Jagielka: Moyes helped me progress

first_img Press Association Jagielka’s presence at St George’s Park this week as part of an England squad gearing up for friendlies against Republic of Ireland and Brazil underlines the progress he has made since he moved to Merseyside six years ago. “I have had two managers in my career,” he said. “Neil Warnock gave me a chance to play in the game, David Moyes gave me a chance to play at a higher level, coached me to a better level and helped my game progress.” Phil Jagielka believes he repaid former manager David Moyes for the faith shown in him at Everton.center_img Jagielka feels loyalty is a two-way procedure, though, and in that sense he is happy with his contribution under Moyes. He added: “Over the last six years he has taken me from possibly being a Premier League defender to playing some games for England. But I would also like to think I put myself on the line for him as well.” Moyes felt confident enough in Jagielka to name him Everton’s captain when Phil Neville was slowly easing out of the first-team picture towards the end of the season. That in itself seems strange as Moyes also felt Jagielka sometimes lacked the self-belief required to get the most from his talent. “Obviously David saw me every day,” said Jagielka. “If that was his view it can’t be far off. “I have never thought of myself as being particularly shy or lacking self-confidence but I can understand what he means. “It is not in my character to be super confident. Once you are like that there is only one way to go. That is the way I am. I probably do play better when I am a bit more arrogant. But that is not really the person I am and I don’t think it will be the person I turn into.” last_img read more

Pune 7 Aces register first win in Premier Badminton League

first_imgMumbai: World champion Carolina Marin had to find a special gear against 2018 India Open champion Beiwen Zhang to help Pune 7 Aces earn their first points in the fourth edition of the Premier Badminton League at the NSCI Dome here on Monday.Marin, who had lost her first match of the new season against Hyderabad Hunters’ P.V. Sindhu in the tournament opener, was under a lot of pressure after her team lost the first two matches of the second tie, having lost all the five matches on Saturday.Zhang was clearly high on confidence with her team already 3-0 ahead and that showed in her aggressive play in the opening game and had a 9-7 lead before Marin strung a series of four points to get a two-point advantage.Marin then showed the trademark big match temperament to see off a spirited fight from Zhang, who closed in at 14-13, by raising the tempo of the rally to pocket the game.The Spaniard seemed to be in a hurry to finish the match as she simply raised the pace of the rallies and was seen moving quickly between points as she raced to a 8-1 lead.Zhang fought back well after the mid-game interval as she managed to close the gap at 11-8 but Marin kept her composure to win 15-13, 15-9 to claim two points of the trump match and close the gap on Awadhe Warriors.Earlier, Pune’s hopes of starting the second tie of the tournament with a win did not fructify despite Brice Leverdez putting up a strong fight against Awadhe Warriors’ icon player and World No 5, Son Wan Ho.The Frenchman, who had beaten the likes of former world number one, Lee Chong Wei on the BWF Tour, looked primed to spring an upset when he came back from an 11-8 deficit to earn two game points at 12-14 in the first game.But that was not to be as the South Korean Son dominated the net on the next three points to pocket the first game and never looked under pressure in the second, racing to a 15-14, 15-7 win.Pune 7 Aces, who this time patterned Vladimir Ivanov with skipper Mathias Boe for men’s doubles, would have hoped that the experienced duo could finally find a way to that elusive point which would get them rolling in the competition.But Lee Yang and Mathias Christiansen cruised in the opening game and those Ivanov and Boe fought back from a 6-12 deficit to take the game till the decider point then ended up losing the match 15-12, 15-14. IANS Also Read: Ashmita wins singles title at Tata Badminton Championshiplast_img read more

Deepjyoti Barman of Sonari lifts Mr Sivasagar title

first_imgA CorrespondentDEMOW: Under the aegis of All Assam Body Building and Sivasagar District Body Building Association and under the patronage of Riyan Flex, Demow Health Club and Prasanta Body Flex with the help of the People of Demow in the memory of Mr. Assam Arif Ali (Biki), Mr. Sivasagar, Body Building and Fitness Competitions were organized at Demow Jyoti-Bishnu Cultural Building on Saturday. Deepjyoti Barman of Sonari won the Mr. Sivasagar title and received trophy, medal, certificate, title and cash. In Master Mr. Sivasagar competition Rubul Borgohain got the first position and in Fitness Mr. Sivasagar Competition Kahar Hussain emerged champion.Also Read: Anti-CAA protest ‘Axomiyar Ronodhwani’ staged in SivasagarAlso Watch: All Assam Lawyers Association staged protest rally against CAA 2019 in Guwahatilast_img read more