‘The games have been PERFECT for Vardy’ – Heskey tips striker for England start

first_img1 Jamie Vardy celebrates his equaliser against Wales Emile Heskey has called for Jamie Vardy to start England’s next Euro 2016 clash against Slovakia, following his goal heroics against Wales.Roy Hodgson’s side came back from a goal down to beat their rivals 2-1 on Thursday thanks to second-half strikes from substitutes Vardy and Daniel Sturridge.The duo replaced the ineffective Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling at half-time and proved their worth, with Vardy equalising in the 56th minute before Sturridge fired in in extra-time to seal a crucial three points.England are the only team unbeaten in Group B after two games, and would seal their knock-out stage spot in style with a result against Slovakia in Saint-Etienne on Monday.Whether Hodgson will give Vardy a chance remains to be seen, but former Three Lions frontman Heskey has been disappointed with the Premier League-winning striker’s lack of game time so far at the tournament.“I was a bit disappointed that we didn’t create as many chances against Wales as we should have with our possession, but Harry Kane just hasn’t had the service so far,” the ex-Leicester and Liverpool man told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“The games have been more geared towards Vardy anyway. In the Russia game, they’re got two slow, aging defenders and plenty of space in behind.“That would have ticked all the boxes for Vardy, so it’s just been a bit of a shame that he hasn’t had the chances to play.”Following their heroics against the plucky Welsh, there have been calls from fans and pundits alike to drop Kane and an out-of-form Raheem Sterling and play Vardy and Sturridge together up front.But Heskey admits Hodgson is unlikely to deviate too much from the starting XI he picked at the start of the Euros.“Roy is a really difficult position now,” he added.“I’d say play Vardy and Sturridge.“They turned it around against Wales by scoring both goals from the bench, so I think they’ve warranted enough to be given a chance for the next game.“But it’s likely that he’s already chosen his starting XI.”last_img read more

Springboks win 2009 Tri-Nations

first_img14 September 2009South Africa secured the 2009 Tri-Nations title with a 32-29 win over New Zealand in Hamilton on Saturday. It was the Springboks’ fifth win from six Tri-Nations matches.After the Boks’ somewhat flat display against the Wallabies the previous weekend in Brisbane, where the Australians notched a 21-6 win, SA captain John Smit had come in for plenty of criticism. Against the Kiwis, he answered his critics with an inspired display.He was solid in the scrums and won a hugely important penalty on the hour mark when he overpowered Tony Woodcock with the All Blacks deep in South African territory. He also put in the tackle of the night, smashing Brad Thorn back and forcing the lock to cough up the ball in what some deemed a measure of revenge for Thorn’s spear tackle on Smit in last season’s Tri-Nations competition.InspirationalSmit was also, as usual, inspirational in his role as a leader. The general opinion among leading experts is that he is the finest international captain in the game today.The skipper was well backed up by his deputy Victor Matfield, who was in imperious form at lineout time, turning the All Blacks’ throw-ins into a lottery, and a losing one at that most of the time.In fact, New Zealand failed to win a single lineout in the first half. When they eventually won one in the second half their attempt to move the ball wide went horribly wrong when Jean de Villiers intercepted a Daniel Carter pass and sprinted away for a try.Another of the senior players, Fourie du Preez, was superb in the manner in which he controlled the game from the base of the scrum. Opinion is fairly united that he is the best number nine in the game at present.SensationalAnd Francois Steyn, in his final match before joining French club Racing Metro, was simply sensational with three long-distance kicks at goal. His first kick, from South Africa’s 10-metre line, 60 metres long, silenced the Hamilton crowd. He then followed that up with others successful kicks from 58 and 52 metres.Captain Smit described Steyn’s boot as a “siege gun”.Besides winning the Tri-Nations, South Africa’s third win of the season was the first time the Springboks had managed the feat of three wins in succession over the All Blacks since 1949, when Felix du Plessis, the father of Morne du Plessis, led SA to a 4-0 sweep of New Zealand in South Africa.When South Africa won 30-28 in Dunedin last year, it was the Boks first win in New Zealand in 10 years. Now they have managed two in as many years.Behind earlyThe game got off to a disappointing start for the Springboks when captain Smit was blown up for obstructing while supporting Matfield as he fielded the kick off. It was a disputable award by referee Nigel Owens, but it cost the South Africa as Daniel Carter landed his shot at goal.In the fifth minute, the All Blacks were penalised for going offsides at a ruck. When Francois Steyn indicated he wanted to kick for goals, there were some who laughed at the idea of a 60-metre attempt. When the kick went over, the Waikato Stadium was stunned, causing the shouts to die down in the throats of New Zealand supporters.Three minutes later, Steyn was at it again. Strong defence from the Springboks led to Stephen Donald holding onto the ball on the ground. The SA fullback knocked over another big kick to put South Africa 6-3 in front.LevelThe first scrum took place after about a quarter of an hour. It went down when Bok skipper Smit slipped. Slips are supposed to result in reset scrums, but even though referee Owens acknowledged that it was a slip he awarded a penalty to New Zealand. Carter took advantage of the opportunity to level the scores at 6-6.Only three minutes later, the Boks, despite having played most of the game in their half, were back in the lead. This time it was Morne Steyn who provided the points, calming slotting a drop goal.Midway through the half the Springboks scored the first try of the contest.TryScrumhalf Du Preez hoisted a high-up-and-under onto Joe Rokocoko. Under pressure from the SA number nine, Rokocoko failed to field the ball. Mils Muliaina also couldn’t gather it up, but Bakkies Botha could. He drove towards the tryline and was brought down only a metre short. Du Preez was back up in support and sold a dummy to the short side before forcing his way over for the try.The Springboks’ 10-point lead was soon reduced to seven points when the South African forwards were penalised for entering a ruck from the side. Carter was pinpoint in his accuracy from a difficult angle to make the score 16-9.Fullback Steyn was back to punish the All Blacks shortly after that, converting another penalty from the halfway line to put the Springboks 10 points clear again.FrustrationNew Zealand’s frustration, which was compounded by their inability to win a lineout, cost them points in the 32nd minute when Kieran Read shoulder-charged Bryan Habana after the whistle had sounded. Morne Steyn made them pay with a three-pointer that extended South Africa’s advantage to 22-9.Carter, with another assured kick, made it 22-12 two minutes later after the Boks were blown up for going offsides at a ruck.The teams turned with South Africa in the driving seat; Coming into the game, New Zealand knew they needed wins over the Springboks and Australia, and at least one bonus point, as well as to keep the Boks without a point, in order to be in with a shout if winning the Tri-Nations. It wasn’t going well for the home side.South Africa began the second half strongly, forcing New Zealand to play from inside their half. A drive for the line by Bismarck du Plessis was stopped when SA was blown up for accidental obstruction only five metres from the whitewash.Captain John Smit earned high-fives all round when he crushed Brad Thorn in a tackle, driving the big lock backwards in the air as the ball flew forwards out of his hands and gave the Springboks possession.InterceptionIn the 51st minute, the All Blacks finally won a lineout. They tried to run the ball, but Jean de Villiers read the move perfectly and intercepted Carter’s pass with ease before racing away to score under the posts. Morne Steyn added the extras to put South Africa over two converted tries clear at 29-12 ahead.Four minutes later, the All Blacks hit back. Jimmy Cowan took a quick penalty and fed the ball left. Isaia Toeava, on for Donald, took the outside gap and fed Sitiveni Sivivatu, who went over for the try. Carter’s boot was smoking hot and his conversion attempt was again on the money. 29-19 to the Springboks.Just after the hour-mark, Carter punished Bakkies Botha for side entry at a ruck with a penalty kick that made it 29-22.With 10 minutes to go, the gap was back to 10 points. A clever kick into space by Fourie du Preez left mils Muliaina isolated at the back with Habana and Jaque Fourie on top of him when he field the ball. He was forced to hold onto it on the ground, resulting in a penalty to South Africa. The dependable Morne Steyn slotted the penalty to make it 32-22.The All Blacks were desperately trying to haul in the Springboks, giving the ball air and trying to move it wide, but time after time John Smit and company put in punishing hits to stop the home team’s momentum.Cross kickFinally, with two minutes left on the clock, Carter found captain Richie McCaw with a superb cross kick on the right hand touchline, right on the Springboks’ try line. McCaw fell over for the try and Carter duly converted from the sideline to make it 32-29.The All Blacks surged back onto the attack, looking for a last gasp win and once again they tried to catch the Springboks out with a cross kick to the corner from Carter. His kick, however, passed just over the outstretched arms of lock Isaac Boss and went into touch.The final whistle sounded and South Africa had won their third Tri-Nations title and their first since 2004.South Africa’s trophy cabinet now includes the Tri-Nations trophy, the World Cup, the Nelson Mandela Challenge Plate (for beating Australia overall in the Tri-Nations), the Freedom Cup (for beating New Zealand overall in the Tri-Nations), the British and Irish Lion series trophy, the Super 14 trophy, and the IRB Sevens World Series Trophy. It’s been an excellent year for the country’s rugby teams.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Facebook Confirms Hiring Famous iPhone and Sony Hacker, GeoHot (George Hotz)

first_imgRelated Posts sarah perez George Hotz, also known as “GeoHot” on the Internet, is now working at Facebook, the company confirms. Hotz is best known for both his iPhone hacking skills and as the person who jailbroke and reverse engineered Sony’s PlayStation 3, leading to legal battles. In April, Sony announced it reached a settlement with Hotz, with Hotz agreeing to a permanent injunction against publishing any further code.The following month, Hotz was hired at Facebook. Hacker’s New Day JobReportedly, Hotz began work at Facebook as a software engineer in May 2011 and his first day was May 9.  A Facebook spokesperson has confirmed the hire but did not provide any other details regarding Hotz’ position or duties.The news was reported by TechUnwrapped and others over the weekend, citing an interview with Chronic-Dev Team member Joshua Hill (aka “P0sixninja on Twitter). The Chronic-Dev Team, for those unaware, is a group of developers who work to release software for jailbreaking iPhones and other iOS devices.In a video interview (see embed below), Hill discussed the upcoming jailbreakers’ convention known as MyGreatFest, During the chat, Hill also mentioned that he recently challenged Hotz to find an exploit for the iPad 2, but Hotz turned him down due to his current employment at Facebook, as well as his desire to escape the limelight after his legal troubles with Sony.Additional confirmation came from Gabe Rivera, founder of the tech news aggregator Techmeme. He did a little sleuthing of his own and discovered that Hotz had announced his employment at Facebook via his Facebook profile. According to this post (viewable by Hotz’ Facebook friends and network only), he began in May and revealed the news to friends in June. Facebook has yet to officially confirm Hotz’ role with the company, only his hire, but speculation has it that he may be involved with Facebook’s mobile efforts, specifically its upcoming iPad app. The New York Times reported earlier this month that the iPad app, in development for nearly a year, may only be weeks away from release. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…center_img Tags:#Facebook#news#NYT#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

United States takes fourth WWC title

first_img(AP) – The United States won its record fourth Women’s World Cup title and second in a row, beating the Netherlands 2-0 Sunday night when Megan Rapinoe converted a penalty kick in the second half and Rose Lavelle added a goal.Rapinoe, the pink-haired U.S. captain who grabbed world-wide attention on and off the field, scored in the 61st minute after a video review determined Stefanie van der Gragt had fouled Alex Morgan with a kick to the shoulder in the penalty area.Two days past her 34th birthday, Rapinoe slotted the ball past goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal for her 50th international goal, her sixth of the tournament to win the Golden Ball as scoring leader. She struck a familiar victorious pose with arms outstretched,Lavelle added a goal on an 18-foot left-footed shot in the 69th.last_img read more

Known Issues wiki: LANDesk, MS ConfigMgr, Remote BIOS update, and more.

first_imgLANDesk* 8.8 SP2 console requires repeated deletion of two directories when provisioning Failure of collection-based power control in Microsoft* SCCM SP1Intel® MEBX, Web UI, and remote admin passwords are not automatically synchronizedTips on ME firmware updatesWrong IP address for Intel ME on Lenovo M58p using HypervisorIntel(R) AMT does not allow multiple simultaneous commandsNeed to set LANDesk* root certificate as trusted certificateIntel(R) SCS is only supported on English versions of Windows* Server 2008Usage of Locally Administered Address on Intel® Active Management Technology enabled systems Here’s a compilation of some of the issues that were added in the last few months to the Known Issues, Best Practices, and Workarounds wiki:last_img