NHL hockey is back, and the action kicks off with an exciting matchup between two champions.The defending Stanley Cup winner St. Louis Blues will face off against the 2018 Cup champion Washington Capitals in their season opener Wednesday. Before the game, the Blues will raise their Stanley Cup banner to the rafters and look to pick up where they left off last year. In the meantime, the Caps will look to start their season on the right foot after a disappointing first-round exit at the hands of the Carolina Hurricanes in April.St. Louis had a relatively quiet summer until a blockbuster trade took place in the final week of training camp, where they acquired puck-moving blueliner Justin Faulk in exchange for longtime Blues defenseman Joel Edmundson and several other pieces.MORE: Watch NHL games with fuboTV (7-day free trial)With a stronger backend, also featuring the likes of Alex Pietrangelo and Colton Parayko, as well as Jordan Binnington between the pipes, St. Louis has a stronger defense, but also one that can serve as a catalyst for more offense moving forward, especially with Faulk now in the mix.In the meantime, Washington was relatively busy, but in a different sense — it spent the offseason strengthening the bottom six to add more secondary scoring with Richard Panik, Garnet Hathaway and Brendan Leipsic now a part of their offensive arsenal, replacing Brett Connolly and Co.With more stability and depth on the forward lines, Washington also made changes to the defense corps, trading Matt Niskanen to Philadelphia in exchange for Radko Gudas while also relying on young defenders in Jonas Siegenthaler, Tyler Lewington and 19-year-old Martin Fehervary.Still, the Capitals will have to make do against a tough Blues team without the services of Evgeny Kuznetsov, who was suspended for three games for “inappropriate conduct” after testing positive for cocaine in the summer, and Michal Kempny, who is still recovering from a torn hamstring he suffered in March against the Tampa Bay Lightning.Here’s more on how to watch the second game of the 2019-20 NHL campaign, including the time, TV channel and full opening night schedule.What channel is Capitals vs. Blues on today?TV channel: NBCSN (national)Live stream: fuboTVThe game will be featured as part of NBCSN’s “Wednesday Night Hockey.” Viewers can also stream the game on fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.NBC’s hockey broadcast will again be led by NHL commentators Mike “Doc” Emrick (play-by-play) and Eddie Olczyk (analyst), who are on the call for Capitals vs. Blues, along with Brian Boucher inside the glass.Capitals vs. Blues: What time is puck drop?Date: Wednesday, Oct. 2Start time: 8 p.m. ETWednesday’s game is set to begin at 8 p.m. ET. This is one of just two times that these teams will play each other during the regular season; they next face off in March.One player to watch will be Caps captain Alex Ovechkin, who is tied for most goals (10) and points (17) in season-opening matchups. In the 2017-18 campaign, he had back-to-back hat-tricks in his first two games, including a four-goal performance in the first game against the Montreal Canadiens. Both St. Louis and Washington won their first Cup titles in the last two years, the first times a team has captured its first title since the Los Angeles Kings won in 2012.NHL opening night TV scheduleTime (ET)MatchupTV channel7 p.m.Senators vs. Maple LeafsSportsnet8 p.m.Capitals vs. BluesNBCSN, fuboTV10 p.m.Canucks vs. OilersSportsnet10:30 p.m.Sharks vs. Golden KnightsNBCSN, fuboTVBlues schedule 2019Here are the St. Louis Blues’ next five games.GameDateTimeChannelvs. Dallas StarsOct. 58 p.m. ETFS-MW, FS-SWat Toronto Maple LeafsOct. 77 p.m. ETFS-MW, NHLN, TVAS, TSN4at Ottawa SenatorsOct. 107:30 p.m. ETFS-MW, RDSI, TSN5at Montreal CanadiensOct. 127 p.m. ETFS-MW, NHLN, CITY, TVASat New York IslandersOct. 141 p.m. ETFS-MW, MSG+Capitals schedule 2019Here are the Washington Capitals’ next five games.GameDateTimeTV Channelat New York IslandersOct. 47 p.m. ETNBCSWA, MSG+at Washington CapitalsOct. 57 p.m. ETNBCSWA, FS-CRvs. Dallas StarsOct. 87 p.m. ETNBCSWA, FS-SWat Nashville PredatorsOct. 108 p.m. ETNBCSW, FS-TNat Dallas StarsOct. 128 p.m. ETNBCSW, FS-SW
TÁ AN fear aimsire amaitéarach is cáiliúla in Éirinn tar éis a rá gur beag an baol go mbeidh aimsir Artach againn an geimhreadh seo.Tá Michael Gallager, fear an phoist, tar éis sneachta a thuar go rathúil le cúpla bliain anuas óna bhaile i sléib- hte Dhún na nGall.Ach deir Michael nach dtuigeann sé an fáth a bhfuil gach duine ag rá go mbeidh an tír ina dhúgheimhreadh go ceann cúpla mí. “Níl a fhios agam beo cá bhfuil bunús na dtu- artha seo. Ní fheicim aon chomhartha faoi. Ní chea- paim go mbeidh sé chomh dona agus a bhí le cúpla bliain anuas.“Creidim go mbeidh neart báistí agus seaca againn, ach ní fheicim ansneachta mór agus an teocht faoi bhun an reophointe atá á dtuar ag cách,” a dúirt sé.Deir Michael, a chuir iallach ar an ngeallghla- cadóir Paddy Power €70,000 a íoc i ngeallta luatha tar éis Nollaig bhán a thuar dhá bhliain ó shin, go mbeidh neart stoirmeacha ann. Le déanaí tháinig cus- taiméir chuige tar éis dó frog a aimsiú taobh thiar de phota bláthanna.“Nuair a d’ardaíomar an pota ní bhogfadh an frog. Bhí a fhios agam gur droch-chomhartha é sin cinnte.Cúpla lá níos déanaí bhí na drochstoirmeacha sin againn. Bhí a fhios ag an bhfrog go raibh sé le bheith go dona agus ní raibh sé i gceist aige dul aon áit,” a dúirt Michael.GeimhreadhNíl fear aimsire eile, Peter O’Donnell ó www.irish- weatheronline.com, ag ceapadh go mbeimid ag crith an geimhreadh seo. Dúirt sé go bhféadfadh mí Eanáir a bheith ar an mí is fuaire, ach gur beag seans go mbeidh sé chomh dona agus a bhí anuraidh: “Níl sé le bhei- th chomh drámata, agus níl an dianfhuacht le leanúint ar aghaidh.“D’fhéadfadh thart ar an méid céanna d’aimsir chneasta agus d’aimsir fhuar a bheith ann le gaoth láidir, báisteach throm ó am go ham agus roinnt sneachta nó oighir.”www.foinse.ieGEIMHREADH ARTACH AG DRUIDIM LINN? was last modified: November 5th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
When Smith put down Afridi off the bowling of Tsotsobe in the next over, one was left to wonder whether or not it was going to be Afridi’s and Pakistan’s day. Two balls later, he was out, caught off a full toss for a stunning 88 off only 48 balls, with five fours and seven sixes. Reasonable startPakistan then made a reasonable start to their run chase, reaching 97 for 1 in the 17th over before Mohammed Hafeez departed for an attacking 57 off only 49 balls, having struck six fours and three sixes. The fourth ODI takes place in Durban on Thursday, 17 March, and the fifth and final ODI will be played in Benoni on Sunday, 24 March. On the field, the action was fast-moving and big hitting as South Africa and Pakistan combined for 652 runs, including 19 sixes and 55 fours. SA victoryWahab Riaz fought hard, with a career best 45 off 52 balls, but he was the last man out at the start of the 48th over as Pakistan were dismissed for 309, giving South Africa victory by 34 runs. Mohammed Irfan stood out among Pakistan’s bowlers – and not just because of his 7ft height – with a haul of 2 for 34 in seven overs, while Wahab Riaz suffered, conceding 93 runs in his 10 overs, although he did remove claim the wickets of Amla and Du Plessis. The bottom line, though, was a South African victory and a two-one lead in the five-match one-day international series. Johannesburg’s Wanderers cricket stadium was pink all over on Sunday – the Proteas, the scoreboard, Castle Lager adverts and the fans – as the South African one-day international (ODI) team did its bit in the fight against breast cancer, with a world record thrown in for good measure during the third ODI against Pakistan. World record setters Amla and De Villiers shared the man of the match award. The inning stuttered after that as the Pakistanis slipped to 132 for 5, but the arrival of Shahid Afridi, the scorer of three of the seven fastest ODI centuries in history, gave the tourists hope as he took to the South African bowlers with relish. 11th ODI centuryAmla then departed, caught Misbah, bowled Wahab Riaz for a wonderful 122 off only 113 balls, with nine fours and a six. It was his 11th ODI century. Misbah was out with the total on 203 for 28, but Pakistan’s challenge depended on Afridi, not the skipper. Pakistan captain Misbah ul-Haq won the toss and elected to field and that seemed to be a decent enough decision when Graeme Smith was out for only three and Colin Ingram followed him for 17, with the total on 42 in the 14th over. Amla and De Villiers, however, along with a superb cameo innings from Faf du Plessis, made it look like an ill-advised decision. 18 March 2013 StarsHashim Amla and AB de Villiers, the world’s two top ranked ODI batsmen starred for the Proteas, while Shahid Afridi, the owner of the fastest ever ODI century, shone for Pakistan. Du Plessis, who was out with one ball left in the innings, added a quick-fire 45 off just 19 deliveries, including three sixes, to help South Africa to a big 343 for 5 in their 50 overs. De Villiers saw the score past 300 before he went, caught at deep mid-wicket by Shoaib Malik off the bowling of Saeed Ajmal for an immensely innovative and entertaining 128. His 14th ODI century included 12 four and three sixes. It made for an impressive spectacle as a world record attempt for “the most people wearing a single colour, in one venue, for a good cause” was pursued in support of the PinkDrive. As a fund-raiser, the day was a fantastic success, with R184 460 being raised. McLaren finished with 3 for 56 from nine overs, while Tsotsobe picked up three wickets too, but went for 74 runs. With McLaren having sent down a no ball, Afridi had a free hit, but the bowler bowled a wide. Afridi then caught the next delivery in the meat of his bat, in the arc, and launched a monsterous six onto the roof of the stadium! It’s difficult to imagine that the ground could have ever witnessed a bigger six. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Together, Amla and De Villiers put on a third wicket world record partnership of 238 in an enthralling 30.2 overs. That bettered by a single run the previous record of 237 put on by Indian greats Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid against Kenya in the 1999 World Cup. Game still on“Boom Boom” was going hard at the South African bowling and winning. His innings appeared over in the 35th over, though, when Ryan McLaren knocked over Afridi’s wickets. A check on the delivery, however, revealed that McLaren had overstepped. Afridi was called back and the game was still on.
The following sales strategies are generally underrated, overlooked, or ignored. In some cases, they are highly unpopular in a world that is enamored with transactions, immediate gratification, and technologies that promise efficiency, a promise that is mostly a lie. These four strategies are also battle-tested, which is to say, have passed the test and created a competitive advantage.When you sell, you are trying to create a preference to work with you and your team, excluding your competition. What I mean when I write about value creation is your approach, your strategy, and your ability to be consultative.Shaping the Client’s ViewSadly, the sales profession is falling behind when it comes to shaping the client’s view of their problem and the potential solutions. Those who struggle still hold on to the belief that they are going to win large, complex B2B sales by relying on their company’s reputation and their solution. While these things may provide some small benefit, they do nothing to shape the prospective client’s understanding of their problem, what exactly they should do about it, or how they should go about changing.You shape the primary question the client is asking by providing context that modifies the lens through which they view their problem, challenge, or opportunity (see Eat Their Lunch, Chapter 2) Can you help them make sense of their world and their business? Can you help them understand what their choices are and why they should choose one course of action over others?Win customers away from your competition. Check out Eat Their LunchWe resist doing hard things.Having a Physical PresenceMost salespeople—and the sales organizations for whom they work—are not interested in the strategy of showing up. The desire to be efficient with time, our changing communication preferences, and our desire to transact (i.e., Amazon.com), has salespeople mistakenly believing they can have the sales conversation over email.At the very time I am writing these words, a salesperson I know has a scheduled meeting with a prospect in their prospect’s home office. She is meeting with them on her vacation. No one else competing for this business will have visited the client in their home office. What do you believe her chances of winning might be?There is a tremendous competitive advantage to having a physical presence. You show you care enough to come and learn about the client and their needs. You get to meet the people who are making the decision, and you get to understand what they want from you. Even more, they get to see you writing down what they say, an indication that you are going to try to give them what they want.The approach here is the opposite of what we might describe as the pen pal theory of selling.Stealing TimeThis approach is underrated, and mainly because there is little will to have a physical presence. Your prospective client is going to spend time with a few salespeople or sales organizations. Unless you are in an RFP and limited to one hour to sell (strategy here), you are competing for time.My friends at Gartner shared with me that buyers spend something like 18% of their time working on a purchase with salespeople. Generally, each sales organization gets something like 6% of their time. The more time you command, the more time you have to sell effectively and create a preference to work with you.In all things, you want an asymmetrical advantage. If you could double the time you spend with the client, you create a competitive advantage. You might also limit the time they have for your competitors. The strategy here is very much like clock management in a football game; if I have the control of the ball, I can keep you on defense and prevent you from scoring.Defining or Revising the ProcessWho controls the process wins. My second book, The Lost Art of Closing, is about controlling the process and ensuring your dream client makes and keeps the commitments necessary for making a good decision. The book is practical and tactical, even if the word “closing” frightens people into believing it is an old school, Glengarry Glenn Ross approach (it is, in fact, quite the opposite).No more pushy sales tactics. The Lost Art of Closing shows you how to proactively lead your customer and close your sales. When you are selling, you are helping your prospective client with a better outcome. Much of the time, they don’t know what they need to do or why they need to do it. So, they skip some of the commitments. They try to accelerate the process by having a single meeting and asking for a proposal, even though there are other conversations and decisions they need to have first.The person who can define the process—or revise it—creates a competitive advantage. If your competitors are not having the same conversations and are operating from a model that suggests they follow the client’s lead, you create a gap between their experience with you and their experience with your competition.Executing the 4 StrategiesIt is unlikely that these strategies conflict with your sales process. Nor will they lessen the effectiveness of any of your sales methodologies. You won’t hear complaints from your sales manager (with the execution of a more considerable expense report from trips to meet clients), nor will your dream clients gripe about you spending time with them or helping them solve their problems.What’s difficult about these strategies is changing your behaviors and doing the work. 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Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Maria Sharapova has the second-best record among active women’s players in first-round matches at the majors, and she gave an illustration of why that’s the case with a ruthless 6-0, 6-0 win over Harriet Dart.The 2008 Australian Open champion got play started on Rod Laver Arena and needed only 63 minutes to advance.In her 15th trip to Melbourne Park and her 55th Grand Slam tournament, she’s acutely aware of the toll that the sun and long early matches can have on a player’s title ambitions, so she gets straight to business.The 22-year-old Dart, playing in the main draw of a major for only the second time after getting a wildcard to play last year at Wimbledon, only got a look at one break point in the match — when Sharapova served a double-fault in the second set. She got seven of her 29 points from Sharapova’s double-faults.Sharapova said she was still feeling pain in her right shoulder despite sitting out the end of last season after the U.S. Open.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño High five The 17-time major winner hasn’t played since retiring from his semifinal at the U.S. Open because of a knee injury, and then had surgery on his right ankle in November. He withdrew from a warm-up tournament in Brisbane in the first week of the season because of a muscle strain in his thigh.“Not easy to come back after a lot of months of competition, especially against a player playing super aggressive every shot,” Nadal said. “It’s very difficult to start after an injury — I know it very well. It’s very special to be back.”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 starsWearing a sleeveless top, he showed no signs of any issues against Duckworth. His only hiccup came when he served for the match in the ninth game of the third set and was broken at love. He returned the favor very quickly, though, to seal his spot in the second round.Nadal has only lost twice in the first round at Grand Slams — to Steve Darcis at 2013 Wimbledon, and to Fernando Verdasco here in 2016 — and is aiming to be the first man in the Open era two win all four majors at least twice. View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stung by a first-round loss at Wimbledon last year, Sharapova said she couldn’t afford to feel any empathy for Dart.“I mean, there is no time for that, I’m sorry to say … when you’re playing the first round of a Grand Slam,” she said. “I think I was just focused on not having a letdown.“I think it’s very easy to be in a position where things are flowing, you know, you’re doing all the right things, she’s making a few errors, you’re comfortable, easy to get complacent, and, you know, complacency is not great. I was glad that I did the right things from the beginning till the end.”Up next for Sharapova is Rebecca Peterson, who beat Sorana Cirstea, 6-4, 6-1.Also advancing were 2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens, No. 11 Aryna Sabalenka, No. 19 Caroline Garcia, No. 29 Donna Vekic and No. 31 Petra Martic.Danielle Collins advanced to the second round of a major for the first time following a 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 win over No. 14-seeded Julia Goerges, who won the title in Auckland to start the season.Katie Boulter earned the distinction of winning the first 10-point tiebreaker under the Australian Open’s new system for deciding sets.Boulter beat Ekaterina Makarova 6-0, 4-6, 7-6 (6), including 10-6 in the tiebreaker. The new rule was introduced to ensure matches don’t get too lengthy — previously the third set in women’s matches and the fifth set in men’s matches at the Australian Open had to be decided by a two-game advantage.Fifth-seeded Kevin Anderson won his first match at Melbourne Park since 2015 when he beat Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1. Also advancing on the men’s side were No. 19 Nikoloz Basilashvili and No. 26 Fernando Verdasco.Defending champions Caroline Wozniacki and Roger Federer were scheduled to play night matches later Monday. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting 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 TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Rafale Nadal during the 2019 Australian Open. (AP Foto/Aaron Favila)MELBOURNE, Australia — Rafael Nadal has missed a lot of tennis since last September. He hasn’t missed a beat.The No. 2-seeded Nadal had a 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 win over Australian wild-card entry James Duckworth on Monday in the first round of the Australian Open, his first match back on Rod Laver Arena since he had to retire in his quarterfinal match last year.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES