Ulster’s internationals return for Magners trip to Glasgow

first_imgVIADANA, ITALY – JANUARY 22: Fans of Ulser during the Heineken Cup Pool Four match between Aironi Rugby and Ulster at Stadio Luigi Zaffanella on January 22, 2011 in Viadana, Italy. (Photo by Dino Panato/Getty Images for Aironi) TAGS: Glasgow WarriorsUlster Brian McLaughlin has continued his rotation policy, bringing in six new faces for Friday’s trip to Glasgow for their Magners League match (KO 20.05). The return of Ulster’s international players is a timely boost as every point will count in the Magners League and the Heineken Cup Quarter-Final is just over two weeks away.Ulster currently lie 4th in the Magners League so Brian McLaughlin will be hoping for an improved performance this week to continue their challenge. McLaughlin said ahead of the game: “If we want to make that semi-final spot in the Magners League then every game is a cup final and we have to perform in every game.”Irish players Tom Court and Paddy Wallace join Scotland international Simon Danielli in the starting team as they all return from Six Nations duty, while Rory Best takes a place on the bench. Danielli will start at fullback which means Adam D’Arcy is named among the replacements and Wallace will play inside centre in place of Luke Marshall who misses the rest of the season.Andrew Trimble picked up a slight quad injury playing for Ireland and is unavailable. Paul Marshall is included at scrum half after his cameo against the Dragons and Ruan Pienaar moves to the outhalf position as a result. Conor Gaston will make his second appearance on the wing after impressing on his debut last week. Andi Kyriacou and Declan Fitzpatrick remain in the front row and are joined by Court. Dan Tuohy is promoted to the bench to partner captain Johann Muller in the second row. The back row is reshuffled again with Pedrie Wannenburg named instead of Willie Faloon. Wannenburg is named at Number 8, Robbie Diack moves to blindside flanker and Chris Henry is at openside.Tommy Seymour is among the replacements again after his heroics last week but there is no place for fellow try-scorer Darren Cave.Team: S Danielli; C Gaston, N Spence, P Wallace, C Gilroy; R Pienaar, P Marshall; Tom Court, A Kyriacou, D Fitzpatrick, J Muller (capt), D Tuohy, R Diack, C Henry, P Wannenburgcenter_img Replacements: R Best, P McAllister, B Young, T Barker, W Faloon, I Whitten, T Seymour, A D’Arcy. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

German pension fund association criticises EU rating agency proposals

first_imgThe aba, Germany’s pension fund association, has criticised the EU’s plans to oblige pension funds to establish their own credit-research mechanisms.In August, German regulator BaFin issued a decree implementing EU-level changes to regulations concerning rating agencies.According to the European Commission’s proposals, pension funds are to be required to conduct their own credit-risk assessments in order to reduce their dependence on the larger rating agencies.But the aba, after assessing the proposals in detail, has now issued a position paper in which it criticises parts of these changes.  In its paper, it says: “The aba supports the objective to regulate credit ratings to a greater degree and reduce reliance of investors on credit-rating agencies caused by regulatory requirements.”However, it “opposes the call for IORPs to develop their own internal credit-analysis processes”.The aba argues this would “overburden” many investors – particularly IORPs – which tend to have “only limited business operations”.Meanwhile, the BaFin itself has amended its decree to tone down this requirement, stating that credit-risk analysis can “initially” also take the form of checking the plausibility of external ratings – through the rating reports of external agencies, for example.For direct bond holdings, the aba recommends the provision of “minimum standards” for internal credit-analysis processes for IORPs, similar to the BaFin’s recommendations. For indirect investments, the association sees the investment management company or asset manager as being “solely responsible” for credit ratings.Meanwhile, the European supervisory body ESMA has issued its first report on rating agencies.Under the amendments to the law regulating those institutions, ESMA has to report annually on the existing rating agencies and their market share, as issuers are to be required to get assessments from two rating agencies – one being a small provider, with a market share of less than 10%.According to the first ESMA report, the three large rating agencies have a combined market share of 85%.last_img read more

Badgers looking at do or die stretch

first_imgAssistant captain Craig Smith insisted the Badgers need to be more accountable both on and off the ice.[/media-credit]If you watched the end of practice Wednesday, you wouldn’t have thought the Wisconsin men’s hockey team had gone 0-for-February. The players and coaches had a good talk before everyone was let go for the day. Guys were fake fighting and firing shots at the net nonchalantly.The scene was no different from any practice during the Badgers’ 12-of-13 run two months ago. But the circumstances certainly are.Heading into a bye week the first weekend of February, UW was five points back of first place. Guys were beat up, sick and needed a chance to rest. It was a welcome break.Maybe that bye week wasn’t such a great thing after all.Since then, Wisconsin has been swept at Nebraska-Omaha, earned just one point at home against Minnesota and to cap off the 0-5-1 streak, lost 7-3 at St. Cloud State, prompting a team meeting that lasted almost an hour after the game ended.“Everything that was said on Saturday was everything that needed to be said that hasn’t been said in a couple weeks,” assistant captain Craig Smith said.So there’s certainly an awareness of the situation, even if it isn’t evident in the seemingly lighthearted practices. Is there a point where a team can feel too loose, given the circumstances?“To a point,” senior defenseman Craig Johnson said. “The looseness is coming with, we’ve got to stress the word ‘swagger.’ We need to get a little swagger, we need to get that back.”The team, to a man, readily admits that following the sweep by the Huskies, the Badgers have reached their lowest low of the season. And just like every point prior to this, they have stressed growth and learning from adversity.But at a certain point, doesn’t optimism have to change into urgency? Maybe the Badgers waited too long to stop and take a look around.“I think maybe the talk should have happened a little sooner, but we were saying the right things every week,” Johnson said. “And we seemed focused at practice all week. But you could also tell when you came to the rink, there was a kind of ‘What are we going to have today?’”“This week, you know what we’re having, you can sense it this week, which is a good thing.”The truth of the matter though, is that the Badgers are running out of time. This weekend’s series against Colorado College is the end of the regular season. Riding on the games is a chance to claim home ice for the WCHA playoffs, something that seemed a certainty a month ago.Right now, UW sits in seventh place, one spot out of home ice. Four teams are in contention for fifth and sixth place, including Wisconsin, Colorado College, Minnesota and St. Cloud State.There are a number of scenarios that could end with UW playing one more series at the Kohl Center, but the simplest is in its own hands: beat CC. The Tigers are one point ahead in the standings and taking three out of a possible four points this weekend would ensure the Badgers remain the home team when the playoffs start.As Johnson puts it, UW needs to do a lot of “scratching and clawing” this weekend.“We’ve set in stone that we don’t want to travel, we want to be here, we want to have another home weekend – especially for our seniors,” he said. “We really don’t want to leave, let this be our last weekend here.”Intentions and promises are one thing, but performance is another. The large gap between them is the reason Wisconsin – a team Smith said “felt sorry” for itself at times – is looking up at more squads than down.The biggest question for UW is where to begin. It is one matter to have something to point the finger at – special teams, goaltending, effort – but it is another entirely to have everything fall apart.“[We need to] Just take accountability for what we’re doing,” Smith said. “Taking account for what we’re doing with ourselves and our social life and what we bring to hockey.”In February, the Badgers had one of the top power plays in the game, top scoring defense in the nation and in Scott Gudmandson, statistically, the best goaltender in the game.Since then, Wisconsin has allowed at least four goals in five of six games played, inflating their goals allowed per game from 2.00 to 2.42. Gudmandson dropped from first in save percentage to 19th and first in goals-against average to 13th.The Badgers’ special teams units have floundered as well. UW converted on 24.3 percent of its power plays entering February and have gone 5-32 since (15.6 percent). Meanwhile, opponents went 9-33 (27.3 percent) on the man advantage against the Badgers during that stretch.The short version: Wisconsin needs big fixes in all phases of its game.Recent history seems to indicate Wisconsin could have trouble accomplishing the goal of reaching the NCAA tournament. But despite seemingly intimidating odds against, the Badgers trust they can reverse their fortunes quickly.“History tells us what this team can do,” head coach Mike Eaves said. “Based on that alone and being with them all year, gives you every thought, that when this team has been in some adverse situations, they’ve responded well.”The talk is there, but the performances are yet to be put on display. A number of words were used to describe the team’s attitude, including excitement, urgency and as Johnson put it, redemption.Whatever the attitudes or outlooks though, the Badgers are still aware of the reality, which is much less optimistic.“We’ve got to throw urgency into our game. Especially coming down to the end of the season, playoff hockey is played with a ton of urgency,” Smith said. “Season’s on the line right now; if you think about it, it’s kind of simple: We’ve got to win. We can’t lose any more games.”last_img read more

Stanley Cup Final 2019: Charles Barkley makes Sidney Crosby-Kawhi Leonard comparison

first_imgCharles Barkley talking hockey? Charles Barkley talking hockey – and at Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, no less.Sir Charles joined NBC’s Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury and Keith Jones on Wednesday to discuss the first period of Blues vs. Bruins, which ended with the Blues ahead 2-0. Barkley couldn’t recall the name of St. Louis rookie goalie Jordan Binnington, but he knew “the goalie stole the show” in the first 20 minutes as Binnington withstood Boston’s constant pressure. MORE: Every previous Game 7 in Final history, ranked”Thanks, Gary Bettman, for the tickets. Love ya, brother,” Barkley said.A lot of Twitter was befuddled by seeing Barkley (and his fashion choice) on their screens, but some of it was complimentary, too:Who dressed Barkley????— Scott Zolak (@scottzolak) June 13, 2019did charles barkley just call sidney crosby “cindy crawford”— BIN RACCOON (@russbengtson) June 13, 2019Charles Barkley dressed up like he going to a parent teacher conference pic.twitter.com/j9iFQFhsv3— link (@1nolink) June 13, 2019why does charles barkley look like the head pharmacist at a best buy pic.twitter.com/NTgzmQ4jqD— hot take jake (@jakeguidry) June 13, 2019Charles Barkley does not listen to Philadelphia sports talk radio, I guess pic.twitter.com/EvhQVIr2Xd— Dan McQuade (@dhm) June 13, 2019Charles Barkley looks like he doesn’t wanna pay for a baggage fee so he’s just gonna wear everything on the plane. pic.twitter.com/DkAGTD4yRH— Mike Beauvais (@MikeBeauvais) June 13, 2019Charles Barkley is a better hockey analyst than most of NBC’s regular guys.— Dave (@baltimoredavey) June 13, 2019Charles Barkley killing it as usual during NBC’s #StanleyCupFinal intermission: ‘I always root for the team that never won a championship — because I’m on that list.’ Sir Charles rooting for @StLouisBlues. Pals with Blues coach and ex-Flyer Craig Berube from their days in Philly— Michael McCarthy (@MMcCarthyREV) June 13, 2019 One hockey name Barkley does know: Sidney Crosby. Chuck put Crosby in the same sentence as NBA superstar Kawhi Leonard when asked to make a hockey comparison to the Klaw.If @kawhileonard was a hockey player, who would he be?Charles Barkley immediately had a response: Sidney Crosby. pic.twitter.com/XFaEB6j22v— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) June 13, 2019Barkley said before the game he was on vacation, but a friend in a high place hooked him up with the visit to TD Garden in Boston.last_img read more

Vedad Ibišević played with young hopes of BiH football

first_imgBiH football player, as a part of the project Red Bull Under My Wing attended the futsal match of young BIH football players which was played in FIS Court in Sarajevo.Ibišević trained a bit with them and afterwards he talked about his experiences and defining moments of his career and what is necessary for his success in sports noting first of all the decisiveness and hard work. He also gave them his opinion on their game and how to improve it.Afterwards there was a competition in precise shot and the winner was Nermin Okić who was awarded with a signed jersey of Vedad Ibišević.last_img read more