Aaron Ramsey’s warning to England: Wales have come a long way

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first_img The Arsenal midfielder believes Chris Coleman’s side have improved since last facing the Three Lions four years ago. England have won the last four games between the nations without conceding a goal – having beaten Wales in qualifying for the 2006 World Cup and Euro 2012. Press Association The teams play in Lens on June 16 next year and, with Wales having peaked in the world rankings at eighth in October, Ramsey insists they are a different proposition now. “I’m sure it’ll be a lot closer this game – and it could go either way,” Ramsey said. “To be fair, I wanted England. I had a bit of luck. I think it’ll be a great game for everyone who’s involved in what’ll be seen as a ‘derby’ if you like. “They (Arsenal team-mates Theo Walcott and Kieran Gibbs) have already been winding me up but I’m keeping quiet and seeing what happens on the day.” Wales have not beaten England since 1984 and also face Russia and Slovakia in Group B in France next year following Saturday’s draw. “It was very exciting,” Ramsey said. “I’m really looking forward to it, it’s new for the team to be involved in there. It’s going to be a great occasion for us, we’re going to enjoy every minute. “Obviously there’s a ‘little’ game in the middle. But while we’re looking to enjoy it, we also want to take it seriously and get out of the group. We’ll be looking to that.” Ramsey scored in the Gunners’ 2-0 win at Aston Villa on Sunday which sent them top of the Barclays Premier League for a little over 24 hours – until Leicester’s triumph over Chelsea on Monday night – and he is eyeing even more improvement. “It’s a busy period and we have to remain consistent through that and see where we are in the new year,” the 24-year-old added. “I hope we’ll get better now.” center_img Aaron Ramsey has warned England Wales are ready to stun them at Euro 2016.last_img read more


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first_imgHenry Mason stood up from his position on the living room sofa at the home of the latest recruit he was determined to bring to Wisconsin. Having concluded his talks with the 17-year-old junior, who happened to be a highly prized target by many for his speed and size, Mason paused, looked into eyes that bore the look of someone who had just discovered a new meaning in life, and knew that he had the young man’s trust.Like so many recruits before, and so many after this particular one, Mason strove to find more than just a good player, he strove to find — just as the recruits and their families wanted — a friendship, and above all, trust.For 13 years Henry Mason has been with the University of Wisconsin, and for 13 years the football program has been able to produce talented players, especially at the wide receiver position. In fact, Mason has developed five of the top eight receivers in school history, including Miami Dolphins’ All-Pro Chris Chambers, Biletnikoff Award finalist Lee Evans and 2005 second-team All-American Brandon Williams.In all, six Wisconsin receivers under Mason’s watchful eye have gone on to be drafted, and seven have played in the NFL (Jonathan Orr is on the Tennessee Titans’ roster but has yet to play a down).Just as impressive as the work he has done with those who have gone on to play professionally is the work he has done with some of the lesser-known players.Faced with a receiving corps with less career catches among them than Brandon Williams or Jonathan Orr typically got in a game, Mason went to work last fall and produced two reliable options in Paul Hubbard and Luke Swan.Hubbard finished the season with 38 catches for 627 yards and found paydirt a team-high-tying five times. Swan, an ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District and Academic All-Big Ten selection, also scored five touchdowns and caught 35 balls for 595 yards.For his continued success on and off the field as a recruiter and coach, head coach Bret Bielema gave Mason another title — associate head coach — this past spring.But a spinal cord injury related to a past problem sustained several years ago, indifferent to the needs of the team or the health of Mason, tore the longtime coach away from the job he so dearly enjoyed.”It’s a challenge because as we all know Henry is a very good football coach; I made him associate head coach for a reason,” Bielema said. “The personal struggle for me is that he’s a very good friend.”The injury hospitalized Mason for a time and will prevent him from acting in his full capacity for at least six months. While Mason recovers, the well-tenured DelVaughn Alexander will assume wide receiver coaching duties. Alexander coached with current Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst at San Diego and Oregon State, so his practices should align quite nicely with what the offense will be looking to do this fall. “I couldn’t have asked for a better situation than to bring DelVaughn into here as soon as Henry’s situation arose,” Bielema said.As much as the players already like DelVaughn, Mason is missed. Swan, one of the unknown wonders of the Wisconsin sidelines prior to last season, acknowledged the great deal of respect he has for his coach and mentor.”Mason was a great guy, a guy we had a lot of respect for,” he said. “He really knew how to coach the position, how to get us ready for a game.”Although you may have never heard of Mason until now, be sure that you get to know him because a man like that doesn’t come around often. A man who understands what it means to the recruit looking up at him with the realization that there is someone out there that can be trusted and can make things right; a man who can make magic without use of a wand; and a man who can above all be your friend — now that’s something to be valued. And cherished.Kevin is a senior double majoring in journalism and economics. Feel free to contact him at khagstrom@badgerherald.com.last_img read more


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first_imgLOS ANGELES–The San Francisco Giants have long believed that Steven Duggar is their center fielder of the future.He’s now their right fielder of the present.One day after the Giants acquired outfielder Kevin Pillar from the Toronto Blue Jays, Duggar will make his first major league appearance in right field as San Francisco will start Pillar in center.“I’m accepting to all of it,” Duggar said. “I’m excited for the opportunity and I think if a ball drops out there, it was meant to be a hit.” …last_img


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first_imgLimited access to new agricultural technologies and delays in registering these put farmers at a disadvantage to overseas producers, who already have other advantages, including government subsidies, Absa says, adding that local farmers must be helped to gain access to markets beyond South Africa’s borders. “In addition, we insist that the farmers we finance use the most up-to-date agricultural technologies,” he said. “We need to address this holistically, and the Department of Agriculture has a significant role to play in this.” 8 September 2009 “In essence, we will fund the farmer, and the farmer will pay us with agricultural production.” As a result, many farmers operated at a loss, while around three percent simply left the business, Absa says, adding that farmers have no option but to control costs, become more productive and gain access to new markets. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Financial assistance “But that is easier said than done,” Janovsky said. “Local farmers are already the best in the world, and they are as productive as what the natural resources in South Africa allow. “But, as it now stands, most cannot simply produce more crops on the same land or increase the rate at which their cows produce calves.” In South Africa, farmers who want to export have to do it all by themselves, Absa says, adding that export is out of reach for all but the biggest players due to huge costs and legal constraints – and this is where the country’s banks have a role to play.center_img South African farmers need to access new markets and implement the latest technology if they are to become more competitive, while banks must expand their roles and introduce new products for the sector, says banking group Absa. “The truth is, on equal terms, South African farmers can compete with any farmer in the world, but farmers are hamstrung and many will not survive,” Janovksy said. “There is enormous potential, but it is being limited by access to international markets.” New agricultural technologies Rising input costs “Increasingly we are involved in the complete production and sales chain,” Absa Agribusiness GM Ernst Janovsky said in a statement last month. “For example, Absa Agribusiness will not only provide crop finance and insurance to a farmer, but will also act as broker, buyer and seller of his produce. According to the bank, South African farmers are facing difficult times, with input costs rising by more than 30% in 2008 – instead of the usual average annual three percent rise – due to rising fuel and fertiliser costs Janovsky said this required banks to help farmers manage price and production volatility. Price volatility could be dealt with through forwards, derivatives and futures contracts, while production risk could be limited through insurance products covering adverse climate conditions, disease and parasites. According to Absa, new agricultural technologies, like drought- or disease-resistant seeds, and new planting and irrigation techniques, are critical in overcoming biological limitations to increased productivity.last_img read more