“The big key is I want him feeling fresh, peaking by Game 1,” Spoelstra said. “He’s in great shape, great spirits and we’ll just keep moving forward.”Dragic, Miami’s leading scorer last season at just over 20 points per game, expects to be full-go when Miami’s regular season starts Wednesday in Orlando. He said Spoelstra recognized how much the European title run — the emotional toll if nothing else — took out of him.“I always want to practice and play,” Dragic said. “But sometimes your body or your head doesn’t allow you to do that. He’s good at reading players. He knows what you need. Maybe he saw something that probably was not hard to see. So I crashed a little bit, came back and now it’s on to a new goal here in Miami.”A look at Wednesday’s preseason games:CELTICS 108, HORNETS 100ADVERTISEMENT It has been a preseason like none other for Dragic, who spent his summer carrying his native Slovenia to its first European championship and winning MVP honors at that tournament. But it also meant Dragic came back to Miami late last month worn down by the physically and mentally spent from the grind of that tournament, so Heat coach Erik Spoelstra decided to basically not use his starter for most of the preseason.Dragic didn’t like the idea at first. He knows now that it was the right move.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“I feel like my head is clearing,” Dragic said Wednesday before sitting out Miami’s home preseason game against the Washington Wizards. “I’m OK. Physically, I feel great. Mentally, I’m hungry again for basketball. That’s what we want to achieve and that’s the feeling we want for that first game.”Dragic hasn’t officially been ruled out for Miami’s preseason finale in Kansas City on Friday against Philadelphia, but he isn’t likely to play. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Trevor Ariza had 16 and Clint Capela added 15 for Houston. Andrew Harrison led Memphis with 17 points.ROCKETS: Chris Paul returned from right shoulder soreness, and shot 3 for 12. … The Rockets were 14 of 45 from 3-point range, with Eric Gordon alone going 2 for 12.GRIZZLIES: Mario Chalmers and Marc Gasol each scored 12 points. … Mike Conley, on his 30th birthday, had eight points on 3-for-10 shooting.UP NEXT: Houston (4-0) hosts San Antonio on Friday. Memphis (2-2) hosts New Orleans on Friday.TRAIL BLAZERS 113, SUNS 104Portland’s Caleb Swanigan and Phoenix’s Alex Len were ejected in the fourth quarter after a scuffle.Meyers Leonard made his first five 3-point tries and finished with 17 points for Portland. Josh Jackson had 22 and Mike James added 19 for Portland.TRAIL BLAZERS: Starting guards CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard combined for 23 points on 9 for 28 shooting. … Ed Davis grabbed 12 rebounds in 17 minutes.SUNS: Marquese Chriss had 13 points and 12 rebounds. … Eric Bledsoe missed all eight of his shots. … Phoenix had 40 points in the second and third quarters combined, then scored 43 in the fourth.UP NEXT: Portland (4-1) hosts Maccabi Haifa on Friday. Phoenix (1-3) hosts the Brisbane Bullets on Friday. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award WATCH: Get to know Ateneo’s Thirdy Ravena in 7 questions HEAT: Hassan Whiteside and Dion Waiters also got the night off to rest. … Mickey’s 3-pointer was the third lead change in the final 36 seconds. … The Heat had 78 points off the bench.UP NEXT: Washington (3-1) visits New York on Friday. Miami (3-2) plays Philadelphia in Kansas City, Missouri on Friday.76ERS 133, NETS 114Dario Saric scored 26 points and Joel Embiid, playing for the first time since agreeing to his $148 million extension, added 22 as Philadelphia got its first win of the preseason.D’Angelo Russell scored 24 for Brooklyn in its preseason finale.76ERS: J.J. Redick had 18 points for Philadelphia, which held a 52-37 rebounding edge. … No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz didn’t play.NETS: Caris Levert scored 16 and Jeremy Lin added 14 for the Nets, who led by 10 early — then got outscored by 35 points over the rest of the half, and eventually trailed by 36.UP NEXT: Philadelphia (1-3) meets Miami in Kansas City, Missouri on Friday. Brooklyn (3-1) opens the regular season Oct. 18 at Indiana.ROCKETS 101, GRIZZLIES 89James Harden shot only 2 for 13, missing all eight of his 3-point tries, but scored 18 points to lead Houston. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Miami Heat’s Jordan Mickey (25) shoots over Washington Wizards’ Tim Frazier (8) during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, in Miami. The Heat won 117-115. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI — Goran Dragic usually needs to play in preseason games to get ready for the season.This year, the Miami point guard needed to not play.ADVERTISEMENT Kyrie Irving had 16 points and 10 assists, Al Horford added 15 points and eight rebounds and Boston wrapped up an unbeaten preseason.Rookie Malik Monk scored 21 points to lead the Hornets, shooting 4 for 9 from 3-point range. Dwight Howard had 12 points and six rebounds in his first home game.CELTICS: Jaylen Brown showed he can defend multiple positions, blocking point guard Kemba Walker and forward Marvin Williams on back-to-back possessions. … Gordon Hayward had 13 points.HORNETS: Michael Carter-Williams (knee) will not be ready for the regular season opener, coach Steve Clifford said. Nic Batum (elbow), Jeremy Lamb (groin) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (personal) did not play. Rookie Dwayne Bacon went 4 for 4 on 3-pointers, accounting for all 12 of his points.UP NEXT: Boston (4-0) opens the regular season against Cleveland on Tuesday. Charlotte (1-3) hosts Dallas on Friday.HEAT 117, WIZARDS 115Jordan Mickey’s 3-pointer with 1.3 seconds left gave Miami the win.Bam Adebayo scored 15 points, Tyler Johnson scored 14 and Josh Richardson had 13 for the Heat.Jason Smith scored 20 points on 7 for 8 shooting, and John Wall finished with 16 points and eight assists for Washington. Kelly Oubre Jr. had a strong game, with 10 points and 14 rebounds.WIZARDS: Bradley Beal scored 15, Mike Scott had 13 and Otto Porter Jr. scored 11 for Washington, which led by as many as 13 and never trailed by more than three. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson
Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ And for Phoenix swingman Matthew Wright, the grueling game was what Phoenix needed heading into the All-Star break.“These kinds of games build character, they either make or break you,” said Wright Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “Every game’s a different chapter so today we faced a tough opponent, a completely type of opponent, and we were lucky to execute down the stretch.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownWright, as if mirroring his team’s inconsistency, was miserable in the first three quarters as he scored just eight points entering the final frame.He would, however, change his fortune for the remainder of the game, scoring 11 in the final 22 minutes. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Everything’s mental, I just told myself I’m not tired and I told the guys that we’re not tired,” said Wright, who played for more than 44 minutes. “I was playing with more energy, and the other team was huffing and puffing and they were really tired and we tried to take advantage of that.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt’s been a seesaw campaign so far for Phoenix in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.Through five games, the Fuel Masters have had alternating results with the latest a 103-98 double overtime win over Barangay Ginebra on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jarencio blames poor decision-making, turnovers in GlobalPort loss LATEST STORIES MOST READ View comments
While the rest of the country focuses on the overall top performers at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) this year, Guyana Times was able to meet with several high achievers from the Cove and John Hindu College, East Coast Demerara.The school’s principal Rajkumarie Singh explained that she was definitely proud of the College’s performance, since most of the children who were initially admitted, had barely attained over 400 marks at the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) in their time.The school’s valedictorian, Sanjay Suvijuri“Why I’m so proud of their performance is that most of the students, who are taken into the school, are not students who have high scores at the grade six exams. These are students who would have had just over 400 or sometimes below 300 marks and are sent to schools like Ann’s Grove Community High and so, but yet when these students come here and work for five years, they are able to come out successful,” she said.After the announcement of this year’s Caribbean CSEC results, this publication met with eight high achievers from the Hindu College who spoke about the school’s impact on them academically as well as spiritually.The school’s valedictorian, Sanjay Suvijuri wrote 10 subjects and obtained 7 Grade Ones and 3 Grade Twos. He told this publication that he was proud of his performance and credited it to his teachers and parents for their consistent support.“For my five years at Hindu College, it has been great because I was able to develop not only in academics but also spiritually and morally, due to the discipline of the school. I’m satisfied with my grades because through hard work, the blessing from God and the support from parents and teachers, I was able to acquire this,” he explained.Another student, Devendra Panday, who wrote 12 subjects, acquired 5 Grade Ones, 6 Grade Twos, and 1 Grade Three, and expressed gratitude to the teachers for their patience and support.He said: “It is through the support and patience of my teachers, the financial support from my parents and the grace of God that I have obtained these grades and I am thankful.”The school’s Principal revealed that this year’s pass rate stood at 94 per cent, which is one per cent lower than last year.Despite this, she noted that there were many improvements in the different subject areas:“Last year we had eight subjects with 100 per cent, this year we have nine subjects with 100 per cent, including English A. We have improvement in Office Administration with a 100 per cent this year.”She further explained that, even though the Hindu College is considered only for children from the Hindu Community, children from all religions and ethnicity are welcome.She also credited the students’ performance to the high levels of discipline exercised within the school; this is responsible for the students being “more focused”.“The children that attend this school are taught to believe in themselves, to have a connection with the Divine. They are taught to pray, they are taught to rely on God and along with that, they have to exercise discipline. They are taught moral values as well as spiritual values as we try our best to make them rounded children,” Principal Singh added.The Hindu College was established in 1957 by Swami Purnanandaand and has since made a significant difference in the lives of those who were considered ‘under achievers’.The school not only charges nominal fees for students to attend, but it also provides sponsorship for those who may not be able to afford it.
Italian site AS Roma Live reported that Wanyama is a probable transfer target for the side with a few days left before the close of the transfer window.Wanyama was sidelined for four months last season and the development is another blow for the White Hart Lane club’s engine room.“According to what was collected by ‘AsRomaLive.it’, however, the rating of the player is around 35 million euros (Sh4bn) and currently does not correspond to the economic and sports opportunity that he would be looking for Monchi,” the Italian portal claimed.It will however be strange to see Tottenham sell a player in the summer especially having failed to sign any players and their latest attempt at signing midfielder Jack Grealish from Aston Villa being rejected by the club’s owners.Wanyama has been a favorite of head coach Mauricio Pochettino since their days at Southampton and it will highly be unlikely that he will look to sell the midfielder with three years still left on his contract.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Victor Wanyama controlling the ball during a previous English Premier League match. PHOTO/courtesyNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 9- Reports in Italy have linked AS Roma with a move for Harambee Stars and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Wanyama who is currently recovering from a niggling knee injury in London.Wanyama joined Spurs in the summer of 2016 on a five year deal worth Sh1.4bn but was put down with injury last season, missing four months of action as he recovered. Wanyama had to fly back to London from Spurs’ pre-season camp in the USA after a recurrence of the knee injury.
Louis van Gaal Louis van Gaal has leapt to the defence of Ed Woodward, insisting he has complete confidence in the abilities of Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman.Woodward has come under-fire from fans over United’s work in the transfer market in the wake of the club’s failure to sign Pedro ahead of Premier League rivals Chelsea.But Van Gaal says Woodward deserves respect for the job he is doing at Old Trafford and suggested that Pedro joined Chelsea only AFTER United had decided not to pay his £21m release clause.“I think when we want Pedro it was not any problem because there was a clause in his contract. It was the easiest transfer. I have said before what we are doing is guiding a process and in that process we make decisions,” said the Dutchman.“I have the idea you want to separate Ed Woodward with me. Never. Never. Because every day I am updated by him and I trust him.“I don’t think they (the critics) have to doubt Ed Woodward because he has proven already for many, many years he is the right person on the right spot.”Van Gaal appeared to talk up United’s interest in Pedro last week, when he said the World Cup winner fitted the profile he was looking for, and Woodward reportedly flew into Barcelona on Monday for talks with the Spanish club over a deal for the forward.Pedro subsquently joined Chelsea on Thursday after the Premier League champions made their move and that was seen as a big blow to United’s transfer window plans.Van Gaal was in no mood to field questions about the 28-year-old, but hinted that he was the one who pulled the plug on the club’s pursuit of the player.“I cannot answer these questions,” Van Gaal said in a spiky press conference ahead of Newcastle’s visit to Old Trafford on Saturday.“When you ask me, ‘Is Pedro fitting the profile?’, I cannot lie, I said ‘Yes’. But I do not say that I’m interested in the player. That is the difference. But you say I’m interested. No, I answered the question. It’s different.“What is written in the newspapers is not true, you cannot know it. Only the players know it and the clubs know it.” 1
Chef Dylan McGrath, our man Jim and actor Chris O’Dowd launch the Arthur Guinness Projects.Donegal boss has been chosen as one of the judges for a €3 million funding scheme for innovative Irish projects in sports, arts, music and food.The Arthur Guinness Projects will offer funding of between €5,000 and €50,000 to up to 20 projects each year across four years.McGuinness will be part of a sports team which will be looking for unique ideas in sport in which to invest his team’s cash. The rest of his team includes Sarah O’Connor, chief executive of the Federation of Irish Sport, broadcaster Matt Cooper, and Rob Hartnett, head of Sport for Business.The Glenties man joined celebrity chef Dylan McGrath and movie star Chris O’Dowd at the Guinness Storehouse for the launch of the unique scheme.And he looked perfectly at home on a sofa during a photo shoot for the launch!Applicants looking to grab Jim’s attention for the cash have been told “Whether you’d like to create a table tennis hang-out spot in your area, have an idea for an app that marries technology and sport, or have a plan to encourage your local community to get out and get fit, we’re looking for exciting projects to run with.” Applications are now open, with the deadline for this year of August 9th.The winners will be announced on September 23rd, with some winners being showcased as part of the Arthur’s Day celebrations. MCGUINNESS IS GOOD FOR SPORT AS JIM LAUNCHES €3M PROJECT was last modified: June 28th, 2013 by StephenShare 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) Tags:Arthur Guinness ProjectfundingJim McGuinness
Spring boutique to be held Saturday NORWALK – A spring boutique will be held Saturday featuring hand-crafted items for sale. The free event will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Norwalk Senior Center, 14040 San Antonio Drive. For more information, call (562) 929-5580. Library seeks book donations for sale LA MIRADA – Friends of the La Mirada Library are seeking book donations for a book sale. Hardback and paperback books are needed, as are children’s books and new magazines. To donate, bring items to the library, 13800 La Mirada Blvd. For more information, call (562) 943-0277 or (562) 943-4255. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONTEBELLO – Police have arrested a 35-year-old man on suspicion of selling methamphetamine. Montebello police made the arrest after investigators searched a motel room and found methamphetamine, packaging material and cash, said Sgt. Brian Dragoo. The suspect was identified as Richard Sanchez, 35. He was arrested in the room at the Best Inn Motel. Pico Rivera school to present play AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventPICO RIVERA – St. Marianne School, 7922 Passons Blvd., will present “The Lady Pirates of Captain Bree,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and at 7p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $5 per person for Thursday’s performance, $10 for Friday and $15 for Saturday. For more information, call (562) 949-1234. Library to host speech by author MONTEBELLO – Hava Ben-Zvi, author of “Eva’s Journey: A Young Girl’s True Story”, will speak from 2-3p.m. Saturday at the Montebello Library, 1550 W. Beverly Blvd. The book recounts the life of Eva Bromberg, a young Polish Jewish woman who survived the Holocaust by passing as a Christian. After World War II, Bromberg emigrated to Palestine and later to the United States, where she became a librarian at the Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles. Montebello Friends of the Library is sponsoring the speech. For more information, call (323) 722-6551. Amateur radio club meets Monday SANTA FE SPRINGS – The Rio Hondo Amateur Radio Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Police Services Center, 11576 Telegraph Road. All licensed amateur radio operators are invited. Chamber to hold breakfast April 12 WHITTIER – The Whittier Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly networking breakfast from 7:30-9 a.m. April 12 at Parnell Park, 10711 Scott Ave. For more information, call (563) 698-8811. Attorney to offer family law help WEST WHITTIER – A family law attorney will provide help with child custody, restraining orders and child support issues at 9 a.m. April11 at the Los Nietos Community and Senior Center, 11640 Slauson Ave. Walk-in appointments are available following the presentation on a first-come, first-served basis. Those interested should bring a picture ID and proof of address. For more information, call (562) 699-9898.
A new Donegal restaurant is entering the lunch and brunch scene in style – Backstage Bar & Grill in the Century Complex Letterkenny.The restaurant is building on their hugely successful launch last November and has become one of the most popular destinations for food lovers in Letterkenny and beyond. Now, they are releasing a new lunch and brunch menu.Whether it’s a day out with the kids or a weekend catch-up, the new lunch menu at Backstage is designed to tempt all tastes. The menu features American diner classics along with healthy options to cater for all. Tasty sandwich selections and baked potatoes are a step above the traditional cafe offerings, while the Century Favourites main courses will keep hunger well at bay.Breakfast lovers will be spoilt for choice between delicious waffles and pancakes and satisfying breakfast baps and omelettes. The sleek movie-themed decor makes Backstage an ideal place for both a casual and cool dining experience. Here, parents can take the chance to unwind for lunch as the kids run around Century Play or friends can grab a light bite before catching a movie next door.The town centre location and ample parking make this an easy choice for friends, family and work colleagues to gather together. Now, with an even wider selection of food options at all times of the day there is even more reason to go ‘backstage’ at Letterkenny’s biggest entertainment complex.Feed your crew with lunch at Backstage Bar & Grill was last modified: March 10th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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) Tags:backstage bar and grillCentury CinemasfoodLunchMenu
A DELIGHTED Donegal gymnastic team are on their way home with gold medals – after The Letterkenny-based Finesse Gymnastics Display Team – 17 Donegal gymnastics ages 8-17 along with team coach and choreographer – are from all over the county – have won an International title.They took the team gold at the London Festival of Gymnastics. Said proud coach Meganne Stewart: “The team were only the second Irish team to ever qualify for the finals, so to take gold is unbelievable.“I’m so proud of all the girls who are from all over the county, so this is a real County Donegal success.”They train under the direction of team coach, Meganne Stewart and team choreographer Linda Bennett.The girls qualified for the London festival of gymnastics back in May 2012. This qualification selected the top 60 teams from hundreds of teams across Ireland and Britain. The Finesse Team are the second ever team to make the final stage of the festival. The team travelled to London on Friday 19th October to compete in the London Festival of Gymnastics 2012 where over 1400 gymnasts participated. They competed against extremely stiff competition from across Britain and Ireland.The gymnasts performed to the very best of their abilities and executed an outstandingly solid and precise routine.Their wonderful performances led to event co ordinator, president of London Gymnastics approached team manager, Tony King to inform him that the team had caused quite a stirr amongst other teams and coaches.This positive feedback was overwhelming. After this boast of confidence the gymnasts eagerly awaited the final results. The gymnasts were awarded with gold medals for their performance of their routine; Irish Dolls.This placing was accredited to their innovation of choreography and precision throughout their routine. This is a huge feat for this young team especially as they are the first Irish team to receive this Accolade.The team now are looking to set their sights on Europe and are aiming to qualify for European Championships in Frankfurt in July 2013. Who knows what the future may hold for this young and talented team of girls!!! Team members: Ciara Nolan, Fiona Lafferty, Rachel Canning, Sarah Mc Glinchey, Ellie King, Aoife O Connor, Molly Gallagher, Natasha Tinney, Meghan Duff, Amber Beecroft, Cara Nulty, Orla Lonergan, Aoife Mc Carron, Ciara Beecroft , Adele King, Molly Nulty, Orla McCarron.WORLD BEATERS! DONEGAL GYMNASTS TAKE GOLD IN LONDON was last modified: October 21st, 2012 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)Tags:WORLD BEATERS! DONEGAL GYMNASTS TAKE GOLD IN LONDON
32 – Olivier Giroud has scored his 32th goal for France, overtaking Zinedine Zidane (31) and becoming the only 4th best goalscorer in France national team’s history. Deliverance. #FRANED pic.twitter.com/QQzyBj5HtB— OptaJean ⭐⭐ (@OptaJean) September 9, 2018The Chelsea striker was criticised for failing to register a single shot on target during the 2018 World Cup, but manager Didier Deschamps praised Giroud for his all round game.“I am very happy for Olivier Giroud,” the head coach said.“He’s very helpful for us and he’s given us the win. He’s often unjustly criticised.“He’s very important to the team. We need him.” Giroud will need to do more on the big stage to go down as a French legend in the future. He will be looking for more tournament success in the 2019 UEFA Nations League finals and Euro 2020. Giroud goal v Netherlands pic.twitter.com/xhU1jFqPQh— CFC (@CFCGallery) September 9, 2018Giroud’s strike ended a ten game goal drought for France and he will look to increase his tally in October for his country’s next set of games against Iceland and Germany.Out of the 32 goals Giroud has scored, only four have been scored in tournaments for France, one in the 2014 World Cup and three in Euro 2016.Zidane scored twice to help the side win the 1998 World Cup final then added another three in the 2006 World Cup, including one in the final, to bring his tournament tally to five. 1 Zidane was France’s hero as he scored a brace in their 3-0 victory against Brazil Olivier Giroud volleyed a tremendous winner for France as the World Cup champions overcame a spirited Netherlands side in their UEFA Nations League match.The Frenchman’s 32nd international goal moved him ahead of Zinedine Zidane on Les Bleus’ all-time scorer list, into fourth place, two goals behind David Trezeguet.