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Liverpool latest team news v QPR – Reds to welcome back first team stars

first_img 1 The international break was something of a blessing in disguise for Liverpool, with the Redmen visibly hindered by injuries.Prior to their victory against West Brom last time out, Brendan Rodgers’ men had failed to win since their 3-0 away success against Spurs and they will be licking their lips at the prospect of another much needed three points when they take on a below-par QPR side on Sunday – live and exclusive on talkSPORT.The biggest positive for the club however should be the return of Daniel Sturridge, who has been absent since the end of August. Liverpool have undoubtedly missed his predatory instincts in attack, with Mario Balotelli yet to find his shooting boots.Sturridge has reportedly flirted with returns over the past weeks, but is expected to finally take to the pitch at Loftus Road on Sunday.Another important player slated for a return is Joe Allen. The Welshman has been absent with a knee complaint, but Rodgers confirmed prior to the international break that the midfielder will be back in action when the league campaign resumes.His return will offer something of a selection dilemma, given Jordan Henderson’s strong form and Adam Lallana’s recent impact, but it is a problem Rodgers will surely be happy with.The Raheem Sterling debate will likely resume following his withdrawal from England’s Euro 2016 qualifier with fatigue. The 19-year-old has been among Liverpool’s most frequently used players this season, but he should be fresh to face his former side on Sunday.Liverpool’s only injury concerns surround Emre Can (ankle) and Jon Flanagan (knee), with the latter not expected to return until December.A question mark continues to linger over Mamadou Sakho’s future. Rodgers commented that the Frenchman has been struggling with injury, but with suggestions that he has fallen out of favour at the club, it will be surprising to see him make the starting line-up against QPR.Liverpool’s provisional line-up v QPR: Liverpool should be back to full strength for the weekend 1 Liverpool fans, do you think Daniel Sturridge will return against QPR? Comment below…QPR v Liverpool is LIVE and EXCLUSIVE on talkSPORT on Sunday from 1pm. Click here for coverage.last_img read more

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Warriors Profiles: Kerr ready to joyfully guide craft into uncharted waters

first_imgThe man behind the machine appears to be happy and healthy headed into the Warriors’ 3-peat bid. That’s excellent news for a team with just as much firepower as ever (more if DeMarcus Cousins returns to health), only in need of the steady hand of its skipper.This is the final installment of our ‘Game Faces’ feature. Our Kevin Durant profile also just posted — check it out.It’s time to unveil some shiny new bling and tip this season off. In case you missed any of our other profiles (and cool …last_img read more

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The Real Key to Speeding Up Sales

first_imgThere is a school of thought around sales that suggests you should do everything in your power to compress the sales cycle. The idea has merit in that it generates revenue sooner rather than later, something that benefits salespeople and their company. It also helps the client generate the better result they need sooner, and there is no benefit to pushing those results into the future.But the idea of compressing the time by shortening the sales process is problematic. It provides the idea that all one needs to do is shorten the time they spend in each stage to move deals forward in time. The conflict here is that it isn’t the sales process that one should be most concerned with compressing. Instead, the speed in the process comes from helping the buyer do all the things they need to do to be able to move forward.This is what is at the heart of The Lost Art of Closing, a book with a title that doesn’t accurately reflect the contents of the book. The way to move faster is to do a better job making sure your dream client makes all the commitments they need to make along that path.There are generally ten commitments that include, 1) the commitment for time, 2) the commitment to explore, 3) the commitment to change, 4) the commitment to collaborate, 5) the commitment to build consensus, 6) the commitment to invest, 7) the commitment to review, 8) the commitment to resolve concern, and then, 9) the commitment to decide. The tenth commitment comes after the deal is sealed when the client and you both need to execute.The way to speed things up isn’t to try to work through the stages of the sales process faster. Instead, you must help guide your dream client through all the things they need to do to be able to buy, most of which they may be wholly unaware. Speeding up your side causes the kind of problems that slow things down or cause you to lose. Helping the client, however, speeds things up. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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Roger Federer battles into Australian Open third round

first_imgLATEST STORIES The plucky Evans, who had covered acres of ground and found the lines brilliantly, needed treatment for blisters on both feet before the second set started and immediately was broken.But he refused to lie down and broke back as Federer served for the set to force another tie-break.“I thought I might have pulled away midway through the second set,” added Federer. “But I couldn’t, to his credit. He played well.”The Swiss star hasn’t often needed luck during his unparallelled career but he took advantage of some in the third set to finally ease the pressure.Holding break point at 2-1, he barely scooped up a half-volley which grabbed the net cord and toppled over forcing Evans to go long.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I think if I could have pulled away early in the match it might have been different,” said the 37-year-old Swiss master who needed 2hr 35min to get past his 28-year-old opponent.Evans, whose ranking plummeted from a career-high 41 after he was slapped with a year-long ban for testing positive to cocaine in April 2017, played almost flawless tennis to stave off a set point on his way to forcing a first set tie-break.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsHe even had the temerity to lead 5-3 in the breaker before Federer stepped up a gear and reeled off the next four points with a cry of “Come on!” as he secured a hard-fought opening set after exactly one hour.It was harsh on Evans who had committed only two unforced errors and constantly put the third seed under pressure with his scampering, attacking game and flurry of winners off both wings. A service game to love followed to put Federer 4-1 up and the brave resistance of Evans was finally broken.The veteran will next play either France’s Gael Monfils, seeded 30, or American Taylor Fritz in the last 32.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Trae Young wins point guard battle as Hawks topple Thunder LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments Switzerland’s Roger Federer waves as he leaves Rod Laver Arena after defeating Britain’s Daniel Evans in their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)Defending champion Roger Federer reached the Australian Open third round for a 20th straight year Wednesday but was made to battle hard by Britain’s Dan Evans before winning 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/3), 6-3.The ageless 20-time Grand Slam champion, who is gunning for a record seventh Melbourne Park title and third in a row, had breezed past Denis Istomin in the first round, but was given a much tougher examination by the world number 189.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READlast_img read more

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LOOK: Centuries-old Indian pole wrestling goes global

first_imgTo broaden its international appeal, it helps that the gravity-defying mallakhamb doesn’t require much money or equipment. With only a rope or a wooden pole, it is an activity compatible in a village playground as well as the neighborhood gym.In India, a country with some 800 million people living in poverty, that could be mallakhamb’s greatest strength.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In this Feb. 6, 2019, photo, players perform on a mallakhamb pole at the Shree Samartha Vyayam Mandir at Shivaji Park in Mumbai, India. The word mallakhamb comes from malla, meaning wrestler, and khamb, or pole, and is a traditional training exercise for wrestlers in India. After centuries of being practiced in isolation in the subcontinent, mallakhamb is set to have its first international championship in Mumbai on Feb. 16 and 17. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)MUMBAI, India — Is it gymnastics? Is it yoga? Is it even a sport?Picture a person climbing a coconut tree. Now imagine the person twisting, turning, rotating and practicing yoga postures, all while firmly gripping the tree with the thighs. Mallakhamb is this and more.ADVERTISEMENT Deshpande says the sport has gained an international audience owing partly to reality television shows such as India’s Got Talent where mallakhamb performers have won popularity. Cirque du Soleil’s show Bazzar also features a mallakhamb performance.In this Feb. 6, 2019, photo, Vikram Nadkarni, of Newcastle, England, performs a Mallakhamb pose on a pole at Shivaji Park in Mumbai, India. The word mallakhamb comes from malla, meaning wrestler, and khamb, or pole, and is a traditional training exercise for wrestlers in India. After centuries of being practiced in isolation in the subcontinent, mallakhamb is set to have its first international championship in Mumbai on Feb. 16 and 17. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)Participants from 15 countries, including the U.S. and Germany, will compete in the championship.In the evening, the historic Shivaji Park in Mumbai comes alive with mallakhamb players swirling around poles and on ropes, falling, only to get up and make another attempt.International players have started arriving to train. Delia Ceruti, 36, an aerialist and physical performer from Italy, has been practicing mornings and evenings under Deshpande.In this Feb 5, 2019, photo, a mallakhamb instructor Sachin Malekar, right, calms a child who made an unsuccessful attempt to climb the pole, at Shivaji Park in Mumbai, India. The word mallakhamb comes from malla, meaning wrestler, and khamb, or pole, and is a traditional training exercise for wrestlers in India. After centuries of being practiced in isolation in the subcontinent, mallakhamb is set to have its first international championship in Mumbai on Feb. 16 and 17. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)“I am used to physically demanding activities but I am learning completely new techniques,” she said.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Mallakhamb is a traditional training exercise for wrestlers in India, and its name comes from the words malla, meaning wrestler, and khamb, or pole.Now after centuries of being practiced in isolation in the subcontinent, mallakhamb is set to have its first international championship this weekend in the capital of the western Indian state of Maharashtra, where it first originated.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesIn this Feb. 5, 2019, photo, a trainer helps Alfie Meeson of Newcastle, England, on a mallakhamb pole at Shivaji Park in Mumbai, India. The word mallakhamb comes from malla, meaning wrestler, and khamb, or pole, and is a traditional training exercise for wrestlers in India. After centuries of being practiced in isolation in the subcontinent, mallakhamb is set to have its first international championship in Mumbai on Feb. 16 and 17. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)Like yoga, the time has come for mallakhamb to be shared with people across the globe, said Uday Deshpande, director and secretary general of the Vishwa Mallakhamb Federation“Our goal is to inspire a new generation of sports fans who can experience the discipline, endurance and concentration required by this sport,” he said. 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