On Volume Discounts

first_imgLet’s say I have a one acre yard. I offer you $30 to mow the lawn and trim around the edges. You agree, accept my offer, and begin working. It’s a pretty big yard, and it takes time and effort.You do an excellent job, and I decide to reward you by giving you more of my business. I offer to let you mow the adjoining acre of land, suggesting that I pay you an additional $20 to mow and trim that acre. You are already mowing the first acre, and you can just keep mowing in a straight line. Plus you don’t have to drive anywhere, and it’s really like having two customers. You’re grateful for the additional work, as it means you need to acquire one less customer.I didn’t yet mention that I have a 3rd acre. I offer to allow you to mow the third acre, and since I am giving you so much volume, I offer to pay you $15 for the third acre. It’s really not going to take you that much longer. And look at the volume I am giving you! I’m likely your biggest customer. Now you are getting $65 for the one stop on your weekly route.The first acre is worth $30. The second acre, which is exactly the same size as the first acre and takes just as much time and effort to mow and trim is somehow worth 30% less for the same effort. The third acre, through the sheer magic of volume discounts, is now worth only half of the 1st acre.How much should I pay you for the 4th acre?I am exaggerating to make a point. The effort that it takes you to do some work doesn’t change just because you have more work to do. The investment of time and energy doesn’t change either. Some work doesn’t really provide economies of scale, nor does it lend itself to volume discounts. Sometimes more work is just more work.In the time that it takes you to mow the three acres, you should have earned $90 instead of $65. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Jeff Van Gundy set for final game of USA qualifying rounds

first_imgOil plant explodes in Pampanga town PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss And the last two of seven spots out of the Americas Region will also be decided on the final day. The Uruguay-Puerto Rico winner is certain to get one, and the Dominican Republic is likely to get the other.The draw for the World Cup is March 16 in China. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants View commentscenter_img Knicks beat Spurs to end 18-game home losing streak “That coaching fire never went away,” Van Gundy said. “It’s always been about timing and fit. It hasn’t worked exactly. But that’s all right, too, because I am so lucky to do what I’m doing.”TOURNAMENT UPDATEThere will be 32 teams playing in China this summer, and 29 of those spots have now been claimed.Serbia, the world’s No. 4-ranked team, finally clinched its spot out of the European qualifiers with a 97-76 victory over Israel on Sunday in the last qualifying game for both teams. Russia also clinched its spot Sunday, needing a late 33-11 run to rally past Finland 91-76.Other qualifiers Sunday included Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Iran and the Philippines. Brazil, Senegal, Italy and Poland also clinched their spots in the field over the weekend. Ivory Coast won three games in three days to get in, and needed to beat Mali on Sunday in that last game by more than 13 points to qualify — getting the job done with a 69-49 win to grab the fifth and final spot allocated to the African qualifying region.China got in automatically as the host. Tunisia, Nigeria, Greece, Germany, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Australia, France, Angola, New Zealand, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, Venezuela, Canada, Argentina and the U.S. qualified before this final window as well.World No. 7 Slovenia and No. 9 Croatia were the top-ranked teams that failed to qualify.WHO’S LEFTThe last three World Cup berths will be won on Monday.Europe gets 12 teams, and the last of those berths will go to Montenegro or Latvia. Those nations play Monday, and Latvia must win by nine points or more to earn a trip to the World Cup. Otherwise, Montenegro goes. LATEST STORIES Van Gundy — the coach for all six two-game qualifying cycles for the U.S. and who led the Americans into the field for this summer’s tournament in China without navigating any serious trouble — will send his team out to face Argentina at Greensboro, North Carolina, on Monday night in the final qualifying game for both nations.Both teams have already clinched spots in the World Cup. All that’s at stake in the finale is first place in Group E; both teams go into Monday night with 9-2 records. Van Gundy has gotten the Americans to that point despite being handed a very different roster for each qualifying cycle, and he has used more than 50 different players with “USA” across their chests so far in the tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“Jeff Van Gundy was a perfect selection for us as it relates to put together a squad, or squads,” USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said. “I had the privilege of watching a few practices to see how he put all those things together, all those pieces together and how quickly he got people to buy in. I just think he’s done an outstanding job. We could not have done any better.”Van Gundy hasn’t coached in the NBA since the 2006-07 season. He’s been a television analyst for ESPN and ABC since, and is generally considered one of the best commentators in the game. He’s part of the lead crew on ESPN, often working with Mike Breen, Mark Jackson and Doris Burke. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “I don’t love TV. I love the people I work with,” Van Gundy said last week, as the U.S. qualifying team was breaking training camp at the University of Miami. “I love coaching. I like TV. Whenever you try an alternative job that you’re not trained in and you don’t really have an expertise in, it’s all about who you work with.”Burke has been with Van Gundy for some of his practices, and she marvels at how well he teaches and how fast he processes the game.“He is able to see all 10 guys on the floor through an entire possession,” Burke said. “He’s one of the best I’ve ever seen. I just love the man.”It’s likely that Van Gundy will remain involved with the U.S. team for the World Cup in some capacity. The team that will play in China starting on Aug. 31 will be coached by San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich, who’ll have a roster stocked with NBA superstars — while Van Gundy went through qualifying with G League players. Popovich, countless times over the last several months, has lauded the job Van Gundy has done.Van Gundy said coaching the U.S. in qualifying didn’t necessarily stoke his desire to keep coaching. He’s never wavered on that.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – In this Sept. 17, 2018, file photo, U.S. basketball coach Jeff Van Gundy speaks from the sidelines of the team’s FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 qualifier game against Panama in Panama City. Van Gundy has an idea on how to fix the NBA All-Star Game. His plan: Eliminate it. Van Gundy, the former NBA coach and now longtime television commentator for ABC and ESPN, said what he’s seeing now from the game is embarrassing and “a bastardization of the game that is beautiful to watch.” The teams picked by captains LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo combined to attempt a record 167 3-pointers in Sunday night’s game–and 96 of the 134 field goals in the game came off either 3s or dunks. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco, File)CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Jeff Van Gundy is about to coach his final game for the United States in the qualifying rounds for this summer’s FIBA World Cup.From there, who knows when he’ll coach again.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

NRL in Touch – Team-mates at last!

first_imgThis article was written by Brad Walter from the Sydney Morning Herald.The article is available from http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/merger-puts-nrl-in-touch-with–2m-player-base-20130813-2rujo.html#ixzz2bqZGaQFuThe greatest game of all has just got even greater, with up to 2 million Australians now considered rugby league players after a historic partnership between the NRL and Touch Football Australia.The merger, which has been years in the making, will give the NRL greater clout to secure government funding, ensure access to more sporting fields and provide a foot in the door at private schools that only play rugby union.Importantly, it also creates an association with mothers and other people who may have never previously felt any connection with the NRL. Rugby league can be a brutal game but NRL Touch – as the sport that began in 1963 and was formalised by the South Sydney Junior Rugby League Club five years later – can be safely played by people of any age or sex.Effectively, they are now playing rugby league and there are 1.03 million participants involved in organised competitions as well as 844,000 boys and girls who take part in NRL development programs each year.The aim of the new alliance is to increase the overall playing numbers to 2 million, or 10 per cent of the national population.”We are announcing a commitment to build the biggest sporting community in Australia,” NRL chief executive Dave Smith said. ”Quite simply this an opportunity for people of all ages, all abilities and genders to play the greatest game of all every day of the week and all year round.”The partnership also gives league a foothold in places it may not otherwise have because touch football is played across Australia and internationally.Sydney Roosters star Sonny Bill Williams was among the host of present and former players happy to play a demonstration game of touch at Allianz Stadium wearing T-shirts with the NRL logo and the slogan ”A place on the field for everyone”, as his sister Niall captained New Zealand in the sport.”I am happy for the touch people because I know how hard it is for my sister in New Zealand who struggles just to go to competitions because there is no funding,” Williams said.Touch Football Australia chief executive Colm Maguire said there were other financial benefits too.”We can have a look at cost efficiencies, we can have a look at joint approaches to government, we can have a look at green space and we can have a look at commercial opportunities, so we see this is the first step on a long journey,” Maguire said.”There are a lot of sports now having a look at how to capture hearts and minds from a cradle to grave-type of approach, and I think the only way you can grow your membership base is to actually have people sample your product.”Warriors and Kiwis halfback Shaun Johnson is one of numerous NRL players – including Benji Marshall – with a touch background and he tweeted: ”Very cool to see the partnership between NRL and Touch starting. Played a big part in my development. #GoodMove #AboutTime”.Former Roosters, Queensland and Papua New Guinea halfback Adrian Lam has represented Australia in touch football, and his wife and sons also play.”Personally I learnt a lot out of touch football, like how to count [players], and if you look at Brazilian soccer, all the young kids play small sided games and I think that is where touch footy can fit in with rugby league as kids at a young age can learn to pass and develop all the skills,” said Lam, whose son Lachlan was recently chosen in the Australian schoolboys league team and is going to Darwin to trial for the national touch team.”I think what else is good is that it ties families in with rugby league, which is a really positive move especially in places like western Sydney where the AFL is trying to make inroads.”Negotiations began when NRL league integration and game development manager Andrew Hill returned to the code two years ago after being recruited by AFL for its push into western Sydney and stepped up after Smith’s appointment as chief executive earlier this year.The article is available from http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/merger-puts-nrl-in-touch-with–2m-player-base-20130813-2rujo.html#ixzz2bqZGaQFuRelated LinksNRL in Touchlast_img read more

Canada has options to bolster competitiveness without corporate tax cuts

first_imgOTTAWA – In its search for ways to blunt threats to Canadian competitiveness, the federal government could avoid the pricey move of cutting corporate taxes by turning to an increasingly discussed option: allowing all companies to immediately write off new equipment purchases.For months, the Liberal government has been under pressure from corporate Canada to respond to a U.S. tax overhaul that many fear will lure business investment south of the border.The Trump administration’s changes include loosening regulations and significant tax reductions for businesses, which have created fears Canada has lost some of its advantages as an investment destination.Many stakeholders in the Canadian business community have been vocal about the need for Finance Minister Bill Morneau to introduce corporate tax cuts of his own as a way to maintain the country’s edge.There are, however, also recommendations Morneau take a close look at a change in the recent U.S. tax package that will enable American companies to immediately write off the full cost of new machinery and equipment. Canada already offers this provision for its manufacturing sector and there are calls for it to be broadened to cover all industries.Business leaders, including RBC president and CEO Dave McKay, have suggested replicating this change in Canada would be a good way to help keep investment dollars from flowing south of the border. McKay has insisted that investment has already started to leave Canada.Some experts believe this kind of measure should be coupled with cuts to business taxes.But others think tax reductions may not be necessary at all, so long as the government addresses other competitiveness issues.Matching the accelerated capital deduction is one way to keep up with the U.S., said Bruce Ball, vice-president of taxation for Chartered Professional Accountants Canada.In fact, Ball argued that many of Canada’s options aren’t actually tax related, or could perhaps only include a small tax reduction.Moves like this could also help the government avoid absorbing what would likely be the far greater revenue hit of lowering corporate taxes.“The problem is you always want to be making sure what you give up, potentially, in revenue is actually going to change behaviour,” Ball said.“In other words, you’re not going to give a tax break to someone who’s going to do what they’re going to do anyway.”The business community will likely have to wait several months before the government announces any decision on how it intends to support competitiveness.The Finance Department says it will continue with its “detailed analytical work” over the coming months to better understand the impacts of the complex U.S. reforms, which it notes are still being drafted. The minister will continue discussing the issue with business leaders and the public before making a decision how to respond, his spokeswoman, Chloe Luciani-Girouard, wrote in an email.Royce Mendes, director and senior economist for CIBC World Markets, said given the fact it’s still early for the impacts of the reforms to appear in the economic data, he sees some merit in Ottawa’s wait-and-see approach as a way to avoid immediately following the U.S. “down the rabbit hole of tax cuts.”Mendes also pointed to the less aggressive step of allowing accelerated depreciation for eligible capital expenditures, similar to the U.S. change, as a way of inducing capital spending.Support, Mendes added, could also come from the Bank of Canada in the form of lower interest rates, which would help encourage more corporate borrowing and maintain a weaker exchange rate that by itself can help raise the country’s competitiveness.Last month, the Bank of Canada estimated the U.S. reforms could lower business investment by about three per cent from 2017 to the end of 2020. The bank said this would drop the level of economic growth by about 0.2 per cent by the end of 2020.But when it comes to the accelerated depreciation option on its own, there are worries it wouldn’t do enough to help Canadian competitiveness.Jack Mintz, a University of Calgary tax-policy expert, said the incentive would only help certain types of businesses, while companies in a loss position wouldn’t be able to take full advantage of it.Canada, he said, offered accelerated depreciation for all sectors for many years, up until the mid-1980s.“We really need to remember our lessons from many years ago that accelerated depreciation works, but it’s limited in its impact and it also creates a lot of problems for the system when it becomes very commonly used,” Mintz said.“The best response to (the U.S. changes) is lowering your corporate rate a bit to take some of the pressure off.”Morneau himself has been criticized for not including specific measures in his February budget to help offset the U.S. changes. He’s under pressure to move quickly.“We do believe that Canada’s competitive,” Morneau said Thursday during an appearance before a parliamentary committee.“We do know, however, that there’s always more work to be done… We do see competitiveness as much more than trade, and that’s very important, (and) much more than taxes, although that’s very important.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

Academy will not change Oscar eligibility rules

first_imgLos Angeles: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will not change eligibility rules for the Oscars, amid calls for a crackdown on streaming services from some prominent members. On April 23, the board of governors decided to keep the current requirements, which state that a feature length film must run for one week in Los Angeles to qualify for Best Picture, reports ew.com. “The Academy’s Board of Governors voted to maintain Rule Two, Eligibility for the 92nd Oscars. The rule states that to be eligible for awards consideration, a film must have a minimum seven-day theatrical run in a Los Angeles County commercial theatre, with at least three screenings per day for paid admission. Motion pictures released in non-theatrical media on or after the first day of their Los Angeles County theatrical qualifying run remain eligible,” the board said in a statement. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”We support the theatrical experience as integral to the art of motion pictures, and this weighed heavily in our discussions,” Academy President John Bailey said. “Our rules currently require theatrical exhibition, and also allow for a broad selection of films to be submitted for Oscars consideration. We plan to further study the profound changes occurring in our industry and continue discussions with our members about these issues,” Bailey added. Steven Spielberg was among the high-profile critics of streaming services’ Oscar eligibility. After Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma, distributed and campaigned for by Netflix, won three Oscars, Spielberg upped his disapproval of Netflix films at the Oscars. The 92nd Oscars will be held on February 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre.last_img read more

Significant Digits For Monday Nov 16 2015

You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news.2 roundsRonda Rousey was knocked out for the first time in her UFC career, going down in the second round against underdog and the anti-Rousey Holly Holm. [Los Angeles Times]10 percentAccording to Pornhub, a website that provides the exact services you think it does, traffic plummeted by 10 percent when “Fallout 4,” a hotly anticipated video game, became available to the gaming public. [VentureBeat]10.4 percentThe Chicago Cubs will increase season ticket prices by an average 10.4 percent following a run at the World Series and forthcoming deals with free agents. [ESPN]19 percentFollowing a wild weekend of college football, Alabama is now the most likely team to win the national title, with a 19 percent chance according to FiveThirtyEight’s model. [FiveThirtyEight]20 bombsWith 129 reported dead from the terror attacks in Paris, France has taken an increased role in combating the Islamic State, coordinating a 20-bomb campaign in northern Syria. [Sky News]1,000 resignationsMore than 1,000 members reportedly resigned from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints following the announcement that the Mormon church would no longer baptize the children of same-sex couples. [The New York Times]1,900 spiesU.K. Prime Minister David Cameron announced that the government will hire an additional 1,900 spies for its intelligence agencies MI5, MI6 and GCHQ following the terror attacks in Paris. [The Telegraph]71,871Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has surpassed Brett Favre’s record for most career passing yards. Manning now has 71,871 yards, but was pulled from the field in the third quarter of Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs in favor of backup QB Brock Osweiler. [Pro Football Reference]$10.3 billionAmount collected by public universities from student fees to support athletics programs over the past five years, according to a Chronicle of Higher Education and Huffington Post investigation. A lot of schools are beginning to question how much that investment is really worth. [Chronicle of Higher Education]If you haven’t already, you really need to sign up for the Significant Digits newsletter — be the first to learn about the numbers behind the news. read more

Serena Williams Is Not The 700thBest Tennis Player On The Planet

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (June 27, 2017), we discuss the NBA’s anointed MVP: Russell Westbrook took home the prize after a season in which he averaged a triple-double. Next, tennis: In a recent interview with NPR, John McEnroe said Serena Williams was the greatest female tennis player of all time but that “if she played the men’s circuit, she’d be like 700 in the world.” We examine why so many discussions about women’s sports turn into hypothetical conversations pitting female athletes against men. Plus, a significant digit on Tim Tebow.Here are links we discussed during the show:ESPN’s Royce Young recaps Russell Westbrook’s historic season, which culminated with an MVP award.Serena Williams responded on Twitter to McEnroe’s comments.Sally Jenkins of The Washington Post writes that 44 years after the Battle of the Sexes, we’re still having the same dumb debate.A 2014 Slate piece examined why women can serve as fast as men.Significant Digit: 4 percent. Although the New York Mets promoted Tim Tebow to their high-A minor league affiliate, FiveThirtyEight’s Rob Arthur found that Tebow performed below replacement level, in the 4th percentile of player performances in low-A ball since 2005. FiveThirtyEight read more

Vladimir Guerreros Best Games Were In Montreal — And No One Saw

Roberto Alomar1997-20012BBAL/CLE26.943,113 Greg Maddux1994-98PATL39.740,169 Rollie Fingers1974-78POAK/SDP13.014,125 Reggie Jackson1971-75RF/CFOAK31.111,883 Jim Palmer1975-79PBAL27.414,463 Tom Glavine1995-99PATL26.639,232 When we think of soon-to-be Hall of Fame inductee Vladimir Guerrero’s outstanding career, we might recall his 2004 American League MVP season with the Anaheim Angels, when he carried his new squad to the postseason with a scorching .363/.424/.726 triple-slash line in September. Or perhaps we’d picture another Angels-era moment, a play that seems to be everyone’s favorite Guerrero highlight: that time he somehow blooped a hit on a pitch that bounced in front of home plate.But many of Guerrero’s top moments came in relative obscurity, as a member of the (late, lamented) Montreal Expos. Although fans of the big-market Atlanta Braves and New York Mets got to see him play on television with some frequency, Guerrero was mostly touted as baseball’s best-kept secret during his peak, routinely playing before microscopic audiences at Stade Olympique. He was baseball’s equivalent of an indie band on the cusp of national discovery — the hipster fan’s alternative to mainstream favorites like Ken Griffey Jr. or Barry Bonds. And while some assorted clips do exist of Guerrero’s feats with his first MLB team, it was also the era right before MLB.TV permanently killed the notion of an underground star. Guerrero might have been the last truly great player to bear that title.Certainly, no recent Hall of Famer was seen by fewer people in person during his best seasons than Guerrero. From 1998 to 2002, Guerrero produced 29.5 wins above replacement (WAR)1Averaging together the versions of WAR found at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs. for the Expos, marking the top five-year stretch of his career. Over that span, an average of just 10,038 fans came to see each of Guerrero’s home games, according to attendance data from Baseball-Reference.com. That’s the fewest of any HOF member whose career took place during the expansion era (since 1961), including likely 2018 inductees Chipper Jones, Jim Thome and Trevor Hoffman: Phil Niekro1974-78PATL34.910,229 John Smoltz1995-99PATL29.639,226 Gaylord Perry1972-76PCLE/TEX35.811,210 Chipper Jones1998-20023B/LFATL31.837,792 Ivan Rodriguez1996-2000CTEX29.935,120 Mike Piazza1993-97CLAD31.939,857 Includes hitters and pitchers whose entire careers came in the post-expansion era (since 1961).Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraphs Rod Carew1973-772B/1BMIN36.910,346 Randy Johnson1998-2002PSEA/ARI/ HOU43.135,791 Bert Blyleven1972-76PMIN/TEX36.810,339 Catfish Hunter1971-75POAK/NYY24.612,501 Vladimir Guerrero1998-2002RFMON29.510,038 Ozzie Smith1985-89SSSTL30.734,781 Bottom 10YearsPosTeam(s)WARATT/Game Nolan Ryan1973-77PCAL28.813,455 Jim Thome1995-993B/1BCLE26.341,716 Top 10YearsPosTeam(s)WARAVG. Att/Game The most- and least-watched Hall of Famers in their primesTop and bottom 10 Hall of Famers by team attendance per game in their five best consecutive seasons by wins above replacement, 1961-present That number stands out even more when you consider that Guerrero’s peak straddled the 1990s and 2000s, a consistent period of record-high attendance in the major leagues. All of the other least-watched Hall members on the list above came from the 1970s, when MLB-wide attendance per game had barely budged since the ’50s. By the time Guerrero came along, though, attendance was cresting after two decades of incredible growth. There’s a reason nine of the 10 most-watched HOFers came from the ’90s.But playing in a crumbling, derelict ballpark north of the Canadian border, for a franchise whose roster was gutted after the 1994 strike derailed a season many still believe was destined for a championship, Guerrero was the ultimate under-the-radar superstar. For example, he finished only 13th in MVP voting in 1998 despite producing the second-best season of his career by WAR (and tying fellow likely Chipper Jones for fifth in WAR among NL position players). During his final four seasons in Montreal, Guerrero had three seasons with a quadruple-digit on-base plus slugging (OPS), yet he finished in the top five of MVP voting only once.Of course, in some ways the privacy of Montreal also added to Guerrero’s mystique. In combination with his thrilling style of play — he loved to swing at (and hit) anything in the same area code as the plate, and he rifled down base runners with a cannon of an arm in right field — there was a certain romance to the image of the mega-talented Guerrero toiling away thanklessly for a soon-to-be-relocated shell of a franchise. He helped2Alongside underrated second baseman Jose Vidro and pitchers Javier Vazquez and Tomo Ohka. drag the Expos to surprising respectability in seasons like 2002, when they beat the odds to finish second in the NL East with 83 wins despite owning the league’s lowest payroll. And when Guerrero was finally given the spotlight of a bigger market in 2004, he made the most of it in MVP fashion.It made for a great narrative arc to the career of an all-time great player. However, it’s still a shame more people didn’t get to see Guerrero play during his peak seasons. Nowadays, we take it for granted that we can watch small-market stars whenever we want via the power of streaming. But Guerrero serves as a reminder of a time not so long ago, when brilliant individual performances could still be limited to an extremely small audience of lucky admirers. read more

Liverpool ready to sell Sturridge for £15m

first_imgLiverpool are ready to offload Daniel Sturridge this summer and are willing to accept bids in the region of £15m, reports the Daily TelegraphThe former England international has been told that he has no future at Anfield and will have to leave in order to gain the regular playing time that he needs.Sturridge had previously spent the latter part of last season on loan at the relegated West Brom, but he failed to make an impact and could not find the back of the net with just six appearances and two starts.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…The 28-year-old has attracted the interest of the likes of Sevilla and Fenerbahce, but it remains to be seen whether they would be willing to fork out £15m for the out-of-form striker.And Liverpool have no interest in taking a cut-price deal for Sturridge and feel under no pressure to sell him immediately, despite the fact that he has fallen completely out of favour with Jurgen Klopp.last_img read more

Mertesacker on Reiss Nelsons performance in Hoffenheim

first_imgArsenal’s academy manager Per Mertesacker says 19-year-old Reiss Nelson who is spending 2018-19 season on loan with Hoffenheim is setting a fine example for young prospects to follow.The teenage sensation began to impress in Hoffenheim but not to the surprise of the manager who insisted there are differences between PL and Bundesliga and claims Hoffenheim is the club for bringing up young players.“It was the best decision for him to go there,” Mertesacker told the official matchday programme via Gunners website.“When you compare the Bundesliga to the Premier League, there are similarities but there are differences.“At the moment the Bundesliga suits him, and he went to a club where they are used to bringing up young players, educating young players and giving young players a chance in their first team. He has a young coach who will educate him and give him an insight.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Reiss is getting out of the comfort zone he was in at Arsenal, so the loan system should work brilliantly for us. Some Bundesliga clubs are very interesting for us and the way he could make an impact at Hoffenheim was by starting on the bench but then scoring immediately.“Through scoring those goals, he gained trust from the coach, from the fans, by learning some German and earning the right to start and make an impact.“I think he has done a brilliant job but that all fell into place because he wanted to go. He had a great opportunity but you need to take these opportunities and make sure you learn from those moments. Instead of being a first-team player between the under-23s and the first team, this is something different.“It’s difficult to manage and I’m really pleased and glad that it’s worked right now for him. We have other prospects we really need to think about. What’s their best path towards making an impact for our first team? There are different ways, different challenges.“Those are individuals. But I feel we are in a good place right now and those situations show us how big an impact a loan can make on a player. We need to select wisely.”last_img read more