Centrica (LSE: CNA) has been in trouble with shareholders for some time, with its shares falling 84% over the past five years. The Covid-19 crash has piled on the problems too, and the Centrica share price has lost 52% so far in 2020 alone. Things could have been worse though, and the price is actually up around 45% since the year’s low in April.Job lossesLast week, the British Gas owner announced plans to shed 5,000 jobs from its global workforce of 27,000. That includes cutting Centrica’s senior leadership team of 40 by half, as part of new boss Chris O’Shea’s restructuring plans. It seems like an unfortunate but necessary step on the path to long-term recovery to me. The City seems to have seen it that way too, as the Centrica share price has put on 8% since that news.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Centrica has seen its earnings declining over the past few years, in part due to competition and the loss of British Gas customers. The energy price cap and falling gas prices made things even worse, leading to a hefty loss in 2019. The firm slashed its dividend too, from 12p per share in 2018, to just 1.5p.Centrica share priceTo me, preserving the dividend at 12p throughout the earnings slump was a sign of poor management. It’s something that might keep shareholders happy in the short term, but sadly the short term often seems to be the only thing some company managers are interested in.If it was a “keep paying and hope things get better” strategy, then it was doomed to failure. Shareholders might have kept on pocketing their annual income for a while, but they suffered a catastrophic fall in the Centrica share price at the same time.The arrival of a new boss can be a good time for renewal at a company. There can be less reluctance to face up to its previous failures (because they were the old management’s fault, right?) O’Shea took over the top job only in April, having previously been Centrica’s finance director. That gives me hope, as he’s been very much at the sharp end of Centrica’s profit and balance sheet catastrophe. Focusing on the firm’s liquidity is, for me, the best thing he can do for the long-term future of the Centrica share price.RestructuringThe job losses are being combined with a simplification of a number of the firm’s practices. I see it as a clearly-needed restructuring. But there’s one other thing Centrica needs to fix — customer service. If the new boss can improve that, I think we really could be at the beginning of a steady Centrica share price recovery.My overall feeling is that Centrica has been at rock bottom this year. And I’m hoping the pummelling the market has suffered from the Covid-19 downturn will provide a wake-up call across the economy.The lesson is that long-term attention to the balance sheet should be at the core of any business. I think that lesson has been learned here. And, to me, the low Centrica share price indicates a long-term buy. Enter Your Email Address Image source: Getty Images. 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LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS By Luke WalpoleTHE SIGHT of two colossal packs throwing the proverbial kitchen sink at each other is becoming all too common in the northern hemisphere.This year’s Six Nations was far from vintage viewing, setting records for all the wrong reasons: it had the fewest number of tries ever scored (37) and a tries-per-match average of 2.47 – the first time the figure has fallen below three. England scored only one try after the first weekend, yet finished runners-up.Compare that to the halcyon days of 2005 when there were 71 tries at an average of 4.73 a game and it certainly paints a bleak picture.So what’s changed? Well, at the elite level the sport has become fixated on breeding behemoths rather than rewarding skill and ability, a criticism that can be levelled at both forwards and backs. This war of attrition that coaches have signed up to creates mostly dull matches – and fans won’t tolerate it for long. For proof, remember how Saracens supporters booed their own team for negative play in 2009, despite the club being top of the Premiership at the time. Loosening the shackles will improve the players’ skills, increase spectator numbers and create a buzz around the sport. A win-win-win scenario, surely?This was published in the September 2013 edition of Rugby World. Click here to see what’s in the current issue. Coaches seem to be missing a trick. As a warm-blooded Saxon this next claim is hard to stomach, but I believe we should learn from the Aussies. Down Under, union isn’t a main sport, and its fight to attract punters has seen them play an attractive, expansive style.In the Premiership there is so much attacking talent – Kyle Eastmond and Christian Wade to name but two – so it’s senseless to kick for the corners in open play and let the forwards monopolise the match. Purists may disagree and cite that old cliché ‘Forwards decide who wins, backs decide by how many’, but the current climate is suffocating creativity.The whole sporting scenery is saturated, so rugby must try to stand out. Attacking rugby attracts new fans. Although the economic benefit is tangible, the other benefit is more visceral – the more vibrant atmosphere that bigger crowds bring. Even the purists can’t scoff at that.
New Delhi: The auction of players during the Indian Premier League is one of the most anticipated events in the cricketing calendar for fans, players and tournament franchises. However, the IPL 2019 auction has a different feel this time around. For the first time after a long time, the auctions will be held in December. Delhi Daredevils have changed their name to Delhi Capitals. The IPL will be played for the first time before the World Cup, which will be held in June 2019 in England. Even the auctioneer is new. Richard Madley, who has held every auction from 2008 till 2018, still has grudges that he has dropped just like that and is voicing his dissent.Amidst all this, 346 players will go under the hammer. No Indian player is in the elite Rs 2 crore bracket while the highest-priced Indian player will be Jaydev Unadkat with Rs 1.5 crore. In 2009 and 2014, the Assembly elections forced the IPL to be played in South Africa and partly in the United Arab Emirates respectively. In 2019, the General Elections will once again be held in India around the April-May period, which could mean that the IPL could be played on foreign shores from March end to the starting of May, majority of which could be in South Africa or the UAE. However, 2019 is the year of the World Cup and this has forced the marquee Twenty20 tournament to be consigned to a mere sideshow. The main reason will be that for the first time in the history of the tournament, the IPL will be played before the World Cup.Read More | IPL 2019 Auction: Five overseas players who might fetch big bucksCricket Australia has clearly said that players will not be available for the tournament from May 1. With their Sheffield Shield season coming to a close in March and with an upcoming ODI series against India after that, players like Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Starc have opted out of the tournament. Even the England Cricket Board has decided to protect players. With the World Cup beginning in the end of May, most international players will have to attend preparatory camps.Read More | IPL Auction 2019: These numbers will blow your mind awayWith so many countries and boards deciding to not commit to a full season, the tournament lacks big marquee players. However, there are some interesting players who can go for big bucks.Read More | IPL 2019 auction: When overseas players raked in big bucksShimron Hetmyer, who dazzled the cricketing world with his flair and Calypso like aggression in the series against India and Bangladesh, is expected to fetch big numbers. Sam Curran, the England allrounder who hurt India in the Test series, is in the Rs 2 crore bracket and he will be expected to feature prominently in the auction.Out of 346 players, 213 are uncapped Indians and the one who has gotten the most hype is Varun Chakravarthy, the Tamil Nadu mystery spinner who is talked up as an exciting prospect. Shivam Dubey, who is touted as the next Yuvraj Singh, can be a good bargain buy. Anmolpreet Singh has starred for Punjab in the Vijay Hazare while Milind Kumar, who is the only batsman to hit 1000 runs in the current Ranji Trophy, might get a good buy.Overall, this is not a huge auction when it comes to numbers. However, this might give us the chance to see more of the Indian talent come to the fore and display their skills on the bigger stage. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
21 Sep 2017 Buckinghamshire stall Yorkshire in foursomes Images copyright Leaderboard Photography The hosts, Suffolk, were also on top form with a clean sweep of three wins from Sharon Luckman and senior international Fiona Edmond (2/1); Vanessa Bell and Alice Barlow (1up) and Victoria Inglis and Lottie Whyman (3/2). Yorkshire struck back with a comfortable 4/3 win from Megan Lockett and Mia Eales-Smith, who were in charge throughout their game. Earlier, Alice Kozlowski and Georgina Bowers landed the first blow for Buckinghamshire when won 3/2 after a game which was spattered with birdies. Click here for full scores Buckinghamshire stalled Yorkshire when they held them to a 1.5-1.5 draw in the fourth day foursomes at the English Women’s County Finals at Felixstowe Ferry. Buckinghamshire’s Thalia Kirby (pictured top) was loudly cheered by her team when she holed the 12-footer which set up the half in the last of the three games, meaning that honours were even at the end of the morning session. Defending champions Gloucestershire won all three of their foursomes, with Ebonie Lewis and Caley McGinty finishing 3/2 and Claudia Ovens (pictured right) and Grace Connelly winning 2/1. They were three up after exchanging three birdies in the first six holes, before sharing the next three holes with a birdie, par, birdie sequence. The Bucks pair lost the next two holes with dropped shots but another birdie on the 12 restored their lead to 2up and they extended that as they parred in. Alex Saunders and Alex Giles came through a ding-dong match to win on the last, helped by a crucial pair of birdies on the 12th, where they holed a 20-footer and the 13th, where they chipped in. Kirby and partner Victoria Bryan had won the 17th to get back to all square before pulling off the testing up and down on the 18th. Tags: Buckinghamshire, Competitions English Women’s County Finals, Yorkshire
Dooley has maintained close contact with Mario DiBella’s coaching staff as the coaches pound the pavement on an aggressive off-season recruiting plan.“Re-building will take time,” Dooley said. “ . . . the upcoming season will still be a work in progress (but) I am impressed by the off season work by Mario DiBella and Sean Dooley.”“They are making sure they invite the type of players that fit.”Dooley said it would be no easy task returning the Leafs to the top of the hotly competitive Neil Murdoch Division after a disastrous 2014-15 campaign that saw the executive release head coach Dave McLellan and his staff.Beaver Valley, under the guidance of cagey Terry Jones, puts a competitive team on the ice every season.Castlegar is always near the top of the division while Grand Forks made great strides during the past season, not only qualifying for post season but also posting the lone major upset, knocking off second-place Castlegar Rebels in six games during the opening round of the Murdoch Division playoffs.“If we learned one thing about our coaching staff and our team in the second half of last season is they were prepared and they competed,” Dooley said.Topics on the agenda include election of officers, a report from the treasurer on the team’s financial status and discussion from the coaching staff regarding the recent the recruiting program. While the coaching staff continues to log more kilometers than Greyhound in their search for skilled players to fill out the roster for the upcoming Kootenay International Junior Hockey League, the movers and shakers behind the scenes of the Good Ship Leaf open up the books to the public at the Annual General Meeting of the Nelson Leafs Hockey Society Tuesday, May 24.The meeting for the Heritage City franchise begins at 7 p.m. in the meeting room at the Nelson and District Community Complex.“I feel very confident we are now on a solid foundation we have a strong core on the board to help lead the organization forward,” said Leaf president John Dooley, entering his second half of his two year term on the team executive.“Our on-ice team manager, coaches and support staff are building on structure that supports the boards goals of player development, which includes commitment to team, community, and education.”
LONDON (AP) — Of the three teams chasing the final two Champions League spots, City was the quickest off the mark. Captain Vincent Kompany netted after five minutes and City went on to beat Watford 5-0, with Sergio Aguero, Fernandinho and Gabriel Jesus also contributing to the rout.Arsenal made a flying start, with Hector Bellerin netting the opener in the eighth minute. But Laurent Koscielny also went flying into a reckless challenge on Enner Valencia and the Arsenal captain saw red in the 14th minute.Rather than imploding as Arsenal sides have been prone to do with 10 men, Alexis Sanchez doubled Arsenal’s advantage in the 27th minute.With Liverpool being held at home by Middlesbrough, Arsenal displaced Juergen Klopp’s side from fourth place in the live standings. But only until first-half stoppage time at Anfield. Once Georginio Wijnaldum scored for Liverpool in first-half stoppage time, Arsenal was back in fifth place. That’s the way it stayed, with Philippe Coutinho’s free kick followed by Adam Lallana’s strike in 56th minute to secure Liverpool’s 3-0 victory over Middlesbrough.With City and Liverpool comfortably winning, there was nothing Arsenal could do to muscle into the top four. The Gunners still held on to win, with Romelu Lukaku pulling one back from the penalty spot for Everton but Aaron Ramsey completing the 3-1 victory in stoppage time.Having missed out on the top four for the first time in Wenger’s 21-year reign, there was little for Arsenal players to celebrate with fans as they embarked on a lap of appreciation after the Premier League finale. Wenger didn’t even join in, remaining on the touchline with his arms folded.Liverpool beats Middlesbrough 3-0, finishes 4th in EPLWith halftime approaching and the atmosphere inside Anfield getting increasingly tense, a chant drifted across from the away supporters: “Champions League, you’re having a laugh.”Liverpool was being held 0-0 by already relegated Middlesbrough on the final day of the Premier League and was in real danger of throwing away a top-four spot that the team had held for most of the season.Georginio Wijnaldum proved to be the man for the big occasion once again.The Netherlands midfielder pierced Middlesbrough’s packed defense and drove a rising shot into the net in first-half injury time, before Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana added further goals in a 3-0 win.It sealed a fourth-placed finish for Liverpool and a place in the qualifying stages of next season’s Champions League.The prestigious competition is in touching distance for one of the continent’s most storied clubs, a five-time European champion.Arsene Wenger’s proud record is overArsenal has failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 20 years.Arsenal’s hope of squeezing into the Premier League top four relied on Liverpool or Manchester City slipping up, but they both won easily on Sunday to join Chelsea and Tottenham in entering the Champions League.So even though Arsenal beat Everton 3-1 to complete the league campaign with five successive wins, the resurgence came too late and Wenger had to settle for fifth — the lowest finish since taking charge of the team in 1996.Whether Wenger is back in charge at the Emirates Stadium next season is yet to be resolved. The 67-year-old Frenchman won’t discuss his future until after Saturday’s FA Cup final against Chelsea.Chelsea is chasing a double. Antonio Conte’s side received the Premier League trophy after routing bottom-place Sunderland 5-1 on Sunday, two weeks after securing a second title in three seasons.Chelsea finished seven points in front of Tottenham, which completed its best league campaign in 54 years in style by beating relegated Hull 7-1.___TERRY FAREWELLJohn Terry collected the Premier League trophy for the fifth time in the final act of his 22-year association with Chelsea.The captain had his own personal opportunity to thank the Stamford Bridge faithful earlier in the day. Sunderland manager David Moyes revealed that his team collaborated with Chelsea to ensure the ball would go out around the 26th minute — matching the shirt number Terry has worn throughout his career — to enable the defender to leave the pitch to a guard of honor.Chelsea was already leading through Willian’s eighth-minute strike when the 36-year-old departing Terry was honored. Chelsea’s 30th win of the campaign was sealed by Eden Hazard, Pedro Rodriguez and a double from Michy Batshuayi.___KANE TOP SCORERTottenham missed out on the top team prize, but Harry Kane retained the golden boot by finishing as the league’s top scorer for the second consecutive season.Kane finished with 29 goals despite missing eight of the 38 games through injury, with his tally augmented by a second hat trick inside three days. After netting four in Tottenham’s 6-1 win at Leicester on Thursday, Kane claimed a treble at Hull. Dele Alli, Victor Wanyama, Ben Davies and Toby Alderweireld also netted for Tottenham.___MAN UNITED’S MISSIONJose Mourinho entered the final day of the league campaign knowing United was finishing sixth and prioritizing winning the Europa League in Wednesday’s final against Ajax to qualify for the Champions League.Despite United’s lowest finish since Alex Ferguson retired after collecting the Premier League trophy in 2013, the League Cup has already been collected and Sunday’s game offered hope for the future.Four players were given their first league starts by Mourinho and his youthful side beat Crystal Palace 2-0. One of the debutants — Josh Harrop — scored the opener and the other goal came from Paul Pogba, the world’s most expensive player.___SURVIVORSLeicester was in danger of relegation during its woeful defense of the title it won so unexpectedly a year ago. Craig Shakespeare is now waiting to discover if he’ll keep the manager’s job after a 1-1 draw with Bournemouth secured a 12th place finish.Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth has done more than just secure a third successive season in the Premier League but finished ninth — the team’s highest placing since being founded in the 19th century.Sean Dyche has also impressed by leading Burnley to its highest league position since 1975. The northwest side lost 2-1 to West Ham but finished 16th, six points clear of danger.Swansea went through three managers this season but the decision to hire Paul Clement has been justified by the south Wales team avoiding the drop. Swansea closed out the campaign with a 2-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion, taking Clement’s points haul to 29 from 19 games and finishing in 15th.___SOUTHAMPTON SLUMPSouthampton failed to score in a fifth successive home game in a 1-0 loss to Stoke. Even though the south-coast club finished eighth, there’s uncertainty over the future of manager Claude Puel.There were boos at the final whistle at St. Mary’s Stadium which could play into the club’s review over post-season review of Puel’s position.ROB HARRIS, AP Global Soccer WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
Transfers Athletic Bilbao sign Inigo Martinez to replace Aymeric Laporte Nicholas McGee 22:58 1/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Athletic Club Real Sociedad Primera División The defender’s release clause has been met, with the Basque outfit having moved quickly to replace new Man City signing Aymeric Laporte Athletic Bilbao have signed Inigo Martinez from Basque rivals Real Sociedad after meeting his €32 million release clause.The Spain centre-back comes in after Aymeric Laporte joined Manchester City for €65m on Tuesday.Martinez has agreed a contract until June 2023 with Athletic in a transfer that is bound to provoke controversy in the Basque region. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player It is a case of third time lucky for Athletic, who previously failed in efforts to sign Asier Illarramendi and Mikel Oyarzabal from Real.Martinez, 26, will be presented by Athletic on Tuesday and could make his debut when they face Girona in La Liga on Sunday.Athletic are 12th in La Liga, while Real are just six points above the relegation zone in 15th.The second Basque derby of the season takes place on April 29 at Anoeta, with Martinez likely to receive a rocky reception.18168 – @InigoMartinez has played more La Liga minutes than any other Real Sociedad player since his debut. Leave. pic.twitter.com/60HS6bgxmk— OptaJose (@OptaJose) January 30, 2018Athletic were held to a 0-0 draw by Real at San Mames in December.
By BEN HARRISSydney Rebels continued their dominance in the mixed open division at the National Touch League when they claimed their fifth consecutive crown.With the quest of the ‘#fivepeat’ firmly set in their minds, the Rebels were simply untouchable on finals day of the NTL.They hammered Defence Warriors 16-5 in the quarter-final before fighting tooth and nail to knock off Sydney Scorpions 9-5 in the semi-final.In the final, the Rebels played their archrivals Brisbane City Cobras for the third consecutive year.The Cobras were looking for third time lucky but they stumbled out of the blocks and despite fighting back, they went down 6-4.Rebels co-captain Kirstie Wakely has been involved in all of her team’s victories and said this one was the sweetest.“It’s pretty awesome, I am so pleased. Our team probably played the best they’ve played for the entire tournament, so I’m really happy with it,” Wakely said.The Rebels scored three touchdowns in the first nine minutes to set the tempo of the game.Credit to the Queensland team, they fought back to make it 3-2 just before half-time.But Rebels’ co-captain Roy Prasad scored his second of the half to give his team a 4-2 lead at the break.Midway through the second half the next score was added and it went to the Cobras.But the Rebels’ reply was swift as they scored less than 90 seconds later.A superb flick pass from Cobras’ Aiden Beiers to Tasi Cordtz made the scores 6-5 with seven minutes to go.Both sides were denied more touchdowns and it wasn’t until the 37th minute the Rebels put the nail in the Cobras’ coffin courtesy of an Ashleigh Werner touchdown.“Cobras are always tough. Our game plan is we don’t want to slip up, make no mistakes and if we stick to that, hopefully we can come away with a win,” Wakely said.The co-captain credited her team’s attitude, which has played a big part in their success for the past five years.“They are such a positive and tight crew and I think that helps us to bond in the end,” she said.Wakely and Prasad were named the players of the final.SYDNEY REBELS 6 (Roy Prasad 2, Kirstie Wakely, Amy Lugg, Ashleigh Werner, Jamie Chan touchdowns) def BRISBANE CITY COBRAS 4 (Allan Shine, Jordan Lovejoy, Kenneth Adams, Tasi Cordtz touchdowns).Related LinksMixed open final
Belgian expert dismisses Carrasco links to Man Utd, Arsenalby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveA Belgian football expert does not believe that Manchester United and Arsenal are interested in Yannick Carrasco.Kristof Terreur, who is a prominent Belgian journalist, suggests that reports of a move to the Premier League are bogus.Italian reports had claimed Carrasco was a target for the two Premier League clubs.But Terreur wrote on Twitter: “Yannick Carrasco linked with Arsenal by Sky Italia, just like in January 2018, before he moved to China.”Man United mentioned too – cheap name dropping.”A transfer will be expensive (wages & fee) and is he physically ready to make an immediate impact in the PL?”Terreur went on to tweet: “With heavy investment in new signings and contracts over the past year, Arsenal don’t have significant funds to spend in January.”Eyeing loan deals rather than permanent moves.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Belgium coach Martinez praises Leicester midfielder Praet on debutby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBelgium manager Roberto Martinez praised Leicester City midfielder Dennis Praet as he continued his good form with an assist on his full international debut.Making his fifth appearance but his first start for the Red Devils, Praet delivered a perfect cross to set up Michy Batshuayi for Belgium’s first goal in their 2-0 win in Kazakhstan on Sunday.”What pleases me as a coach was to see that Dennis was ready,” said Martinez. “He was desperate to be on the pitch, that’s what I want to see in the players.”He played technically, it was a pleasure to see him play. Much of the game went through him and at the end I was happy to see that he had enjoyed himself. He played extremely well.”