A new book, compiling the work of 18 global experts, lays out policy, institutional, and governance recommendations to respond to global ecosystem degradation. Nature provides people with many services that underlie a healthy, secure, and fulfilling existence. Among the many benefits people receive from nature, or ecosystem services, are fresh water, food, protection from floods, and spiritual enrichment. In fact, it is hard to think of a part of human life that doesn’t in some way depend upon nature.Unfortunately, the majority of the Earth’s ecosystems are not healthy. The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, the first-ever global look at ecosystem condition, found over 60% of ecosystem services to be in worse condition than they were 50 years ago. This large scale destruction is a result of humans having frequently treated many natural assets as if they have no value.This scale of degradation and its implications for ecosystems’ capacity to support human well-being demands an urgent response from government, civil society, and the private sector at all levels. Ecosystems must be governed in ways that recognize their value to society.In order to insulate the scientific findings from politics, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment by design stopped short of making specific policy recommendations. To figure out how to put society on a path toward restoring healthy ecosystem services, WRI invited 18 experts from diverse backgrounds to propose ideas for the key policy implications of the Assessment’s findings. Their only instructions were that all options should be on the table.The resulting papers have now been published in the compilation Policies for Sustainable Governance of Global Ecosystem Services. This book presents the earliest concerted thinking about how to address both the stark realities and the enormous potential uncovered by the Assessment.Based on this and other work, WRI has defined an action agenda for governments, business, and civil society designed to sustain ecosystem services. The action agenda focuses on governance—who makes decisions, how decisions are made, and with what information. It calls for increasing access to information on ecosystem services and for tipping the balance in favor of local rights to resources and local voices in decision making. It also calls for managing decisions across levels—local, regional, national, international—and increasing the use of accountability mechanisms and economic and financial incentives.Nature’s benefits—both economic and social—could sustain many generations. But in order for that to happen, one thing is abundantly clear: “business as usual” is no longer an option. Humanity needs a new approach to managing the assets upon which all life depends. Business as usual will not move beyond protecting nature from development to investing in nature for development.Contributors to the book:Mark Bateman, IW Financial, USA;Albert Cho, McKinsey & Co.;Hernan Dario Correa, Colombia;Robert Goodland, World Bank Group, retired;Frances Irwin, WRI;Anthony Janetos, Joint Global Change Research Institute, USA:David Jhirad, Rockefeller Foundation, USA;Karin Krchnak, The Nature Conservancy;Antonio La Vina, Ateneo School of Government, Ateneo de Manila University, The Philippines;Lailai Li, Stockholm Environment Institute, Sweden;Nicolas Lucas, Secretaría de Desarrollo Sustentable y Ambiente, Argentina;Mohan Munasinghe, Munasinghe Institute for Development, Sri Lanka;Richard Norgaard, University of California, Berkeley;Sudhir Chella Rajan, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras;Janet Ranganathan, WRI;Iokiñe Rodríguez, Venezuela;Guido Schmidt-Traub, U.N. Millennium Project; andFrances Seymour, Center for International Forestry Research, Indonesia.
It was exactly a year ago on this day that India’s Dinesh Karthik played one of the most memorable knocks of life to help India lift the Nidahas Trophy in Colombo.India were staring down the barrel while chasing 167 for victory against Bangladesh in the final and at one stage were tottering at 133 for 5 in the 18th over.The Indian team, under Rohit Sharma’s captaincy, needed 34 runs from the last two overs and in walked Karthik after the fall of Manish Pandey’s wicket.India were struggling to get the big hits as Vijay Shankar, who was sent ahead of Karthik, was struggling to put bat to ball.But Karthik blew away Bangladesh in just the 8 deliveries that he faced, smashing 22 runs in the 19th over bowled by Rubel Hossain and then smashed a six off the last ball to lead India to victory in the T20 tri-series final against Bangladesh with 4 wickets in hand.It is hard to describe Karthik’s knock of 29 not out from 8 balls because India were staring at their first defeat at the hands of Bangladesh in T20 cricket but the Tamil Nadu batsman had completely different ideas.Just the way he batted, with such clarity of thought, is commendable to say the least.The match went right down to the wire as Shankar departed in the penultimate ball in the final over with India still 5 runs away from the target.Soumya Sarkar was trusted with the ball by Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza and he did a decent job with the first three balls conceding just 3 runs. The next three balls however, swung the match in India’s favour with Shankar scoring a boundary off the fourth before getting out in the fifth delivery.advertisementCrucially though for India, the batsmen managed to cross sides and Karthik was on strike for the final ball. It was then that Sarkar made the mistake of bowling a full delivery outside off stump which Karthik timed perfectly and smashed it over covers for a flat six to win the game for India and trigger massive celebrations.”Really happy to come out of this performance. Really happy for the team. We’ve played really well in this tournament and to not win the final would have been unfortunate. It was not that easy to bat there.”The way Musftazur bowled… So I just had to go out there and hit the ball hard,” Man of the Match Karthik said at the post-match presentation ceremony.Karthik also revealed what changes he has made to his batting which has helped him to get the big hits with more consistency.”I have been practicing keeping a good base and hitting throguh the line and luckily it came out well,” Karthik said.
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Lionel Messi Lionel Messi makes young fan’s dream come true after security dragged him away Last updated 2 years ago 19:58 8/31/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Lionel Messi Argentina Uruguay v Argentina Uruguay WC Qualification South America The Argentina and Barcelona ace’s arrival in Uruguay was met with tight security, but one eager boy managed to attract his attention Lionel Messi made a late signing in the transfer window – but not the one Barcelona fans might have been hoping for.Upon arriving at a Montevideo hotel with the Argentina national football team, the attacker took time out to greet a young fan who was initially ushered away by security after breaking through a cordon.Argentina 6/5 to beat Uruguay Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina The 30-year-old has yet to pen a contract extension with the Camp Nou side, despite his contract being up in 2018.Para admirar el gesto de Lionel Messi con este nene uruguayo pic.twitter.com/D7Qxzhzen1 — Atado A Tu Locura (@AtadoAtuLocura) August 30, 2017 Nevertheless, he took time out to make a boy’s dream come true when he ordered his security to usher the kid, who had been carried away crying, back to him. He then spent several seconds chatting to the star-struck youngster before sending him on his way again.It is the second time this week that a football superstar has been spotted making such a gesture, with Gareth Bale doing likewise with a Wales fan previously.Messi is expected to lead Argentina in a vital World Cup qualifier against Uruguay later on Thursday.
UEFA Champions League Bale: I could celebrate against Tottenham Dejan Kalinic Last updated 2 years ago 08:17 12/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images UEFA Champions League Real Madrid Real Madrid v Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur Gareth Bale The winger may be unable to control himself in celebration if he scores a winner for Real Madrid against his former club Real Madrid attacker Gareth Bale admits he may celebrate a winning goal against former club Tottenham in the Champions League.The European champions were drawn alongside Spurs, Borussia Dortmund and APOEL in Group H, but will have to wait until next month for their meeting with the Premier League side.Los Blancos 7/2 for CL glory Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Bale left Tottenham for Madrid in 2013 and the Wales international has won three Champions League crowns during his time in Spain.The 28-year-old said he may struggle to control himself if he nets a late winner when he faces his former club.”I scored against Spurs in a pre-season game a couple of years ago and I didn’t really celebrate then,” Bale told the Daily Mail.”I suppose it depends on how you feel on the day. If it’s a 91st-minute winner, can you control yourself? That’s the question.”Training done, looking forward to tomorrow’s game #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/XBvDcVRMIS— Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) September 8, 2017Madrid begin their Champions League defence at home to APOEL on Wednesday, and are among the favourites to win the trophy for a third consecutive year.On last month’s group stage draw, Bale said: “I was in a meeting when the draw was made and my phone was going off constantly and I thought, ‘something’s happened.'”I remember playing against Real Madrid when I was still at Tottenham and ‘Crouchy’ [Peter Crouch] being sent off after only 15 minutes and that killed the game for us.”All my friends are still Tottenham fans. That is their team in the Premier League and I will certainly have a lot of ticket requests.”
Bayern München Don’t blame the referee – Bayern boss Heynckes sends warning to RB Leipzig Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 21:40 10/27/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Bongarts Bayern München RB Leipzig Bayern München v RB Leipzig Bundesliga The Munich manager has advised his upcoming opponents to move on from their midweek defeat to Bayern in the DFB-Pokal Jupp Heynckes has told RB Leipzig to focus on their own performance and not refereeing controversies ahead of a trip to face his Bayern Munich side on Saturday.Bayern edged past Leipzig on penalties after their DFB-Pokal tie in midweek finished 1-1.Bayern 6/4 to win to nil 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 Leipzig director of football Ralf Rangnick sparked controversy by trying to confront Felix Zwayer after the referee blew for half-time, brandishing his mobile phone to show a replay of an incident in which his team were denied a penalty.Head coach Ralph Hasenhuttl criticised Rangnick’s antics but went on to accuse Zwayer of exhibiting “double standards” during the match.The teams will reconvene at the Allianz Arena placed second and third in the Bundesliga and Bayern’s veteran boss Heynckes claimed that blaming officials for defeats is rarely a fruitful path to follow.”I have always gotten along well in my career with the referees,” he said.”You cannot blame the referee. You need to analyse your own game.”Bayern are behind leaders Borussia Dortmund on goal difference and a point ahead of Leipzig, with Heynckes’ analysis of Hasenhuttl’s team leading him to predict another high-quality encounter.”Two top football teams will meet,” he said. “It will again be as close as the Pokal. I hope we’ll have our nose in front at the end.”It will certainly be a top game for the neutral spectators and fans on both sides.”After 120 minutes, it is not easy for both teams to return to normal but both teams are in perfect shape and will not have any trouble.”Bayern will make a late call over whether winger Kingsley Coman has recovered sufficiently from a knee complaint to take part, but playmaker James Rodriguez (back) is fit for selection.
World Cup FIFA ranking: Germany hold on to top spot, England down & the top 20 in full Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 17:57 11/23/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty World Cup Germany England The World Cup holders have retained their position, but the Three Lions have dropped a number of places in the latest update Germany have held on to top spot in the latest FIFA ranking, which was announced on November 23, with the top five remaining unchanged.Germany 5/1 to win the World CupBrazil follow the world champions in second place, with Euro 2016 winners Portugal in third. Argentina are fourth, with Belgium completing the top five. 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 was some movement in the top 10 this month, with Spain rising two spots to sixth and Switzerland climbing three places into eighth.NEW #FIFARANKINGGermany remain top, Senegal soar, Swiss back into topMore info https://t.co/0hhoftJ1nK pic.twitter.com/lIHAKgdTgS— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) November 23, 2017Despite drawing with Germany and Brazil, England have dropped three places in the latest update and they now occupy 15th place. Wales, meanwhile, have tumbled five places to 19th.Denmark, who booked their place in the World Cup with a play-off triumph over the Republic of Ireland, have jumped seven places to 12th, with their beaten opponents falling six to 32nd.Northern Ireland, who were also beaten in the World Cup play-offs, have dropped one place following their defeat to Switzerland and are now 24th, while Scotland are joint 32nd after falling three places. Ranking Country Movement 1 Germany No movement 2 Brazil No movement 3 Portugal No movement 4 Argentina No movement 5 Belgium No movement 6 Spain Up 2 7 Poland Down 1 8 Switzerland Up 3 9 France Down 2 10 Chile Down 1 11 Peru Down 1 12 Denmark Up 7 13 Colombia No movement 14 Italy Up 1 15 England Down 3 16 Mexico No movement 17 Croatia Up 1 18 Sweden Up 7 19 Wales Down 5 20 Netherlands No movement Elsewhere, Senegal have risen to their highest ever FIFA ranking as they soared to 23rd – a jump of nine places – following their qualification for the 2018 World Cup.Despite missing out on a place at the World Cup, Italy have actually gone up a place to 14th, while their play-off foes Sweden have broken into the top 20 after rising seven places to 18th.The United States are also among the teams to fail to qualify for next year’s tournament in Russia, but they have risen three places and are now joint 24th with Northern Ireland.The final FIFA world ranking for 2017 will be announced on December 21.
Premier League Chelsea vs Brighton: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Ryan Kelly 20:09 12/26/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Premier League Chelsea Chelsea v Brighton & Hove Albion Brighton & Hove Albion The Blues are on a four-match unbeaten run in all competitions as they prepare for the arrival of Chris Hughton’s Seagulls in West London Chelsea host Brighton at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day and, depending on results elsewhere, the Blues can potentially go level with Manchester United with a win.Antonio Conte’s side are just three points behind the Red Devils and they will hope to keep the pressure on throughout the busy winter period.The Blues are currently on a four-match unbeaten streak and, while they were frustrated against Everton in their last outing, they will be confident of collecting maximum points at home. 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 Game Chelsea vs Brighton Date Tuesday, December 26 Time 15:00 GMT / 10:00 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM In the United States (US), the game is not being broadcast live on television but it can be streamed online using the NBC Sports Gold package. US TV channel Online stream N/A NBC Sports Gold The game is not being shown live in the United Kingdom (UK) but highlights will be available to watch on BBC. Goal will have live updates here.SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Chelsea players Goalkeepers Caballero, Courtois, Eduardo Defenders Rudiger, Alonso, Zappacosta, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Clarke-Salter, Sterling, Baba Midfielders Fabregas, Drinkwater, Kante, Hazard, Pedro, Bakayoko, Moses, Kenedy, Willian, Scott, Hudson-Odoi Forwards Morata, Batshuayi Chelsea will be without the services of David Luiz, who is recovering from a knee injury, while Charly Musonda is nursing a groin issue and will not be fit enough.The good news for Conte is that Alvaro Morata is available again having served a suspension.Potential Chelsea starting XI: Courtois; Christensen, Azpilicueta, Cahill; Alonso, Zappacosta; Kante, Fabregas, Hazard, Pedro; Morata. Position Brighton players Goalkeepers Ryan, Krul, Maenpaa Defenders Bruno, Bong, Dunk, Duffy, Goldson, Hunemeier, Schelotto, Rosenior, Suttner, Mateju Midfielders Stephens, Kayal, Skalak, Knockaert, Gross, Murphy, March, Propper, Molumby, Ahannach, Hutchinson Forwards Baldock, Hemed, Murray, Izquierdo The notable absentee for Brighton is on-loan forward Izzy Brown, who cannot play against his parent club Chelsea. Former Blues midfielder Steve Sidwell is also unavailable as he struggles to overcome a back injury.Chris Hughton will, however, be able to call upon Republic of Ireland international Shane Duffy, who returns to the fold after serving a one-match ban.Potential Brighton starting XI: Ryan; Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bong; Propper, Stephens, Gross, March, Knockaert; Hemed.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Chelsea are 2/9 favourites according to dabblebet, with Brighton priced at 14/1 to beat the Blues. A draw between the sides at Stamford Bridge is considered an 11/2 bet.Click here to see all of the markets dabblebet has on offer, including goalscoring odds, score predictions and more.GAME PREVIEW Chelsea were held to a scoreless draw away to Everton on Saturday, which meant that they did not take advantage of Manchester United’s failure to beat Leicester on the same day.However, Conte expressed satisfaction with his players in the aftermath of the game, suggesting that, while they did not collect all three points, they showed plenty of fighting spirit.”You know very well that this league is not simple,” the former Juventus boss said after the 0-0 draw against the Toffees. “You have to fight to win the league, you have to fight for the Champions League, you have to fight for the Europa League places. We have to do our best and then at the end we will see where we are.”They will need to continue demonstrating that will to win as they push the Red Devils for second place and attempt to ensure their place in the top four come the end of the season.With two games against Arsenal on the horizon in their next five games, Conte will want his players performing at the peak of their powers and a return to winning ways against a tough Brighton outfit will set them nicely on their way. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
news World Cup 2018 Football politics Reuse this content World Cup 2018: complete guide to all 736 players Read more World Cup Topics Fifa Read more Share on Pinterest Fifa has been urged by its own advisory board on human rights to press the government in Qatar about the impact of the kafala system on workers building stadiums for the 2022 World Cup, which campaigners have described as modern slavery.The number of workers in Qatar, brought in from poorer countries such as India, Nepal and Bangladesh and employed to build eight new stadiums for the tournament, is expected to rise from 12,000 to 36,000 over the next year. Share on WhatsApp The report calls on Fifa to press for improved inspection of conditions and a review of required standards. Regarding kafala, the intensely criticised system of employment that ties workers to one company, the recommendation is “that Fifa actively explores ways to use its leverage to engage with the host government about the impact of the kafala system on migrant workers involved in World Cup construction”.The report is the first from the advisory board of eight international human rights experts, set up following a report last year by the professor John Ruggie into how Fifa could meet its responsibilities under the United Nations guiding principles on business and human rights.The report also calls on Fifa to support a thorough examination of all deaths and serious injuries sustained by workers on construction projects for next year’s World Cup in Russia, and for sanctions against companies responsible for failures. Several workers are reported to have died on World Cup construction sites in Russia and other human rights abuses have been discovered including appalling treatment of North Korean workers, whose employment Fifa has prohibited on its sites.The vote to send the next World Cups to Russia and Qatar was made in December 2010 by the then 22 members of Fifa’s executive committee – 12 of whom have since been banned by Fifa, accused of corruption by US authorities or investigated for alleged offences elsewhere – without workers’ human rights being a central consideration.The Qatar government announced this week a three-year cooperation with the International Labour Organisation to reform and improve conditions for migrant workers, including kafala. Many campaigners believe the global focus on Qatar which followed the award of the 2022 World Cup has prompted the government to address the abuses.However, the report of the Fifa human rights advisory board, which says Fifa has improved its commitment to decent human rights standards, was criticised as inadequate by the Gulf expert Nicholas McGeehan. As a researcher for Human Rights Watch, McGeehan sounded the alarm recently about the dangerous climatic conditions in Qatar through the summer months and the unexplained deaths of thousands of workers, including eight in the last two years on World Cup construction sites. Share on Messenger Qatar Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on LinkedIn World Cup 2022 How the FBI won ‘the World Cup of fraud’ as Fifa scandal arrives in court Share on Facebook McGeehan sent his research to the advisory board last month, and asked it to recommend that Fifa insist Qatar put more protections for workers in place, investigate the deaths of workers rigorously and publish its findings. However, the report only says it has requested further information about inquiries made into workers’ deaths and recommends that Fifa “support discussions” about “greater synergies” between various parts of the inspection system in Qatar.McGeehan said he found it “shocking” that the report did not make explicit and urgent recommendations to prevent people working in dangerous conditions, and investigate the deaths of workers from heart attacks and respiratory failure. Rachel Davis, a member of the advisory board, said its report was completed in early September before McGeehan’s research was published, but that the issues were discussed last month and the board “will be taking forward our commitment to follow up on it”.
A multiple exposure shot of Katie Summerhayes in the Ladies Ski Slopestyle qualification at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park during the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games. Photograph: sampics/Corbis via Getty Images Twitter Support The Guardian The arguments happen off the slopes too. “It’s every day,” concedes Katie. “We fell out yesterday. We had to leave Sheffield at 5am and we just couldn’t fit all our stuff in Molly’s car, a Peugeot 107. We tried to have a silent argument outside the house and it didn’t go down well with Mum and Dad. But we always make up and move on and we spend every day together.”Katie says nothing would make her prouder than to see Molly, who watched with her parents in Sochi, joining her for the full 360-degree panoramic Olympic experience. “It would be so cool,” she says. And with that both sisters break into massive smiles. Topics Twitter The pair, who still live with their parents, constantly tried to get one over each other on the slopes. In truth, not much has changed in the intervening years. “Whether it is racing or moguls we have always tried to beat each other,” admits Katie. “Even now we try to do so on silly things. It can be a bit dangerous because we can be on a day off, just on the mountain, and then we are trying to race down, back and forth.”Molly, smiling, adds: “She has always been better than me and I have known it but we still try to outdo each other every time.” Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Facebook Pyeongchang 2018 can be our best ever Winter Olympics, say Team GB Share on Twitter Molly Summerhayes, left, and Katie at the British ski and snowboard media day in October 2017. Photograph: Getty Images;Alamy Since you’re here… British Olympians back IOC’s decision to ban Russia from Pyeongchang 2018 Read more Share on LinkedIn “A lot of the time it is my mum and dad forking out to help me, which I do feel quite bad about,” she admits. She has tried other ways to raise money, including a crowdfunding campaign. So far, however, it has raised only £595.But while Molly is grafting away at work, Katie can rest up and recover when she is not training. “I always tell her she just needs to do a week’s work to see how hard it is,” says Molly.Katie, who is sitting alongside her, admits she has never had a proper job. “Molly always takes the mick out of me for not working, but I have been very lucky that I can focus on what I do,” she adds.Yet despite their very different roads to Pyeongchang, the prospect of the Summerhayes’s becoming the first set of sisters to represent Britain in the same Winter Games since the curlers Katie and Edith Loudon in Nagano in 1998 is an increasingly live one. (Sheena and Vora Mackintosh were the first in 1948 and 1952, while Serena and Valentina Iliffe did so in 1976, all in Alpine skiing.) Katie is a shoo-in, while Molly – who has finished 17th and 22nd in the first two events this season – has to stay in the top 24 in the overall standings in the next two competitions to make it. If they were to succeed, it would be the culmination of 16 years in the sport, which began when their father – who could see the dry slope from his workplace canteen – took them for a lesson at the Sheffield Ski Village when they were six and four. As Katie puts it: “Pretty soon we were obsessed, so they learned too. Our mum and dad had to drag us off the slope at 11pm on a Friday night.” Share via Email The Observer Share on Messenger One sister is a bona fide medal contender, feted and funded by UK Sport and with sponsorship deals coming out of her ears. The other gets no lottery money at all and works full-time at McDonald’s while chasing her sporting dream. Yet if all goes to plan, Katie Summerhayes and her sister Molly will make history in 60 days’ time when they become only the fourth set of sisters to represent Great Britain at the same Winter Olympics.The 22-year-old Katie reinforced her impeccable credentials for Pyeongchang by finishing second in a major World Cup event in Stubai, Austria, last month. She specialises in slopestyle, which involves skiing off jumps, rails and on half-pipes and performing as many tricks as possible. Four years ago she finished seventh at the Sochi games, despite having recently recovered from a serious knee injury, and the British team are quietly confident she can make the podium this time round. Read more features Share on Pinterest Facebook Winter Olympics 2018 But her younger sister Molly, 20, has a very different story. She has to combine her time flipping on the half-pipe with flipping burgers on a zero-hours contract to help her fund trips to competitions that will determine whether she makes it to the Games.“I couldn’t ask for a better job,” Molly insists. “If I ever need time off I can have it, if there is a shift I need to be covered for, they help. Sometimes I will be away for a while to train or compete, like when I went to New Zealand for a month, and there will be new faces when I come back. They will be like: ‘How long have you been here?’ and I’ll say two years. And then they will usually reply: ‘Where have you been?!’“Most of my colleagues think what I do is amazing,” she adds. “But not everyone understands. I was sat having my break with another lad and when I told him I was going to New Zealand to ski he said: ‘Oh really. Wouldn’t you just like to go to Amsterdam with your mates for three days?’”Katie has long been recognised as a rare talent. In February 2013 she became the first British skier to win a medal in a World Cup event in 19 years when she finished second in slopestyle competition in Silvaplana when she was just 17. But Molly is no slouch on the slopes either. She was good enough to be crowned world junior freestyle ski half-pipe champion in 2015, but having had to spend nearly a year in rehab after rupturing a ligament in her right knee in January 2016, she is not yet considered good enough for lottery funding.It means that despite the money she makes from her job, and a grant from SportsAid, she has to rely on her parents to help fund the yearly cost of getting to competitions and training, which she estimates comes in “at a minimum £15,000”. Reuse this content Pinterest Share on Facebook Pinterest
Steven Gerrard news Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Topics Share on LinkedIn Liverpool Reuse this content Share on Facebook Steven Gerrard is among the candidates being considered by Rangers to become their manager. The former Liverpool and England captain is an academy coach at Anfield and has never managed at first-team level.Rangers are drawing up a shortlist with a view to replacing Graham Murty, who in December was placed in interim charge for the rest of the season. Rangers Mo Salah can challenge Ronaldo and Messi for Ballon d’Or, says Lovren Share on Twitter Gerrard is understood to have had talks with Rangers officials. Should he take over this summer, it would trigger the intriguing prospect of a battle with Brendan Rodgers, his former manager who is in charge of Celtic.Gerrard retired as a player in 2016 and turned down the chance to manage MK Dons shortly after that. He indicated in December that he would be open to leaving Liverpool for the right opportunity.“In six months or a year or two years’ time there might be an opportunity where I think I’m much better prepared than I was five months ago,” he said. “The MK Dons job, for example, which came up just after I had finished playing, was like a smack in the face. There was no way I was ready to lead a club or a team. Am I closer to that now? Of course, but I am happy where I am right now.” Share on WhatsApp Read more Share via Email
Topics Share on Pinterest Anthony Davis will join LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. OK, maybe this isn’t exactly the boldest possible prediction since James’ wooing of the ridiculously talented New Orleans Pelicans center has reached the point where the NBA has issued a statement warning teams against tampering. The Pelicans probably won’t be able to hold on to their franchise player and it’s hard to imagine a better situation for Davis, or the league, than having him join James in LA. A LeBron/Davis Lakers team could do damage in the Western Conference, especially if Kevin Durant leaves the Golden State Warriors in the dust, which I’m also predicting will happen. HFBryce Harper: buyer bewareOn the surface, Harper is a free-agent dream. A so-called “generational” talent at 26 years old, and one with a career OPS of an even .900. Who would want a player like that? Just about everybody, but everybody doesn’t have pockets deep enough to accommodate the outfielder. That means he’ll land in a big market, meaning greater expectations and pressure that Harper never truly felt in Washington. While DC is the sixth largest television market in the United States, it doesn’t play like a New York or an LA. If Harper lands in a big smoke, Harper will struggle to find his feet with expectations mixing into a formula that’s already produced inconsistent results. For example, Yasiel Puig, who may have been moved from the Los Angeles Dodgers to help accommodate Harper’s would-be budget-busting contract, had a higher WAR than Harper last season: a paltry 1.3, albeit, mostly because of poor defensive numbers. Then again, he’s capable of hanging a 10 on the WAR scale, but that was three full seasons ago. That’s not the consistency you should expect from a “generational” player. Buyer beware. DLFloyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao dance againHardened skeptics pooh-poohed Mayweather’s summit meeting with Pacquiao for happening far past its sell-by date and were partially vindicated by a one-sided fight that left customers feeling let down and ripped off. A rematch between now-quadragenarian icons, surely won’t do the record-shattering business of that poorly received 2015 blockbuster, but will no doubt be a money-spinning affair and another nine-figure payday for both men. Pacquiao, who won a secondary welterweight title belt in the summer, signed with longtime Mayweather adviser Al Haymon last month and is due to fight Adrien Broner on 20 January. Should the Filipino senator make it through unscathed, a rematch that nobody asked for will likely be announced for May or June. BAGAryna Sabalenka wins her first grand slamGiven she is 13 in the world and hits the ball as hard as Serena Williams, picking 20-year-old Aryna Sabalenka to win a slam in 2019 might not appear to be that outrageous. After all, there have been eight different champions in the last eight majors. However, while that statistic alone describes the volatility and promise of the women’s game, Williams, at 37, is in the mood to build on her two 2018 finals in a comeback year of high drama – so Sabalenka and the other contenders will have that considerable obstacle to a breakthrough. None the less, she has more weapons than nearly all of her contemporaries. It could be the start of another era – even at Williams’s expense. KMMixed martial arts outside the US gains tractionMixed martial arts can feel insular or expansive depending on your perspective. The UFC is often regarded as the sun at the center of MMA’s solar system, and the start of its five-year relationship with ESPN in January should only strengthen the promotion’s brand recognition. Heading into 2019, however, MMA outside the United States, particularly Asia’s One Championship, is well positioned to capture American fight fans’ imagination in a way it hasn’t since Pride collapsed more than a decade ago. JGSomeone will make curling work on TVCurling is a quadrennial hit on TV, and waves of people have hit the ice to try for themselves. But US broadcasters simply don’t know how to handle the sport between the Games. NBC’s Curling Night in America broadcasts, recorded en masse early in the season and shown game-by-game over the next several months, simply don’t cut it. They just repeat the same talking points – especially this year, when they talk ad infinitum about John Shuster’s magical gold-medal run – instead of giving a breakdown of the tactics behind each shot and whether or not it succeeded, as we can see on the occasional Canadian broadcast picked up by ESPN3. Ironically, the same network that makes curling a personality parade (NBC) proved the Premier League can be a hit on American TV when commentators stop talking down to viewers and start taking it seriously. When someone takes the same approach with curling, viewers will take notice. BD The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Share on Facebook Here are our bold predictions for 2019 in sports. Please note the bold (or should that be bold?) in bold predictions: these are to be taken with a pinch of salt.Tiger Woods will win the US OpenThat Woods could compete in illustrious golf company once more was demonstrated by strong performances in the 2018 Open and US PGA Championship. Subsequent victory at the Tour Championship proved a further, notable milestone for a player whose career seemed destined to peter out because of fitness troubles. The US Open’s return to Pebble Beach must have Woods licking his lips; he won the event by 15 shots there in 2000 – as remains a tournament record – and was just three adrift of Graeme McDowell in 2010, just months after chaos had engulfed his personal life. The last 12 months proved that Woods can add a 15th major title to his CV. The third of the upcoming year provides ideal opportunity. EMAnthony Davis and LeBron James join forces Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. 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Transfers ‘We got Mkhitaryan in’ – Wenger happy with Arsenal squad amid Aubameyang links Sacha Pisani Last updated 1 year ago 08:59 1/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(10) Getty Images Transfers Arsenal Arsenal v Chelsea Chelsea League Cup Borussia Dortmund Premier League Arsène Wenger Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang African All Stars The French manager is happy with the squad at his disposal even if the Gunners can’t land the Dortmund forward Arsene Wenger suggested he is happy if Arsenal do not manage to sign Borussia Dortmund star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before the January transfer window closes.Arsenal have been heavily linked with Gabon international Aubameyang following the departure of Alexis Sanchez to Premier League rivals Manchester United.Goal reported on Sunday that the Gunners’ transfer chiefs Ivan Gazidis, Sven Mislintat and Huss Fahmy were in Germany to open formal negotiations with Dortmund over a transfer . 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 Wenger also effectively confirmed on Tuesday that Arsenal are interested in signing Aubameyang but claimed that any possible deal is not close to completion However, it remains uncertain if Arsenal will be able to reach an agreement with Dortmund, who reportedly value Aubameyang in the region of €65million.Asked about the Dortmund forward following Wednesday’s 2-1 win over Chelsea in the EFL Cup semi-finals, Wenger told reporters: “The best is I don’t talk about that because it wouldn’t help.”I think if something happens it happens, if it doesn’t happen then we are strong enough to focus on the players we have and focus on the job with the players we have.”I am perfectly happy with the players I have. We got Mkhitaryan in and I have a strong squad.”Aubameyang, who has missed Dortmund’s past two matches amid uncertainty over his future, has scored 21 goals in all competitions.The win over Chelsea set Arsenal up with a league cup final against Manchester City in February. The Gunners are also trying to close the gap on the Premier League’s top four and Wenger believes that the end of the Sanchez saga has cleared some of the “uncertainty” at the club .Arsenal, sitting sixth in the league table, currently are five points back of fourth-placed Liverpool.
Brazil v Croatia Anfield will give Brazil goosebumps – Liverpool legend Ian Rush Brasil Global Tour 22:03 5/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Getty Images Brazil v Croatia Croatia Brazil Friendlies The Reds legend believes the iconic stadium will provide a fitting backdrop for the Brasil Global Tour clash with Croatia on June 3 Liverpool legend Ian Rush says the Brazil players are in for a treat when they run out at Anfield next month on the Brasil Global Tour.The Selecao host Croatia at one of the world’s most iconic football stadiums on June 3.And the two-time European Cup-winner says the locals will relish the prospect of seeing Neymar, Roberto Firmino and Co. following a season for the club that has evoked memories of the great tradition of Brazilian football. Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash 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 “The way Liverpool have been playing this season, it’s almost been like watching Brazil, but it will be very exciting to have the Brazilians at Anfield and for Liverpool supporters to see this great footballing country try to entertain the fans,” he said.“Playing at Anfield is special and Firmino will be telling his teammates that it’s a special atmosphere any time you walk out there.“Seeing Anfield empty gives you goose bumps and when it’s a full house with everyone singing, it’s incredible.Tickets from £30 Adults/£10 Under-16s are on sale at www.liverpoolfc.com/tickets
World Cup Giroud fit & Pogba ‘very likely’ to start for France, Deschamps confirms Matt Dorman 18:59 6/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images World Cup France Olivier Giroud Paul Pogba France v Australia Australia The Man Utd man’s form has been the subject of debate, but his national team boss appears to be keeping his faith in the midfielder Paul Pogba is almost certain to start France’s World Cup opener against Australia while Olivier Giroud will also be available, Didier Deschamps has confirmed.Debate has raged over whether Pogba merits a place in midfield, with the Manchester United man failing to convince in recent matches.He was jeered by his own fans during the 3-1 friendly win over Italy and failed to inspire France in an underwhelming 1-1 draw against a youthful United States on Saturday. 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 Deschamps, however, is continuing to back the 25-year-old, telling broadcaster Telefoot it is “very likely” he will be in the starting XI in Kazan on June 16.The boss of Les Bleus also offered assurances over the fitness of Giroud, who was bloodied and forced off following a head clash with USA defender Matt Miazga.”Olivier Giroud has a beautiful cut of 6 centimeters. But he will be able to face Australia,” Deschamps said.France’s other Group C opponents are Denmark and Peru.Notre vestiaire nous attend dernier match avant le départ #fiersdetrebleus #FRAUSA @equipedefrance pic.twitter.com/sAnrsLaCUx— Paul Pogba (@paulpogba) June 9, 2018
The WA State Championships kick off tonight, Friday March 3rd. Despite a weekend of hot temperatures forecast, it’s failing to deter competitors from making their way to Arena Joondalup in Perth’s far northern suburbs.Some players and officials travel thousands of kilometres every year for the annual tournament and 2006 will be no different. Participants are converging on Perth from towns such as Broome, Tom Price and Karratha.The activities began this morning at the State Tennis Centre, with a Volunteers Breakfast recognizing the valuable contribution made to Touch Football by volunteers at a range of levels. The breakfast also saw Broome’s Julie Bonner named WA Volunteer of the Year.In Joondalup tonight, the Southern Districts Women’s Open team will begin their title defense and are looking to claim their third straight State Championship. Perth Brothers meanwhile will be looking for their second straight Men’s Open Championship and their entire club is shaping as one to beat, after they took out all three Open divisions during the recent WA Super League.Traveling from the State’s north, the North West Eagles Men’s Open team is back in action this year and lead by Tom Price based captain Troy Metcalfe, the young team will be hoping to ruffle a few feathers.The next 10 days are set to be a huge physical and mental challenge for a number of players who will travel to the National Touch League after Sunday night’s Grand Finals. With all the Barbarians players due into Coffs Harbour on Monday to prepare for the event, there is every chance that some players will finish playing close to 8pm on Sunday night, before taking an 11pm flight across the country to begin preparations for the NTL.