0 Have your say Leading Scots referee Bobby Madden has given an insight into the pressures he faces as a top-flight whistler, in a wide-ranging radio interview. The 40-year-old official has been the man in the middle of a number of big games - including two UEFA Champions League games, four World Cup qualifiers, 24 Europa League games and 161 Scottish Premiership matches in just under nine years. Madden has also taken charge of several Old Firm clashes - including March’s powder-keg clash at Parkhead that saw Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos receive his fifth red card of the season, Gers winger Ryan Kent punch Scott Brown and Light Blues utility man Andy Halliday dismissed after the final whistle following a post-match brawl involving players and staff from both teams. Madden has, like many of his colleagues, been subjected to horrific abuse on social media, and accusations of favouring certain teams. Speaking exclusively to Clyde 1’s Superscoreboard … [Read more...] about ‘How would favouring one team help referees’ careers?’
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A Set small text size A Set the default text size A Set large text size Mitchell Starc dominated the last World Cup to a level rarely ever seen from a fast bowler. But this time around he has to combat injury, ordinary recent form and a country where he has struggled in ODIs. I have never seen a better 50-over bowler than Starc at his peak. Wasim Akram was wizardly. Shane Warne was phenomenal. Glenn McGrath was relentless. Muttiah Muralitharan was remarkably consistent. Yet Starc in his pomp was equal to any of them. Across a 35-match streak from January 2015 to January 2017, Starc was a wrecking ball, taking 76 wickets at 17. This bonanza wasn’t based on routing weak nations either. In fact, he reserved his best for the top teams. Against the other three semi-finalists from the 2015 World Cup, Starc ran amok in that period, hoarding 26 wickets at 11. He was the best new-ball bowler on the planet, continually making key breakthroughs in the first ten overs with his … [Read more...] about Fitness, not form, will help decide Australia’s World Cup tilt
PUBLISHED: 13:00 08 February 2019 George Sessions A general view looking towards the main stand at Wingate & Finchley's Maurice Rebak Stadium (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo). ©TGS Photo tgsphoto.co.uk +44 1376 553468 The Maurice Rebak Stadium club will use Artificial Intelligence during Saturday’s match with Whitehawk Wingate & Finchley will host Whitehawk this weekend in the Bostik Premier in what is a huge game for both clubs.The two sides are currently in the relegation places and, even with plenty of matches left, a gap is already opening up.Bottom of the table Hawks have 21 points from 28 games, while the Blues are 20th with 25 points from 26 fixtures.Wingate’s two matches in hand will be crucial, but for now they must concentrate on this encounter against relegation rivals Whitehawk.Harlow Town, the side just out of the drop zone, have 29 points and it shows why the clash at Summers Lane is crucial.The winner will boost their … [Read more...] about Can AI football coach help Blues get much-needed win?
Why all this fuss about N’Golo Kante being played out of position? Yes, everyone knows that the little Frenchman was absolutely sensational in the central holding role, crucial in consecutive title wins with Leicester and Chelsea. Few players these days, or indeed down the years, have pulled off that job quite so effectively. Now being used on the right side of Chelsea’s midfield three, his assets obviously aren’t being exploited to anything like the same degree. That instinct for snuffing out danger with a five-yard dash and poke at the ball no longer comes into play to the same extent. But listen, that’s Maurizio Sarri’s prerogative. That’s what he gets paid for. If it all goes pear-shaped, as it did against Spurs, only one person will carry the can. As the big boss, Sarri stands and falls by such decisions. He’s not doing it for a laugh or to wind anyone up. He’s doing it because he firmly believes it’s the right way … [Read more...] about Chelsea boss Sarri is paid the big bucks to decide where Kante plays
By Glynn A. Hill, Houston Chronicle Published 4:19 pm CST, Tuesday, November 27, 2018 Texas Southern Tigers head coach Michael Haywood walks to the sideline during a timeout in the fourth quarter during the NCAA football game between the Alabama State Hornets and the Texas Southern Tigers at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, TX on Saturday, October 14, 2017. less Texas Southern Tigers head coach Michael Haywood walks to the sideline during a timeout in the fourth quarter during the NCAA football game between the Alabama State Hornets and the Texas Southern Tigers at ... more Photo: Tim Warner, Freelance / For The Chronicle Photo: Tim Warner, Freelance / For The Chronicle Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Texas Southern Tigers head coach Michael Haywood walks to the … [Read more...] about TSU decides its time for a change in football