SLAVISA JOKANOVIC has played in one World Cup and is now working where the next one will be staged. So when the former Fulham boss claims Qatar 2022 will be the “best ever” he is worth listening to - even if few share his prediction outside the Gulf state or Fifa HQ. Jokanovic, who reached the last 16 of France ‘98 with Yugoslavia, is currently in charge of Al-Gharafa in the Qatar Stars League. And from his first-hand experience, he reckons the World Cup in three years’ time will be a huge hit, despite issues with the climate and crowds at the recent World Athletics Championships in Doha. Jokanovic, 51, told SunSport: “We have played four games in air-conditioned stadiums and the temperature was perfect for playing football, even when outside was still so hot. “The temperature will be better in November or December when the World Cup is played anyway, but the technology is incredible.“I have also visited the completed Al Janoub Stadium, which … [Read more...] about Slavisa Jokanovic claims Qatar World Cup will be ‘best ever’ and reveals he wants to manage in England again in the future
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ST. MORITZ, Switzerland — For the second time in only a few weeks, Mikaela Shiffrin stood looking up at two Italians. On Saturday Shiffrin took third, just 0.13 behind the winner, Sofia Goggia. Two weeks ago, she took third in giant slalom on her home turf in Killington, Vermont. “They are all great skiers and they have a really aggressive mindset,” Shiffrin said of her friendly rivalry with the Italy team. “It’s super cool to see.” This was Goggia’s first World Cup ski race victory since walking away uninjured from a car crash in her native Italy eight months ago.She can joke now about the accident that sent her car into a twisting fall off a mountain road and left it balancing on top of a van as if parked there by choice. “I am more famous for this car accident, better than Olympic gold,” quipped the 2018 Pyeongchang Games downhill champion. “It was not my moment to go, I think,” Goggia said when asked about the crash … [Read more...] about Mikaela Shiffrin gets third in World Cup super-G, Italians go 1-2
BY ROTIMI AGBANA The Nigerian music industry has probably never experienced the amount of buzz it experienced in 2018. Of course, it would be almost impossible to fully recount them all for obvious reasons. In terms of recognition, global penetration, and quality of music, 2018 superseded previous years, which is why it may go down as one of the most memorable years in the Nigerian music industry. Below is Showtime’s list of artistes that ruled the music waves in 2018 based on their impact, hit songs, feats, mainstream success and global recognition. Wizkid Unarguably, 2018 was an amazing year for the Starboy, as he fondly calls himself. During the year Wizkid ripped up stages worldwide, dropped hit songs, made amazing musical collaborations with notable local and international music acts, sealed major deals, debuted on the fashion runway as a celebrity model, all which made him a continuous topping for discussion all through the year. Sometime in May, the … [Read more...] about Musicians that rocked the music scene in 2018 and why
The first Test of the three-match series will be played in Galle. © AFP Skipper Dinesh Chandimal on Monday said Sri Lanka's spinners are ready to fire in the first Test against England in Galle as the hosts eye a winning farewell for the retiring Rangana Herath. Sri Lanka, who went down to the tourists 3-1 in the five one-day internationals and also lost a one-off Twenty20 match, are looking for redemption in the three-Test series starting Tuesday. Spinners Dilruwan Perera and Akila Dananjaya are expected to partner Herath in his final international outing on a turning Galle track that has seen rain in the lead up to the match."When you look at the Galle pitch, it's always turning and helpful to spinners," Chandimal told reporters."When we play in Sri Lanka, it's spinners who take charge. Then again, it's all about weather and the condition of the pitch."But England are also ready with their battery of spinners led by Moeen Ali. Jack Leach, Joe Denly and Adil Rashid will also … [Read more...] about 1st Test: Dinesh Chandimal Looks To Put England In A Spin At Galle
The story so far: On December 9, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced a decision to ban Russia from global sporting competitions for a period of four years. The 12-member WADA executive committee voted unanimously to declare the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) “non-compliant” with global anti-doping rules. The move was a ratification of the findings by the independent Compliance Review Committee (CRC) which had recommended that Russia be banned. The anti-doping watchdog’s decision is expected to affect Russia the most at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics where the nation’s flag, name and anthem will not be allowed.What triggered the ban?It dates back to the lead up to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games when an independent commission set up by WADA found a “deeply rooted culture of cheating” in Russian athletics. Barely weeks before the Games, whistle-blower reports alleged that Russia ran one of the most … [Read more...] about What does the doping ban mean for Russia?