Iniesta named captain at Vissel Kobe

first_imgWorld Cup-winning Iniesta, who lifted 32 major trophies with Barcelona, signed for Kobe last May in a historic J-League deal worth a reported $30 million a year.The 34-year-old plays alongside fellow veterans former Germany striker Lukas Podolski and former Barca and Spain team mate David-Villa.Vissel were expected to mount a serious challenge for the J-League title with the 34-year-old’s arrival but are languishing in mid-table with just 10 points from eight games so far.The mediocre start to the season cost manager Juan Manuel Lillo his job, the club announcing his departure by mutual agreement last week.Iniesta created two of the goals in Kobe’s recent 4-2 home defeat by Hiroshima but was clearly in a foul mood when he walked off the pitch, barking “no comment” as he stormed past waiting reporters.Podolski also hinted at some unhappiness in the dressing room, tweeting in English “stop expecting loyalty from people who can’t even give you honesty”.Iniesta’s signing was viewed as a timely boost to the J-League, which once attracted luminaries such as Brazilian great Zico and former England striker Gary Lineker when it began in 1993 but has struggled to tempt marquee players in recent years.And the 34-year-old has already hinted at a return to Barca in some capacity, recently telling Radio Marca: “I don’t know what role I would occupy, but in any case Barcelona can count on me.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Iniesta has the Vissel Kobe armband © JIJI PRESS/AFP/File / JIJI PRESSTOKYO, Japan, Apr 24 – Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta has been handed the captain’s armband at J-League outfit Vissel Kobe, the club announced, part of a shake-up following the sacking of their manager last week.The club tweeted a picture of Iniesta holding the armband announcing him as the new captain, with Japan international defender Daigo Nishi and midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi named as co-captains.last_img read more

Men’s Soccer Hosts Missouri State Saturday in Home Finale

first_imgStory Links Blalock, from Overland Park, Kan., was a goalkeeper for Drake but he was forced to stop playing due to continuous concussions. He has served a student assistant coach the past two seasons and served as the team’s goalkeepers coach. Missouri State (8-1-4, 2-1-1 MVC) leads the all-time series, 14-12-7. However, Drake hasn’t lost to the Bears since 2014 and even knocked off the nationally ranked squad last season in Springfield, Mo. Their last meeting was a scoreless draw at Cownie in the final regular season game in 2017. This season, Josh Dolling leads the team with nine goals. Ciszewski has played in 60 career matches, scored three goals and recorded four assists, including scoring game-winning goal in the 2015 MVC Tournament title game versus SIUE that sent the team on a run in the NCAA Tournament. He has been honored as an MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week. Ciszewski has graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Finance and is now excelling in Drake’s MBA program. Live Stats Drake (6-5-2, 1-2-1 MVC) lost a 1-0 overtime match to Bradley in its last match on Oct. 20. The Braves scored a header in the 99th minute to knock off the Bulldogs. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s soccer team hosts Missouri State Saturday night with kickoff at 7 p.m. at the Cownie Soccer Complex. It will be senior night as six student-athletes: Paul Ciszewski (Germantown, Wis.), Steven Enna (Overland Park, Kan.), Nic Jaimes (Olathe, Kan.), Ryan Merideth (East Moline, Ill.) and Alex Peterson (Duluth, Minn.) as well as student assistant coach Andrew Blalock will be honored for their respective contributions to the program. Merideth has not played this season due to an ACL injury but played in 55 career matches before the injury. He scored two goals and handed out two assists. An excellent student, who is a biochemistry and molecular biology was a Third-Team Academic All-American last season.Peterson, who redshirted his first season and missed the next season due to injury, has started all 32 match the past two seasons, scoring two goals and recording one assist. Peterson earned 2017  MVC Scholar-Athlete Honorable Mention honors. Following Saturday’s match, Drake visits Valparaiso Nov. 3 for the regular season finale. The match with the Crusaders will start at 7 p.m. and be broadcast on ESPN3. Print Friendly Version Enna has played in 66 career games and scored 16 goals with six assists, and earned honorable mention All-MVC honors in 2016. Enna like Ciszewski has graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Finance and is also excelling in Drake’s MBA program. Jaimes, a business studies major, has played in 68 career games, scored 10 goals and handed out six assists and was named to the 2015 MVC All-Freshman team.last_img read more

Athletics magic runs out in loss to Indians

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.OAKLAND — There were no on-field celebrations of any kind, only the resignation of missing out on a chance to take a good homestand and make it a great one.And even with a 5-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians Sunday at the Coliseum, winning two series and four of six at home counts for something as the Athletics embark on a three-city, nine-game road trip to Seattle, Detroit and Cleveland.A three-run home run by Roberto …last_img

Springbok Experience free on Sunday

first_img15 May 2014Rugby fans in the Western Cape will have a once-a-year chance to visit the Springbok Experience Rugby Museum at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town free of charge on Sunday – and they’ll even receive a free Castle Draught.The Museum, which has been nominated as a contender for the title “International Museum of the Year” in the prestigious Museum + Heritage Awards in the UK, will mark International Museum Day by throwing open its doors.Since it opened on Heritage Day in 2013, the Springbok Experience has earned rave reviews. Recently it welcomed its 25 000th visitor and has impressed local and overseas visitors alike.InteractiveThe museum is housed in a two-storey building and features an interactive “Springbok Trials” skills zone, a flagship Springbok Shop and a series of museum galleries charting the history of South African rugby.There are more than 20 interactive touch screen exhibits, a total of 64 monitors and 20 projectors, an eight-minute film presentation in a mini Springbok cinema, more than 20 audio-visual exhibits and mechanical interactive exhibits for children.Themes and narrative structuresThe museum was put together after consultation with a number of historians, players past and present, and specialists to develop the content themes and narrative structures in the museum.The story focuses on the different divisions that previously existed in South African rugby and the subsequent unification of the game. It provides an insight into South African society and culture through the eyes of rugby.‘Proud’At the opening of the museum on 24 September last year, 2007 World Cup winning captain John Smit commented that it made him “proud all over again to be associated with the Springboks and to know that this brand has such an impact on society”.He said: “It displays the unique and colourful history and past of our rugby incredibly well and accurately. I would advise everyone to come and visit, and to experience one of the world’s most unique brands.”Opening hoursThe Springbok Experience is open from 10:00 on Sunday as it is every day (except Christmas Day). The doors close at 18:00.The normal entry charge is R50 for adults and R30 for the under-18s and over-60s. There are discounts for families and group and school bookings.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

A look at market carry and spreads

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Early last week the market was positive, but it turned negative at the end. Right now corn seems range bound from $3.30 to $3.50. Slow harvest progress has helped keep prices from testing the lows. This week however looks to be a wide open window for harvest to move forward for the entire Corn Belt.As harvest continues, both corn and bean yield reports are increasing. Soon the South American weather will be a focus. Perhaps the USDA report will provide information to move stagnate prices. Market carry and spreadsIn order for farmers to be as profitable as possible, they need to understand how cash prices are derived for their grain. I frequently mention that cash prices combine futures, basis and market carry. Futures are easy to understand and more and more farmers are paying attention to basis. Still, market carry eludes many farmers.Market carry is a function of increasing spread prices between futures contracts. Typically, corn has a “carry” when futures are worth more later than nearby months. Essentially, spreads are how the market “pays” for someone to store grain until its needed. The wider the spreads the more the market is “paying” someone to store grain.Market inverses happen when a future contract is worth less than the previous contract. This happens when the market is demanding grain be moved as soon as possible, rather than storing it. Interestingly for beans, currently there is a carry in the market until July ‘17 and then an inverse from July ’17 until Nov ’17.Corn spreads tend to move slowly, one to two cents per month is typical. Bean spreads move more quickly, it is not uncommon to see five cents per month. Since the amounts are so low, it’s difficult to see spread movements daily (or even weekly). However, those little extras can really add up when margins are tight. Market ActionBeansLast week I moved my beans hedge position, my average sale prices are $9.45, which are in the Nov ’16 futures:70% moved to the Aug ’17 futures for a 22 cent premium30% moved to the Nov ’17 futures for a 5 cent premium. Why did I do this?I won’t be moving any beans at harvest. I will instead be storing them, waiting for basis to increase after harvest probably sometime in 2017.I had other choices for moving my bean hedge instead of Aug (22 cents) or Nov (5 cents):Jan (6 cents)Mar (12 cents)May (17 cents)July (23 cents) So why August?Once harvest is over, I suspect farmers won’t be ready to sell more beans, waiting instead for a run up in futures. Some may be anticipating a repeat of spring 2016 when futures went $3 per bushel higher, this should keep demand tight. Also, beans are frequently affected by South American (and North American) weather scares in the spring and early summer causing short-term market inverses. In fact, this last summer a weather scare caused an 18 cent inverse from Jul to Aug. That’s why I chose August instead of July, if a similar weather scare causes an inverse from July to Aug, I can take advantage of that opportunity (on top of the 22 cent market carry I’m already getting).Even if I don’t hold my beans until Summer I can wait and see if the spread between March and August narrow in from a current 10 cents to maybe even money or a 5 cent premium. If this occurs I can move my beans to market earlier for more than I would have received just rolling my position to March.I analyzed if I did this same trade for the last eight years, and the largest potential loss for this type of trade was about 3 cents but it could be as high as 7 cents. I’m willing to risk losing 3-7 cents to potentially make an additional 18 cents. So why November?The downside risk of the Nov ’17 position would be if there was no South or North America weather scare through next summer. While it’s unlikely that would happen, I will have missed out on 25 cents of market carry. Also, the spread between Jul ’17 and Nov ’17 would likely go from a 20-cent inverse to a 12 cent carry. This would mean a potential 32 cent loss and 25 cent missed opportunity. Since that is a lot of risk, I only exposed 30% of my production. The upside of this trade could be as much as $2 per bushel. Last year we saw $1.80 premium and in the last couple years we have seen over $2 and even $3 per bushel. I’m not expecting anything that large but my upside does look very promising for the added risk. CornEarly last week I sold 5% of my corn production against Dec ’18 corn futures at $4. While I’m not sure which marketing year I will use this sale, I know I want to be a seller of $4 futures with the information I have today. Once I know the spreads next summer, I’ll make the decision to either move this sale back to 2017 or leave it in 2018. Last year this trade would have allowed me to use the futures sale on old crop, new crop or the year after next all at the same level. Again this trade gives me upside potential while giving me floor protection at values I feel are good levels to sell. Market Carry and Storage — corn vs beansWhy do experts suggest storing corn and selling beans?It’s a function of the spreads relative to the value of the grain and the interest to store. Farmers need to look at their operating loan value (typically around 5%). Take this times the value of grain (let’s estimate $3.40 for corn and $9.75 for beans). This would mean it costs 1.4 cents per month to store corn and 4 cents per month for beans.The market is currently paying 24 cents to hold corn until July and its paying 20 cent to hold beans until July. Even if both were paying the same price it’s too expensive in interest to hold beans in the bin. But the price of beans could rally $2 and corn may only rally a $1True, but that is a futures issue not a spread or basis issue. Farmers who store beans hoping for a futures rally are marketing poorly and ineffectively. On the surface it’s easy for farmers and it seems like it works, but there are better ways to capture a market rally.It is almost always most profitable for farmers to have 100% on-farm storage. If this isn’t an option, store all the corn possible on-farm. If there is additional storage available, store beans. If beans aren’t completely priced and the only options is paying for storage, and one wants to continue to wait for upside potential, then a re-ownership plan through futures is a better strategy than paying for commercial storage. Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. He can be contacted at [email protected]last_img read more

Durham proud of ‘game-changer’ Hugnatan, Amer

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAllen Durham may have been the focal point of Meralco’s offense on Game 4 against Ginebra in the PBA Governors’ Cup finals, but the Bolts needed a couple more players to get the 85-83 victory.First was Baser Amer, who made a crucial three-pointer, and then it was Reynel Hugnatan who dished the clutch assist to Durham that led to the game’s final score.ADVERTISEMENT Cone rues missed timeout in Ginebra’s final possession Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’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 Games Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ And Durham couldn’t help but admire Amer and Hugnatan for their efforts in bailing the Bolts out en route to tying the series at 2-2.“Baser, I just told him to keep playing, keep playing, and keep shooting,” said Durham of Baser Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAmer had struggled in the two games prior to Game 4 as he went a combined 5-of-19, including a 0-of-6 performance in Game 3.All that, however, became an afterthought when Amer knocked down a booming triple that gave Meralco an 83-81 lead with 1:18 remaining in the fourth. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES “I had four guys on me and he [Amer] was wide open and I just had to trust in him and just passed him the ball and he knocked it down. They said Chris Ross was the Most Improved Player, but if I had a vote, I would have given it to Baser that’s for sure.”“He made the biggest play of the game, he made that three and I’m proud of him.”And if Baser made a bailout shot late in the game, Hugnatan practically made life easier for Durham for more than 30 minutes.Hugnatan logged more than 31 minutes of play and in the time that he and Durham shared the floor, the Bolts’ import had the luxury of playing in a wide paint.The 38-year-old Hugnatan was Meralco’s stretch 4 and he baited Ginebra’s opposing big men, namely Joe Devance and Japeth Aguilar, to guard him outside instead of providing help in the middle.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 “It’s a lot easier to get to the rim and Ginebra’s a big team so now they have to pick their poison,” said Durham who finished with 28 points and 18 rebounds. “They would either help under the basket or we would stretch them out.”Durham was left open underneath when Aguilar closed out on Hugnatan at the top of the key and that allowed the Meralcoveteran to pass to his teammate underneath for the layup with 47 seconds left in the game.Hugnatan’s ploy of stretching the floor gave him 14 points, 12 of which came from deep.“Papa Rey has been doing it for years and years and years, I don’t even know how many years he’s been doing it,” joked Durham. “He’s really helping us a lot and he’s a game-changer for us.” QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP View commentslast_img read more

Katy Perry won’t date a non-famous guy?

first_imgThe 29-year-old singer, who split from John Mayer earlier this year and was previously married to Russell Brand for 14-months, claims it’s difficult for her to be in a relationship with an ordinary guy, as they don’t understand the pressures of fame or her busy schedule.Katy Perry says it’s easier to date famous men.The ‘Dark Horse’ hitmaker told Rolling Stone magazine: “I’ve done that before. It’s not that they have to be famous, although there’s a level of understanding when they’re in the same business, you know? They understand what it means when you’re tired from a show or the tour’s exhausting you or if an interview went wrong — they know all the ins and outs, so you can just walk in to the house with a certain face and they understand, you know? Rather than, like, having to explain everything and that takes two, three hours.”Despite her stance, Katy, who is rumoured to now be dating DJ Diplo, still claims she finds fame “disgusting.”She said: “Fame is, I think, disgusting. And it’s really hard to separate your public life from your personal life.”She added: “I only ever just wanted to make music and be on stage and play, and offer up my perception of how I view the world, through the songs that I write. But then there’s a lot of different things that come with it, and I call them trade-offs.”last_img read more

Buckeyes aiming to keep Badgers from running wild

Ohio State’s fourth-ranked rushing defense will face perhaps its biggest challenge of the season Saturday night when it looks to slow Wisconsin’s solid ground game, which features bruising running back John Clay. With 692 rushing yards and nine touchdowns through the season’s first six games, Clay is Wisconsin’s most dangerous weapon and has played himself into Heisman consideration. At 248 pounds, he will be the biggest feature running back the Buckeyes have seen in quite some time. “He doesn’t even look like a running back. He’s a linebacker,” Cameron Heyward said at Tuesday’s weekly press conference. “He’s so explosive and you don’t even know it, but sometimes the team can be feeling down and he makes one big play and he can turn around the game.” Coach Jim Tressel said the defense must also be prepared for the Badgers’ other running back, James White, who counterbalances Clay’s power-running style with his speed. White, at a more standard 198 pounds, has rushed for 485 yards and eight touchdowns this season. “Obviously, John Clay is extraordinary, but you bring in that tempo-change guy and all of a sudden, he hits you with that different type look and I think it’s a great look,” Tressel said. Wisconsin averages nearly 241 rushing yards a game, good for 11th in the country, while the Buckeyes only allow an average of 78.7 yards on the ground. OSU’s defense has not allowed a 100-yard rusher in 29 games. “I think (White) is a little more shifty, but he can be explosive as well,” Heyward said. “It’s going to be critical of us to contain both of them. It’s going to be a hard task and it’s not just going to be one guy, it’s going to take the whole team to just swarm to the ball.” Heyward said the OSU defense will have to remain disciplined and react well to play action. Clay has averaged more than 122 yards rushing in Badger wins, while only rushing for 80 yards in the team’s loss to Michigan State. Last year at Ohio Stadium, OSU held Clay to 59 yards on 20 carries in the Buckeyes’ 31-13 win. “They have tremendous team speed,” Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema said on the Big Ten’s weekly conference call. “Some teams have fast linebackers or fast defensive backs. They have fast everything.” Tressel said that aside from being a good power-running team, Wisconsin’s offensive coaching staff has done a good job in being creative with its play calling. But just like any other Big Ten game, they both agree the contest will be won with line play up front. “I think all games are won on the offensive and defensive line,” Heyward said. “In the summer and spring we emphasized if we win every battle in the trenches, we’ll have a great chance of winning.” read more

Tiger Woods one shot back at the Memorial Tournament

Tiger Woods is one shot back of the lead after two rounds at the Memorial Tournament at the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin Ohio. Woods followed up his Thursday round of 70, with a 3-under 69 Friday, trailing leader Rory Sabbatini by one stroke. The field was plagued with windy conditions throughout the day after a rain delay that exceeded 90 minutes. “I’m pleased with the wayI played today,” Woods said. “I missed a couple out there, but overall I knew in these conditions to shoot something in the 60s was going to be a pretty good effort.” Former world No. 1 player Rory McIlroy missed the cut at the tournament after shooting a 7-over 79 Friday. It’s his eighth career missed cut as a professional, matching the total from Wood’s career. “I don’t feel like the scores are actually reflecting how I’m hitting the ball,” McIlroy, who’s score of 150 was three shots over the cutline, said.”I was able to string nine good holes together yesterday. I just need to keep working on it and try and string 18 good holes together.” Spencer Levin and Scott Stallings are tied with Woods for second atop the leaderboard. Jim Furyk and Daniel Summerhays are currently two back of the lead at 4-under. Furyk said the dramatic change in weather between Thursday and Friday made the play difficult to adjust to. “It was perfect yesterday, and today was quite tough,” Furyk said. “I think it was good that we missed the rain in the morning, but we also probably got a lot more wind this afternoon.” Woods said the tournament is far from over though. “We’ve got a long way to go,” Woods, who has won the Memorial four times in his career, said. “Obviously, (a win) would be nice. But we’ve still got a half a golf tournament to play.” read more

Manuel Pellegrini claims Samir Nasri wants revenge

first_imgWest Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini reveals Samir Nasri wants revenge after missing the last six months of action due to a drug ban.The Frenchman who recently signed a six-month deal with the Hammers after training with the club for a month, was banned for 18 months for doping offences, backdated for a year.Nasri impressed in his Hammers’ debut against Birmingham in the FA Cup, looking like a player that hasn’t lost his touch or finesse despite not having played competitive football for 13 months prior to it.Pellegrini has backed the former Arsenal playmaker to be the player that lit up the Premier League with the Gunners but in particular with City where the pair won the league title in 2014.declan rice, england, West ham UnitedReport: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…The manager said, according to Football. London:“I think they [West Ham fans] can expect a lot from him because he is a top player. The way he continues having some minutes, when he is used to playing 90 minutes again he will be a top player at this club.”“He wants revenge also and for me it is so important to give him the opportunity to work with us so I hope we will recover the same Samir Nasri that we saw three or four years ago with me at Manchester City.”“[Revenge?] About the ban of twelve months or more, to decline his career. From Arsenal, City bought him. From there his career declined without doubt.”last_img read more