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Osimhen: Napoli’s technical crew, management support ‘very important’

first_img Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?The Highest Paid Football Players In The World7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A VegetarianPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way Victor Osimhen is delighted with how he’s been welcomed to Napoli. The former Lille striker appreciates the earlier support of coach Gennaro Gattuso and President Aurelio De Laurentiis. “My relationship with Gattuso and De Laurentiis is excellent,” he said at a press conference. “They were like fathers, I received great demonstrations of affection from all the Napoli fans. “I was convinced I would accept a move to Napoli when I talked to the coach and the President.Advertisement Loading… center_img read also:I made the right choice signing for Napoli-Osimhen “They are giving me a lot of advice. It’s incredible to receive this affection, for a player, motivation is fundamental.” He added: “I like to play as a centre-forward, but I can play in any position. I’m happy to be at Napoli and I have fantastic teammates.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

The NFL draft is a game of fortune

first_imgJulia Poe | Daily TrojanThis week’s edition of Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback was headlined by a bold prediction: “This is going to be the most talked-about [NFL] draft in history.” That quote came from Gil Brandt, the Dallas Cowboys’ former vice president and the NFL’s current go-to draft guru. If anyone can make an accurate gambit on the future of the league, Brandt, who spent three decades with the Cowboys, would be your man. Yet somehow, the prediction of a life-changing, league-altering draft seems almost too good to be true.There are only two weeks left until this year’s NFL Draft is underway in Texas. But is Dallas really capable of changing all that much? After all, those three days of lottery picks could be described as the most overhyped event of every year of pro football. The same storyline seems to play out on an annual basis. A few prayers for Cleveland, a few misty-eyed moments over touching stories of players who overcame adversity, and then the smoke settles and the real work begins. I’m not saying that the draft isn’t important. The players selected over those three days set the tone and the foundation of the future of every team in the league. But the draft is a bit of a shot in the dark. For the past year, scouts at every team have been doing their best to predict the future value of a player, and that isn’t an exact science.Every football fan knows this story. Todd Marinovich was picked before Brett Favre. Tom Brady went 199th overall. All too often, the greatest stars are overlooked or ignored in the draft, and those who go in the first round end up peaking in college.Even former Trojans have seen this play out. Former USC receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, for instance, was a second-round pick last year, then burst onto the scene with the Steelers to become a household name in Pittsburgh and around the NFL. Smith-Schuster ended up posting better stats and making a bigger impact on his team than other first-round picks, such as Corey Davis and Mike Williams, were able to at their respective teams.The draft process is ultimately unpredictable, a series of well-researched guesses that sometimes pan out and sometimes crash and burn. So why might this draft be the one that changes everything? Perhaps because it’s stacked with an unbelievably expansive lineup of dependable future stars.We’ll get to the quarterbacks, but first, when talking about this draft, you have to talk about Saquon Barkley. The former Nittany Lion has every tool in his belt to become an All-Pro player in a handful of years. He’s powerful, he’s explosive and when he has the ball, it’s impossible to tear your eyes away from him. If you watched Barkley play a single snap last season, you know that any team can depend on him to shoulder the run game of an offense, even as a rookie. In any given year, Barkley would probably go in the top four. But not this year. And that’s because of the quarterback class, a group of five young players who each have the potential to become something special.A lot of scouts, analysts and fans have argued that this class isn’t all that special because of the obvious question marks surrounding each quarterback. Josh Allen has the arm, but not the accuracy. Sam Darnold has the go-get-it attitude and the natural vision, but he tosses too many interceptions. Josh Rosen talks too much; Lamar Jackson runs too often; Baker Mayfield is, well, Baker Mayfield.But in my opinion, the focus of these criticisms proves the difference between this quarterback class and those of the past. Many of the critiques brought up for each of these quarterbacks define how the young player might not become a star. But I think it’s hard to argue that each of these five athletes will become consistent, dependable starters. And at least a few of them will grow to become stars.This is how this year’s draft could change everything. As the day nears, many experts are predicting that the first five picks could easily be quarterbacks, with Rosen and Darnold expected to take the first and second slots. This means that the frontrunners of five teams could be completely different next year. Even more importantly, it means that five teams could have veritable superstars in the making running the show next season.If anyone needs proof of how quickly a young quarterback can make a difference, they only have to look east to Philadelphia, which is still basking in the glow of the Super Bowl victory that Carson Wentz set up in his sophomore season. The Eagles traded up to clinch Wentz in the 2016 Draft, and after an impressive showing as a rookie, he went on to lay the foundation for the dangerous Philly offense that overthrew Brady this season.The coming-of-age season for Wentz was only the beginning of a shift that is soon to develop throughout the NFL, with Patrick Mahomes taking over the reins in Kansas City and Deshaun Watson returning to full health in Houston. The addition of five new quarterbacks with the potential to make similarly big splashes in their rookie seasons means that this is going to be an explosive year of football to watch.This year, the NFL has a major shakeup in the works. Fans across the league better strap in and prepare for the ride.Julia Poe is a junior majoring in print and digital journalism. Her column, “Poe’s Perspective,” runs Tuesdays.last_img read more

Mother and daughter score historic play-off victory in PING Plate

first_img5 Sep 2016 Mother and daughter score historic play-off victory in PING Plate Nottinghamshire mother and daughter Helen and Rachel Boulton scored an historic win today when the Plate final of the PING women’s fourball betterball championship was dramatically decided for the first time by a play-off.Three pairs had tied with 45 points and had to return to the 18th hole of the Thonock Park course at PING’s Gainsborough Golf Club for a sudden-death play-off. But Helen – a 20-handicapper – settled matters in style when she chipped in for a net birdie, appropriately using a Ping wedge (image © Leaderboard Photography).Jing Reade from Bridgnorth Golf Club in Shropshire had a putt to keep the play-off alive, but it edged away from the hole at the end.“It’s unbelievable,” said Helen, from Springwater Golf Club. “It’s crazy!” added Rachel, who was the 2015 Nottinghamshire county champion and helped her team to win last year’s English County Finals.Second and third places were decided on countback, with Jing and her partner, Heather Stiles, finishing as runners-up, ahead of Carole Morris and Jill Sparkes from Romsey Golf Club in Hampshire.Away from the drama surrounding the champions, the fourth place went to Ali Buncher and Hannah Brown-Pearce (Cotswold Edge) who had 42 points. Fifth were Mary Gibson and Melanie Williams (South Winchester) with 41 points, pipping sixth-placed Christine Fawcett and Melanie Temple (Seascale) on countback.This is the 11th year of the PING championship, which is run by England Golf, and it additionally made history by attracting entries from the largest ever number of clubs – 890 – and involving over 16,500 women in the qualifying stages. The top 50 pairs nationally qualified for tomorrow’s Grand Final while the next 50 played in today’s Plate final.Dave Fanning, PING’s European marketing director, told competitors: “This is a very special event and we are delighted to be able to host it at the home of PING Europe.”The Boultons have an excellent record in this championship, reaching the Plate final once before and coming fifth in last year’s Grand Final, before pulling off today’s win.But as the play-off was announced Rachel was counting the cost of a three-putt during regulation play. “I had a putt for an eagle on the sixth and I left it about 1ft away. I went to tap it in and missed! I thought ‘oh my gosh’ but I said to mum let’s just keep going.”They stuck to the task and when Helen had her big chance she had just one aim. “I just thought ‘get it close.’ That’s what Rachel has been saying to me all day long.” Her chip from the fringe started on target and stayed there, popping into the hole to applause.Jing Reade had no regrets about second place. “This has been so exciting, too exciting for me!” she said. Jing got her first handicap last year and is playing her first competitive season, she’s now off 34 but today’s play-off was a whole new experience for her, surrounded by buggies, a referee, other officials and interested spectators.This was only the second time she and her partner, Heather, had played together. Their plan was simple: “We just wanted to come and have a really nice game of golf,” said Heather.Neither was there any disappointment from Carole Morris and Jill Sparks, although they held the lead for hours before being edged out. “We just think we’ve done really well,” said Jill.They were originally on the reserve list and made the most of their opportunity. “It’s been absolutely fantastic from the time we arrived, everyone has been so friendly and it’s so well organised,” said Carole.Click here for full scoreslast_img read more