By Michael Church HONG KONG (Reuters) - With just six months until the start of their qualifying campaign for the 2022 World Cup, two defeats in five days under Fabio Cannavaro have only served to deepen the long-standing pessimism surrounding China's national team. Back-to-back 1-0 reversals in Nanning against Asian opposition -- Thailand last Thursday and Uzbekistan on Monday -- underlined the difficulties China face in their quest to end their long absence from the World Cup. The next World Cup in Qatar will mark the 20th anniversary of the country's only appearance at the finals and, with Asian qualifying kicking off in September, the Chinese are suffering from a lack of confidence and clarity. A dispirited squad, desperately in need of rebuilding, has yet to find out if Cannavaro -- appointed for the China Cup but also serving as head coach of Guangzhou Evergrande -- will remain at the helm for the long-term. "I'm not in a rush to decide," the Italian World Cup winner said after … [Read more...] about Cannavaro in no hurry to decide as China crisis deepens
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Opinion PUBLISHED: 17:26 29 December 2018 | UPDATED: 18:43 29 December 2018 Stuart Watson Ipswich players appeal to the referee after he awarded a penalty at Middlesbrough Picture Pagepix Pagepix Ltd 07976 935738 Ipswich Town lost 2-0 at Middlesbrough in a Championship match this afternoon. STUART WATSON gives his thoughts. Freddie Sears with a first half chance at Middlesbrough Picture PagepixPAYING THE PENALTYThe referee was a certain Jeremy Simpson. You might recognise him from such infamy as sending off Toto Nsiala at Sheffield Wednesday and leaving Mick McCarthy in a ‘murderous rage’ after awarding three penalties in a 2-1 defeat at Reading back in 2016.And it was him pointing to the spot which led to the game’s crucial opener here.After the evergreen Stewart Downing stood up a cross to the back post, Jordan Spence tried to charge in front of Jordan Hugill to win the header. He misjudged the flight of the ball (which had taken … [Read more...] about Stu says: Five observations following Ipswich Town’s 2-0 loss at Middlesbrough
This March 8, 2017, file photo shows former U.S. President George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush at an awards ceremony hosted by Congregation Beth Israel in Houston. George H.W. Bush died Nov. 30 while Barbara Bush died April 17. (Steve Gonzales/Houston Chronicle via AP, File) Burt Reynolds, right, who stars in the movie “The Longest Yard,” is interviewed before the movie’s premiere Thursday, May 19, 2005, in Los Angeles. Reynolds’ son Quinton Reynolds is at left. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok) This Jan. 14, 2012, file photo, shows singer Aretha Franklin performing during the BET Honors at the Warner Theatre in Washington. The famed singer died Aug. 16. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File) (FILES) In this file photo taken on February 8, 2015, British scientist Stephen Hawking (C) arrives on the red carpet with former wife Jane Hawking (L) and daughter Lucy Hawking (R) for the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House in … [Read more...] about Names we won’t forget: Famous people who died in 2018
Opinion PUBLISHED: 17:25 15 November 2018 | UPDATED: 17:33 15 November 2018 Andy Warren Which team has the best kit in the Championship? Archant We’ve ranked the home kits of all 24 Championship teams. So who comes out on top? Bolton Wanderers' Jason Lowe. Picture: PA24th - Bolton WanderersI don’t know what it is about Bolton kits but they never seem to hit the mark. Here’s what I wrote about Bolton’s effort last season: ‘Since relegation from the Premier League and their parting with Reebok, both in terms of stadium sponsorship and kit design, there has been a drop in standards. This version isn’t offensive but it’s cluttered and has too many different colours distracting from their classic white shirts.’The same applies this time but while the quality of the league has risen, the Trotters have stood still.Preston North End's Callum Robinson celebrates. Picture: PA23rd - PrestonNorth End are another … [Read more...] about All 24 Championship home kits ranked from worst to first… so how do Ipswich fare this year?
PUBLISHED: 18:02 13 November 2018 | UPDATED: 20:07 13 November 2018 Megan Aldous Goldie Sayers , Team GB Javelin Thrower and one of Suffolk's 100 Inspiring Women speaking at the event Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN Archant This is a list that Suffolk should be proud of - 100 women who are positive role models for future generations, women who have achieved success in a diverse range of fields from business, the arts, sport and education to the third sector.The list was put together by a panel of judges this summer after we asked readers for their nominations. From top left: Jenna Ackerley, Anne Beckett-Allen, Katie Bannister, Jane Basham, Dayle Bayliss, Shayra Begum, Nicola Beach, Adele Bellis and Professor Emma Bond Pictures: WENDY AIKEN PHOTOGRAPHY/EDF ENERGY/BARRY ELEY/PHILIP MYNOTT/SUFFOLK COUNTY COUCIL/UNIVERSITY OF SUFFOLKJenna Ackerley, Events Under Canvas: A Felixstowe girl originally, 38-year-old Jenna now lives in East Bergholt with her husband and … [Read more...] about Meet 100 of Suffolk’s most inspirational women