Holtby takes confidence from Magath

first_img Tomas Oral and Werner Leuthard have arrived as first-team coach and conditioning coach, respectively, ahead of Magath’s first game at fellow strugglers West Brom this weekend. It is a match, Holtby says, they approach with renewed confidence brought by the man that managed him at Schalke. “I know him well,” the on-loan Tottenham midfielder told the club’s official website, www.fulhamfc.com. “He’s won titles in Germany and done some great stuff in the Bundesliga. He’s a very hard-working guy who wants 100 per cent from his sides. “We’re going to get the full German experience from him and I definitely think he’ll help us achieve our goal of staying up in the Barclays Premier League. “Training’s been good, although it’s definitely been a new experience for the English players. “Myself, Sascha Riether and Ashkan Dejagah [who also played under Magath] know all about him but in training he works you really hard and you always have to be on top of your game.” As good a manager as Magath may be, the bookmakers still make Fulham overriding favourites for relegation. Four points adrift of safety and bottom of the pile with 12 matches remaining, Holtby knows is it is crucial to bring three points back from the Hawthorns on Saturday. Press Association “It’s a massive game,” he said. “In Germany we call it a six-point game and I think you have a similar saying over here. We need to win this fixture. “We were unlucky against Liverpool where we should have taken something from the game, but now it’s not about complaints, it’s about getting points and winning these types of games. “I played against West Brom for Tottenham Hotspur in December and it’s going to be very hard. They’re very organised and very energetic.” Lewis Holtby is confident that Felix Magath’s arrival as first-team manager will see Fulham stave off relegation. It has been a hectic few days on the banks of the Thames, with head coach Rene Meulensteen’s 75-day spell at the helm brought to an abrupt end on Friday. The Dutchman’s exit from the club was confirmed on Tuesday evening, with Alan Curbishley and Ray Wilkins amongst those following him out of Craven Cottage. last_img read more

Five Cueball thoughts: Election filings, utility agreement, college football playoffs, a translation, and Stallbaumer

first_imgCommentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for Jan. 18, 2015 …1. Election coming up…Currently running for a specific seat in many Sumner County races.There are nine days left before the filing deadline closes to run for Wellington City Council, Wellington School Board and all other county races. “Deadline” — which is Jan. 27 — is an appropriate term for this election so far. Because the number of  filings is dead, dead, dead.I don’t care to lecture. You either run or you don’t want to run. But there are a lot of big time races out there this year, and there has been lots of chatter on the comment section of Sumner Newscow and on various social media websites. There’s obviously a lot of discontent out there.We have a Wellington mayor’s race that is wide open, we have three open positions for the city council, and there are four positions open for the Wellington school board. There is an opportunity for you to make a difference.Granted public office isn’t easy and not very gratifying. You don’t get paid, there’s long hours of volunteer work, some people grow to hate you, you have to deal with media types like me, you have all these Internet chatterers, there’s internal politics, misinformed administrators, lobbyists, controversies that seem to materialize out of nowhere. And that doesn’t account for the actual business at hand. But, you know what? If you can make this world just a little bit better not just for you, your kids, your friends, and the community at large it’s all worth it.Because someday someone is going to be writing your obituary.They aren’t going to list the number of Fantasy Football Championships you won, or your golf average, or if you diligently watched every episode of House of Cards in one weekend. They are going to list your contributions to your family and to the community.You have one life to live. Did you make a difference?Think about it. 2. Heating issues…I retracted a story this week — the first time I did so with a news report with my byline on this website. The story, published Monday, dealt with the Wellington School Board and a proposal to work with Building Control Services, Inc. of Wichita concerning the HVAC units at the seven USD 353 buildings.I pulled the article, not because I had some factual errors with the article — which I did. But those errors can easily be rectified with a correction and rewrite.The main reason I pulled the story is after attending the January 9 meeting for which the issue was discussed, listening to the tape of same meeting twice thereafter and discussing the matter with both a school administrator and a representative at BCS, I determined I was uncomfortable with supplying a story with incomplete information. Mistakes I can handle. Misinformation with my byline on this site, I can’t tolerate.In the article, I stated that BCS is a consulting firm that will oversee the USD 353 utility operations. In reality, BCS will only deal with the HVAC units and the company will assist the school district in improving the operation of the current units and make recommendations for future purchases. If an agreement is brokered, which it has not thus far, it will be a five-year commitment for USD 353.The $180,000 figure in the first year mentioned in the story was the budgeted estimates of the money going toward HVAC expenditures plus $35,000 USD 353 will pay BCS for fees to train staff, set up an automation plan, consulting expenses, etc.However, I’m not sure that is the complete story.My biggest question as a USD 353 taxpayer is: What are the peripheral costs to the school district?My Dad used to tell me to “follow the dollar” because it will lead you to exactly why something is being done.My concern is if USD 353 signs an agreement with this utility firm, will a system be implemented for which it would be impossible for USD 353 to leave the company five years down the line?And while I’m sure school fees are part of BCS’s profit margin, my hunch is the company makes the bulk of its change on the products it sales, and other companies who pay them for referral services. Will USD 353 be obligated to buy only HVACs and other utilities supplies through BCS – thus ultimately removing the competitive bidding process from other independent venders including those with a Sumner County address? 5. Shout out of the week… Roger StallbaumerThis week’s shout out goes to Roger Stallbaumer, who announced he is not running for mayor. Stallbaumer has served as mayor since 2007, and he has been a good one. He has not only ran the meeting in a professional matter,  but has served the city on various committees and community projects.Perhaps, his biggest skill, is being a diplomat. The past three months have been perhaps his greatest work. He worked tirelessly behind the scenes in getting us a new city manager and negotiated the warring factions involved in the Wellington Capital Manor controversy.I can’t emphasize the importance of having a good mayor. Not only is this the person who will be the “face” of Wellington when outsiders look to the community for something or another, but he/she will be a manager of the Wellington people.Again, deadline to run the mayor is Jan. 27.You can make a difference. Have I said that before?Follow us on Twitter. 3. College football playoffs…Last week, the college football world crowned a football championship in the first four-team playoffs. The Monday game was a snore fest with Ohio State beating Oregon convincingly. But, I’ll admit, the college postseason is getting closer to respectability.The game was basically an afterthought. We spent all weekend watching the NFL playoffs — the best sporting weekend of the year — only to ask us to retreat and wrap our minds around a college football game. It was like having to pick up milk before going home after a long day at work. But those games on New Years Day were sure exciting and I loved the debate on who got in (TCU got robbed).Here’s my proposal: make college football like high school football playoffs. Start them right after the regular season.On the first week of December have a 16-team tournament with the five major conference champions and three wildcards hosting the first round games. Then have a second and third round games thereafter.Then have the college football championship game on New Year’s Night. Such a game would be epic and college football wouldn’t have to share the limelight with the NFL.Now someone make me in charge of the world, and I’ll get it done.center_img 4. Casino story…A couple of weeks ago I said I was going to do a series of stories on the Kansas Star Casino, and I would start running them in a week. Translation: I am going to have a series of Kansas Star stories and I hope to start running them in in a month or maybe two. Read between the lines people!Dang, I could really work for the government. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down anonymous · 290 weeks ago There are plenty of qualified, exemplary individuals in wellington who would serve our city so well. It seems to me, one of the biggest blocks to the decision to serve is the aspect that someone, somewhere will always be displeased and get vocal. Then, the “mess” will make the news media and city servants are just grilled. It would maybe be a good idea to find some way of extending the filing deadlines and/or even holding a couple “open to all city service seminars” for those who may be interested but not quite “off the fence” about it. Report Reply 0 replies · active 290 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down guest · 290 weeks ago I believe there is a correction to be made. city councilmen (women) get a smitten of pay for the job, board of education members get $0 dollars for their position. Report Reply 0 replies · active 290 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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Harden has 31, Rockets win again over Knicks

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Nadal beats Chung to guarantee ending the year as No. 1 Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View comments Ryan Anderson added 21 points for the Rockets. They won their eighth straight at Madison Square Garden, a streak that lasts so long that Mike D’Antoni was the Knicks’ coach last time they beat Houston at home, back on Jan. 26, 2009.Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 23 points for the Knicks, but Kristaps Porzingis was held to 19 as their three-game winning streak was snapped. Porzingis had scored 30 in five of the first six games, including a career-high 38 in a victory over Denver on Monday night, and came in third in the league with 29.3 per game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe Rockets arrived in New York struggling a bit, particularly from long range. Houston had been held below 30 percent from behind the arc already four times, including 28 percent in its loss to Philadelphia on Monday night, and hasn’t had a 40 percent night yet.D’Antoni said the Rockets’ data showed they were getting similar 3-point attempts as last season, when they set an NBA record for makes, but they just hadn’t been nearly as accurate. They finished at 36.5 percent Wednesday — but only after their subs cooled off to a 2-for-12 final quarter. LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “There was no chance to get here and no use being on the bus for two hours for that,” he said.UP NEXTRockets: Visit Atlanta on Friday night.Knicks: Host Phoenix on Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:42SEA Games: Rogen Ladon enters flyweight boxing semis02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ TIP-INSRockets: Houston scored 36 points in the second quarter and 40 in the third. … Clint Capela finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds. … Eric Gordon had 17 points and Trevor Ariza 16.Knicks: The Knicks have three games remaining on a five-game homestand, their longest of the season.ONE-SIDED RIVALRYThe Rockets beat the Knicks for the 23rd time in the last 25 meetings. Houston has swept the series in 10 of the last 12 seasons.CHANGE OF PLANSThe Rockets decided to cancel their morning shootaround at Madison Square Garden because of the difficulty of getting to the arena from their hotel. They are staying in Battery Park, near where eight people were killed Tuesday when a man drove his truck onto a bike path, and the investigation was ongoing Wednesday morning. D’Antoni said they had the bus ready to take them and figured it wasn’t worth it.ADVERTISEMENT Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) celebrates after making a three point basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in New York. The Rockets won 119-97. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK — James Harden had 31 points and nine assists, and the Houston Rockets had their 3-pointers falling again in a 119-97 victory over the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.Harden made six 3-pointers and the Rockets hit 19 to bounce back after two straight losses.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more