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Choosing To Compete for Transactions or Relationships

first_imgThere are two ways to think about acquiring new clients and new orders. You can start from a transactional approach or you can start from a more strategic, consultative approach. The distinction is important.TransactionalA transactional approach is centered on acquiring orders. Orders are, in fact, how you get paid. The client places an order, you deliver it, and you send an invoice. And for some of your clients, this transactional relationship may be enough.But when you play at the transactional level, you are perceived as transactional value. Fine, if this is what you want. Being transactional will get you some orders. But it won’t get you the relationship you need to produce bigger outcomes. Relationship  Acquiring the client relationship is what opens up the possibility of getting all of their orders—even though it takes longer and is a more difficult outcome to obtain.The DifferenceClient acquisition and order acquisition are different. Order acquisition is transactional. It’s about taking orders, and that puts you in a contest for price. If the transaction is what matters, then the value being created is only a low-level of value.If you are instead focused on client acquisition, you have the opportunity to dig deeper and find additional ways to create real value. A more strategic level of value. You get an opportunity to design a solution that solves a bigger, more future oriented challenges. This not only earns you the right to acquire all of the orders, it earns you the right to do so at a higher margin. You are earning that higher margin by delivering greater value.center_img When your approach is strategic and consultative, instead of focusing on orders you focus on developing deep, trusted relationships. Instead of focusing on order acquisition, you focus on understanding your clients needs so deeply, and creating so much value around those strategic needs, that instead of acquiring orders, you acquire all of your client’s orders.last_img read more

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NIH ends funding for experiments using ‘random source’ dogs

first_imgAs of today, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will no longer fund research on dogs procured from pounds, breeders, and other so-called random sources. The move is in response to a 2009 National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report, which concluded that cats and dogs acquired from such places were not critical for biomedical research, and that using them could damage the reputation of the research enterprise with the public. NIH ended funding for random source cats in 2012.Dogs and cats enter U.S. research laboratories via two main sources: Class A and Class B dealers. Class A dealers—typically large, corporate entities—only sell animals they raise themselves, while Class B dealers—typically smaller, “mom-and-pop” operations—sell animals that they obtain from other sources, such as pounds and breeders. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has policed both types of dealers since the 1960s, but the Class B system has long been plagued with charges that some of its dealers sell stolen and abused pets. 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Responding to the NAS report, the agency launched a pilot program to see if Class A dealers could provide the same types of dogs that Class B dealers usually provide—that is, mature, large, and well-socialized animals. NIH found that Class A dealers could indeed provide these animals. As a result, the agency announced late last year that, as of 1 October, 2014, it would not fund the procurement of dogs from Class B dealers. (All such projects funded before this date may continue.)“We’re very pleased that NIH has taken this action. It’s long overdue,” says Cathy Liss, president of the Washington, D.C.–based Animal Welfare Institute, which has pushed for the more humane treatment of laboratory animals. But she notes that random source cats and dogs can still be used by researchers and educators who don’t rely on government money. Since 1996, her organization has been pushing Congress to pass the Pet Safety and Protection Act, which would effectively outlaw the use of all random source dogs and cats in the United States. “Only then,” she says, “we will eliminate this blight on research.”last_img read more

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Still the King

first_imgLATEST STORIES Belying his 35 years, Nietes lived up to his moniker (Snake), striking and wobbling Reveco near the end of the sixth round before lunging for the kill with a hard right, three body punches and a lethal left in the seventh.The 34-year-old Reveco fell, staggered to beat the count, but was spared further punishment when his corner called the lopsided bout off at the 53-second mark.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAfter an uninterrupted reign of over a decade in three weight classes, Nietes finally proved that he’s indeed an elite fighter worthy of bigger, juicier pay-per-view bouts.No wonder, the pride of Murcia, Negros Occidental and torchbearer of Ala Promotions, sounded ecstatic after the victory that raised his record to 41-1-4 with 23 knockouts. MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Viloria’s woes were compounded when he sustained a bloody cut on the left forehead caused by Dalakian’s wayward elbow in the 11th round.Now 37, Viloria skidded to 38-6, 23 knockouts.Dalakian stretched his win run to 16 with 11 knockouts. —ROY LUARCA Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving “Not only did I keep my title, I knocked my opponent out,” Nietes, who last tasted defeat in 2004, said in Filipino.In handing Reveco a fourth loss against 39 wins, Nietes lined himself up for a possible clash with Thai Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, who kept his World Boxing Council super flyweight title by majority decision over Mexican Juan Francisco Estrada in the headliner of the event shown by HBO.Nietes said he is also looking at either Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez or Estrada for his next fight.While Nietes’ career gained luster, that of Filipino-American Brian Viloria dimmed further.The bloodied “Hawaiian Punch” yielded to the younger Artem Dalakian of Ukraine in their battle for the vacant World Boxing Association flyweight tile by unanimous decision, 118-109 thrice.ADVERTISEMENT Vargas reaches out to Peping LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico AFP official booed out of forum Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus There’s plenty of venom and power left in Donnie “Ahas” Nietes to instill fear among his peers.Fighting before a global audience for the first time, Nietes knocked out Argentine Juan Carlos Reveco on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) to retain the International Boxing Federation flyweight crown in SuperFly 2 at The Forum in Inglewood, California.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Mallya refuses to withdraw controversial TV advertisement

first_imgReacting to a legal notice slapped by off-spinner Harbhajan Singh’s mother on United Spirits Limited (USL), United Breweries Group chairman Vijay Mallya has reportedly refused to withdraw the controversial TV ad campaign.UB group chairman Vijay MallyaHarbhajan’s mother had on Saturday served the notice through legal firm Dewani Advocates & Consultants for spoofing the cricketer in a McDowell’s No 1 Platinum advertisement, wherein Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is seen ridiculing his team-mate’s role in a Royal Stag commercial.Mallya reacted to the reports of notice saying USL did not intend to pull the ad campaign off air. He said the company’s lawyers would recommend the next course of action.Meanwhile USL’s rival Pernod Ricard, which had earlier hired Harbhajan for its Royal Stag brand, said it had not advised the bowler on his legal move, but would support him.last_img read more

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Apex court restrains Srinivasan, Niranjan Shah from attending BCCI SGM

first_imgShastri named India coach till 2019 World Cup Administrators’ panel welcomes Shastri’s appointment as head coach Apex court accepts Anurag Thakur’s apology, drops contempt proceedings against him The Supreme Court today restrained former BCCI President N. Srinivasan and cricket administrator Niranjan Shah from attending the Special General Meeting (SGM) of the BCCI scheduled to be held on July 26.A bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra said the SGM would be attended only by the office-bearers of the state cricket associations.The bench, also comprising Justices A. M. Khanwilkar and D. Y. Chandrachud, said all the associations should implement the recommendations of the Justice R. M. Lodha committee as far as “practicable barring issues raised pertaining to membership, selectors, number of votes” which will be debated before the apex court.The bench fixed the matter for further hearing on August 18 and said it would consider two issues — the implementation of the Lodha panel recommendations as far as practicable by the state associations as well as the names to fill up the vacancies in the apex court-appointed committee of administrators. RELATED SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL BCCI_3037482g Rajeev Shukla to head BCCI team on implementation of Lodha panel reformscenter_img Published on BCCI_3037482g July 24, 2017 × COMMENT cricket COMMENTSlast_img read more

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ICC World T20: Tamim Iqbal’s ton helps Bangladesh ease into Super 10

first_imgBangladesh’s Tamim Iqbal kept his promise and struck the first century of this year’s World Twenty20 tournament to help secure a place in the main draw with a 54-run victory over Oman in their rain-hit match on Sunday.The opener, who had told the team coach he would hit a ton, became the first Bangladesh player to score a hundred in a Twenty20 International as his side proved they are too good to jostle with associate nations to qualify for the Super 10 stage.Put into bat, Bangladesh posted an imposing 180-2, which proved too much for Oman’s limited batting resources as the associate nation, chasing a revised 120-run victory target in 12 overs, managed 65-9 to lose via the Duckworth-Lewis method.The victory sees Bangladesh join India, Australia, New Zealand and Pakistan in Group Two of the Super 10 stage.Bangladesh got off to a slow start, especially with Soumya Sarkar (12) struggling to middle the ball throughout his 22-ball stay in the middle.Tamim’s wide range of strokes, which he underlined with 10 fours and five sixes, meant the southpaw (103 not out), who turns 27 later this month, could not be tamed.Tamim’s aggression saw him race to fifty off 35 balls and he and Sabbir Rahman (44) plundered 97 runs in nine overs to lay the foundation for a big total.Tamim took 60 balls to reach his century, bringing up the milestone with a boundary off Bilal Khan before leaping in joy and gesturing to coach Chandika Hathurusingha.”We were having this camp back home when Chandi asked for a hundred,” Tamim said at the innings break. “I put my hands up and said, ‘I will give you a hundred in this World Cup’. It feels good that I kept my promise.”advertisementOman stuttered early in their chase, which saw two rain interruptions before Bangladesh completed a clinical victory.Netherlands beat Ireland by 12 runs in the earlier qualifier, which was reduced to a six-overs-a-side contest following incessant rain in the north Indian city.last_img read more

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ICC World Twenty20: In-form India poised to break T20I jinx against New Zealand in tournament opener

first_imgA superb build-up run has made India the clear favourites for an unprecedented second World Twenty20 title but the in-form hosts will have to guard against complacency when they take on a spirited New Zealand in their campaign-opener at the Vidarbha Cricket Association stadium in Nagpur tomorrow.No host country has won the T20 world title in the last five editions and none has repeated a title triumph, but India’s settled combination, led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, and familiarity with the conditions make them the odds-on favourites to script history. (World T20: India favourites to repeat 2011 success at home, says Tendulkar) The 2007 Champions, India go into the Super 10 Group 2 clash against New Zealand with their tails up as the number one ranked team in the world. India have been on a roll in the shortest form of the game, winning their last seven outings which included a 3-0 whitewash of World 50-over champions Australia in the latter’s backyard.  (World T20: David Warner wary of aggressive Virat Kohli)They then went on to win the Asia Cup on a canter after beating Sri Lanka at home 2-1. The five consecutive wins in Dhaka, including in the summit clash against Bangladesh that led to their continental supremacy in the T20 game, has given the team a huge morale boost.However, Dhoni’s men will be wary of the fact that they have never beaten New Zealand in T20s in four outings in the past including once during their stunning title run in the inaugural edition in 2007 in South Africa. (Mahendra Singh Dhoni is my idol: Pakistan wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed)advertisementBut in home conditions, India would be a big threat to the rest of the competitors, including New Zealand. The minor hiccup in India’s build-up to this competition was their loss to South Africa by four runs in a practice match and this was perhaps a wake-up call for the team to avoid being complacent.India do have the wherewithal and the personnel to script history and a win in tomorrows opening game at the VCA Stadium in Jamtha would give them the ideal momentum to take on the challenges ahead head-on.Virat Kohli has been in terrific form, in the last two months. On top of his game, the Test skipper has made four half-centuries in seven innings, and two other scores in the 40s, besides leading four successful run-chases. With an average of over 50 after 38 matches, he remains one of the players who will be feared by the opposition along with the equally talented Rohit Sharma who is set to play in his sixth WT20 championship.Teams:India: MS Dhoni (c), Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Shikhar Dhawan, Harbhajan Singh, Ravindra Jadeja, Virat Kohli, Mohammed Shami, Pawan Negi, Ashish Nehra, Hardik Pandya, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj SinghNew Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Grant Elliott, Martin Guptill, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Henry Nicholls, Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylorlast_img read more

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Rochdale’s Ollie Rathbone: ‘Leaving Manchester United was the best thing I’ve done’

first_img Read more Share on LinkedIn Ed Woodward pledges faith in Ole Gunnar Solskjær at Manchester United Share on Twitter Manchester United “The sessions were relentless, and when I look at Scott McTominay now, still a friend and someone who has had loads of difficulties with injuries but kept coming back for more, I can only admire him for dealing with a massive amount of pressure. Maybe Scotty was surprised when he was given the chance, but I was not surprised he took it so well.”One United player who did surprise Rathbone was Marcus Rashford, not because he lacked ability but because he was earmarked for great things from an early age and initially it was difficult to work out what all the fuss was about. “Everyone seemed to know Marcus was going to make it, but he was like a baby until he was 15 or 16 and I couldn’t really see it,” Rathbone says.“I couldn’t believe such a little lad could possibly go up to first-team training and compete with the likes of Rio Ferdinand, but Marcus is tough and determined and in a short space of time he has grown into an incredible footballer and athlete. I know how hard he has worked and the pressure he works under, but I must admit he has handled it all brilliantly.” Topics Rochdale Share on Facebook features Share on WhatsApp A technical education with Manchester United sets a young player in good stead for a possession‑based game, and though Rathbone has many fond memories of his time at the club where he began as an 11-year-old, he has no regrets about leaving. “I was very lucky to have two great coaches in Warren Joyce and Paul McGuinness, but when the time came to step up from the academy to the reserves I was finding myself on the bench all the time,” he says.“I only stuck it out for a year because basically I wasn’t getting a sniff. When Louis van Gaal was manager he would drop down Adnan Januzaj and Memphis Depay to play in the reserves and I was always the one to get pushed aside. I talked it over with my dad [former Blackburn defender Mick Rathbone], then had a discussion with Warren and Nicky Butt. They said I could stay if I wished, but admitted they could not see a pathway for me to progress.“It is hard to motivate yourself to train hard every day when there isn’t any sugar at the end, so I realised I had to make a decision. I thought I would do all right in league football. I can say now it’s been the best thing I have ever done in my life, in my entire career. I’ve made almost 120 appearances since coming to Rochdale and it has developed me as a player and a person.”The cheerfulness with which Rathbone says this, sitting behind a folding table in an upstairs room at the homely but unprepossessing Rochdale sports and cricket club, suggests he has adjusted well since being slightly overawed by the ethos he was trying to fit into at United.“When you go into the United reserves you enter the first-team environment,” he says. “You go in the gym and there are pictures of all the legends on the wall, so you are captured in that culture. You realise how many wonderful players were developed at the club, but you also realise very quickly how difficult it is to become a professional footballer, how hard you have to work every single day. The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share via Email Carabao Cup Rochdale’s Ollie Rathbone spent eight years in the Manchester United academy, so he is excited to be going to Old Trafford in the Carabao Cup third round – just not for the reason many might imagine.“Obviously I still have some friends at United and I am fully aware that it is an incredible venue steeped in history because we used to do lessons on the subject, but the great thing for us is the chance to play on a pristine surface,” the 22-year-old midfielder says. “Quite a lot of the games we play in League One are on shocking pitches, the finances are not the same and it’s difficult to maintain such a high standard. So it will be a treat to play on a perfect surface for a change. We deserve it for all the hard yards we put in throughout the season on very poor pitches.”Poor pitches or not, Rochdale have managed to score one of the goals of the season with their patient passing game. Rathbone was on the bench at Southend last month when his teammates delivered a passable imitation of peak-Pep Barcelona, and he claims the standard has been just as high in various other games since the arrival of Brian Barry-Murphy as manager. “The first game of the season, at Tranmere, we scored two goals after similar passages of play – it’s not like Roots Hall was a one-off,” he says. “We’ve scored a lot of good goals already. Only that one went viral, but that’s the way the manager wants us to play and we won’t shy away from it at Old Trafford.” Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Madrid & Barca January transfer news LIVE

first_imgTransfers Real Madrid & Barcelona January transfer news LIVE: Kepa signs new contract with €80m release clause Goal Last updated 1 year ago 23:55 1/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Barcelona Real Madrid Primera División Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Blancos and Blaugrana as the January transfer window heats up Kepa signs new deal with €80m release clauseKepa Arrizabalaga has brought to an end to rumours linking him with Real Madrid by committing to a new contract with Athletic Bilbao which includes an €80 million release clause.The fresh terms will keep the highly-rated goalkeeper in his current surroundings until 2025.Goal revealed on Sunday that the 23-year-old was set to commit to a new deal and quash links to Madrid. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Read the full story on Goal right here! Bayern scouting De LigtMatthijs de Ligt AjaxBayern Munich watched Ajax’s teenage defender Matthijs de Ligt during Sunday’s 2-0 home win over Feyenoord, reports AD .De Ligt played the full 90 minutes of the game and produced another impressive performance in front of the Bayern scouts.The 18-year-old, who is under contract at Ajax until 2021, has repeatedly been linked with a move to Barcelona after establishing himself as one of the brightest defensive prospects in Europe.Ronaldo could take pay cut to join Man UtdCristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid VillarrealCristiano Ronaldo may be prepared to lower his wages in order to find a way out of Real Madrid, claims Don Balon . The Portugal international has cut a frustrated figure in Spain in recent weeks, amid reports he would be interested in returning to Manchester United. And to make the move happen, Ronaldo could even decrease his current salary in order to attract more transfer attention.Hazard scolds father for fuelling Real Madrid talkEden Hazard, ChelseaEden Hazard has admitted he scolded father Thierry over the latter’s claims that the Chelsea star was holding out for a Real Madrid move.”I talked with him [to tell him off], no, no worries,” he joked to reporters, before underling his commitment to the Blues.Read the full story here! Real Madrid could go after De GeaDavid de Gea Manchester UnitedManchester United will be worried after Kepa Arrizabalaga rejected Real Madrid , extending the La Liga club’s search for a new goalkeeper, claims the Mirror .With the Athletic Bilbao star passing on Los Blancos, the Spanish giants could once again target Man Utd’s No.1 David De Gea.De Gea has yet to sign a new deal with the Red Devils with one year remaining on his current contract.Egypt FA chief calls for Salah in Real MadridMohamed Salah LiverpoolThe head of Egypt’s FA wants to see Liverpool star Mohamed Salah move to Real Madrid, claims the Sun .According to the newspaper, Abo Rida asserted that the Merengue would make an offer for Salah over the summer and allegedly stated such a move would “be great for Egyptian football”.Bale receives €100m Bayern offerGareth BaleReal Madrid star Gareth Bale has been tempted by a €100 million offer from Bayern Munich, claims  Don Balon .The Welshman was on top form on Sunday, scoring twice to help his side recover from a goal down to destroy Deportivo 7-1.But his future at the Bernabeu has long been in question, and Bayern may join long-term admirers Manchester United in fighting for his signature.Rafinha arrives at InterRafinha BarcelonaRafinha has arrived in Milan in order to seal a loan deal with Inter, reports GianlucaDiMarzio.com .The Barcelona midfielder’s transfer will include a purchase option worth €35 million, as well as a three and a half year contract with the Nerazzurri.last_img read more

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Lambert rues Everton’s offside goal

first_imgStoke City Everton’s ‘offside’ opener frustrates Lambert as Stoke City lose again Matt Dorman 04:04 18/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Paul Lambert - cropped Getty Images Stoke City Stoke City v Everton Everton Premier League The manager was left disappointed by the officials as Cenk Tosun strayed offside in the build up to the first goal, proving costly for the home side Stoke City manager Paul Lambert criticised the decision to award Cenk Tosun’s contentious opening goal in Everton’s 2-1 win at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday.Tosun looked to be in an offside position as he attempted to head home Yannick Bolasie’s cross in the 69th minute, before burying the loose ball amid a subsequent goalmouth scramble.Stoke, who had Charlie Adam sent off on the half hour, quickly equalised through Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, yet parity only lasted seven minutes as Tosun returned to net the winner and heap more pressure on a home side stuck in the Premier League relegation zone with only seven games to play. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Lambert said he understood referee Martin Atkinson’s decision to dismiss Adam, but the Potters boss was upset by the manner in which his team’s dogged rearguard came undone.”I thought the first goal was offside. Well it is offside because I have seen it,” Lambert told the club’s video channel.”The thing that disappoints me most is that it is the linesman’s side. He is looking right across the line. How he has not seen that is disappointing.”The response with 10 men to going a goal behind was fantastic. I thought we were well in the game, but the first goal is offside.”He has got to call that right. You cannot get that wrong. It gave Everton something to hang on to.” Paul Lambert reacts to this afternoon’s 2-1 @premierleague defeat at home against @Everton.FREE on Stoke City+  https://t.co/swhXHS9zRU#SCFC  pic.twitter.com/iAaAjmOttc— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) March 17, 2018Conversely, Everton boss Sam Allardyce praised Turkey international Tosun for securing the Toffees a first Premier League away win in seven attempts.”It looked a bit iffy for us again but Cenk popped up with a super goal and that is why we bought him,” Allardyce said of the striker, a January signing from Besiktas.”It has paid dividends for us and it puts us on the 40-point mark, and even though mathematically we are not safe I do not think anyone can catch us now and we can start to prepare for next season.”last_img read more

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What happened to Oscar? The Brazil star paid £21m a year

first_imgHe had the football world at his feet. A midfield talent like few others, Oscar was already the star of a World Cup and a vital cog in not one, but two Premier League-winning campaigns.At 25, the Brazilian seemed to have everything in place to cement his position in the game’s elite.However, in January 2017, he dropped a bombshell. The Chelsea man gave up on his dream of dominating European football and moved to China, signing a hugely lucrative four-year deal with Shanghai SIPG worth £20.8 million ($26.5m) a year that made him one of the world’s highest-paid players. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Two years have now passed since that momentous £60m ($76.5m) transfer, and while predictions made at that time over how Chinese football was ready to compete with Europe’s big leagues proved incorrect, Oscar has been a huge success in Shanghai.Perhaps the most striking thing about this elegant, cultured playmaker is his knack of finding himself at the heart of winning teams.From the Recopa Sudamericana in 2011 with Internacional to two Premier League crowns at Chelsea and international glory in the Confederations Cup and Under-20 World Cup – with a hat-trick in the 2011 final he achieved a feat only the great Geoff Hurst had previously managed – Oscar has an enviable collection of trophies.Oscar Shanghai SIPGOscar Shanghai SIPG PSSince moving to Shanghai he has carried on that tradition. Having finished runners-up in the Super League in 2017, Oscar’s debut season, the side coached by Vitor Pereira went one better last year to take the title, the first in the club’s history.Oscar was predictably in the thick of things.With 19 assists across the league season, he beat compatriots Renato Augusto and Hulk (his team-mate at SIPG) to the award for best provider. The 27-year-old added a further 12 goals of his own making, meaning that of SIPG’s 77 Super League strikes, he was directly involved in no less than 31.While attacking partner in crime and Chinese football legend Wu Lei was named Player of the Season thanks to his exceptional haul of 27 goals in just 29 games, Oscar nevertheless earned a place in the CSL’s best XI.Even with wages that set SIPG back around £400,000 ($510,000) a week, Oscar proved his worth. Of course, his pay packet remains a major talking point but he has been remarkably up front about his motivations for leaving Chelsea for relatively uncharted territories.“Every football player, or every person who works, wants to earn money to help their families,” he explained back in 2017 to Copa 90.“I came from a social background in Brazil that is very poor. We didn’t have anything. This is the fruit of my work and when I earn this, it is because I conquered it.”The same way I came here, I will be able to return to Europe.”Oscar Shanghai SIPG PSHis decision of course came at a cost. Previously an undisputed member of the Brazil team, Oscar last featured for his nation all the way back in November 2015.Selecao coach Tite has shown himself willing to play China-based talent, with Renato Augusto and Paulinho both featuring in recent squads. However, Oscar has found no way through, his habitual spot blocked by Philippe Coutinho.Consequently, he finds himself in an acute dilemma. He undoubtedly retains the ability to shine again at the very highest level, but with two years left on his contract at SIPG and astronomic salary commitments, he is not exactly an attractive financial proposition for Europe’s elite.For now, then, he will continue to prove that China is not a country where footballers go to die, with the AFC Champions League the big prize on offer in 2019, along with the challenge of retaining the Super League title.The example of Paulinho also shows that one can return from the Far East, while the Copa America looms large on the horizon, with places still up for grabs in the Selecao squad for this year’s tournament in his native Brazil.Did Oscar err in following the yuan to a relative footballing backwater? Perhaps.The midfielder, however, made what he believes was the correct decision not just for himself but for his entire family, having now set them up for life.In addition, his exploits in China have shown that he remains a special talent, a valuable asset for any team.last_img read more

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LSU Star Reveals If UCF Could Play In The SEC

first_imgA UCF football helmet placed on the field.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: A UCF Knights helmet sits on the field after the UCF Knights defeated the Baylor Bears 52-42 in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)UCF won 25 straight games before today’s loss to LSU in the Fiesta Bowl. It was a hell of a two-year run for the Knights.UCF was able to shake up college football and continue debate about the structure of the playoff. They also beat Auburn in the Peach Bowl last year, giving them a postseason win over an SEC team and fueling their claim they can play with anybody.LSU linebacker Devin White isn’t so sure though. White was a little less than complimentary of his opponent after the game.When asked about UCF’s physicality, White said he didn’t think it met SEC levels.Devin White on UCF’s physicality: “I don’t think they could play in the SEC week-in, week-out.” #LSU— Brody Miller (@BrodyAMiller) January 1, 2019For what it is worth, White and the LSU defense limited UCF to 250 yards of total offense, despite the fact the Tigers were missing multiple key players. That’s something they should feel good about.It is pretty clear that LSU is enjoying this win. SEC fans who partake in conference superiority are likely doing the same.It would be great to see UCF continue to get opportunities to test itself by playing Power 5 opponents in the coming years.last_img read more

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Heads I win, tails you lose: Tendulkar on ICC video comparing his Centurion six with Rohit’s

first_img graphs scorecard view more view less No data available! advertisement Heads I win, tails you lose: Tendulkar on ICC video comparing his Centurion six with Rohit’sIndia vs Pakistan, World Cup 2019: The International Cricket Council had posted a video of Sachin Tendulkar and Rohit Sharma playing identical shots in their respective World Cup matches against Pakistan and asked who played it better on social media. commentary Next Rohan Sen ManchesterJune 17, 2019UPDATED: June 17, 2019 20:52 IST Rohit Sharma hit 14 fours and 3 sixes during his knock against Pakistan in Manchester (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRohit Sharma smashed 140 off 113 balls as India beat Pakistan by 89 runs (DLS)This was Rohit’s second hundred in World Cup 2019 after his unbeaten 122 vs South AfricaRohit Sharma is the second highest run scorer in CWC19 so far with 319 runs from 4 ODIs at an average of 159.50Rohit Sharma’s six off Hassan Ali during the India-Pakistan match in Manchester on Sunday reminded many fans of the six that Sachin Tendulkar had hit against Shoaib Akhtar in the 2003 World Cup match between the two arch rivals.The International Cricket Council (ICC) therefore, posted a video on social media comparing the two sixes and asked the fans on who played the shot better -Sachin in 2003 or Rohit in 2019?Sachin Tendulkar came up with the genius reply to ICC’s query on Monday.Sachin in 2003 or Rohit in 2019 who did it better? pic.twitter.com/M9k8z5lLQdICC (@ICC) June 16, 2019″We both are from INDIA and in this case, AAMCHI MUMBAI as well….So heads I win, tails you lose!” Tendulkar tweeted.We both are from INDIA and in this case, AAMCHI MUMBAI as well….So heads I win, tails you lose! https://t.co/doUMk1QU2bSachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) June 17, 2019Tendulkar was in awe of Rohit’s knock against Pakistan on Sunday as the Mumbai batsman smashed 140 off 116 balls to script India’s 89-run victory at the Old Trafford cricket ground. This was India’s 7th victory over Pakistan in World Cups and their 3rd of the tournament. India are now 3rd in the points table with 7 points from 4 matches – one match against New Zealand was washed out.Rohit led India’s chase with an unbeaten 122 against South Africa before hitting a stylish half-century against Australia at The Oval on June 9. A week later, Rohit looked good for a double hundred before he fell for 140.advertisementSpeaking to India Today after the match, Tendulkar said he liked the fact that Rohit Sharma played with a great strike rate even without appearing to take too many risks.”Terrific consistency (from Rohit). What I really liked about Rohit was it didn’t appear like he was taking a lot of risks even as he was playing with a phenomenal strike rate.”The thing that was risky was his running between the wickets. he got lucky a couple of times. Otherwise, his batting was at a different level.”I have always felt, when Rohit starts playing close to the body on frontfoot, he is going to hurt the opposition,” Tendulkar told India Today.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Shami has potential to provide breakthroughs, says TendulkarAlso Read | India vs Pakistan: Rohit Sharma’s cheeky reply to Pak journalist will make you smileAlso Read | India best team in World Cup 2019, way better than Pakistan: Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | Sarfaraz Ahmed was confused, Pakistan lacked imagination: Sachin TendulkarFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Sachin TendulkarFollow Rohit SharmaFollow India vs PakistanFollow World Cup 2019last_img read more

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Tri-series, 4th T20I: Bangladesh crush Zimbabwe to set up final vs Afghanistan

first_img Rohan Sen ChattogramSeptember 18, 2019UPDATED: September 18, 2019 23:32 IST Bangladesh Cricket PhotoHIGHLIGHTSBangladesh (175 for 7) beat Zimbabwe (136-all out) by 39 runs in the 4th matchMahmudullah starred with the bat scoring 62 runs while Shafiul picked 3 wickets for BANBangladesh will now face Afghanistan in the final on September 24 in DhakaBangladesh rode on an all-round team performance on Wednesday to beat Zimbabwe by 39 runs in the fourth T20I at Chattogram and set up the tri-nation series final against Afghanistan in Dhaka on September 24. Afghanistan have 4 points from 2 matches, Bangladesh have the same from 3 games now while Zimbabwe are yet to open their account.A superb bowling effort from Shafiul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman and Aminul Islam helped Bangladesh bowl Zimbabwe out for 136 while defending 175 in 20 overs. Zimbabwe bowed out of the competition after suffering their third successive loss.Shafiul finished with 3 for 36 from 4 overs while Mustafizur and Aminul grabbed two wickets each. Shakib Al Hasan and Mohammad Saifuddin managed to pick up a wicket each. Richmond Mutumbami was Zimbabwe’s highest scorer with 54 runs while Kyle Jarvis contributed with 27 but it wasn’t enough to get them over the finish line.Earlier, Bangladesh rode on Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur Rahim’s 78-run partnership for the fourth wicket to post 175 for 7 in 20 overs after being put into bat.Mahmudullah scored 62 off 41 balls, his 4th T20I half-century, while Mushfiqur made 32 off 26 balls. Opener Liton Das also made a useful contribution of 38 off 22 balls with 4 boundaries and two sixes.”Made up my mind I’ll go from the first ball (that went for six). Wanted to try and be positive. Liton, Shakib and Rahim batted well. Bowlers kept faith in their abilities, fielders took their chances. Want to be more consistent in my form. Team expects consistency from me. Need to put our best performance in upcoming game to boost our confidence ahead of the final,” man-of-the-match Mahmudullah said.advertisementKyle Jarvis bagged 3 wickets for Zimbabwe while Chris Mpofu managed two. Ryan Burl and Tinotenda Mutombodzi grabbed a wicket each.Zimbabwe will play their final match of the series against Afghanistan on September 20 at the same venue before Bangladesh take on the Afghans on September 21. The final between Bangladesh and Afghanistan in Dhaka on September 24.Also Read | Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe Tri-nation series 4th T20I in Chattogram: HighlightsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Bangladesh vs ZimbabweFollow Bangladesh T20I Tri-series Tri-series, 4th T20I: Bangladesh crush Zimbabwe to set up final vs AfghanistanBangladesh beat Zimbabwe by 39 runs in the fourth match at Chattogram to set up the tri-nation T20I series final against Afghanistan.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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A piece of closure Law students killed in WWI called to bar

first_imgCALGARY – John William Gow Logan had one course and some articling to complete before becoming a lawyer, but his death in the First World War left his dream unfinished.The son of Manitoba homesteaders enlisted as a private in the 50th Battalion in 1915 and within months was promoted to corporal. He was killed on the last day of the Battle of the Somme in France on Nov. 18, 1916 — a month shy of his 30th birthday.Logan is one of 37 aspiring lawyers to be posthumously admitted to the bar in a ceremony Friday at the Calgary Courts Centre ahead of the 100-year anniversary of the armistice ending the conflict.Logan’s great-niece Leslie Lavers, along with her daughter and some cousins, planned to be in the ceremonial courtroom for his bar call.“It’s a piece of closure,” she said. “It brings him back and it puts him to rest all at the same time.”Lavers never knew her “great-uncle Gow,” but she learned a lot about him from his eight siblings who lived into their 80s and 90s.“The shadow of his death lasted with them until their own deaths.”Letters Logan sent during the war were witty and cheerful, always seeking to ease the worries of his loved ones, she said. In one, he complains to his sister: “There are far too many lice and they are far too affectionate for my liking.”Keith Marlowe with the Legal Archives Society of Alberta said that every November the profession recognizes members who died serving. But when law students’ names are read, there has always been the caveat that they were “never called.”“But for the war, all of these students would have gone on to become lawyers and they would have given back to the Alberta legal community,” said Marlowe, a partner at Blakes, Cassels and Graydon.“We wanted to make sure they were treated in the same way, on the same footing, with the same recognition as the Alberta lawyers who also perished in the war.”The families of 13 students have been tracked down. Of those, relatives of six planned to attend, Marlowe said.The gallery in Calgary’s ceremonial courtroom seats 350, but Marlowe said he was expecting so many people that he was looking into an overflow room days before the ceremony.Court of Queen’s Bench Chief Justice Mary Moreau, associate chief Justice John Rooke and Justice Blair Nixon are to preside as the would-be lawyers are called in two groups of 12 and one group of 13.Relatives and current law students are to take oaths and sign certificates on their behalf.Organizers credit Patrick Shea, a partner at Gowlings in Toronto who was in the reserves, with making the ceremony possible.Shea has devoted much of his spare time to digging through historical records and amassing details on the 550 Canadian lawyers and law students killed during the First World War.“The sacrifice they gave is well worth the sacrifice and time that I gave,” he said.A posthumous bar call was held in 2014 for Ontario law students killed in the First World War and there was one for the Second World War dead last year. Newfoundland and Labrador has had a similar tribute, and Shea said he hopes law societies in other provinces follow suit.Shea said one law firm in Ontario had to close during the Great War because everyone there enlisted. He said so many Canadians in the profession signed up to fight overseas because it was seen as the right thing to do.“That’s what lawyers do. We defend causes.”last_img read more

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Trumps tirade sparks calls for calm promises of support for Trudeau

first_imgOTTAWA – Leaders from across Canada’s political spectrum voiced their support Sunday for free trade and opposition to U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum while denouncing the Trump administration’s unprecedented attacks on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.Among them were some of Trudeau’s fiercest critics, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and incoming Ontario premier Doug Ford, both of whom promised to stand with the government as it seeks to resolve what has become an all-out trade war with the U.S.Former Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper, meanwhile, questioned Trump’s “obsession with trade relations with Canada” during an appearance on U.S. television.All of the comments came after Trump unleashed a Twitter tirade against Trudeau following the G7 on Saturday, in which the president called the prime minister “dishonest and weak.”Trump also threatened to go after Canada’s auto industry, a mainstay of the Ontario economy, in the same way that he has already done with its steel and aluminum sectors.The tirade was enhanced by extensive comments Sunday from two of the president’s closest advisers who said the prime minister betrayed Trump in comments Trudeau made at the end of the G7 summit in the Charlevoix region of Quebec.Trump’s top economic adviser Larry Kudlow said Trudeau made Trump look weak ahead of his North Korea summit, while trade adviser Peter Navarro said there was a “special place in hell” for the prime minister.“It’s certainly not helpful to have that type of language when we’re dealing with two governments, two countries that have had a long history of mutual support, mutual co-operation,” Scheer told reporters during an event at an Ottawa gas station on Sunday.“That’s why we have been doing what we can to present that united front when we’re talking about the benefits of NAFTA, when we’re talking about the benefits of free trade for both Americans and Canadians.”That doesn’t mean the Conservatives support everything the Liberals are doing, Scheer added before listing a number of “missed opportunities” to put pressure on the U.S. and make Canada more attractive to foreign investment.Those include a failure to quickly ratify the 11-country free-trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership as well as the government’s push for a national carbon tax and its refusal to cut taxes for businesses.Nevertheless, he said, “every time in history when there are these types of discussions, all Canadians who believe in free trade, political parties who believe in the benefits of free trade as a philosophy, as an economic policy goal, have worked together.“And that’s what we are going to continue to do.”Ford, a populist campaigner who has praised U.S. President Donald Trump in the past, similarly said on Sunday that he stands “shoulder to shoulder” with Canada’s Liberal prime minister because jobs in his province are at stake.“My number 1 priority is to protect jobs in Ontario, especially protect the steel workers, aluminum workers. That’s going to be a priority,” Ford told reporters at Queen’s Park.“We’re going to sit down with our federal counterparts. We’re going to stand united. I know all provinces should be standing united with our federal counterparts and we’ll deal with that.”Former prime minister Harper rounded out the conservative triumvirate during an appearance on the Fox news network in which he noted that the deep trade relationship between Canada and the U.S.The U.S. has legitimate concerns about trade with China and even Mexico when it comes to automobiles, Harper added, “and I would be the first person telling our government to be a partner in those things because I think Canada shares those concerns.”However, he added, “I don’t understand the obsession with trade relations with Canada.”Conservatives weren’t the only ones offering support as Green Party Leader Elizabeth May tweeted that the prime minister was handling Trump’s “outbursts” and “bullying” as well as anyone, and “all Canadian leaders need to support Trudeau.”And NDP MP Charlie Angus tweeted that Trump’s behaviour was “appalling,” adding: “This is a small-minded man not fit for public office. Canada will not be pushed around by his circus-thug bluster.”Not everyone was impressed, however, as Conservative Sen. Leo Housakos accused the prime minister of using an “incompetent approach” to dealing with the U.S., in part by refusing to pursue one-on-one trade talks with Washington.“Stop poking U.S., stop jumping in front of bullets meant for Mexico, start bilateral (NAFTA negotiations) and stop dialogue with Iran,” Housakos said on Twitter.“Focus on (a) deal that’s critical to our economy.”Former Canadian ambassador to the U.S. Derek Burney was among those urging Canada and others to stay calm, adding that he hopes Trump’s latest antics will spark more “sober sentiments” in Congress and with others in the U.S.Several members of Congress and former U.S. officials were quick to express their disapproval with the administration’s attacks on Trudeau and Canada, including Republican Sen. John McCain and Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy.Murphy retweeted a comment by European Council President Donald Tusk who appeared to mock Navarro by stating: “There is a special place in heaven for (Trudeau). Canada, thank you for the perfect organization of (the) G7.”last_img read more

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Climate talks kick off in Poland with boost from G20 summit

first_imgKATOWICE, Poland — Negotiators from around the world are meeting in Poland for talks on curbing climate change, three years after sealing a landmark deal in Paris that set a goal of keeping global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit).Envoys gathered Sunday in the southern city of Katowice, a day earlier than originally planned, for the U.N. meeting that runs until Dec. 14.Ministers and some heads of government are to join Monday, when host Poland will push for a joint declaration on ensuring a “just transition” for fossil fuel industries facing closure as part of efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.The meeting received a boost over the weekend, after 19 major economies at the G-20 summit affirmed their commitment to the 2015 Paris climate accord. The only holdout was the United States.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Smokey Skies Bulletin issued Friday for Northeastern BC

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. Government has issued a Smokey Skies Bulletin, on June 1, for Northeastern B.C. due to continued impacts from wildfires in Alberta.According to the Government, the smokey conditions could last for the next 24 to 48 hours.During a wildfire, smoke conditions can change quickly over short distances and can vary considerably hour-by-hour. Health Authorities say people with pre-existing health conditions, the elderly, infants, children and sensitive individuals are more likely to experience health effects from smoke exposure.For those with chronic breathing conditions, it is best to limit being outdoors and to stay inside during this time.Tips on how to protect yourself from smoke exposure can be found on the Government’s website.last_img read more

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Necklaces snatched during Jaffna festival

The suspects had snatched the necklaces of four women during the festival on Tuesday and escaped in a van.Investigations revealed that the suspects are residents of Chilaw and Chenkaladi and had committed similar crimes at religious festivals around the country. The necklace worn around the necks of some Hindu devotees attending the Jaffna Nallur Temple festival were snatched by an organized gang.According to the police a seven member gang was arrested by the Jaffna police yesterday over the crime and the stolen necklaces were also recovered. The Jaffna police are conducting further investigations. read more

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Andretti Autosport says it has new primary sponsor to replace GoDaddy on

FONTANA, Calif. – Andretti Autosport will announce a new primary sponsor Saturday to replace GoDaddy next season on the car currently driven by James Hinchcliffe.Andretti gave no indication Friday on the status of contract talks with Hinchcliffe, who with three wins this season gave GoDaddy its most successful season on track in its seven years with the organization.But as GoDaddy prepares for a global launch next year — CEO Blake Irving said Friday the website domain provider will be in 60 different countries and 30 different languages, with an emphasis on Latin America in time for the World Cup — its spending allocation had to be re-evaluated. GoDaddy currently sponsors Danica Patrick in NASCAR and Hinchcliffe in IndyCar, and Irving decided IndyCar didn’t make fiscal sense.“We looked at our customer acquisition costs and it’s an audience size issue,” Irving said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. “The customer acquisition costs between the web, between regular TV and between NASCAR and IndyCar, IndyCar is the most expensive acquisition vehicle we have. It was pretty expensive on a per customer cost.”But Irving did not rule out GoDaddy continuing a relationship with Hinchcliffe, who has quickly grown into one of the most popular drivers in the series.“The highest compliment I can pay is he’s the kind of guy I’d love to just have a beer with, besides being an unbelievable spokesman for the company, an incredibly talented driver and a guy who has got very, very creative ideas,” Irving said. “I definitely wouldn’t rule out GoDaddy working with James again in the future. There’s a lot of options, a lot of ideas we’ve been discussing as a company, and we are so positive on him.”GoDaddy joined Andretti as an associate sponsor for Patrick in 2007, and became the primary sponsor on her car in 2010. GoDaddy moved with Patrick to NASCAR that season when she began dabbling in the Nationwide Series, and the company followed her there when she made a full-time move to the Sprint Cup Series.But GoDaddy also stayed in IndyCar with Andretti, which planned to replace Patrick with Dan Wheldon prior to Wheldon’s death in the 2011 season finale.Hinchcliffe then got the No. 27 car and quickly developed into an IndyCar fan favourite off the track last season. He turned it up on the track this season, winning his first career IndyCar race in the season-opener at St. Petersburg. Hinchcliffe later won in Brazil and Iowa.Despite Hinchcliffe’s success, GoDaddy was slow to make a formal decision on its future in IndyCar. With the season ending Saturday at Auto Club Speedway and Hinchcliffe on the free agent market, team owner Michael Andretti apparently felt he couldn’t wait any longer and announced Friday he’d reveal a new sponsor before the race.“Throughout their seven-year relationship, Andretti Autosport and GoDaddy have together achieved great milestones,” the team said. “Together the partnership saw Hinchcliffe sit on the front row of the famed Indianapolis 500, while earning the distinction as the most popular driver in the sport as voted by the fans. Andretti Autosport is grateful to GoDaddy for years of support and friendship as it transitions its 27-car entry to a new primary sponsor beginning in 2014.”Despite the decision to leave IndyCar, Irving, who took over as CEO in January, said NASCAR remains a valuable market for GoDaddy. He also said the company is thrilled with its relationship with Patrick.“We frankly love Danica and think that Danica represents and personifies what GoDaddy represents — small businesses and people who have ideas,” Irving said. “Here’s a woman who had an idea and went through the challenges to become a driver in a male dominated sport. She represents the idea that the totally impossible is possible and we love that kind of person.“She’s going to be with us for an awful, awful long time.”With that comes some backlash in the racing community, particularly from fans who don’t understand why GoDaddy is leaving IndyCar and Hinchcliffe while it supports Patrick, who is 28th in the standings in her rookie Cup season with one top-10 finish.Irving said it comes down to math.“It’s not hard to explain because GoDaddy is a business. Anybody in IndyCar or anybody in NASCAR who is on TV is buying advertising is trying to market their product, they have to make trade-offs between the vehicles they use,” Irving said. “You actually have to make some pretty hard decisions. I am a car guy and Mario Andretti was one of my heroes when I was a kid. But we have to make the right decision for the business.” Andretti Autosport says it has new primary sponsor to replace GoDaddy on 27 car for 2014 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Jenna Fryer, The Associated Press Posted Oct 18, 2013 8:32 am MDT read more