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Six things we learned from the Premier League’s opening weekend

first_imgManchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea all showed they looked the real deal with victories in their respective games.Manchester United and Tottenham didn’t look as convincing but they both managed to get over the line and earn three points in their opening matches but the same old problems seem to remain for Arsenal under new boss Unai Emery.Meanwhile, we saw Wolves, Cardiff and Fulham make their returns to the top flight and the promoted sides got off to a mixed start.Cardiff and Fulham lost to Bournemouth and Crystal Palace respectively while Nuno Espirito Santo’s men showed “character” in his words to earn an entertaining draw against ten-man Everton. 8 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 8 smart causal England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won But what were the key points from the first gameweek of the 2018/19 season?Fear not, talkSPORT have picked out six things you can take away from the action.Is Luke Shaw back?The left-back’s career at United looked over a few months ago but Luke Shaw came out fighting during the Red Devils’ win over Leicester on Friday.Shaw has been criticised in public a number of times by manager Jose Mourinho for his sub-standard displays but there were only good reviews for Shaw this time as he scored what proved to be the winning goal in the 2-1 victory – the 23-year-old’s first senior goal. 8 8 Getty How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener His post-match interview was more revealing than the average conversation with a footballer – offering a frank assessment of how his time at United has not been good enough so far before saying he was desperate to show why United signed him in the first place.If he carries on like this then Shaw even has every chance of even clawing his way back into the England set-up.Manchester City are still brilliantCity were incredible last season and they carried on from where the left off with a 2-0 victory over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.Pep Guardiola’s side controlled the game from start to finish against a new-look Gunners side that seemed to crumble at points, such was the intense pressure put on them by their classy opponents. Keita had a decent run out on his competitive Liverpool debut Jose Mourinho described Shaw’s performance against the Foxes as ‘very complete’ The new Gunners boss has a lot of work to do REVEALED Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade 8 NEW ERA 8 They were outclassed in every department and there were shades of the rusty Arsenal of Wenger’s latter years on show – the worst of which saw Petr Cech nearly score a comical own goal.Fulham are not the finished articleIt was not a brilliant weekend for all the promoted sides but perhaps Fulham’s defeat to Crystal Palace was the biggest anti-climax given the range of talent at Craven Cottage.However, despite receiving a standing ovation at half-time for their exciting style of play at half-time, Slavisa Jokanovic’s side lost to the more experienced Eagles. Jurgen Klopp said there would be more to come from Keita and maybe there’s more to come from the rest of the team too.Don’t write off Chelsea just yetAfter their 2-0 defeat to City in the Community Shield things looked a bit bleak for Chelsea.But a week is a long time in football and things are looking a lot more bright for Maurizio Sarri’s men now.They found a replacement for Thibaut Courtois in Kepa Arrizabalaga and also signed talented Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic on a season-long loan. 8 Fulham have been incredibly busy in the transfer market and seven of their starting XI were signed this summer.Perhaps that is something for their fans to cling on to as they will surely get better as the weeks progress. Manchester City won the Premier League title last season silverware Latest Premier League News gameday 8 Calum Chambers was one of seven summer signings to start the 2-0 defeat to Palace ALTERED Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Not to mention, the Blues looked very good in their first match – a 3-0 win at Huddersfield so perhaps we can talk about this Chelsea side as dark horses for the league title.Reality check for ArsenalIt must be quite surreal for Arsenal fans to not see Arsene Wenger in the dugout but it’s a very real thing as it’s Emery who is now at the helm.It was a positive Gunners summer with the signings of five new players including Bernd Leno and Lucas Torreira and decent pre-season results against the likes of PSG and Chelsea.But their defeat to the reigning Premier League champions certainly put things into perspective with the display being labelled as ‘same old Arsenal’ by former player David Seaman. possible standings possible xi A three and easy weekend for Chelsea’s new manager It’s good to be back.The weekend saw the return of the Premier League and there was plenty of incident as always. How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? The Citizens’ boss was even forced to deny suggestions his job is easy but you can see why some people might think that when you consider the way his side appear to sweep aside teams so effortlessly.Liverpool have the makings to mount a serious title challengeCity are the favourites to win the league but Liverpool showed this season’s race for the title could be a lot more competitive than the last campaign.The Reds have spent over £175million this summer so there’s a lot of pressure to have a good season but it seems Liverpool were not feeling that pressure after romping to a 4-0 win over West Ham.Their front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio mane were menacing as usual but new signing Naby Keita shone on his Premier League debut. The champions faced Arsenal in the opening weekend Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva scored City’s goals How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? last_img read more

Top local athletes head to Santa Rosa

first_imgThe top talent in the Humboldt-Del Norte League will match up against some of the top talent from beyond the area at a pair of North Coast Section meets in Santa Rosa today.The top four from each event in the HDN will travel for the big meets, with the bigger schools competing at Santa Rosa High and the smaller schools traveling to Montgomery High for the Class A championships.At stake is a potential trip to the Meet of Champions in Berkeley next weekend, and from there a possible trip all …last_img read more

Van Dyk in record Boston Marathon win

first_img20 April 2010After winning the Boston Marathon for a record ninth time on Monday, South African wheelchair racing star Ernst van Dyk now has more victories in the world-famous marathon, first contested in 1897, than anyone in any racing category.Previously Ireland’s Jean Driscoll won the women’s wheelchair event eight times, from 1990 to 1996, and again in 2000.Monday’s victory was one of Van Dyk’s toughest wins yet, with another South African, Krige Schabort, pushing him all the way to the finishing tape.“It was the hardest ever, to have to fight all the way to the end, instead of finishing at a pace that was comfortable,” Van Dyk told Boston.com afterwards. “It was a battle.”Good startVan Dyk started the race well and built up an early lead, but Schabort, a two-time podium finisher in the Olympic wheelchair marathon, wasn’t about to make it easy for him and put the pressure on in ideal conditions.Van Dyk set a blazing early pace, passing through the 10-kilometre check point in only 17 minutes and 56 seconds. Behind him, however, Schabort had good support from the Japanese pair of Kota Hokinoue and Soejima Masazumi and they worked together to haul in Van Dyk.By halfway the trio had caught the eight-time champion and passed him, but one doesn’t win a race eight times without being able to handle the challenges laid down by determined opponents.Heartbreak HillAt Heartbreak Hill, a key point in the race, just after the 30-kilometre-mark, Van Dyk was still in fourth place. Slowly, though, he began to reel in the men in front of him, but the distance to the finish was rapidly diminishing.“I caught back up with Kota (Hokinoue),” he told the Boston Herald, “then I could see Krige in front of me and knew that I had a chance.“I sprinted as hard as I could. Once I caught up to him we knew it would be a sprint to the finish.”Heading towards the finish down Boylston Street, Van Dyk caught and passed Schabort with 400 metres to go, leaving his fellow South African as the runner-up in the race for a seventh time.‘I worked very hard’“I’m 10 years younger than Krige,” Van Dyk told the Boston Herald, “so I have a better sprint than he has. But you still need to time your move correctly. I worked very hard to catch Krige.”After taking victory in 2008, Van Dyk had said he wanted to contest the race at least one more time so that he could become the sole owner of the record for most wins. A year later, reflecting on his record-setting victory, he told Boston.com: “The fact that it’s number nine is a bonus, but I never thought of starting to count the wins in Boston, I just wanted to do my best every time in the race and be in the money and go for the trophy.“Whether it’s number nine, number 8 or number 17, it doesn’t matter to me, but now that it is number nine and I’m the only person in the history of this race to win number nine, I think it’s an honor and I need to appreciate what it is.”Tenth title?With nine victories to his name, surely the temptation for Van Dyk is to go for double figures. It appears he still has plenty left in the tank.In 2008, he won the race in his slowest winning time of one hour, 33 minutes and 29 seconds. His winning time on Monday was considerably better: one hour, 26 minutes, and 53 seconds.Schabort finished four seconds later, which made it by far Van Dyk’s closest win in Boston. Previously the tightest finish in any of his victories had been by a minute and 35 seconds.Van Dyk holds the world record for the marathon, set on the same course in 2004, of one hour 18 minutes and 27 seconds.He has won the Boston Marathon every year since 2001, excepting for 2007, when he finished in third place.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

A New Way to Mute the Backchannel: ParaTweet for Live Events

first_imgWhy Paratweet?Paratweet isn’t the first application to deliver Twitter moderation functionality – Twubs, for example, also offers a live events app with this capability. However, Paratweet offers a couple of extra features which gives it an edge.For one, it includes a profanity filter which you can turn on or off as desired – an item that was definitely on the wish list of pastors who wanted to use Twitter during their sermons or other church events, like youth group meetings. It also links the moderation app and display app via a secret code for extra security in order to make sure no one but those approved to do so can moderate the tweets. The code is unique to each event.Unlike using search.twitter.com, Paratweet lets you track multiple search terms or hashtags at once. As the tweets come in, you can optionally play or pause the stream – helpful if the speaker wants to respond to something on the screen without the distraction of more tweets streaming by.Unfortunately, all this Twitter goodness doesn’t come cheap. Paratweet offers two pricing plans: $299 for 6 months and one event (which you can use over and over) or $599 for 6 months and 3 separate events. The $599 plan also includes the onscreen question feature, something unfortunately not found in the less expensive plan. Alternately, you can save by purchasing a yearly license for $999. To try Paratweet for yourself, you can sign up here. This “Live Display Application” is an Adobe AIR app designed just for Paratweet and it’s meant to be run on the computer connected to the projector, LCD, or CCTV. Also, because you log in to the AIR app with your Paratweet account to pull the relevant tweets, you don’t have to perform the moderation on the same PC as the one being used for display, although you certainly could. sarah perez Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts If you’ve ever been to a conference or some sort of large event, you’ve probably seen a live Twitter stream in action. Up on a big screen in a prominent place, often the stage itself, the live stream tracks the relevant hashtags or keywords about the event, be it a conference, a panel, a meetup, or some other sort of heavily-tweeted gathering.But sometimes there’s an issue with displaying the raw, unfiltered tweets in this way: they can be disruptive. All it takes is one Twitter user trying to be funny – or, worse, a troll saying something rude – to take the discussion off course. Now there’s a new solution to deal with this problem: Paratweet.Paratweet is a new application that lets organizers moderate tweets about their event before they hit the big screen. With this, the potential disruptions are nipped in the bud, so they don’t become the focus instead of whatever’s happening on stage. Using ParatweetAfter signing up for a Paratweet account, you create a new event, set up some keywords or hashtags to monitor, and you can even enter an onscreen question for the audience to respond to, if desired. As the tweets begin to stream in, you simply approve or reject them by clicking the green plus sign or red X as necessary. If you don’t want to manually moderate tweets, you can choose to auto approve them instead. After you have a few tweets approved, you hit the button marked “Live Display Control” to start streaming the approved tweets to the “Live Display Application.” center_img Tags:#Product Reviews#twitter#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more