12 radio stations seized by protesters in Mexico

first_imgRadio station owners urged the Mexican government to send federal police to restore order. President Vicente Fox’s spokesman, Ruben Aguilar, said the federal government is monitoring the situation but did not plan to intervene.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! OAXACA, Mexico – The picturesque colonial city of Oaxaca sank further into chaos Monday as protesters armed with machetes, pipes and clubs seized 12 private radio stations, cut off highways, and blockaded bus terminals and newspaper offices. The smell of uncollected garbage and tires burning at barricades hung over the city, a popular tourist destination, and some businesses ran short of water after demonstrators refused to allow water trucks into central Oaxaca. About 3,000 leftists and striking teachers wielding machetes and clubs marched through the city, demanding punishment for an early morning assault in which unidentified gunmen shot up a state-owned radio station that has been occupied since Aug. 1. Protesters said a male teacher was wounded and taken to a hospital, but the extent of his injuries was not immediately known. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.The state government denied it had anything to do with the attack, which also damaged equipment. Protesters have used the facility to broadcast their demands for the resignation of Oaxaca Gov. Ulises Ruiz. Some 70,000 public-school teachers went on strike May 22 to demand salary increases totaling about $125 million, but the government said it couldn’t afford that and counteroffered less than one-tenth of that amount. The protesters have since expanded their demands to include the resignation of Ruiz, whom they accuse of rigging the state election in 2004 and of using force to repress dissent. Ruiz belongs to the Institutional Revolutionary Party, which has governed the state since 1929. The teachers refused to halt their three-month-old strike to allow 1.3 million students to return to classes Monday, the start of the new school year. Private schools remained closed because of the unrest. The morning attack apparently prompted protesters to seize the other stations, all privately owned. The protesters still controlled all 12 stations late Monday, airing live speeches carrying leftist themes. last_img read more

Guy Scott: Zambia’s impolitic white leader

first_img“The period of national mourning started today. We will miss our beloved president and commander. Elections for the office of president will take place within 90 days. In the interim, I am the acting president,” Guy Scott told Zambia in a radio address. (Image: Patriotic Front) • My Africa Is … not what you think • Zambia’s ancient rivers of history • Seven reasons to be optimistic about Africa • How Africa tweets • CNN’s Richard Quest examines the rise of Africa Sulaiman PhilipFor the next three months an African country will be run by a white man, the first since Paul Berenger became prime minister of Mauritius in 2003. The death of President Michael Sata in a London hospital on 28 October has elevated his deputy, 70-year-old Dr Guy Scott, to the most powerful office in Zambia. In a country of 13 million, a white farmer will be the leader, at least for the next three months.For Scott, a Cambridge educated economist, the strangest thing about his day is his motorcade, or the “truckloads of guys following me on motorbikes”. And the helicopter – for travel to the sylvan hinterlands of Zambia. As he told The Spectator magazine: “I am enjoying the toys, I must say.”Coverage of his ascendancy in the media outside Zambia has focused on the colour of Scott’s skin. Some commentators talk of it as evidence of Africa’s post-colonial rebirth. In Zambia, though, there has been nary a comment on his race.Most of the country’s white farming community are refugees from Zimbabwe, farmers who were forced off the land by Zimbabwe’s Africanisation policies. Belonging to this 40 000-strong white minority, his ascendency is a result of Zambia’s stability and tolerance, Scott says.Speaking to The Spectator in 2012 after he was named deputy to Sata, he explained: “I don’t think I would be nearly as welcome in South Africa, for example. Or West Africa… I get the suspicion they are pretty dubious, wondering what a white man is doing there. But for some reason, I’m very popular here.” King Cobra Michael Sata led Zambia from 2011 until his death in a London hospital this week.(Image credit: Patriotic Front) The white population is not his constituency; he represents a district of Lusaka. His position allows him to amuse himself at their expense. The sirens of his motorcade are rarely used, he has claimed, except when he visits his own constituency. “Then they are put on full blast, in defiance of all those who thought I couldn’t make it – mainly my fellow whites.”Scott has been called “a scaly old dude” by George W Bush and “a sick old man” by members of the opposition. No one, however, can say that he is not Zambian. Born in Livingstone, the son of a Scottish father and English mother, Scott’s presidency will run for just 90 days. Constitutionally, only Zambians whose parents are Zambian born can be president. Not that he couldn’t win a presidential election – as agriculture minister the plain-spoken and boisterous Scott was credited with saving Zambia from a drought-caused famine in 1992/93.When Sata made him vice-president in 2011, Scott was just a heartbeat away from the highest office in Zambia, but no one questioned the decision. He became, Scott says in his self-deprecating manner, a good luck charm for African politics. “I don’t think Michael thought it was a racial thing, he just thought it was a good idea. I’ve been involved in politics here for a long time. As a schoolboy I was involved in the liberation movement,” he told The Telegraph in 2012.“Michael knows about political symbolism. It’s one in the eye for his critics who say he’s a tribalist. Obviously, he’s not.”University of Zambia political scientist Lee Habasonda says that Scott’s elevation was smart politics on the part of Sata. Scott was a major funder of the Patriotic Front and helped it to gain power in 2011 for the first time, but he is also the link between Zambia and foreign powers. “Mr Scott was a farmer, and sufficiently endowed with financial resources. Mr Sata gave him the deputy presidency out of appreciation. It is not a powerful post,” Habasonda told the BBC.Dr Alec Scott, the president’s father, moved to what was then Northern Rhodesia in 1927 to work on Cecil John Rhodes’ railway. He went on to study law, publish a newspaper (today’s Zambia Daily Mail) and became a politician allied to African nationalists.Scott considers himself an African nationalist. His political education began when he was at school in Zimbabwe and having to contend with the racism of fellow pupils and their parents. “It was a whites-only school; they tried to introduce an Indian and he was hounded out at the instigation of the parents of the boys. It was like being in the Hitler Youth: the theories about black inferiority and this kind of stuff.”By the time Scott returned from Cambridge – he also read cognitive science and robotics – he was able to say of Zambia: “I have long suspected Zambia is moving from a post-colonial to a cosmopolitan condition. People’s minds are changing: they are no longer sitting back and dwelling on what was wrong about colonialism.”South Africa’s introduction to the impolitic opinions of Scott came in 2010 when, during an interview with The Guardian newspaper, he dismissed South Africans as “backward”. What he actually said in the interview was that he hated South Africans, before backtracking. “I dislike South Africa for the same reason that Latin Americans dislike the United States, I think. It’s just too big and too unsubtle.”Generous with both praise and criticism, the charismatic Scott has said he is not interested in becoming president beyond this interim period. At his age he has his own health concerns. His right hand trembles and he may have cancer: “It’s possibly Parkinson’s, I haven’t had it diagnosed yet. In my age group, there are on average six things wrong with you at any one time.”Scott is respected in Zambia, but not loved, especially not by opposition parties. The Patriotic Front has been accused of dragging Zambia towards authoritarianism. Scott’s sarcastic response: “Our opponents would complain to the Commonwealth, then the UN and, if still unsuccessful, the Klingon empire.”last_img read more

a month agoLiverpool defender Gomez: I can’t blame Southgate

first_imgLiverpool defender Gomez: I can’t blame Southgateby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Joe Gomez accepts he needs to be playing to earn his England spot.Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate rates Gomez highly but the Liverpool centre-half has found himself behind Everton ‘s Michael Keane in the England pecking order, with Harry Maguire and John Stones the current first choices.The Kop defender said: “I cannot blame him (Southgate). He speaks to me and is a great manager but if you meet up with England you are expected to be playing so I have to keep working hard.“I have not been playing and every footballer wants to be playing.”At the same time I understand that we are European champions and the lads are doing very well at the minute so all I can do is keep my head down, keep working hard in training, and wait for my chance.”You cannot sit there and be down. You have to stay positive and do yourself justice when the time comes.“You need to show the good attitude otherwise you will do yourself harm.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Clear that situation in JK is not normal

first_imgNew Delhi/Srinagar: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi along with a delegation of various Opposition leaders who reached Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday afternoon to review the situation in the state was sent back to Delhi, according to reports. This came days after they held a protest rally at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi to demand the immediate release of political leaders detained in Kashmir.The delegation includes Communist Party of India leader D Raja, Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechury, Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma and K C Venugopal, Loktantrik Janata Dal chief Sharad Yadav, Trinamool Congress leader Dinesh Trivedi, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader Tiruchi Siva, Nationalist Congress Party leader Majeed Memon, Rashtriya Janata Dal MP Manoj Jha and Janata Dal (Secular) leader D Kupendra Reddy. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsGandhi said he accepted Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik’s invitation and visited the state. “We wanted to get a sense of what people are going through, but we weren’t allowed beyond the airport,” he told a news agency. The former Congress president also claimed that the media who were with them had been beaten and mishandled. “It’s clear that situation in Jammu and Kashmir isn’t normal,” Gandhi said. Rajya Sabha MP Ghulam Nabi Azad said the situation in the state was terrifying. “The stories we heard from the passengers of Kashmir present in our flight, would bring tears even to a stone,” he was quoted as saying in a report. The delegation later wrote a letter to Budgam District Magistrate. “We record our strong objection to the basis of our detention, which prima facie is undemocratic and unconstitutional.” The Congress lashed out at the government for halting their visit and asked what the “government is trying to hide”. “If the situation in Jammu and Kashmir is ‘normal’ as the government claims, why has the delegation of Opposition leaders led by Rahul Gandhi been sent back from Srinagar airport,” Congress questioned in a tweet. “What is the Modi govt trying to hide?”last_img read more

Rahul very respectful towards women, sad to see how “Koffee” controversy turned out: Zinta

first_imgNew Delhi: India batsman KL Rahul is “very respectful towards women” and it was sad to see him become a subject of nationwide criticism in the wake of his and Hardik Pandya’s sexist remarks on a chat chow, Kings XI Punjab co-owner and noted actor Preity Zinta said Friday. Both Rahul and Pandya were handed a provisional suspension for their controversial comments on ‘Koffee with Karan’, a show Zinta herself has appeared on. Their suspension was lifted but they still face a BCCI inquiry conducted by Ombudsman DK Jain. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “It is so good to see Rahul back in form. He is a very very nice guy. What happened is in the past. I just feel bad about the way the whole thing turned out but you live and learn,” Zinta told PTI. “Actually, he is very sweet and respectful towards women, so I don’t know how it all came out. As I said, these are teachable moments.” His friend and teammate Pandya was trolled more for his loose talk on women but Rahul too has admitted that he had started to doubt himself as a person after the incident. He has put the controversy behind and is very much in the reckoning of a World Cup spot. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later As a co-owner and someone who is used to handling fame and money after spending decades in Hindi film industry, Zinta said she does share her experiences with the youngsters in the KXIP squad. “Yes, we do have those conversations, we have been there and done that. These are young guys and they will live and learn with time. Unless you make a mistake or falter, you will never learn,” she said. Asked to name the most “fun guy” in the KXIP dressing room, Zinta picked veteran Chris Gayle. “My all time favourite is Chris Gayle. He is unbelievable. He is a true superstar, in terms of how he comes across, in terms of how he plays, how he is with the youngsters, he is so humble, he is always on time, he is just unbelievable and he is so much fun at the same time.” The actor added that her team broke even long time ago and the ultimate goal is to win a maiden IPL title. “We broke even a long time ago. But yes, when I got into the IPL, I wanted to win the title, especially coming from Punjab, where people have the largest heart, we want to win for them, we owe it to our fans. I am really keeping my fingers crossed this time.” KXIP have begun well, winning three out of their four games so far in the competition.last_img read more

Tunisia rapper jailed for four months at retrial

first_imgHAMMAMET, Tunisia – A Tunisian rapper who went on the run after receiving a 21-month jail sentence in absentia in August for songs deemed insulting to police was jailed for four months at a retrial Thursday.Weld El 15, whose real name is Alaa Yacoubi, had surrendered to the authorities at the courthouse for the hearing.The court found him guilty of affront to public decency and insulting behaviour towards public servants in his songs, and ordered him taken straight to the cells to serve his sentence. The hearing took place at a court in the town of Hammamet, east of Tunis, where Weld El 15 and fellow rapper Klay BBJ were originally convicted without even being notified of the trial.Klay BBJ has since been retried twice and was finally acquitted in October, while Weld El 15 had been on the run until Thursday.“I’m ready for anything, I hope that Tunisia has a justice system and not an injustice system,” the rapper told AFP after turning himself in.“The revolution took place in the name of freedom of expression,” he said, referring to the popular uprising that ousted veteran strongman Zine El Abidine Ben in January 2011.“I handed myself in because I can’t spend my life on the run, but I’m not ready to go back to prison.”Weld El 15 and Klay BBJ were tried for songs they performed together at a concert in Hammamet.Since an Islamist-led government took power after Tunisia’s 2011 revolution, trials of musicians and journalists have multiplied, sparking charges from human rights groups that the authorities are stifling freedom of expression.Attempts to reform the Tunisian judiciary and the security forces since the Ben Ali regime fell have largely stalled.last_img read more

A decade of Jim Tressel

In his mind, Jim Tressel is old, his memory deteriorating. The highs and lows of 37 years of coaching have started to blend together for the Ohio State football coach. “I don’t know if it’s fortunately or unfortunately,” Tressel said, “but I’m old and I’ve had a lot of games.” Jan. 18 marked the 10-year anniversary of Tressel’s hire at OSU. In 15 seasons at Youngstown State, Tressel compiled a record of 135-57-2, winning four Division I-AA National Championships. In his 10 seasons at OSU, he has amassed a mark of 106-22, with one national title and seven Big Ten crowns to his credit. He earned his 100th victory at the Division I level after the Buckeyes’ 38-10 triumph against Indiana on Oct. 9. More importantly to Buckeye fans, the coach holds a 9-1 record against rival Michigan. Tressel spoke with The Lantern to reflect on his decade-long tenure in Columbus. Oh, but a dream Often, when universities or professional teams hire a coach, the new boss will gush about how he had dreamed of attaining his new gig since childhood. Tressel never considered the Division I college ranks, let alone OSU. Instead, he aspired to follow in the footsteps of his father, Lee Tressel, who racked up 155 victories coaching for 23 seasons at Division III Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio. “I originally wanted to be a high school head coach and I never got there,” he said. “All the way up until probably the mid-’80s, through my first 10 or 11 years as a coach, I was thinking I’d like to be a Division III coach like my father was. Then I got the Youngstown State job and enjoyed 15 wonderful years there and I was convinced that I wanted to be there forever. So no, it wasn’t really anything that I thought about really until the day it opened.” OSU football historian Jack Park said Tressel’s acceptance speech blew him away. “He just made such a good impression on people in that acceptance speech,” Park said. “Some people can kind of speak well, but it’s kind of shallow; they’re just saying what they think they should to make themselves look good. This was not that. This was genuine.” Even if he can no longer recall specific emotions or moments in time from games past, Tressel remembers the onerous weight strapped upon his shoulders when he accepted the position at OSU. “Tremendous responsibility that having this position holds, great tradition, the meaning that this university has to all the students — that’s daunting,” he said. The night he was hired, Tressel gave a speech at halftime of the men’s basketball game. In his monologue, the new coach guaranteed his team would be prepared for nemesis Michigan 310 days later. “That’s going to be a big part of his legacy, I think,” Park said. “That night, he set up Michigan as a top priority. You could tell, and of course, look at what’s happened here, 9-1. He set that up as a high priority and followed through with that.” Rocky 1st year John Cooper was fired following a loss to South Carolina in the 2001 Outback Bowl that capped an 8-4 season. In Tressel’s first season at the helm, the Buckeyes compiled a 7-5 mark and another Outback Bowl loss to the Gamecocks. It wasn’t exactly an ideal start to his term. He suspended senior quarterback Steve Bellisari for two games following his arrest for drunk driving. “There were ups and downs that year,” Tressel said. “It was real disappointing when we, right near the end of the year with two games left, we still had a chance to be the Big Ten champs and we had a little off-the-field problem and we had to bench our quarterback for the last two games. So, that was a disappointing time, and then when we beat Michigan at the end, it was obviously a good win for us because they were a very good team.” Still, Tressel had intended to use his first year as a transition year, and he said he reached the goals he set pertaining to laying the foundation for a new era. “The thing I wanted to do was create a plan and then develop relationships,” Tressel said. “And then, of course, you wanted to win some games along the way. But I wanted to create a plan for a culture and a set of expectations and get to know the kids and have them get to know me and make sure they knew how much I cared about them on and off the field.” ‘A good deal’ Once the transition period ended, it was full steam ahead. The Buckeyes doubled their win total in Tressel’s second season, becoming the first team in college football history to attain a 14-0 record. OSU capped its perfect season with a 31-24 double-overtime victory against a heavily favored Miami Hurricanes team that entered the title game riding a nation-best 34-game win streak. “There were two things that I think made it possible,” Tressel said. “One is that we had grown in our relationships very close through the transition year, which is hard for everyone, and the adversity we faced that first year. Then the second thing that made it very doable was because we were talented — these kids were so hungry because they had been here, many of them, three, four, five years and really hadn’t had an Ohio State-type season. “So, there was a group of them that were seniors that were not going to leave here without having an Ohio State season. And then, the ball bounced right a couple times and our guys kept fighting and it ended up being a good deal.” The perfect season exceeded any expectations even the most idealistic Buckeye fans could have anticipated, Park said. “I don’t think the most avid, unrealistic Ohio State fan that thinks we’re never ever going to lose again, in their wildest dreams, would have thought that they would go 14-0 in their second year under Tressel,” he said. Along the way, the Buckeyes kept suspense high, narrowly escaping the jaws of defeat on a number of occasions. Half of the team’s victories came by seven points or fewer. “When you end a year like we did in ’02, with that group that had transitioned together and had grown to love one another and compete like crazy,” Tressel said, “it was a little bit melancholy after the game, the fact that we were never going to be together in that fashion.” Plan now, reflect later That’s how Tressel thinks. He lives in the moment and plans for the immediate future, opting to save reflection for when he’s in his “rocking chair.” “The moment a game ends or the moment a season ends, the immediate next logical question by any media person or any coach or young person who’s going to be returning to the squad the following year is that, ‘How are we going to be next year?’” Tressel said. “I’ve always said reflection is for the person who’s not coaching anymore or who’s not playing anymore. Just like a junior who’s heading into his senior year is not going to spend much time reflecting. He’s going to spend time thinking about that senior year. That’s just the nature of what we do. You really don’t reflect on that until it’s over.” Because of that mindset, Tressel couldn’t pinpoint a specific failure or disappointment that still haunts him. Instead, anytime he comes across a less-than-desirable result, it’s “on to the next one,” he said. “If we play a ball game I know we didn’t play anywhere near to our capabilities, obviously that’s disappointing,” Tressel said. “But immediately, my thoughts go to, ‘OK, what didn’t we do well? Why didn’t we do it well? What do we have to do to get the ship headed back in the right direction?’” Tressel said he hopes one day to have time to reflect on the missed opportunities. “After you’re done passionately working day-by-day, you might say, ‘Oh, that Purdue game from ’09 really bothered me,’ or, ‘That loss to Michigan in ’03, we weren’t ready. I didn’t have them ready,’” Tressel said. “I don’t spend any time today doing that. Hopefully, there will be time for that in my rocking chair.” The low point That approach to coaching helped him bear the pain of a National Championship Game defeat to Florida at the end of the 2006–07 season. OSU entered the game unbeaten and a heavy favorite after outlasting Michigan, 42-39, in the regular season finale seven weeks earlier. The Gators didn’t care, stymieing the Buckeye offense in a 41-14 rout. Tressel said the effort exhausted in the epic battle with the Wolverines left OSU ill-equipped for the demands of a national title bout. “Our ’06 team had been undefeated and had really emptied their emotional gas tank a month before with the Ohio State-Michigan game and No. 1 versus No. 2 and all that stuff,” Tressel said. “You could see it was a little bit difficult, as hard as we tried to be at that same level as we were that day in late November.” Feel-good story That game was the last time Troy Smith suited up in scarlet and gray. Five years earlier, Smith had accepted a scholarship to play for the Buckeyes. “Troy came in here as an ‘athlete.’ We did not promise him he would be a quarterback,” Tressel said. “He kind of had to prove that he could. It wasn’t easy for him at first and he didn’t approach it the right way necessarily at first. He let it really affect him through the beginning of his career.” After redshirting, Smith primarily saw action as a kick returner during his freshman season. He entered the 2004 campaign as the second-string quarterback before taking over the position when starter Justin Zwick suffered a shoulder injury. Smith only relinquished his grip on the starting gig after being suspended for the 2004 Alamo Bowl and 2005 season opener for accepting $500 from a booster. He eventually regained his spot under center and never looked back, leading OSU to a 34-20 win against Notre Dame in the 2006 Fiesta Bowl before taking the 12-0 Buckeyes to the title game against Florida. Tressel said he remains proud of Smith’s steady maturation, citing the rise of the 2006 Heisman Trophy winner as one of the highlights of his OSU tenure. “To watch him grow to understand to, ‘OK, I know what it takes to be a quarterback. I know what I have to study, what I have to work on, what I have to be, what I have to get better at and I know the type of leader I need to be,’” Tressel said. “To see him five years later end up the Heisman Trophy winner when he didn’t even come here to be a quarterback, or he did but we weren’t sure, to me, that was very rewarding. Now, it wasn’t without some consternation over the course of time, but it was fun to see the end of the day.” That progress made during the four or five years a student-athlete takes the field is what Tressel said makes him proud to coach at the collegiate level. “Those days that I see progress in each of the young people or a particular young person, you see a lightbulb go on in someone’s head or you see someone have a tough situation and then grow from it or handle it,” Tressel said. “My highlight would be progress.” A lasting legacy Speculation runs rampant about Tressel’s future. On Christmas Eve, as Tressel sat at home with his family, a rumor spread throughout the Internet claiming the coach was on his way out of OSU, despite failing to report if he was retiring or being forced out. OSU athletic director Gene Smith quickly hosed down that fire on Twitter, telling Buckeye fans to ignore the gossip. “The rumors about Jim Tressel had emerged, so I jumped up and that was probably (my Tweet) that has gotten the most attention,” Smith said. One thing is certain: Buckeye Nation respects and cares for its football coach. And although fans might be more appreciative of his 9-1 record against Michigan and the crystal football he helped win at the end of the ’02 season, Tressel values the job he’s done turning teenage boys into professional adults. “I’ve got a whole box sitting right across from me on the counter of about 15 rings. But you know what? Those rings, the dust is on them; they’re just memories,” Tressel said. “But the progress a person makes, even if they stumble and fall, we stumble and fall individually and as a group, what’s important is at the end of the day, they are ready to go out in this competitive world and see if they can battle their way through this tough, tough world.” Park said Tressel’s leadership ability will place him among the ranks of Woody Hayes and Earle Bruce, widely considered to make up the top echelon of past Buckeye coaches. “His legacy here not only will be success, but the way he’s done it and I would say he’s the complete coach,” Park said. “I don’t think he leaves anything to chance. He’s just the complete leader, the complete coach. He has a tremendously clear understanding of where football fits into the university, a player’s career and a player’s life.” When reflecting on his 10 years in Columbus, Tressel said the one thing he can hang his hat on when he decides to call it a career is the effort he has given. “I know this: I’ve tried very hard. And I know there have been some good things that have occurred and some ones that haven’t been so good, neither of which have been because we didn’t try,” Tressel said. “I think our intentions have been good and I’ll always feel whenever that day comes that we tried like crazy. I also know that at Ohio State, you can’t win enough games and you can’t visit enough patients in the hospital and you can’t write enough encouraging notes to the military and you can’t send out enough little football cards to the kids that write in. “I know you can’t be perfect and you can’t get everything done, but while you’re the Ohio State coach, you’ve got to work like crazy and do the best you can and feel good about trying.” read more

Opinion Johnny Manziel solid in preseason debut shows growth as Browns QB

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) evades the Detroit Lions’ Kyle Van Noy during the second quarter in exhibtion action on Aug. 9, 2014, at Ford Field in Detroit.Credit: Courtesy of TNSAfter a tumultuous rookie campaign, Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel proved Thursday night that he had officially taken a step in the right direction in becoming a true starting quarterback in the NFL.Professionally and personally, the Browns may have finally gotten a good idea of what the future of their franchise may look like.It has been well documented that the former 2014 first-round draft pick out of Texas A&M entered rehab this offseason for alcohol-related issues. Manziel has stayed out of the public eye and thus far in training camp, he’s looked more like a pro signal-caller rather than a college kid running around like a chicken with its head cut off.On Thursday night in the Browns’ first preseason contest against the Washington Redskins, Manziel looked calm and collected in the pocket. He didn’t force any throws into coverage and went through his progressions with relative ease, completing seven of 11 attempts for 42 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions through the air.Even when his helmet’s headset that communicated plays from the sideline went out for a period of time, Manziel kept his composure and continued to run the offense without any noticeable problem.Manziel said having his rookie year under his belt already allowed him to approach this year’s preseason opener with much more ease.“It’s way different,” Manziel said via the team’s official site on Thursday. “This isn’t my first rodeo like it was last year. It was a little bit of a whirlwind last year. I don’t want to forget about the first game against Detroit (last year), but it felt a little slower, I felt a little more comfortable and I did some good things. I want to improve and make some more out of those drives.”The highlight of the night came when Manziel scored a 12-yard rushing touchdown to give the Browns a 14-3 advantage early in the second quarter. With every patron and football fan alike expecting the trademark money sign from the man known as “Johnny Football,” Manziel instead opted for the collected, simple fist pump to celebrate.His overall performance wasn’t anything special, but he showed great improvement over his 2014 former self. Already eager to get back out onto the field, Manziel admittedly recognized that he has a ways to go in his progression at quarterback.“I wish we could’ve converted some of those third downs. There are little things like depths on some of those short routes, picking up some protections and making the right calls. For a first game, it wasn’t bad,” Manziel added. ”We scored 17 points so there’s a lot of room to improve. Going into this week of practice, we have seven days until another game. We will be eager to get back out there again, but there’s some work to put in from now until then.”Displaying further growth and maturation, the second-year quarterback is clearly looking for more in Cleveland’s next preseason matchup with the Buffalo Bills. While the Redskins were a solid first test, the Bills’ stingy defense enters the season as quite possibly the best in the NFL.Veteran quarterback Josh McCown may still hold serve as the Browns’ starter under center, but a strong showing versus the Bills could only help Manziel’s case for being the top dog in Cleveland. read more

Mourinhos boys beat Watford and win the fans over

first_imgTough visit for Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United at Watford. Lukaku and Smalling scored the first half goals, Gray gave it a little drama for the Hornets in the end.It was a crucial match for Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United, they desperately needed an important win and surprising Watford was the best way in which the Portuguese manager could finally breathe some fresh air. The match at Vicarage Road Stadium was arguably the biggest challenge of a very busy next month for the Red Devils, the Hornets came to this game still undefeated and after offering a pleasant version of themselves but winning this match was very important for them in order to keep their confidence. Javi Gracia’s squad had become the underdog of this competition so far, but today they faced a very well-organized United side that proved they are back on track towards a good season with a reinforced defensive capacity despite their shortage of players. Today every single element of Mourinho understood the importance of today’s match, they were almost always on point defensively and managed to get the result they were expecting in one hell of a scenario given the circumstances.A finish any striker would be proud of ?Sum up that @ChrisSmalling goal in one word, #MUFC fans… pic.twitter.com/ylsvHivBjG— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 15, 2018Romelu Lukaku scored the first with his gut in a set piece, Watford’s whole match can be compressed into that moment where the Belgian striker got United ahead. The Hornets suffered from a three-minute distraction that ended up costing them the result of the match, not too soon after the first came the second from Chris Smallin, which was also from a set-piece delivered by Fellaini. This was all Mourinho needed in order to control the game as he wanted from that moment forward, the Red Devils held the result until half-time but they knew the job wasn’t done yet. Javi Gracia’s squad was still playing at home and they had most of the stadium rooting for them against Manchester United, they did dominate more during the first half than the second half in their own turf. In the second half came the presence of David de Gea, who saved a few important chances for the Red Devils during crucial opportunities. Gray did pull one back for Watford when 20 minutes od the second half had already passed, he received an assist from French midfielder Doucoure who played a great match in midfield.Pile on! ? pic.twitter.com/5zWIp4tPIe— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 15, 2018Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.But the Red Devils know how to handle matches in which they get the early advantage, Jose Mourinho knows how to keep every one of his payers involved during the rest of the match. United attempted to keep the ball during most of the second half, an odd tactic that is not very characteristic of Jose Mourinho’s squads but a good surprise nonetheless. Every single player starting with the front men, understood they needed to do a bigger sacrifice in defense when the squad didn’t have the ball. In a curious moment of the game, we saw French winger Anthony Martial get 20 minutes of playing time for the Red Devils and he made an important effort but proved that is is very out of shape at the moment. The France international seemed a bit slower than usual and also a tad overweight compared to other seasons when we’ve seen him in better shape, this might be a result of the summer with no activity he had after getting snubbed from the World Cup in Russia. David de Gea was the hero of the match because he made a couple of his trademark saves near the end of the match, Watford offered a great response during the whole second half but United was able to defend the result quite well. Nemanja Matic got a second yellow card near the end after committing a necessary foul, he got sent-off and should miss the next match.Heads up, lads!25 minutes to go – it’s Watford 1 #MUFC 2. #WATMUN pic.twitter.com/JiEqVDUH6o— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 15, 2018What do you think about Jose Mourinho’s win at Watford with Manchester United? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more