SA business climate ‘favourable’

first_img15 December 2005A joint survey by the World Bank and Department of Trade and Industry has found the investment climate of South Africa to be “favourable” in comparison to that of other African countries, and other middle-income countries throughout the world.Conducted by Cape Town-based Citizen Surveys, the survey asked 800 South African enterprises to assess specific factors that shape opportunities and incentives for firms to invest productively, create jobs, and grow. These were benchmarked against countries at the same level of development, such as Malaysia, Kenya, Brazil, Poland and China.“On many dimensions, South Africa has a good investment climate,” the World Bank said. Legal protection of property, labour productivity, low tax rates, reasonable regulation, a low level of corruption and good access to credit were seen as factors contributing to the country’s investment climate.But challenges remain.“Firms appear to be particularly concerned about at least four areas: skills and education of workers, labour regulation, exchange rate instability, and crime,” said Vijaya Ramachandran, a World Bank enterprise development specialist.“These are problem areas the government is aware of and has already targeted in its overall development planning.”Property, power and productivityAccording to the survey, most firms believe the courts in South Africa are able to protect their property rights and court cases are quickly resolved.Losses to power outages in South Africa were modest in 2004, and the cost of power low by international standards. The country’s tax rates are low and have been declining over time. Although the burden of regulation is not particularly low, it is comparable to that in most middle-income countries.Few firms reported paying bribes to get government services or win contracts in South Africa. And most of the large formal firms in the survey did not see access to finance as a serious concern, with few reporting that they were credit constrained.South African firms were found to be more productive than those in other countries where World Bank surveys have been conducted. According to the survey, the country’s labour productivity is far higher than in Senegal and Kenya, the most productive low-income countries in sub-Saharan Africa.Labour productivity is higher in South Africa than elsewhere in Africa and is higher than, or comparable to, other middle-income economies and the most productive areas of China. (Source: World Bank)South Africa’s labour productivity also compared favourably with other middle-income countries such as Lithuania, Brazil, Poland, and Malaysia – all of which, other than Brazil, have higher per capita income. Productivity was also found to be over three times higher than in China, although slightly lower than in the most productive cities in that country.The challenges“Although the investment climate for large formal firms in South Africa appears favourable in many ways, some challenges remain,” said Ritva Reinikka, the World Bank country director for South Africa.“Wages for managers, professionals, and skilled workers are high by international standards, eroding South Africa’s competitiveness. Exchange rate volatility makes exporting difficult – and yet for a high growth rate exports are critical.”The survey found that while the cost of crime in South Africa is lower than in the worst performing middle-income economies, it remains higher than in many of the country’s competitors.“Addressing these issues will help towards achieving the target growth rate of 6% per annum to stimulate development and job creation,” Reinikka said.Labour costs and skills Most managers said worker skills were a serious obstacle to their operations and to growth. Despite South Africa’s greater productivity, the cost of labour is high – over three and half times that of the most productive areas of China, two and half times higher than in Brazil and Lithuania, and 75% higher than in Malaysia or Poland.Wages are particularly high for highly skilled workers and managers. An additional year of education is associated with an 11% to 12% increase in wages in South Africa – compared to about 5% to 7% in developed countries.The premium paid for education results in salaries for skilled workers and managers that are high by international standards. Although wages are similar for unskilled workers in Poland, managers’ wages are over two and a half times as high in South Africa.Labour regulationAccording to the World Bank, rigid labour regulations can discourage the hiring of new workers and slow employment growth. Close to a third of surveyed managers said labour regulations were a problem. Labour regulation is more rigid in South Africa than it is in many other middle income countries, the World Bank says.In the most recent global Doing Business report, a World Bank report that compares the burden of regulation across countries, South Africa ranked 28th in the world overall – higher than many developed economies. But in the areas of regulations related to hiring and firing workers, South Africa ranked 66th.Exchange rate Despite South Africa’s relatively strong macroeconomic performance – GDP growth and moderate inflation – about a third of managers said macroeconomic instability was a serious problem. This is due to exchange rate instability. This is particularly problematic for exporters, who are paid in dollars or euros, but must pay their workers and suppliers in rands.Close to three-quarters of enterprises that export to the US – the country whose currency has been most unstable against the rand – rated macroeconomic instability as a serious obstacle.CrimeEnterprises in South Africa also rated crime as a major problem. Direct losses to crime and the cost of security were found to be higher in South Africa than they are in other middle income countries such as China, Poland, Brazil and even Russia.Although this suggests that crime is a serious concern in South Africa, it was found to be less problematic than in the middle-income countries of Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua or Ecuador.Download South Africa: an Assessment of the Investment Climate in PDF format from the World Bank website.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Brand South Africa and partners rally to contribute to the provision of quality education

first_imgJohannesburg, Friday 28 October 2016 – Brand South Africa in partnership with Rally to Read and Barefoot No More, will contribute to national efforts to improve literacy and education in the Western Cape on Saturday 29 October 2016.Brand South Africa will, through its flagship domestic mobilisation programme, Play Your Part – work with Barefoot No More and Rally to Read to contribute to national efforts to address challenges in literacy levels in South Africa.  This partnership will also contribute to the goals set out in the National Development Plan (NDP) for quality education and skills development.Rally to Read is an initiative launched by the McCarthy Motor Group and is successfully organised by Bidvest to help improve education in rural South Africa. Every year, Rally to Read travels across ten school districts, in nine provinces with the aid of McCarthy Motor Group to distribute reading and educational resources to disadvantaged schools.These resources include literacy materials, toys, books, games, a ‘box library’ as well as shock absorbent school shoes made of innovative material developed by Barefoot No More. Teachers in these schools also benefit from this initiative as they are upskilled and empowered through the READ training programme.Brand South Africa’s Play your Part team will join Rally to Read and Barefoot No More to distribute these resources while applauding teachers for taking up the baton  to educate. Citizens will also be encouraged to contribute actively and positively to the development of their communities.Weekend Programme for Rally to Read TimeSaturday 29th October 2016  06h30All participants to meet at McCarthy Toyota Table View (Cnr Koeberg Rd & Blaauwberg Road, Table View)Park according to your team colours in the designated parking areas.We will provide a short briefing on the project and the schools whilst enjoying rusks, muffins, coffee and/or tea.Your team leader will contact you a week before the Rally to confirm all details.07h30Depart Cape Town in your teams, for visits to 2 schools in the Langebaan, Velddrif area.This is our second visit to these schools. A short presentation at each school; symbolic signing of the contract between the school and the project and a “tour” of the school.A picnic lunch will be enjoyed during the day.Note:  The rally and READ Educational Trust will work in support of these 8 schools for 3 consecutive years: 2015, 2016, 2017.Rally to Read has positively impacted the lives of many communities and schools:By contributing over R86 million raised for rural education1013 – schools have been on the programme (1998-2015)170 – rallies to date, covering all parts of rural South Africa (1998 – 2015)53 – Different areas/school clusters supported (1998 – 2015)17 – Series of Rallies completed (1998 – 2015)Play your Part will return to the Western Cape in November 2016 when it will introduce its interactive and innovate PYP cube to communities to inspire active citizenship for meaningful change in South Africa.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Ntombi NtanziTel: +27 11 712 5061Mobile: +27 (0) 81 704 1488Email: [email protected] www.brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

Liverpool Blows Away Man City in 3-0 Win in CL Quarters

first_imgLIVERPOOL, England (AP) — The night started with their team bus being smashed up by beer cans and bottles. It ended with their Champions League ambitions in pieces, too.Manchester City’s players learnt Wednesday just why a trip to Anfield can be one of the most uncomfortable experiences in European soccer.On an evening that will go down in the club’s long and storied lore, Liverpool reduced the best team in England to a rattled wreck by beating City 3-0 in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal match, thanks to three goals in a devastating opening 31 minutes.Mohamed Salah — with his 38th goal of the season — Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sadio Mane all scored in front of The Kop, leaving City coach Pep Guardiola scratching his head as he paced his technical area and wondering where it all went wrong.Was it the fact that his players came under attack before kickoff, with Liverpool fans chucking objects at City’s team bus as it traveled along Anfield Road — the street running alongside the stadium — before turning into the ground?Was it his tactical decision to drop winger Raheem Sterling and play an extra central midfielder in Ilkay Gundogan, a move that completely backfired?Or was it the fact that Liverpool can so often be just too hot to handle going forward?It might have been a mixture of the three. And it leaves City’s dream of a treble — it has already won the League Cup and could clinch the Premier League on Saturday in record time — in tatters.Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, center, celebrates with teammates after scoring his side’s first goal of the game during the Champions League quarter final, first leg soccer match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield, Liverpool, England, Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)“In this room,” Guardiola said to reporters, “I think there is nobody, except the guy talking to you, who believes we can go through. There are 90 minutes more, we are going to try.”As important as Liverpool’s attacking brilliance in the first half was the team’s defensive resilience in the second half.City finished the game without having a shot on target — “I don’t know how we did that,” Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said — and its star players muted. David Silva was subdued, Kevin De Bruyne played too deep, Gabriel Jesus barely got a touch.An away goal would have changed the complexion of the match, especially given that Salah hobbled off injured and could yet be a doubt for next week’s second leg at Etihad Stadium.But, with center back Dejan Lovren and right back Trent Alexander-Arnold excelling, Liverpool held firm and knows scoring one goal in the return leg at Etihad Stadium on Tuesday leaves City requiring an improbable five.“We beat the best team in the world,” Klopp said.“But we have to work,” he added. “You celebrate the party only when the party starts.”In the other quarterfinal first leg on Wednesday, Barcelona beat Roma 4-1 thanks to a pair of own goals, by Daniele De Rossi and Kostas Manolas, and strikes by Gerard Pique and Luis Suarez.Like Real Madrid, which won 3-0 at Juventus on Tuesday, Barca look assured of a place in the semifinals. And Liverpool are halfway there as well.Manchester City coach Josep Guardiola wipes his face during the Champions League quarter final first leg soccer match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England, Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)From the moment Liverpool scored the opening goal in the 12th minute, City looked shellshocked.A stray pass from Leroy Sane allowed Liverpool to counter through James Milner’s pass down the right flank to Salah, who fed Roberto Firmino down the middle. Firmino’s shot was blocked by Kyle Walker, but the Brazilian managed to pass the ball across for Salah to send a rising shot into the net.Oxlade-Chamberlain had his best game for Liverpool since his summer move from Arsenal and he rifled in the second goal in the 21st after referee Felix Brych played the advantage following Vincent Kompany’s foul from behind on Firmino.Guardiola shook his head. De Bruyne barked at his teammates. But worse was to come for City.Salah had a long-range shot blocked but after the ball came back to him, he sent over a curling cross that just went over Fernandinho’s head and was met with a headed finish by Mane.It threatened to get even uglier for City in the final minutes of the half as they kept getting stretched by Liverpool’s forwards, with Nicolas Otamendi having a particularly tough time.Liverpool didn’t want to hear the halftime whistle. And the sight of Salah hobbling off in the 52nd minute with what appeared a left groin injury gave hope to City.The introduction of Sterling, for Gundogan, meant City reverted to its usual shape but Liverpool’s defending was excellent.Liverpool last reached the semifinals in 2008, when it lost to Chelsea. Hold out next week and the Reds will feel they are back where they belong.—By STEVE DOUGLAS , AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Position Vacant – Sport Development Coordinator

first_imgAre you looking for a thrilling career in the sports industry? Touch Football Australia is seeking suitably qualified applicants for the position of Sport Development Coordinator, based in our Northern Territory branch office, Darwin.  Applications for this opportunity close at 5pm CST on Wednesday, 4 June 2014.   To view the Position Description, please visit www.touchfootball.com.au. Candidates will be required to provide a Curriculum Vitae and a two page letter of introduction addressing the role’s selection criteria, a strong desire to work in the sporting industry and any supporting comments aligned to the position description.For further information or to lodge your application, please email [email protected] Filessport_development_coordinator-pdfRelated LinksCareer Opportunitylast_img read more

What Explains The Carolina Panthers Rise

Denver111138+26 PASS DEFENSE Washington6591+26 But perhaps the most overlooked factor that explains Carolina’s rise is that they weren’t in a terrible place to begin with. Although they went 7-8-1 a year ago, giving them one of the worst records of any playoff team ever, they still finished the season with a solid 1,551 Elo rating3Implying that they had roughly the true talent of a 9-win team. and were projected by Elo to win 9.2 games before the season started. (Yes, playing in the NFC South helps, too.) Based strictly on preseason numbers, there was a 2.9 percent probability that the Panthers would improve their Elo rating as much as they have — making their surge more likely than the Elo improvements of either the Patriots (2.6 percent) or Bengals (1.1 percent).Carolina still represents an unlikely success story, particularly because of how the team has achieved its undefeated record. But while its 8-0 record is surprising, the fact that Carolina is good isn’t. Elo is optimistic about the Panthers’ chances — according to our simulations, only New England has a better chance of winning the Super Bowl. Atlanta82103+21 Oakland7990+12 Tennessee84101+17 When the Denver Broncos fell to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, just three teams remained undefeated in the 2015 NFL season: the New England Patriots, Cincinnati Bengals and Carolina Panthers.For the Patriots, starting a season 8-0 is old hat; they also did it in 2007, the year they navigated an entire (regular!) season without a loss. And although the Bengals hadn’t started a season 7-1 or better since 1988, they also had the league’s sixth-best record in the four seasons leading up to this year — they weren’t exactly strangers to the top of the standings.Only Carolina, who was essentially a .500 club over the preceding four years (and worse than that last year) seems to have taken the NFL completely by surprise. Based on our preseason Elo ratings — FiveThirtyEight’s favorite system for estimating an NFL team’s skill level at a given moment — there was a 1.8 percent probability that the Panthers would be 8-0 through Week 9. By contrast, New England had a 6.6 percent probability of being unbeaten at this stage.The Panthers have improved their rating by 116 Elo points (the equivalent of 4.6 points of per-game scoring margin) since the start of the season, and, according to our simulations, they’re on track to win 4.6 more games than was projected before the year. That’s an unusually big jump. But the manner in which Carolina has improved is also unconventional. While the typical big first-half Elo gainer1Which I’m defining as a team that tacks at least 100 points onto its Elo rating through Week 9. does it with a significantly improved passing game, the Panthers’ aerial attack is virtually the same as it was last season — league average, basically, in the eyes of expected points added (EPA).2Using TruMedia data.Although quarterback Cam Newton gets the headlines for the Panthers’ offense, which has improved its overall EPA by about half a standard deviation since last year, almost all of the change is owed to a more efficient rushing game. (Newton himself is on pace for about the same production in the rushing game as last season.) Of all the teams who improved their Elo as much as the Panthers have, only about 14 percent did so with a passing attack that, like Carolina’s, didn’t improve relative to the league. Generally speaking, to win more games in the NFL, you need to throw the ball more effectively.That is, unless you improve your pass defense — which is exactly what the Panthers have done this year. Using the EPA grades I introduced last week, which rate teams on a scale in which 100 is average and one standard deviation is 15 points, only four defenses have improved more against the pass than Carolina’s has this season: TEAM20142015Δ GRADE N.Y. Jets89113+24 Carolina102125+23 Philadelphia97120+23 Pittsburgh8798+11 St. Louis105123+18 read more

Zion Williamson Is The Best College Basketball Player In At Least A

DraftPlayerSchoolOverall Off.TransitionHalf-Court 2009B. GriffinOklahoma948892 2013A. BennettUNLV979394 2014A. WigginsKansas778568 2015K. TownsKentucky9610094 2016B. SimmonsLSU806674 2018D. AytonArizona989398 2007G. OdenOhio State889487 ?Z. WilliamsonDuke95%93%91% 2008D. RoseMemphis766275 2010J. WallKentucky635648 2012A. DavisKentucky999499 Points Per Poss. Percentile Ten games into what will almost certainly be his lone season in Durham, Duke’s Zion Williamson has treated college basketball like a rim on a breakaway. Which is to say, he has left it trembling.On game days, the anointed freshman effectively has a residency on “SportsCenter,” his highlights the fantasy-come-true of any sports-radio personality or TV show producer. Need to fill time? Just discuss the comical absurdity of an 18-year-old throwing down midgame windmills with ease or opine that he’d be unable to handle the scrutiny if the Cleveland Cavaliers were to select him in the NBA draft.Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski shepherded in one of the most heralded recruiting classes of the modern era this summer, an embarrassment of riches featuring the top three prospects in the country. Unsurprisingly, the Blue Devils rank among the top teams in the nation, their lone loss coming against the veteran-laden Gonzaga Bulldogs in Maui. RJ Barrett, the consensus top-ranked player from the 2018 class, leads the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring. Yet it’s Williamson who most often elicits the shock-and-awe moments that keep Instagram’s highlight-reel accounts fully stocked. It’s Williamson who draws comparisons — again and again and again — to the incomparable LeBron James. It’s Williamson who is appointment television.1Five of Duke’s next six games will be televised by the ESPN network.That’s because college basketball has never seen a player like him.With a 6-foot-7, 285-pound frame, Williamson looks more like a linebacker than he does a forward. The Wall Street Journal, with the help of a university physicist, found that attempting to draw a charge on Williamson is akin to colliding head-on with a Jeep. Among all active players in the NBA, only Boban Marjanovic outweighs him. And at 7-foot-3, Marjanovic is more than half a foot taller than Williamson. The build of the former South Carolina Mr. Basketball is certainly unorthodox.At Duke’s practice combine, Williamson’s vertical leap exceeded 40 inches. He corrals rebounds and defends the paint with the unadulterated violence of a center, runs the floor with the fluidity of a modern wing, possesses touch with both hands and has a shooting stroke that stretches to the perimeter. Relative to his size, Williamson’s athleticism doesn’t compute. He’s the Refrigerator Perry of the hardwood.In the one-and-done era of college basketball, Duke is no stranger to dominant freshman — players like Jahlil Okafor, Jabari Parker and Jayson Tatum. But what Williamson is doing in his first year at this level is downright historic for any player, let alone a freshman.One way we can assess a player’s contributions to his team is Box Plus/Minus, a metric that estimates the number of points per 100 possessions a player contributes above (or below) average using stats found in the box score. BPM has never seen a college player like Williamson. Among players who qualified for the points per game leaderboard at Sports-Reference.com and appeared in at least 10 games since 2010, the first year for which data for all players is available, Williamson’s mark of +20.4 ranks first among 25,793 individual seasons.Another way to evaluate a player’s contributions is using player efficiency rating. Williamson’s PER of 41.9 is the best mark by any player who saw action in at least 10 games since 2009, the earliest year for the data. Source: Synergy Sports It happens that Williamson is emerging at a moment in which the NBA is putting a premium on positionless players. A decade ago, Williamson might have been relegated to the post, his skill set withering away against taller opponents on the blocks. However, Krzyzewski doesn’t need to shoehorn Williamson in anywhere; ostensibly, he has free reign to roam the backside of the defense like a safety and run the floor in search of rims to pulverize.On one of the nation’s deadliest offenses, Williamson is likely the team’s most versatile player, dropping in a team-best 1.18 points per possession,2Among players with at least 11 possessions according to data provided by Synergy Sports. Because of his size and speed, Williamson has been a nightmare to defend in transition, where he contributes a team-best 1.48 points per possession.3Among players with at least 10 possessions. It doesn’t get any easier for the opposition in the half court, where he ranks in the 91st percentile in scoring.Fronting Williamson in isolation is a fool’s errand. He pours in 1.31 points per possession in those situations, good enough to rank in the 95th percentile nationally, with an adjusted field-goal percentage of 70 percent. Factor in his uncanny court vision and passing abilities, and the equation gets scarier. On isolation plays that include passes, Williamson is scoring 1.37 points per possession, which ranks in the 96th percentile.Allow him to find a spot on the interior of the defense, and you’re asking for more problems. Williamson scores a team-best 1.14 points per possession on post-ups, which ranks in the 89th percentile. When the opposing defense doesn’t send an additional defender, Williamson scores a robust 1.44 points per possession, which ranks in the 99th percentile.Williamson is adept at setting a pick in a pick-and-roll set, but he can also run it. On six pick-and-roll possessions as the ball handler, he scored 10 points.Defensively, Williamson is more than serviceable. As the primary defender, he allows 0.72 points per possession, which ranks in the 73rd percentile. Duke’s defense has improved considerably from a year ago, when Krzyzewski was so fed up with the team’s performance that he instituted a zone defense. This season, the Blue Devils are playing a zone base on just 3 percent of minutes and rank in the 97th percentile in points allowed per possession. Some of that certainly is attributable to the switchable Williamson, who averages two blocks and two steals per contest.His numbers already stack up well against the last five players to go No. 1 in the draft — and many draft projections indeed suggest he’ll go first overall. 2011K. IrvingDuke999098 2017M. FultzWashington715270 Williamson is averaging 20.4 points and 9.0 rebounds per contest, with a true-shooting percentage of 67.5. Only three other players since 1992 have hit those benchmarks, and each was an upperclassmen. And let’s not forget to factor his defense into the comparisons: No player in the past 25 years has averaged 20 points, eight rebounds, two blocks and two steals per contest. But that’s where Williamson is.At its roots, basketball is a sport largely defined by the exploitation of mismatches. Williamson is a mismatch for virtually every player tasked with defending him, and he’s putting up numbers that haven’t been seen in at least a quarter-century. Williamson garnered a reputation as a high flyer by punishing rims and opponents at the high school level, but his first — and likely only — season at the college level has revealed a more polished game that extends to every area of the court, not just above the rim. Zion sure looks like a No. 1 overall pickHow Williamson’s scoring prowess compares with previous top NBA draft picks based on their national percentile rank in points per possession read more

No return for Turner Buckeye guard to skip senior season for NBA

Ohio State guard Evan Turner announced Wednesday that he will forgo his senior season and enter the NBA Draft.“I was blessed with this decision,” Turner said, his voice quivering. “I have a great opportunity and I’m going to turn a leaf over and go on to the next stage of my life.”Turner’s choice stemmed from the realization of his dream to play professionally, he said.“Ever since I was a little kid, I had a dream to play basketball and play in the NBA,” Turner said in the auxiliary gym at the Schottenstein Center. “Right now, I have the opportunity where my dream is realized. … I’m going to forgo my senior season and go to the NBA. It’s a dream come true and I definitely want to thank Coach [Thad] Matta.”Turner’s departure didn’t exactly come out of left field, but the soft-spoken point guard said the decision has tortured him since OSU’s season came to an end.“The past few weeks have been really hard for me,” he said. “I’ve been agonizing over my decision due to the simple fact of how much I love The Ohio State University. I love being a Buckeye. I love my coaching staff and being a kid and the opportunity to just do everything I always dreamed of.”Turner said he made the decision late Tuesday night and told some of his teammates just before he announced his decision to the media Wednesday.“This is the toughest thing I’ve ever had to do,” Turner said. “If I could, I’d really just disappear.”Throughout the season, Turner maintained his intention to remain in school until he felt comfortable with the legacy he was leaving behind. He led the Buckeyes to the Sweet 16 and earned Big Ten and National Player of the Year honors.The Chicago native has been widely projected as a top-three pick in June’s NBA Draft. He averaged 20.4 points, 9.2 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game in his third season with the Buckeyes.Turner’s season didn’t go unblemished, however. He fractured a pair of vertebrae in his back after a nasty fall on a breakaway dunk in a Dec. 5 win over Eastern Michigan. After doctors initially diagnosed an eight-week timetable for his return, Turner made his way back onto the court just five weeks later. He said the risk of another serious injury played a small part in his choice to jump to the next level.His departure leaves the Buckeyes without their leader for next season, when OSU adds one of the nation’s top recruiting classes. Although Turner stressed how he has “two feet in” his decision to enter the NBA Draft, the 6-foot-7 guard said he was satisfied with the state of the OSU program, even without him.“I was in a win-win situation regardless. … If I one day woke up and didn’t have the opportunity to play in the NBA, then my dream and taking care of my family and stuff like that, and I was heartbroken, then that pretty much says you need to go. It’s definitely a great step, and I had great times here, but I’m leaving the program in great hands.”Still, Turner will be leaving behind a close-knit unit that spent plenty of time together on and off the court.“[There have been] a lot of great times, and I’m just thankful I was fortunate enough to be a part of something like this,” Turner said. “My teammates were always great. They helped mold me into who I am. My coaches helped mold me. I’m just lucky to be in the position I’m in and to have the past experiences I’ve had.”As for the legacy that the Naismith winner will leave behind in Columbus, Turner left it to everyone else to decide.“I can’t really say. That’s what the writers are for,” Turner said. “People that watched me play, people I had encounters with, they pretty much build your legacy. You don’t build your own legacy, so we’ll see in 10 to 15 years.” read more

Inzaghi stunned by Sampdorias late comeback

first_imgSimone Inzaghi has expressed shock over Sampdoria’s late equaliser suggesting it’s something he’d never seen in 25 years of football.It was the club’s fourth successive Serie A stalemate, but Ciro Immobile’s controversial penalty had completed the comeback to lead 2-1 at the 96th.However, Riccardo Saponara’s acrobatic flick sealed a last-gasp equaliser at the Stadio Olimpico.“There is a bitter taste in the mouth, as the statistics clearly show we dominated the match,” Inzaghi told Football Italia.“At times we weren’t particularly sharp, but the performance was strong. We should’ve just kept the ball in the final 90 seconds and it was a serious error to give it away.SS Lazio v AS Roma - TIM CupMatch Preview: SS Lazio vs AS Roma Boro Tanchev – August 31, 2019 Lazio will host Roma to the Olimpico Stadium in the first Derby della Capitale of the 2019-20 Serie A campaign.“I’ve never seen anything like it in 25 years of football, so this is a really strange sport. Sampdoria are strong and well-organised, but we deserved to win.”Lazio spent the last five days in a training retreat to better prepare for this game after recent setbacks.“This result holds us back, because we’ll get nowhere with draws. They used to say we never played draws, now we’ve had four in a row.“Conceding a goal like that is a serious error, but we have some experienced players and others not so much. It’s time now to recuperate energy and I want a good performance in the Europa League on Thursday.”last_img read more