In an ongoing series for the Year of Darwin in Science magazine,1 Elizabeth Culotta wrote an article with the Darwinesque title, “On the Origin of Religion.”2 The editor’s summary acknowledges that “No consensus yet exists among scientists,” but sought the only answer in Darwinian terms: “in the past 15 years, a growing number of researchers have followed Darwin’s lead and explored the hypothesis that religion springs naturally from the normal workings of the human mind. This new field, the cognitive science of religion, draws on psychology, anthropology, and neuroscience to understand the mental building blocks of religious thought.” Building blocks – there’s a suggestive phrase right out of origin-of-life labs. Culotta began with a Darwin imprimatur. “To Charles Darwin, the origin of religious belief was no mystery. ‘As soon as the important faculties of the imagination, wonder, and curiosity, together with some power of reasoning, had become partially developed, man would naturally crave to understand what was passing around him, and would have vaguely speculated on his own existence,’ he wrote in The Descent of Man.” Culotta acknowledged that “Darwin’s scientific descendants” are not quite so sure,” but we can trust them, because “potential answers are emerging from both the archaeological record and studies of the mind itself.” Here’s a quick rundown on those potential answers. Evolutionary sociologists are studying the propensity of humans to infer agents acting when things happen. Evolutionary archaeologists are looking for clues of symbolic behavior. Cognitive neuroscientists are looking for parts of the brain that tend toward “purpose-driven beliefs” that might be “a step on the way to religion.” Evolutionary psychologists investigate “theory of mind” explanations that see people attributing mental states to others and to things. Evolutionary anthropologists consider the social aspects of sharing beliefs in gods to develop social cohesion. It’s Darwin’s game from start to finish. Each discipline seeks to explain their piece of the religion puzzle in adaptationist, progressive terms. The psychologists, for instance, reason that if people from childhood onward develop a tendency to see the natural world acting in a purposeful way, “It’s a small step to suppose that the design has a designer.” Stewart Guthrie sees the invisible hand of Darwin in primitive man’s thinking processes. “Guthrie suggested that natural selection primed this system for false positives, because if the bump in the night is really a burglar—or a lion—you could be in danger, while if it’s just the wind, no harm done.” The anthropologists find other ways to see religion as adaptive: “By encouraging helpful behavior, religious groups boost the biological survival and reproduction of their members.” Here, though, Culotta admitted others see such explanations as little more than just-so storytelling. She quoted Pascal Boyer cautioning, “It is often said that religion encourages or prescribes solidarity within the group, but we need evidence that people actually follow [their religion’s] recommendations.” Speaking of evidence, which is supposed to elevate science above other forms of explanation, she admitted to large gaps. For instance, she said there is “a yawning gap between the material evidence of the archaeological record and the theoretical models of psychologists.” The archaeologists have a hard time inferring beliefs from artifacts, and the psychologists are crying, “we need more evidence.” What about the cognitive scientists? They try to get at the roots of innate tendencies vs. learned beliefs, but they are crying for more evidence, too: “I haven’t seen lots of empirical evidence that you can get from there to religious beliefs,” said social psychologist Ara Norenzayan. Culotta’s last sentence, quoting Norenzayan again, amounted to a promissory note admitting to gaps in evidence: “In the next 10 to 15 years there’s likely to be quite a transformation, with a lot more evidence, to give us a compelling story about how religion arose.”1. Intro, “On the Origin of Religion,” Science, 6 November 2009: Vol. 326. no. 5954, pp. 784-787, DOI: 10.1126/science.326_7842. Elizabeth Culotta, “Origins: On the Origin of Religion,” Science, 6 November 2009: Vol. 326. no. 5954, pp. 784-787, DOI: 10.1126/science.326_784.What’s this? You were told that science was science, and religion was religion, and never the twain shall meet. What are the Darwinists doing putting your dear pastor, priest or rabbi in the test tube? Didn’t Stephen Jay Gould promise that science would stay out of religion if religion stayed out of science? What is this “evolution of religion” talk? As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, let us draw some parallels. East Germany was one of the most tightly controlled ideological regimes in the communist sphere. The thought police (Stasi) had informers everywhere and kept miles of files on everyone. It was a crime to think outside the party doctrine. As with all the communist dictatorships, religion was suppressed, although the regime allowed some puppet churches to operate for propaganda purposes (e.g., when U.S. diplomats visited, so that they could talk about all the religious freedom they witnessed). What the puppet churches were allowed to say and not say, of course, was monitored and controlled. Yet history surprised the dictators. Their regime fell literally overnight, as thousands of freedom-starved East Germans rushed the gates at the first indication of hope, and Gorby refused to send in the tanks, stinging from Reagan’s challenge, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” To communists, everything in the universe must be interpreted in the light of Marxist ideology. Darwinians are cut from the same cloth; just substitute Darwin for Marx (who admired Darwin). In fact, in the same issue of Science, the editors allowed Gretchen Vogel to call the fall of the Berlin wall a “mixed blessing” for East German science directors. Are they feeling nostalgia for the good old days? After all, Darwinists are dictators themselves with informers and thought police everywhere, looking for the slightest uprising in a classroom or school board that might challenge Dictator Darwin. The Darwin Stasi (fronted by the ACLU, Americans United, PAW, NCSE) race into action to cut off any hint of the threat of “creationism.” They court liberal theologians for propaganda purposes, allowing them to practice their faith as long as it is inside the science lab under the control of the white lab coated thought police. All the pastors, priests and rabbis have to do to keep peace with the Stasi is pledge allegiance to Darwin. See how tolerant they are? Their captives, the renegade appeasers in theological garb, are in for a surprise that was expressed well by Brett Miller in this cartoon. Don’t fall for the Party line. It should be crystal clear that Culotta’s own imprimatur-blessed propaganda piece is fluff. How long are suckers going to wait for their promised “compelling story about how religion arose”? Sounds like the promised utopia that never arrives. It’s a story, all right. Where’s the evidence? How convenient that every discipline is moaning about the need for more evidence. Folks, without evidence, they do not have science! Ignore the fMRI blips; they are trading in ideologically-guided speculation. And they want to tell YOU how you are supposed to think. Love freedom! Tear down this wall! As the Western democracies won by the human tide pouring through the opened gates, the creationists will win when freedom comes. Jesus Christ said “You will know them by their fruits.” Where laws have protected free expression of religion, the arts and sciences have flourished. Where the Bible has been taken by missionaries, poverty and dictatorship has diminished. And where informed and evidence-supported creation science is permitted, education will flourish, too. Check the record; compare achievement of 19th century and early 20th century schools, where McGuffy Readers quoting the Bible were stock in trade and classes opened with prayer and science was done to the glory of God, with the awful record of dropouts and school shootings in today’s DODO schools (Darwin-only, Darwin-only). Look at how home school students, often from Christian homes, are trouncing their politically-correct peers. It’s the Christian schools that teach evidences for and against Darwinism. They don’t fear losing their students. The Darwin-only public schools rightly fear losing their students if the truth about the scientific evidence were allowed. Forget creationism – the thought police don’t even allow scientific criticisms of Darwin to be heard. This artificial selection imposed by Darwin-only breeders is producing monstrosities that could not survive in the wild. You might even say it shows that the creationists are the fittest. But all this is unnecessary posturing, because the Darwinists have no case. We know this, because if we applied their very same reasoning to themselves (i.e., the evolution of Darwinizing speculation), their argument would collapse into a recursive black hole. So while Culotta and her interviewees are swimming around like little Darwin fish scooping up the detritus on the bottom (animism, cult figurines, fMRI scans, etc.), they have not yet realized their ocean is inside the Christian fish. They are feeding on gifts the Christian fish is bringing them (see 11/05/2009 and 08/13/2007 commentaries). Like captives pretending to be autonomous, everything they depend on—logic, reason, evidence—is not of their own making. The Christian fish is the universe of which nature is a subset. If the Darwin guppies want to repent and help build up the true fish, they can provide nourishment for the truth. If not, they can keep swimming in circles a little while longer till they get pooped out.(Visited 127 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
The Revenue department has slapped a whopping ₹4 crore as fine on the Shri Saibaba Sansthan (Trust) for allegedly defaulting on revenue dues on a portion of land dating back to the British Raj.Speaking to The Hindu, Shirdi Sub-Divisional Officer Kundan Sonawane said that the disputed land of 27 gunthas (less than one acre) was acquired by some of the devotees on rent near the temple complex premises during colonial times. While the land belonged to the State, the devotees either gave it away to the trust or sold it off a few years after Sai Baba died in 1918.Put on noticeSpeaking to The Hindu, Shirdi Sub-Divisional Officer Kundan Sonawane confirmed that his office had sent a notice to the Saibaba Sansthan Trust.“A few years after Sai Baba’s ‘Mahasamadhi’ in 1918, these devotees either donated or sold it (the land) off without due permission from the State. The land in question encompasses the iconic Dikshit wada, the Lendi Baug [the garden created and watered by Sai Baba himself] and the museum. So, we have sent the notice to the Sai Baba trust to legalise the possession of this land by paying back the revenue due to the government,” Mr. Sonawane said.He informed that the nebulous ownership of the disputed land was unearthed by local journalist Pramod Aher while the latter was researching his book Shirdi Gazeteer: untold stories. Mr. Aher then brought the matter to the attention of Revenue department authorities.Mr. Sonawane further said that if the Trust failed to clarify the matter within a week, a legal probe would be initiated into the affair.Officials at the trust could not be reached for comment.
Team India bat Veda Krishnamurthy said the nine-run defeat to England in the final of the Women’s World Cup last Sunday was a hard pill to swallow but the team is proud of what they achieved in the tournament.”We had it in our hands and it took a couple of days to sink in. Later we told ourselves nobody expected us to reach the final. We gave our best and everyone should be proud of what we have achieved,” she said.Veda, an aggressive bat by nature, was playing a gem of a knock but failed to take her team past the finish line after playing a rash shot to get out. The right-hander was playing aggressively throughout her innings. Although she gave away two chances, it was working for the team until she skied one to Natalie Sciver of the bowling off Anya Shrubsole in the 45th over. Speaking about the knock and how she felt after getting out, she said that she was cursing herself. (Smriti Mandhana reveals moments of heartbreak from India’s dressing room after World Cup final defeat)”I was literally cursing myself and saying what have I done? Everything boiled down to me and I said you have really spoiled the game. At the same time once I went to bat I was looking for runs. I was taking risks. But it was on one occasion that it didn’t come off. Won’t regret it but it will always stay,” said Veda.”Perhaps next time I will get the team through,” she added. (World Cup performance can bring about ‘revolution in women’s cricket’: Jhulan Goswami)advertisementThe Karnataka-born girl also said that she was happy that she got to play her natural game under pressure in a big tournament.”I’m happy I played my brand of cricket. In final I was never under pressure. I said to myself if it’s in your zone, go for it. If I had any self doubt, I would not have scored quickly. I’m happy that I have been able to play this way in a big tournament,” she said. The 24-year-old said that she has always been an aggressive bastswoman and she’s not going to change her approach.”From the time I stared playing I never liked the defensive approach. Never played the anchor role. Have always been the person who goes there and gets runs as quick as possible. I have always enjoyed it. If I play 10 balls and get 29 runs, it’s more satisfying,” she said.When asked about playing big franchise based tournaments like Women’s Big Bash League and the Indian Premier League, she said that she would love to grab the opportunity and play outside her comfort zone.”If given as choice of playing Big Bash or any league I would be very happy because playing outside your comfort zone is great and teaches you as lot of things. I would be the first one to grab it,” said Veda.”If there’s an IPL for us…nothing like it because Indians would get to come in the limelight like men. So many have played India because of IPL,” she added.She signed off by saying that India will look to make the semis of the World T20 that is coming up next.”Next up is the World T20. We will not pressurise ourselves to win but try to get semis first then final,” said Veda before signing off.
Vertonghen coy on Tottenham plans as free agency loomsby Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham defender Jan Vertonghen is coy regarding his future at the club.The Belgian centre-back has been a stalwart for the club in the past few seasons.But with his contract running out at the end of the campaign, there is no sign of him renewing.And the 32-year-old is coy on his future.”I’d prefer not to go into that, but there is always movement there, of course,” Vertonghen said when quizzed about his future by reporters.”It’s my eighth season and I’m feeling great. Maybe the results didn’t come our way [at the start of the season], but they were tough away games and you always have to see how you bounce back from that.”[My future is] not a distraction. I’m very aware of my age. I feel fairly young. It doesn’t distract me. I want to play as many games as possible. I’m very ambitious and I feel I’ve got a few good years left at the top level.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
REGINA – Saskatchewan’s Crown-owned electric utility has made an agreement to buy more hydroelectricty from Manitoba.A term sheet providing for a new long–term power sale has been signed between Manitoba Hydro and SaskPower which will see up to 215 megawatts flow from Manitoba to Saskatchewan beginning in 2022.SaskPower has two existing power purchase agreements with Manitoba Hydro that were made in 2015 and 2016, but the newest one announced Monday is the largest.SaskPower President and CEO Mike Marsh says in a news release that the clean, hydroelectric power represents a significant step forward when it comes to reaching the utility’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent by 2030.Marsh says it’s also reliable baseload electricity, which SaskPower will need as it adds more intermittent generation options like wind and solar.SaskPower says a final legal contract for the sale is expected to be concluded by mid-2019 and be in effect by 2022, and the purchase agreement would last up to 30 years.“Manitoba Hydro has been a valued neighbour and business partner over the years and this is a demonstration of that relationship,” Marsh said in the news release.The financial terms of the agreement are not being released.Both parties say the sale will partially rely on the capacity provided by a new transmission line planned for construction between Tantallon, Sask. and Birtle, Man. that was previously announced in 2015 and is expected to be in service by 2021.“Revenues from this sale will assist in keeping electricity rates affordable for our Manitoba customers, while helping SaskPower expand and diversify its renewable energy supply,” Manitoba Hydro president and CEO Kelvin Shepherd said in the utility’s own news release.In 2015, SaskPower signed a 25 megawatt agreement with Manitoba Hydro that lasts until 2022. A 20-year agreement for 100 megawatts was signed in 2016 and comes into effect in 2020.The deals are part of a memorandum of understanding signed in 2013 involving up to 500 megawatts.
Trout’s most similar group averaged just fewer than 1.0 WAR by age 38. And that group contains eight Hall of Famers, including Griffey, Aaron, Mickey Mantle, Frank Robinson and Mel Ott. To further complicate matters, the quality of competition in MLB continues to improve over time, and the game is getting younger, making it more difficult to age well.However, if 1 WAR is worth $8 million in 2019, and that value inflates by 3 percent per season (for the first five seasons),2Basic assumptions which, granted, may need re-examining. the average of Trout’s comparable group would be worth about $450 million from age 27 through age 38. And it bears mentioning that Trout has accumulated 48 percent more WAR through age 26 than his comparable group of all-time legends. (Yes, Trout is good.)So Trout seems like a very good bet to deliver more value to the Angels than they’re paying him for in this contract, even if some of the assumptions above are more player-friendly than the current state of baseball’s economics. While many MLB mega-contracts end up looking bad in retrospect, this Trout deal might be the rare one that delivers positive surplus value for the team.Either way, with no opt-outs in the deal and a full no-trade clause, Trout and the Angels are committed to each other for the long haul. If Trout is interested in winning World Series rings, he took a risk in remaining in Anaheim: He has never won a playoff game with the Angels even while establishing himself at the game’s best player. As great as Trout has been, even the best player cannot do it alone — particularly not in baseball, which is a weak-link sport that is less dependent on star talent than other sports.But in some ways, the Angels’ outlook is improving for the second act of the Trout era. Albert Pujols’s albatross of a contract is coming off the books after the 2021 season — $28 million in present-day dead money the Angels can allocate elsewhere.The Angels entered Tuesday with $28 million committed in 2022 salaries, ranking 18th in baseball despite playing in the sport’s No. 2 market in Los Angeles. (The MLB average is $35.2 million committed in 2022, according to Spotrac.) So should the Angels want to compete in the market for high-end free-agent talent in coming years — like, say, Mookie Betts (free agency ETA 2021) or Francisco Lindor (free agency ETA 2022)3Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons will be a free agent after 2020. — they will have the flexibility and purchasing power to do so. As reported by ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Tuesday, the Los Angeles Angels are closing in on a 12-year contract extension worth at least $430 million with outfielder Mike Trout, setting the all-time mark for both the largest contract (passing Bryce Harper’s $330 million deal from a few weeks ago) and the greatest average annual contract value in baseball history. Trout is a longtime object of fascination for us here at FiveThirtyEight; we’ve frequently extolled his virtues as baseball’s best and most consistent star. Now he has the record-breaking contract to match his talent — but one that might still represent a big bargain for the Angels. And the deal’s long-term nature only renews questions about Trout’s ability to win in L.A., as well as his potential to break through as a star off the field.At first glance, about $36 million per year seems like a tremendous deal for the Angels. According to FanGraphs’ estimated market values based on wins above replacement (WAR), a player with Trout’s 2018 production should have been worth about $79 million last season. That’s nothing new for Trout: FanGraphs estimates that he was worth $55 million (in 70 percent of a full season) in 2017, $78 million in 2016 and $74 million in 2016. So if Trout continues his recent pace, the Angels will basically be paying him half of what he’d be worth on the open market over the next few seasons.Of course, Trout is also 27 this year, traditionally the age at which baseball players peak. Trout’s new deal will take him through 2030, his age-38 season. Even though no player in baseball history has posted more career WAR through their age-26 season than Trout,1According to a mix of WAR from FanGraphs and Baseball-Reference.com. it’s probably safe to assume that Trout won’t continue to be a 10-WAR-per-season machine throughout the entire life of this contract.The old saying that “Father Time is undefeated” remains true — perhaps truer now than ever. And even star-level players peak more quickly than you might expect. While Willie Mays and Hank Aaron were superstars late into their careers, other outfielders similar to Trout — such as Ken Griffey Jr. and Andruw Jones — fell off a performance cliff after age 30 and never recovered.Here’s a plot of the 10 retired outfielders most similar to Trout through age 26 (according to The Baseball Gauge), along with the arcs of their seasonal WAR as aging took hold: Perhaps most important for the club’s long-term prospects is the productivity of its farm system. For much of Trout’s tenure with the Angels, the club had one of the worst farm systems in baseball. The Angels’ system ranked last in baseball in 2014, 2016 and 2017, according to Baseball America. That’s begun to change. The Angels hired Billy Eppler to lead their front office after the 2015 season; they improved to 14th in the rankings in 2018 and 13th this spring.Outfielder Jo Adell, L.A.’s first-round pick in 2017, has quickly become one of the game’s elite prospects, while starter Griffin Canning, a second-round pick in 2017, gives the Angels a second top-100 prospect. And help from the farm is not too far away: Eight of the top 10 Angels prospects are expected to open in Double-A or higher this spring. Moreover, if the Angels’ top prospect from a year ago, Shohei Ohtani, can become a consistent impact performer as a pitcher and hitter, L.A. could have two star caliber players in one roster spot.The Angels’ biggest long-term issue is that they are in the same division as the Houston Astros, who are on the cutting edge of evaluation and player development. The Astros took home the 2017 World Series trophy, won 103 games a year ago project to win 99 games again this season according to the FiveThirtyEight model, all while maintaining a farm system that has ranked fifth or better in three of the past four years. Baseball America ranks the Astros’ farm system No. 5 in the game entering 2019.It will be no easy task to supplant the Astros as kings of the AL West. And if Trout and the Angels can’t do that, it will be more difficult for Trout to raise his own profile, which lags well behind what his talent would suggest. Only one baseball player made ESPN’s list of the 100 most famous athletes in the world, and it wasn’t Trout — it was Bryce Harper at No. 99. This contract extension makes Trout very rich, but it also forces him to forfeit the chance to join a more likely World Series contender — and he’ll miss out on the spotlight that would have shown on him during his own free agency after the 2020 season.So now the pressure is even greater for the Angels to surround Trout with better talent and build a winner around him. By the end of this contract, he’ll have spent two full decades with the franchise. It would be a true shame if Trout’s next 12 seasons contain as little team success as his first eight did.
DeVier Posey and Dan Herron Receiver DeVier Posey and running back Dan Herron, both seniors, were expected to return from five-game suspensions this week. However, both players’ suspensions will be extended at least one more game because of additional violations, as announced by OSU athletic director Gene Smith on Monday. First-year head coach Luke Fickell said that neither player is in danger of being dismissed from the team as of yet. “This is still something that’s undergoing and I don’t know,” he said. “I don’t have all of the information that they are going through probably just as of yet. Not that I’ve seen anything that we wouldn’t want a guy around right now.” Reinforcements arrive for the offensive line Unlike Posey and Herron, left tackle Mike Adams is back for OSU. Beyond that, Adams is listed as a starter for Buckeyes’ offensive line on Saturday against Nebraska. Adams’ arrival will be a welcome sight for his linemates, which allowed nine sacks against Michigan State last Saturday. Injury Updates Redshirt freshman receiver Verlon Reed, tied for second on the Buckeyes in receptions, has a torn ACL and will miss the rest of the season, Fickell said. The banged-up receiving corps should be aided by the return of sophomore Corey “Philly” Brown this week, after he missed the last three games with a lower leg injury. “We’ll see how he runs around out there (Tuesday),” Fickell said. “Hopefully he’ll be all right.” Fickell said he is doubtful senior defensive lineman Nathan Williams will play this Saturday. Senior defensive end Solomon Thomas, who is returning from his five-game suspension this week, is not listed on the two-deep depth chart. However, Fickell said he expects Thomas to see playing time on Saturday, but did note that he is coming back from a broken leg in the Spring Game. Captaincy carousel slowing down Familiar faces are emerging among OSU’s weekly picks for game captains. Senior center Mike Brewster will make his third appearance as a Buckeyes’ game captain on Saturday against Nebraska. Linebacker Andrew Sweat and defensive back Tyler Moeller are each making their second stint as captains. Long leash for Braxton Miller Fickell said freshman quarterback Braxton Miller will not have a “short hook” if he struggles against the No. 14-ranked Nebraska on Saturday. “We don’t want a guy going in thinking that by any means,” Fickell said. “Braxton is the guy that right now is our starting quarterback, and you know, I would think hook-wise, we don’t want him to ever think that.” Miller was pulled from last Saturday’s game against Michigan State at the end of the third quarter and replaced by redshirt senior Joe Bauserman. Kickoff for the Buckeyes’ game at Nebraska is set for 8 p.m. and will be televised on ABC.
Napoli captain Marek Hamsik has confirmed that he has received an offer from China and that he has told club president Aurelio De Laurentiis about itThe Slovakian midfielder is expected to leave the Stadio San Paolo for this summer’s transfer window after having previously admitted to being tempted by the prospect of a big-money move to China.The arrival of new head coach Carlo Ancelotti does not appear to have improved things for Hamsik, who could break the club record of the most games played at Napoli for next season.Speaking at a charity event in his native Slovakia, the 30-year-old confirmed that he has been in talks in regards to a move to the Chinese Super League.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“I’m still a Napoli player, for now nothing has changed,” said Hamsik, via Football-Italia.“It’s true that I told the President [Aurelio De Laurentiis] that there’s this opportunity, but at the moment there’s nothing new.”However, Napoli are reportedly asking around €30m for their captain.A fee of this magnitude would mean that a Chinese club would have to pay €60m due to the 100% tax charge they receive for not using the money towards player development in their own country.
Former West Ham United player Marlon Harewood has revealed he is in the business of tinkering supercars.The ex-Aston Villa striker is pimping up the motors of England and Premier League stars now that he has hung up his boots. His customers include England players like Harry Kane, 25, John Stones, 24, Kyle Walker and Fabian Delph, both aged 28.Harewood, 39, said, according to Daily Star:“We have fitted PlayStations, printers and coffee machines into clients’ cars. We recently did a makeover on an Audi Q7 for a Man United player.”“We gave the car a respray and added a body kit before completely changing the interior, including the seats and dashboard. When you see what the car looks like before and after, it’s exciting. It gives you a buzz.”“There are plenty of other companies who provide similar services, but a lot of footballers struggle to find someone who they can trust.”Report: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…“But because I’ve played the game, they know I’m not going to try and rip them off.”“There is so much competition between the young players these days. They all want to be seen driving something better than their team-mates.”“Social media plays a huge role. They see flash cars on Instagram and want the same thing.”“Some get bored very quickly and change it after 12 months. I believe Jack Butland has had his car wrapped in six colours over the years.”“I wanted to start a car business so players could avoid losing money. It’s a short career, and when you get to a certain age, you want that money you wasted on that car.”“Hopefully with our help, players will avoid paying over the odds.”
Southampton have announced the dismissal of Mark Hughes as manager after just eight months in the dugoutThe Manchester United legend was recruited by Southampton on March 14 and helped them avoid relegation from the Premier League last season.Afterwards, Hughes was awarded a three-year contract to continue coaching the club he once played for himself.But the Saints’ 2-2 draw with United in the Premier League on Saturday proved to be Hughes’ final game in charge with the club only 18th in the table.“Southampton Football Club can today confirm it has parted company with First Team Manager Mark Hughes,” read a statement on the club website.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“The search for a new manager to take the club forward is already underway.”Hughes’ assistants, Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwiecki, have also departed the south coast.The Welshman has now been fired twice in the space of a year following his dismissal from Stoke City in January.Southampton, who have only won once in the Premier League this term, will next face Tottenham away on Wednesday at Wembley.