Allardyce reveals concerns about England ahead of Colombia clash

first_img 2 Southgate made eight changes for England’s final group game Marcus Rashford missed a good chance for England against Belgium Speaking on the Sports Breakfast, former England boss Allardyce said: “One thing that does worry me slightly is we haven’t really scored any goals from open play. That is a real concern for us.“We saw Marcus missed a very good chance and we saw that (missed chances) in the first game against Tunisia.“We have only had Jesse Lingard with a stunning goal and a deflected goal from Harry Kane – the rest of the goals have all come from set plays and penalties so I would be slightly concerned about that going forward against Colombia.”Southgate’s decision to rest the majority of his key men against Belgium has been criticised in some quarters after England slipped to defeat, meaning they finished as runners-up behind the Red Devils in Group G. But it may have opened up a potentially more favourable route through the knockout stages, and Allardyce believes his successor made the right call to mix his team up ahead of Tuesday’s last 16 clash with Colombia.“I would have made changes, yes,” added Big Sam.“You have to use the full strengths of your squad at the World Cup and it was the perfect time. It was a dead rubber and even at the end of a defeat we seemed to have a clearer and better route to go forward and go as far as we possibly can.“Nobody wants to lose a football match and watching the game last night, both teams made a lot of changes, but both teams went for the win.“I think he (Southgate) will have learnt what his strongest team will be for the next game.”Did Sam Allardyce really watch England’s 6-1 win over Panama on his own in a London pub? 2 Sam Allardyce has expressed concerns over England’s ability to break down teams from open play as they prepare to face Colombia in the last 16 of the 2018 World Cup.Six of the Three Lions’ eight goals in the group stage came from either set-pieces or penalty kicks, and Allardyce believes Gareth Southgate’s side need to get better at creating – and taking – chances in open play to trouble the big sides.Marcus Rashford missed a sitter in the 1-0 defeat to Belgium on Thursday, although it did not prove too costly as a much-changed England side had already secured their spot in the knockout stages after beating Tunisia and Panama.last_img read more

Toms is ready for title showdown

first_imgRyan Toms’ manager Dave Currivan says his fighter is determined to win back the southern area light-middleweight title this weekend.Toms, from Northolt, held the belt until a first-round defeat against fellow West Londoner Steve O’Meara at Bethnal Green’s York Hall last year.Weise was knocked out by O’Meara.On Saturday night he returns to the same venue for a rematch against Nathan Weise, who was himself poleaxed there by O’Meara in December – also in the first round.O’Meara has since vacated the title, meaning it will be up for grabs when Toms and Weise, whose last meeting ended in a draw, lock horns again.Former solider Toms, 30, has been sparring with Alan Higgins of Kilburn – who makes his professional debut on Saturday’s bill – and unbeaten Birmingham prospect Thomas Costello.“It’s gone really well. Ryan’s had some very good sparring and is really focused on this fight,” Currivan told West London Sport.“Everything’s gone as we’d have wanted it to and Ryan’s really looking forward to Saturday night.“He knows what he’s got to do and is in good shape. He wants that title back and has trained hard for this one.”A victory would put Toms back in the frame for a shot at the British title or a possible rematch with O’Meara.“We’d definitely take a rematch. It’s a fight we’d like to happen,” Currivan added.“Ryan was caught cold when they fought before. We’d like the chance to do it again.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

49ers Reuben Foster ‘needs to find a way to get that rust off’

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Reuben Foster looked every bit a play-making, turnover-forcing machine immediately into his rookie training camp last year. Interceptions came daily, along with a fumble or two. His hands were magnets to the football.“The ball’s got a thing for me. I don’t got a thing for the ball,” Foster quipped back then with his fun-loving smile.Now, 14 games into his career, Foster has no interceptions, no fumble recoveries, no forced fumbles and a bum shoulder. That injury aside, he …last_img

First DMC payments providing critical aid to dairy farmers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The National Milk Producers Federation thanked the U.S. Department of Agriculture for meeting the timeline Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue promised in February for dairy-program payments under the 2018 farm bill. Dairy farmers began receiving checks under the new Dairy Margin Coverage program last week, in keeping with USDA’s pledge.“DMC aid represents significant improvement from previous programs, and with dairy farmers facing a fifth year of low prices, receiving better assistance in a timely fashion is a matter of survival for some family farms,” said Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of the NMPF. “The DMC program doesn’t replace a healthy market, but it is a crucial safety net in turbulent times. All dairy producers should strongly consider enrolling, and to look closely at coverage at the $9.50 maximum level.”More than one-fourth of all U.S. dairy farms — nearly 10,000 — have signed up for DMC since signups began June 17, according to USDA. Enrollment will continue through Sept. 20, and coverage is retroactive to Jan. 1. NMPF has a resources page on DMC and other dairy assistance programs on its website, https://www.nmpf.org/policy_tags/dairy-margin-coverage/.last_img read more

The Best Set of Go-To Lenses

first_imgThese lenses are good additions to any videographer’s go-to kit. This breakdown explains why.Cover image via Sigma.Most of us don’t always have the budget to rent a set of Master Primes. I’ve been on the search for the ultimate budget-friendly, everyday lens kit for quite some time. In my search, I’ve narrowed it down to three options: Zeiss Milvus, Sigma Art and Rokinon Cine. I’ve used each lens set on multiple shoots, and each has proven advantageous. In this post, I’ll break down the advantages and disadvantages of each.Sigma ArtSimply put, the Sigma Art lenses are great. You’re starting to see them pop up on all sorts of shoots, especially now that you can get them as cinema lenses. These lenses offer a sharp, wide-open aperture, and they come in a variety of focal lengths.Image via Sigma.ProsSharp — These lenses offer a beautifully sharp image across the entire range.Fast —  These lenses feature a very fast aperture that is perfect for lowlight situations.Affordable — They’re not the cheapest lenses, but compared to their L-Series counterparts, these lenses come at a good price point.Cons Build Quality — These lenses are built pretty well, but they are not as high-quality as a Zeiss lens. This can affect their longevity.Zeiss MilvusI didn’t expect the Zeiss Milvus line of lenses to be as great as they were. Zeiss makes them, so you know they’ll be good, but these lenses have improved upon their older ZE counterparts. They’re sharp, wide-open, and they create beautiful images.Image via Zeiss.Pros 0.8 Gear — The focus barrel of the lens has the same focus throw distance and feel of a true cinema lens. This will make pulling focus much more natural and less touchy than using a typical still lens.Sharp — These lenses are ultra sharp, even wide open. The 85mm Milvus performs beautifully when open at 1.4. Zeiss made a great improvement here over their older ZE line, which did not perform well shooting wide open.ConsNo focus marks — Unfortunately what keeps this lens from being a true cinema lens is the lack of focus marks.Rokinon CineImage via Rokinon.The first time I used the Rokinon Cine lenses, I was immediately impressed — especially since I didn’t expect much. They were surprisingly sharp and created a great image. The best part is that they’re very affordable.ProsAffordability — The fact that you can get a four-lens set of these for $1,900 is reason enough to include them in this list. If you’re on a slim budget and need a good lens option, then these Rokinons are worth your consideration.Fast — As affordable as these lenses are, they are also very fast. The 85mm boasts a T1.5, which is great for lowlight situations. However, while they’re fast, these lenses do lack a little in sharpness when wide open.Cons Build — If I’m looking at a set of lenses, I’m thinking about longevity. I want a set that I will have around for years. When it comes down to it, the Rokinons just don’t have the same build quality as the Sigma Art or Zeiss Milvus lines.All three of these lens sets are great options to consider when building out your own set of primes.Do you have experience with these lenses? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

Fast-track courts in Tripura to try POCSO cases

first_imgThe Tripura government has designated several courts as first-track courts to try pending proceedings under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. A special court has been set up here and nine more across districts have been designated for the purpose, a law department official said. Five such courts have been set up to try cases of crimes against women. Around 350 cases lodged under the POCSO Act are awaiting final disposal by courts. Many cases are as old as four years. Complaints are mainly about sexual abuse and hostility.The State’s Law and Education Minister had earlier said that the special POCSO court here will be launched on September 16. It will deal with litigations under west Tripura district limit.last_img