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Celtic crowned Telkom Knockout champs

first_img3 DecemberBloemfontein Celtic captured South Africa’s Telkom Knockout Cup for first time in the club’s history with a 1-0 victory over Mamelodi Sundowns at Moses Mahbida Stadium in Durban on Saturday night.It was a bitter pill to swallow for Sundowns, who have won only two of their 12 PSL games so far, leaving them second from bottom of the standings. They had viewed the Cup final as an opportunity to turn around their season. Instead they lost out to a controversial goal.Joel Mogorosi was awarded the winner in the 47th minute, but it was questionable whether the whole ball crossed the line after his header was cleared by Clayton Daniels. Long-time football followers will know, however, that when matters get bad, bad decisions seem to follow those teams.‘The goal came out of nowhere’“The goal came out of nowhere,” said Sundowns’ coach Johan Neeskens after the game. “I still want to see the replay. I’m not sure whether the ball was fully over the line.”He graciously added: “I have to congratulate Bloemfontein Celtic because when they beat teams like Orlando Pirates, Free State Stars and also us, then they deserve to win this Cup.”Unfortunately for the Dutch great, it was his last match in charge of the club, which fired him on Monday and replaced him with former Bafana Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane.It was a wonderful occasion for Celtic coach Clinton Larsen, who led his team to the title in front of family and friends in the city where he played most of his professional football.‘An emotional ride’“What an emotional ride, a roller-coaster ride. I’m so proud of my boys today. They gave it their all,” he said in a post-match interview.“I said from the beginning it would have been an injustice had we not won this cup after the route we’ve had [to take] and I’m ecstatic.”Questioned about what he said to lift his team at the break, Larsen said: “What I said to the boys is that we had the best chance in the first half. We weren’t playing our best football at all and we were well in the game, and I said that’s a sign that this cup was meant for us.”Sweeping attacking moveA sweeping attacking move in the ninth minute created some space for Teko Modise, who tested Celtic goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb with a left footed shot from just outside the box. The Cameroonian net-minder was up to the task, diving to his right to bat the ball away, which left Modise looking skywards, palms held upwards beseechingly.In the 16th minute Lennox Bacela had an excellent opportunity to put Celtic ahead when he rounded the Brazilians’ defence after his marker slipped. Bacela, though, was indecisive and shot later than he should have, allowing Wayne Sandilands to block his effort with his feet.Sundowns responded with a long range shot from Temba Zwane, which flew over the top of the Celtic goal, and an angled shot, wide of the mark, by Richard Henyekane, who had been played in after a neat interchange of passes.Shaved the postOn the half-hour mark, Ruzaigh Gamildien showed good control on the edge of the Sundowns’ box to create space for himself and fire off a shot that shaved Sandilands’ left post.Zwane forced Tignyemb to tip a shot over the bar after he let fly from an angle on the edge of the box five minutes from the break.GoalJust two minutes into the second half, Sandilands misjudged a cross from the left and the ball fell to Mogorosi just outside Sundowns’ right hand post, about seven metres out. He headed goalwards. Daniels cleared, but the linesman ruled the ball had crossed the line. Replays suggested the decision was incorrect, bit the goal stood.A lovely, flowing attack by Celtic almost gave them a second goal five minutes later. Gamildien received the ball from the right and fired across goal, once again shaving the keepers’ left hand post.Sundowns’ Eleazar Rodgers fired wide right of the mark with a volley after picking up a loose ball on the edge of box just before the hour-mark.Penalty appealThe Pretoria club pushed hard for an equaliser, but a shot by Modise deflected into the hands of Tignyemb and an appeal for hand ball was dismissed by the referee.In time added on, Gamildien came close to delivering the killer blow for Celtic when he robbed the last ‘Downs defender and smashed the ball across goal. It struck the inside of the post and rebounded out, leaving him without a goal, but as close to a hat-trick as one could come.A snap shot on the turn by Anthony Laffor, which passed narrowly wide of the Celtic goal, was the Brazilians’ last effort of the contest and Celtic went on to victory.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Spicing Up Your Blog: Apture vs. Zemanta Balloons

first_imgRelated Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting marshall kirkpatrick Pros:It’s beautiful. From the admin section to the pop-up windows, design has been emphasized at Apture.Lots of user control. The amount of control users have over what’s included in their pop-ups is amazing. You can choose between assets with a few clicks, or you can pick out start and end timestamps in an embedded YouTube video. The list of options is big and keeps getting bigger, as evidenced by the recent addition of really nice LinkedIn and Twitter profile options.You can now include multiple tabs in one link, making it easy to pack a lot of information inside.The user experience is solid, and the product is pretty well baked.Cons:Apture is proprietary software offered by one company, unlike Zemanta’s standards-based offering, which was built as part of a consortium of developer- and community-minded companies.Sometimes it hangs on the UI. We found one bug that the company has since fixed, but pop-up loading is sometimes slower than we’d like.ZemantaZemanta is a feature-rich service for bloggers and has a great API that developers can use to automatically discover keywords in bodies of text in lots of different scenarios. You should check it out. It’s quite easy to use. Last week the company released a feature that competes with Apture, called Balloons. Balloons is now automatically included in the blogging plug-in from Zemanta, which is very easy to get started with. To be frank, we would recommend installing the core Zemanta plug-in for the rest of its features but using Apture for info pop-ups instead. The way the two products are administered is very different; Zemanta detects key concepts in the text of your post and suggests Balloon links you can add with a click. You’re limited to adding just those handful of Balloons; you can’t link up just any text you want. Pros:Zemanta is open source and standards-based. It feels good to use.Zemanta works with the rest of the tech community and has some awesome tools for supporting non-profit organizations. Did we mention that it feels good to use Zemanta?The auto-detection of key concepts — just click on the buttons and they’re linked to resources — makes Zemanta a little bit faster to use than Apture. It takes fewer clicks.Cons:This tool isn’t nearly as pretty. In fact, the pop-ups are almost the opposite of pretty.You have far less control over the sources of information you can include. Zemanta’s Balloons is tied to the ambitious CommonTags standards effort and apparently does not include anything outside the world of standards. That’s noble but limiting.Most of the links Zemanta inserts are to FreeBase, which is like a machine-readable version of Wikipedia but also a noble, well-funded mess. Thus the pop-ups you get from Zemanta are quite hit and miss.There are Amazon affiliate ads in the Zemanta product; Apture’s business strategy appears to be to serve bloggers for free and ad-free and charge big publishers to white-label the service. Zemanta’s Amazon ads might get on your nerves.This is a very early product, having just launched last week. We hope it is further developed.That’s our experience so far with these tools. If you’ve tried either or both, we’d love to know about your experience as well. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Blogging#Semantic Web#web Pop-up info windows: someone had to do it right, right? After years of pushy, worthless little window overlays that pop up when you hover over a link, there are now a number of companies trying to offer bloggers and their readers a whole lot of value in what could be a handy format.Below we briefly review two of these services, Apture and Zemanta’s Balloons. Is this kind of product really worth using? Once you add a pop-up of someone’s LinkedIn profile next to their name as you type it, you may never want to go back to not having a tool like this at your disposal. The best-known startup in this space right now is Apture, a company that launched last year and lets you fill pop-ups with all kinds of multimedia content. The newest entrant to this market is Zemanta, a semantic web company that’s used by bloggers to add related links to their posts all over the web. Last week Zemanta released a product called Balloons; it looks a lot like Apture but it’s open source, semantically smart and standards-based. We decided to put both products to the test, and here are the pros and cons we found in each.AptureWe started by testing out Apture’s WordPress plug-in (on my personal blog) and were very happy with the results. It takes just a few minutes to install, and learning to use it is quite intuitive. We wrote an extensive review of Apture in February.last_img read more

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US Open Day 3 Roundup: Serena Williams, Roger Federer and Ash Barty Survive Tough Tests

first_imgNew York: Serena Williams nearly crashed out of the rain-hit US Open on Wednesday while top-ranked defending champion Novak Djokovic battled through shoulder pain and Roger Federer advanced despite a weak start.US eighth seed Serena Williams, seeking her 24th career Grand Slam title to match Margaret Court’s all-time record, got a scare before ousting 17-year-old US wildcard Caty McNally 5-7, 6-3, 6-1. McNally, who hadn’t been born when Williams won her first Slam at the 1999 US Open, threatened a struggling Williams from the start before the six-time US Open champion won nine of the last 11 games to escape under the roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium.”I survived tonight. I’m not too pleased with the way I played at all,” Williams said.”‘Serena, you made way too many errors today. What were you thinking?’ But I’m alive. I’m happy. I’ll do better next time. I promise.”Djokovic, winner of four of the past five Slam titles and 16 in all, was treated for a sore left shoulder throughout his 6-4, 7-6 (7/3), 6-1 victory over Argentina’s 56th-ranked Juan Ignacio Londero. “It was definitely affecting my serve and backhand,” Djokovic said of his shoulder injury. “I was definitely tested.”Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam winner who last won the US Open in 2008, rallied to beat 99th-ranked Bosnian Damir Dzumhur 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4.The 38-year-old Swiss third seed, who also dropped the first set against Indian qualifier Sumit Nagal in his opener, answered the wake-up call despite 17 first-set unforced errors.”It’s just a bit frustrating more than anything, especially when the level is that low and there are that many errors and the energy is not kind of there,” Federer said. “But can only do better, which is a great thing moving forward.”I clearly have to play better from the get-go.”What the year’s final Grand Slam event lacked in quantity, with 22 singles matches postponed by showers, it overcame with quality in amazing matches that challenged three of the greatest stars in tennis history.One point from surrendering a break into a tie-breaker, McNally won six of the final seven points, the last on a service winner, to capture the first set. Both players made 15 unforced errors.”I couldn’t play too much worse at that point,” Williams said. “I was making so many errors off my forehand. I knew I could play better.”Nishikori, Barty win Williams broke on a forehand winner in the sixth game of the second set and, after being denied on four set points on McNally’s serve, hit a backhand volley winner to force a third set.Williams opened the third set with a break on the way to a 4-0 edge and cruised home from there.”She really came out and played really well,” Williams said. “She showed no fear.”Djokovic’s injury casts grave doubts on his bid to be the first US Open repeat winner since Federer won from 2004-2008, admitting he wondered if he would even get through the first set.”This is something I’ve been carrying for quite a while now,” Djokovic said. “It wasn’t easy to play with the pain, but you have to hope you will get some opportunities and some lucky shots.”It’s not the first time I’m facing this kind of adversity or challenge. It is what it is and I’m just grateful to be on the court.”Five-time US Open winner Federer, who lost to Djokovic in last month’s epic Wimbledon final, started poorly but broke early in each of the last three sets and held serve to the end.”I buckled down and told myself I was going to hang tough and not get broken,” Federer said. “That made a big difference.” Japanese seventh seed Kei Nishikori, the 2014 US Open runner-up, beat 108th-ranked American Bradley Klahn 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.French Open champion Ashleigh Barty, the second seed from Australia, eliminated 73rd-ranked American Lauren Davis 6-2, 7-6 (7/2).Czech third seed Karolina Pliskova, seeking her first Grand Slam title, ousted 202nd-ranked Georgian qualifier Mariam Bolkvadze 6-1, 6-4. Ukrainian fifth seed Elina Svitolina defeated seven-time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams 6-4, 6-4 and US 10th seed Madison Keys, the 2017 US Open runner-up, trounced China’s Zhu Lin 6-4, 6-1. Ashleigh BartyKei NishikoriNovak DjokovicRoger Federer First Published: August 29, 2019, 12:03 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

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19 days agoAtletico Madrid boss Simeone supports VAR after Real Valladolid stalemate

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Atletico Madrid boss Simeone supports VAR after Real Valladolid stalemateby Carlos Volcano19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone says he supports VAR after their 0-0 draw with Real Valladolid.The Argentine claimed that some teams used to never have penalties called against them at home and that VAR has made things fairer.”Thomas wanted to touch it and the player put a leg in front, but the truth is I didn’t really see it,” he said after the draw of the Sandro penalty incident.”I have no doubt that VAR is a help.”Obviously there are times when it favours you or when it doesn’t, but there used to be stadiums where you wouldn’t get a penalty.”Now, with VAR, we have the possibility to understand all instances that were penalties.” last_img read more

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Miami Created A Cool Map Showing The Locations Of All 29 Current ‘Cane Commits

first_imgmap showing location of their commits.Twitter/@CanesFootballTo say that Miami is off to a fast start in recruiting is a massive understatement. The U already has 20 commits for its 2016 class, six for the class of 2017, and three for 2018. Perhaps most impressively, all 29 players from from Florida, with most of them coming from the Miami area. Al Golden and his staff will apparently barnstorm the state over the next three weeks in recruiting, and put together a very impressive map of the 29 current commits.Tomorrow. Day 1 of 3 straight weeks in the F-L-A!!! #Swag16, #Squad17 & #Storm18, we are coming for !!! pic.twitter.com/8Nqv9DrnFV— Hurricanes Football (@CanesFootball) May 4, 2015Miami currently has the No. 2 ranked classes in each of the next three years. Al Golden is probably coaching for his job this fault, but coming out of the gates like this on the recruiting trail won’t hurt his status either.last_img read more

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Womens basketball Newcomers fitting right in for Buckeyes

OSU redshirt sophomore guard Sierra Calhoun (4) turns the corner to drive to the hoop during a scrimmage against Ashland on Nov. 6 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 88-78. Credit: Zach Konno | For The LanternWhenever a team replaces a large chunk of its roster, there is some level of uncertainty. This was the case for the Ohio State women’s basketball team as they were set to debut six new players in the 2016-17 season.Five have seen the court so far, and it’s safe to say that some of the uncertainty can be put to rest. Redshirt junior forward Stephanie Mavunga (transfer from North Carolina) and redshirt sophomore Sierra Calhoun (transfer from Duke) have carved out spots in OSU’s starting lineup. Redshirt junior guard Linnae Harper (transfer from Kentucky) is sitting out this semester due to NCAA transfer rules.True freshmen guards Kiara Lewis and Jensen Caretti, and forward Tori McCoy have helped the Buckeyes off the bench.“I really like our young players,” OSU coach Kevin McGuff said. “You can see the talent that they have, they just need a lot more experience.”Mavunga has led the team in rebounding in each of its first three regular season games. She’s averaged 12.7 points and 11 rebounds per game, and is shooting 60.9 percent from the field. The Brownsburg, Indiana, native can be seen wearing a large brace around her right knee and working with trainers during games, but when McGuff was asked about her health, he took a playful jab at the forward.“She’s getting old I guess,” McGuff said with a laugh. “She looks like me out there trying to play.” Despite shooting just 28.6 percent from the field, Calhoun has contributed 11.3 points per game. She’s shooting a team-high 88.9 percent from the free-throw line.OSU’s trio of freshmen have impressed as well. Leading the way is 5-foot-8 guard Kiara Lewis, who has averaged 6.7 points and four rebounds in 16.3 minutes. She’s shown a good amount of athletic ability and a knack for weaving her way through the opposition and getting the ball to the basket.“Kiki’s got a chance to be a great player here; I think you can see her talent,” McGuff said. “Probably as much as anything, she came from a high school program where they have high expectations … so she really showed up ready and you can see that with how she plays.”Playing significant minutes with a top-ten team as a true freshman may be too tough a task for some, but Lewis hasn’t looked the least bit fazed on the court.“I feel real comfortable,” Lewis said. “I think the leadership on the team is a big key to me feeling comfortable.”McCoy has backed up Mavunga and put up six points and 3.7 rebounds in 14.3 minutes per game. She struggled a bit in her first two games, but the forward put up 12 points and grabbed six boards in the Buckeyes’ most recent win against Cleveland State.Caretti has played in two games and tallied a total of 24 minutes. She’s just 1-for-4 from the field with three points thus far, but her athletic abilities are evident. She sees the floor well and is solid as a distributor.Junior guard Kelsey Mitchell has played a large role in welcoming the newcomers. She stepped into more of a leadership role this offseason and is currently enrolled in a leadership course at OSU. Part of her new responsibilities include taking the new Buckeyes under her wing.“It starts with off the court, making sure they feel welcomed and making sure they feel loved,” Mitchell said. “I know for myself, it’s not so much what I do on the court for those guys … It’s just as small as giving them a ride or taking them to get something to eat. You’ve got to make them feel like they’re a part of something. I try to do a good job of that, especially with the freshman, making them feel like we’re sisters.” read more

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Ohio State baseball drops series opener to Indiana

The Ohio State baseball team didn’t help their chances of making the Big Ten tournament by blowing a seven-run lead and losing their opening game at Indiana, 10-8, Thursday. With the loss, the Buckeyes drop to an 11-11 record against Big Ten opponents. The top-six teams in the Big Ten make the conference tournament. After the loss, OSU is tied for sixth in the conference standings The top-six teams qualify for the tournament. OSU got off to a hot start taking an 8-1 advantage heading into the bottom of the seventh inning. The Hoosiers responded in the bottom of the seventh inning by scoring six runs and cutting OSU’s lead to 8-7. Indiana then took the lead in the bottom of the eighth inning by scoring three more runs and securing the comeback victory. Sophomore outfielder Tim Wetzel, sophomore infielder Brad Hallberg and senior outfielder David Corna each had three hits for the Buckeyes in the losing effort. Game two of the three-game series is scheduled for Friday at 3:05 p.m. The Buckeyes are looking to pick up a win to secure their spot in the Big Ten tournament. read more