Can Claudio Ranieri keep Fulham up?

first_imgIt is not even three years since Claudio Ranieri pulled off one of the most remarkable feats in the modern era of football by guiding Leicester City to the Premier League title.Exactly how it happened still seems a bit of a mystery and even Ranieri must pinch himself when recalling the events of that year. But somehow, everything fell into place, the stars aligned and the Foxes were crowned champions of England.The task aheadIn contrast, the task of keeping Fulham in the top flight must seem simple. The newly promoted club spent big in the summer, but failed to replicate the kind of form that won them plaudits in their Championship promotion campaign. As a result, Slaviša Jokanović’s three-year reign was brought to an end and the club turned to the Italian miracle worker to revive their fortunes.After four games at the helm, Ranieri’s side are sat at the bottom of the Premier League table, but they are only five points adrift of 14th-ranked Cardiff City and a win could lift them out of the drop zone. Since his arrival, things seem to have improved and you can click here to find the latest prices from redbet, showing Fulham’s odds to be relegated have shortened slightly. His trophy cabinet suggests he can do itRanieri has form when it comes to taking newly promoted teams to greater heights. In 1993, he joined a Fiorentina side languishing in the Serie B and led them to promotion by winning the title at the first attempt. He then led them to the Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana titles and guided them to fourth place in only their second term back in the top flight.In February 2007, he took over a Parma side threatened with relegation and led them to safety by winning seven and drawing three of their last 16 games. At the end of that season, he was offered the chance to coach Juventus. He accepted and led them to third place in Serie A and Champions League qualification just a year after they had been competing in Serie B following the 2006 Calciopoli scandal.In 2012, he took over at French second tier club Monaco and led them to Ligue 1, after achieving a Ligue 2 win for the club, for the first time in its history. The following season, he guided them to second place in Ligue 1 behind serial champions Paris Saint-Germain.But it hasn’t all been a bed of rosesRanieri’s high points have often been followed by slumps that have cost him his job. His biggest problem has been maintaining high standards once they have been met. His spell  at Leicester offers a perfect example of that. In February 2017, just nine months after leading Leicester to their extraordinary title, the club was sat just a point above the drop zone with 13 games left to play and Ranieri was sacked.The Italian brings a wealth of experience and has good memories of working in West London from his time at Chelsea. He began his spell at Fulham with a win and almost doubled their point’s tally in his first three games in charge. If he can guide them to safety, it will be another good job done for the coach they once called the ‘Tinkerman’. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youProperty Investment | Search AdsDubai Real Estate Investment Properties May Surprise YouProperty Investment | Search AdsUndoApartments for Sale | Search AdsApartments in Dubai Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkApartments for Sale | Search AdsUndoDroneXProBig Drone Companies Are Furious Over New “Selfie Drone” Released OnlineDroneXProUndoTopGadgetAdvisorAre You Looking For a Remedy For Neck Pain?TopGadgetAdvisorUndoOfficial IQ TestIQ Test: What is your IQ? Answer 30 Questions to find out!Official IQ TestUndoEldelperiodico.com您將離開輕產品後閱讀此Eldelperiodico.comUndoHealth & Human Research7 Best Herbs For Natural Kidney CleansingHealth & Human ResearchUndoTopGadgetAdvisorThis Device Lets You Translate 43 Languages, It’s Flying Off Shelves In Hong KongTopGadgetAdvisorUndolast_img read more

Williams shines again, Humboldt State beats CSU San Bernardino to advance to West 2 Regional final

first_imgChico >> For all of the struggles the Humboldt State softball had against Cal State San Bernardino during the regular season, the postseason has suddenly cured all of those ills.Friday afternoon was the latest example.Behind Madison Williams’ second consecutive two-hitter to open regional play and the Jacks’ offense giving their senior ace plenty of early run support, Humboldt State advanced to the West 2 Regional final with a 5-1 win over San Bernardino in a winner’s bracket game at Chico …last_img read more

SA ‘well positioned’ for SKA work bids

first_img19 March 2013 South African scientists, engineers, companies and institutions stand to benefit from the invitation for international consortia to bid for early-stage work on the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), an international effort to build the world’s largest radio telescope, which will be co-hosted by South Africa and Australia. Last week, the International SKA Organisation issued an invitation for international consortia to bid for work packages in the pre-construction phase of the SKA, involving the design of the telescope architecture and sub-systems, including components such as antennas, receivers, signal processing systems, data transport and high performance computers. The overall aim of this phase, which is expected to run through to the end of 2016, is to deliver detailed designs and blueprints for the SKA facility to go out to tender for construction. SKA South Africa said in a statement on Friday that it was positioned to play a “prominent role” in responding to this request, both because of the expertise contained in the SKA South Africa project team, and because of the involvement of South African industry in the development and delivery of the SKA prototype MeerKAT telescope. “The MeerKAT engineering team and local industries have been in discussions with their international peers to form consortia that will respond to the request for proposals.” SKA South Africa held an information session for local industry in February, and was now in the process of finalising a subsidy programme aimed at helping local companies and institutions to take part in the SKA pre-construction phase “on a shared risk basis, in order to develop the expertise, competency and know-how to be internationally competitive in bidding for SKA contracts when the telescope is built”. Potential industry and institutional participants were encouraged to keep a check on www.ska.ac.za for information on the requests for proposals and related information. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part Ambassador exercises her Constitutional Right #FreedomToMe

first_imgWith the message: your vote is your voice anchored on a video-led digital campaign by Brand South Africa which called on citizens to exercise- their Constitutional Right and vote in this year’s elections. “It is the responsibility of all registered citizens to make their X count to improve the quality of life for all” said, Brand South Africa’s Acting Chief Marketing Officer, Ms Sithembile NtombelaThe general elections held in South Africa on 8 May 2019 saw a total number of 17 671 616 voters heeding the call, with many of them being first time voters. One of which is Play Your Part Ambassador Ntsako Mhlanga.Mhlanga is an education activist, child rights advocate and station manager for CAPS Radio, the station named after the school curriculum – plays the role of supporting learners and teachers in the education system.Mhlanga shares her experience as she exercised her Constitutional Right;Brand South Africa[BSA]: What does 25 years of democracy mean to you?Ntsako Mhlanga [NM]: 25 years is a quarter of a century. South Africa has been through 25 years of finding its feet post the apartheid era. It is quite a remarkable time for young people because we have vast opportunities. We are finally understanding the power of our voice and the potential that the South African child has.[BSA]: Why did you decide to go and vote?[NM]: I decided to go vote because I wanted to be an active citizen. As young people, we sometimes feel that we are not being heard. Youth protests sometimes result in burnt down buildings and vandalized property. Voting is the most peaceful and powerful way to express your views. A vote for me was the biggest noise I could mark about the changes I want in South Africa.[BSA]: Can you summarize your experience between; Making your X [NM]: When I received my ballot papers, I was extremely overwhelmed. There were over 40 political parties to choose from. I knew what I wanted but it was scary seeing all of them there. When I was marking my X, I was slightly paranoid. I did not want to choose the wrong one accidently. I drew my finger from the picture to the empty box to make sure I was selecting the right party. I was confident in my choice. Putting the ballots in the boxes [NM]: Putting my ballots in the boxes gave me so much joy because I felt a part of something so much bigger than I am. I felt that I made a great contribution to society. It was one of those ‘this is it’ moments. I could not turn back and I was comfortable with that. Looking at your inked thumb the day after[NM]: The next day I felt like laminating my thumb. As insane as that sounds, I was proud of my decision to vote and who I voted for. I will confess that the lady at IEC did properly mark my thumb and I asked her to make sure my mark was visible. I had to share this because this is the epitome of playing your part in society. [BSA]: What Why’s do you hope your X will solve?[NM]: The biggest ‘why’ that I would like to solve is education. Why must a young person prove their poverty when applying to university? Why must a young person be barred from furthering their education because of finances? Why do school children not have proper infrastructure for schooling? These are questions that affect the population. We have 12 million learners in the education system and a 19,1 million youth population in South Africa. My X will solve these whys as youth are the future of the country.When asked how do does she foresee the future of South Africa after these elections, Mhlanga said “The future is looking quite united. We will see parties forcibly uniting because they cannot stand on their own. In Gauteng we have ANC governing, the DA majoring cities (Johannesburg and Tshwane) and EFF leading student commands in universities. We will see an interesting distribution of power amongst the top three”.As part of her work to encourage young people to be well informed and exercise their constitutional rights, Mhlanga urges young people to get involved in their communities, bettering the environment around them for a promising future. “One cannot commit to a better tomorrow and not start today”, she adds.Follow the conversation on @PlayYourPartSA  #GetInvolved #FreedomToMe Notes to the EditorAbout Play Your PartPlay Your Part is a nationwide programme created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa.  It aims to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing. A nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone.Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates and individuals, NGOs and government, churches and schools, from the young to the not-so-young.  It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.About Play Your Part Ambassador Ntsako MhlangaStation Manager for CAPS Radio, an online radio station about education. A platform to advocate for education and children’s rights and women’s rights activist. Collaboration with the Department of Education, South African Human Rights Commission, Gauteng Youth Expo, Wits School of Journalism and the Gauteng Department of Education different projects. “I advocate for quality education and academic excellence”.last_img read more

Wilder survives pummeling to stop Ortiz in 10th

first_imgLATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Wilder survived a pummeling from Luis Ortiz, then knocked out the challenger in the 10th round Saturday night to retain his crown. Befitting the undefeated champion from Alabama, it was a wild affair for the final few rounds after a dull series of pawing and gesturing by Wilder gave Ortiz a solid lead.“A true champion always finds a way to come back and that’s what I did tonight,” Wilder said. “Luis Ortiz is definitely a crafty guy. He put up a great fight. We knew we had to wear him down. I showed everyone I can take a punch.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWell, yeah — Wilder certainly took his share of them.Even after Wilder knocked down Ortiz in the fifth round, the bout remained in the Cuban’s favor. What boxing doesn’t know is how this performance will affect the division. Wilder’s sights have been set on Anthony Joshua, who defends his WBA and IBF crowns at the end of the month against WBO champ Joseph Parker.If nothing else, Wilder’s ring reputation took a hit, although his toughness and ability to take a punch can’t be questioned.“I’m ready right now,” Wilder said. “I always said that I want to unify. I’m ready whenever those guys are. I am the baddest man on the planet and I proved that tonight. This solidified my position at the top of the food chain tonight.” Then, in the seventh, Wilder was dazed and confused by Ortiz’s assault. Though he never hit the canvas, he stumbled to his corner when that round ended. The end seemed near.“I almost had him and I think I would’ve if there were a few more seconds in the round,” Ortiz said. “Wilder was definitely saved by the bell. I thought I had him out on his feet. But you have to give him credit, he weathered the storm.”Instead of folding, Wilder closed the ninth with two hard rights, and then a series of vicious combinations in the 10th started Ortiz’s downfall.It was over with 55 seconds to go in the 10th after Ortiz went down for the second time in the round from a right uppercut and referee David Fields stopped it.“I just had to get my range back and my fundamentals back,” Wilder said. “And I was able to do that. I showed I was a true champion tonight.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Deontay Wilder celebrates after knocking down Luis Ortiz during the sixth round of a WBC heavyweight championship boxing bout Saturday, March 3, 2018, in New York. Wilder stopped Ortiz in the 10th round. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin IINEW YORK — Deontay Wilder was out on his feet. Forget defending his WBC heavyweight title, Wilder was lucky to find his corner when the seventh round concluded.About 10 minutes later, he was strutting around the Barclays Center ring, his belt secure, but his reputation as being untouchable severely tarnished.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Read Next Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving View comments Wilder, 32, is 40-0 with 39 knockouts. This easily was his toughest bout. Somehow, he was ahead on all three judges’ scorecards.The Associated Press had it 86-83 for Ortiz heading into the 10th.Ortiz, 38, is 28-1. He couldn’t have come much closer to becoming the first Cuban heavyweight belt holder after finally getting his match with Wilder. Their initially scheduled bout was in November, but Ortiz twice tested positive for a banned substance, a diuretic.He was ready Saturday, but not quite resourceful enough.“In this sport, any punch can end a fight,” Ortiz said. “In the ring anything can happen.”Wilder basically threw away the early rounds with a lack of aggression and much clowning. The left-handed Ortiz was all business.In the fifth, with boos raining down from the crowd of 14,069 at Barclays Center, Wilder finally landed a solid punch. That invigorated him and two rights to the chin sent down Ortiz.Wilder couldn’t finish him, and was nearly finished himself two rounds later. Ortiz was so dominant in those three minutes that Wilder looked bewildered at his predicament.The champ hung on in the eighth, then somehow found the fortitude and punching power to turn it around in the final two rounds.“Luis Ortiz was one of those fighters that everyone ducked, even champions ducked him,” Wilder said. “I wondered why it took so long for him to get a title shot and now we know.” NU bounces back, blasts UP to end 1st round campaign LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico MOST READ Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citylast_img read more