first_imgChelsea began their Premier League campaign with a commanding two-goal victory over Hull City in Jose Mourinho’s first game back in charge of the West London club.The Blues dominated from the word go and had a penalty after five minutes to take the lead, but Frank Lampard saw his effort saved by Allan McGregor, who had needlessly taken out Fernando Torres to concede the spot kick.The deadlock was broken soon after in the 13th minute when debutant Kevin de Bruyne slid in Oscar to poke under the onrushing McGregor.After again being denied by McGregor’s right hand, Lampard got his goal midway through the opening half when his 30-yard free kick dipped and swerved to deceive McGregor.Goal-line technology was used for the time in English football right on half time when Branislav Ivanovic’s point-blank header was somehow pushed away under the crossbar by Scottish international McGregor.Jon Moss’s watch must not have flashed ‘GOAL’ and virtual images showed that all of the ball did not cross the line. The second half was much more languid as Chelsea eased off the gas and saw the result home.In fact, Hull came closest to scoring the third goal when Curtis Davies rose highest to meet Ahmed Elmohamady’s cross and head goalwards but it was well held by Petr Cech.Down the other end Lampard rocketed another free kick inches wide as Mourinho gave debuts to Andre Schurrle and Marco van Ginkel.Schurrle almost opened his account instantly but chipped narrowly over the crossbar with just McGregor to beat.last_img read more

first_imgWith both Newton and Kaepernick and their varied unsigned stretches, it’s been natural to point to several QBs of much lower upside and lesser physical skills getting starting or backup deal instead. But in those cases, because Newton and Kaepernick belong with more creative offenses that can maximize their running abilities, those teams settled for system-based traditional pocket passers.MORE: The six best NFL fits for Colin Kaepernick in 2020Newton and Kaepernick, however, are of similar molds and backgrounds, making a direct comparison between the two more apt. Newton was the Panthers’ No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft, 35 spots before the 49ers took Kaepernick in the second round. Newton just turned 31, while Kaepernick will be 33 in November.Both QBs have looked like unstoppable forces at times during their respective heights of passing and rushing prowess. Kaepernick’s play pushed the 49ers into Super Bowl 47, while Newton, as league MVP in 2015, followed suit for the Panthers in route to Super Bowl 50.On the flip side, there has been major erratic play from both QBs, where their accuracy and efficiency have let them down and kept them well short of their big-armed ceilings. The running game has given both Kaepernick and Newton a strong baseline of production, but each QB also has endured his share of injuries from wear and tear, from work both in and out of the pocket.That all leads up to this: Kaepernick and Newton’s key numbers are eerily similar. Although Newton has played nine full seasons as a starter in contrast to Kaepernick’s four, keep in mind that Newton wasn’t faced with same unofficial exile from the league.MORE: A complete Colin Kaepernick protest timelineColin Kaepernick’s career statsCompletion percentagePasser ratingYards per passing attemptYards per rushing attempt59.888.97.36.1Cam Newton’s career statsCompletion percentagePasser ratingYards per passing attemptYards per rushing attempt59.686.17.35.1Before the NFL came around to accepting Kaepernick’s push for social justice, there was an on-field narrative being built against him, to say his overall skills had diminished to the point he was no longer a valued QB. At the same time, there has been a sense that Newton simply needs to be healthy to return to his league-dominant 2015 form.But looking at what Newton has done throughout his career, he’s been mostly consistent with his average passing numbers and monster rushing numbers through different offensive coordinators, with 2015 representing more of anomalous spike than his true standard. In the same respect, because of recency bias, it’s been convenient to think Kaepernick’s shaky stint with Chip Kelly is the type of QB he really is, despite the fact his early career best with Jim Harbaugh and Greg Roman bordered on top-flight play.Newton, because of his high pedigree coming into the league as a dominant college player and physical freak, has had a built-in wow factor since coming into the league with Carolina, which fully manifested five seasons ago. Kaepernick came into the league as a backup in San Francisco and so far has had only a limited window to shine.MORE: Here are the QBs who will get paid more than Cam Newton in 2020Perception then says Newton’s highs seem much higher, while Kapernick’s lows seem much lower. The reality, however, is when looking at their stats as a whole, they level off to suggest two QBs with massive potential who more often than not, for a variety of reasons, have not played up to it. Colin Kaepernick hasn’t been on an NFL roster in more than three years since becoming a free agent quarterback in March 2017.  But for the first time since he decided to kneel in protest during the national anthem four offseasons ago, the league-wide stigma attached to him seems lifted — to the point some team should consider signing him for training camp.Now that Cam Newton has ended his long free agency by signing with the Patriots, there’s even more justification for Kaepernick to get on a roster. When comparing what they’ve done in their careers as contemporaries, the statistical evidence states Kaepernick is at least worthy of a flier. Past numbers aside, Newton and Kaepernick also are equals in terms of having wild-card near futures. Will Newton’s durability issues resurface in New England, further complicated by trying to adjust to absorb a complex offense? Does Kaepernick have too much rust with a three-season layoff to rediscover effectiveness as a passer or runner?However you break it down, they both deserve to be in the league as late roster additions in 2020. Newton, with his bigger body of work, was overdue to try to reclaim a No. 1 gig. Given how little monetary risk the Patriots put into Newton to try to reap those rewards, the market says signing Kaepernick at much lower cost is a no-brainer.If Newton is getting a chance to win the Patriots starting job vs. Jarrett Stidham, Kaepernick should at least get a shot to win some team’s backup job vs. Joe Schmoe.last_img read more

first_imgIt said a new judging system brought in after the Rio scandal had been “positively received by athletes and technical officials alike.”The association also said that it had restored its finances to a healthy level and implemented “stringent” new controls to turn the page on previous mismanagement.“The fear of going bankrupt due to past financial mismanagement is now far behind us,” said Rakhimov in a statement released on Thursday.“It is time to turn the page and look further to the development of boxing worldwide,” added the 67-year-old.AIBA has implemented a “significant number of changes” to improve accountability and financial controls, the association stressed.Earlier this month, Rakhimov insisted that boxing had “exceeded” the governance requirements that threaten its future at the Games.The sport is also “100 percent compliant with anti-doping rules” — another concern from the IOC.Boxing has an ancient Olympic tradition and was introduced to the Ancient Games by the Greeks in the seventh century B.C., according to the IOC website.It made its debut at the modern games in St. Louis in 1904 and has featured at every Olympics since, apart from the Stockholm Games of 1912 because Swedish law at the time banned the sport.“We have no doubt that boxing will be at the Olympics” in 2020, said Alberto Puig, president of the boxing federation in Cuba, which has a proud Olympic boxing tradition.Share on: WhatsApp Tokyo, Japan | AFP | Boxing was fighting for its Olympic future Friday as top officials decide whether to punish the sport’s governing body, which is on the ropes over finances, judging and its controversial leader.The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has made clear that boxing’s future at the Tokyo 2020 Games could be facing a knockout blow amid serious concerns over governance at the International Boxing Association (AIBA).Boxing already incurred the IOC’s wrath at the last Games in Rio, when 36 officials and referees were suspended amid allegations of bout fixing.And relations have not been improved by the election earlier this month of Uzbek businessman Gafur Rakhimov, who has been linked to organised crime by the US Treasury Department. Rakhimov strenuously denies the allegations.President Thomas Bach confirmed Thursday the IOC’s Executive Board would examine a report by AIBA on how they had cleaned up their act.But Bach said earlier this year that a previous report in April “lacks execution and substance in some areas.”Bach has also stressed that he will not allow competitors to suffer from the “bad behaviour of some officials,” suggesting the IOC is not ready to completely throw in the towel on the boxing competition at Tokyo 2020.“Irrespective of the decision taken… we will make the necessary efforts to ensure that athletes have the possibility to pursue their Olympic journey,” said Bach.IOC officials are expected to reveal any decisions made at a news conference later Friday.– ‘Turn the page’ –The AIBA has insisted in statements released in the run-up to the Tokyo meeting that it has made the necessary improvements.last_img read more

first_imgzoom Norway-based Link Mobility Group ASA revealed it will develop and integrate custom mobile solutions for Maersk Tankers, part of the Danish shipping conglomerate Maersk.Link said it is working on creating a dynamic mobile app framework, which is expected to strengthen the digitalization of internal processes and workflows at Maersk Tankers.The framework is scheduled to be launched during 2017. Moreover, Link is currently developing a mobile app as a front-runner for the framework which is expected to support the Maersk Tankers’ strategy.“We are proud to announce that Maersk Tankers has chosen Link to assist them in their digitization of their business going forward… Maersk is a central player in the shipping business – a sector that is in need of digitalization,” Arild Hustad, CEO of LinkMobility Group ASA, said.Link Mobility Group is a Scandinavian company that develops SMS content and mobile apps.With a fleet of around 100 vessels, Maersk Tankers is involved in transport of refined oil products.last_img read more