Hippo takes a swim in South African pool

first_img31 March 2016Employees at the Ingwelala Nature Reserve in Limpopo province got an early morning surprise when they arrived at work to find a hippo in the swimming pool.“He was a lot bigger than he looked,” reads the reserve’s website. “[It] took half an hour to get him out – prodding him from a careful distance with pool brushes and leaf catchers.”The animal eventually walked out of the pool, into the bush. The hippo took his dip on 21 March.Watch the video from Caters Clips:It’s been speculated the hippo was seeking relief from the drought ravaging the country.“The hippo might have sought out the swimming pool due to a lack of other, natural water bodies in the area,” reads news website, News24. “Although Ingwelala saw some rain before the hippo’s visit, it was not enough to get rivers flowing at the time. This left all hippos in the area high and dry, without their main source of life-giving security.”Source: Daily Mail UKlast_img read more

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Guiao sees ‘game-changer’ SC ruling on PSC share of Pagcor profits

first_imgMOST READ Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief “The training environment is better, there’s less distractions and you can really focus on your preparation,” said Huelgas.The national sports program has long been hampered by a lack of solid funding and sports officials have always pointed to that as the reason for every debacle Team Philippines sufferes in the SEA Games, Asian Games or the Olympics.And Guiao hopes a favorable Supreme Court ruling can remedy that situation.“There’s no other way to interpret the [PSC] law,” said Guiao. “The wording is very specific when it comes to the PSC’s share of Pagcor’s revenues.”“I’m hoping we can get a ruling this year,” Guiao added. “At the latest, we’re looking at early next year. Our lawyers are constantly working on it.” LATEST STORIES Archers, Tams brawl again in preseason, this time in Davao City LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games NLEX coach Yeng Guiao. (File photo by TRISTAN TAMAYO / INQUIRER.net)NLEX coach Yeng Guiao said he is optimistic that the Supreme Court will rule in favor of a petition he filed that seeks to compel the Philippine Gaming and Amusement Corp. (Pagcor) to remit to the Philippine Sports Commission its full share of the gaming agency’s earnings.Guiao said a favorable ruling by the Supreme Court could be a “game changer” for Philippine sports.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Last year, for example, Pagcor grossed P55.06 billion in revenues—a record for the agency.But the PSC’s share from that pie amounted to P1.26 billion. While that was an increase of P235 million remitted to the PSC in 2015, it was still way off the approximately P2.8 billion that the sports-funding agency should have gotten.Guiao said the money deficit his resolution would cover will provide the PSC with additional funding, not only for the training of elite athletes from targeted sports and the building of a wide grassroots base but also give sports officials the chance to put up a sports training facility outside Metro Manila.“We can, for example, seriously study building a training center in Clark,” said Guiao.Triathlon star Nikko Huelgas, the Southeast Asian Games gold medalist who was with Guiao on the show, admitted that training outside of Metro Manila was a huge factor in his successful bid to rule the biennial meet in back-to-back editions.ADVERTISEMENT View comments “It is a big boost to the perennial problem of having too little funds for our sports programs,” said Guiao Thursday, behind the scenes of his guesting on Sports IQ, the Inquirer’s multi-platform live sports talk show.“If the Supreme Court rules in our favor, and I’m optimistic it will, that will be a game changer,” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSection 26 of Republic Act 6847, the law that created the PSC, clearly states that “5 percent of Pagcor’s gross income shall be automatically remitted directly to the PSC.”“All the PSC is getting right now is less than 2.5 percent of Pagcor’s earnings,” Guiao later explained during the show. “That means the PSC is getting below half of what it is lawfully theirs.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short programlast_img read more

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Payoffs & bribes cast a shadow on CWG

first_imgCorruption CarnivalIndia already seems to have lost the Commonwealth Games even before the first swimmer has splashed into the Dr SPM Aquatic Complex, the first archer let loose his bolt at the Yamuna Sports Complex, the first sprinter begun his race at the Chhatrasal Stadium. India has lost thousands of,Corruption CarnivalIndia already seems to have lost the Commonwealth Games even before the first swimmer has splashed into the Dr SPM Aquatic Complex, the first archer let loose his bolt at the Yamuna Sports Complex, the first sprinter begun his race at the Chhatrasal Stadium. India has lost thousands of crores of the taxpayers’ money to shady deals and the corrupt nexus of officials and outside agencies who were able to pirate away large chunks off the Rs 11,494-crore Commonwealth Games (CWG) budget.Kalmadi is playing the stone walling game even as Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit looks the other way.India has lost its credibility as a sporting destination with forged e-mails becoming public excuses for graft and ministers shrugging off responsibility with the ease water sloughs off ace swimmer Rehan Poncha’s back. India has lost its ability to assure sportspeople that their safety will not be compromised with leaking roofs and collapsing walls in stadiums; it cannot comfort badminton champ Saina Nehwal that her feet will not slip during her serve because of flooded courts or promise shooting star Abhinav Bindra that his shot will not go awry on a range which may be washed away under his feet.In the midst of this macabre theatre, India’s Don Corleone of sports, Suresh Kallu Kalmadi, stands like the bewildered hero of a Greek tragedy, his beard uncombed and hair flying in the wind, claiming that all is not lost.The GoM that includes Gill and Reddy makes many CWG decisions.The corruption now coming under the floodlights reveals a shocking story of collusion; e-mails sent by a high ranking organising committee (OC) member to inflate taxi bills, fake certificates issued by authorities to pass steel so dubious that the anti-corrosive came off when rubbed by hand, electrical fittings cleared even without testing. Questions fall like the debris at a newly built CWG stadium: how much money has been stolen? Who did it? Who is responsible? What action is being taken?Organised CrimeIndications that the Games would be over soon came when a confidential e-mail from CWG Deputy Director-General Dr Sanjay Mohindroo was leaked, in which he had asked AM Car and Van Rental for inflated taxi rates for services provided during the Queen’s Baton function held in October 2009 in London.advertisementKalmadi’s aide Darbari has reason to smile despite the sports ministry asking for his head.The mail reads, “When quoting for the branded taxis you shall quote Rs 1,550 per month for one month of branding, Rs 500 for installing and uninstalling and Rs 450 per day for usage.” By then, scandals were leaking like the stadiums. Reports of customs violations by OC Joint Director-General T.S. Darbari prompted official requests for Kalmadi consiglieres Mohindroo and Darbari to be sacked. Darbari is still the OC’s revenue boss while Mohindroo headed marketing before his exit.This article appeared in the India Today magazine dated August 16, 2010. Subscribe to the print copy or read it on Kindle and Zinio.Mosquito repellent, emergency lights (which indicates that the power situation during CWG is also suspect), steppers and dustbins, are priced way above the market price. Four hundred items appear in the 10-page factsheet; high-altitude training simulators hired for Rs 1.16 crore each at 20 times the purchase price and a corporate umbrella hired for Rs 6,308. The budget for the overlays is a numbing Rs 650 crore.* Rent per unit for 45 days, ** Highest market price, source: Headlines Today auditThe OC explains that 10 vendors participated in the bidding and the winners were unanimously approved by the finance sub-committee. Treadmills worth Rs 1 lakh were hired for Rs 9 lakh and a two-tonne ac costing Rs 70,827 was rented for Rs 1.87 lakh. Diesel is budgeted for Rs 80 a litre.But OC General Secretary Lalit Bhanot said the numbers were incorrectly quoted; for example, “Rs 3,750 was spent on 100 toilet paper rolls and not one,” he says. But even the liquid soap dispensers bought for Rs 3,397 each cannot wash the muck from the hands of the OC.Nepotism is rampant in the OC; the contract for tennis courts surfaces was awarded to the son of Games OC Treasurer Anil Khanna, Aditya. Khanna quit on August 5. The smam deal with the OC, too, has raised eyebrows; the company already tainted by IPLgate for billing Rs 380 crore as facilitation fee is supposed to be paid Rs 45 crore as commissions for sponsorships not obtained.A Team EffortBut Kalmadi and the OC are not the only ones to be held answerable for the blatant loot of public money. Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, Lieutenant Governor Tejindra Khanna and the chief secretary, who oversees and ensures their implementation, are part of the accountability matrix. Above all is the sovereign Government of India (GOI)-represented by Sports Minister M.S. Gill, Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy and Tourism Minister Kumari Selja-which is responsible for all apex body decisions. Add to this a plethora of acronyms like the SAI, DDA, NDMC, GNCTD, DU, CRPL, CPWD, MCD, PWD; and the gang is complete.advertisementAs October draws closer, Delhi is turning into a war zone with torn-up roads, collapsing flyovers and the debris of construction everywhere. Dikshit has only urged speedier work. As per the Delhi Urban Art Commission (DUAC) records, “The delays were generally on account of the reluctance of the proponent to comply with observations made by DUAC.” Delays seemed to be a deliberate strategy on the officials’ part to inflate costs as fait accompli. But the Government is empowered to overrule the DUAC. “It is for the GOI to take quick and speedy decisions in such cases,” the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) censured.The CVC report also notes that the Ministry of Youth and Sports asked Kalmadi not to interfere in the opening and closing ceremonies but the OC ignored it until an uneasy truce was called. Much later, it was revealed that Kalmadi’s Caesar-like vision of the CWG meant blowing Rs 150 crore on the ceremonies. The height of extravagance is a Rs 40-crore helium balloon complete with lights and cameras that has been contracted to Italian entertainment company K-Events, which has organised similar events in the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics as well.TALKING HEADCornered by the stink over the CWG, Suresh Kalmadi speaks to India Today Principal Correspondent Mihir Srivastava about the corruption charges he faces. Excerpts:You are in a cesspool of corruption. What do you have to say?Everything is according to the law. All the procedures are met. Any one can check it.Did you fudge the mail from Indian High Commission in UK?I was not aware that it was doctored.You have been charged of shielding the corrupt like T.S. Darbari.He was a witness in a custom case in Kochi. The Sports Ministry wrote to me about it. There was no evidence against him. Now we have formed a committee that will look into it and appropriate action will be initiated.So you think you are being targeted?I see that there is a move to divert attention from more sinister corruption issues pointed out by CVC. It is time for all of us to act. My team is very demoralised. Spreading the CheerThe curious case of foreign consultants is one that begs a question. The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) had wanted more and more overseas consultants to be hired but Kalmadi was categorical that only in areas where Indians lacked expertise would outsiders be taken. Yet inexplicably the OC gave in, hiring more than 50 foreign consultants for legal issues, ticketing and ceremonies, paying them 200 to 500 per cent higher than their Indian counterparts. The OC also foots the CWG salary bill of Rs 300 crore. advertisementMore than Rs 30 crore was also spent on other consultants who had not delivered even by August 2009. Technical sanctions were delayed and press statements issued even before tenders were finalised. The CVC later scrutinised 16 Games-related projects worth Rs 2,477.22 crore which also included road construction and street lighting-high power sodium vapour light fittings of the same specs taken from two sources show a 300 per cent rate difference-and found massive tampering of initially discounted tenders by officials and contractors.More than 30 items were incorporated in one tender for a street lighting project after it was submitted. The contractor, aided by corrupt officers, made a neat Rs 3.7 crore. The CVC found that test records of 12 samples that failed to meet the 28-day strength test were fudged and passed. Concrete core samples failed to meet strength tests. The fears were not just about roofs leaking or walls seeping: would the stadiums themselves collapse? The CVC found testing data of concrete core samples also forged.The CBI has registered the first FIR relating to CWG corruption on the grounds of inflating costs in a Rs 345-crore project for upgrading streetlights in Delhi. The CVC’s chief technical examiner’s team discovered that secret bid documents had been tampered with by MCD officials in favour of an NDMC authorised contractor named Sweka Engineering Works Pvt Ltd. Five senior officials were arrested along with Sweka’s Managing Director T.P. Singh. Eventually, the GOI which had stayed blind to the CVC report was forced to order the CBI to lodge an FIR concerning fiscal irregularities in 15 Games-related projects. Inquiries with the CBI revealed that many more names are being shortlisted for corruption.Faster, Hire, FurtherThe roll of dishonour is as long as the toilet rolls that were bought for Rs 4,138 each. Gymnasium mirrors that cost Rs 4,600 in the market were rented for Rs 10,260 and plug points costing Rs 25 hired for Rs 6,218 each for 45 days. Kalmadi’s defence is that these are high capacity items that can’t be compared with the ones in shops. “The overlay material is of high quality and not available in India,” he says, adding, “The costs include shipment, installation, operation, maintenance, removal and sending the shipment back.” The matter is now being mulled over by the Enforcement Directorate.When October arrives and the extravagant balloon ascends above Delhi’s mauled landscape of pathetically patched up roads and sports venues, it may meet Kalmadi in descent. A nation’s pride is at stake as much as its faith in law and governance. The CWG cannot afford to fall at the expense of the games people play.This article appeared in the India Today magazine dated August 16, 2010. Subscribe to the print copy or read it on Kindle and Zinio.last_img read more

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Suarez & Alba fire Barca to victory

first_imgEIbar 0 Barcelona 2: Suarez and Alba seal points as Orellana sees red Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 01:08 2/18/18 LuisSuarez - cropped Getty Images Barcelona were made to fight at 10-man Eibar, where Luis Suarez and Jordi Alba scored the goals and Fabian Orellana was sent off. Luis Suarez’s 17th LaLiga goal of the season helped Barcelona return to winning ways with a hard-earned 2-0 win at 10-man Eibar.On the back of consecutive league draws against Espanyol and Getafe, Barca boss Ernesto Valverde resisted the urge to shuffle his pack and named an XI it would be no surprise to see line up for Tuesday’s Champions League match at Chelsea.It was just as well, with Barca forced to repel wave after wave of attacks from Jose Luis Mendilibar’s relentlessly high-pressing side. 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 Respite arrived courtesy of Suarez’s well-taken 16th-minute goal, which was beautifully created by Lionel Messi’s left boot.Messi hit the post after Eibar’s Fabian Orellana struck an effort against the crossbar, although the gifted but temperamental Chilean right-winger undermined the hosts’ efforts by receiving his third red card in 12 appearances against Barca midway through the second half.Remarkably, that did not check Eibar’s ambition but Jordi Alba was able to seal the points two minutes from time.Valverde’s team have now equalled a club record by going 31 LaLiga games unbeaten and enjoy a 10-point lead at the summit, at least until Atletico Madrid host Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.Half-time in Ipurua!#EibarBarça (0-1) @LuisSuarez9 #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/TToQDgOxpu— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) February 17, 2018Eibar went straight for Barcelona from kick-off, with Jose Angel heading over from Ruben Pena’s cross inside the first minute.The hosts’ bold approach left room for the league leaders at the other end and Alba had a shot blocked after Suarez rounded goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic.There was still no escaping the fact Mendilibar’s men were making the sharper start, with Orellana and Kike Garcia finding room in behind left-back Alba to fire goalwards in quick succession.It meant the opening goal came both against the run of play and with a touch of genius, as Messi’s sumptuous throughball left centre-back Anaitz Arbilla splayed on the turf and Suarez skipped past Dmitrovic more effectively on this occasion to finish.Eibar were not cowed and lively right winger Orellana unleashed a dipping effort against the bar before Joan Jordan dragged wastefully wide from the edge of the box.To repeat the theme of his afternoon, the wandering Dmitrovic found himself rounded by Suarez again in the 36th minute and cut the ball back for Messi to rattle the far post.A deft flick from Pape Diop sent Orellana into space down the right in the 55th minute and Takashi Inui lashed wide from his cutback.Barcelona were struggling to halt Eibar’s rumbling momentum, only for Orellana to foolishly do it for them.The 32-year-old previously received red cards versus Barca while playing for Xerez and Celta Vigo and, having made a rash lunge on Andres Iniesta inside the opposition penalty area, he punched the ball away in frustration when Diop was punished for a 66th-minute foul on Sergio Busquets and received a second booking for dissent.Mendilibar was furious, initially it seemed with his player, and continued haranguing the officials before being sent to the stand himself.His players continued to push in vain despite the deck being stacked against them, ambition that contributed to a game-sealing second.Philippe Coutinho – who will be cup-tied in midweek – picked out fellow substitute Aleix Vidal with a superb cross-field ball and, although Dmitrovic denied Messi from a cushioned pass into the box, Alba was on hand to slot home. KEY OPTA STATS- Luis Suárez has scored in his last five games against Eibar in La Liga (seven goals)- Lionel Messi is Luis Suárez’s  top assistant in all competitions for Barcelona (25 assists)- Jordi Alba has been involved in eight goals in La Liga this season, the most for a defender in the competition (two goals & six assists). – Barcelona have won their eight La Liga games against Eibar (3.5 goals per game), the only side which have won all their games in La Liga against Eibar alongside Atletico (seven). – Barcelona have kept 26 clean sheets in 40 games in all competitions this season (65%). read morelast_img read more

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a month agoCelta Vigo midfielder Denis Suarez: Man City contract set up my family

first_imgCelta Vigo midfielder Denis Suarez: Man City contract set up my familyby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveCelta Vigo midfielder Denis Suarez insists he enjoyed his time at Manchester City.Denis has been discussing his time in England.“At first it was fine. I got there and I went on pre-season with the first team to the United States, I debuted with the first team in the first round of cup when I was 17 years old and sportingly, I was doing well,” Suárez said.“Life was a little different, it cost my parents more because they didn’t speak English and they had trouble learning it.“The second year was a little long, also because I had been injured, and finally I decided to go to Barcelona.”The now 25-year-old also explained why he joined City in the first place.“My first decision was to stay here in the first team, but Celta did not contemplate that option.“Then I went to Manchester City because it was an important step for me, it was an important investment for the club, who at that time needed money. The contract [offered to me] at that time had my family’s life was fixed.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Ohio State OL Taylor Decker Had Some Fun Retweeting All The Incorrect Predictions People Made About The Buckeyes

first_imgTaylor Decker retweets incorrect Ohio State predictions.Taylor Decker spent part of his Wednesday morning doing some work that should please Ohio State fans greatly. The Buckeyes’ offensive tackle surfed Twitter, found a bunch of incorrect predictions made about his national champion team and retweeted them. The 6-foot-7, 315-pound offensive lineman found eight tweets that proved to be very, very wrong. There are plenty, plenty more out there to be found, too. Funny how things work, often those who said you couldn’t will cheer the loudest when you do #raisethewhiteropes— Taylor Decker (@TDeck68) February 25, 2015 Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 6.08.50 PM@TDeck68  Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 6.09.04 PM@TDeck68Decker recognized one of the few people who did not lose faith in Ohio State, too. @TDeck68 looks like i was the opposite of those people pic.twitter.com/4fac4tLB1f— Thomas Khristenko (@ChefKyrie) February 25, 2015Taylor Decker: really good offensive lineman, even better user of Twitter.last_img read more

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Knight Riders assistant coach Simon calls for better umpiring

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Knight Riders assistant coach Simon Katich became the latest to join the bandwagon of coaches and players, who feel that standard of umpiring in the current season has left a lot to be desired. Though Katich was not forthcoming, he pointed out the contentious decision which went in favour of Delhi Capitals’ Shikhar Dhawan in Friday’s match against KKR. The southpaw, who survived a review on 11, went on to seal the match for the Capitals with an unbeaten 97. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”I don’t want to get into trouble. I will give a stock standard answer: It’s a tough job. Obviously last night, there was a contentious one (Dhawan) and unfortunately it didn’t go away,” Katich in a roundabout manner said what he intended to. The ongoing edition of the IPL has had quite a few umpiring controversies so far leading to top players like Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli coming down heavily on the standard of umpiring. While Dhoni’s latest conduct has not been above board, Katich was all praise for his leadership skills and ability to take the game deep. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”It will be interesting to see what the master in Dhoni goes with tomorrow. He seems to pull the right strings at the right time. He is so well prepared. There’s a lot of thought put into the team. He’s very clever in the way he uses his bowlers, his field positions,” said Dhoni. “We got completely outplayed in Chennai. But we feel our team suits our wicket as well with the quality spinners we’ve got. Unfortunately, we didn’t adapt to the conditions in Chennai. We thought it was a 180-wicket and it took us probably four overs to realise that and the game was done and dusted.”last_img read more

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Sebi allows FPIs to invest in civic bonds

first_imgNew Delhi: Foreign portfolio investors can now invest in municipal bonds, markets regulator Sebi said in a circular Wednesday. The circular comes almost two weeks after the Reserve Bank of India permitted FPIs to invest in municipal bonds as a measure to broaden access of non resident investors to debt instruments in the country.As per the RBI, foreign investment in municipal bonds should be within the limits set for FPI investment in State Development Loans (SDLs). The limits for FPI investment in SDLs is 2 per cent of outstanding stock of securities. All other existing conditions for investment by FPIs in the debt market remain unchanged, the central bank had said in a circular on April 25. In 2017, Sebi eased rules on issuance of municipal bonds in order to boost such bond market. It allowed municipalities with surplus in their books in three immediately preceding financial years to issue public debt securities.last_img read more

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The UCL and Real Madrid are inseparable says Solari

first_imgLos Blancos boss Santiago Solari believes the European competition is part of the club’s history and go hand by handReal Madrid and Viktoria Plzen will face off tomorrow night in the UEFA Champions League.And for interim manager Santiago Solari, Los Blancos and the European tournament go together.“It’s always very nice, this competition, which is linked to the history of our club, inseparable,” said Solari according to Goal.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“When we hear the Champions League anthem, we all get excited. It’s fantastic to be back in this competition. This is my third game in this role, so I’m very happy that I get a chance [in the Champions League]. I enjoyed it a lot as a player.”“When you look for a solution to a problem in football, it’s never just one thing, it’s step by step,” he added.“We’ve taken two steps, two games. We had to play well to win them, you don’t win games without doing things well, and they were tough games.”“We did a lot of good things in these two games and we have to do what we did well again, but also improve what we didn’t do well. Every team can always improve,” he commented.last_img read more

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