Disrespect an issue in Warriors’ narrow NBA Finals escape

first_img“I think he sensed that we needed his production in that second half and he came alive.Warriors teammate Draymond Green said Iguodala’s shot was simply what the team knows he can do.“As big as Andre’s shot was, we have come to expect Andre to hit big shots,” Green said. “Since he’s been here I’ve seen him hit several game winners. I’ve seen him put the icing on the cake at several wins.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting For Raptors, a bad 6-minute stretch proved very costly Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportcenter_img Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals? PLAY LIST 01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers02:42PH 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 MOST READ ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP When the alternative is leaving the ball in the hands of 30-point sharpshooter Stephen Curry, who struck for 23 points, Iguodala didn’t seem so bad a choice.“I’m going to probably live with that,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “It wasn’t like we were disrespecting him and not trying to guard him.“He misses that we call timeout, we go down with a chance to win the ball game unbelievably, somehow.”The Raptors led by 12 in the second quarter, surrendered the first 18 points of the third quarter to fall behind by 13 and nearly battled back to win by silencing Golden State more more than 5:30 until Iguodala’s shot.“He’s just got a lot of experience,” Kerr said. “He has done everything in his career, been in the Olympics, won three rings, one of the smartest players I’ve ever been around.ADVERTISEMENT Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) and teammate Shaun Livingston (34) celebrate their win against the Toronto Raptors following the second half of Game 2 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Sunday, June 2, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)Stephen Curry saw it as an insult that the Toronto left Andre Iguodala open for what became the decisive 3-point basket in Golden State’s victory Sunday in the NBA Finals.That made it all the sweeter when Iguodala, who was 1-of-14 from beyond the arc before his crucial shot, sank the bucket to clinch a 109-104 victory that pulled the defending champions level 1-1 in the best-of-seven series.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too “It’s kind of disrespectful to leave Andre Iguodala open like that,” Curry said. “He has made big shots like that before.”Raptors reserve Fred VanVleet, who struck for 17 points in the loss, said Toronto was not insulting Iguodala, but he simply was the option they were most willing to have take a long-range shot in the late-game situation.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“They found Iggy on the way back out and he got a wide-open look,” said VanVleet. “He knocked it down. So that was a really big shot for him. We would like to have contested that a little bit more.“We don’t disrespect those guys. We know Iggy’s made big shots in his whole career. We’ve seen that movie before.” View commentslast_img read more

Honda Grazia scooter bookings to open today

first_imgHonda, India’s largest scooter manufacturer will soon be launching a brand new scooter in the market. Numerous pictures of the Honda Grazia have surfaced before the launch. The Grazia is based on the concept of the Advanced Urban Scooter for the metropolitan cities and targets the younger base of customers. Official bookings for the scooter start on the 25th of October and booking amount is Rs 2000. The Grazia has been spotted at a dealer stockyard and the deliveries are expected to start by early November.The Grazia is based on the Activa 125. The scooter gets raked front apron with body mounted wide headlamp and large turn indicators. The scooter has an imposing front and the scooter also gets a lot of creases which makes it look muscular and also adds a sporting bit to it. The pictures also show the semi-digital instrument console. The Grazia gets an all-fibre body unlike the Activa 125 which has a metal body. The fibre body will make the Grazia lighter and fun to ride.The scooter will get alloy wheels, front disc brake along with Honda’s Combi-Brake System (CBS), telescopic front forks and a dual paint scheme. The floorboard gets a small storage area. The Grazia also will probably get USB sockets to keep the phones charged while riding.The Grazia is tipped to be powered by the same 125cc, air-cooled engine as seen on the Activa 125. The motor churns out a maximum of 8.5bhp with a peak torque of 10.54Nm. The scooter is expected to be priced at around Rs 65,000.advertisementHere is an official sneak peek from Honda:last_img read more

How embedded projects run into trouble: Jack’s Top Ten – Number Eight

first_imgOver the last two weeks I have written about my list of the top ten reasons that projects go sour. (See the list at the end of this article.) In the movie The Postman (and probably in the book as well; I can’t remember) General Bethlehem enforces a number of laws. The eighth is a corker: the only penalty is death. My number 8 reason for project failure isn’t quite as absolute, but I have seen plenty of disasters stemming from it.8 – The undisciplined use of C and C++ C is an ancient language dating back to prehistoric 1972. According to a salary survey I did earlier this year that’s older than most embedded developers! It has been refined and improved over the decades but still has its roots grounded in the PDP-11, a wonderful but long-obsolete machine.C is uniquely suited to deeply-embedded work as it excels at manipulating bits, bytes and hardware. It’s a great choice for real-time work as it doesn’t have some of the problematic features of more modern languages, like garbage collection. C++, of course, brings the advantages of object-oriented programming to the discipline.But both of these are perilous for non-experts, and even deeply-experienced developers routinely find themselves in difficulty because of some aspects of these languages.C/C++ have unspecified, implementation-defined, and undefined behaviors. Lots of them. Treading into these snake pits is akin to opening Pandora’s Box. Yes, you can make things work, but the result will not be portable. The mantra behind eXtreme Programming is “everything changes all the time,” which is very true in the crazy-fast-paced world of electronics.  Here there be dragons if you use a non-portable feature and must migrate CPU families.There are plenty of ways to get stung even outside of these behaviors. Consider dynamic memory allocation. That’s a very useful feature for RAM-constrained systems. But it’s fundamentally non-deterministic. Malloc and free, malloc and free, and there’s no way to prove that some strange combination of inputs won’t cause enough heap fragmentation that the requested allocation fails.When there’s no choice but to use dynamic memory, a disciplined use of C is to check malloc’s return value and take some action if malloc was unable to do its job. Yet I almost never see that test performed.Then there int. What does that mean? No one really knows; it depends on the compiler, the processor, and the wind direction.What about pointers? They map directly to machine code where, on the PDP-11 and many other processors since, index registers can directly address memory. Used with discipline , pointers are one of the best parts of C/C++. In the late 1960s Data General’s Nova machine used bit 15 of any address to cause an indirection – you could make the code indirect forever by setting these bits. What a nightmare! But in C we can do the same thing. *******i is just too much for mortals to comprehend. I feel more than two indirects is akin to seppuku.There are plenty of other ways to get into trouble with a free-spirited approach to pointers. And there are plenty of experienced developers confused by aspects of these. In fact, there’s a 200-page book in print just about this very subject: Understanding and Using C Pointers . 200 pages! Clearly there are plenty of ways to go astray.In my opinion, C++ is the sort of thing that gives committees bad names. It seemingly has everything grafted on to it, and is full of dark holes best left unused, especially for real-time code. Used with caution it’s an excellent choice for many embedded projects, but I’ve seen too many teams that gleefully exploit every nuance in the 1600 page standard. For example, one project was a replacement for a legacy system, which ran on a 16 bitter with 256 KB of memory. Many bad decisions were made, not the least was the use of C++ in its full glory. After five years and $40m of engineering it was now on a 32 bit machine using up 32 MB of memory, and still had only half the functionality of the legacy product. The project was abandoned.Plenty of other people have recognized that flamboyant C/C++ use is dangerous and have proposed rules to tame the languages, and to make them reasonable for use in safety-critical applications. MISRA C has about 140 such rules; CERT-C 51. These standards should at least inform the disciplined use of C/C++.Though it may sound like I’m knocking C/C++ I’m not. These are great choices for embedded work. My complaint is the undisciplined use of the languages.A martini is good; ten less so.References: Continue Reading Previous Phaedrus: Barr Group releases 2018 update of Embedded C Coding StandardNext The Internet of Things MISRA C: 2012 Guidelines for the use of C in Critical Systems Jack Ganssle ( ) writes, lectures, and ruminates about embedded systems. His blog is here: www.ganssle.com. Understanding and Using C Pointers, Richard Reese center_img CERT C: https://wiki.sei.cmu.edu/confluence/display/c/SEI+CERT+C+Coding+Standard Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

‘Everything has to be earned,’ Dylan Hartley tells Saracens’ Jamie George

first_imgSo does he have a cordial relationship with George? “To me cordial is squash, juice,” Hartley replies. “We have got a good working relationship. I look forward to the challenge but it is not about me and him. I am aware you guys would like it to be about that, a pretty good headline for you. We are team-mates in another environment; it works. Nothing comes easy [in international rugby]; everything is earned and I wouldn’t expect it to be any other way.”His hand is still swollen but with big European matches against Saracens and Clermont Auvergne coming up before the England squad gather, he is not going to sit around longer than he has to. “I could have come back a week earlier, but the medical advice was that it would be right last weekend,” says Hartley, who is Northampton’s captain again after two years in the ranks. “I got through with flying colours, except for the result.”Results in the two years Hartley was not captain were mixed for Northampton. Having finished at the top of the table in 2014-15, they have not qualified for the play-offs since and in the Champions Cup last season they conceded 127 points in their three away matches. They started this campaign with their heaviest defeat to Saracens in the Premiership, but rallied with four victories to head the table before losing at Kingsholm.“It’s been six weeks since we got a hiding from Saracens, and that was about us being at one end of the scale and them being at the other,” he says. “They were white hot and we were not. We’ve made some big gains as a squad, so to get another shot to test ourselves again against the European champions and league leaders is a good opportunity for us to see where we’re at. We went into the game on the back of a good pre-season. Everything looked fine, but a humbling defeat like that sends you back to the drawing board.“It is obvious that we will get up for a home game against Saracens, but if we want to be better as a team we have got to go away and play good, solid rugby, nothing flash. We showed at Gloucester we can score good tries, but when you concede after a couple of phases, that is not basic rugby. You cannot expect to get up for it at home and hope for the best away. Rugby union Dylan Hartley Share on Facebook Since you’re here… Reuse this content Sign up to the Breakdown for the latest rugby union news Read more Support The Guardian Share on Messenger features “Are you a Saracens’ supporter?” Hartley asks him, while offering his left hand to others occupying seats in the main stand at Franklin’s Gardens. The England and Northampton captain is in the mood to joke as he looks ahead to Sunday evening’s European Champions Cup home match against the holders, Saracens.Meetings between these clubs this decade have developed an abrasiveness more associated with derbies. It started in 2010 when Sarries won a Premiership play-off match at Northampton and upset their hosts with an after-match song that was raucously chanted. Saracens have won 11 of the 18 league meetings between the sides since then, although the Saints beat them in the 2014 Premiership final thanks to Alex Waller’s try in the final minute of extra time.A year later, the sides met in the semi-final at Franklin’s Gardens. Saracens won and Hartley was cited for a headbutt on his opposite number, Jamie George, and received a ban long enough to cost him a place in the 2015 World Cup squad and earn George a call-up. The two have since become the rivals at hooker for England, Hartley starting all 19 Tests under Eddie Jones, with George occupying the bench for 14 of them. George missed the two in Argentina this summer because he was with the British & Irish Lions in New Zealand, where he started all three Tests. The duel between the two is one of Saturday evening’s intriguing subplots: Courtney Lawes and Maro Itoje both start at blindside flanker and Wales’s Lions, George North and Liam Williams, are on the right wings.Jones, who revels in creative tension, will be among the spectators. He said last month that Hartley would remain as captain for the first of the three autumn internationals at Twickenham, against Argentina on 11 November, as long as his form merited inclusion. George scored a hat-trick of tries for Saracens against Wasps last weekend, the day after Hartley’s return for Northampton, who lost at Gloucester. Jones values Hartley’s leadership, a player in his own image, competitive, feisty and forceful, but may feel that George, whose 17 caps have all come off the bench, merits a start against Samoa at the end of the November series. Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Champions Cup Share on Twitter England captain Dylan Hartley is one thuggish act away from career oblivion Read more Saracens England rugby union team Topics Read more Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Good is the word Dylan Hartley eventually settles on when asked how his right hand was after bruising kept him out of action for three weeks. He takes his time before replying having just received a meaty handshake from a reporter who, prompting a grimace, has had to apologise, saying he had forgotten about the injury. “There is big excitement for the Saracens game. We have had a good rest and got into some clay pigeons as a team so we had a day’s less training. We love playing at Franklin’s Gardens and we fought really hard for our place in the Champions Cup. We extended what was a poor season by our standards by two games in May [with the Champions Cup play-offs] and took something from it, top-flight European rugby. We respect our opponents, but we know that if we turn up on match day we can give anyone a good game. We have some great players in our squad and are building nicely: it is a matter of putting it all together.”With Hartley warmed up comes the England question. “I’m not an England player, I’m an aspiring England player,” he says. “If I play well for my club, as an aspiring England player would, I’ll give myself a shot. Eddie has made it clear he’s not just picking players because of what they’ve done. It’s got to be earned.”Asked if being the England captain gives him an advantage, he replies: “Aspiring England captain. It’s on me to set an example. I need to be playing well, so I’ll try and score a hat‑trick this weekend.” Share on LinkedIn Saracens’ Jamie George ready to impose authority to impress Eddie Jones The Observer Northampton Robert Kitson last_img read more

Fitness tips: spinning for beginners

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Fitness Health & wellbeing Fitness tips Fitness tips: yoga to relieve tense shoulders Share on Messenger features … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. When should I eat?Leave at least a couple of hours between eating and starting a class, or you’ll feel queasy. Afterwards, have a snack within half an hour: a banana, say. Drink plenty of water before, during and after your class. Any decent studio will be air-conditioned, but if there are a lot of people, it can get hot. Prepare to sweat.How do I adjust the bike?This is the number one mistake beginners make. People will often have the saddle crazily low and the handlebars really high, which is a terrible way to ride. Stand next to the saddle facing the handlebars and bend your knee to 90 degrees; the saddle should be parallel with the top of your thigh. The handlebars should be level with your saddle, unless you’re pregnant or have back problems, in which case they should be a bit higher. Once on the bike, make sure that when your foot is at the lowest point of the pedal stroke, you have a very slight bend in the knee. Share on Twitter Since you’re here… Support The Guardian Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content Topics What should I wear?Nothing loose, as it could get caught in the pedals. Leggings or shorts and a T-shirt are good. I’d advise against very short shorts – the chafing can get a bit much.Where should I sit?For beginners, it’s good to be brave and sit near the front. You won’t be expected to keep up with the pace the instructor sets, it’s all about getting used to the bike and learning the terminology. Good luck!• Muireann Carey-Campbell, aka Bangs, is a writer and head instructor at Boom Cycle.• This article was amended on 16 November 2018 to remove an incorrect reference to “spinning”. Read more Cycling Share via Emaillast_img read more

Herrera casts doubt on MLS-based players

first_imgMexico Miguel Herrera casts doubt on MLS-based players’ World Cup readiness Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon 04:47 12/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Miguel Herrera Club America Yuri Cortez Mexico MLS World Cup América Liga MX The current Club America manager says the league’s winter break puts players based in the U.S. like the Dos Santos brothers at a disadvantage Miguel Herrera, the manager of Club America and former Mexico national team coach, has doubts about Major League Soccer’s ability to adequately prepare players for this summer’s World Cup.The coach said that while MLS continues to strengthen on the field, the calendar works against players who won’t be seeing competitive action until March. Liga MX, by contrast, resumes Jan. 5.”The players also have to realize that this league won’t give them the chance to go to the World Cup. It will give them the chance to make a bigger name for themselves, but not to get in a good rhythm of play, unfortunately,” Herrera told beIN Sports. “I always say the MLS is a league that’s growing a lot but while they don’t change their calendar, it will continue to be a league that can’t compete with the rest of the world. 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 can compete economically. The United States is a very strong country economically. The Americans have built a strong league on an economic level, bringing in players, but when the players have realized that the league isn’t going to help them be able to compete in other countries, they leave. Several players have done that. Those who have gone there to retire go back to their countries and say, ‘The rhythm of the league doesn’t give me what I need to play where I want to play.'”MLS sent 21 players to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, 12 of whom didn’t represent the United States. Herrera, who was coaching Mexico at the time, didn’t call any MLS players for his squad. There have, however, been MLS-based players in El Tri squads before. In 2006, Ricardo Lavolpe included 37-year-old Claudio Suarez, then with Chivas USA, in his team. Jorge Campos made Manuel Lapuente’s 1998 team as a member of the expansion Chicago Fire. The goalkeeper started every El Tri match at the tournament despite playing just eight times for the Fire that season. Rafa Marquez moved from Barcelona to the New York Red Bulls after the 2010 tournament.This year likely will see the most MLS-based players ever making Mexico’s roster with Jonathan dos Santos, Giovani dos Santos and Carlos Vela set to take part in the 2018 MLS season and likely to make the cut for Juan Carlos Osorio’s final roster. But MLS’ later start to the season compared to Liga MX has Herrera thinking that those players may be still finding their stride come June.”I don’t think they’re going to come in with the same rhythm the others will because they don’t start until March. That’s two months. They have four months of vacation. A player has to put in the balance if the economic comes before the sporting,” he said.Herrera and America looked to pry Jona dos Santos away from Europe before the LA Galaxy did, but Jona eventually opted to join his brother in Southern California. Rumors circulated about the potential of an offseason loan for the brothers to the capital club, but Herrera dismissed the idea of a short-term loan.”We sought out Jonathan, but unfortunately he decided it was better to go to MLS,” Herrera said. “We’d love to have them but if it’s bringing them in and having them return in March? For 10 matchdays? If it’s a player who is important and making a difference and after that you lose him and don’t have him, it’s not easy. It’s not easy to think about a player like that who will play for only 10 matches. And at the same time how do you explain that to the team? Those are the circumstances you have to think about with a player like that.”Herrera’s team may have the chance to take on an MLS side as the season is getting underway. If the Mexico City club can get past Costa Rican giants Saprissa in the CONCACAF Champions League round of 16, a March meeting with FC Dallas would await in the quarterfinals should FCD get past Panama’s Tauro.last_img read more

Mike Gundy Has Not Seen Justin Blackmon Since The 2012 Fiesta Bowl

first_imgJustin Blackmon was profiled today on The Ringer by Jordan Ritter Conn. Conn is a dog so I knew the story would be great (and it was). Blackmon is portrayed as a bit of a tortured, lost soul by Conn who went to Oklahoma for a week to talk to Mike Gundy and others who knew Blackmon.The entire thing is sad and great, but this was probably the most heartbreaking part.That January the Cowboys traveled to Arizona for the Fiesta Bowl, where they beat Stanford, 41–38. Afterward, Gundy and Blackmon sat together at a podium for a postgame presser, and for a moment together, they laughed, an image captured by a photographer and now plastered on a wall in Boone Pickens Stadium.Gundy thinks often of that moment, the two of them lingering there, enjoying one of the biggest wins of either of their careers. Soon the press conference ended and they walked away from the podium, each one whisked away to various other postgame responsibilities. “Maybe,” says Gundy, “I should have gone to him and said something. ‘I’ll see you soon.’ Something like that.” Gundy hasn’t seen him since.It’s also very clear (as if it wasn’t before) that Blackmon has issues with alcohol.While we were talking, the bar’s manager, Gigi Powell, approached our table and asked me, “Are you taking notes?” When I told her I was, she looked to my notepad, then to my eyes. “I have kicked him out of this bar three times,” she said. “We have been in here just screaming at each other. And every single time, he has walked in the next day, and he has come up to me, and he has said, ‘I am so sorry.’ Every time.” Then she paused, and before she returned to the bar, she looked at me and she smiled and she said, “If you write a single bad word about him, I swear — I will find you.”The whole thing is intense and intensely glum. One of the all-time greats who might have been the only one who didn’t care that he was an all-time great. It’s an important read though. One that stirs memories and brings hope, if only by revealing what was lost.Go give it a read. And stay until the very end. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Arsenal reveal £25m pre-tax profit

first_imgArsenal Arsenal announce £25m pre-tax profit and target ‘strong finish’ to tough season Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 01:56 1/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Arsene Wenger Getty Images Arsenal Premier League Arsenal v Manchester City Arsène Wenger Arsene Wenger’s side may be sitting sixth in the Premier League, but the club still registered a fair profit in their latest financial results Arsenal have announced a pre-tax profit of £25.1 million in their latest financial results.For the six months to the end of November 2017, Arsenal’s profits climbed from £12.6m, with the Premier League club’s cash reserves standing at £137.6m.After tax, profits stood at £20.4m – up from £10.3m – for the six-month period. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp The rise in profits came despite Arsenal’s football turnover falling to £167.7m from £191.1m due to last season’s failure to qualify for the Champions League.Arsenal’s financial results do not take into account the January club-record signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but they do include the arrival of Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon.Arsene Wenger’s men are struggling on the pitch, sitting sixth in the Premier League table and suffering a 3-0 humbling to Manchester City in Sunday’s EFL Cup final.Arsenal also suffered a shock home loss to Swedish side Ostersunds in the Europa League last week, although the Gunners progressed to the last-16 by virtue of a 3-0 first-leg victory.Chairman Chips Keswick said in a statement that Arsenal’s board shares the “acute disappointment” of fans following the EFL Cup final defeat to City.”This has not been the easiest of campaigns but we are all working hard to ensure we have a strong finish,” Keswick said. “Breaking our transfer record twice in one season and the player contracts we have signed shows our commitment to getting the club back competing for the Premier League.”However, our strategy remains self-financing and we must accept all the challenges that brings at a time when the inflation of transfer fees, player wages and the fees demanded by agents has become super-heated.”We need to spend effectively and be the best we can across the whole of our football operations if we are to compete at the level our ambitions for the club demand.”This has been an inconsistent season but as we enter its final stages let’s not forget we still have plenty to play for with the Europa League and an outside chance of a top-four finish in the Premier League.”Arsenal face City again in the Premier League on Thursday, with Wenger’s men 10 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham and a further 17 back from Pep Guardiola’s runaway leaders.Despite reports Arsenal are considering replacing Wenger with Germany coach Joachim Low or Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers at the end of the season, the Frenchman said on Wednesday he is “amazed” he has to answer questions about his future. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Mexican federation gets change at the top

first_imgMexico Mexico federation president resigns, Liga MX announces tweaks to promotion-relegation system Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon 09:19 3/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Decio de María dio una conferencia extensa Enrique Martínez Mexico Liga MX Decio de Maria will make way for Yon de Luisa after the 2018 World Cup, one of several changes announced after a meeting of the general assembly Friday was a day of change in Mexican soccer, with two major decisions announced after Liga MX owners met in Toluca.The president of the Mexican federation (the Federacion Mexicana de Futbol), announced his resignation effective once Mexico’s participation in the 2018 World Cup concludes. Decio de Maria took over the job in 2015 after long-time president Justino Compean stepped aside because of personal reasons. De Maria now is doing the same, and a successor already is in place.Yon de Luisa, currently the vice president of sports for Grupo Televisa and also the Mexico bid director for North America’s joint bid to host the World Cup, was approved by unanimous vote, according to a statement. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp De Luisa, 46, previously worked as the sporting vice president of Club America, which is owned by Televisa, and also “had an active role in the return of National Football League (NFL) matches played in Mexico City,” according to his United Bid biography.De Maria’s decision took many by surprise with Veracruz owner Fidel Kuri telling MedioTiempo “I thought it was a joke.””Personally, Decio’s decision surprised me, but, well, it’s the decision he made and you have to accept everyone’s decisions,” said Kuri, who attended the meetings despite currently being suspended from taking part in federation. “He said he had 18 years working (in the federation) and he wanted to finish the World Cup and retire. He wants to rest now, although I think a person like him will be missed in the federation. Hopefully he stays as an adviser or something.”The league also announced long-rumored changes to its promotion and relegation system, though it remains unclear exactly how the measures will be implemented. What is clear is that the process this year, of sending down the team that performed worst over the past six seasons and promoting the winner of a playoff between the two winners of Ascenso MX’s short seasons, will stay the same.In 2018-19 and 2019-20, however, the league could increase to a maximum of 20 teams – doing away with relegation but promoting a team from the Ascenso. However, that isn’t a guarantee according to Friday’s statement.The league will allow only the “promotion of certified clubs who meet the participation requirements included in the internal rules of the Liga MX. At the same time, the possibility that the club that finishes in last place of the (relegation table) will be able to save its place in the division at which time it will make an economic contribution to be utilized in the benefit of both divisions (LigaMX/Ascenso MX) in accordance with the project of improving our soccer.”Between stadium size and financial regulations, only six current second-division clubs meet the regulation though others, including Ascenso Apertura champion Alebrijes de Oaxaca, could become compliant in the near future.last_img read more

Hazard entitled to question Chelsea future

first_imgEden Hazard Hazard is entitled to ask himself: What am I doing at Chelsea? Peter Staunton Click here to see more stories from this author Chief Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 16:00 5/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Eden Hazard Chelsea Getty Images Eden Hazard Chelsea Manchester City v Chelsea Barcelona v Chelsea Manchester City Barcelona Premier League UEFA Champions League Opinion The jig appears to be up for Antonio Conte and the Blues have a summer of rebuilding ahead of them, meaning their playmaker might consider moving on The warning signs were there before kick-off. The presence of N’Golo Kante for Chelsea in a game like this is non-negotiable.Although he travelled with the squad – and was seen coming through the bowels of the Etihad Stadium with the rest of his team-mates afterwards – the France midfielder was unavailable to face Manchester City on Sunday through illness.With him in the side Chelsea can play both ways. Antonio Conte can ask his side to get on the ball and he can rely on the simple but tempo-setting passes of Kante in midfield. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp If they decide to surrender the ball and play on the counter, well, Kante can be the ideal man for that too.Conte prepared a game plan for Barcelona in the first leg of the Champions League last 16 and assumed that he could deploy a similar set up against Pep Guardiola’s side.That would make sense if Kante was available. He wasn’t.Danny Drinkwater and Cesc Fabregas are an inadequate pair for a side of Chelsea’s profile in a game of this circumstance. The ex-Leicester captain appears to be a forgotten Chelsea Sporcle quiz answer-in-waiting such has been his lack of impact at Stamford Bridge.His signing, and that of Ross Barkley and Olivier Giroud in January, as well as Antonio Rudiger, Alvaro Morata and Davide Zappacosta in summer, hint at a much deeper problem. Transfers have not been on the required level.Chelsea were crying out for improvements last summer when Nemanja Matic, Diego Costa and John Terry were leaving. To that trio you can add David Luiz who has become persona non grata around West London under Conte. That is the heart and soul of a Premier League title-winning team.Antonio Conte ChelseaChelsea’s recruitment department did not step it up and give their first-teamers something to think about. The Blues have regressed and regressed badly. Alarm bells should have been ringing as early as the Community Shield in August.Kante can do plenty to paper over the cracks as he is a one-man midfield. Without him this plan was doomed to fail.In it Eden Hazard is expected to work selflessly as a false centre forward. His role in an attacking sense is limited to instigating counter-attacks whenever possession-heavy opponents lose the ball.That might be fine if Chelsea had a little more ambition. But they were routinely coming forward with only three men – Hazard, Pedro and Willian – while a fourth in an off-key Victor Moses got forward only intermittently.Hazard’s best qualities are sacrificed in a team like this. He does not work well with his back to goal. Fans prefer to see him take possession somewhere high on the left, cut in and take shots or provide through balls.To willingly nullify your best attacking player requires the ultimate payoff of the result. It came against neither Barca – albeit unluckily – nor City.”I think the target was to be solid until the end and then try to put one in at the end,” Olivier Giroud said of the tactic. “Obviously, when you concede just after half-time, it is a kick in the leg a little bit but we still thought we could come back at the end. It was not enough but City deserved to win.”It is always easy to say that after the game but if Eden had an opportunity to score, we could have said it was the best choice. Obviously it was difficult today. I am not the coach and the coach makes the team. We have to respect that and give our best no matter who is on the pitch.”Pep Guardiola Bernardo Silva Manchester CityIf the Barca draw convinced Conte that the system could be tried again then this disgrace of a showing should see it consigned to the dustbin unless they are playing Barca again. Even then it will come with no guarantees.This was a performance of such limited quality and ambition that Chelsea found themselves on the bad end of a couple of Premier League records. No team has ever completed more passes than the 902 City managed here. No player has managed more touches than the 174 by Ilkay Gundogan. How jealous Hazard must have been of those figures; he hit 20 passes on the day. Courtois, his goalkeeper, made 45. Some of those City passes and touches were delivered too easily. One unforgivable passage of play in the 75th minute saw Chelsea filter back into their defensive shape slowly, allow passes to be interchanged at will in front of them, before finally approaching their adversaries in possession at walking pace.Sky commentator Gary Neville raged against Arsenal in the Carabao Cup final last week for their walking football. He won’t be the only one unimpressed by Chelsea’s efforts on Sunday.Maybe that’s just how good Guardiola is. He reduces otherwise decent teams to the role of jobbers. No team has a good plan for City other than to dig in, soak it up and hope for the best. You’ll get lucky every now and again as Wigan proved recently. But it’s not enough. It’s certainly not enough for a team like Chelsea and a player like Hazard.He is 27 now and has a few more seasons at his peak. There remains significant disquiet at the Bridge over their playmaker’s new contract. What he was asked to do at the Etihad – and the standard of his team-mates at present – should have him think twice about his next move. Indeed he did not shake the hand of his coach Conte when finally replaced late on. There is clearly more upheaval and more new arrivals imminent at Chelsea this summer. It would be amazing if Conte lasted through to August at this rate while a clear-out on the playing side can be expected. Hazard might well look at that mess coming down the line and think his interests are better served elsewhere.Although he’s got a couple of league titles to his name, he has not been part of a dominant Chelsea team – an era-defining team like Jose Mourinho’s back-to-back title winners or the 2012 team that won the Champions League.He has played his part in their big recent successes but there is a lack of a plan, a lack of identity and a lack of promise at present. If Hazard decides to leave he will not be short of suitors. One thing is for sure, he would be forgiven for thinking that he deserves better.last_img read more

Six Reasons to Subscribe to PFB+

first_imgIn case you’ve somehow missed it, Pistols Firing — this website you’re reading — has a premium product. It’s called PFB+, and we think you’ll very much enjoy it. It’s a way for us to ensure that we exist for a long time into the future, and it’s a way for you to join the Oklahoma State conversation in a more substantial way. Our tagline as an organization is the best Oklahoma State news and community — which is what we’re working toward — and PFB+ is the greatest version of that. Here are six reasons you should subscribe.1. Ad-Free Browsing: I was on another site that covers OSU the other day, and after I clicked on the page, I literally could not see the words I came to read because of how many ads were covering up the space. Ads — too many ads — stink. If you’re a PFB+ subscriber, you won’t see any ads on our site. I’ve been browsing like this for a while, and if you spend any amount of time on here it’s worth the two dimes a day you’ll pay for it because of how clean and uniform the experience is.AdChoices广告2. Gameday Threads: They have been a delight. I’m tossing GIFs at people. Other folks are cursing about how our word blocker blocked their previous attempt to curse. Everybody is screaming about the red-zone offense. It’s a sports bar of folks who are actually funny and entertaining to chat with during games. Here’s our OSU-Tech thread for today for PFB+ subscribers.3. Chicken Recruiting Nuggets: We’re able to deal in rumors and hearsay (as well as well-sourced information) more in our PFB+ forum — also known as The Chamber — than we are on here. Kyle B. has been dropping Bryce Thompson info and Cade Cunningham info like ….. 4. Giveaway City: This month we gave away a $50 gift card to Hideaway to one of our subscribers. Other months we’ve given basketball tickets or prints of some of our best photos. Some of our subscribers have probably actually made money off of us in terms of the value of the stuff we’ve given away. On this note, we’re currently close to 600 subscribers. If we get to 700 by Halloween then we’ll give away season basketball tickets for two to one of our subscribers. If we get to 1,000 by the bowl game, we have something even more special planned that I don’t want to announce yet. Two pretty cool deals that require some real momentum in the weeks ahead.5. More Voice: Folks who are PFB+ subscribers simply have more voice in shaping what we do. They’re involved in the PFB+ portion of The Chamber (which is mostly where we hang out), and they have helped us think about what PFB should be in the future. Like assistant coaches, but if Gundy actually listened to them.Kidding!6. Future Stability: We were able to hire our first FTE this year. That’s exciting for us and a good thing for you because Marshall Scott is grinding on the weekly beat in Stillwater. He’s entrenched there, which gives us legitimacy and continuity. Also, it’s no secret that the media world is a mess right now. You all saw what happened to Sports Illustrated this week. The way forward is not on the back of a silver bullet, but rather a mixture of revenue streams. This is one of them, and it will ensure you get the best OSU news and community for years and years to come.Today — just like the last few Saturdays — we’re giving away PFB+ subscriptions at a discount. If you sign up for the yearly version today (and only today), your account will be credited $1 for every point OSU scores against Tech. Our yearly version is $80 so if OSU scores 66 points like they did in 2011, you’ll get $66 refunded to you. You can sign up right here. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Portugal vs Morocco: TV, stream & preview

first_imgWorld Cup Portugal vs Morocco: Live blog, text commentary, line-ups, stream & TV channel Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 14:45 6/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() HD Ronaldo goatee Getty World Cup Portugal v Morocco Morocco Portugal Powerade The European champions come up against the Atlas Lions, who will be desperate to win following a disheartening opening-day loss to Iran Portugal will now turn their focus to their final game against Iran but they will need to improve. Ronaldo was left isolated on so many occasions and they looked vulnerable down both flanks. Morocco will be playing for pride next week as they prepare to entertain Spain before heading home!Morocco are the first team to exit the 2018 Russia World Cup after two defeats from as many matches. They responded brilliantly after their heartbreaking defeat to Iran but it was not enough as Portugal did enough to hang on. Ronaldo was the hero once again thanks to his first-half header but they were lucky to hang on at times this afternoon. Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal 2018 World Cup Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar FULL TIME – Portugal 1-0 Morocco90+4 mins: Into the final minute, Morocco need to get the ball down the other end of the field. 90+2 mins: OVER!! Another free kick causes Portugal problems and Benatia is once again the first man to react inside the area. However, he produces another defender’s finish and cannot keep his shot on target. 90+1 mins: Silva has been on the field for a matter of seconds and he is booked for trying to time waste.90 mins: Five minutes of stoppage time given at the Luzhniki stadium!89 mins: CHANCE – Morocco work their way into the Portugal box but Pepe is on hand to put his body in the way and concede a corner.Final change from Santos as Moutinho walks off the field of play and is now replaced by Adrien Silva.86 mins: Sub for Morocco with time running out as Fajr replaces El Ahmadi.85 mins: BLOCK! Ronaldo steps up to take the free kick but the wall stands firm. The Madrid man goes down straight after and claims he should have a penalty but the game moves on. 83 mins: Ronaldo has possibly had less than five touches but with his latest one he wins a free kick on the edge of the Morocco box. 81 mins: OVER! Dirar stays back for a corner but the ball flies towards him and he gets a little excited. He tries to replicate Nacho’s effort against Portugal but he gets it wrong and smashes it into the crowd.80 mins: Morocco continue to throw everything at the Portugal defence but the European champions seem happy to absorb the attacks. Will they live to regret that decision?78 mins: MISS – Morocco win another free kick and Benatia misses another chance from inside the box. The defender glides away from his marker but the ball hits his shoulder and a goal kick is awarded.77 mins: Morocco are starting to make things harder for themselves and their best chance of a goal looks like it will come from a set piece.75 mins: Belhanda, who forced that sensational save out of Patricio, is now making his way off. He will be replaced by Carcela-Gonzalez.73 mins: Amrabat has struggled to get into the game during the last five minutes and the recent subs have also changed the tempo of the game. Renard looks like he will make another alteration as one of his players is stripped off and ready to go!71 mins: Around 20 minutes to go and time is running out for Morocco. They have tried so hard and will feel they could have got a result if it remains 1-0 to Santos’ outfit.  70 mins: Midfielder Mario has not made the best impression this afternoon and he is now replaced by Fernandes.69 mins: First change for Morocco as Boutaib makes way for El Kaabi. Big chance for the sub to become a hero!68 mins: JUST OVER! Ziyech calls rank on the set piece but he cannot get his shot up and down after beating the wall. His left-footed effort sails over the bar and Patricio will now take the goal kick.67 mins: Morocco win a free-kick after Guerreiro makes another sloppy tackle. He has really struggled out there this afternoon.65 mins: A Mexican wave sweeps around the Luzhniki Stadium and there’s plenty of time left for a few more goals. 63 mins: The tempo has slowed down for Morocco and they might want to make a substitution to help their chances.60 mins: CHANCE – Another set piece from Morocco causes problems and Benatia reacts quickly to try and volley home. However, he snatches at his effort and shoots into the stands. Terrible shot but another dangerous free kick from Renard’s men.59 mins: Manchester City’s Silva has endured a quiet afternoon and he now makes way for Martins.58 mins: First-class goalkeeping from Patricio in the last two minutes. He has barely had anything to do but shows tremendous concentration skills to make two saves.57 mins: WHAT A SAVE!!!!! Stunning reflexes from Patricio keeps the score at 1-0 as he somehow leaps across to his right and palms away Belhanda’s header.56 mins: Amrabat wins a free-kick and he continues to have a superb game…55 mins: SAVE!!! Amrabat draws in two defenders and plays in Belhanda on the edge of the box. The midfielder picks his spot but Patricio is alert and plucks the ball out of the air and thwarts the danger.53 mins: Portugal look to have tightened up in midfield and as a result Morocco are not getting as much joy on the counter attack.51 mins: OVER! Portugal have Morocco panicking for a second as they take a quick free kick. Mario turns near the byline and Ronaldo looks destined to score his fifth of the tournament but he blasts the ball into the stands!48 mins: WIDE! Portugal win a corner and Fonte climbs high but as he heads wide the referee gives a free kick to Morocco.46 mins: We are back underway in Moscow and Morocco have 45 minutes to avoid defeat as they try to stay in the World Cup.Portugal need to try and bring Ronaldo into the game on a more regular basis but they are struggling to defend down the wings, especially against Amrabat. The crowd are fired up for this and it promises to be a cracking second half.Portugal will feel fortunate to lead and they have Ronaldo to thank after his goal inside four minutes. Morocco have since kicked on and they look a real threat down both flanks and they can still get a result today if they maintain their current performance levels.Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal 2018 World CupHALF TIME – Portugal 1-0 Morocco45+3 mins: MISS – Morocco cause problems and should test Patricio but Benatia cannot react quick enough to head home Belhanda’s flick on. 45+2 mins: Morocco win a free kick after Guerreiro fouls Amrabat near the corner flag.45+1 mins: Three minutes of stoppage time shown at the Luzhniki Stadium.45 mins: We have a break in play as Belhanda goes down after being caught in the face by Carvalho. It looked accidental and he should be OK to continue.42 mins: Just a few minutes to go until the break and Portugal have done a great job to stop Morocco’s barrage of attacks. 40 mins: SO CLOSE! Ronaldo brings the ball down and he plays in Guedes thanks to a well-weighted chip but the forward volleys straight into the hands of Mohamedi. Benatia is the first man into the book as the referee tries to control the game and not let things get out of hand.36 mins: Morocco urge the referee to book Cedric as he brings down Boutaib but the appeals are ignored and play resumes on the halfway line.35 mins: Only 35 minutes into the contest but this is a much better performance from Morocco as they try to keep their tournament hopes alive. The chances have dried up but they will be confident they can grab at least one goal this afternoon.33 mins: Ronaldo starting to show signs of frustration as he moans at one or two of his team-mates as they decide against crossing. 30 mins: The answer is no as he drills his effort straight into the Morocco wall. It remains 1-0 to Santos’ men!29 mins: Boutaib goes down in the Portugal box and demands a penalty but the Morocco fans are furious as Portugal break and Mario wins a free kick in a good position. It will be Ronaldo to take it…he can’t do it again can he?27 mins: BIG appeals for a penalty from the Morocco crowd as Amrabat goes down after a challenge from Guerreiro. The referee is not interested but Renard is left fuming on the touchline!25 mins: More jeers as Ronaldo goes down and does a few forward rolls after being clipped on the ankle by Benatia.23 mins: Ziyech goes looking for possession and glides inside before picking his spot from 25 yards out. Unfortunately, the winger fails to get the required power behind the ball and that is a comfortable save for new Wolves keeper Patricio.21 mins: Morocco have been the better team inside the first 20 minutes but they have failed to take any of their chances. Boos can be heard from their fans as Portugal try to settle down and play keep ball for a minute or two.20 mins: Ziyech wins a corner after some more good play but Portugal clear his delivery at the first time of asking. 19 mins: CHANCE – Dirar beats the offside trap and drills a low cross into the box but the referee spots a foul in back play. Another warning sign for the European champions.17 mins: Portugal need to improve here, they are really struggling to regain momentum despite being in the lead.15 mins: Amrabat came into this game wearing a scrum cap but he appears to have taken it off. He will be hoping to avoid another nasty head clash!13 mins: For the first time the two teams look to be trying to slow the play down and build from the back. Frantic start in Moscow and Portugal lead thanks to another fine finish from Ronaldo. 11 mins: CHANCE – Morocco have responded well since going behind and Da Costa nearly finds an equaliser. Ziyech swings in a corner to the back post and Da Costa gets up well to head home but Patricio does well to smother his effort.10 mins: CHANCE – Morocco work the ball down the right channel and Dirar picks out Boussoufa with a cross but the holding midfielder heads wide.8 mins: CHANCE – Ronaldo nearly grabs a brace but he can only shoot wide of the far post. Morocco’s defence collapses as Ronaldo turns on the edge of the box but he cannot find the bottom corner.6 mins: Wonderful moment for Ronaldo as he has now scored more international goals than any other European player in the history of football with 85. What a player!4 mins: After weathering some early pressure, Portugal now win a corner after Bernardo Silva’s cross was turned behind.Another set piece for Santos’ men after Da Costa heads over a long-range effort from Guerreiro.GOAAALL Portugal 1-0 Morocco – He’s at it again, Ronaldo grabs his fourth goal of the tournament from the corner. The Real Madrid star wrestles away from his marker before diving low to head home past Mohamedi. Superb start for Portugal!!Moutinho grabs the assist thanks to that superb curling delivery which caused chaos for the Morocco defence.3 mins: Renard’s men have to attack today and they have made a lively start with both Amrabat and Ziyech looking lively down the flanks. The latter swings in a cross for Boutaib but the striker can only head wide.2 mins: It is very simple today for Morocco, if they lose then they are out of the tournament with one game to spare. 1 min: We are underway in Moscow, with Morocco in their red strip and Portugal in all white. HERE WE GO…We are nearly ready for kick off as both teams enter the tunnel, can Morocco tame Ronaldo?Just one change for Portugal from that thrilling draw with Spain as Fernandes drops out for Joao Mario. Morocco coach Herve Renard has decided to make three alterations to his team with Saiss, Harit and El Kaabi all making way. With today a must win game, Renard brings in Da Costa, Ziyech and Boutaib.Morocco SUBS: Amine Harit, Ayoub El Kaabi, Youssef En-Nesyri, Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez, Faycal Fajr, Hamza Mendyl, Sofyan Amrabat, Ahmed Reda Tagnaouti, Romain Saiss, Aziz Bouhaddouz, Bono.Morocco Starting XI (4-2-3-1): Munir Mohamedi, Nabil Dirar, Medhi Benatia (c), Manuel da Costa, Achraf Hakimi, Karim El Ahmadi, Moubarak Boussoufa, Nordin Amrabat, Younes Belhanda, Hakim Ziyech, Khalid Boutaib.Portugal SUBS: Anthony Lopes, Ricardo Quaresma, Adrien Silva, Andre Silva, Gelson Martins, Mario Rui, Beto, Ricardo Pereira, Bruno Fernandes, Manuel Fernandes, Bruno Alves, Ruben Dias.Portugal Starting XI (4-4-2): Rui Patrício, Cédric Soares, Pepe, Jose Fonte, Raphael Guerreiro, Bernardo Silva, Joao Moutinho, William Carvalho, Joao Mario, Goncalo Guedes, Cristiano Ronaldo.Portugal have lost only one of their last 10 World Cup group games, winning five and drawing the other four. However, they will need to be at their best going forward, with Morocco not facing a single shot in the second half of their opening match against Iran.Fernando Santos’ men will go top if they win, but that could all change come 7pm this evening. If they are to be successful they will need to rewrite the record books, with Morocco beating Portugal 3-1 in their only previous encounter back in 1986.Portugal come into the game on the back of that entertaining 3-3 draw against Spain, while Morocco were beaten 1-0 by Iran last week.30 mins until KO: Good afternoon and welcome to our live text coverage of the Group B 2018 World Cup match between Portugal and Morocco at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.Squads & Team News Just the one change for Portugal as Joao Mario takes Bruno Fernandes’ place on the left of midfield, while Goncalo Guedes continues to be preferred over Andre Silva as Cristiano Ronaldo’s strike-partner.Morocco, however, have changed things up a little, and the major omission is Wolves’ Roman Saiss, who has been left on the bench. Nordin Amrabat has been pushed further forward and Amine Harit has also been dropped for full-back Nabil Dirar as Renard opts for a more defensive approach in this game. Confirmed Portugal XI:  Rui Patricio; Guerreiro, Fonte, Pepe, Cedric; Mario, Moutinho, Carvalho, B. Silva; Ronaldo, GuedesPortugal subs: Alves, M. Fernandes, Andre Silva, Lopes, Dias, Pereira, B. Fernandes, Martins, Rui, Quaresma, Beto, Adrien SilvaConfirmed Morocco XI:  Munir; Hakimi, Da Costa, Benatia, Dirar; Boussoufa, El Ahmadi; Ziyech, Belhanda, N. Amrabat; BoutaibMorocco subs: Bono, Mendyl, Saiss, El Kaabi, Fajr, Ait Bennasser, Harit, En-Nesyri, Bouhaddouz, S. Amrabat, Tagnaouti, Carcela-GonzalezTV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream FS1 / Telemundo fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on BBC One or streamed live online using the iPlayer. UK TV channel Online stream BBC One iPlayer For the first time the two teams look to be trying to slow the play down and build from the back. Frantic start in Moscow and Portugal lead thanks to another fine finish from Ronaldo.  HALF TIME – Portugal 1-0 Morocco. WIDE! Portugal win a corner and Fonte climbs high but as he heads wide the referee gives a free kick to Morocco. SAVE!!! Amrabat draws in two defenders and plays in Belhanda on the edge of the box. The midfielder picks his spot but Patricio is alert and plucks the ball out of the air and thwarts the danger. JUST OVER! Ziyech calls rank on the set piece but he cannot get his shot up and down after beating the wall. His left-footed effort sails over the bar and Patricio will now take the goal kick.last_img read more

14 days agoArsenal title winner Smith: I didn’t think Abraham would make it

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal title winner Smith: I didn’t think Abraham would make itby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal title winner Alan Smith admits Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has proved him wrong.Writing for the London Evening Standard, Smith stated: “Walking away from Besiktas’s Vodafone Park stadium in August, I seriously wondered whether Tammy Abraham was going to crack it as a Premier League striker.”In that Uefa Super Cup Final, the Chelsea substitute had fluffed a very good chance from close range before missing the decisive penalty in the shoot-out to hand Liverpool victory. Abraham looked devastated as his team-mates crowded round to try and console him. “Thank goodness I was wrong, for Abraham (right, training this week with England) has always appealed to this former centre-forward for the unselfish way he leads the line. Not many cover as much ground as this hard-working character.”On top, his tremendous physique and speed across the turf make him ideal for the top flight. All Abraham required was a bit of self belief, which, in strikers, can only come from scoring goals. ” last_img read more

Significant Decline in Fertility Rate

first_imgActing Executive Director of the National Family Planning Board (NFPB), Dr. Sharlene Jarrett, says there has been a significant decline in the country’s fertility rate, due in part to the agency’s efforts to ensure that all Jamaicans have adequate access to family planning services. Citing the 2008 reproductive health survey conducted by the Board, Dr. Jarrett pointed out that in the early 1970s, “we averaged 4.5 children born to women between ages 15 and 49 and we see where in 2008, it was 2.4 and this is just a little above the ideal replacement level.” The Acting Executive Director was speaking at the launch of the 2012 State of the World Population Report, at the Comprehensive Clinic in Kingston on November 14. Noting that the reduction in the birth rate is a major accomplishment for Jamaica, Dr. Jarrett contended that “some of this success is due to the availability of services that the Family Planning Board has been able to co-ordinate.” According to the survey, women said they had access to family planning services at Government clinics, with 41 per cent saying they could access family planning services at any (of them). Dr. Jarrett said the decline also directly resulted from the decrease in adolescent birth rates, which was 137 per 1,000 in 1975, and was almost halved to 72 per 1,000 in 2008. “The decline in the fertility rate was primarily influenced by the younger age group. We are seeing a significant decline in the rate in the youngest age group. Between 1983 and 2008, the fertility rate declined by 41 per cent in the 15 to 19 year olds; for 20 to 24, we saw a 35 per cent decline; and for 25 to 29 we saw a 39 per cent decline,” she noted. Turning to other findings, Dr. Jarrett revealed that contraceptive use by women in unions has increased significantly over the years, moving from 66 per cent of women in 1997 to 72 per cent in 2008. She noted as well, that an increase has been seen in the number and types and contraceptives that are being used; one in two pregnancies are now planned; and Jamaica has a low average adult population. The Acting Executive Director said that despite the achievements, the Board is still grappling with a number of challenges, including the fact that family planning is primarily linked to females, where it is seen as a female issue and not a concern for males. Dr. Jarrett said the agency is working to find ways of reaching the males with the message of family planning and reminding them of the important role they play in this process. Titled: ‘By Choice, Not By Chance. Family Planning, Human Rights and Development’, the report, which was launched in Jamaica by the Planning Institute of Jamaica in collaboration with the NFPB and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPB), explains why family planning is a fundamental human right. It examines the challenges inensuring that all women, men and young people are able to exercise that right and suggests actions that governments and international organisations can take to give everyone the power and the means to decide freely and responsibly how many children to have and when to have them.last_img read more

COSCO Shipping Names Another 20000 TEU Boxship

first_imgzoom China’s COSCO Shipping Lines has named COSCO Shipping Leo, a 20,000 TEU containership newbuild. The naming ceremony for the giant boxship was held in Nantong on March 22, 2018.Built by Nantong COSCO KHI Ship Engineering (NACKS), COSCO Shipping Leo is the second 20,000 TEU ULCV built by NACKS for COSCO. In addition, it is COSCO Shipping Lines’ third 20,000 TEU-class vessel.The 197,000 dwt ship, which features a length of 400 meters and a width of 58.6 meters, has a market value of USD 126.45 million, VesselsValue’s data shows.As informed, COSCO Shipping LEO is expected to start sea trials on March 27.On April 10, it will join the company’s fleet to serve on the Far East-Northwest Europe (AEU3) loop.The port rotation of AEU3 is Piraeus (Greece), Rotterdam (the Netherlands), Hamburg (Germany) and Antwerp (Belgium), offering shipping service from North China, East China and Southeast Asia to the Mediterranean and Northwest Europe.In January 2018, the company took delivery of the first two 20,000 TEU boxships — COSCO Shipping Aries and COSCO Shipping Taurus.last_img read more

New Shipwreck Display Opens at the Maritime Museum

first_imgThe Maritime Museum of the Atlantic opened the newest componentof its permanent Shipwreck Treasures exhibit today, Nov. 13. Thedisplay tells the story of a small tug which sank in the Halifaxharbour in 1943. Launched originally in 1915 from the Halifax Shipyards as Sambro,the 18.3 metre (61 feet) steam tug was one of the first steelvessels built in Halifax. Although a small vessel, the Sambro wasvital in assisting with the movement and repair of larger shipsduring wartime. The tug was a victim of the Halifax Explosion and sunk in theharbour. Ten years later it was raised, refitted, and renamedErg. It served as a diesel work tug for the next 16 years. OnJuly 6, 1943, Erg was hit by a Norwegian freighter andimmediately sank taking the lives of 19 men abroad. The sinkingwas the worst accident to ever befall the shipyard and thegreatest loss of life from a single shipwreck in the Halifaxharbour. Two weeks later, the tug was raised and 10 bodies were recovered. Deemed beyond repair, Erg was deliberately sunk in Bedford Basinon Aug. 24, 1943. In the late 1990s, scientists at the Bedford Institute ofOceanography first detected the wreck in Bedford Basin. Withassistance from historians at the Maritime Museum of the Atlanticand research from the National Archives of Canada, divers withthe Nova Scotia Undersea Exploration Society proved that themysterious hull was Erg. “Telling the story of this vessel and its multiple sinkings fitswell within our larger Shipwreck Treasures exhibit, but thehistory doesn’t end with the tug’s rediscovery,” said MarvenMoore, acting director of the museum. “The science of the ship’srediscovery, the search and survey of the wreck site by thediving community, the commemoration of the wreck by the HalifaxShipyard and the ongoing conservation of the artifacts recoveredfrom the wreck are all important elements that we present in thedisplay.” A unique feature of the display’s opening involved the steamwhistle from Erg which the Navy removed from the ship when it wasraised in 1943. Ivan Munn, nephew of Forrest Beaton who was ashipyard worker aboard Erg and perished in the sinking, soundedthe whistle for the first time in the six decades since thevessel sank. On hand as well were Jim Camano, one of the divers who found thewreck, his daughter Aurora who crafted the model of the vessel inthe display, and Dusty Miller of the Halifax Shipyard. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is located at 1675 LowerWater St., Halifax. Information on museum hours and admissionprices is available by calling 902-424-7490 or by visiting themuseum’s website at http://maritime.museum.gov.ns.ca .last_img read more

Two indicted over murder of Lankan in US

Ventress told detectives he planned to rob the Pick-N-Shop store on Major Drive when he killed its owner, according to a probable cause affidavit in the case. Recordings also captured two masked men entering the store together. One, whom police have identified as Ventress, pointed a firearm at Kuruppu while the second man, whom police have identified as Johnson, stood in the background “pointing something that was under a white towel, “which gives police the impression the second suspect was also armed.”Ventress fired twice, the document states, and both ran away without taking anything from the store.The police-provided portion of the video showed Kuruppu trying to bat away the robber’s pistol as Kuruppu activated an alarm. Police said Kuruppu then grabbed a BB gun with which to defend himself, but the robber shot him in the chest. Both men are being held at the Jefferson County jail on $2 million bonds each. Two men in Beaumont, US have been indicted on capital murder charges in the April 29 fatal shooting of a convenience store owner from Sri Lanka, Beaumont Enterprise reported.John David Johnson, also known as Sean, and Chandler Kyle Ventress, both 19, are accused in the death of Mettha Kuruppu, 52. Officers responding to the crime scene shortly after midnight April 29 found Kuruppu lying in a pool of his own blood behind the counter where he’d been tallying the day’s receipts, according to the affidavit.Video surveillance recordings show that, after being shot, Kuruppu walked around a little before he got “woozy” and fell over where officers found him. Kuruppu, a native of Sri Lanka, bought the store two years ago.If convicted, both men could face the death penalty because they were committing an armed robbery, an aggravated felony, when the murder occurred. read more

Annans envoy to TimorLeste calls for international aid after UNs May deadline

In his latest briefing to the Security Council on the work of the UN Office in Timor-Leste (UNOTIL), Sukehiro Hasegawa said there had been “major progress in peacebuilding” but peace still remained “fragile” in a country that only gained independence in 2002.“National capacities in highly technical areas such as justice and finance remained extremely weak. It had become evident that international advisory support, especially in those two areas, was required for some years to come,” said Mr. Hasegawa, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Timor-Leste.He said the prosecution service needed “urgent attention,” and human rights was also an area the international community should keep an eye on after the end of UNOTIL’s mandate. At the same time, he noted that the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights would send a mission to the country next month to identify more clearly the needs after the 20 May deadline.Mr. Hasegawa said he was pleased to note that the Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation in Timor-Leste had completed its report on human rights, which the country’s president, Xanana Gusmão, presented to the Secretary-General on Friday.Speaking at a news conference in New York last week, President Gusmão said the report, which looks at the 24-year occupation of the former Portuguese territory by Indonesia, was “a way to heal the wounds in the people’s minds” but he stressed the need now was to focus on the future development of the tiny country.In today’s briefing, Mr. Hasegawa said relations between Indonesia and Timor-Leste had continued to improve and said he was “confident” that a final border agreement between the two countries could soon be reached, adding that UNOTIL was stepping up training of the Border Patrol Unit to improve its professionalism.Echoing the Secretary-General’s remarks in his latest report on Timor-Leste, which was also discussed by the Security Council today, Mr. Hasegawa said the country would face “a critical test” next year with the holding of presidential and parliamentary elections.“An electoral needs assessment mission fielded in November 2005 had concluded that, for the elections to be free and fair, Timor-Leste needed international assistance and a strong political presence,” Mr. Hasegawa said.He also said the Council should give due consideration to a letter sent by the Prime Minister of Timor-Leste asking for continued international assistance after 20 May. That letter requests the establishment of a special political office in Timor-Leste.“I recommend that the Security Council carefully examine that request, taking into account the newly emerging political and security situation,” Mr. Hasegawa concluded at the end of his briefing.Also addressing the Security Council today, President Gusmão said it was his duty to appeal to the international community to continue to assist his country in meeting some of its “most critical needs” after the end of UNOTIL’s mandate.The President of Timor-Leste said these needs were electoral assistance, civilian advisers – namely in the justice and finance sectors, support in police training and the deployment of some “15 to 20 military liaison personnel” in view of next year’s elections and the need to avoid border tensions with Indonesia.UNOTIL was set up in May 2005 to succeed the UN Mission of Support in Timor-Leste (UNMISET), which was established in 2002 to help with administrative structures, law enforcement and security after the country gained independence from Indonesia. read more

UN stands ready to support the Philippines in aftermath of deadly storm

“[Secretary-General Guterres] salutes the efforts of the national rescue and recovery teams as well as volunteers who are operating under difficult conditions,” said a statement attributable to Mr. Guterres’ spokesperson. “The UN stands ready to support the local and national authorities, in addition to the support already being provided by humanitarian partners,” the statement added. Tropical Storm Tembin – known locally as “Vinta” – made landfall in Davao Oriental in southern Philippines on 22 December and crossed various provinces across Mindanao causing flash floods and landslides, which rendered several roads impassable. At least 75 lives have been lost and dozens more are reported missing. The Storm also displaced thousands of people, and damaged homes and infrastructure.According to the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OHCA), 151 evacuation centres have been set up but the number of displaced persons could rise as information from the field comes in.In the statement, the UN chief also offered his sympathies to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to those injured. read more