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Although Adams' elevation to manager of La Liga strugglers Granada looks extremely bizarre, upon closer inspection it makes a reasonable amount of sense. Granada are owned by Chinese businessman Jiang Lizhang (often referred to as John Jiang), Authentic Dennis Rodman Womens Jersey also the part-owner of NBA basketball team the Minnesota Timberwolves, who bought the Andalusian club last summer from Italian entrepreneur Gino Pozzo. Adams is a vice-president of Jiang Lizhang's DDMC Football Club Management Company, and last year he had a spell in China as sporting director for the Chinese Super League team which is owned by DDMC, Chongqing Dangdai Lifan. After leaving China, Adams moved to Spain midway through the current season, working in a similar role for Granada with the aim of helping Jiang Lizhang construct his plans for the club's long-term future. So, Adams already had a strong personal involvement at Granada as the chief advisor on all footballing matters to the club's owner. And when the position of Granada manager Lucas Alcaraz became untenable after Sunday's 3-1 home defeat by Valencia, in many ways Adams was the logical choice to deepen his role by becoming a part-time interim coach before, assumedly, the appointment of a long-term successor in the summer. What kind of club is he taking over? It's obvious that Granada have been deeply mired in a painful 'transitional period' since last year's takeover by Jiang Lizhang. But in fact, the instability at the club goes back much further because former owner Pozzo - who is also in charge of Watford and Udinese - based his recruitment strategy upon an endless recycling of players between his three clubs. Although that strategy helped earn Granada promotion into the top flight in 2011 and has kept them (just) in the top division ever since, Authentic Tyreek Hill Womens Jersey it is hardly an ideal recipe for long-term success when most of your best players are either on loan from - or destined to join - one of the owner's other clubs. Regular changes on the bench also pre-date the Jiang Lizhang era, with Adams becoming not only the club's third manager of the current season but also their seventh in just over three years. Interestingly, Adams criticised the approach of the previous regime during a recent interview about his then-advisory Granada role on the club's official website, explaining: "We inherited 106 players, of whom only 44 actually belong to Granada. "Our aim is to return Granada [Football Club] to Granada so the people here can identify fully with their team and their players. "I'm here to put the Spanish structure in place, with players who will belong to Granada CF and who will fight for Granada." Now he'll be putting that structure in place from a lot more close-up than he probably initially envisaged. On the face of it, giving Adams - whose previous managerial experience amounts to ill-fated spells in charge of Wycombe, Portsmouth and Azerbaijani side Gabala - the task of saving La Liga's 19th-placed club from relegation seems a strange decision.
Realistically, Granada have very little chance of staying up. Sunday's defeat against Valencia left them eight points adrift of safety, Authentic Jason Kidd Womens Jersey with just seven games remaining and only one point gained from their last six outings. Granada will probably need to win at least four of their remaining games to have any chance of survival and, as their upcoming opponents include Real Madrid, Sevilla and fierce local rivals Malaga, that's a major ask. However, they do have a kind run-in, with the final two games coming away to bottom-placed Osasuna, who will almost certainly already be relegated by then, and mid-table Espanyol, who will have nothing to play for. If Adams can even extend Granada's season that long it will be regarded as a big success, and an awful lot will depend on his first game in charge: at home to Celta Vigo on Sunday evening. Celta are the perfect opponents for Adams' La Liga debut. The Galician team's league campaign has more or less ground to a halt while they focus Allen Iverson Youth Jersey their energies on the Europa League, and their trip to Granada is sandwiched between the first and second legs of their quarter-final meeting with Genk. Adams, therefore, is highly likely to face a virtual reserve team when Celta come to Granada next weekend, giving him a wonderful opportunity to make a flying start. If he doesn't, it will probably be curtains. Could this turn into a permanent role? It would make much more sense for Adams' new role to be a temporary one, buying some time while the club makes longer-term plans for next season and beyond. Certainly, Adams being named permanent manager would not fit very well with the 'Spanish structure' he spoke about in his interview last month. And until today, everything Adams had said about his role at Granada suggested that he was happy to take a backroom director's role rather than holding ambitions to become first-team manager, and that remains the most likely scenario beyond the current season. But considering his strong relationship with the club's owner, of course he could end up getting the job on a permanent basis. If he has success in the next few weeks, Adams may acquire a taste for the dugout, and he may convince decision-maker Jiang Lizhang that he is the right man to lead the team's bid to return to top-flight football. This, after all, is that most illogical of businesses… football. So don't rule anything out.
What a goal by Roberto Firmino. The ball from Georginio Wijnaldum was wonderful but the finish even better. It's one thing your team-mate delivering the pass of the match. It's something entirely Al Montoya Womens Jersey different having received the ball at your feet and having the technical ability to put the ball into the back of the net. Firmino finished the move so emphatically. If the referee had decided to blow the full-time whistle there and then no neutral observer would have complained - the quality of the finish was worthy of winning any match. However, watching the goal in real time does not do the execution of the finish justice. The replay clearly identifies how Firmino takes a look at the ball as it arrives over his shoulder, watches it bounce in front of him, then takes a look at where Grant is positioned before deciding to hit the ball on the volley. Grant, who is slightly off his line in case Firmino decides to take him on, almost dares his opponent to take the volley due to the degree of technical difficulty required to execute the skill. All this being played out, of course, in a couple of seconds. So imagine Grant, when the Brazilian calls his bluff and goes for the volley and smashes it into the back of the net, having left the Stoke keeper clutching fresh air. That's why the finish was so good and we all said 'wow'. The moment Dele Alli bent his super shot around the well-beaten Heurelho Gomes in the Watford goal, former Spurs midfielder Jermaine Jenas said: "He's the player of the season for me." Jermaine, preparing for Football Focus in the BBC green room, instigated a frightful debate prior to the programme around who deserved to win the PFA Player Andrew MacDonald Youth Jersey of the Year. Dion Dublin, Dan Walker, Martin Keown and myself immediately engaged in the argument with differing opinions but generally agreed that the prize would probably go to either to Eden Hazard or N'Golo Kante. Jermaine seemed incredulous that none of us had mentioned Alli and said that he wanted "more (flair) from his midfield players" which suggested that Kante came up short in that department as far as he was concerned. A fair point and a perfectly reasonable assertion under the circumstances. It did seem odd at the time bearing in mind Alli was having a terrific game against Watford and Spurs were second in the table largely due to Alli's contribution this season. That said, I don't think Alli will win the PFA Player of the Year even though Jermain put together a very credible case.
There have been some notable performances this week, from strikers in particular, who would have, under normal circumstances, made my Team of the Week. However, Joe Theismann Womens Jersey this wasn't a normal week. Romelu Lukaku and Son Heung-min scored twice for Everton and Tottenham respectively, but it was Zlatan Ibrahimovic who impressed me the most. Playing up front on your own is always a task but it never seems to bother the Manchester United striker. Against a Sunderland side sporting 11 men at the time, the Swede produced a goal out of nothing. He set up Marcus Rashford's goal and you can see how his team-mates respond to his presence. I don't think it's a coincidence that Luke Shaw has timed his return to the team with Ibrahimovic's return. The lad has been put under immense pressure by United boss Jose Mourinho and, if the game against Sunderland is anything to go by, he has stood up to Mourinho's bully-boy tactics very well. I'm not sure Mourinho would get away with such a public condemnation of an employee in any other form of employment. Nevertheless this was a very important victory for United and keeps them in the hunt for a fourth-place finish. I would have liked to have seen the outcome of this game against Sunderland with a referee who recognises the difference Authentic Anthony RendonYouth Jersey between a tackle that looks dangerous and one that actually is dangerous. Sebastian Larsson's tackle on Ander Herrera neither looked dangerous or was dangerous. So why the player received an automatic red card from referee Craig Pawson is a total mystery to me. If David Luiz's presence at Chelsea is central to any future Champions League campaign, then Eden Hazard is imperative. Real Madrid will know all about Hazard's potential but will most certainly have noted his form this season. This is without doubt his best season in the Premier League. His performance against Bournemouth was wonderful to watch. I haven't seen a player for sometime enjoy his football as much as Hazard is at the moment. He is playing with such freedom and confidence that makes me think that an audacious offer from Madrid is almost certain. There are not many players who can resist playing at the Bernabeu Stadium on a regular basis. So it is crucial that Chelsea boss Antonio Conte removes the rumours circulating the game about his possible return to Italy and starts focusing on the Champions League with Chelsea next season. That must be the next stage in Chelsea's development. It did seem odd at the time bearing in mind Alli was having a terrific game against Watford and Spurs were second in the table largely due to Alli's contribution this season. That said, I don't think Alli will win the PFA Player of the Year even though Jermain put together a very credible case.
He's taken a fair amount of stick during his time at Liverpool but the hug from Jurgen Klopp at the end of the match seems to suggest that goalkeeper Simon Mignolet was not just in good form but had done something quite special. Jason Kidd Youth Jersey It was the save from Saido Berahino that did it and cost Stoke a point while keeping Liverpool on course for a Champions League spot. Moments before, Mignolet also made a point-blank save from Charlie Adam when he and Berahino practically apologised to each other for taking the strike. However, in my view Klopp has failed to address the most obvious issue facing Liverpool since the start of the season - that is their back four. Mignolet has recovered his season with some sparkling performances since being dropped earlier in the campaign. Yet if the German manager had got his back four right it's difficult to see how Chelsea could be 12 points clear of the Reds with six games left to play. Hugging Mignolet in sheer relief that his keeper has kept him in with a massive shout of Champions League football next season is a bit of a cop out for me. Liverpool should have been challenging for the title. Matthew Lowton's headed clearance off the line from Stewart Downing's free kick was absolutely sensational. For the full-back to recognise that his keeper Tom Heaton was vulnerable and that Downing was about to put the free-kick over the wall and into the top right-hand corner was intuitive genius. Lowton left the wall having spotted the danger. But if that wasn't enough he almost immediately afterwards cleared off the line again - this time from Daniel Ayala's header. Authentic Andrelton Simmons Womens Jersey These two clearances were not just brilliant but game changers. I've seen defenders panic in those positions and head the ball into the roof of their own net or get their feet in a tangle at the crucial moment. Lowton was as steady as a rock and kept his eye on the ball - clearing his lines and the danger. It's these moments in games that define seasons for teams like Burnley. This was a fixture that produced no goals but in the final analysis Burnley didn't care. They have begged, borrowed and stolen points this season and Lowton - like their entire back five - did a superb job. West Ham boss Slaven Bilic was manic throughout this affair and understandably so. The Hammers had lost five games on the bounce and rumours were rife that West Ham's directors had a contingency in place - whatever that meant - had Bilic suffered his sixth consecutive defeat.
Fly-half Steve Crosbie, making his first start, kicked three first-half penalties and converted Eoin McKeon's try to put the visitors 16-0 ahead. Two more from Crosbie made it 22-0 but a penalty try and a score from Hamish Watson gave Edinburgh belated hope. Glenn Bryce added a third with six minutes left but the visitors held on. The champions remain seventh in the Pro12, well outside the play-off places, Dirk Nowitzki Womens Jersey while defeat was a seventh at home in the league for Edinburgh, and a fourth in a row since moving to Myreside in the new year. Those last four losses have been by a combined total of nine points, and after exiting the European Challenge Cup in the quarter-finals last week, the end of the season cannot come quickly enough for the capital side. They enjoyed the majority of possession and territory in the opening quarter, but errors undermined them at critical moments. One multi-phase attack ended with prop Simon Berghan penalised for holding on in the tackle; another broke down when Duncan Weir knocked on a Nathan Fowles pass. The Scotland fly-half had already missed a penalty attempt, but Connacht counterpart Crosbie made no mistake with two chances to put the visitors 6-0 up. Last year's champions started to show glimpses of their potent attack, Tiernan O'Halloran releasing the dangerous Niyi Adeolokun with a superb flicked pass, and they scored on their first visit to Edinburgh's 22. The hosts' defence was breached far too easily as flanker McKeon powered on to Kieran Marmion's short pass, Crosbie converting for a 13-0 lead. Weir pulled a second simple penalty attempt wide to further dampen Edinburgh spirits, Crosbie maintaining his 100% record with a third penalty to put the visitors in command by the interval. he pattern continued on the resumption, Edinburgh fashioning an opening down the right when Damien Hoyland released Rory Scholes, only to concede another breakdown penalty. Crosbie made it 19-0 with another kick and Connacht should have had a second try but for a dropped pass in the right corner. Weir was fortunate to escape a yellow card for a high tackle around the neck of replacement prop Finlay Bealham, Bruce Bowen Youth Jersey but Crosbie dispensed punishment with another three points before being replaced by Jack Carty. Edinburgh belatedly roused themselves, scoring two tries in the space of four minutes to give themselves hope, despite initially botching a three-on-one overlap after a blind-side break. O'Halloran was adjudged to have deliberately strayed offside in intercepting a scoring pass, referee Daniel Jones awarding a penalty try and dispatching the full-back to the sin-bin. The impressive Watson then spun out of two tackles to burrow over, Weir converting both scores to reduce the gap to eight points. Six minutes from time, full-back Bryce dotted down his first try for the club. But Weir's conversion attempt drifted wide, and another trademark late rally fell short.
The top two teams will be promoted to the Championship, with the next four teams entering the play-offs. Leaders Sheffield United are guaranteed at least a play-off place, Authentic Joe Theismann Youth Jersey and will be promoted on Saturday if they win at Northampton, or match third-placed Fleetwood's result at Oldham. Bolton are also close to making sure of a top-six spot. The bottom four teams will be relegated to League Two. Coventry will go down on Saturday if they lose or other results go against them, while Chesterfield's relegation could also be confirmed if a number of other scores go against them. The National League champions will be promoted to League Two, with the next four teams entering the play-offs. The bottom four teams will be relegated, and replaced by the champions and play-off winners of the National League North and South divisions. Southport will be relegated on Saturday if they lose while Braintree and Woking both win. The Premiership will split in half after the 33rd round of games on 14-16 April, with the top six and the bottom six playing the other teams in their 'half' for a fourth and final time. Aberdeen, Rangers, St Johnstone and Hearts are certain of finishing in the top six. The second and third-placed sides will qualify for the Europa League along with the Scottish Cup winners, but there are no longer any Fair Play places allocated to the Europa League. Aberdeen will make sure of a European place if they better St Johnstone's result this weekend. The bottom side will be relegated to the Scottish Championship, while the 11th-placed side will face the winners of the Championship play-offs over two legs, with the losers condemned to a place in the second tier next season. The champions will be promoted to League One, while teams finishing second, third and fourth will enter a play-off with the ninth-placed League One team. Forfar and Arbroath are close to making sure of at least a play-off place. The team finishing bottom will enter a play-off against a candidate club (the winner of a play-off between the Highland and Lowland League champions, or another eligible club nominated by the Scottish Football Association) for the final place in next season's League Two.
Nine years after launching its LEAD Scholars Program to improve diversity and opportunity, the Alumni Association is announcing a $30 million drive to expand the number of scholarships awarded to underrepresented minority students. Citing a nearly 11 percent drop in underrepresented minority enrollment among undergraduates at the University since 2006, the Alumni Association said the money raised will allow it to offer up to 75 scholarships a year by 2021. Last year, 50 students earned scholarships of at least $5,000 a year for four years. Ralph Johnson, MBA’92, chair of the Alumni Association’s board of directors, said the decline convinced the board “to take pretty bold action.” The board did so not only for immediate impact, but also to create something that “will live on beyond all of us.” “We have to be very appreciative of the generations before us who have made it possible to do this,” Bryce Harper Womens Jersey he added, referring to donations to the Alumni Association over the years that are making the LEAD program expansion possible. “But, we also must look to generations in the future.” The Alumni Association has committed to providing $10 million over the next 10 years to increase the number of scholarships available to African-American, Latino, and Native American students who have been accepted to the University. At the same time, the Alumni Association will establish a $10 million endowment that will be used to match donations from outside funders, for a total of $20 million. Contributions of $50,000 or more will be matched dollar-for-dollar. The endowment will sustain the scholarship program beyond the next 10 years. Donors can give at or by calling 734.764.3777. The LEAD Scholars Program grew out of the 2006 decision by Michigan voters to approve Proposal 2, which prohibited the University from using race as a factor in admission decisions. The U.S. Supreme Court in 2014 upheld the ban as constitutional. While University enrollment has increased nearly 10 percent since 2006, the percentage of underrepresented minority enrollment has not kept pace, declining 23 percent. Undergraduate enrollment in 2006 was 24,322 and underrepresented minorities made up 13 percent of the total. In 2016, 2,600 more undergraduates attended, for a total enrollment of 26,922. However, underrepresented minorities made up just 10 percent of the total. Since the passage of Proposal 2, the number of underrepresented minority undergraduate students attending U-M has dropped nearly 11 percent. African-American enrollment is down nearly 27 percent, from 1,709 in 2006 to 1,255 in 2016, Authentic Brandan Wright Youth Jersey according to the University’s Office of the Registrar. For Native Americans, enrollment fell 81 percent, from 240 in 2006 to 45 in 2016. Latino enrollment, however, has increased nearly 26 percent, from 1,190 in 2006 to 1,495 in 2016. The Alumni Association’s board of directors set out to help reverse the overall troubling trend. LEAD, which stands for Leadership, Excellence, Achievement, and Diversity, has “pretty quickly become something that had a real positive effect on students,” Johnson said. “That encouraged us to look for ways to increase investment in the program and make it more sustainable.” The Alumni Association earmarked $230,000 for scholarships in 2008, the first year of the program. That number grew to $295,000 last year. Qualifying students can get up to $15,000 a year for up to four years. To date, the program has awarded scholarships to 149 African-American students, 108 Latinos, and 28 Native Americans.
"The only reason I would put Eden Hazard above him is because there are times when you need that something extra, for example in Chelsea's FA Cup win over Manchester United. "United matched Chelsea up everywhere but the reason they lost is because Phil Jones could not cope with Hazard. "Hazard is the game-changer, the one who turns the draw into a win or finds the opposition's weakness, Brandan Wright Youth Jersey and he has raised the bar again with his performances this season. "If I was sitting in the dressing room about to play Chelsea and Hazard's name wasn't on the teamsheet, then unless I was playing in midfield, I would be much happier than if Kante's name wasn't there. "That is why he has the edge, and I think 90% of players would agree." "Liverpool's Sadio Mane is exciting to watch, as is Everton's Tom Davies, who does not make my six but should make the shortlist for young player of the year. "Tottenham full-back Danny Rose has had an outstanding season and I am pleased he is now being recognised as one of the best there is in his position, because he has had to win a few people over. "But I am going for Rose's team-mate at Spurs, Dele Alli, to win it. I don't think of him as a young player any more because he is already a leader, someone who can conduct play. "Alli has been exceptional for Tottenham and when I watch him for England I just think 'yes!' - we have found the replacement for Steven Gerrard that we have been waiting for."
England fly-half George Ford has voiced his concerns over the prospect of shortening the "tough" Six Nations. The Rugby Football Union wants to condense the tournament by a week from 2020, Authentic Adam EatonYouth Jersey but the Scottish and Welsh governing bodies oppose the move. The Six Nations is currently played over a seven-week period, with two rest weekends. "It's tough enough on lads as it is. To reduce that again would be really tough," Ford told BBC Radio 5 live. "I think it's really important to have the rest weekends," Joe Theismann Youth Jersey he added. Ford started every game as England retained their Six Nations title in March, despite a final-day defeat by Ireland in Dublin. "You play five Test matches within a seven-week period, and the intensity you have to train at is what people don't see," he added. "It takes a fair bit out of you. The Six Nations is an unbelievably hard tournament, both physically and mentally. "You love it, and you wouldn't want it any other way, but I suppose when you come out of it you reflect and realise how tough it is." Ford played through a back niggle on his return to club duty against Saracens, but following a week off he says he is feeling fresh before Saturday's meeting with Leicester, with up to 60,000 expected at Twickenham for the Premiership clash. "I had a good rest week last week, a few days in the sun. You don't realise until you have that rest how much you need it - I don't think I've ever slept as much in my life," he continued. "It's been good to come back in ready and raring to go for the rest of the season." Ford will leave Bath at the end of the season to join Saturday's opponents Leicester, but he says it's business as usual until then. "I'm engrossed in what's going on in the here and now. We've got a big couple of games coming up," he said. "One thing I want to do is finish off well with the lads and hopefully pick up some silverware of some sort." Meanwhile, before his move to the East Midlands in the summer, Ford has welcomed the arrival of Matt O'Connor as Tigers head coach, and says the managerial upheaval at Welford Road has no impact on his decision to switch clubs. "I worked with Matt O'Connor when I was there last time, and really enjoyed working under him," he said. Ford also says his father Mike will come back stronger after his premature exit as head coach of French side Toulon earlier this week. The pair worked together when Mike was in charge at Bath from 2013 to 2015. "I feel for him, but one thing about my Dad is that he will keep coming back," George Ford said. "He's still the best coach I've ever been coached by, without being biased. "I said to him it might not be a bad thing to have a break, relax for a bit, and see what happens in the next couple of months. "I definitely think he has developed as a coach and he will be back for sure."
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