New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick talks to the media during a news conference for the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game against the Atlanta Falcons. Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)HOUSTON, Texas—Marv Levy, the only coach in NFL history to take a team to four consecutive Super Bowls, looks at what Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have done together with the New England Patriots and marvels.“Really, it is remarkable that they keep going back, and they maintain the focus and dedication necessary to do it,” the former Buffalo Bills coach said.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ LATEST STORIES “It just becomes, quote, old hat. It’s just almost unfathomable what they’ve accomplished. So they sure do deserve great credit, and it shows you that the draft isn’t perfect. Sixth-rounder at quarterback. Many will rate him the greatest quarterback ever. It’s an amazing streak they have going.”Consider this: Belichick and Brady not only are the NFL’s most successful coach and quarterback duo, they’ve nearly lapped their closest competition. They are preparing for their record seventh Super Bowl on Sunday, while only three other coaches reached the Super Bowl with the same quarterback as many as four times.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundChuck Noll and Terry Bradshaw went 4-0 in Super Bowls in the span of six years. Tom Landry went 2-2 with Roger Staubach and the Dallas Cowboys. Joe Montana is a perfect 4-0 in the Super Bowl, though only three of those rings came with coach Bill Walsh.And then there’s Levy, who teamed with Jim Kelly to take the Buffalo Bills to the Super Bowl between 1991 and 1994, losing each time. Drive to win againMaking one Super Bowl appearance is tough enough that four franchises have yet to do it—Detroit, Cleveland, Jacksonville, Houston—while this is just the second trip for the Atlanta Falcons. Finding the drive and motivation to chase success again and again simply isn’t easy.“It isn’t just automatic,” Levy said.The roster turnover around Brady certainly helps keep the appetite strong. Among those on the roster for Sunday’s game, 32 have never played in a Super Bowl.Salary cap eraBelichick is the only coach since the NFL put in a salary cap starting in the 1994 season to win four Super Bowls. Noll, the man Belichick is tied with, won his four rings with Pittsburgh in the 1970s. Figuring out how to fit salaries in a budget wasn’t an issue for Chicago’s George Halas or Curly Lambeau and Vince Lombardi with the Green Bay Packers — the only other coaches with five or more NFL championships.Montana credits the Patriots with building around Brady and a core of players in an era when big paydays await after winning a Super Bowl ring.ChemistrySince Belichick and Brady went to their first Super Bowl together in 2002, others in the NFL have tried to tap their formula for success, luring away coordinators as head coaches or hiring personnel men to run their teams. Yet, Brady and Belichick have a chance to become the first men with five Super Bowl rings in a league where the Falcons are still looking for their first championship more than a half-century after their first game.“Otherwise, if someone else could do it, they’d be doing it right now,” Montana said. “The guys closest to it I think are the Cowboys and the Steelers, they’ve been on top for a while. But it’s still hard to do. Mr. Kraft’s done a great job.” MOST READ Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Leonard’s 36 points lead Spurs by Thunder, Westbrook Swing Out Sister back to PH this April China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Putting together an extended run of excellence requires some key ingredients:LeadershipLevy had general manager Bill Polian and owner Ralph Wilson in Buffalo, and points to Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Belichick as the key in New England because they know what type of players they want on the roster. Belichick hasn’t shied away from brash personalities, bringing in wide receiver Randy Moss and even giving defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth and wide receiver Chad Johnson chances. Moss stuck around much longer than expected and prospered before being cut loose during the 2010 season. Wide receiver Chris Hogan languished on the Buffalo squad the past four years only to tie for the league lead averaging 17.9 yards per catch this season.Since Kraft took over, this is the Patriots’ eighth Super Bowl — twice what Denver and Pittsburgh have managed — with four championships equaling those teams’ four appearances.“Total organization wins,” Levy said. “It starts with their owner Robert Kraft, who I think has been a great owner. Their personnel department, their scouting staff, their coaching staff. Total organization wins, and as much credit as Brady and Bill Belichick deserves, it’s the others that are in there.”ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? 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Five-time World Championship 400 metres finalist Novlene Williams-Mills isn’t looking back at any of her eight national titles this week. Instead, she is fully focused on a top-three finish at the National Senior Championships.Speaking after a short workout inside the National Stadium yesterday, she said it is still a pleasure to run in Jamaica.Williams-Mills announced her plan to retire at the end of this season, but that is playing second fiddle to making the Jamaican 400-metre team for the World Championships in London.”I don’t want to be the focus of, OK, this is going to be her last race here,” she said. “Every time I come here, I think, I always come here to do my best,” she clarified, “and it’s always about being in the top three, you know, making that individual 400m, and this time isn’t going to be any different.”Though she was an individual Olympic finalist in 2008 and 2012, she had to be content last year with a fourth-place finish behind Stephenie McPherson, Christine Day and eventual Olympic bronze medal winner Shericka Jackson.”It hurt a little bit,” she reflected after her workout was complete, “because, I think, for the longest time, that’s been the first time I was not in the flat 400m, but, for me, I always say everything is for a reason and there were three great ladies who represented Jamaica in the 400m and I can’t take anything away from them.””They did a great job”, she continued, “but this year, I want to be one of those ladies that’s gonna be in the starting blocks representing Jamaica.”The 35-year-old Williams, bronze medallist in 2007 and a close fourth in 2009, is the second-fastest Jamaican 400m runner of 2017.The fastest is Chris-Ann Gordon at 50.39 seconds.
Weakened Attack RAJKOT, India (CMC): West Indies suffered at the hands of teenager Prithvi Shaw who struck the third-fastest hundred on debut as India dominated the opening day of the first Test here on Thursday. Opting to bat first at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, India marched to 364 for four at the close, with the 18-year-old Shaw belting a superb 134 and captain Virtat Kohli ominously poised on an unbeaten 72. Cheteshwar Pujara had earlier missed out on a hundred when he stroked 86 while Ajinkya Rahane chipped in with 41, as India recovered from the loss of opener KL Rahul in the first over without scoring, to collar the visitors’ bowling attack. Already set back by the loss of seasoned new-ball bowler Kemar Roach who returned to Barbados last week, due to the death of his grandmother, West Indies suffered yet another blow when captain Jason Holder was ruled out of the match with an ankle injury. It meant a Test debut for the inexperienced 22-year-old Sherman Lewis and also saw Keemo Paul, at age 20 and with a single Test to his name, having to share the new ball with speedster Shannon Gabriel. India cashed in on the weakened attack by scoring quickly and already, the Windies face a long road back into the match, heading into Friday’s day two. However, there was some early celebration for the Windies when Gabriel struck Rahul in front with the sixth ball of the match with just three runs on the board. The right-hander reviewed in desperation but replays showed the ball hitting the middle stump. Any hopes that West Indies had of finding further immediate breakthroughs were then dashed as Shaw and Pujara combined in a 206-run second wicket stand to consolidate the innings. The right-handed Shaw struck 19 fours off 154 deliveries, while Pujara, also right-handed, faced 130 balls and counted 14 fours in chalking up his 19th half-century in his 63rd Test.
– Former Junior Finance Minister advisesBy Samuel SukhnandanInternational reserves held by the Bank of Guyana (BoG) declined in the first half of 2017 to US$578.4 million, a decline of US$18.3 million from the US$596.7 million that had been collected during the same period in 2016, and a representation of 3.4 months of import coverage.This, according to former Junior Finance Minister Juan Edghill, is something that must not be overlooked. Rather, close attention must be paid to this issue, because if this trend continues, in a few years from now, it will have significant ramifications for Guyana’s financial sector.Opposition MP Bishop Juan EdghillThe information contained in the Government’s Mid-Year Financial Report for 2017 pointed to the fact that, even with increased domestic earnings — which resulted from the revised tax regime introduced by the APNU+AFC Coalition Administration — this did not change the situation.Edghill reminded that the internationally accepted standard is 3.5 months of import coverage, but he said that if this figure continues to decline, Guyana could be heading into a major foreign reserve issue.“You may end up with restrictions and controls on foreign currency. The market may no longer be a free market. You might end up with restrictions on what money could be made available for imports, because that could put a demand on foreign currency,” the former minister explained.But equally important, a diminishing reserve is an indication that the country is spending more than it is earning, something that is not novel. However, Edghill said that because Guyana is not earning less in terms of foreign currency, the country would not be able to match the local demand for foreign currency.He said, “One may suspect that you have to be putting (sums of money) from the reserve into the market for the demand…That is a signal of the underperformance of a number of sectors that contribute to Gross Domestic Product and bring in foreign reserve. We are earning less.”Despite these arguments, the former Finance Minister told Guyana Times, he would not make “too much noise” about the issue, since the situation is a bit manageable. However, he noted that the figure on foreign reserves has sent a signal that things could worsen if prudent management is not practised.Earlier this year, officials at the BoG revealed that US dollars in the system had increased by an excess of between US$10M and US$20M. The selling rate then was between Gy$208 and Gy$210 for US$1 at most financial institutions, since the US dollar was not in abundance.Overseas-based financial analyst Sasenarine Singh had claimed that Guyana’s foreign currency reserves decline was started under former President Ramotar, but the pace of the decline accelerated multiple folds since the election of President David Granger.Singh said that both of these Presidents have failed to stimulate value-added ventures in the agriculture sector, especially in the local sugar industry. However, he said evidence supports the position that the economy is being bungled under Granger. And unless Finance Minister Winston Jordan rolls out some urgent progressive policies to stimulate investments, the run on the Guyana dollar can possibly hit Gy$250 to one US dollar by Christmas 2017, Singh had predicated.He said the Granger Administration must rebuild the international reserves, stabilise the exchange rate, and stimulate investment in the Guyanese economy. If these strategies are successfully implemented, confidence can be restored in the Guyanese economy, and this would attract foreign direct investments.Following the unease in the local economy about the availability of foreign currency, the BoG had instituted stricter monitoring measures. Government has never admitted to a shortage.
Luis Suarez netted again for Barcelona on Wednesday night as the Spanish giants beat Villarrael to book their place in the Copa del Rey final.The Uruguayan found goals difficult to come by in the early part of his Nou Camp career following his move from Liverpool last summer, but has been in sensational scoring form in recent weeks.His sixth goal in as many games, sandwiched between a double from Neymar, helped Barca to a 3-1 win in the semi-final second-leg meeting with Villarrael and sealed a 6-2 aggregate victory.Check out all the goals from the game in the video above.
“So I think there are opportunities for us to go there [and get a good result], but their ability to go and sign players is different. “Regardless of the noise that is coming out of there, they’re still signing players we couldn’t sign. It’s difficult for the rest of us to compete with that.”Motherwell suffered a chastening 5-0 defeat to Celtic in the League Cup last week, but McGhee believes his team can keep in touch with Rangers in a way they can’t with the Scottish champions.“At the moment [Rangers] have not quite got to the stage of signing the sort of players that Celtic are signing for millions and millions,” he said. Mark McGhee believes his Motherwell side will get “opportunities” against Rangers just like Hamilton Accies and Dundee have this season.The Steelmen travel to Ibrox to face Mark Warburton’s side this weekend on the back of two defeats to St Johnstone and Celtic.But McGhee insists that his team can take something away from Govan, referencing Hamilton and Dundee’s recent performances against Rangers so far this season.“Hamilton played really well that day… the second half against Dundee, Dundee played well,” he said. “So therefore we still feel that we should be in touch with them in a way that we maybe have no right to think we are with Celtic. “I think we can go there believing that if we can play really well we can get something, as Accies did.”
The Steelmen had lost 12 goals in their previous two games in the east end of Glasgow and will be glad the scoreline was not so damaging although they never looked like pulling off a shock win.Rodgers demonstrated the depth of his squad by bringing in midfielder Liam Henderson for his first start of the season.He was one of three changes with right-back Cristian Gamboa and midfielder Stuart Armstrong also in for injured Mikael Lustig and Nir Bitton with Tom Rogic rested.Well boss Mark McGhee gave a debut to 18-year-old left-back Jack McMillan while 19-year-old midfielder Ross McLean made his first start in midfield. Without being relentless, Celtic controlled the first-half with early efforts from Henderson and Armstrong.In the 17th minute Well keeper Samson made a fine save from Dembele’s curling shot which was heading to the top corner and then from Erik Sviatchenko’s header from the resultant corner.However, the former Killie number one had no chance moments later when James Forrest’s cross from the right was missed altogether by Dembele 12 yards out only for the in-coming Sinclair to guide the ball high into the net.In the 38th minute Dembele ended a swift and incisive Hoops counter attack – a result of a sloppy McMillan pass in midfield – by striking the post with a shot from 14 yards.And with a minute remaining of the first-half, Scotland left-back Tierney deserved a goal following his wonderful run which took him past Scott McDonald, Richard Tait and Ben Heneghan but his shot from 16 yards crashed off the bar.Celtic’s grip on the game remained firm after the break.In the 53rd minute Samson pulled of a fine double save, first from captain Scott Brown’s low deflected strike and then at the post from Dembele who was following up.At the other end Motherwell striker Louis Moult had a couple of efforts, one with his head, one an attempted cross after good work by the impressive Chris Cadden, that should have had troubled the home side more.The Parkhead side had several attempts on goal, the closest to another score coming in the 74th minute when Sampson had to make a great save from Sinclair’s drive after the Well defence had been cut open.The slender lead might have led to inevitable Celtic nerves in the final stages but in the 87th minute the Well defence switched off and Samson tripped Dembele as he chased a Brown pass, with the French forward firing in from the spot for his 13th of the season for Celtic.It was a perfunctory victory for the home side but they should expect more trouble from Borussia Monchengladbach when their Champions League campaign resumes. Celtic cemented their place at the top of the Scottish Premiership with a routine and mostly trouble-free 2-0 win over Motherwell at Parkhead.Hoops forward Scott Sinclair steered in the opener after 18 minutes with Moussa Dembele and Kieran Tierney hitting the woodwork before the break.Brendan Rodgers’ side controlled the second-half as well but had to wait until three minutes remaining to be sure of the points with Dembele scoring from the spot after he had been brought down by Well keeper Craig Samson.Celtic remained four points ahead of Aberdeen with a game in hand and now turn their attention to the visit of Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
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A venomous spell of fast bowling from Stuart Broad led England to an emphatic seven-wicket win over South Africa in the third Test on Saturday to clinch the series.Broad’s brilliant return of 6 for 17 on a lively wicket skittled the Proteas for 83 in their second innings on the third day. England reached their modest victory target of 74 with relative ease as captain Alastair Cook (43) top-scored in guiding them to 77 for 3 from 22.4 overs under gloomy skies.The tourists now have an unassailable 2-0 lead in the four-match series, with the final game to be played in Pretoria.”Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad were exceptional as a partnership, it’s a privilege to captain those two. It’s one of those days we will look back on for a long time,” Cook said at the presentation ceremony.”It’s been a great tour, to come out here and beat South Africa in two test matches. There is more to come though, we should never be satisfied.”South Africa bowled out England for 323 in the morning session for a slender first-innings deficit of 10 runs, but were no match for the bounce and movement of a rampant Broad. After removing openers Dean Elgar (15) and Stiaan van Zyl (11), Broad grabbed the key wicket of captain AB de Villiers (0) when he induced an inside edge to wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow.Hashim Amla (five) then clipped the ball to James Taylor at short-leg, who showed excellent reactions to take a low catch, before Temba Bavuma was bowled for a duck. Broad’s brilliant day was complete when he ended the innings with an excellent catch off his own bowling to dismiss Faf du Plessis (14) for match figures of 8 for 99.advertisementBen Stokes grabbed two scalps and there were also wickets for Anderson and Steven Finn. The latter has complained of tightness on his left-side and will be assessed on Sunday.”They bowled exceptionally well, I havent seen a team bowl that well in a long time,” De Villiers said.”The team will be motivated to finish the series on a high. There are not a lot of issues with the squad, we just need to play better cricket.”Rabada, 20, had earlier claimed his first five-wicket haul in Test cricket when he bagged 5 for 78 to limit England to 323. It was a first home series defeat for South Africa against a team other than Australia since England won 2-1 in 2004-05.
AdvertisementEvery true football fan has at least once engaged in the intense debate about Christiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi rivalry. It’s definitely a matter of nuance, considering their stats, as well as personal taste, since these two football maestros have different temperaments and playing styles.Ever since their first encounter on the field, at the 2007-08 Champions League semifinal game between Manchester United and Barcelona, it was clear that Messi and Ronaldo were major competitors. Today, if we take into account the number of trophies won, as well as individual awards such as Golden Shoe or Ballon d’Or, it is perfectly clear that these two players fall into the greatest of all times, but the question who is better still remains hard to answer.How Many Trophies Has Messi and Ronaldo?As of 2018, Ronaldo has had 24 club honors, and won the UEFA European Championship title. On the other hand, Messi has 30 club honors, and he won the FIFA World Cup and the Olympic gold medal. Both players are equal when it comes to Ballon d’Or award records.Who Has Scored the Most Goals, Messi or Ronaldo?If we exclude friendly matches, Messi scored 656 goals so far for the clubs and the national team. Ronaldo’s all-time goal count is 682, but although the number is a bit higher it doesn’t prove Ronaldo is actually the GOAT (Greatest of all time) because his career is a little bit longer than Messi’s.Who is Faster, Ronaldo or Messi?By many, Messi is considered the fastest footballer alive when it comes to short distances and dribbling skills. Ronaldo is known for his extraordinary abilities in long runs as well as one on one sprint.Take a look at this very informative Betting-Sites infographic below, which provides detailed head-to-head comparison of the two greatest soccer players of all time.Original article source – https://betting-sites.me.uk/messi-vs-ronaldo-greatest/Advertisement