Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In 2007, Bruce King hated going to work.He made good money in the manufacturing sector, and he wasn’t really looking for a different job, but he wasn’t really not looking either.“I hated Sunday nights because I knew I had to go to work the next morning. I felt trapped there,” King said of his manufacturing job in Mansfield.He had grown up helping on area farms some in the summer during high school. After high school he served in the Marine Corps before working at the factory for 15 years. He lived with his family in Lucas, just east of Mansfield and he certainly had never considered a career in the field of agriculture, until a want ad for a sow unit manager at nearby Oberholtzer Hog Corporation caught his attention.“I called about the ad and when I went to the farm I realized right away that was where I belonged,” King said. “I liked the environment and the type of people that were there. It wasn’t a cutthroat work environment. I realized very quickly that everybody’s job is important in agriculture. I liked the teamwork and the camaraderie. That is probably from my military past. Then the hogs kinds of grew on me. I found that I did have a passion for working with these animals that I never realized I had. I like scratching their ears. I find it therapeutic.”King admits he knew nothing about hogs when he started the job.“Before I saw that ad for the job, I didn’t even know that this job existed. I thought pork came from Kroger and I didn’t know anything about commercial farms,” he said. “I don’t think anyone ever really knew that I didn’t know anything about hogs. But, from the military I learned leadership and people followed me. Things were slowing down at the time of year that I started and that helped me learn. I spent a lot of time just studying the hog industry and how it worked inside and out. I studied what it took to make a successful hog farm. I was able to absorb the knowledge quickly. Maybe it is because I enjoyed it.”The farm is owned by Kenny Oberholtzer and there is a sow unit, gilt developer and three finishing barns contracting hogs for the Hord Livestock Company.“Kenny has a vast knowledge of hogs and working with the Hords was great. Their management team is the best there is,” King said. “They do a lot of vet visits and working with the vets regularly was a tremendous asset as well. As far as the wellness of the animals, you either get it or you don’t. I just seemed to notice some of the details that other people would overlook. It was a lot of trial and error at first.”The job was a huge change for King and though it was easy to leave the factory, it was not so easy to leave the paycheck.“I worked third shift at the factory. I would get off at 6 a.m. and go to the sow unit and work until 1 or so and then I would go home and sleep. I did that for three months to make sure it was what I wanted to do,” he said. “It was a big jump to leave my factory job. I went from a job where you stamp your product and made something that was a final outcome you knew right then to something that is longer term and you can’t see the end result for months.”Soon enough, he was hooked and poured all of his effort into his new job, using the skills he learned in manufacturing and the military to maximize productivity, efficiency and animal care, though there was plenty to learn.“Coming from manufacturing, I saw that this job was just a different type of manufacturing. You have to do the right things to get the right product in the end — it is just a delayed gratification for seeing the end product,” he said. “The challenges sometimes felt like I was climbing a mountain. You have to wrap your mind around the idea that what you do now will impact the next four months. That was huge.”King knew from the start that his success would be closely tied to the people around him and he took great care in hiring employees.“Employee retention can be a challenge and it was my goal to hire people based on what I knew about them. I found people who I knew from my neighborhood. No one that has been added to the team since I have been there has any agricultural background,” King said. “I look at their personality to see what traits they have and then see where they will fit. If people are attentive, I put them in farrowing because they are more caring and kind. Then you teach them farrowing. For gestation, I look for the more assertive personalities. You don’t want to put that meek person in the pen giving shots. You put people in a position according to their strengths. It became very apparent that personality traits were more important than experience. In fact, not having any experience made it easier for us to teach them our way of doing things and they didn’t have any existing bad habits.”With a good team in place, success has followed.“We do not cut corners. We never stop trying to be better,” King said. “I realized it was not about what I did, it was about getting the right people in the right jobs. I didn’t have to know everything about hogs. I just had to know enough to make everyone really good at what they did. If you can build a strong team than everything else comes easier. If you have the right people doing the right jobs the numbers take care of themselves.”Three years after King started, the farm expanded to 2,500 sows and production numbers have dramatically improved since then. The success on his farm led to King being named the 2016 Swine Manager of the Year by the Ohio Pork Council. He is being recognized at the Ohio Pork Congress this week.“We started going in shifts 24/7 in 2014 and it has really helped. The 24/7 is by far the most valuable thing we have done,” he said. “We were able to get more pigs out the door than we ever have — 80,459 went out the door last year. That is a good number. It is up from 77,062 in 2013. It was a great year.”The farm also saw lower numbers of stillborn pigs at 5.59% three years ago to 2.93% in 2015. The farm averaged 30.47 pigs weaned per sow in 2015 with a pre-wean mortality dropping from 11% to 8.47% in three years.“That is a huge difference,” King said. “The focus of that 24/7 was in farrowing. Constant care is where the money is at. We get those pigs towel dried. The quicker they dry the sooner they will nurse and get that colostrum, and the more likely they are to survive. And yes, those towels wreck a washing machine.”King is very proud of (but never satisfied with) his numbers.“We focus on the numbers a lot. We have an incentives program based on production and that really drives the workers to do better. I put the numbers up and we talk about them and we are always working to improve. If we have a bad week, we look at why that happened and see what happened to identify the problem,” King said. “We look at patterns. We focus on the numbers and we are goal oriented.”And as much as he enjoys working with the animals, he takes even greater interest in the crop of townies he has helped turn into farmers.“I hand picked the employees I hired and it has been a good move to do that. Some started while they were in high school or right after high school,” he said. “The people who do the work every day are the reason I have been successful. Sometimes the guy who power washes every day will come to you with the best idea. I work with guys who do the right things every day and don’t cut corners. Those are the people who need to be recognized for their work day in and day out. I feel like we have some of the finest people you can find anywhere.”The whole experience has turned King and the other farm employees into uniquely positioned advocates for agriculture.“I like educating people about the facts of hog farming. They all want to know how hog farms are really run. I like to share that part about it,” he said. “Since I started at the hog farm and hired all of these young guys from Lucas, the whole community now understands more about hog farming and what really happens on a farm. These animals are well taken acre of. They live better than some people do. I wish we had more opportunities to educate people on the positive side of commercial farms. I would invite anyone to walk through with me. “And, at the end of the day, King has a job that he is passionate about and dedicated to doing better tomorrow.“I love being there. The time goes quickly and there is no other job I have had when the time goes by too quickly. Part of me is envious of the people who grew up on farms, but I don’t think that I would be as good at my job now if I didn’t come from the other side of the fence,” he said. “’Well how did you end up with a job like that?’ is the most common question I get. Being where I am now was probably the furthest thing from my mind 10 years ago. It is crazy that a want ad would change the direction of my life and allow me to improve other people lives by introducing them to agriculture. And now, I don’t hate going to work.”
Among the five competing teams in the Nehru Cup, the most celebrated is undoubtedly the Cameroon side. With a legacy of having produced talent that has made a mark at the very top, they deserve the nickname “the indomitable lions”.But what has come as a dampener is that the African side has not brought any of its top stars, the likes of Samuel Eto, Alex Song. Instead, Cameroon have brought their reserve side comprising home-based players.The intent to dominate is, however, not missing from the Africans. True to their high spirits, coach Emmanuel Bosso declared that they are here to show what they are capable of.”If we have come to this tournament, we will give it all to show how good we can play,” he said at a press conference on Tuesday.Bosso made no inhibitions about the fact that no member of the first XI has come. “Most of our foreign-based players are busy with their respective leagues. The ones who have come are stars of the national league,” he said.The coach lauded his wards. “I work along with Denis Lavagne (Cameroon’s chief coach). And some of the boys who are playing here may get a chance in the first team soon,” he said.Asked about the rest of the field in the Nehru Cup, Bosso sounded quite ignorant. “Well, we have seen Syria play but about the Indian team… I don’t know,” he said.On his second visit to India, Bosso sounded diplomatic when asked about his team’s main players. “Well, you will see that on field.”advertisementAfter much insistence, he came up with his top striker’s name. “Macon is our leading striker. He scored 12 goals last season and we are hoping that he repeat the performance here,” he said. “As far as our formation is concerned we like to play in the 4-4-2 way.”Captain Paul Roland too spoke highly of Macon. “We play in the same club (New Stars) and I have seen him play for quite some time now. He’s our best striker,” he pointed out.A right back and member of Cameroon’s 2008 Beijing Olympics, Roland said that players from his country could be interested in playing in India.
Deepika Padukone’s upcoming movie, Padmavati, has caused enough buzz already. Even before the cast started promoting the film on social media, and certainly much before the trailer launch, Padmavati had started creating news, thanks to all the controversies surrounding it.While those controversies still loom over the much-awaited film, what we’re going to start seeing soon is the cast actively promoting the historical drama before it hits the silver screen.As a good start to the same, Deepika Padukone gave us this recent look, which she sported during the 3D premier of Padmavati.Picture courtesy: Instagram/shaleenanathani The Cocktail actress wore this exquisite black suit by Sabysachi, which has intricate gold work just on the bottom-half, and some parts of the dupatta. What took the look to a whole new level was the fact that even though a pristine white churidar does not really make sense with that kurta and dupatta, it definitely gave some graceful pep to the whole outfit.Picture courtesy: Instagram/afashionistasdiaries Deepika justified the white churidar by matching it with the white stone-work in her evidently heavy Amrapali earrings. What made the attire classy, ultimately, was the neckline and bodice of the kurta, and the fact that she chose to wear her hair in a neat, centre-parted bun.Hope you continue this fashion streak during the promotions of Padmavati too, Deepika!
Rohit Sharma has been in incredible form as he led Tem India to a unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match T20I series against West Indies.As India prepare to host the West Indies for the last time on this tour in the third T20 match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Sunday, there are a few records that Rohit can break.Leading the Indian cricket team in the absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli, Rohit can become the only Indian captain to have led his side to two 3-0 T20I whitewash series wins. He had previously led the Indian team to a 3-0 whitewash against Zimbabwe back in 2016.READ – Rohit Sharma glad to put a smile on fans’ faces with blockbuster hundred in LucknowIf India win and Rohit does manage to attain the feat, he will become the third captain to do so, after Afghanistan Asghar Afghan (who has 3 series wins) and Pakistan’s Sarfraz Ahmed (who has 5 series wins).Rohit is currently the highest run-getter in the T20I series so far, with 117 runs from 2 matches at an astounding average of 117. The next best are Shikhar Dhawan (with 46 runs) and KL Rahul (with 42 runs). Such has been the gulf in class.In the previous match, Rohit scored an unbeaten 111 from 61 balls and broke multiple records, en route to helping India thrash West Indies by 71 runs and take the series.READ – Rohit Sharma 1st man to score 4 T20I hundreds, 2nd highest run-scorer in historyadvertisement’The Hitman’ also became the first batsman in T20I cricket to score four hundreds and hence went past New Zealand’s Colin Munro, who has scored three centuries.Rohit in the course of his innings went past Virat Kohli as the highest run scorer in T20Is for India. He is currently the second-highest run-scorer with 2203 runs from 86 T20Is at an average of 33.89 behind New Zealand’s Martin Guptill (2271).Rohit now needs just 69 runs to become the highest run-scorer in the shortest format of the game. If he manages to score those runs, it will be first time that an Indain will be holding the pole position in the list of most runs in all three formats of the international game, as Sachin Tendulkar is the highest run-scorer in Test and ODI cricket.There will be changes in the Indian playing XI, with Japrit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav and Umesh Yadav having been rested. It will be up to Bhuvneshwar Kumar and the young Khaleel Ahmed to form the pace attack and provide early wickets.The spin department may see the return of Yuzvendra Chahal in the absence of Kuldeep while Krunal Pandya will expect to build on an impressive start to his international career.It remains to be seen if the team management chooses to give Chennai man Washington Sundar a go alongside Shreyas Iyer.(With inputs from PTI)
The Big 12 has a professional football player problem. This is no surprise to people who follow these things closely. Oklahoma State is certainly part of that, but this year the Pokes actually surpassed the Big 12 average in NFL Combine invites.Of the 19 Big 12 players invited to Indianapolis next month, OSU has three of them. Defensive tackle Vincent Taylor, running back Chris Carson and cornerback Ashton Lampkin will all take their talents to the next level to see how high they can move up draft boards.Other Big 12 invites include Rasul Douglas, KD Cannon, D’Onta Foreman, Dede Westbrook, Jordan Willis, Pat Mahomes, Seth Russell and Samaje Perine.I asked Taylor how excited he is to go to Indy.“I’m very excited being one of the guys from OSU to go as a junior,” Taylor told PFB. “I’m looking forward to going out there to do my best and just enjoy the moment because moments like this only come around once.”Lampkin got a 5.12 grade from NFL.com, Taylor got a 5.35 and Carson did not a grade on the following scale:“I think as a pro I will learn from some of the other guys who have been in the league and I think I bring my athleticism as a big guy,” Taylor told me. “I’m just looking forward to going in to contribute to any team that drafts me.”The Combine will take place from Tuesday, February 28 to Monday, March 6. Here is a full list of all the participants. 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.
Success is subjective. How do you measure it? Winning 10 games in football? Contending for conference titles? Winning a big rivalry game?Mike Gundy has captained Oklahoma State’s program to new heights, turning a once-in-awhile blip on college football’s radar to a top-15 program. But OSU has yet to take that “next step”.What is the next step? That’s also subjective but most OSU fans would like the Cowboys to compete for national championships rather than conference titles. Most would just like them to be competitive in Bedlam.Tom Fornelli of CBS Sports compiled a list of the top five most-tortured fan bases in college football and (wouldn’t you know it?) Mr. Fornelli feels your pain.Oklahoma State landed at No. 4 on his list.It can’t be easy to be an Oklahoma State football fan. You spend your entire existence living in the shadow of your state’s other major program, Oklahoma. Making matters worse, even though you’ve been one of the better programs in the country over the last decade, you still don’t get much respect nationally because everyone is focused on Oklahoma. This is a team that has won at least 10 games in five of the last seven seasons, yet the most attention it received in that period was when it blew a title shot by losing to Iowa State in 2011, and when Central Michigan beat it on a Hail Mary that never should have happened last season. CBS SportsIt’s true that the Cowboys probably don’t get the national recognition they should. The helmet sticker rule is real and it’s a part of college football. But if OSU ever wants to turn the tide on that they get an opportunity every year.The bad news is that, starting this fall, it may take two wins over OU to take that next step. 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.
On October 31, 2015, during a Halloween game in Lubbock, Jalen McCleskey fielded a high-bouncing punt, went right and proceeded to break the hearts of the tortilla faithful as he followed blockers into the end zone. The Cowboys would beat the Red Raiders 70-53. That was also the last time a Cowboy scored on a punt or kickoff return.Over Mike Gundy’s tenure, the presence of a dynamic kick returner had almost become the norm. There were guys like Dez Bryant, Perrish Cox and Josh Stewart. Justin Gilbert. Tyreek Hill.Each one of them had the ability to take the most redundant part of a football game and turn it into a dramatic momentum shift, in no time at all. Unfortunately for Gundy, the Cowboys have hit a bit of a dry spell in highlight-worthy return plays over the past couple of years.In 2015, a good chunk of kick return reps fell to a pair of true freshmen in running back Jeff Carr and wide receiver Jalen McCleskey. At times, their inexperience showed. Neither really struck fear into the hearts of opposing coaches.In 2016, it looked like prodigal son Barry J. Sanders might reignite the return game. After that exhilarating 57-yard punt return in the season opener against SE Louisiana — that probably should have been a TD — Sanders didn’t gain more than 12 yards in any single punt return the rest of the year. Neither did McCleskey, who split punts with the former Stanford tailback.It’s not just that the Cowboys couldn’t score on a single return last season. They were never able to find “that guy,” even with the multitude of playmakers at different skill positions on the roster.During practice this week, our own Hayden Barber asked Gundy if he has anyone in mind to resurrect that crucial role.“McCleskey catches, Carr catches, Tyron Johnson will catch,” said Gundy. “And then we have to get a freshman. One of those guys. We have enough skill coming in between the running backs, receivers and corners that one of those freshmen needs to emerge back there, whoever we end up playing, we need to have one of those guys back there returning.”McCleskey and Carr are both experienced in the role, no doubt. We know both are bigger and stronger now. We know both can make plays. Maybe just more experience is the key.Then there’s the apparent 2017 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, Tyron Johnson. Maybe he is the x-factor the Cowboys have been waiting for. There’s also a couple of redshirt freshmen backs in speedster La’Darren Brown and Ja’Ron Wilson who may get a shot by this fall. Or it could be Chuba Hubbard, who hasn’t even showed up for school yet.It could be someone we’re not even talking about.But if you’re in attendance for the Spring Game, you’ll get just a small glimpse at the kick returners. There will be no punt returns and scores will be followed by a spot on the 25-yard line but each half will have an opening kickoff.So fight the urge to check your phone during those kickoffs. You might miss that juke or wiggle that starts a renaissance in the return game. 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.
League Cup Arsenal vs Man City: TV channel, live stream, squad news & Carabao Cup final preview Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 18:23 25/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty League Cup Arsenal v Manchester City Manchester City Arsenal Arsene Wenger and Pep Guardiola will attempt to mastermind victory as they guide their sides into battle at Wembley Manchester City and Arsenal lock horns in the first big final of the English football calendar when they face off for the Carabao Cup at Wembley on Sunday.It is Pep Guardiola’s first shot at winning a trophy with City and the Catalan will be keen to succeed, particularly after being knocked out of the FA Cup a week before.For the Gunners and Arsene Wenger, the game is one of their few remaining opportunities to clinch a piece of silverware this season and it is one trophy that has managed to elude the French boss during his time in England. 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 The teams played each other in the league back in November with City easily coming out on top on that occasion, so Arsenal will feel they have a bigger point to prove. Game Arsenal vs Manchester City Date Sunday February 24 Time 16:30 GMT / 11:30 ET TV Channel & Live Stream In the United States (US), the game can be watched live on ESPN Deportes and can be streamed live online using WatchESPN. US TV channel Online stream ESPN Deportes WatchESPN In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on Sky Sports Premier League and it can be streamed live online using Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Premier League Sky Go Squads & Team News Position Arsenal players Goalkeepers Ospina, Cech, Macey Defenders Mertesacker, Koscielny, Holding, Monreal, Mustafi, Chambers, Bellerin, Kolasinac, Mavropanos, Osei-Tutu Midfielders Mkhitaryan, Ramsey, Wilshere, Ozil, Iwobi, Xhaka, Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Dragomir, Gilmour, Willock Forwards Aubameyang, Welbeck, Dasilva, Nelson, Nketiah Two players who are definitely ruled out for Arsenal are Alexandre Lacazette, who recently underwent surgery on a knee injury and Santi Cazorla, who has been troubled by an ankle complaint.There had been concerns over whether Aaron Ramsey would be available, but the Wales international looks likely to be involved in some capacity.Potential Arsenal starting XI: Cech; Monreal, Koscielny, Mustafi, Bellerin; Wilshere, Xhaka, Ozil, Mkhitaryan, Ramsey; Aubameyang. Position Man City players Goalkeepers Bravo, Ederson, Grimshaw Defenders Walker, Danilo, Kompany, Stones, Laporte, Adarabioyo, Otamendi, Duhaney Midfielders Sterling, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Sane, B. Silva, D. Silva, Fernandinho, Zinchenko, Toure, Foden, Diaz, Dele-Bashiru Forwards Aguero, Nmecha, Jesus Guardiola has a number of injury concerns to deal with such as Raheem Sterling, who suffered a strain in the Champions League and could be unavailable.Gabriel Jesus could potentially return to the matchday squad having resumed training, but Fabian Delph is suspended and Benjamin Mendy remains out with an injury.Potential Man City starting XI: Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Danilo; Fernandinho, D. Silva, De Bruyne; Sane, Aguero, B. Silva.Betting & Match Odds Man City are favourites to win the Carabao Cup with dabblebet offering odds of 4/7 on them to beat Arsenal in the final. The Gunners, meanwhile, are priced at 9/2 and a draw – which would see the game go to extra time – is a 7/2 bet.Click here to see all of dabblebet’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.Match Preview Manchester City are cruising towards Premier League glory but they can collect their first bit of silverware of the season by beating Arsenal in the final of the Carabao Cup.Guardiola’s seemingly invulnerable side had been tipped for a quadruple season, but Wigan Athletic put an end to that chat by knocking them out of the FA Cup last week. However, a treble remains a distinct possibility if they can overcome the Gunners.They will have confidence that they can do so, having already dismantled Wenger’s side at the Etihad earlier this season, beating them 3-1, but, at the same time, they will not have forgotten last season’s FA Cup semi-final, in which Arsenal emerged victorious.A win for City will see Guardiola claim his first ever trophy since arriving in England in 2016, but an Arsenal win will also be a first for his counterpart Wenger, who has never hoisted the cup over his head in his two-decade-plus reign in North London.Arsenal last won the competition 25 years ago in 1993 when George Graham was at the helm and a triumph would see the Frenchman add it to a trophy cabinet that contains seven FA Cups and three Premier League titles.Not only that, but it would have the effect of ensuring continental football in the form of the Europa League and adding a silver lining to a season that has been beset with a myriad of problems.
Roma 0 AC Milan 2: Cutrone and Calabria secure superb win for Rossoneri Guy Atkinson Last updated 1 year ago 05:41 26/2/2018 Getty Images AC Milan’s fine form in Serie A continued as a superb second-half display saw off an out-of-sorts Roma. AC Milan stretched their unbeaten run in Serie A to eight games as Patrick Cutrone and Davide Calabria sealed a 2-0 win over Roma at the Stadio Olimpico.Gennaro Gattuso’s side were second best during a poor first half but came out for the second period rejuvenated and secured all three points thanks to their young stars.Their more adventurous approach bore fruit after 48 minutes when Cutrone got a delicate touch to Suso’s cross, which flashed past Alisson. 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 Milan had further chances to add a second before the unlikely figure of Calabria added gloss to the scoreline with a composed finish in the 74th minute.The win sets Milan up perfectly for a big week, which sees them face Lazio in a Coppa Italia semi-final second leg on Wednesday before a crunch derby with Inter four days later.Roma, meanwhile, will need to pick themselves up quickly after a second consecutive defeat ahead of a daunting trip to Napoli next weekend.74′ AND @davidecalabria2 MAKES IT TWO!!!! Il raddoppio rossonero con un gran gol di Davide!!! Dai ragazzi!!!!! ️ #RomaMilan 0-2 pic.twitter.com/1tvqQquMrI — AC Milan (@acmilan) February 25, 2018 Roma started with a spring in their step and tested Gianluigi Donnarumma – celebrating his 19th birthday – twice inside the opening 10 minutes through Cengiz Under and Diego Perotti.Milan soon settled, however, and largely kept their hosts at arm’s length for large swathes of the first half.When Roma did threaten, Lorenzo Pellegrini was at the heart of it. The 21-year-old midfielder had a penalty appeal waved away before flashing a shot wide of Donnarumma’s right-hand post as the half ended goalless.In stark contrast to their tepid first-half display, Milan started the second period with verve and swagger and were rewarded with the opening goal after just three minutes.Cutrone found Suso on the right and then stormed into the box to meet the Spaniard’s teasing cross with an impudent flick past Alisson for his sixth Serie A goal of the season.48′ GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAL! Patrick!!!!CUTRONEEEE! Vantaggio rossonero! ️ #RomaMilan 0-1 pic.twitter.com/raTN3gmnax — AC Milan (@acmilan) February 25, 2018 Perotti then drilled a long-range effort just wide as Roma attempted to restore parity, while Alisson had to be alert to parry over Franck Kessie’s powerful drive as Milan looked to double their advantage.The shackles were well and truly off Milan’s players after Cutrone’s goal and Hakan Calhanoglu should have at least tested Alisson with a low drive just before the hour, instead dragging it wide.Substitute Nikola Kalinic should have wrapped it up with 20 minutes remaining but was denied by a smart one-handed save from Alisson.The Croatian made up it for it soon after, though, playing in the marauding Calabria who coolly clipped over the onrushing Roma goalkeeper for his first ever Serie A goal.Roma rarely looked like clawing their way back into the game in the closing stages as Milan – who could have had a third late on through Fabio Borini – comfortably held firm to register a memorable win. Key Opta Facts:- AC Milan have won an away league match against Roma for the first time since October 2011.- Patrick Cutrone has scored four goals in his last four Serie A games. His strike on Sunday was Milan’s first shot on target of the match.- Davide Calabria has scored his first goal for AC Milan (42 apps in all competitions). read more
Cristiano Ronaldo Ronaldo can play at elite level for as long as he wants – Fernandes Sacha Pisani 19:05 3/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Getty Images Cristiano Ronaldo Lokomotiv Moskva v Spartak Moskva Real Madrid v Getafe Real Madrid Portugal Primera División World Cup Lokomotiv Moskva Premier League The attacker may have turned 33 last month, but he shows few signs of slowing down, something his countryman puts down to his mentality Real Madrid and Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo can continue playing at the highest level for as long as he wants, insists countryman Manuel Fernandes.Ronaldo celebrated his 33rd birthday in February but the five-time Ballon d’Or winner is still going strong for club and country.He has scored 14 La Liga goals and 28 across all competitions for Madrid in a relatively modest season by his own exceptional standards but netted twice in Madrid’s 3-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of the Champions League last-16 tie last month. 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 Indeed, he has started 2018 better than any other calendar year with Los Blancos and now the former Manchester United forward will look to help Madrid complete the job at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday as Madrid seek to win the competition for the third season in a row.And Lokomotiv Moscow star Fernandes told Omnisport: “Cristiano is special because of his strong winning mentality.”He is very aware of what needs to be done in order to achieve his goals.”Obviously, he takes care of himself and that’s another main reason for his success. A true model of professionalism and constant superiority.”Keeping up his physical condition and wanting to achieve more, he can play at the highest level until he wants to.” Aside from a potential Champions League three-peat, Portugal’s captain, all-time leading scorer and most capped player will also be targeting World Cup glory.Ronaldo helped Portugal triumph at Euro 2016, and Fernando Santos’ men now head to Russia in June with heightened expectations.The European champions will come up against neighbours Spain, Morocco and Iran in Group B and Portugal’s hopes are set to rest heavily on Ronaldo.”Spain are one of the strongest candidates to win the cup,” World Cup hopeful Fernandes – who has 11 caps for Portugal – said.”It is true that the initial clash with them will be extremely difficult, but I’m sure they think the same when they consider their first match in the World Cup is against the European Champions.”We will be focused on that initial match, but also must consider how difficult the games against Morocco and Iran will be. Morocco has players featuring in the best European leagues and Iran has had an impressive qualification phase and has been preparing exclusively for this competition for over a year now. It’s a World Cup level group, one of the strongest.””Cristiano as always will be in his best form but if you ask him, I’m sure he will say the team’s form and belief will be the decisive factors.”