Manchester United appoint Louis van Gaal as new manager

first_imgThe Dutchman has signed a three-year contract with Manchester United Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal was hired as Manchester United manager on Monday, tasked with repairing the damage from David Moyes’ disappointing 10 months in charge and reviving the fortunes of one of the world’s biggest clubs.The 62-year-old Dutchman has signed a three-year contract and will take over at Old Trafford after the World Cup in Brazil, becoming the first United manager from outside Britain and Ireland. United great Ryan Giggs, who announced the end of his 23-year playing career, will be Van Gaal’s assistant.”To work as a manager for Manchester United, the biggest club in the world, makes me very proud,” Van Gaal said in a United statement. “This club has big ambitions; I too have big ambitions. Together I’m sure we will make history.”Van Gaal has experience of coaching – and winning league titles – at some of the world’s top teams, but even spells at Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich may not prepare him for the rebuilding job required at United.The club has been in a state of flux since the retirement of Alex Ferguson last May after nearly 27 years in charge. Moyes, Ferguson’s successor, was dismissed last month before the team went on to finish seventh – its lowest placing since the Premier League’s inception in 1992.United also failed to qualify for European football for the first time in 24 years.Van Gaal is likely to be handed considerable funds to strengthen the squad to get United back in the Champions League, something the club’s American owners – the Glazer family – weren’t prepared to give Moyes. A return to Europe’s top competition will likely be the priority, followed by a desire to play the kind of attacking, dynamic brand of football expected at United but unable to be delivered by Moyes.advertisementUnited has broken the mold by appointing Van Gaal.In the club’s 136-year history, no previous manager has come from outside Britain or Ireland, a common occurrence at England’s other big clubs in recent years.The notion of United hiring coaches in a bid to create a dynasty – something Ferguson uniquely achieved – also appears to have ended. After spending six years at Ajax, where Van Gaal guided a talented young team to the pinnacle of European football by winning the Champions League in 1995, he joined Barcelona in 1997 for the first of two spells – the first lasting three seasons and the second barely half a year. He has since coached AZ Alkmaar in the Dutch league and Bayern between 2009-11.So he may not be the long-term manager many at United crave – Giggs, United’s interim manager for last season’s final four games and one of the club’s greatest players, is thought to be being groomed for the seat in the future – but the fact that Van Gaal has won league titles with every team he has worked makes him one of Europe’s most-respected coaches.He has been coach of the Netherlands since 2012, his second spell with the national team following a stint from 2000-02.”Everyone is very excited about this new phase in the club’s history,” United vice-chairman Ed Woodward said. “His track record of success in winning leagues and cups across Europe throughout his career makes him the perfect choice for us.”People know him as a larger-than-life character but I have also been extremely impressed by his intelligence, thoughtful approach to the role and his diligence.”He can be spiky and provocative with journalists and hardly lacks in self-belief, a trait which can often spill over to make him appear arrogant. But after the failed tenure of Moyes, United needed a manager who commanded respect and had a strong track record.His job won’t be easy. While United has regressed since landing its record-extending 20th English championship last year, rival Liverpool has improved greatly under Brendan Rodgers and finished second in the Premier League this season. Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal are established members of the top group and showing no signs of being on the slide.The appointment of Giggs as Van Gaal’s No. 2 will satisfy those eager for some continuity at the club following the trophy-filled era of Ferguson.The 40-year-old Giggs published an open letter on United’s website an hour after Van Gaal’s appointment, praising the Dutchman’s qualities and revealing his decision to end his playing days.”For me, today is new chapter filled with many emotions – immense pride, sadness, but most of all, excitement towards the future,” Giggs said. “United fans I hope will share and echo my belief that the club, the management and owners, are doing everything they can to return this great club to where it belongs, and I hope to be there every step of the way.”advertisementlast_img read more

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Sports Highlights

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 28 (AFP) The following are the top/ expected stories at 17oo hours EXPECTED STORIES: *Report of the FIFA World Cup match between Senegal and Colombia. *Report of the FIFA World Cup match between Japan and Poland. *Report of the FIFA World Cup match between Belgium and England. *Report of the FIFA World Cup match between Tunisia and Panama. STORIES ON THE WIRE:SPO-WC-BRAZILThiago, Paulinho steer Brazil into World Cup’s last 16Moscow, Jun 28 (AFP) Brazil eased into the World Cup knockout stages after defeating Serbia 2-0 here, with superstar Neymar sparkling in a win which sets up a last 16 clash against Mexico. SPO-IND-KOHLIExpect a lot of experimentation in next four T20s: KohliMalahide (Ireland), Jun 28 (PTI) India captain Virat Kohli wants to “surprise the opposition” by experimenting with his middle order in the remaining T20s against Ireland and the subsequent three-match series against England. SPO-IND-PREVIEW2nd T20: India look to ring in the changes against Ireland By Chetan Narula Malahide (Dublin), Jun 28 (PTI) Experiment is the buzzword as India prepare to take on Ireland in the second and final T20 International, aiming to strike the perfect balance while ringing in the changes here tomorrow. SPO-BAD-INDSaina crashes out of Malaysia OpenKuala Lumpur, Jun 28 (PTI) Olympic medallist Saina Nehwal’s run in the Malaysia Open ended with a straight-game loss to Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in the women’s singles competition of the USD 700,000 world tour super 750 tournament here today. SPO-IND-KULDEEPOn his maiden UK tour, Kuldeep Yadav feeling at homeadvertisement By Chetan Narula Malahide (Ireland), June 28 (PTI) It is still early days in his maiden tour of the UK but Kuldeep Yadav feels he has adapted well to the conditions with a four-wicket haul against Ireland in the opening T20 here. SPO-ATH-NIRMALADidn’t do anything suspicious, was battling personal problems: NirmalaBy Philem Dipak SinghGuwahati, Jun 28 (PTI) Indian quartermiler Nirmala Sheoran arrived back on the scene after a year of “battling personal problems” to qualify for the Asian Games with an impressive timing of 52.36 seconds in the women’s 400m heats of the National Inter-State Senior Athletics Championships here today.SPO-KABADDIIndia, Iran firm favourites in Kabaddi semisDubai, Jun 28 (PTI) Reigning world champions India and runners-up Iran will be favourites to make the final when they take on their respective semifinal opponents in the Kabaddi Masters here tomorrow. PTI APA APAAPAlast_img read more

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5 Disastrous Misconceptions About Marketing Automation

first_imgThere’s a lot of buzz around whether marketing automation software is worth the investment of time and money, or whether it’s a waste. Here’s the thing: marketing automation can be a really great complement to your inbound marketing strategy IF it’s used correctly. Many marketers, however, have come to believe some things about marketing automation that simply aren’t true, which leads to misuse of the software and ultimately ends in a lot of disappointment and dismal results. Let’s clear up 5 of the most common misconceptions that surround marketing automation and highlight both the dangers and merits inherent in marketing automation.1. Marketing Automation Gets You LeadsThis is the biggest misconception out there about marketing automation, so let’s clear it up right now. Marketing automation does not get you leads; inbound marketing does. In fact, 25% of your database expires every year, so it’s crucial to maintain inbound marketing efforts alongside marketing automation to ensure your database doesn’t slowly wither away. When done correctly, however, marketing automation does help you make the most of those leads by nurturing them and navigating them through the decision-making process until they decide they’re ready to buy (and even after they become a customer, to make sure they stay happy!).2. Marketing Automation Means ‘Set It and Forget It’This is one of the easiest ways to make sure your marketing automation investment is a complete waste. Marketing automation software can offer robust functionality, but without an insightful marketer behind it to continually analyze and tweak campaigns, all that functionality is useless. Is your click-through rate on an email low? Test a new subject line. Is one segment of your database opting out of emails at a faster rate than others? Perhaps your send frequency is too high, or your messaging isn’t quite hitting the mark. No one (and I mean no one) gets it right the first time. Keep coming back to check in on your data, adjust what didn’t work, and do more of what works well.3. Marketing Automation Helps With Email DeliverabilityYou can definitely still spam people with marketing automation, and marketing automation software cannot help you get your emails through spam filters. Marketers still have to understand and implement email marketing best practices and avoid things like sending irrelevant emails, emailing too frequently, and emailing people who haven’t opted in to their communications. Between sophisticated SPAM filters, email overload, and advancements like Gmail’s priority inbox, marketers have to ensure lists are segmented and emails address something the prospect cares about. If not, messages will get weeded out of inboxes in a jiffy, no matter how sophisticated your marketing automation software is.4. Marketing Automation Personalizes CommunicationMarketing automation scales personalized communication; it doesn’t create it. The onus is still on the marketer to create buyer personas and interpret leads’ behaviors to align their needs at any given time in the buying cycle with the message they should receive. Marketing automation software is not capable of gleaning what to send, when to send it, and to whom it should be sent all on its own; it needs a marketer (usually with the help of the sales team) to tell it all of these things.5. Marketing Automation Sells For YouNo, marketing automation software is not the salesperson of the 21st century. Marketing automation software simply helps bubble up the people that are inherently more “sold” on you because you’ve done a good job creating educational content and getting it in front of them. You still have to create and optimize that content, promote it in social media, drive visitors to landing pages with killer offers, and (this is the biggie) ensure your marketing automation software is running in such a way that it delivers the right content at the right time, and it understands how to identify those people who are ready to speak to a salesperson.The major caveat to all of this (and if I haven’t emphasized this enough, here it comes…) is that marketing automation only works when done correctly. Approach marketing automation as a tool to improve your inbound marketing, not a replacement for it, and learn how to interpret visitor activity for effective use of the tool as part of your inbound marketing strategy.What other misconceptions have you encountered about marketing automation? Have you implemented it as part of your own inbound marketing strategy?Image credit: HikingArtist.com Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Originally published Nov 28, 2011 2:00:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 Marketing Automation Topics:last_img read more

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How Dynamic Content Makes Your Marketing a Helluva Lot More Personal

first_img Smart Content Smart content leverages the valuable insights your visitors, leads, and customers have provided you with: their interests, preferences, and historical behavior. Make sure you put that knowledge to work by guiding and supporting your prospective customers with personalized content. Every potential buyer should be recognized as an individual with unique and evolving questions; smart content is one tool in your arsenal for creating marketing that’s more personalized and tailored to their needs. To learn more about smart content or get additional personalization ideas, take a look at my new ebook, An Introduction to Using Dynamic Content in Your Marketing .Image credit: sucamara The first time Amazon introduced me to the perfect book for me via their recommendation engine, I was completely awed. The idea that a website could not only recognize a return visitor, but also discern their interests and alter their site experience accordingly, felt like nothing short of magic.Since then, data-driven personalization has become more common, though not entirely pervasive in the marketing space — perhaps due to a lack of understanding around how it really works. I mean, just what drives all this highly adaptive content? And how does it affect a lead’s decision-making process? In this post, we’ll break down the concept of “smart” or “dynamic” content — that’s what all this personalization revolved around, after all — and explain what it is, how it works, and even give you some strategies for incorporating it into your marketing.  What is Smart Content? Also referred to as “dynamic” or “adaptive” content, smart content is a term for the aspects of a website, ad, or email body that change based on the interests or past behavior of the viewer. It creates an experience that’s customized specifically for the visitor or reader at that moment. One of the most well-known examples of smart content is Amazon’s recommendation engine, which we talked about in this post’s introduction. Other forms, however, range from personalization fields in emails to entire images or offers on a webpage that shift based on who is looking at them. How Smart Content Works  The key to dynamic content’s effectiveness is its relevancy. Research has repeatedly demonstrated that marketing that is targeted and more relevant to the end-recipient tends to see better results. For instance, relevant emails drive 18X more revenue than broadcast emails ( Jupiter Research ). Eighteen flippin’ times more revenue! And leads who are nurtured with targeted content produce a 20% increase in sales opportunities ( Annuitas Group ). That’s nothing to shake a stick at.Relevancy is all born from information. Not just demographic and contact information, but saved insights about the materials that have mattered to a particular lead or customer across their relationship with your company. That data then fuels the technology and set of rules that assigns the right content to the right person at the right time . Some of the technology involved includes: A Centralized Marketing Database:  Your marketing database is the brain behind your dynamic content. It stores your contacts’ download and interaction history with your site. A Smart Content Generator: Informed by the database, a smart content generator will show or hide content (blocks of images or text) based on rules you set.  Malleable Web Pages: A dynamic site has to be one that is easily editable and typically marketing-controlled, rather than run through another department like IT. An Integrated Email System: Extending smart content to the emails you send will require an email system that is tied into your contact database. Smart Content Marketing Strategies Now that you know what smart content is and how it works, you should use it all the time without discrimination.Just kidding. Actually, the bottom line with smart content is to make sure you’re purposeful and intentional about its use. Smart content should create a better experience for your leads and customers. When you’re integrating smart content of any sort into your marketing strategy, start with the question of how it will improve potential customers’ time on your site or with your emails. Here are a few places to start if you’re having trouble envisioning how to integrate smart content into your marketing. Eliminate Repeat Conversions If a website visitor has already downloaded a particular lead generation offer or purchased a particular item, use smart rules to remove that offer from their view. The result is two-fold: you’ll create a website or shopping experience that never gets old for your customers, and create an opportunity for you as a marketer to expose fresh offers and products that boost reconversions.  Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Originally published Sep 10, 2012 2:00:00 PM, updated July 28 2017 Tailor to Lead Lifecycle Stage If you’re new to the concept of “lifecycle stage,” it doesn’t mean whether the visitor is a senior citizen or college student. A lead’s lifecycle stage refers to how far along the visitor is in his or her decision-making process. Is this their first visit? Are they ready to buy? Are they still evaluating options? Taking what you know about how much experience a particular lead has can help you avoid over-selling to someone who is in the early stage of their research — or perhaps worse, missing out on an opportunity to sell to someone who is ready to make a purchase.We’ve talked a lot on this blog about mapping content to the stages of a potential customer’s buying cycle . This is typically done through a series of gradually evolving emails in a lead nurturing campaign. Smart content tools, like HubSpot’s smart CTAs , can also extend this adaptability to your website and landing pages.   Help Loyal Customers Skip Excess or Unnecessary Steps Many B2B companies offer content behind a form in order to generate leads. While this is a nice way to get to know new leads, it’s also a huge hassle for customers who may be interested in the content, but have already filled out your forms on a number of occasions. Rather than having a customer fill out yet another form, using smart or dynamic content can enable you to recognize a visitor as a customer, and give them a call-to-action that either minimizes the form fields or lets them bypass the download form entirely. Adapt to Reflect Different Industries or Personas Most companies serve a number of different personas from a variety of industries. While it may be difficult to tailor to every different industry you touch, dynamic content can help you create a highly customized experience for your highest-value industries.Start by talking with your sales team about the different personas or industries with whom they have had the best success. Then pick one or two industries to focus in on at first as a test. Use smart content to set a default, and then another set of images that reflect your top industry segments. In the example below, we’ve selected two images — one to represent the manufacturing industry, and another the healthcare industry. 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Tracking and Increasing Audience Engagement

first_img Topics: Originally published Oct 1, 2015 7:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 We all know that improving conversion rates on lead generation campaigns translates to more leads for advertisers. Yet most publishers don’t have a strategy in place for improving these numbers. Easier said than done, right? The way people consume content has changed. Invasive tactics have simply lost effectiveness with the advent of new technologies that aid consumers in tuning out advertisements; DVRs to skip commercials, ad-blockers in web browsers, and Gmail’s smart labels just to name a few.  Publishers spend valuable time crafting beautiful newsletters, advertising campaigns and sponsored content, yet so little focus lands on who receives these messages. There is a fine line between invasive junk-email and a helpful newsletter, and that line is largely controlled by context. In other words, people will only be compelled to read and convert on your content if the subject is relevant to them in the moment they receive your message.You wouldn’t expect mall shoppers to walk into every store, so why would you expect readers to digest every article you write? Get the context right, and your message will demand the attention of your readers. Get the context wrong, and you’ve bought a one-way ticket to their junk folder.That’s why tracking and understanding your audience is so important—so you can create smaller, more targeted campaigns instead of sending every sponsored email to your entire database.Understanding Your Publication’s Online EngagementThis begs the question, how do you begin to understand your audience? The good news is that publishers tend to already have a strong following. All you need to do is start is paying attention to what your readers are already doing. Apply the following strategies to learn your audience’s historical behavior and trends, and your database will be primed for future segmentation.Topic TaggingThe quickest path to getting to know your audience is to start tracking what each member is interested in at an individual level. Even with a niche publication, there will be some variance in people’s interests. To achieve this level of detail, you’ll need to categorize your content. Create a set of topics that your readers might come across throughout your articles or other media, and then start to keep track of which topics each reader engages with.Once you have this history about each contact in your database, you’ll be able to intelligently select who you want to target with each sponsored campaign and encourage your readers to become promoters of your content. This approach will enable you to fine tune your overall sponsored campaign strategy to maximize engagement and conversion while reducing the occurrence of irrelevant emails.Analyze Content TypePeople absorb information in different ways. Roughly 90% of information transmitted to the brain is visual, and visuals are processed 60,000X faster in the brain than text. Because of this, many people respond best to written and image-based content such as blogs, ebooks, whitepapers, and infographics. The next largest segment are auditory learners, making up 30% of the population and learn by memorizing sound. They will absorb new information best by listening and talking, so webinars, video, or podcasts would be a better approach to reach these people. It’s important to keep this in mind when developing a strategy to understand your audience.Pay attention to how they consume content — who is attending webinars? Reading articles? Watching videos or downloading audio? In addition to helping you identify large-scale trends in terms of what format is most popular with your audience, at the individual level this will help you identify what type of content should be promoted to each member of your database. If you have a group of people who respond to your webinars but seldom click through your newsletter, they may be auditory learners that will not respond as well to written or visual content. You are likely better off promoting a video, podcast or webinar over an ebook to this segment. You may even notice trends in these preferences from publication to publication, so it’s an important factor to keep tabs on.Engagement FrequencyKeep track of your frequent flyers; your evangelists. These are the people that click through every newsletter, visit your website for new content consistently, or follow you on social media. History of frequent engagement with your digital presence is a good indicator of future interaction, so consider this group your A-listers and treat them as such. Especially where email deliverability is concerned, if content is king then engagement is queen.To keep your reputation high, make sure to treat your frequent flyers with your best content and then consider syndicating it out to your B-list group, or even C-list if it’s proven to be a successful piece of content. This is especially true if the call-to-action in your message is a big ask. Consider the value your sponsor’s content will provide the consumer when crafting your landing pages and choosing how many or what depth of questions to require on conversion forms. A reader that consistently clicks through your newsletter content is more likely to open and click through a sponsored email than a dormant or cold lead, especially for those high-value offers.Building a history of these metrics in your marketing database will make a big difference in your ability to deliver the right message at the right time.Tracking the topics your audience is interested in will foster higher conversion rates on sponsored lead generation campaigns because your messages will be relevant and interesting to the recipient. This in turn results in your content being shared more often on social media, and your readers will become promoters of your content.Analyzing what type of content your contacts prefer will enable you to deliver media in the format the individual is most receptive to.Keeping tabs on prior engagement will help identify your most engaged contacts, so that you can prioritize your sponsored offers and share user data with advertisers to prove you have an audience with purchase intent. Ultimately, being more deliberate with your sponsored campaigns will help your publication increase lead generation by increasing engagement with your content, preventing database exhaustion and slowing the rate of database decay.Do you keep track of your readers’ interests and preferences? Let us know in the comments below. Lead Nurturing Don’t forget to share this post! 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8 of the Best Professional Bio Examples We’ve Ever Seen [+ Bio Templates]

first_imgBefore you can publish your professional bio, you need a living space for it. Here are a few to consider (some of these you might already have in place):Facebook Business pageLinkedIn profileInstagram accountPersonal websitePersonal blogIndustry websiteIndustry blog bylineAs you’ll see in the professional bio examples below, the length and tone of your bio will differ depending on which of the above platforms you choose to be on. Instagram, for example, allows only 150 characters of bio space, whereas you can write virtually as much as you want on your personal website — or even your Facebook Business page. But once created, this bio should represent who you are in the eyes of your audience. Hi 👋 What’s your name?First NameLast NameHi null, what’s your email address?Email AddressAnd your phone number?Phone NumberWhat is your company’s name and website?CompanyWebsiteHow many employees work there?1Does your company provide any of the following services?Web DesignOnline MarketingSEO/SEMAdvertising Agency ServicesYesNoGet Your Free Templates! Create an ‘About’ page for your website or profile.Begin writing your bio with your first and last name.Mention any associated brand name you might use.State your current position and what you do.Include at least one professional accomplishment.Describe your values and how they inform your career.Briefly tell your readers who you are outside of work.Consider adding humor or a personal story to add flavor to your professional bio. Why do you do what you do? What might make your contribution to the market different than your colleagues? Better yet, what values do you and your colleagues share that would make your business a worthwhile investment to others? Start to wrap up your professional bio by simply explaining what gets you up in the morning. 5. Include at least one professional accomplishment. 2. Begin writing your bio with your first and last name. 8. Consider adding humor or a personal story to add flavor to your professional bio. 1. Create an ‘About’ page for your website or profile. Transition from describing your values in work to describing who you are outside of work. This may include:Your familyYour hometownSports you playHobbies and interestsFavorite music and travel destinationsSide hustles you’re working onPeople like connecting with other people. The more transparent you are about who you are personally, the more likable you’ll be to the people reading about who you are professionally. Don’t forget to share this post! Ann HandleyRebecca BollwittMark GallionDJ NexusLena AxelssonMark LevyCorey WainwrightMarie MikhailWonbo Woo Writing a professional bio that captures your brand and what you offer to your audience can help you grow better. But doing it right is just as important. Here’s how to write a bio, step-by-step. 6. Describe your values and how they inform your career. Will your professional bio represent yourself, or a business you work for? Make sure the brand you want to be associated with is mentioned in your bio. If you’re a freelancer, perhaps you have a personal business name or pseudonym you advertise to your clients. Here are a few examples:Lindsay Kolowich MarketingSEO LindsayKolowich ConsultingContent by Kolowich (what do you think … too cheesy?)Maybe you founded your own company, and you want its name to be separate from your real name. Don’t be afraid to keep it simple: “Lindsay Kolowich is the founder and CEO of Kolowich Consulting.” 3. Mention any associated brand name you might use. 9 of the Best Professional Bio Examples We’ve Ever Seen1. Ann HandleyBio Platform: Personal WebsiteIf you’re a marketer, you’ve likely heard of Ann Handley. Her list of credentials is lengthy, and if she really wanted to, she could go on and on and on about her accomplishments.But when people list out all their accomplishments in their bios, they risk sounding a little egotistical. Sure, you might impress a handful of people with all those laurels, but many people who read your bio will end up feeling either intimidated or annoyed. Think about it: Is that how you want the majority of your readers to feel when they read your bio?To minimize the egoism that comes with talking about yourself, think about how you can list out your accomplishments without sounding like you’re bragging. Ann does this really well, choosing a tone in her bio that’s more approachable.It starts with the excerpt in the footer of her personal website. Give it a quick read, paying close attention to the opening and closing lines:”This is Ann Handley’s website, and this is a bit of copy about her … That’s not giving you a lot of detail, is it? So read more here.” This is the kind of simple, friendly language that invites the reader in rather than shutting them out.Follow the link and you’ll be led to a page dedicated to a fuller bio, which she’s divided into two parts: a “short version” (literally a bulleted list of key facts) and a “long version,” which includes traditional paragraphs. There’s something in there for everyone.2. Rebecca BollwittBio platform: InstagramInstagram is a notoriously difficult platform on which to write a good bio. Similar to Twitter, you simply don’t have room for a professional bio that includes everything about you. And because Instagram is primarily a mobile app, many viewers are reading about you passively on their mobile device.Instagram’s limited bio space requires you to highlight just your most important qualities, and blogging icon Rebecca Bollwitt does so in her own Instagram bio in an excellent way.Rebecca’s brand name is Miss604, and cleverly uses emojis in her Instagram bio to tell visitors exactly what makes her a valuable content creator. Take a look in the screenshot below.Starting with a trophy emoji, Miss604 says she’s won more than 30 awards for her blogging services. I haven’t even looked at her pictures yet and the introduction of her bio has already sucked me in.The rest of her bio follows suit, breaking up the text with an appropriate emoji and a perfect collection of nouns to tell me who she is as a person. She even links out to her husband’s Instagram account after the heart emoji (an adorable addition), and assures her followers that all of her pictures are authentically hers.Take a lesson from Miss604, and show your personal side. Just because you’re branding yourself as a professional doesn’t mean you have to take your human being hat off. Often your most personal attributes make for the best professional bio content.3. Mark GallionBio Platform: TwitterAs a venture capitalist and an executive at several start-ups, Mark Gallion has different versions of his bio all over the internet. You can imagine some are more formal than others. But when it comes to his Twitter bio, he carefully phrased his information in a way that helps him connect with his audience — specifically, through the use of humor.Why would he choose humor when he runs four start-ups and constantly seeks funding for them? Well, Mark’s tactic is totally intentional: it’s a lever he pulls to refresh his brand while maintaining his already impressive and established identity as an entrepreneur.Mark leverages his Twitter bio because it’s place where he can be human. And it helps him relate to his followers and potential investors.When crafting your own Twitter bio, consider your audience and the personal brand you’re trying to create for yourself. Use it as an opportunity to be relatable. (And check out this list of amusing Twitter bios for inspiration.)4. DJ NexusBio Platform: FacebookThis New England-based DJ has single-handedly captured the Likes of more than 2,000 people in and beyond Boston, MA. And even if you don’t listen to the type of music he produces, it’s hard not to listen to his compelling Facebook bio.Stage-named DJ Nexus, Jamerson’s professional bio makes use of nearly every Page field inside the About tab. Right away, his audience knows which genres he plays in, where he’s from, and who else he’s worked with. The latter — under “Affiliation,” as shown in the screenshot below — is unique and seldom mentioned in professional bios today.Our favorite part about DJ Nexus’s bio? His tagline, under “About” — “Quiet during the day. QUITE LOUD at night!” DJ Nexus tells you when he works in an awesome way. I got goosebumps just imagining a dance club he might play his music in.DJ Nexus’s bio brilliance doesn’t stop there.The great thing about Facebook Business Pages is that you can write as much as you want without overwhelming your Page visitors. For those who just want Jamerson’s basic info, they have the four categories shown above. For those who want to learn more about him, he tells an excellent story of his career. Here’s just a preview of his story, below:In this story, DJ Nexus describes both when he “became known as DJ Nexus” and a company he founded shortly afterward — all before going to college. This is a terrific lesson for Facebook Businesses today: customers want to learn about you, and as Facebook increasingly becomes a place for meaningful interactions, there’s no better place to tell your story than on your Facebook Business Page.5. Lena AxelssonBio Platform: Industry WebsiteWhen it all comes down to it, your professional bio is no different than any other piece of persuasive copy — no matter where it lives. One of the most common mistakes people make is thinking of it as its own beast, separate from other pieces of writing. If you think about it that way, you’re far more likely to write something painfully uninteresting.When you sit down to write your professional bio and you’re watching that cursor blinking on the screen, think about how you would introduce a blog post. You don’t just dive right into the meat of the thing, now, do you? No. You start with an introduction.The best bios are often concise (around 200–300 words), so you don’t have a lot of room to play around. But a single sentence that tees your reader up and provides context for the accomplishments that follow could make the rest of your bio that much more persuasive.Take Lena Axelsson’s bio, for instance. She’s a marriage and family therapist — a job where empathy and compassion are a big part of the job description. That’s why she chooses to open her bio with a great introductory sentence: “When human beings experience trauma or severe life stressors, it is not uncommon for their lives to unravel.”Then, she goes into why she’s passionate about her job, how she helps her clients, and how she caters her approach to each individual patient. The necessary educational information is left for the end, after the reader has been hooked.Your bio doesn’t have to be super serious, nor does it have to start with a joke. This bio shows how you can capture your reader’s attention by being empathetic and showing how that empathy shapes a valuable professional.6. Mark LevyBio Platform: Personal WebsiteMark Levy is a small business owner who’s taken a more traditional approach to the professional bio on his website — but in a way that takes care to speak to his intended audience.What we love about his bio is the way he’s set it up: On his business’ “About” page, he’s listed two biographies, which he’s labeled “Mark Levy’s Biography #1” and “Mark Levy’s Biography #2.”Click here to see the full version.Like Ann, Mark’s given his readers two different options. The first biography is a “short version,” which includes a combination of bullet points listing his credentials and a few short paragraphs.The second is the “long version,” which is actually even more interesting than the first one. Why? Because it reads like a story — a compelling one, at that. In fact, it gets really funny at parts.The second sentence of the bio reads: “He was frightened of public school, loved playing baseball and football, ran home to watch ape films on the 4:30 Movie, listened to The Jam and The Buzzcocks, and read magic trick books.”Here’s another excerpt from the middle:Of course, the fantastic copywriting isn’t a surprise, given that this guy wrote several books. But the conversational tone and entertaining copy let his quirky personality (and great writing skills) shine.7. Corey WainwrightBio Platform: Blog BylineFinally, we have Corey Wainwright, who’s the director of content here at HubSpot. She’s written content for HubSpot’s Marketing Blog for years, and her blog author bio has caught my eye since before I ever started working for HubSpot. (Back then, it started with, “Corey just took a cool vacation.”)What I love most about Corey’s bio is that it’s a great example of how to deliver information about yourself without taking things too seriously. And in this context, that’s totally appropriate.Despite having a number of impressive accomplishments under her belt, she simply doesn’t like displaying them publicly. So, she prefers making her author bio a little more “light.”Her bio (pictured below) reads, “Corey is a Bruce Springsteen fan who does content marketing, in that order.”It works in this particular context because, at HubSpot, our blog authors often prefer to make themselves as friendly and approachable as possible — while letting the content speak for itself.It helps that authors’ social media accounts are located right below our names and above our pictures. For folks who really do want a list of Corey’s credentials, they can click the LinkedIn button to go to her LinkedIn page. (You can read this blog post to learn how to create social media buttons and add them to your website.)8. Marie MikhailBio Platform: LinkedInMarie Mikhail checks off nearly every box for what makes an excellent bio. A professional recruiter, she expresses her “passion for recruiting” upfront, in the first sentence, while using that sentence to hook her profile visitors into a brief story of her background.But there are a lot of recruiters out there, and Marie knows that. So, to differentiate herself, she closes the first paragraph of her bio explaining that she likes “getting people excited about the things [she’s] excited about.” It’s a well-put value proposition that sets her apart from the rest of the HR industry.Marie Mikhail finishes off her bio by including a smooth mixture of professional skills, such as her Spanish fluency; and personal interests, such as podcasting and Star Wars (she mentions the latter with just the right amount of humor).9. Wonbo WooBio Platform: Personal WebsiteWonbo Woo is the executive producer of WIRED’s video content, and he has a number of impressive credits to his name. What does this mean for his professional bio? He has to prioritize. With this in mind, Wonbo opens his bio with the most eye-catching details first (if the image below is hard to read, click it to see the full copy).Not only does Wonbo’s bio start strong, but he also takes readers on a suspenseful journey through some of his most harrowing assignments — where he was when news broke and how he responded. You can see this quality below.The accomplished journalist concludes his gripping bio as strong as it began, measuring his experience by the number of states, countries, and continents to which he’s traveled in his career. See how this looks above. All in all, it’s a fantastically concise bio for as much detail as it holds.Want more? Read How to Write a Cover Letter That Gets You the Job [Bookmarkable Template + Examples]. Whether you’re the founder of your company or a mid-level specialist, use the next few lines of your bio to describe what you do in that position. Don’t assume your audience will naturally know what your job title entails. Make your primary responsibilities known for the reader, helping them paint a picture of who you are during the day and what you have to offer the industry. 7. Briefly tell your readers who you are outside of work. Is your professional bio as good as it can be?In this article, we have nine real bio examples you should definitely compare yours to — and a series of free bio templates you can use to perfect it.Most people don’t think about their professional bio until they’re suddenly asked to “shoot one over via email,” and have approximately one afternoon to come up with it. That’s when we scramble, and our bio ends up reading like this:Rodney Erickson is a content marketing professional at HubSpot, an inbound marketing and sales platform that helps companies attract visitors, convert leads, and close customers. Previously, Rodney worked as a marketing manager for a tech software startup. He graduated with honors from Columbia University with a dual degree in Business Administration and Creative Writing.”Woof, that was dull. Are you still with me? I swear, not even adding a tidbit about his cats would liven that bio up.Access 80 Professional Bio Templates + Examples.To be fair, in certain contexts, your professional bio does need to be more formal, like Mr. Erickson’s up there. But in many cases, writing a bio that’s readable — even conversational — is actually a really good thing. That means dropping that traditional format of listing your accomplishments like a robot and cramming as much professional-sounding jargon in there as you can. Best Bio Examples Tell us a little about yourself below to gain access today: Professional Bio Templates How to Write a Bio Free Download End your professional bio on a good note — or, more specifically, a funny note. Leaving your audience with something quirky or uniquely you can ensure they’ll leave your website with a pleasant impression of you.It’s important to follow the steps above when writing your bio, but don’t obsess over any one section. Remember, the people reading your bio are suffering from information fatigue. If you don’t hook ’em in the first line, you’ll lose them quickly. (P.S. Want to give your professional brand a boost? Take one of HubSpot Academy’s free certification courses. In just one weekend, you can add a line to your resume and bio that’s coveted by over 60,000 marketers.)Why Good Bios Are Important for a ProfessionalAlright, I know what you may be thinking … So what? It’s just a bio. I mean, how many people actually read professional bios, anyway?The answer: A lot of people. More importantly, though, there’s no way to tell exactly who is reading it — and you always want it to be ready for when the right people to come across it. And when they do, you want it to catch their eye. In a good way.You see, while your resume is only useful for when you’re actively applying for specific positions, your professional bio is much more visible. It can live on your LinkedIn profile, your company’s website, your guest blog posts, your speaker profiles, your Twitter bio, and many other places.And, most importantly, it’s the tool that you can leverage most when you’re networking.Bottom line? People will read your professional bio. Whether they remember it, and whether it makes them actually care about you, is a matter of how well you present yourself to your intended audience.So, what does a top-notch professional bio look like?Below, we’ve curated some of the best real professional bio examples we’ve ever seen on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, and the various websites where you might describe yourself.Check ’em out, and use them as inspiration when crafting your own. If your readers don’t remember anything else about your bio, make sure they remember your name. For that reason, it’s a good idea for your first and last name to be the first two words of your professional bio. Even if your name is printed above this bio (hint: it should), this is a rare moment where it’s okay to be redundant.For example, if I were writing my own bio, I might start it like this:Lindsay KolowichLindsay Kolowich is a Senior Marketing Manager at HubSpot. Resume 4. State your current position and what you do. Just as a business touts its client successes in the form of case studies, your professional bio should let your own audience know what you’ve already achieved. What have you done for yourself — as well as for others — that makes you a valuable player in your industry? Originally published Nov 7, 2019 12:45:00 AM, updated November 12 2019 Topics: How to Write a Biolast_img read more

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US Open: Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka clinch maiden doubles Grand Slam title

first_imgElise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka won their first career Grand Slam title with a hard-fought 7-5 7-5 win over Ash Barty and Victoria Azarenka in the US Open doubles final on Sunday.The tension-filled encounter ended in dramatic fashion when both Mertens and Sabalenka were drawn into the net and Barty sent a lob over both their heads.Sabalenka raced back to track it down and managed to put it back in play but Azarenka misfired with her overhead smash.Mertens fell to the court and Sabalenka looked to the sky in disbelief before they embraced.Azarenka and Barty outplayed their opponents for much of the match but were only able to convert two of their eight break point opportunities while Mertens and Sabalenka won all four of their break point opportunities.The win caps a dominant run by the pair, who completed the Sunshine Double with wins in Indian Wells and the Miami Open this year before making their first appearance in a major final together.Mertens said they fed off the energy of the lively New York crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium.”I just think it’s the crowd. I mean they keep me going every time,” the Belgian said in an on-court interview.”I can’t believe we won a Grand Slam. It’s all so new,” she added.”We’re a good team and I hope we’re going to play doubles again in the future.”The Belarusian Sabalenka tipped her hat to her opponents for the thrilling battle.advertisement”Thank you girls, for this amazing final. It was a great fight and I enjoyed every second,” she said.The win denied Barty in her bid for back-to-back US Open doubles victories after claiming her maiden Grand Slam doubles title with CoCo Vandeweghe in New York last year.”I thought the level was incredibly high,” Barty said.”It was a great two weeks. I love playing with Ashleigh,” Azarenka said.”It was a pleasure to play with her and I hope we can continue to play together in the future.”Mertens and Sabalenka, who are both accomplished singles players, said they see doubles growing in popularity as bigger names get involved.”More singles players are also playing doubles, more big names playing doubles,” said Mertens, who reached the quarter-finals of the tournament in singles.”Because of the singles players playing doubles, the level going up and it’s more interesting to watch,” said Sabalenka, who was seeded ninth in singles.”I think the level of doubles right now is a little bit higher than it was before.”Also Read | I was fighting like hell: Daniil Medvedev to fans after losing US Open final vs Rafael NadalAlso Read | Rafael Nadal edges Daniil Medvedev for 4th US Open title, 19th Grand Slam trophylast_img read more

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China Open: PV Sindhu defeats Li Xue Rui to reach pre-quarterfinals

first_imgNewly crowned World Champion PV Sindhu continued her winning run at China Open as she defeated the former world No.1 China’s Li Xue Rui in straight games (21-18, 21-12) to qualify for the round of 16.Replicating her world championship form, the Olympic silver-medallist produced another strong performance to get the better of the currently 20th-ranked Chinese, who entered the match with a 3-3 record against the Indian.LI saved four-game points but finally crumbled in front of Sindhu’s powerful cross-court smash. It was a brilliant contest between both the players and Sindhu finally managed to win the first game 21-18.Sindhu combined her game with cross-court returns and drops right at the net. The Chinese, on the other hand, looked exhausted, especially while changing direction in the second round.At one point, Li Xuerui made a great comeback as Sindhu dropped a point after 22 shot rally and the lead was cut down by just 1 point. But World Champion PV Sindhu bounced back to take a dominating 5-point lead in the first round.In the men’s singles, Sai Praneeth defeated Thailand’s Suppanyu Avihingsanon 2-1 in a first-round match. In the tough encounter that lasted 72-minutes, Praneeth claimed the first game 21-19 in a neck-and-neck fight. Suppanyu made a comeback in the second game and secured it 23-21.In the decider, Praneeth won the match 21-14. With this win, he proceeded to the second round of the tournament.Earlier in the day, Saina Nehwal suffered a first-round defeat against Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan. The Indian shuttler lost 10-21, 17-21 to World No. 19, in just 44 minutes at the Olympic Sports Center Xincheng Gymnasium.advertisementAlso Read | Have kept an empty space in cabinet for Olympic gold: PV SindhuAlso Read | China Open: Saina Nehwal knocked out after 1st round defeatAlso Seelast_img read more

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Chris Carson Shows Value in Win over Kansas

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. After missing four consecutive games from a hand injury, senior tailback Chris Carson returned to the gridiron with a vengeance Saturday without missing a step.Oklahoma State clearly has their showcase tailback in true freshman Justice Hill – who Carson called the “lead man” on Saturday.But with Oklahoma State’s uptempo, high-power offense, Hill can’t shoulder the load by himself. At least he shouldn’t do it all by himself as a true freshman. They need him fresh down the stretch, thus the value of Chris Carson increases, and his return comes at a perfect time as OSU heads down the stretch of the season.“When a guy’s been out for a significant period of time, like Chris has, you gotta make sure you ease right back into it” offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich said of Carson after the game.On just 8 carries in getting him back in the swing, Carson had 59 yards on the ground and 2 touchdowns, an impressive 7.4 yards per carry that matched Hill’s YPC, although Hill toted it 22 times. He also added a receiving touchdown and was the teams second leading receiver with 27 yards through the air.Carson and Hill are two totally separate running backs, so it’s unfair to compare them. Hill is the explosive, shifty runner. Carson is a more polished pass blocker who has the size to push for tough yardage, as evidenced on Saturday with his red zone appearances that netted him 3 touchdowns, and is an equally talented receiver out of the backfield.After missing the last four games due to injury — Chris Carson ( @chriscarson29) bounced back with three touchdowns in #OKState‘s win. pic.twitter.com/rBgw9oDMDY— Nate Feken (@TheGreat_Nate) October 23, 2016Chris Carson not only looked fresh in his first game back, but appeared to hit holes with more confidence, and had overall a better vision as a runner than he has previously. In a run in the red zone yesterday, he ran into a wall, but instead of pushing ahead, he reversed field to find a hole and burst through it for six:It’s clear that the backfield is more productive with Hill leading the charge, and Carson proved his worth to the group on Saturday and returned to form like we’ve come to know him:Chris Carson high jump!! https://t.co/DwB84MRbUf— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 22, 2016With the running game seemingly hitting its stride, Carson will be in a new role playing backup to a true freshman. But it seems his new role is one that could prove to be very valuable for OSU in the home stretch of the season.last_img read more

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Wenger hails positives for ‘dynamic’ Arsenal in City loss

first_imgArsenal Wenger: A lot of positives for dynamic Arsenal after Manchester City defeats Alex Fisher Last updated 1 year ago 00:02 3/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(9) Arsene Wenger Arsenal Getty Images Arsenal Premier League Arsène Wenger Arsenal v Manchester City Brighton & Hove Albion v Arsenal Manchester City Brighton & Hove Albion The Frenchman branded Thursday’s performance as “dynamic” and said the scoreline was a harsh reflection of his side’s performance Despite talk of pressure mounting on Arsene Wenger after Arsenal’s second 3-0 thrashing at the hands of Manchester City in five days, the manager insists there are still “a lot of positives” for the Gunners.Since the start of 2018, Arsenal have only won four matches in all competitions, a run that has seen them fall 10 points outside the Premier League’s top four and exit both domestic cup competitions.Nottingham Forest sent them packing in the FA Cup and Manchester City recorded a comprehensive 3-0 victory in the EFL Cup final last weekend. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp City added further misery with another 3-0 victory over the Gunners in the league on Thursday, while Wenger’s men also lost to Swedish minnows Ostersunds in the Europa League – although they still progressed on aggregate.Questions are being asked about the quality of Arsenal’s squad, while speculation continues to mount that Wenger could leave a year before his contract expires.He remains resolute, though, and insists it is not all doom and gloom at the Emirates Stadium.”We have to analyse in an objective way, the game last night [against City] was not all negative,” he told Sky Sports .”There were a lot of positives in that game. With that size of the score, it is always tempting to think it was all rubbish but that was not the case.”You have to take a perspective, sit back, look at the whole picture and analyse where we were poor and where we were strong and insist on the strong points and get rid of the weak points we showed last night.”The strong points are that we played at a high intensity, we were quite good going forward but we couldn’t take advantage of the chances we created.”I think we had the first chances in the game so overall I believe that we had a very dynamic game and put a lot of effort in. It was a pacey game with both teams really going for it.”They were clinical like they were in the League Cup [final], they took advantage of every weakness we have shown defensively.”In order to arrest their poor run, Wenger knows Arsenal have to pull together, starting at Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday – a game Jack Wilshere is a doubt for.”It has taken out confidence and brought big disappointment,” he said. “In football, you lose confidence very quickly and you regain it very slowly and you always have to show strength not to give in.”When that kind of disappointment comes it divides, it splits and our experience has to help us to stay together and focus on the next games.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Report: Lazio 2 Dynamo Kiev 2

first_imgLazio 2 Dynamo Kiev 2: Moraes strike stuns Inzaghi’s men Stephen Creek 06:11 9/3/2018 viktortsygankov-cropped Getty Images Substitute Junior Moraes scored a brilliant equaliser to earn Dynamo Kiev a 2-2 draw against Lazio in the Europa League round of 16. Dynamo Kiev plundered two precious away goals in a 2-2 draw with Lazio in Rome including a spectacular late equaliser from Junior Moraes.Simone Inzaghi’s side went into the game having lost back-to-back games in the Coppa Italia and Serie A and their problems looked set to worsen when Viktor Tsygankov took advantage of a defensive lapse to put Dynamo ahead early in the second half.The hosts hit back quickly through leading goalscorer Ciro Immobile before Felipe Anderson completed what looked like a deserved comeback victory. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp But there was a sting in the tail of the Ukrainians, who levelled through substitute Moraes’ long-range strike to give themselves every chance of reaching the quarter-finals, despite having Denys Garmash sent off after the final whistle.#UEL #LazioDynamo 2-2 FT!Triplice fischio all’Olimpico, tra una settimana la sfida di ritorno#CMonEagles pic.twitter.com/2zBcq3uj57— S.S.Lazio (@OfficialSSLazio) March 8, 2018Lazio applied pressure on the visitors early on and a neat passing move after 14 minutes culminated in Anderson connecting with Dusan Basta’s cross but his right-footed shot flew wide.Basta was a constant threat down the right flank and he had a rocket of a shot blocked by team-mate Alessandro Murgia midway through a dominant first-half performance from the hosts.Dynamo broke the deadlock after 52 minutes when Artem Besedin’s header across the face of goal was allowed to reach the unmarked Tsygankov, who was given all the time he needed to control the ball before backheeling it into the corner of the net beyond Thomas Strakosha.Two minutes later, Lazio were level through Immobile, who latched on to Anderson’s through-ball and angled a low drive into the bottom left corner of the net with his lethal right foot.Lazio’s fast break worked again just after the hour mark, when Sergej Milinkovic-Savic controlled a high ball and sent Anderson racing into the box with a brilliant pass, and the Brazilian lashed the ball into the bottom right corner of the net with his left foot.With 12 minutes left on the clock, Dynamo stunned the home crowd when Moraes sent a looping shot high over Strakosha and into the top right corner of the net from 25 yards.Immobile went agonisingly close to winning it for Lazio, skimming the outside of the post with a flick of his right foot that turned out to be the last kick of the game, but there was still time for Garmash to be sent off after the final whistle for a second bookable offence.last_img read more

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Mike Gundy Says he Turned Down Tennessee Job Three Times in his Career

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Mike Gundy flirted with the possibility of leaving his alma mater to take Tennessee’s head coaching vacancy in 2017 and wound up getting a handsome raise out of the deal.Not only was it not the first time Gundy used good, old-fashioned leverage to squeeze money out of his employer, it was ironically not the first time he used Tennessee to do it, either. In his wide-ranging ESPN interview this week in which he (correctly) claimed OSU would have smacked LSU for the natty in 2011, Gundy said Tennessee has offered him the job not once, not twice ….“I’ve had that (Tennessee) job offered three different times,” said Gundy. “It’s ironic that it’s always been Tennessee. I guess it gets to a point where you say, ‘Is it time for me to make a change? I’m 50-something years old. Is it time for me to go do things differently?’ Sometimes in your life, you think that way.“Tennessee put together an unbelievable package, and it’s hard to tell somebody no when that happens. But I made the right decision.”As the great Brett McMurphy reported in 2012, Gundy also got a new deal when the Vols came calling back after the 2008 season. The other instance came in 2012 after the program fired Derek Dooley.The last time Tennessee called, in 2017, it felt like a real possibility. So much so, in fact, that OSU offered him a one-time $625,000 contract bonus and a new five-year rollover contract that sets him up with annual escalators and what amounts to a lifetime contract if he wants it. And despite the flirtations, Gundy says that he’s happy with his decision to have not left.“This is who I am,” he told ESPN. “This is what I am. This is where I belong. This is me. There’s no reason for me to go anywhere else.”last_img read more

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Five Things That Went Wrong In OSU’s 36-30 Loss to Texas

first_imgThe Cowboys started off their Big 12 slate 0-1 for the fourth straight year. Mike Gundy is now 7-8 all-time in conference openers and 7-8 all-time against Texas.It was a back-and-forth affair, and the Cowboys were never really out of it until they were. OSU fought back to score a touchdown and pull within 6 with less than two minutes remaining, but couldn’t make that final stop to give themselves a chance.That was just one of several things that went wrong on Saturday night in Austin, here are the others that stuck out to me, followed by why I came away from this game strangely optimistic.1. Turnovers and MiscuesThe Cowboys actually came out ahead (3-2) in the turnover battle on Saturday, but that wasn’t enough. When you’re on the road, against a good team and an offense like Texas’ that can control the clock, you need to win that battle by at least two or win it 1-0 or 2-0, without giving away drives and putting your defense behind the eight ball.OSU’s first fumble, by Chuba Hubbard at the goal line, was actually recovered by Spencer Sanders, but it ultimately led to OSU settling for 3 points on its opening drive instead of taking a 7-0 lead. That kinda set the tone for the game moving forward.Also important, is the Points of Turnovers battle. OSU gave up 7 on two giveaways and earned 14 on three from Texas. As far as other miscues go, OSU also committed all nine of its penalties in the second half, and mostly in untimely situations. That’s not exactly a winning strategy when you’re “climbing uphill” as Mike Gundy put it.2. Red Zone MisfiresIf you look at conventional stats, Oklahoma State’s red zone percentage doesn’t look half bad. Six trips, five scores. That’s over 83 percent. But no one watching that game would laud the Pokes’ proficiency in the score zone. That is why I’ve been banging my little drum about PPR, the amount of points scored per red zone trip.This summer, I updated the numbers for OSU over the years, and the 2018 team actually scored at a decent clip, 5.4 PPR, over the course of the season. Through four games including McNeese, Oregon State and Tulsa, OSU is currently at 5.4 after its 4.5-PPR night against Texas. That number trends downward as you move through conference play virtually every year, meaning OSU’s offense, at least to this point, looks worse in the red zone than it was last year.“We had our chances. We just didn’t capitalize,” said Gundy after the game. “We kicked too many field goals and/or set up to kick too many field goals. We’ve got to punch it in. The game now is played — so much of the game now is played inside the 15 yard line, so we need to be able to — we need to be more productive and scoring touchdowns and not kicking field goals, and obviously it changes the outcome.”Some of that was playcalling, and some of it was due to penalties and miscues as mentioned previously, but it all comes down to being able to punch it in when you’re that close.3. Fake It Till You Make ItI’ll briefly say that I don’t hate a fake field goal at that point in the game, IF it’s one you are confident you can execute successfully. I don’t know what went wrong here but it looked like they drew that up with sticks and rocks in the dirt on the sideline at the last timeout. Who needs a special teams coordinator? To avoid ending things on a doom-and-gloom note, there were actually plenty of encouraging things that came out of Saturday night like Man, OSU has a dude in Spencer Sanders and the realization that, unlike OSU’s last franchise QB, he’ll get the benefit off all four years of eligibility if he decides to stick around.In a fog of constantly-changing Instant Recap ledes and the roller-coaster finish, I somehow came out of the Texas game feeling better about this 2019 team than I ever really did all of last season’s. This team didn’t quit. It went on the road and went toe-to-toe with a Top 15 opponent — and missed a few opportunities — but it also went down swinging.The pressure is off, if it ever existed. OSU is not going 15-0 through the CFP in 2019 and there likely won’t be a three-way tie in Heisman voting between Spencer Sanders, Tylan Wallace and Chuba Hubbard this year. All jokes aside, OSU has a pretty damned fun and dangerous team with plenty left to fight for — enough fight in it to do so. They’ve just got to clean up a few things along the way. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.center_img 4. Running QB WoesI get tired of the “OSU has trouble with running quarterbacks” shtick, because everyone has trouble with running quarterbacks, that’s why coaches are okay with their franchise guys dodging 240-pound linebackers in the open field.That being said, the play that iced the game, Sam Ehlinger didn’t have to do much to find real estate, and Gundy said afterward that someone was supposed to be on him. From a wider view, it’s more about limiting those big plays at the right time. That was the biggest play of the game at that point and, apparently, someone was not where they were supposed to be.5. Blueprint for Stopping OSU (Apparently)Todd Orlando laid out a decent blueprint for stopping OSU’s offense, or at least limiting it. According to Gundy, if you move a safety over to help defend ARGUABLY THE BEST WIDE RECEIVER IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL (which I imagine we might see again), then OSU is forced to run the ball.He pointed back to the red zone misfires and the inability to make the plays needed and lack of efficiency, (all valid points 👆) but we can’t let OSU’s offense off the hook that easily. I understand that it’s a numbers game, but with all the talent at receiver and Spencer’s wheels — and Jelani Woods — you’ve got to find a way to force the defense to make adjustments to you and not just bang your head, or your prized running back, against a wall.last_img read more

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Martinez truly happy with Belgium top spot

first_imgWorld Cup Martinez ‘honestly happy’ to beat England to top spot Joe Wright 07:19 6/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) roberto martinez - cropped Getty Images World Cup Belgium England v Belgium England Belgium coach Roberto Martinez has no regrets about beating England 1-0 to set up a potentially tricky run in the World Cup knockouts. Roberto Martinez insists he is happy to have seen Belgium beat England to top spot in World Cup Group G, despite concerns over a potentially tougher draw.Adnan Januzaj’s spectacular strike secured a 1-0 win in Kaliningrad for the Red Devils and ensured they finish ahead of Gareth Southgate’s side.The teams made a combined 17 changes to their line-ups for the match, with each having secured their place in the last 16, while it had also been suggested that the side who finished second in the group would benefit from an easier run to the semi-finals. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Indeed, Martinez said before the match that Belgium’s priority was not to win, suggesting he would choose a deliberately weaker starting line-up in the hope of missing out on the top of the pile.However, the 44-year-old says he was thrilled with both the result and the way his much-changed side played.”Honestly, I am, judging the manner of the performance,” he told a news conference. “Remember, we made nine changes.”I saw a group of players desperate to contribute and I think, in the World Cup, you can’t be successful by hoping you get an easy path. We saw that in the Euros two years ago.”We had to make big medical calls when announcing the group: now, Thomas Vermaelen looks like he’s never been away, Vincent Kompany played 20 minutes in a competitive game, we’ve seen a team cope really well with the dead-ball threat of England, and every player, Thorgan Hazard playing a different position, Marouane Fellaini, Adnan Januzaj showing why he’s in the squad, it’s a big amount of positives.”Now, we need to focus on Japan, England play Colombia, and if you think further than that it’s a problem.”Belgium will face Brazil or Mexico in the quarter-final if they overcome Japan, while England arguably have an easier potential last-feight clash with Sweden or Switzerland if they beat Colombia.Martinez, though, says the unpredictable nature of the World Cup makes it pointless to try to plan a route through to the final.Victory  @England Group winners See you Monday in #Rostov  @jfa_en Thx 4 the support in  & all over the  @Fanclub1895 #REDTOGETHER #WorldCup#ENGBEL pic.twitter.com/b1BzdH5STD— Belgian Red Devils (@BelRedDevils) June 28, 2018″From logistics, it was easier to stay in Moscow because the next game would have been in Moscow with an extra day of recovery, but the only thing we are concentrating on is playing Japan,” he said.”If you start thinking about who you could get, making predictions can be a little bit difficult. Germany are out and not many would think that would be a possibility; in the last three minutes, Spain were top of the group; and we saw how close Argentina came. This World Cup is very unpredictable and you need to look at yourself and how strong you can be.”last_img read more

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Diego Maradona’s most controversial moments

first_imgWorld Cup From the Hand of God to shooting a journalist – Diego Maradona’s most controversial moments Lewis Oldham 01:00 6/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Diego Maradona 2018 World Cup Getty Images World Cup Argentina The Argentina legend has become infamous for a raft of unsavoury incidents throughout his career as a player and coach, on and off the pitchlast_img

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‘Neuer should not have been picked for the World Cup’

first_imgWorld Cup Neuer should not have been picked for the World Cup, blasts Strunz Robin Bairner 20:28 7/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Manuel Neuer Germany World Cup Getty Images World Cup Germany South Korea v Germany The Euro 96 winner believes that head coach Joachim Low was not brave enough, arguing Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan should have been left at home, too Thomas Strunz has criticised Germany head coach Joachim Low’s squad selection for World Cup 2018 and has pinpointed Manuel Neuer as a player who should not have gone to Russia.Low courted controversy with his panel, notably leaving out Manchester City star Leroy Sane, who was named Premier League Young Player of the Year for 2017-18. He also made the bold step of picking Neuer, who had spent the majority of the campaign on the sidelines and had not played a competitive match since September. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar The Bayern Munich goalkeeper was not at his best and was left red faced as South Korea hammered the final nail into Germany’s campaign when he made a foray upfield, gifted possession away and Son Heung-Min tapped into an empty net to make it 2-0.Strunz did not go easy on a player considered one of the best in the game in his position.“Low should not have picked Manuel Neuer because it has led to an absurd situation,” he wrote on Sport1.But the shot-stopper’s presence was not the only issue that the Euro 96 winner had. He took aim at Ilkay Gundogan and Mesut Ozil, both of Turkish heritage, for posing for photographs with controversial president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.“You should have had the courage to not call up Ilkay Gundogan and Mesut Ozil. Just imagine Thomas Muller or Neuer taking a photo with an AfD politician,” he said, referencing a German political party on the far right of the spectrum.“The DFB officials have damaged the reputation of Germany in this respect.” Germany exited the World Cup at the first hurdle for the first time since 1938, having suffered defeat to Mexico as well as the Asian side.last_img read more

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Henderson replicating Liverpool role for England

first_imgWorld Cup Unsung hero Henderson is replicating Liverpool role for Southgate’s England Neil Jones Click here to see more stories from this author Liverpool Correspondent 15:00 7/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jordan Henderson England 2018 World Cup Getty Images World Cup Colombia v England Colombia England Liverpool Why does the midfielder continue to divide opinion among supporters despite earning the trust of the Three Lions boss, Jurgen Klopp and others? If you ever want to start an argument with a football fan, there’s an easy way to do it.Say something about Jordan Henderson.It can be good or it can be bad. It can be an impassioned defence or a brutal critique. But whatever you say, be warned; it will  provoke a reaction. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Liverpool’s captain continues to divide opinion like few others. Whether it’s for club or for country, the midfield man is forever a source of debate, a lightning rod for criticism.And yet, still, a key figure.Today, Henderson will start as England look to book their place in the quarter-final of the World Cup. In May, he led Liverpool in a Champions League final. For Gareth Southgate and for Jurgen Klopp, he is valued, appreciated and necessary.Yet for many, he is an imposter, an average footballer given a status far beyond his capabilities . He’s upgradeable, fortunate to have fooled people for so long. Somehow, he’s conned a host of managers and team-mates into believing he’s good enough. He’s the Derren Brown of the Premier League.He’s not, of course. As ever, the truth is a little more straightforward and a lot less dramatic. And maybe the World Cup will help, to coin a Klopp-ism, “turn doubters into believers” when it comes to Henderson.“I don’t like reading good things about myself,” Henderson said ahead of the Champions League final. Good job, you could say, although praise arrived following strong performances in England’s opening two games in Russia. Tunisia and Panama may not represent the most stellar of opposition, but if standards needed setting then Henderson did just that. Harry Kane is Southgate’s captain, but he’s not his only leader .There is, speaking to players and observers, something a little different about this England setup. It’s a little more relaxed, a little more together, than in previous years. There’s pressure, sure, but also belief. And among a relatively inexperienced group of players, a surprising amount of steel too.Henderson, at 28 one of the senior members of the squad, represents its core values. Selfless to a fault, utterly dedicated to the game and ready to meet any challenge head-on, he’s a shining example. “A manager’s dream,” says Jamie Carragher, who spent two years with him at Liverpool and saw at close quarters just how much the Wearsider puts into his career. Day in, day out, it was work, work, work.Jordan Henderson England VAR ItalyIt can sound a bit hollow talking about a footballer’s “attitude”, his “commitment” or his “work ethic” if truth be told. Many would argue it’s the bare minimum for a player to give his all, be it in training or matches. Henderson’s devotion, though, still stands out.At Liverpool, team-mates laugh about his demanding, at times abrasive, style on the training field. He is “a workaholic” says Dejan Lovren, and “an angry man” according to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Simon Mignolet talks of how he “sets the highest standards possible” and expects all, not just some, to think in the same way. Those who begin to let up are swiftly informed, whether they’re Mo Salah or Trent Alexander-Arnold. “He was unbelievably intense, every day,” says Carragher, himself a devoted trainer. “He just always wanted to improve.”At England, it’s the same. Henderson’s is the loudest voice on the training field, he’s the one who gets in the referee’s ear on the field. He is, along with Kane, the man Southgate trusts when issuing detailed tactical instruction. Missing out on the captaincy to Kane was a disappointment, but not one Henderson has dwelt on for a second.Preferred to Eric Dier as England’s designated ‘controller’ in midfield, Henderson has justified his manager’s selection. He’s rarely spectacular, but always available. He runs and he covers, he talks and he offers. He sacrifices so others can grab the glory. Against Panama, a game England had won by half time, he ran more than any other player, and he did so with and without the ball. You don’t relax at 0-0 or 1-0, he believes, so why do it at 5-0? Good habits are always good habits.There are things he could do better, for sure. He still, for example, tends to get rid of the ball too quickly when pressurised, where other midfielders would back their touch and their technique a little more. He can also drop too deep at times, standing on his centre-backs’ toes and asking for the ball instead of doing something more progressive. He’s not perfect, by any means. He’s not Luka Modric or Philippe Coutinho or Kevin De Bruyne. And no, he’s not Steven Gerrard either. Boy do we know that.But is that the worst thing in the world? Watching Dier and Fabian Delph against Belgium should leave no doubts as to Henderson’s importance to Southgate’s side. England, like Liverpool, miss him when he isn’t there. He has more good games than bad, and he allows others to play their natural game ahead of him. Eric Dier Jordan Henderson EnglandNow, the challenge is to take the next step. At Liverpool he’s become something of a nearly man. He was part of the last Reds side to win a trophy, the 2012 League Cup, but since then he’s lost in finals of the FA Cup, League Cup, Europa League and Champions League, as well as being part of a side that finished second in the Premier League. He’s the model pro, yes, but not yet a proven winner.Could that change in Russia? Over-confidence is not advised when it comes to England – Colombia will provide a stern enough test for Southgate’s men – but the draw could hardly be more inviting. If ever they had a chance of reaching the last four or better, this is it.If they do so, then Henderson will play a big part. Not a headline-grabbing one, not a highlights-reel one, but a vital one nonetheless.Maybe, who knows, it’ll be enough to silence some of those critics.Then after that he can go and find world peace, eh?last_img read more

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Chelsea agree Batshuayi loan deals with West Ham & Betis

first_imgChelsea have agreed loan deals with both West Ham and Real Betis, with Everton unwilling to pay their £35 million ($46m) asking price, Goal understands.The Blues had been hoping sell Bayshuayi and make back their initial investment after signing the 25-year-old from Marseille for around £33m ($43m) in 2016, as first revealed two weeks ago.The Toffees initially valued Batshuayi at around £18m ($24m) and, due to their lack of hope in securing a deal for the Belgium international, they are thought to also be denying Cenk Tosun an exit from Goodison Park.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Batshuayi is understood to be desperate to find an escape route from his Valencia loan deal where he has only managed three goals in 10 starts.Monaco had agreed a deal to take over Valencia’s remaining six months of their loan deal, but Chelsea held off allowing him to leave as they preferred to sell one of their 42-strong loan group.And Goal understands that both West Ham and Real Betis have now agreed a deal with Chelsea to sign Batshuayi on loan, while the player looks to make a decision before the transfer window closes on Thursday.Batshuayi has been training in Valencia but the Liga club were also hoping to get the striker’s high salary off their wage bill.Valencia coach Marcelino suggested earlier in January that he was running out of patience with Batshuayi after substituting the forward during a shock Copa del Rey defeat to Sporting Gijon.Batshuayi was given only 45 minutes before being substituted, in a decision Marcelino defended as “tactical” after the final whistle.But the coach also let slip his concerns over his attacking options in strong post-match comments.”We need signings up front. In some cases our patience has run out,” he fired to reporters, while stopping short of naming either Batshuayi or Kevin Gameiro as the subject of his ire.Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is also understood to not be interested in bringing back Batshuayi, with Gonzalo Higuain and Olivier Giroud to be his two strikers for the remainder of the season.Giroud had offers to leave Chelsea on a permanent deal in January but he prefers to stay with the club until the end of the season, snubbing moves to the Chinese Super League in the process. Additional reporting from Neil Joneslast_img read more

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Dene battle territorial govts power grap

first_imgAPTN National NewsDene leaders from across the Northwest Territories are meeting this week to raise concerns over the territorial government’s controversial devolution agreement with Ottawa.The deal would give the territory province-like powers over land and resources.Not everyone is convinced that the agreement is in the best interest of the people that live there.APTN National News reporter Cullen Crozier has this story.last_img

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On Muskrat Falls PM Trudeau says relationship with Indigenous peoples based on

first_imgAPTN National NewsPrime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday said Canada’s relationship with Indigenous peoples was based on “science.”Trudeau made the statement during question period after he was pressed on Ottawa’s perceived inaction on the ongoing Muskrat Falls controversy which has seen occupations, protests, RCMP raids and arrests.Trudeau said during question period it is up to the Newfoundland and Labrador government to consult and engage with the Innu, Inuit and Metis on the project.“The relationship with Indigenous peoples is extraordinarily important for this country, based on respect, based on science, based on partnership,” said Trudeau. “That is why we are ensuring that the province continues to consult and engage on this project with the full respect that we all expect will be shown towards Indigenous peoples.”Click here for APTN’s coverage on Muskrat FallsMulcair, who usually leads the round of questioning for his party in the House of Commons, referred to a recent comment by Newfoundland and Labrador Liberal MP Nick Whalen who suggested the Innu and Inuit should just eat less fish if they’re worried about methylmercury poisoning. Whalen later apologized.“Hunger strikers and their supporters travelled all the way from Labrador to bring concerns about Muskrat Falls to the prime minister here in Ottawa,” said Mulcair. “All they got in return was a flippant, insulting comment from a Liberal backbencher…What is the prime minister doing, specifically to address the concerns raised by the Inuit and Innu about poisoning of their fishery with methylmercury?”Inuit hunger strikers Bill Gauthier, Delilah Saunders and Jerry Kohlmeister are currently in Ottawa to meet with MPs about their concerns about the project’s impact on their traditional foods and way of life.The protests against the Muskrat Falls hydro-electric project in Labrador was triggered by science following a Havard University report that warned flooding caused by the dam would cause methylmercury to seep into the fish and land if the flood zone wasn’t cleared of topsoil and vegetation.news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more

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