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Sep
20

Monk rules out Michu recall

first_imgSwansea manager Garry Monk has ruled out recalling Michu to fill the gap which will be left by Wilfried Bony’s participation in the Africa Cup of Nations finals. The 25-year-old could miss Barclays Premier League games against West Ham, Chelsea, Southampton, Sunderland and West Brom as well as a potential FA Cup fourth round tie, and Monk admitted Ivory Coast’s qualification for the finals was “bittersweet” for Swansea. Monk said while he was happy for the player reaching a major tournament for his country it meant Swansea had to seek striking cover, but he dismissed that being Spanish forward Michu who is currently on loan from the Welsh club at Napoli. Michu scored 22 goals in his first season at Swansea but made little impact in an injury-disrupted second campaign last term and the player’s frustration has continued in Italy. The 28-year-old has made only five appearances for the Serie A club, has failed to play a full 90 minutes and has yet to score for Rafa Benitez’s side – and Monk has ruled out a January return to Swansea for a player again blighted by injury this season. “Michu is on loan at Napoli for the season,” Monk said. “I’m not even thinking about that (Michu returning), I’ve not even checked the details of the loan. “Obviously Ivory Coast’s qualification dictates what you do in terms of January. “We may have to go into the loan market or do something to cover it. “We’ve already been looking at all the positions but now Bony has qualified a striker is the position we do now have to cover. “We could promote from within, but it is likely to be a loan. “It might be a loan with a view to a permanent (move) or to next season, or just for a month. “We don’t know but we will look at all the options.” Swansea have won two and drawn one of their last three Barclays Premier League games to climb into the top five and head to Manchester City on Saturday buoyed by their comeback victory over Arsenal before the international break. But Monk insists he is not looking too far ahead and dismisses talk of a possible top-six finish. “We just focus on the next game because if you look too far ahead you lose track of what you’re doing,” Monk said. “We’re just looking at Man City and giving that 100 per cent commitment. Who knows if we can stay in the top six. “You obviously look at the tables but my focus is on attacking every game as best we can. “We want to get the best performances and hopefully that will get us enough points to stay in the top half of the table and see where that takes us. “We’re realistic and teams below us are very powerful financially, but all I care is we compete against these teams and we’re competing so far.” Swansea will be without Federico Fernandez at the Etihad Stadium with a calf injury preventing the Argentina central defender from marking his international team-mate Sergio Aguero. But Monk admits he is delighted to have welcomed Leon Britton back into his squad, the long-serving midfielder having finally ended his season-long absence from knee trouble with a late cameo appearance against Arsenal two weeks ago. “In my time Leon has been the most influential player at this club on and off the pitch,” Monk said. “He’s a quiet guy who just gets on with it, the kind of player young players should aspire to be. “When he speaks everyone listens and it’s then you know you’ve got someone special on your hands. “But he has to earn his place just like the rest of them because, as much as I talk about how good he is, you don’t spend three-and-a half months out and expect to just walk back into the side. “Leon is realistic enough to know that. He’s going to have to earn the right to play and force his way back into the team.” Bony’s Ivory Coast qualified for the tournament to be held in Equatorial Guinea in January and February with a goalless draw against Cameroon, the game ending amid riotous scenes in Abidjan as supporters reacted angrily to both sides tamely settling for the draw which secured their finals place. Ivory Coast’s qualification means Bony – who signed a one-year contract extension on Wednesday which will keep him at the Liberty Stadium until June 2018 – could be absent for as many as six Swansea games in the new year. Press Associationlast_img read more

Sep
20

TSA Offers Tips for Flying During Coronavirus Pandemic

first_imgWith air travel decreasing dramatically in recent weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Transportation Security Administration is offering tips to keep travelers safe.They include:-Bring hand sanitizer: TSA is currently allowing one liquid hand sanitizer container, up to 12 ounces per passenger, in carry-on bags until further notice. Since these containers exceed the standard 3.4-ounce allowance typically permitted through a checkpoint, they will need to be screened separately.-Bring wipes: Travelers are permitted to bring individually-packaged alcohol or anti-bacterial wipes in carry-on or checked luggage. Large containers of hand wipes are also allowed in carry-on or checked baggage.-Wear a mask if you like: Travelers are allowed to wear masks during the security screening process; however, a TSA officer may ask the traveler to adjust the mask to confirm their identity during the travel document checking process visually.VIDEO: Wondering what you can take in your carry-on bag to stay healthy? hand sanitizer disinfecting wipes face masks and remember, you can ask our officers to change glovesMore info at https://t.co/tDqzZdAFR1 pic.twitter.com/QVdg3TEfyo— TSA (@TSA) March 12, 2020 “TSA will accept expired driver’s licenses or state-issued ID a year after expiration or 60 days after the duration of the emergency, whichever is longer,” officials said in a statement.The Transportation Security Administration also asks travelers to place their pocket items in their carry-on prior to going through a checkpoint.They also recommend washing one’s hands before and after the security screening process. Another tip that will make traveling more at ease is if your license expired on or after March 1, it could still be used at TSA checkpoint.last_img read more

Sep
20

Governor DeSantis Announces Plans to Re-open Florida with Trump

first_imgPresident Trump is applauding Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ handling of the coronavirus in the sunshine state. During an Oval Office meeting, Trump said the Republican governor is doing a “spectacular job.” DeSantis argued that Florida’s death rate has been lower than people would have expected. He also claimed the state’s ability to test for the coronavirus is now exceeding demand. DeSantis was widely criticized for not taking steps to shut down spring break activities in beach communities. DeSantis was pressed about why he closed his state with a “safer at home” policy later than others. He said Florida took a more tailored approach to the coronavirus and accused some other states of implementing “draconian” measures. Trump noted Florida, his new place of residence, has been taking advantage of stay-at-home orders by having construction crews repair roads and bridges. The Lt. Govenor Jeanette Nunez talked with the South Florida Morning Show about the Governor’s plans to reopen the state.https://www.850wftl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Lt-Gov-Nunez-interview-4-29-20.mp3last_img read more

Sep
19

Other Sports Sakshi Malik issued show-cause notice by WFI for leaving national camp without permission

first_img New Delhi: Olympic medallist Sakshi Malik has been issued a showcause notice by the Wrestling Federation India (WFI) for leaving the national camp without permission as 25 campers have been expelled for the same offence. In a shocking turn of events, 25 out of of the 45 women grapplers, who train at the SAI centre in Lucknow, reported absent from the national camp without taking permission from the National Federation. Out of these 25, three grapplers including Sakshi (62kg), Seema Bisla (50kg) and Kiran (76kg) had recently qualified for the World Championship. The trio has been issued show cause notices and their deadline from submitting reply is Wednesday. All others have been expelled from the national camp till further orders from the WFI and were barred from competing in Monday’s World Championship trials in four non-Olympic categories.  According to WFI Assistant Secretary Vinod Tomar, once the Indian squads left for Belarus and Estonia for preparatory tournaments, the remaining wrestlers left the camp without seeking permission. “We have asked Sakshi, Seema and Kiran to reply to the show cause notices. They can reply by Wednesday. Others, we have not even bothered to ask. They have simply been expelled for indiscipline. We will see later if we need to call them back for the camp,” Tomar told PTI.  “The camp is still on with remaining wrestlers, including the juniors. Now that they have been expelled, they are coming up with all kinds of excuses. Somebody is saying that my mother was ill and some one is saying that she had informed so and so. This is unacceptable,” added Tomar.  Asked if WFI will stop Sakshi, Seema and Kiran from participating in the Worlds, Tomar said,”I can’t comment on it as of today. The Federation will decide soon.”  Sources in the WFI said the three wrestlers will be let off with warning. WFI President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh said they want only serious wrestlers at the camp. “We have told them that only those who are serious about training will return to the camp. If they have problems at home, they can sit at home. We will replace them. We can’t afford the camp to suffer because of a few wrestlers. We can have more juniors,” Singh told PTI.    Asked about allegations that the WFI has tried to manipulate trials by sending entries for the World Championship to United World Wrestling (UWW) without holding trials, Tomar defended the decision.  The last date to send entries was August 15 while WFI conducted trials for women in non-Olympic categories on August 19 in Lucknow and men’s trials are scheduled for tomorrow in New Delhi.   “We had to send a team to Belarus for the tournament and to Estonia for the World Championships. A few junior wrestlers also wanted to compete in trials, so we delayed the trials so that they can compete when they comeback.   “Viky, who won a bronze in 92kg at the Worlds, he also has to compete. We delayed it so that we could have quality trials. I agree that the women’s trials were very weak due to disciplinary action. We can always replace names already sent to UWW. We can give medical certificates for replacements,” said Tomar. The men’s freestyle trials in four non-olympic categories and the 74kg in which two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar competes, will be held tomorrow.   Names of wrestlers expelled from National camp  50kg: Indu Chaudhary, Preeti, Sheetal Tomar, 53kg: Seema, Keemti, Raman Yadav, 55kg: Pinky, 57kg: Pinki Rani, 59kg: Manju, Ankita, Rani Rana, 62kg: Sakshi Malik, Rachna, Pooja, 65kg: Anita, Gargi Yadav, Ritu Malik, 68kg: Rajni, Naina, Kavita, 76kg: Kiran, Jyoti, Sudesh, Pooja, Rani. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlightscenter_img Sakshi Malik issued showcause notice by WFI.Sakshi Malik will reportedly be let off with a warning.Sakshi has qualified for the World Wrestling Championships.last_img read more

Sep
18

Update on the latest sports

first_img August 15, 2020 Kaz Grala will drive the No. 3 Chevrolet at Daytona. Dillon is the third Cup Series drive to test positive for the coronavirusDillon is the third Cup Series drive to test positive for the coronavirus, joining seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson and part-timer Brendan Gaughan. Johnson missed just one race.The 30-year-old Dillon has already qualified for NASCAR’s playoffs by winning at Texas last month. — The AL East-leading Yankees will have to continue their torrid start without Aaron Judge. The team put the star right fielder is on the injured list retroactive to Wednesday with a strained right calf. Manager Aaron Boone is confident Judge — who leads the majors with nine home runs — will only be out briefly, but it’s certain that Judge will miss a three-game series with second-place Tampa Bay next week. — Cleveland’s Shane Bieber looks to stay hot against the surprising Detroit Tigers. The 25-year-old is 3-0 with a major league-low 1.63 ERA through four starts, and he has excelled against Detroit during his young career. Bieber is 3-1 with a 2.28 ERA in four starts against the Tigers, including a 2-0 mark with a 1.23 ERA last season.PGA-WYNDHAM CHAMPIONSHIPHoge shares lead with 3 othersGREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — There’s a four-way tie for the lead heading into the third round of the PGA’s Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNHL-PLAYOFFSBruins goalie Tuuka Rask opts out of NHL playoffsUNDATED (AP) — Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask has opted out of the team’s playoff run. The Vezina (VEH’-zih-nuh) Trophy finalist said in a statement Saturday morning before Game 3 of Boston’s playoff series against Carolina that “at this moment there are things more important than hockey in my life, and that is being with my family.” LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Portland and Memphis meet today in Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference play-in series. The Trail Blazers have the upper hand by finishing the seeding-game portion of the NBA’s restart ahead of the Grizzlies. Portland needs one win while Memphis needs two to advance to a first-round matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers.The Grizzlies came into the restart at Walt Disney World in control of the play-in race, then sputtered before winning the game they needed to on Thursday against Milwaukee to clinch a spot.MLB-SCHEDULECardinals finally set to playUNDATED (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals finally get back to work after a COVID-19 outbreak forced the club to shut down for more than two weeks. They’ll play for the first time since July 29 when they meet the White Sox on Saturday for a doubleheader in Chicago. Rask led the NHL with a 2.12 goals-against average and was second in save percentage and shutouts. Boston and Carolina are tied 1-1 in the best-of-seven series. After a 3-2 loss on Thursday night, Rask said he complained that the NHL’s fan-free playoffs lacked the usual intensity.The other playoff games on Saturday’s schedule are Tampa Bay vs. Columbus, Colorado vs. Arizona and Las Vegas vs. Chicago. Colorado and Vegas have 2-0 leads in their series while Tampa Bay and Columbus each have one win.NBA-GRIZZLIES-TRAIL BLAZERSPlay-in time: Blazers, Grizzlies to play Game 1center_img Game 1 will be just the sixth of the season for the Cardinals. Every other team in the NL Central has played at least 17 times. Major League Baseball has scheduled St. Louis to play in at least seven doubleheaders to make up for the games they missed.St. Louis will be without coach Willie McGee, who has opted out of the season. McGee told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch he is dealing with high blood pressure and is concerned about how his body would react if he fell ill.The White Sox placed reliever Ian Hamilton on the 10-day injured list Saturday because of a sore right shoulder and transferred utilityman Leury García to the 45-day injured list with a sprained right thumb.Elsewhere in the majors:— Weather is contributing to Major League Baseball’s scrambled schedule. Saturday’s game between Milwaukee and the Chicago Cubs has been moved up to an afternoon start due to the threat of inclement weather in Chicago later in the day. A rainout in Minneapolis last night pushed the Royals and the Twins into a doubleheader starting this afternoon. Associated Press Update on the latest sports Tom Hoge (HOH’-gee) stayed in front Friday with a steady 2-under 68 to get to 10-under par. That left him tied with Si Woo Kim, Talor Gooch and Billy Horschel. Horschel birdied four of his last six holes for a 64, while Kim and Gooch each shot 65 to move up. NASCAR-DILLONAustin Dillon out after positive COVID-19 testDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR driver Austin Dillon has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not compete in Sunday’s Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway’s road course. Richard Childress Racing says Dillon tested positive Saturday morning. He is now self-quarantining away from the team. His wife and son remain healthy and symptom-free. last_img read more

Sep
17

Westhill volleyball wins Class B regional; Skaneateles ousted

first_imgShare this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Sara Galante, who finished with 17 kills and seven digs, paced a strong front line with Hannah Schmitz and Kate Hinrich, with passes flowing from Sarah Schwartz as she earned 31 assists and 10 digs. Libero Gianna Militi earned 15 digs, plus four assists and two aces.As soon as Westhill was done, Skaneateles took to the court for the Class C regional final against Section VI champion Portville, a full week removed from its epochal comeback to beat Cazenovia in the sectional final.But there would be no comeback here. Having marched all the way to a state Class B championship in Glens Falls 2018, the Westhill girls volleyball team needed just one more win to get back there.The undefeated Warriors were challenged Saturday by Section V champion Honeoye Falls-Lima in the Class B regional final at Jamesville-DeWitt, but it turned back that challenge quite well, sweeping the Cougars.Strong at the outset, Westhill took the first set 25-16. HF-L inched a bit closer in the second set, but the Warriors prevailed there 25-20, and though it almost got extended, Westhill closed out the Cougars 25-22 in the third. Having claimed the first set 25-12, the Panthers cut off the Lakers’ best attempt to climb into the match by winning the second set 25-12. Then, fully remembering what Skaneateles did against Cazenovia, Portville won the third set 25-10 to end it.This Saturday at 3 p.m., Westhill returns to Glens Falls’ Cool Insuring Arena (formerly the Civic Center) and the state final four.  It will play six sets against the three other teams in the field (Broadalbin-Perth, Ardsley and Seaford), with the top two finishers advancing to Sunday’s final at 2 p.m. Tags: skaneatelesvolleyballWesthilllast_img read more

Sep
16

Arizona State defeats Florida State 20-14 in Sun Bowl

first_imgLast Updated: 1st January, 2020 15:53 IST Arizona State Defeats Florida State 20-14 In Sun Bowl With each team missing its standout rusher, defense dominated at Tuesday’s Sun Bowl. Hardly pretty, but hardly a concern for Arizona State coach Herm Edwards. “Obviously it was a game not pleasing to the eye,” he said. FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVE With each team missing its standout rusher, defense dominated at Tuesday’s Sun Bowl. Hardly pretty, but hardly a concern for Arizona State coach Herm Edwards. “Obviously it was a game not pleasing to the eye,” he said.Willie Harts returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to lead Arizona State to a 20-14 victory against Florida State. Harts, a freshman cornerback, halted a 14-0 surge by Florida State (6-7) and helped the Sun Devils (8-5) hang on for their fourth Sun Bowl victory, despite not scoring an offensive touchdown.“Our D was on fire tonight,” Harts added. “It just shows the potential for our defense.” James Blackman threw a 91-yard touchdown pass, the longest pass play in Sun Bowl history, to Tamorrion Terry to give Florida State its first lead, 14-9, in the third quarter. The Seminoles trailed 9-0 at halftime.Cristian Zendejas kicked a Sun Bowl record-tying four field goals for Arizona State, including a 34-yarder in the fourth quarter to cut the FSU lead to 14-12. Blackman’s fourth interception of the game was returned by Harts to put the Sun Devils ahead for good with 10:06 left in the fourth.“When you get six turnovers, you should probably win the game,” Edwards said. Jayden Daniels was named the game’s MVP after going 12-for-28 passing for 198 yards to lead the Sun Devils. He also ran 36 yards and a 2-point conversion.The first half was a comedy of errors for both offenses as the defenses stepped up in the absence of the teams’ star rushers. Eno Benjamin of ASU and Cam Akers of FSU both sat out to protect their NFL draft stock.Florida State turned the ball over three times (two interceptions and a fumble) and had a field goal blocked, while Arizona State lost two fumbles.“The guys played hard,” FSU interim coach Odell Haggins said. “We made a few mistakes. We’ve got to keep creating great habits. We turned the ball over … we can play better. We are going to play better.”Cornerback Stanford Samuels also sat out for the Seminoles,Florida State played redshirt freshman Deonte Sheffield at running back, who finished with 87 yards on 18 carries. Arizona State had freshman Demetrious Flowers and sophomore A.J. Carter handle rushing duties.Blackman finished 14 of 26 for 244 yards, with one TD. Terry had nine catches for 165 yards.“I didn’t perform at the level my teammates needed me to perform,” Blackman said.By the end of the game, Arizona State was down three defensive starters – safety Cam Phillips didn’t dress, while cornerbacks Jack Jones and Chase Lucas suffered injuries during the game. Sun Devils defensive lineman Jermayne Lole also missed a chunk of second half.THE TAKEAWAYFlorida State: Posted consecutive losing seasons for the first time since 1973-76, which was Bobby Bowden’s first year as Seminoles coach. Florida State now transitions to coach Mike Norvell. Willie Taggart was fired in November and Odell Haggins held things down as interim coach.Arizona State: Wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk chose not to play. Aiyuk finished eighth in the nation in receiving yards.FLAKY BEHAVIOREdwards was involved in an unusual celebration after winning the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl — a bucket full of Frosted Flakes dumped over his head.“That’s new,” he said. “And that helps, that’s not cold. I just need some milk and I’ll be fine.”I’M OUTArizona State linebacker Tyler Johnson had a fumble recovery late in the fourth quarter to end Florida State’s final threat. After the game, the sophomore announced he was retiring from football because of injuries.UP NEXTFlorida State: The Seminoles play their first game under Norvell against West Virginia in Atlanta on Sept. 5.Arizona State: The Sun Devils start next season against Northern Arizona. First Published: 1st January, 2020 15:53 IST Written Bycenter_img Associated Press Television News LIVE TV COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO USlast_img read more

Aug
28

Michigan National Guard showcases Exercise Northern Strike

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisGRAYLING, Mich. — Earlier today the Michigan National Guard showcased Exercise Northern Strike at the renamed National All–Domain Warfighting Center.The military training included participants from Camp Grayling Maneuver and Alpena Combat Readiness Training centers.Lieutenant Governor Gilchrist talked about the multiple units and types of weaponry used and explained what contributes most to the Guard’s success.This was the first year members of the community were invited to observe the joint fire demonstration which used A10 and F–16 aircraft as well as field artillery.Northern Strike is the Department of Defenses’ largest annual joint exercise bringing thousands of participants and dozens of aircraft.Major General Paul Rogers added that Michigan serves as the perfect training ground and said training in this realistic environment is necessary to oppose any future threat.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Pets of the Week: July 28, 2020Next Local school district announces plans for the fall semesterlast_img read more

Aug
26

Kevin Durant over LeBron James? Warriors star thought 2017 Finals would change everything

first_imgLeBron James is viewed as the best player in basketball, and that’s a title Kevin Durant is desperately trying to gain, it seems.Ethan Strauss of The Athletic detailed why many think Durant will leave the Warriors and why that decision is impacted by James. One important part of his report: Strauss says Durant thought defeating James and the Cavs in the 2017 NBA Finals would have people labeling him No. 1 in the NBA. He’s in a great position to bring in championships every year, but he’s not in a great position to gain the recognition he apparently desires. But it’s not like anyone views Durant as a bad player. Most just don’t view him as above James, and for good reason.Sure, Durant has won back-to-back NBA Finals MVPs, but it was pretty much expected. James stole the show by averaging a triple-double during the 2017 Finals. Of course people were going to keep him at No. 1.So what’s next for KD? The obvious assumption is he leaves Golden State this summer to join the Knicks, who now have the cap space to bring him in. If Durant can help the Knicks win their first title since 1973, then he might be viewed more favorably in the eyes of some in the basketball community. From The Athletic:Some teammates believe that his biggest successes are indivisible from what currently ails. Or moreover, the reception of such successes. Sources say that Durant believed his besting of LeBron James in the 2017 Finals would get him hailed as the game’s top player, a mantle he’s craved for some time. While LeBron averaged a 33.6 point-per-game triple-double in that Finals, Durant was superior defensively and hit the series’ biggest shot right in the King’s face.Instead, there was no grand reordering of rankings, and only so much credit to be had for a dominant playoff run. KD, who was “tired of being second” way back in 2013, was still stuck there reputationally, even in ultimate victory. He was still behind LeBron in the eyes of pundits, basketball Twitter, and perhaps most importantly, at Nike, who’s employed Durant longer than any team. Then, th next Finals unfolded in much the same way, with much the same result, all while Warriors fans cheered loudest for the smaller MVP’s baskets.MORE: Warriors worried about KD leaving?Durant is known for not being able to handle criticism very well. He famously had the whole burner account situation — he’d anonymously defend himself from people online attacking his character. He’s even publicly responded to trolls on social media, which isn’t something most superstars have been caught doing.And while all of this is great content for NBA Twitter to enjoy, it’s also interesting how it may play into Durant’s future. As Strauss notes, Durant’s desire to be the greatest means he may leave the Warriors to try and prove his worth on a roster that doesn’t look like an All-Star weekend lineup.last_img read more

Aug
16

Interview: Mr. Demirovic speaks about Sports Facts you did not hear before!

first_imgMr. Demirovic, can you tell us something more about yourself and the work you do? Where and when did your love for sports journalism come from? First of all, I would like to thank Sarajevo Times for expressing interest in doing an interview with me, it is an honour. If I had to describe myself in three words, I would say I’m a cheerful, companionable, and confident person, but also someone who is aware of my flaws. I think it’s in human nature to copy actions of surrounding adults as a child, regardless if they’re good or bad, so I showed interest in journalism and sports mostly thanks to my father, a sports lover who read multiple newspapers as a part of his daily routine. My first article was published seven years ago and I’ve worked for multiple sports and non-sports websites since then. From the end of July 2015 until the beginning of March 2016 I wrote a little over 500 articles covering several sports for SportSport.ba, which is without doubt the most visited sports website in Southeastern Europe. Almost all of my work was based on promoting Bosnia and Herzegovina, but I find it interesting that my last interview was with Croatia-born MMA fighter Luka Jelčić, who trains on a daily basis with Conor McGregor, one of the most popular athletes in the world.You are known for the fact that you published a list of the 100 greatest football talents of BiH from the territory of three continents at the age of 14, something that no one has ever published before. Can you give us the 5 biggest football talents and tell us something about them that would be interesting to our readers?That article is definitely one that made a lot of people in our country more aware of me and what I do, but it is also an example of something I don’t intend to do nowadays. In my opinion you can’t call yourself a sports journalist if you pick and choose sports to write or learn about, but sadly that is what most ‘sports’ journalists do. Most sports journalists in our country are actually football/soccer journalists who would rather give a front page spot to the fact that some lesser known player is on a tryout at some low quality “Premijer liga” club than the fact that a fighter from Bosnia and Herzegovina signed on with the UFC.The second story is a huge, huge deal but they don’t know a single thing about it. Shortly after I published that article I said that it would be great even if only 10% of those players make to our senior national team in a few years, because a lot of players just disappear during their teenage years.I’m glad I can say eight of those players currently play for our national team (Bešić, Kolašinac, Hajrović, Prcić, Vrančić, Vranješ, T. Sušić and Hadžić), but I’m also sad because two will play for other countries in the upcoming European championships, the two are Emir Kujović (Sweden) and Haris Seferović (Switzerland). But like I said, I don’t think it’s alright to only focus on one sport so nowadays I follow all of our sports personalities, and I think it’s only fair to mention some of the top young athletes in multiple (Olympic) sports in which I consider them among the best in the world in their age group, or for which I believe are on a good way to become a part of that category. So we have Toni Miletić, Aleksandra Samardžić, and Harun Sadiković in judo; Džanan Musa, Sani Čampara, and Edin Atić in basketball; Nedim Hadžić, Dženis Burnić, and Amer Gojak in football; Mesud Pezer and Rusmir Malkočević in athletics; Vladan Lončar and Marko Karaula in handball; Mihajlo Čeprkalo and Amina Kajtaz in swimming; Adem Fetahović in amateur boxing; Nefisa Berberović in tennis; Lejla Tanović in bicycling; Elvedina Muzaferija in alpine skiing; Emina Hadžiahmetović in table tennis… There is one sport I prefer that is not Olympic but is way more popular than most of the Olympic sports. Mixed Martial Arts or MMA is the fastest-growing sport in the world and our best talents in this sport are Ahmed Vila and Roberto Soldić.Great changes are happening in the national team of BiH (football). Can you tell us your opinion on this, and can you comment on the last matches with Spain, Denmark and Japan?I’m thrilled with the guys who won us the traditional Kirin Cup in Japan! We were expected to finish last in this competition, playing without our biggest stars, but we won! We went to Japan without ten of our standard players (Begović, Zukanović, Spahić, Bičakčić, Pjanić, Višća, Bešić, Lulić, Džeko, Ibišević) and we played our final match without twelve standard players, because Vranješ and Kolašinac, who played against Denmark, were missing against Japan. We won the first match against Denmark, where the average worth of a first eleven player is 6 million Euro, while the average worth of ours is a little less than 2 million Euro. After that we won against Japan, which under Vahid Halilhodžić’s leadership lost only one game in 16 matches, in which they had a 49:8 goal difference.One of their players alone (Okazaki) is worth more than nine out of eleven of our players which started the final match. And we defeated them in front of 40.000 Japanese spectators. Incredible! Milan Đurić is a beast, although he plays in Seria B, he scored seven goals in 10 matches and after only 10 matches he’s already in Bosnia and Herzegovina national team’s “top 10“ goal scorers of all time. Japan was 22nd on Elo World Ratings, which is far more accurate and realistic than FIFA World Rankings, and we were 35th, but after this huge win we are now 26th and Japan is 27th! It’s also expected that we’ll move on the FIFA Rankings list.As for the match against Spain, I think our best players were already “on vacation” in their minds and they didn’t play as expected. On the other side, it was surprising to see Duljević, a player from our league, make two big goal-chances for our team. He also played well against Denmark and Japan, and Stevanović also showed he still knows how to “play ball“. He assisted for Đurić’s winning-goal only seconds after he came into the game. They had good cooperation in our U21 national team a few years ago so I kind of anticipated they’ll be behind our winning-goal.At the age of 16, after you made contact with Ed Vulliamy, you wrote an interdisciplinary text for the biggest British newspaper the “Guardian” on the greatest sports, cultural, historical and other personalities of BiH. Can you give us some names?I was preparing that article four years ago for about six months and at that point where lots of things even I was not acquainted with. That article was not only about personalities, but about any “Bosnian” things that can promote our country, whether it’s cultural treasure, literature or something else entirely.For example, not many people know that Danis Tanović is not the first person from Bosnia and Herzegovina to win an Oscar. Dušan Vukotić, born in Bileća, is the first non-American to win an Oscar for an animated movie. J.R.R. Tolkien, a writer of the world-renown The Lord of the Rings, lost, among others, the Nobel prize for literature to our Ivo Andrić. Sarajevo-born composer Dino Zonić preformed for personalities like Dalai Lama, Bill Clinton, and Pope John Paul II. Our writer Aleksandar Hemon received a $500.000 MacArthur Genius Grant award, which is considered to be “the smaller Nobel prize”. Our ballad “Hasanaginica” is famous to the point that great writers such as Goethe or Pushkin translated it into their languages. Our water “Oaza” from Tešanj was on an official menu in the White House. There are also some indications that Bosniak Ahmed-Paša Džezar defeated the great Napoleon Bonaparte in just one battle and so on…Only I have access to the stats I work with because they’re entirely the product of my analysis. Some stats I have serve only as trivia, like Milan Đurić scoring the 99th goal for our U21 national team, or Vedad Ibišević scoring our 100th goal in the European Championships/World Cup qualifications (things I believe even they don’t know), but I mostly use them to put emphasis on the importance of some results. I believe that something historic happens every day if you follow the achievements of every sports personality (and not just football players) with my analytic approach.I also fight against superficiality and I hate when a result gets more recognition than it deserved, or when it doesn’t get enough. Quality, not quantity, is what we need to value. People should stop believing things like „oh Guy #1 scored 10 goals in 10 matches and he’s better than Guy#2 who scored 3 goals in 10 matches.“ Well maybe Guy#1 scored goals that weren’t that important while playing 90 minutes every game, while Guy#2 on the other hand could’ve scored three important goals while spending less time on the field.Our judoka Larisa Cerić became European vice-champion in 2014 and people talked more about that silver medal than about the bronze medal that Larisa won last week at Masters. Why? Because people know that 2nd is better than 3rd and they know what the European championships are, but they don’t know that Larisa’s last week result in Guadalajara is worth 40 points more than the European silver medal. Every website reported only that “Larisa qualified for Olympics“, but no one mentioned something really important (because – football, football and only football) – Larisa’s bronze medal at Masters in Guadalajara is the second most valuable senior result in Bosnia and Herzegovina judo history (after Amel Mekić’s European Championships gold). People need to realize that it wouldn’t be the end of the world if Amel Tuka came in at e.g. 5th place at the Olympic games, because it would still be a greater accomplishment than if Nedžad Fazlija had won the gold medal in the 2000 Olympic Games in sports shooting (where he finished 6th) considering that athletics is an “A category” sport, whereas sports shooting is a “C category”.I keep track of multiple statistics for a single thing. For example, Sejad Salihović is a player from Bosnia and Herzegovina that scored the most free-kicks in the “top 5 leagues”, but Miralem Pjanić’s free-kicks gave the most points to his clubs. Sejad Salihović scored the most free-kicks for the senior national team, but Zvjezdan Misimović gave our national team the most points from free-kicks. You can’t look at only one statistic and say “this one is the best“, you need to look at all of them.Edin Džeko is one of only two players who played official matches for our senior national team that scored over 100 goals in “top 5 leagues” and Edin Džeko is a player of ours that brought most points to his clubs out of all of our current/former national team players. When our national team defeated Lithuania at Eurobasket 2013 it was a huge surprise, because we were ranked 50 on FIBA’s ranking list while Lithuania was ranked 5. At that point Lithuania had six European, one World and three Olympic medals and became the European vice-champion at that same Eurobasket. Amel Mekić never won an Olympic or senior World medal, but during his career he won matches against eight European champions, one World champion and six Olympics medalists. All of this and a lot of other things I don’t have the space to mention here are a big part of our history and all of it needs to be cherished.Interview by Zejna SYlast_img read more