ameliore grace aux accords de libre-echange avec l’Union Europeenne et la Communaute de Developpement de l’Afrique Australe (SADC) et la mise en place de la Loi de la Croissance et des Opportunites Africaines des Etats-Unis.Au cours de ces dernieres annees, l’Afrique du Sud a aussi noue des relations solides avec des marches dans le reste de l’Afrique, de l’Asie et de l’Amerique Latine. L’alliance Inde-Bresil-Afrique du Sud (IBSA), creee en 2003, vise a augmenter les echanges entre les trois pays du niveau actuel d’environ 6 milliards de dollars a 10 milliards de dollars au cours de prochaines annees. Et le pays est devenu un partenaire essentiel en matiere de commerce et d’investissement de la Chine qui, au cours de ces dix dernieres annees, est devenu un acteur important sur le continent africain.Le prix des affaires en Afrique du SudLe taux de change en Afrique du Sud en fait l’un des pays les moins chers pour les etrangers qui souhaitent y vivre et y travailler, surtout avec ses infrastructures de rang mondial et son niveau de vie eleve qui garantit la valeur de l’argent.Les couts de l’energie en Afrique du Sud font encore partie des plus bas du monde et le pays est aussi favorable si l’on compare les prix du petrole avec un secteur prive et des multinationales petrolieres assurant le raffinage et vendant presque toutes les produits derives du petrole en Afrique australe.Et les couts des telecommunications baissent. L’operateur de ligne fixe Neotel, qui a recemment obtenu une autorisation, a commence a donner un avant-gout de la concurrence a la societe publique Telkom. Le gouvernement prend des mesures afin de garantir une capacite large bande moins cher et plus largement accessible. Et des projets importants sont en cours pour installer des cables de fibre optique sous-marins le long des cotes est et ouest d’Afrique afin d’encourager les liens entre le continent et le reste du monde.Le cout unitaire de la main d’oeuvre en Afrique du Sud est bien plus faible que celui des autres pays emergents, y compris le Mexique, la Hongrie, la Malaisie ou Singapour et la productivite de la main d’œuvre s’est grandement ameliore au cours de ces dernieres annees. Une legislation du travail coherente a contribue a une nette reduction des jours perdus suite a des actions revendicatives depuis 1994.Le taux d’imposition des societes en Afrique du Sud, qui doit descendre a 28 % en 2008-2009, est favorable par rapport a celui d’un certain nombre de pays en voie de developpement, et les perspectives d’autres baisses sont bonnes.Faire des affaires est facile en Afrique du SudL’Afrique du Sud s’est classee 35eme sur 178 pays dans le rapport Doing Business 2008 de la Banque Mondiale et de la Corporation Financiere Internationale, une enquete annuelle qui mesure le temps, le cout et les difficultes pour les entreprises a respecter les exigences juridiques et administratives.L’Afrique du Sud s’est classees devant des pays developpes comme le Portugal (37) et l’Espagne (38), ainsi que devant des pays en voie de developpement importants comme le Mexique (44), la Chine (83), la Russie (106), l’Inde (120) et le Bresil (122).Le rapport a place l’Afrique du Sud en neuvieme position pour la protection de ses investisseurs tout en notant des ameliorations importantes dans le domaine du lancement d’entreprises et de l’obtention de credits.Des competences industrielles, des technologies de pointeLa croissance de la production industrielle de l’Afrique du Sud est bien au dessus de la moyenne des marches developpes.La production industrielle du pays adopte de plus en plus les technologies, avec des secteurs de fabrication high-tech, comme celui des machines, de l’equipement scientifique et des vehicules motorises, ayant augmente la part de leur production depuis 1994.La recherche technologique sud-africaine et ses normes de qualite sont reputees dans le monde entier. Le pays a developpe un certain nombre de technologies de pointe, notamment dans les domaines de l’energie et des carburants, de la production d’acier, de l’extraction profonde, des telecommunications et des technologies de l’information.CompetitiviteL’Afrique du Sud s’est classee 44eme sur 130 pays, devant l’Italie et l’Inde, dans l’indice de competitivite mondial du Forum Éonomique Mondial en 2007/2008. Le pays africain le mieux classe etait la Tunisie en 32eme position avec une note de 4,59. La note de l’Afrique du Sud, une moyenne des notes de 12 mesures de competitivite, etait de 4,42.Un certain nombre de mesures d’aide a l’industrie a ete introduit depuis 1994 afin d’ameliorer la competitivite de la base industrielle d’Afrique du Sud. Celles-ci comprennent des mesures recentrees sur l’offre plutot que sur la demande (comme des programmes d’aide aux tarifs et exportations cheres).Le gouvernement a propose des primes a l’encouragement pour les projets de fabrication a forte valeur ajoutee, une aide a l’innovation industrielle, un meilleur acces au financement et un environnement favorable pour le developpement des petites entreprises.Des zones de developpement industriel ont ete creees a proximite des principaux ports et aeroports offrant des infrastructures de rang mondial, un aide douaniere et des reductions de taxes.L’Afrique du Sud possede un regime de concurrence bien developpe et reglemente base sur les meilleures pratiques internationales. La Loi sur la Concurrence de 1998 a fondamentalement reforme la loi de la concurrence du pays, renforçant les pouvoirs des autorites de la concurrence en ligne avec les modeles de l’Union Europeenne, des USA et du Canada.La loi impose plusieurs interdictions sur les comportements anticoncurrentiels, les pratiques restrictives (comme les prix fixes, deloyaux et les offres complices) et les « abus » des societes « dominantes » (societes ayant une part de marche de 35 % ou plus).Les autorites de la concurrence surveillent l’application et le respect de la loi et les regulateurs d’etat supervisent les monopoles naturels et encouragent un acces universel aux services publics.Derniere mise a jour de l’article : Aout 2008SAinfo reporter. Sources (sites en langue anglaise) :South Africa YearbookDepartment of Trade and IndustrySouth African Reserve BankSouth African TreasuryStatistics South Africa
Four Rohingya Muslims, who had served out their prison term for entering Manipur without valid documents, were freed on Tuesday. Official sources said Mohammad Yunus, 23, Mohammad Abdul Amin, 40, Mohammad Hussain, 19, and Mohammad Sofi, 26, hailed from areas under the Buthidaung Mrone police station in Myanmar. They had entered the Indian State at different times. After the Home Department ordered their deportation, a police team escorted them to Moreh, the border town, and handed them over to Myanmar officials.
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Twitter TORONTO (August 8, 2016) – As announced on Saturday during Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation’s event highlighting the year’s successful productions in Sudbury, CraveTV confirms that it has ordered a third season of LETTERKENNY. Season 1 has been battin’ a hundy p, so CraveTV’s keepin ‘er goin’ with another six-pack slated to begin production in 2017. This toe-curling announcement comes just weeks after production wrapped on Season 2, which is set to premiere on CraveTV later this year. The half-hour, small-town comedy is produced by New Metric Media in partnership with DHX Media, and shoots on location in and around Sudbury, ON. 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So, Stephon Marbury had a mistress and wanted to keep it a secret from his wife. To do so, he offered to pay the side chick $900,000 — and he put it in writing. That was Mistake No. 2.After paying Thurayyah Mitchell $600,000 to maintain the secret, Marbury stopped distributing the hush money. Mistake No. 3.Mitchell, once a chef, wanted all they had agreed to, and so she sued Marbury for the remaining $331,584.50, making public their 2006 affair. And so, the intent to keep his transgression a secret was compromised because he did not fully pay to keep his transgression a secret. All this according to TMZ, which got ahold of the suit.So, the question begs that Marbury has not answered: Why in the name of Tiger Woods would the former NBA star put in play a legal, signed document that would reveal his affair? Marbury’s signature on the agreement gave Mitchell the pathway to a lawsuit to collect the remaining agreed-to balance.Marbury still refused, claiming that filing her claim was a breach of the confidentially deal. Did not work.On Feb. 1 a judge sided with Mitchell and ordered Marbury to pay the remaining $331,584.50 he owes plus interest. And so, it is all there for public consumption — including Marbury’s wife. Seems he defeated the whole purpose in making the deal in the first place, you know?
Reggie Jackson feeding Blake Griffin in the post (via @BleacherReport) pic.twitter.com/yx5tmzqwuK— The Render (@TheRenderNBA) February 1, 2019The team has to use an array of handoffs and screens, both on and off the ball, to convince defenders to move and to free up jump-shooters.4The team’s lineups lack two-way balance. So despite Bruce Brown’s valuable defensive contributions, his inability to shoot allows defenders to ignore him along the perimeter, making it tougher to find someone like Luke Kennard or Wayne Ellington. No team scores fewer fast-break points per night than Detroit, and the Pistons are less efficient after forcing a turnover on D than any other NBA club.If there’s been a surprise during the team’s stretch of solid play, it’s that Detroit has shot so well in the aftermath of trading its best shooter, Reggie Bullock — a deal that initially looked suspect and suggested to many that the Pistons were trying to dodge paying the luxury tax. (Signing perimeter threat Wayne Ellington obviously made up for much of that.)But there’s a strong argument to be made that speedy backup guard Ish Smith has been the catalyst in the turnaround. The Pistons were terrible in the time he missed earlier in the season with an injury but looked competent again once he rejoined the lineup. (With Smith out, the only other point guard Detroit had outside of Jackson was 37-year-old Jose Calderon.)Heading into Wednesday night’s games, only four players5Charlotte’s Tony Parker, Golden State’s Alfonzo McKinnie, Utah’s Georges Niang and Boston’s Semi Ojeleye. had helped boost their teams’ winning percentages more than Smith,6Only counting players who’d appeared in at least 30 games while also missing at least 10. according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The Pistons have logged a 21-13 record with Smith (61.8 percent) and an 8-18 mark (30.8 percent) without him.Buying stock in the Pistons feels risky because of their shallow depth and their cold spells that feel like arctic blasts straight from Canada. This 11-game stretch hasn’t been tough, featuring just two wins over teams that would make the playoffs if the season ended today.Still, Detroit owns an 87 percent playoff probability and a favorable remaining schedule — far easier than that of Brooklyn, Charlotte or Miami.7But slightly tougher than Orlando’s. The Pistons’ defense has been solid all year (Drummond is among the league leaders in steals), and the club limits opponents to a league-low 33.7 percent from the 3-point line.There’s a bizarre universe in which the Pistons could reach the playoffs at below .500 and still be favored in the first round. If the Pistons land at the No. 6 seed, and the Pacers minus star Victor Oladipo hold on to the No. 3, not only would Detroit have the top player in the series, but it would also have a real chance to advance to the second round.Beggars can’t be choosers, and those might be high hopes for now. But for a capped-out franchise that hasn’t reached the second round since 2008, the mere dream itself almost feels like a noteworthy accomplishment.Check out our latest NBA predictions. There’s a natural tendency in the NBA to lavish attention on teams that, with every bad loss, send social media into a tizzy because of what it might mean for the league’s landscape. For instance, if the LeBron-led Lakers don’t reach the postseason — a 80 percent probability at this point — it would seem a foregone conclusion that major changes would take place in L.A. this summer.On the other extreme, then, are the Pistons. Detroit, which has been to the NBA playoffs once in the past nine seasons, desperately craves a postseason berth. But if the Pistons don’t make it, there won’t be headlines in national news outlets criticizing them for it. And even if there were, it would be tough to make big changes within an organization that has a first-year head coach and a top-heavy roster. This is their team for now.The Pistons are clearly an imperfect club. But they can bolster their fortunes by simply continuing to play the way they have in recent weeks, winning eight of their past 11 games. Through Feb. 1, the sputtering Pistons’ offense ranked 29th out of the league’s 30 teams in both effective field goal rate and true shooting percentage. Since Feb. 2, though, the club has jumped into the top five leaguewide in both categories.Unlike earlier stretches in the season, when All-Star forward Blake Griffin was carrying the offense, the Pistons have enjoyed a far more balanced approach over the past month. The team’s share of one-on-one plays — which was the NBA’s second-highest through Feb. 11Behind Houston. — ranked just 12th over the past month of action, according to stat-tracking database Second Spectrum.After coming into the season showing off a jumper that wasn’t quite game-ready, two-time All-Star Andre Drummond has looked better than ever simply by getting back to the basics near the rim. He’s averaging more than 22 points and 17 boards2He’s leading the NBA again in rebounding. over his past seven games and has found considerable success with a nifty little push shot from about 8 feet out. Beyond that, maddeningly inconsistent guard Reggie Jackson has been consistently good for a month now and is shooting a career-best 36 percent from deep.All of this is noteworthy for an offense that sometimes shoots as if the object of the sport is to bruise the backboard with repeated misfires. On Wednesday in San Antonio, for instance, Detroit bricked 14 of its first 15 shots to begin the second quarter. Coach Dwane Casey has acknowledged that the iso-heavy games prior to February were largely a necessity: Griffin trying to break down an entire defense — or simply trying to post up — was often Detroit’s best hope.3With Griffin and others often standing around waiting for things to happen on offense, the Pistons rank third in the NBA in three-second violations.
Redshirt-senior running back Jordan Hall (2) uses the referee as a blocker during a game against Florida A&M Sept. 21 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 76-0.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe Ohio State football team (4-0) faces a considerable issue at the running back position this season: It has too many of them.With the return of senior Carlos Hyde from a three-game suspension, OSU now has eight active running backs on its roster. Among those including redshirt-senior H-back Jordan Hall one of seven whom participated in the Buckeyes’ 76-0 win over Florida A&M.Hyde, Hall, redshirt-junior Rod Smith, redshirt-freshman Warren Ball, freshmen Ezekiel Elliott and Devonte Butler all recorded at least three rushes. Freshman Dontre Wilson also played, but lined up as a receiver, tallying three catches for 12 yards.The only running back on the team that did not play was sophomore Bri’onte Dunn, who has yet to play this season and is likely to be redshirted.Elliott was the leading rusher on the day, gaining 162 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries. It was the first significant playing time for the freshman, who only had seven total carries in the first three games.The St. Louis native said his big take away from Saturday was an opportunity to get onto the field during a game.“I’ve gotten a little bit from earlier this season, but just a little more game experience,” Elliott said. “Just getting out there and running the ball.”Despite the big performance from Elliott in the second half, coach Urban Meyer said he is not included in the top tier of running backs for the Buckeyes.“I think you have three that are above the others right now. You have Jordan Hall, Rod Smith and Carlos Hyde (who) are the top three backs,” Meyer said. “I think Warren Ball ran hard and I think Ezekiel Elliott’s got an incredible future here. I wanted to reward him a little bit; he’s involved in special teams now.”Even though a lot of running backs received playing time against the Rattlers Saturday, Elliott said it is a constant battle to earn carries at OSU.“It’s hard to get a spot and even hold the spot,” Elliott said. “The guy in front of you is great and the guy behind you is great so every day we out and compete and go hard.”Hall, the team leader in rushing yards with 422 on the season, saw his workload decreased with the return of Hyde, only carrying the ball four times against Florida A&M.“It’s tough, (there is) only one football,” Hall said. “When you come to Ohio State… there’s competition everywhere, so a lot of backs in the backfield, that makes us go hard in practice every day and I think that’s helped us in a way.”Meyer said the return of Hyde changes things in the Buckeye backfield, with both Hyde and Hall offering different skill sets to the team.“Jordan Hall gives you flexibility, too, I’m evaluating what to do with him, because I know he’s a heck of a tailback as well,” Meyer said.Meyer said he thought Hall should have seen more of the field with how he has played so far this season, but said that in a blowout it is hard for the starters to play a lot.“Jordan Hall deserved more carries than he got, but you just can’t do that. I’ve been on the other end of those, so I try to do the best we could, just run the ball every snap and let guys earn an opportunity to get on the field,” Meyer said. “Thing is, if you get depth on your field, you tell Ezekiel Elliott not to run hard, he’ll look at you like, ‘I’m running hard, because I have to get more carries.’”Hyde marked his return from suspension with a five-carry, 41-yard performance and a one-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter.Redshirt-senior quarterback Kenny Guiton said Hyde’s return helped boost the team’s energy and motivated them to keep playing hard.“It was nice,” Guiton said. “The standing ovation they gave him, that made me get some juice in my body and just some tingling went through my body and I told him, ‘Let’s go man, you got to go get this first (down) now.’”For the younger guys, having Hyde back helped with their nerves as they received more playing time than normal, with Elliott calling him a “great leader.”One of Hyde’s blockers, junior tight end Jeff Heuerman, said it was nice to have Hyde back because of his leadership and influence on the field.“Seeing him back out there was good. That’s definitely a player that carries a big load with us, and having him back was good,” Heuerman said.Hall said he enjoyed having Hyde back because it was a new experience for players who “are like brothers.”“It was fun because me and Carlos, we came in the same time but we never really got to play with each other at the same time,” Hall said. “So we’re excited about that and we got a lot of good backs, it’s going to be tough.”The running backs will have their next opportunity to separate themselves from the rest when the Buckeyes host No. 23 Wisconsin (3-1) Saturday at 8:00 p.m.
Maurizio Sarri feels Chelsea could have won better but lost a bit of focus that allowed Brighton back into the match on Sunday.Sarri’s men ran away 2-1 winners over Brighton thanks to goals from Pedro and Eden Hazard but Italian manager Sarri wasn’t too satisfied with the manner of the victory.“I think that we could have won better,” Sarri said as cited by team talk.Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…“We played very well for 60 minutes. We conceded a goal when we were in full control. In my mind it was clear in that moment that we had to suffer in the box, we are not a physical team. I tried with the substitutions to have more of a physical presence.“When we have the feeling to be in control of the match it is dangerous for ourselves. The first situation in our box in 30 minutes, I think we were a bit unlucky. When we are sure to be in control of the match.“Complacency? I don’t know.”
Journalist Raphael Honigstein believes the arrival of USA star Christian Pulisic could open up opportunities for Chelsea in the North American marketThe Blues completed a €64m transfer for Pulisic on Wednesday morning and have loaned him back to Borussia Dortmund until the end of this season.The 20-year-old is regarded as one of the exciting prospects in European football following an impressive spell in the Bundesliga with Manchester United and Liverpool having also been linked with moves.But Honigstein believes Chelsea could gain much more than just another great player in Pulisic due to his marketing appeal in the United States.“He’s a real talent and especially if you consider the marketing value as the No 1 American football player of his generation – it’s not a deal that feels expensive,” Honigstein told Sky Sports.“This is a player that a lot of Premier League clubs were interested in, he brings tremendous value when it comes to gaining followers and attention in America, which is a key market for many Premier League clubs for obvious reasons.“He might make it easier for Chelsea to, I would not say sell the club, but maybe exploit different opportunities in America.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“If Roman Abramovich deems that someone else should come in alongside him or maybe he wants to sell the club – all these things make it quite a smart business move, if you will.”The German football expert also believes Dortmund got a great deal for Pulisic considering he had decided to not renew his contract with them.“I think they (Dortmund) got the best out of the deal that was possible for them,” added Honigstein.“Once it became clear that he was not going to renew his contract which runs out in 2020 there was a real danger that he might run down his contract and they would lose him for nothing.“Effectively moving forward that move by a year and still achieving quite a high price should be considered a nice bit of business from Dortmund’s point of view.“But that does not mean the player is not worth it. Once Pulisic decided he would not stay at Dortmund beyond 2020 then really he became a free agent in all but name. Dortmund had to see if they could extract maximum value.“They didn’t have a good hand to deal with initially because the player was adamant he would not stay but as they often do, Dortmund managed to make the most out if it.”