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Evolutionists Turn Misses into Wins

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first_imgEvolutionists have evolved a skill by design – the ability to turn falsification into confirmation.  It’s a kind of philosophical judo, or parry, that can turn the energy of a criticism into a win for Darwin. Convergent turnarounds:  A good example of an evolutionary parry can be seen in a post on Science Daily entitled, “Homoplasy: A Good Thread to Pull to Understand the Evolutionary Ball of Yarn.”  Homoplasy is a jargon term for convergent evolution – the idea that unrelated organisms can converge on the same solution to a problem via evolution.  Three evolutionists funded by the National Science Foundation came up with these whoppers:The authors provide many fascinating examples of homoplasy, including different species of salamanders that independently, through evolution, increased their body-length by increasing the lengths of individual vertebrae.  By contrast, most species grow longer by adding vertebrae through evolution.    The authors also explain how petals in flowers have evolved on six separate occasions in different plants.  A particularly striking example of homoplasy cited by the authors is the evolution of eyes, which evolved many times in different groups of organisms—from invertebrates to mammals—all of which share an identical genetic code for their eyes.If evolving eyes one time is spectacularly hard for a random process, it would seem that multiple independent cases would falsify evolution big time.  Instead, these authors, with taxpayer funding, decided that the damaging evidence was really a triumph for Darwin: “These kinds of examples of genetic and developmental biology help scientists elucidate relationships between organisms, as well as develop a fuller picture of their evolutionary history.”Victory in defeat:  Even when admitting mistakes, evolutionists are never ready to give up on their theory.  An example of unfeigned faith is seen in Live Science, where reporter Natalie Wolchover told how two headline-making fossils touted by their discoverers as human ancestors have turned out to have nothing to do with humans: “they’re probably just non-hominin ape bones.”  Readers might recall how headlines blared in recent years that Orrorin tugenensis,Sahelanthropus tchadensis and Ardipithecus ramidus were shedding light on human evolution (03/05/2004, 10/02/2009, 11/25/2009)  Now that Bernard Wood and Terry Harrison have debunked these claims (02/16/2011), is evolution in trouble?  Not according to them:Skepticism regarding these famous primate fossil finds seems to call into question the rigor of the scientific process within the field of paleoanthropology.  Wood’s and Harrison’s paper certainly makes one wonder: Are these isolated incidents of misinterpretation followed by media hype, or does the problem pervade the whole branch of science?  Is the human evolutionary fossil record a crapshoot?    “No,” said Harrison.  There are reasons why this branch of science may seem messier than most, he said, but all things considered, it is doing extremely well.Harrison’s firm response to Wolchover’s worries recalls the cover story of National Geographic in Nov 2004, “Was Darwin Wrong?” with its confident NO inside (see 10/24/2004 and the resulting letters to the editor, 02/15/2005).Polygamy games:  A particularly bizarre twist on evolutionary parrying was reported in PhysOrg about Mormon history: “Polygamy hurt 19th century Mormon wives’ evolutionary fitness.”  After stating that fitness of “sister wives” decreased in polygamous households (measured by number of children produced), the researchers at Indiana University were left with the conundrum of why evolution would produce polygamy in the first place, whether among human beings or bacteria.  Michael Wade was ready with a ring buoy for Darwin:So if polygamy (or the female equivalent, polyandry) is disadvantageous to most of the sequestered sex and most of the mate-sequestering sex, why should such systems survive?    “The complete answer is still forthcoming,” Wade said.  “One thing we know now, based on rigorous studies in many species, particularly the fruit fly, is that selection can be so strong on males that it can drag the entire species off of a naturally selected viability optimum.”Aside from equating Mormons to fruit flies, Wade seems to have just said that natural selection can drag a species away from increased fitness.  WWDD?  What would Darwin do about that idea?Darwinians appear very adept at turning criticism into praise.  Whether this neat trick justifies evolution as a scientific theory is a different question.  Does it really lead to deeper understanding of evolution, or is it sophistry?It’s sophistry.  See?  Our commentaries are not always verbose.Aside:  Apparently the irony of #1’s headline was lost on the reporters: “…the Evolutionary Ball of Yarn.”  Apt description.(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

3-time Olympic champion ‘Pocket Hercules’ dies at 50

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first_imgJapan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 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 Olympics00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games LATEST STORIES He was born to an ethnic Turkish family in Bulgaria, and defected to Turkey in 1986 while training in Australia.Regarded as a national hero in his adopted country, Suleymanoglu captured the hearts of Turks after winning his first gold at Seoul, South Korea, in 1988. Whenever Suleymanoglu returned home from a tournament, he would be greeted by thousands of fans who would lift him up on their shoulders.Suleymanoglu missed the 1984 Games at Los Angeles because of a Soviet-led boycott. Although only 17, he was the favorite to win the bantamweight gold.He was an outspoken critic of the Bulgarian government’s treatment of the Turkish minority in his homeland, and was forced by the authorities to change his surname to the more Slavic-sounding Shalamanov.When the Bulgarian weightlifting team went to a training camp at Melbourne, Australia, in 1986, he slipped away from the group while pretending to visit the restroom at a hotel.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments MOST READ Yankees acquire 17-year-old Then in trade with Mariners FILE- In this July 22, 1996 file photo, Naim Suleymanoglu, of Turkey, lifts 147.5kg, at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Turkey’s official news agency said Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, Suleymanoglu, the Turkish weightlifter who was known as “Pocket Hercules” and who won three straight Olympic gold medals for Turkey between 1988 and 1996, has died. Suleymanoglu was considered one of the sport’s greatest athletes and earned his nickname for his strength and diminutive size. He was 50. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)ANKARA, Turkey — Naim Suleymanoglu, the Turkish weightlifter who won three Olympic gold medals and was known as “Pocket Hercules,” died Saturday. He was 50.Suleymanoglu was considered one of the sport’s greatest athletes and earned his nickname for his strength and diminutive size. He died at an Istanbul hospital where he was receiving treatment for cirrhosis of the liver. He had been in intensive care since Sept. 28 and received a liver transplant in October, according to Turkey’s official Anadolu news agency.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Suleymanoglu hid in Australia for several days before he went to the Turkish consulate to seek asylum. Eventually the Bulgarians allowed him to switch nationalities and he kissed the airport tarmac on arrival in Turkey. In 1986 he changed his name to the more Turkic-sounding Suleymanoglu.He went to the Seoul Olympics as a Turk and twice broke the world record in the snatch on the way to winning the gold medal.He competed unsuccessfully for a seat in Turkish parliamentary elections in 1999 and 2007. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA The weightlifter — 1.47 meters (4-foot-10) tall — won three straight Olympic gold medals for Turkey between 1988 and 1996. The Bulgarian-born Suleymanoglu could lift three times his weight.He came out of retirement to try for a fourth gold at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 but missed all three of his lifts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I know only gold,” Suleymanoglu had said as he returned to competition. “I do not know about silver or bronze.”Suleymanoglu also won seven world and six European championships.last_img read more

It’s a dream come true: Sunil Chhetri on India hosting FIFA U-17 World Cup

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first_imgIndia is all set to host the FIFA -17 World Cup from October 6-28, 2017 and national team captain Sunil Chhetri is very excited about the tournament and hopes that the youngsters perform well and start their journey from the event.”I was very excited to hear that we’re hosting (FIFA U-17 World Cup) and the excitement hasn’t died yet. I just hope that we play very well in terms of the way we’re going to play and also as a host, which is very important,” Chhetri said ahead of the official draw of the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mumbai.Chhetri feels this is a huge opportunity for the country as a footballing nation and said it is a dream come true.”This is massive, it cannot get bigger than this for us as a footballing nation. I’m happy not only for the players who are going to play but for the nation. Like I said it’s a dream and it’s getting fulfilled,” Chhetri expressed.Chhetri hoped that India treat this tournament as a starting point for the development of football.”I hope we don’t treat this tournament as something we have achieved, like ‘let’s play in this tournament and then it’s finished’; that will be the worst case scenario. We should understand that getting this tournament and playing in it is good but it’s just the starting point. This is a huge opportunity and we should build on it.”The 32-year-old praised the players of India U-17 World Cup team and said that they should not take any pressure and only look to give their best.advertisement”The U-17 in great hands, they are all very good players. I just want to tell the boys to relax. The only thing that should be on their minds is, let’s train really well and give their best, that really helps. The moment you start thinking about the draw or who you’re going to be playing and you’re playing at home and there will be pressure, that doesn’t help. The only thing they should be thinking of is let’s put our best foot foward and give everything for the country,” Chhetri said.The India captain re-asserted that hosting the FIFA U-17 World Cup is a big chance and the India players should take lessons from it.”This is a massive opportunity and we’re not getting it again. My advice to the players would be to just enjoy playing.”The official draw of the FIFA U-17 World Cup will take place at 19.00 IST in Mumbai today and will be attended by legendary footballers Esteban Cambiasso and Nwankwo Kanu along with India senior team captain Sunil Chhetri, other players from the national team and Rio Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu.last_img read more

10 days agoWest Ham midfielder Snodgrass announces international retirement

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first_imgWest Ham midfielder Snodgrass announces international retirementby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham midfielder Robert Snodgrass has retired from international duty with Scotland.Steve Clarke’s side are not going to qualify for Euro 2020 through the conventional route, but are set to play in a Nations League semi-final play-off in March, which could have given Snodgrass the chance to create a legacy for his country.Despite that, the West Ham man has hung up his Scotland boots at the age of 32, taking to Instagram to confirm that he would be stopping at 28 caps. He said: “Thank you for giving me the opportunity to live my childhood dream.”It’s now the right time for me to step aside, though, and retire from international duty and let the boys and younger players take my place and hopefully push the squad forward.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

College JeandeBrébeuf in Montreal holds its own reconciliation week

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first_imgDanielle Rochette APTN National NewsA college in Montreal is taking a step towards reconciliation.College Jean-de-Brébeuf is bringing Indigenous and non-Indigenous students together through cultural activities all [email protected]last_img

Ohio State football reunion doesnt rule out Tressel Clarett

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The guest list for the Ohio State’s 2002 national championship team reunion consists of three or four names, but it won’t stay that short for long.The defensive captain of the 2002 Buckeyes, which secured its place in OSU football lore with a 31-24, double overtime win against Miami (Fla.) in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl, isn’t ruling out appearances from former OSU coach Jim Tressel or tailback Maurice Clarett.OSU’s 2002 national championship squad will reconvene at Ohio Stadium for the Buckeyes’ Nov. 24 game against Michigan where they it will be recognized by the university and conduct other celebratory activities on its own.Former OSU safety Mike Doss, the defensive MVP of the 2002 national championship game, told The Lantern Thursday that he has been planning the event on behalf of the entire team. Former quarterback Craig Krenzel, safety Donnie Nickey and cornerback Dustin Fox have been “in constant communication to make everything go.”Doss told The Lantern that he, Krenzel, Nickey and Fox might be the only four players committed to the event for now, but more members of the 2002 team are expected to join in the festivities.Tressel could be among the attendees too, Doss said.“I don’t think it would be an issue with coach Tressel coming back and reuniting with his players of the past knowing that he was our coach,” Doss said. “Knowing what kind of impact he had on us. What kind of impact we had on him and his career, I don’t think that would feel uncomfortable for him at all because we love coach Tressel, we support him as OSU supports each and every one of us.“Right now you’ve got three or four guys … Just the little bit of hints that we’ve reached out, that I think everyone would be committed and involved as much as they can.”OSU athletic director Gene Smith shared similar sentiments during a radio interview on WBNS-FM 97.1 about a possible return to Ohio Stadium for Tressel, saying it wouldn’t be awkward at all if Tressel came back.Tressel was forced to resign as OSU coach May 30 after it was discovered he was aware of players violations that occurred during the 2010 season, failed to report the violations and fielded ineligible players during the 2010 season, which was later vacated.Tressel did not immediately respond to The Lantern‘s Thursday request for comment.Doss said he and his three teammates planning the event wouldn’t accept a celebration of their national championship that didn’t include Tressel, as well as Clarett.Clarett ran for 1,237 yards and 16 touchdowns during the Buckeyes’ championship run. After the season, Clarett sued the NFL in an attempt to declare for the 2004 NFL Draft.Later, Clarett pleaded guilty to aggravated assault with a concealed weapon and served three-and-a-half years in a Toledo prison.Doss said Tressel and Clarett’s transgressions are separate issues from the on-field accomplishments of the 2002 championship team.“Coach Tressel was a part of that team. He was the nucleus,” Doss said. “Maurice Clarrett – one of the best tailbacks to play at Ohio State for one season and a career. You know, he was a phenomenal player for us that year. We would not accept anything presented to the university if both of those guys weren’t included.“We all communicated to ourselves that anything that was going to be organized has to include each and every one that was involved. Period. If that was going to be an issue then we would have respectfully declined. But the university embraced coach Tressel and Maurice.”Clarett did not immediately respond to The Lantern‘s Thursday request for comment but indicated he would attend the reunion on Twitter.From his account, @ReeseClarett13, Clarett said, “indeed my friend….,” in response to a question regarding whether he would attend the event.Clarett said in a later tweet: “me and Tress have been cool since before I went to prison. A lot of ppl don’t know that. I couldn’t do it (without) him.”Doss said the timing for a reunion is right for several reasons, but most of all because the 2002 championship is the university’s only one in the last 10 years, as well as for nearly 40 years prior to that.Aside from university recognition, Doss said he, Krenzel, Nickey and Fox are working on preparing a dinner reception and a tailgate prior to the noon kickoff against the Wolverines.There is also interest in returning to show support for the current team, as well as first-year coach Urban Meyer and his staff, Doss said.The Buckeyes’ opponent that day was a factor too.“It’s coach Meyer’s first Michigan game,” Doss said. “It’ll be an opportunity for a lot of support to be there for the coaching staff and it’s Michigan – that’s all you have to say.” read more

Opinion Its time for the state of Ohio to allow spring practice

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California, Texas, Florida and Ohio.These four states are synonymous with historically dominant high school football, but three have a leg up on the other: Ohio is the only state out of the group that does not allow spring practices for high school football teams. It is time for that to change.As someone who played high school football in Ohio and has seen the game through the eyes of a coach, I know spring practice could be more than beneficial for the Ohio High School Athletic Association.I understand the health of the players is a concern, but even allowing non-contact practices at this time of year would help players get acclimated to a playbook and to each other.There is no arguing that California, Texas and Florida produce some of the best, if not the best, pro prospects coming out of college and I have to believe the extra practices have something to do with it.If Ohio wants to be a part of that conversation, adding just 10-15 spring practices could give it the boost it needs.California allows 10 practices, Texas allows 15, and Florida allows 20 practices while Ohio high school football players are either playing another sport or living in the weight room.According to multiple studies, Ohio ranked fifth in players born in the respective states behind California (224), Florida (186), Texas (147) and Georgia (91) that are currently in the NFL with 78.If you were wondering, Georgia also allows spring practice.I’m not saying that if Ohio allowed spring practice it would instantly produce more NFL players, but I am saying it would give more players a chance to shine on the field and get noticed.It would also give coaches — especially incoming coaches — a chance to see what their new team is capable of and develop a depth chart going into summer practice.I never had a chance of playing on the varsity squad as a sophomore in high school, but I was behind the eight-ball to begin with when I had to learn an entirely new playbook in just weeks before two-a-day sessions began in August.This is the dilemma that high school football players all over Ohio have to deal with, and if there is a player who is talented enough to get varsity time as a sophomore or even as a freshman, spring practice would get them ready to make an impact in the fall.For now, Ohio high school coaches will need to continue to prepare their teams as best they can in the weight room in the spring while other coaches in the football hotbeds are allowed to blow their whistles on the field and install their playbooks.Make the change, OHSAA. It’s for the kids. read more

Sarri pleased with returning World Cup stars in Chelseas win over

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first_imgChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri was pleased to welcome back the club’s returning World Cup players in Tuesday’s win over LyonAfter playing out a goalless draw, Chelsea prevailed over their French opponents by winning 5-4 on penalties with new goalkeeper Rob Green saving Lyon’s fifth spot-kick to wrap up their pre-season preparations ahead of the new campaign.But it was the sight of captain Gary Cahill, N’Golo Kante, Eden Hazard and Olivier Giroud returning to action for Chelsea that pleased Sarri the most, even if it was just for a mere 25 minutes.“They arrived yesterday or the day before so it was only because I think it’s better to play 25 minutes than to have a session alone with a physical coach,” said the Italian on the club website.“They have to work, obviously. I’m very happy and at last I can work with all my players for the first time [together] tomorrow. We have only three days to prepare for the next match and it will be very important for us.“I think we have to work, but we started to work [together] two days ago. Potentially, in two or three months, we can become a very good team.”Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.Another player that was in action was Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who has previously suggested that he will consider going on loan if Sarri cannot guarantee him regular football at Stamford Bridge for the new season.“He is potentially a great player. He has to improve from the tactical point of view but that’s not a problem,” said Sarri.“He’s very young and I think he can be a very useful player for us.”Michy Batshuayi has also returned for Chelsea but was unavailable on Tuesday night.Chelsea will now travel to Huddersfield for their first game of the Premier League season on Sunday.last_img read more

Patrick Kluivert reveals his son is Barcelonabound

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first_imgFC Barcelona legend Patrick Kluivert, confessed that he would love it if his son Patrick could someday play for the Catalan club as he did.We have already written articles about Patrick Kluivert’s son, Justin, about his impressive talent and how it could someday fit in a club like FC Barcelona.The AS Roma young player who obviously looks up to his dad, recently started his career at Ajax and his progression has been mercurial, to the point where the Italian club saw his potential and they didn’t hesitate to sign him.Justin has already scored his first Champions League goal in AS Roma’s 5-0 victory over Viktoria Plzen a few weeks ago, which is just another step towards his ultimate goal to become a world-class player.The quality is in his blood and his father is already quite proud when he talks about the impression that he is making in European football at such a young age, but Justin’s real intentions weren’t actually public until his father spoke to La Liga Lowdown during an interview and revealed that he talks about someday following his footsteps into the Catalan club.It will obviously be a very difficult road ahead, young Kluivert will obviously have to develop his skills in Serie A to a point where FC Barcelona can gain more interest in signing him for the future.“They are 2 very good players who could fit very well into the team at Barcelona…” 👇But just who is @PatrickKluivert talking about? 🤔 Find out in Part 1️⃣ of his EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW 👥 with us here:https://t.co/0fHixkTbTcWatch, enjoy, subscribe, share! 😀#LLL🧡🇪🇸⚽️ pic.twitter.com/Ud9Pr7IaAf— La Liga Lowdown 🧡🇪🇸⚽️ (@LaLigaLowdown) October 26, 2018When listening to the interview that Patrick Kluivert offered, it is quite evident that his son’s greatest dream is to someday wear the FC Barcelona shirt and get to score goals with the same uniform that made his father a world-class superstar.“Of course [Justin] would love to play for Barcelona one day,” the 42-year-old Cameroon assistant coach told La Liga Lowdown.“He expressed in the press his goal is to play for Barcelona. He’s fitting in quite well at AS Roma. He’s in a young team with experienced and non-experienced players.”Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…“I think he needs to begin to play a lot more matches, make a lot of kilometers, and I hope at the end of the day he can sign for Barcelona because that’s also my dream, of course.”“If you see your son following in your footsteps, that’s a great feeling. If he played for Barcelona one day, I think I would be a lot more nervous than he would because he is quite down to earth and he can handle a lot of pressure.”“For a father who can do nothing from the stands but just look at your son on the pitch that you always played would be strange, but also a grateful feeling,” he concluded.Further analyzing Justin Kluivert’s characteristics as a player, we can already tell you that he has a very different set of skills than his father had as a player.Patrick was a more traditional type of forward, the very familiar tall center-forward who always acted as a perfect provider of spaces for his more skilled teammates and was always hunting for that perfect cross to strike the ball from inside the box.Justin’s trades are very different, this is one of those wingers who have mad skills with the ball at their feet and fits a lot more with that long line of Dutch wingers such as Arjen Robben, Johan Cruyff, Johan Neeskens, or Marc Overmars.This player has the potential to one day fill that empty space that players like Neymar or Lionel Messi will leave open for the new generation, obviously saving any kind of comparison with this assessment.The future seems bright for young Justin and with his father’s guidance, we are confident that he will reach a level that may be good enough for someday wear the FC Barcelona jersey and make his father proud.Justin Kluivert has all the tools to be a successful player in the Serie A. Roma are completing an incredible signing. pic.twitter.com/CMVUIiqFCb— EiF Video (@EiF_Highlights) June 13, 2018How long do you think it will take Justin Kluivert to play for FC Barcelona? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Howe – We didnt perform well

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first_imgAFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe says his team performed poorly in their 2-1 away defeat at Newcastle on Saturday.Howe was disappointed with the Cherries’ performance, as they lost to Newcastle after going down two goals in the first half.I think we didn’t perform well in the first half and I’m disappointed with the start, we gave ourselves a mountain to climb going 2-0 down,” Howe told Bournemouth website.“We did well for phases of the second half but it wasn’t to be, the lads kept going right to the end so that’s an initial positive.Eddie Howe pleased with attacking poise, but feels Wilson was too honest Stuart Heath – August 25, 2019 A.F.C Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe felt as though his striker Callum Wilson was too honest against Manchester City and may have won a penalty,…“You felt like a goal was coming, but we just couldn’t force it through.“We feel we’re good enough to beat almost anybody in this league if we perform well, but today we haven’t hit our best levels and have been beaten.“This league is ruthless enough to do that to you, and the challenge is now for us to analyze this game and we have to come back as a better team for it after the international break.”last_img read more