TAMPA, Fla. — Alex Rodriguez reported to the New York Yankees three days ahead of schedule. He spoke for 8 1/2 minutes about his season-long drug suspension.But on his first day back with the team since September 2013, he never said why he resumed the use of performance-enhancing drugs, never explained what he did and avoided getting into any specifics.“I cringe when I look at some of things I did,” Rodriguez said, surrounded by about 40 reporters on the sidewalk outside the Yankees minor league complex.“No mistake that I made has any good answer, no justification. It’s unexplainable, and that’s on me. I’ve dug a big hole for myself. Paid a price.”New York asked him to hold a pre-spring training news conference at Yankee Stadium, but Rodriguez declined. The Yankees told them they didn’t want him holding one at Steinbrenner Field, where they felt it would be a distraction.So Rodriguez improvised.Wearing a green University of Miami sweatsuit, he arrived at Steinbrenner Field on Feb. 23d morning for his physical, three days before the first workout for Yankees’ position players. Shortly before 1 p.m., he showed up at the minor league complex, a little less than 1 mile away, carrying what appeared to be a tan bat box.After changing into Yankees’ shorts, a T-shirt and a spring training cap, Rodriguez worked out for about an hour. He hit six home runs in 71 swings and took grounders at shortstop.Yankees Manager Joe Girardi and General Manager Brian Cashman say Chase Headley will be their starting third baseman and Rodriguez will compete for at-bats at designated hitter.Rodriguez called Headley an “excellent addition” to the team. Rodriguez did not take grounders at first base.“I’m willing to try,” he said. “When Joe needs me, I’m going to be ready. I’m here early, trying to get a jump-start. It’s a process. It’s going to take time.”Suspended for violations of baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract, Rodriguez apologized to team officials during a meeting at Yankee Stadium on Feb. 10 and to fans in a statement last week. His handwritten statement to fans offered no details.“I’m fortunate for a lot of people, especially the commissioner’s office, the players’ union, the Yankees to give me an opportunity to play the game that I love,” he said.Asked whether he thought the Yankees’ organization was on his side, Rodriguez said he didn’t know.“You’d have to ask them,” he responded. “I created a big headache for a lot of people. So, I don’t blame whoever is mad at me.”When asked if at any point he would address specifics regarding his mistakes, Rodriguez answered: “Right now I’m just focused on making this team. Obviously, it was a rough year.”Before speaking with reporters, Rodriguez spent 10 minutes signing autographs for a group of around 50 fans, who all cheered him.Rodriguez stopped his SUV near the complex entrance, got out and walked toward the fans, who surged forward and semi-surrounded him. He also posed for photos with many of them, interacting with questions like “Where are you from?”When he was done, Rodriguez turned to the group of reporters and said, “Let’s keep this nice and short.”He said he has no plans to address Yankees teammates as a group.“I have a lot of good relationships in there,” Rodriguez said. “Stayed in touch with a lot of them. I feel welcomed back.”Rodriguez, who turns 40 in July, has not played a full season since 2007 because the suspension, operations on both hips and other injuries.“I don’t know. … We’ll see,” Rodriguez said about his body holding up. “If I stay healthy, I can do good things.”He admitted in 2009 that he used performance-enhancing drugs from 2001-03 while with Texas. Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig suspended Rodriguez for 211 games in August 2013, citing conduct from 2010-12 uncovered during MLB’s investigation of the Biogenesis of America clinic, which was based in Coral Gables, Florida, not far from Rodriguez’s home.Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz reduced the penalty to the 2014 season, finding “clear and convincing evidence” Rodriguez used three banned substances and twice tried to obstruct baseball’s drug investigation. The suspension cost Rodriguez just over $22 million of his $25 million salary last year.Rodriguez said it’s not for him to say if the penalty was fair.“There’s a system in place,” Rodriguez said. “I paid my penalty. I’m moving on.”Rodriguez also sued Major League Baseball, the players’ association and the Yankees’ team physician, then dropped the cases.He is owed $61 million in the final three seasons of his $275 million, 10-year contract. A marketing agreement signed at the time of his contract provides for five $6 million bonuses he could earn for historic achievements; the Yankees told him they don’t plan to pay those.When asked what he would have done differently the past two years, Rodriguez responded by saying: “I don’t have time for that.”(MARK DIDTLER)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Dybala delighted after Juventus defeat SPALby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePaulo Dybala was pleased after Juventus’ 2-0 defeat of SPAL.Miralem Pjanic opened the scoring, then Cristiano Ronaldo headed in a Dybala cross.“It’s important to win these games. We were a little slow in our movements in the first half, but fortunately we broke through at the last second before the break and that meant SPAL had to open up,” Dybala told Sky Sport Italia.“It created more spaces for us and we had a lot of chances, the goalkeeper did well, but we got the second in the end.“The move for the second goal was a well-worked team approach with a lot of one-touch football.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Twitter/@andrewflowersEvery week, ESPN’s advanced statistics-based FiveThirtyEight updates its probability rankings for the College Football Playoff, utilizing three different sets of rankings: the selection committee’s most recent Top 25, in-house Elo ratings, and ESPN’s predictive FPI. This week, FiveThirtyEight‘s top three teams match what the selection committee has, but No. 4 is a slight surprise: the Oklahoma Sooners. OU is aided by a No. 1 ranking by FPI, jumping them over teams like Notre Dame and Oklahoma State.For more on how FiveThirtyEight’s system works, read this by the site’s editor, Nate Silver. Here is the probability ranking table:Q: Notre Dame, what’s in your rearview mirror? A: the Big 12 coming for your playoff spot: https://t.co/FtHBJPCoM6 pic.twitter.com/BDsWBFe55N— Andrew Flowers (@andrewflowers) November 18, 2015[FiveThirtyEight]
sara.ziegler: LOLThe Yankees look like they’ll be starting with J.A. Happ in Game 1.travis.sawchik: “Bullpen Game”sara.ziegler: Aaron Boone is all talk on bullpen games. He says he’s open to them, but I doubt he’ll actually go through with it — particularly in light of how it worked out for Oakland on Wednesday.travis.sawchik: Happ has been excellent in New York: 7-0, 2.69 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in 11 starts. The Yankees have a real shot … but the Red Sox have Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinezneil: And for the Red Sox, I’ve seen a lot of worry that the 108-win season will all be for naught. Maybe that’s New England pessimism talking, but I think they also probably played a bit above their heads this year. Either way, a 100-win team will be going home, which is kind of sad this early in the postseason.gfoster: Why is New England pessimistic? Are they disappointed by two decades of NONSTOP TITLES?neil: LOL. Old habits with the Red Sox, I think.sara.ziegler: The Red Sox have to have the edge in batting, right? Because of the aforementioned Betts and Martinez?travis.sawchik: I think the Yankees and Red Sox are pretty similar in terms of overall offensive production. Two elite lineups. FanGraphs has Yankees with a 111 wRC+, Red Sox 110 wRC+.neil: Yeah, relative to park, the Sox only scored about 14 more runs than the Yankees. (They allowed 37 fewer.)travis.sawchik: Red Sox hitting coach Tim Hyers has done a good job with getting even more out of Betts, who has worked with Hyers and Martinez on increasing his power profile.The Yankees are all about launching baseballs into the air … and bullpenning … and throwing a lot of breaking balls. Modern baseball will be on display.gfoster: Sara, I also wonder if we have not seen the full potential of the Yankees lineup, even despite all those wins. Aaron Judge has been injured, Gary Sanchez has been awful, Giancarlo Stanton started slow. They were never at full capacity it seemed; Didi Gregorius basically carried them for a month early on.travis.sawchik: And Aaron Hicks!gfoster: Aaron Hicks is going into monument park.travis.sawchik: Hahasara.ziegler: Hicks has been great, I’ve heard.travis.sawchik: Yeah, read that somewhere …sara.ziegler: I’m having a hard time getting excited about either of these teams, since this series seems to have been written in stone for a while. That’s part of the problem with the AL.gfoster: Let’s go to the National League. The first series up this afternoon is Colorado vs. Milwaukee, which carries less cachet and less breathless announcer speak but is interesting nonetheless.neil: Well, I for one am curious about how a pitching-centric team like Colorado will perform.gfoster: Travis, you were doubting that Colorado would make it; are you surprised they are here, or have you come around on the Rox?travis.sawchik: The Rockies are such a weird team. They are a pitching-first team with one of the worst offenses (25th in majors in wRC+) and outfield defenses in baseball, and they make their home in the most offensive environment in baseball, with one of the largest outfields. They committed $106 million to free agent relievers, but Jake McGee and Bryan Shaw (two of those high-priced investments) have been poor, while a reliever left off last season’s postseason roster, Adam Ottavino, has been amazing. I like the Brewers in this series given the strength of their lineup and bullpen. The Brewers seem like the rare team that won the offseason — Christian Yelich, Lorenzo Cain and Jhoulys Chacin were all key offseason additions — and its division.neil: They’re also the spitting image — in many ways — of a world champion: The 2015 K.C. Royals. So clearly, Milwaukee will storm through the postseason.sara.ziegler: And win the World Series against a team from New York, Neil?😉neil: I’d be happier with that this time around.sara.ziegler: The Rockies will have played three games in three different cities in four days. And one of those was in 13 innings.travis.sawchik: Brutal schedule stretch for the Rockies, for sure. At least they could just bus up I-94 after the wild-card game.sara.ziegler: I wonder if they got stuck in traffic in Kenosha. As one does.gfoster: It’s just ridiculous that these series are five games. And that the schedule is so condensed. Why are they even playing today? Give them another day!! In the NBA, the playoffs last five months and no one seems to be bothered.travis.sawchik: This is strange to say, but the Rockies actually hold a starting pitching edge in a postseason series.neil: Well, hasn’t that usually been the case with the Rockies’ best teams after adjusting for park? We think of the Rockies as an offensive powerhouse, but they never can hit away from Coors. Even this year, they had a .665 road OPS.travis.sawchik: Yeah, the Rockies’ best teams have typically had above-average starting pitching when adjusting for park and run environment. By ERA-minus, this is second best pitching staff in Rockies’ history.I’m not sure many people realize how good German Marquez and Kyle Freeland have been for Rockies in second half. Only Jacob deGrom has been more productive than Marquez in the second half as an MLB starting pitcher.neil: One other thing about the Rockies: By run differential during the regular season, they were really only about an 85-win team. So I think there’s a case for them being the worst team in the field. (Then again, ask the Cubs how facing them worked out.)sara.ziegler: Meanwhile, the Brewers didn’t get here with their starters, obviously. But the bullpen is just outstanding. Can it hold up under the pressure of the postseason?gfoster: OK, let’s shift back to the AL. Indians-Astros is really the ALCS we were all expecting last year, as both teams were 100-plus game winners. Are these teams better or worse than their 2017 versions?travis.sawchik: The Indians are weaker than they were a year ago when they entered the postseason with the game’s best run differential and the to-be-named AL Cy Young winner in Corey Kluber. They’re dealing with a significant injury as Trevor Bauer suffered a fractured ankle in August, and his velo was down in his brief return. Their top starter in the regular season going into August, Bauer will begin the series in the bullpen.The Indians’ bullpen, once a strength, was the weakest in the playoff field in the regular season. Though a healthy Andrew Miller could change that.neil: The Astros might actually somehow be better. Hot take: They’re the best team in MLB, despite an inferior record to the Red Sox. (At least, that’s what our Elo model thinks.) They had 109 Pythagorean wins! Who does that??sara.ziegler: The Astros are so weird. Their biggest names weren’t that good! And yet here they are, better than last year. They have Alex Bregman to thank, I guess.neil: It helps to have that ridiculous pitching staff, too.sara.ziegler: So true.neil: They had the best FIP in the league by a mile (3.23; next best were the Dodgers at 3.60).travis.sawchik: The Astros are so talented. The defending World Champs basically added an ace — Gerrit Cole — and an MVP candidate (Bregman breakout) since we last saw them in October.gfoster: I’m interested in how big a role Josh Donaldson plays for Cleveland. He seems healthy finally.travis.sawchik: The Indians needed another bat, and Donaldson has looked like his old self in a brief sample. He’s a wild card this postseasonsara.ziegler: He better perform offensively, given that his presence has messed with Cleveland’s defense — pushing people into different positions.gfoster: I love that the lineup that has Francisco Lindor, Jose Ramirez, Edwin Encarnacion and Michael Brantley “needed another bat.”travis.sawchik: Well, another bat relative to the lineups they are facing in the AL field. The Indians rank last in remaining AL teams in wRC+, third in runs.neil: There are some real question marks surrounding Cleveland’s bullpen, though. They finished 26th in relief WAR this season.(Which is surprising since they are the O.G. of playoff bullpenning.)gfoster: Even with Brad Hand?neil: Hand has definitely stabilized things some, and Andrew Miller is back after missing a huge chunk of the reg season. But Cody Allen was pretty mediocre this year (93 ERA-plus).travis.sawchik: The Indians thought their bullpen was such a problem that they traded their top position player prospect, Francisco Mejia, at the deadline. Trading a consensus top 50 prospect for a reliever is apparently the thing to do at the deadline nowadays.sara.ziegler: Miller does seem to be healthy again — which is huge for the Indians. (An end-of-season blowup against the Royals notwithstanding.)travis.sawchik: One concern with the Indians is some of their players are trending down at the wrong time again. Jose Ramirez, an MVP candidate (favorite?) at the All-Star break, hit .223 in the second half. Ramirez has really struggled with breaking pitches. I’ll be interested to see how many fastballs he sees in series against an elite fastball team in the Astros. Could be a fascinating strength on strength: One of the game’s best fastball hitters (Ramirez) vs. the elite four-seamers of Justin Verlander and Cole.gfoster: OK, let’s talk about the last series, and then I’m going to ask for predictions. The Braves return to the postseason, perhaps a little earlier than some expected, and will take on the Dodgers, which was the last team they actually played in October in the NLDS in 2013. I literally have zero memory of that.sara.ziegler: That was 10 lifetimes ago, Geoff.travis.sawchik: That happened?neil: Was that one of those random Dan Uggla 30-homer seasons for Atlanta? (Edit: No, he hit .179 that year. LOL.)gfoster: Those Braves had Uggla, Kimbrel, Jason Heyward, Brian McCann, Andrelton Simmons and two Uptons (B.J. and Justin). The only guys of note still there are Freddie Freeman and Julio Teheran.sara.ziegler: Two Uptons!neil: As far as five-year rebuild plans go, that’s pretty impressive to fully tear down and build back by now.travis.sawchik: Only the Yankees have a younger group of positional players than the Braves in the playoffs, with Ronald Acuna Jr. and Ozzie Albies and maybe Dansby Swanson. It’s a pretty strong under-25 core. Atlanta is ahead of schedule and trending up.sara.ziegler: And on the other side, remember a month ago, when we thought the Dodgers might not make the playoffs? On Sept. 6, our model gave L.A. a 55 percent chance of getting here.neil: That remains incredible, given that they finished with 102 Pythagorean wins.travis.sawchik: The Dodgers are the most talented NL team in the field. They lead baseball in position player WAR and are fifth in pitching WAR. And it feels like the Dodgers have never been right all season with injuries to key stars like Clayton Kershaw and Corey Seager. L.A.’s Walker Buehler looked like an ace in Game 163 vs. Rockies. He’s another wild card in the postseason. Big time young talent.gfoster: I was just going to say that I wouldn’t be surprised if Buehler is one of these young pitchers who makes his name with a great October, much like Madison Bumgarner did a few years ago.neil: All of that is why the Dodgers have a 45 percent chance (!) to make the World Series according to our model. That’s easily the highest pennant probability of any team. (It also says a lot about the rest of the NL.)sara.ziegler: Max Muncy finally has a chance to make his name nationally, too. (No one on this chat has ever referred to him as “Matt Muncy,” that’s for sure.)neil: Sara, you were an early adopter on Muncy in fantasy.sara.ziegler: I was! Before I could remember his first name.travis.sawchik: Muncy has been an amazing breakout story.sara.ziegler: The Dodgers had a hard time finding a consistent spot for him during the season. They shouldn’t make that mistake in the postseason.gfoster: I’m interested to see which Kershaw we see: the one who has been the best pitcher in baseball for a decade or the one who has been one of the most disappointing playoff pitchers over the past decade.travis.sawchik: Kershaw has suffered a loss in velocity and overall swing-and-miss capability. In 2015, his fastball averaged over 94 mph; this year, it was 90 mph.gfoster: Is he throwing the breaking stuff more? Making his metamorphosis into a crafty old lefty?travis.sawchik: Kershaw has had a curious spike in spin rate on his fastball, which is highly unusual to accompany a velocity decline.neil: But enough about the Dodgers! The Braves are good, too.travis.sawchik: Acuna is somethingneil: Yes, he is quite good! In fact, the Braves have a ton of position-player talent. They were seventh in WAR from batters this year. But eight of their top 10 most valuable players were position players. Pitching-wise, there are questions.sara.ziegler: Don’t forget Mike Foltynewicz, though! I love pitchers like that who come out of nowhere.travis.sawchik: I’m pretty bullish on the Braves’ future, but there are questions on the pitching end, as Neil said, and the Dodgers seem like the NL’s only “super team,” whereas there are three or four in AL field.gfoster: OK, let’s get the World Series prediction. I want to see winner, number of games, MVP. And you will all be judged on these for 12 months.sara.ziegler: LOLneil: No pressure… 😬travis.sawchik: 😮sara.ziegler: I’m gonna go with my ❤️. Brewers over Astros in seven, Christian Yelich MVP.gfoster: I like it.travis.sawchik: I think we’re headed for an Astros-Dodgers WS rematch. Houston over L.A. in six. Bregman MVP.neil: Our model says Astros over Dodgers again, too, but that’s boring. (Also, Travis already took it, haha.)gfoster: Yankees over Dodgers in five, Gleyber Torres MVP.sara.ziegler: Wow.travis.sawchik: !!!sara.ziegler: I mean, at least go Luke Voit as MVP.gfoster: I was considering Voit. It won’t be Judge or Stanton; if the Yankees win, they will get an incredible hot streak from someone less expected. I do feel like the Yankees haven’t experienced a true Stanton home run barrage like he had for the Marlins several times last season, so maybe that’s due?neil: What the hell, I’m gonna go Red Sox over Braves in six. Betts MVP. Boston’s current team over its former team. (For old timers from, like, the 1940s.)travis.sawchik: I guess the model and I are in this together.neil: It’s generally better to be on the model’s side, I’ve found.gfoster: No love for the Indians here.neil: I couldn’t pull the trigger with that Astros matchup.travis.sawchik: Too many questions for Cleveland, IMO.gfoster: OK, thank you all. Enjoy the baseball!Check out our latest MLB predictions. gfoster (Geoff Foster, sports editor): Welcome to FiveThirtyEight’s postseason MLB chat. We are done with the one-game wild-card playoffs. We are done with the one-game playoffs to figure out who would play in the one-game playoffs. And the Oakland Athletics and the Chicago Cubs are the first casualties of October. I think Oakland has to be pleased they made it that far with their ragtag team of relievers and .247 hitters, while the Cubs probably had higher hopes for 2018. They now have a two-year World Series drought in the works. But on to the division series!Here’s how the eight remaining teams stack up in terms of wins above replacement1Averaging together the versions found at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs. during the regular season to get a sense of where each team’s strengths and weaknesses lie:We are going to go through all four matchups. Let’s start with America’s two most lovable teams: the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, who are playing each other for the first time in the postseason since 2004. This was inevitable wasn’t it? Boston gets to potentially start Chris Sale twice in five games; does that give them the edge?sara.ziegler (Sara Ziegler, general editor): I’m just happy last night’s game didn’t go to 13 innings. 😴travis.sawchik (Travis Sawchik, baseball writer): Assuming Sale is 100 percent, starting arguably the most talented pitcher in the AL potentially twice is a huge edge. But Sale landed on the DL twice in the second half (left shoulder inflammation), and his velocity has trended down, which is a troubling indicator.neil (Neil Paine, senior sports writer): And that’s kind of concerning if he doesn’t live up to his usual expectations. Our model gives the Sox a 57 percent chance of winning the series, but that’s partly a function of the large pitcher adjustment it gives Sale. With Sale at home in Game 1, we give Boston a 65 percent chance of winning that game; with a generic pitcher in the same situation, Boston would only have a 57 percent chance of winning.gfoster: David Price has to be a concern for Boston. He’s really been terrible in the postseason, after those early heroics as a relief pitcher for Tampa. He’s also gotten bombed by the Yankees this year.travis.sawchik: David Price career postseason: 2-8, 5.03 ERA. David Price career vs. Yankees: 15-14, 4.90 ERA. Price is fatigued from discussing his issues in postseason and vs. the Yankees, but they have to be a concern for the Red Sox. And the Red Sox bullpen is arguably only stronger than Cleveland’s in the AL field. That makes Sale so important for Boston.sara.ziegler: The Red Sox bullpen is obviously an issue — at least getting to Craig Kimbrel.gfoster: The Yankees’ Game 1 starter is pretty intimidating:
Junior corner back Denzel Ward (12) tackles Taivon Jacobs of Maryland during the Ohio State game on Oct. 7 at Ohio Stadium. Ward was ejected immediately after for targeting. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterOhio State cornerback Denzel Ward’s strong start to the season has put his name among the semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, an award bestowed upon the nation’s best defensive back.The junior has stood out in the conference as he is tied for second in the Big Ten with 10 passes defended. He also has nine pass break-ups and an interception. Ward is one of three defensive backs in the Big Ten on the list of 13 semifinalists, which was released Monday. The other two are both members of the team Ohio State will play this weekend as Penn State safety Marcus Allen and cornerback Grant Haley were both named to the list. The two played a prominent role in the Nittany Lions’ victory last season against Ohio State. Allen blocked a kick which Haley subsequently returned 60 yards for the game-winning touchdown. It was the first time in Penn State history a blocked kick had been returned for a touchdown.The trio of defensive backs will square off at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Ohio Stadium.
Jose Mourinho thanked Fulham for their hospitality and voiced his opinion that Manchester United’s stay in London was one of the key factors in the win in the FA Cup semi-final clash over Tottenham.United will be going to their 20th FA Cup final after their win, while the Spurs will be going home in the semi-final stage of the FA Cup for eighth consecutive time.Before the game, Mourinho & co. stayed in London for five days, training at Craven Cottage and Fulham’s Motspur Way training complex.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“The fact we stayed together for five days was good,” Mourinho said, according to the Standard.“We stayed away from Manchester, away from home, we stayed in London, we stayed together, we spend our time, we spoke, I had a chance to feel them and I had the chance to speak with some individually, everything was really good, I think the weather helped too.”“Fulham was fantastic to provide for us, fantastic conditions for our training session,” Mourinho went on to add.
The country will host the FIFA Club World Cup in December in the cities of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain; so far four teams are qualified: Real Madrid, Chivas de Guadalajara, Team Wellington and Al-AinThe United Arab Emirates will host the FIFA Club World Cup in December, and Abu Dhabi wants to amplify the country’s international credentials for supporting world-class sportings events, reported Emirates New Agency WAM on Sunday.“The FIFA Club World Cup is now intrinsically linked to Abu Dhabi since the emirate has hosted three previous editions and we’ve done a good job as far as FIFA, sponsors, teams, and fans are concerned. All of the feedback from previous years has been overwhelmingly positive,” Major General Mohammed Khalfan Al Romaithi said.OFFICIAL: Qatar will host the next two Club World Cups Manuel R. Medina – June 3, 2019 FIFA has announced today that the next two competitions will be played as planned, after meeting today in Paris.The tournament will take place between December 12th to the 22nd, with eight matches played between the cities of Al Ain and Abu Dhabi. The competition will feature continental club champions from six FIFA confederations: Europe (UEFA), Oceania (OFC), Africa (CAF), Asia (AFC), South America (CONMEBOL), North and Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF), and host team Al Ain FC.“Personally, I would love to see a really popular team from Africa – perhaps an Egyptian team – because it would really boost attendances in specific matches at the start of the tournament. In terms of Asia, we’re hoping for a confederation champion that corresponds with a large community living in Abu Dhabi. This is key to maximizing attendance from fans living in the UAE,” added Al Romaithi.A FIFA delegation will visit the country in September to check out the infrastructure available for the tournament, such as stadiums and training pitches, but according to Al Romaithi, the local organization team is already one step ahead.
Cagliari have confirmed the signing of Liverpool’s Estonian defender Ragnar Klavan on a two-year deal.The Italian club released a statement on their official website which reads: “Cagliari Calcio announces that it has acquired from Liverpool FC the right to the sports performances of the player Ragnar Klavan who arrives in rossoblù outright by signing a contract until 2020.”“Left-footed, a powerful physique, strong in aerial play, can also be used as a left side. A player of considerable reliability, accustomed to pressure, Klavan will bring his personality, charisma and leadership skills into rossoblù.”Cagliari also confirmed the move on Twitter.Ragnar #Klavan è rossoblù ??Welcome to Sardinia!➡️ https://t.co/H43DnCtSS1#benvenutoKlavan pic.twitter.com/B1TkvUKYjtVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.— Cagliari Calcio (@CagliariCalcio) August 17, 2018The 32-year-old captains the Estonia national side and has completed his move to Cagliari, according to Football Italia.The former Liverpool defender was in the final year of his contract at Anfield and Cagliari are understand to have paid £2m for his services.Klavan never established himself as a first-choice in the Liverpool defence but made more than 50 appearances since joining from Augsburg in 2016.
Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac fears for the club’s winger Kingsley Coman after he picked up an injury in their opening game of the season against Hoffenheim.The manager who was taking charge of his first game in the Bundesliga fears Coman could have reinjured the same ankle that underwent surgery back in February.The Frenchman was helped off the pitch after being on the receiving end of a strong challenge from Hoffenheim’s Nico Schulz.The 22-year-old was making his first Bundesliga appearance since a blow to the same ankle scuppered his hopes of a spot in France’s World Cup squad.While the extent of the damage is not yet known, Kovac is concerned it could force Coman into another lengthy spell on the sideline.“It doesn’t look good for now. He is in severe pain,” the Croatian told reporters.” As quoted by SportsKeeda.Match Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).“He will have tests tonight. I hope it’s not serious but we are fearing the worst.”Adam Szalai’s equalizer for Hoffenheim and Coman’s injury looked to put a dampener on Kovac’s first Bundesliga match in charge.The champions eventually prevailed after Robert Lewandowski converted a contentious penalty at the second time of asking before Arjen Robben sealed three points with a late third.However, an honest Kovac admitted that, had he been in charge, he would not have awarded the game-changing spot-kick that allowed Bayern to retake the lead in the 82nd minute.Franck Ribery made the most of a Havard Nordtveit tackle and Hoffenheim protests were waved away by referee Bastian Dankert.“[The foul] wasn’t crystal clear,” Kovac said. “I wouldn’t have given it.”
Jurgen Klopp said Liverpool are still involved in a marathon and will not be complacent with their Premier League title chances.Klopp’s men surged nine points clear at the top of the table with a 5-1 mauling of Arsenal on Saturday.Rivals Man City could reduce the gap to seven points if they win at Southampton before they host Liverpool on Thursday.Asked about Liverpool’s nine-point cushion over Tottenham, who lost to Wolves earlier in the day, Klopp said via Sky: “I would really love that we switch and you all come here and I come there.Mo Salah laughs off Sadio Mane incident with a brilliant video Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Mohamed Salah laughed off his little spat with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane by posting a brilliant video showing they’ve made up.“In our case, by the way, tomorrow it will be seven and when we play against Man City it could be four. It’s possible.“I’m not the smartest person in the world but I’m really not an idiot – not always, at least. It’s absolutely not important how many points you are ahead in December, even in the end of December.”Klopp also said knowing Tottenham had lost made no difference to their approach against Arsenal.“Before the game we heard because it was on all the screens about the result of Tottenham. Did you think the party started already?” he added. “I didn’t see a smile on any faces in the dressing room. Just see it [the result] and then go on.
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 18, 2017 – Nassau – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. Peter Turnquest gave details in the House of Assembly of the Government’s recent success at issuing a benchmark US$750 million bond issue, which has been opened to the markets and priced, and is expected to close on November 21, 2017. He made the statement on Wednesday, November 15, 2017.DPM Turnquest also took the time to set the record straight in response to numerous reports in the Press and social media about the transaction, which characterised it as “lacking in transparency and fiscal prudence.”“Nothing could be further from the truth. There was absolutely nothing devious, surreptitious or imprudent about this transaction or the manner in which it was handled. There are certain ways these transactions are handled in the international market, and we are appropriately guided by our investors in this regard,” he told the Members of Parliament.DPM Turnquest explained that all of the Government’s financing activities are conducted within the constraints of its approved borrowing authorities, and shaped and informed by pragmatic debt management strategies.“These strategies, for example, take into consideration the size and currency composition of the Government’s financing requirements; the identification, analysis and preferences of potential funding sources—whether it is best to source the debt in domestic or foreign currency; and, of course, with due consideration to market liquidity, cost and risk factors.“To be sure, such analysis and evaluation requires interaction with other agencies—especially our bankers, and most certainly the Central Bank. As is customary, we collaborate very closely with the Central Bank, which manages the issuance of government paper in the domestic market, for advice on domestic liquidity conditions—how much excess loanable funds are in the system, and what is the appetite of the main investors in government paper—the banks and institutional investors (pension funds and the insurance companies) to increasing their holdings.”He said these factors, including foreign reserves considerations, not only influence the timing and size of potential issues, but also determine decisions on whether borrowings are undertaken in domestic or foreign currency. Such decisions involve serious and considered deliberations by the Government in managing the country’s debt. The DPM noted that during the 2017/18 Budget Communication, two borrowing resolutions were approved by the House.The first covered the additional funding approval of $400 million to settle the outstanding arrears for FY2016/17 and the second was in respect of FY2017/18, and provided for financing to cover the overall budget deficit, estimated at $322.3 million, and refinancing/debt repayment obligations, which are now projected at $600.2 million.He said, “Therefore, while the total borrowing envelope under these two approved resolutions totaled approximately $1,322.7 million, the increment to the outstanding debt was and remains $722.3 million, as the $600.2 million in refinancing/debt repayment would have a neutral impact on debt levels.”DPM Turnquest also noted that it is instructive to mention, that, at the beginning of each Fiscal Year, one of the first things that the Government sets out to do, through its Treasury Department, is to develop monthly cash flow projections—based on how it perceives the evolution of revenue performance and the timing of its outlays.“These projections are calibrated, on an ongoing basis, to ensure that there are sufficient funds available to meet the Government’s budgetary requirements, as and when needed.“It is now common knowledge that there were pressing funding needs at the end of the past fiscal year and the outset of the current period, which placed an urgent requirement on policymakers to identify immediate funding sources to meet these obligations.”He said after an evaluation of the funding options, the Government moved expeditiously to source several short-term bridging facilities, which included US Dollar bank credits ($450 million) and domestic treasury bills and bank advances ($300 million).“I want to emphasize that these facilities were always contemplated to be short-term in nature, with a subsequent “terming out”, i.e., lengthening of the maturities to achieve a more favourable debt servicing profile. And having considered conditions in the domestic market, and the number of significant rollovers contemplated, the intention was to explore the possibility of rolling up these short-term credits into an international bond issue.”The bonds, characterized as a 10-Year weighted average life bond, was priced at a coupon or interest rate of 6.00 per cent, which is some 250 basis points above the pricing obtained in the Government’s last bond issuance in 2014 when it enjoyed investment grade credit status.It is to be repaid in three equal annual installments, commencing on November 21, 2026, and with a final maturity on November 21, 2028. T he 6.00 per cent yield is equivalent to a spread of 362.1 basis points above the US Treasury’s 10-year benchmark bond.The Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. and RBC Capital Markets, LLC. managed the offer as joint book runners.By: Llonella Gilbert (BIS) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Homer Electric Crews responded to a large power outage the affected 1,192 members from Kasilof heading south toward Homer, around 12:12 a.m., this morning. Currently the number of members without power has now been reduced to 192, according to Shelley it would be a couple of more hours till power is fully restored. According to Bruce Shelley with HEA, at 2:39 a.m., power had been restored to 645 members. The cause of the outage is a faulted insulator in Kasilof, and a cross arm was also damaged by this fault. HEA crews are still on scene working to restore power to the 192 members. Updates will be posted as they are made available.
If a driver encounters an avalanche affecting the highway, ADOT&PF recommends:Do not step outside the vehicle.Do not attempt to drive through the avalanche debris, regardless of size.Drive away immediately to a safe location outside the avalanche zone.Call 911 and report the avalanche to Alaska State Troopers. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享November is Avalanche Education Awareness month and the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) wants Alaska’s drivers to be aware of avalanche zones as they travel the state’s highways this winter. Jim Kennedy, ADOT&PF avalanche specialist: “Our goal is to improve safety for highway users by reducing avalanche hazards while minimizing avalanche related traffic delays and road closures. We want Alaskans to be alert to avalanche area highway signs and stay safe when traveling.” ADOT&PF recommends the following practices for drivers traveling in avalanche prone areas:Check 511.alaska.gov or call 511 for current road conditions before traveling.Do not stop in avalanche areas.Always travel with emergency supplies in case of extended road closures.Expect delays when ADOT&PF is conducting avalanche hazard reduction work. Avalanche areas exist across Alaska. ADOT&PF avalanche specialists monitor highway avalanche risk by tracking weather, terrain and snowpack conditions. Common conditions that increase avalanche hazards include significant amounts of new snow or rain, strong winds and rapid changes in temperature.
North Korea on Thursday attacked ongoing joint military exercises between Seoul and Washington as an “open challenge” to moves towards peace on the Korean peninsula.The US and South Korea agreed on Sunday to replace two major war games that take place every spring — the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle drills — with a shorter “Dong Maeng” or “Alliance” exercise which kicked off this week.The move was designed to further ease tensions with the North following the dramatic detente since early 2018.There are close to 30,000 US troops stationed in South Korea, and their annual drills with tens of thousands of South Korean soldiers have always infuriated the North — with Pyongyang condemning the manoeuvres as provocative rehearsals for invasion.However, following the first meeting between US president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore last year, Trump raised eyebrows at a press conference when he said Washington would suspend the “very provocative” US joint military exercises with South Korea.The two leaders also signed a vaguely-worded pledge on denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.But the North’s official KCNA news agency has now warned that the ongoing nine-day drills were an “open challenge” against efforts for peace and stability.”The ill-boding moves of the South Korean military authorities and the US are a wanton violation of the DPRK-US joint statement and the north-south declarations in which the removal of hostility and tensions were committed to,” it said, using the acronym for the North’s official name.The flare-up comes just days after Trump and Kim Jong Un held a second summit, this time in Vietnam, but the talks broke up early with no progress toward Washington’s goal of getting the isolated country to give up its nuclear weapons.Following the stalemate, researchers said this week that Pyongyang was rebuilding the Sohae long-range rocket site after Kim had agreed last year to shut it as part of confidence-building measures.Trump said he would be “very, very disappointed” if the reports proved true.
X The doctor walked in and asked Rodney Mills a blunt question: “How are you going to treat your HIV?”That’s how the Houstonian got the shocking diagnosis. It was Valentine’s Day 1991. The diagnosis would be difficult for anyone but was especially shocking for Mills because he thought only gay white men got the disease. He’s a heterosexual African American.To deal with the new fear and stress he faced, Mills got counseling from The Montrose Center. To deal with the medical aspects of his new diagnosis, he received medical care from the Thomas Street Clinic, Harris County’s facility for AIDS care. He went on to volunteer there, working to cut wait times and improve the patient experience. He’s also served on the HIV Heterosexual Task Force to raise awareness in minority communities that HIV impacts those beyond the LGBT community.Dr. Adan Rios knows a few things about treating HIV/AIDS too. In the 1980s, he worked at MD Anderson’s Houston’s Institute of Immunological Disorders, the first hospital in the U.S. dedicated solely to AIDS patients and AIDS research. He says he witnessed shocking discrimination against patients with AIDS in those days.Tori Williams saw plenty of that discrimination too, firsthand. She was a pioneering activist and social worker at the forefront of the response to AIDS in the mid-1980s. For the last 17 years, she’s served as director of support for the Ryan White Planning Council and is a co-founder of The Oral History Project at Rice University, which is collecting and preserving the experiences of people impacted by the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Houston and Southeast Texas.On this World AIDS Day, Mills, Rios, and Williams share their experiences and talk about the challenges those with HIV/AIDS in Greater Houston still face today. Listen 00:00 /21:16 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share
About 200 people gathered at the Temple of Praise in Southeast, D.C. on Jan. 27 for the funeral service of Vivian Marrow, according to Marrow’s sister.Marrow, 68, a wheelchair bound resident, was murdered on Jan. 16 after being caught in the crossfire of a neighborhood shooting in Southeast, D.C.Vivian Marrow, a disabled woman, was shot and killed in the District on Jan. 16. (Courtesy photo)“It was packed,” Renee Green, a resident of Woodbridge, Va., told the AFRO. “I guess the whole neighborhood was empty because they were all there.”Green, 63, said that even though her sister was confined to a scooter, the mother of three, grandmother of 12 and great grandmother of 25, spent her days sitting outside of her home chatting with neighbors and helping others when she could.She was known as the “Candy Lady” around the 2400 block of Elvans Road, SE where she had lived alone for going on 30 years, Green said.On Jan. 16 around 10:16 a.m., Marrow was out front of her apartment complex heading to a local grocery store when she was gunned down after being caught in the middle of a violent altercation, D.C. police said.Officials released video surveillance of the incident on Jan. 18. The video shows Marrow riding her wheelchair along the front of her apartment complex when two men ran around the corner. Shots are fired and Marrow is struck.“She couldn’t run, duck a bullet if she tried, they ran in between where she was,” said Green, the youngest of Marrow’s three siblings. “It was senseless.”Green said Marrow was the “jokester” in the family. She grew up in Southwest, D.C. and lived with her mother Justine Brown. Marrow’s father passed away when she was 8-years-old from liver complications.Decades ago, Marrow was hit by a bus in D.C., crushing her legs. She struggled with mobility after the accident and her disability caused her to experience depression which she treated with counseling and medication, her sister said.“That took a lot of her youth in terms of working,” Green explained. She said Marrow who she nicknamed, “Big Red” had difficulty in the workforce. “She wasn’t able to get out there and get a job like the rest of us were able to.”Nonetheless Marrow persevered and did her best to stay active. She would leave her home on her scooter and travel around the area often.Green said the crash made her sister appreciate life more and led to her being a helpful member of the community, assisting others whenever she was able, “giving her last” sometimes.“She didn’t have a lot to do but if she could feed you, by God she would do that.”Now, Green and her family are hoping the death of Marrow will help put an end to the ongoing violence in D.C. So far, the Marrow has been the only homicide with the area of Evans Road, SE this year. The city had a total of eight homicides in 2017 as of Feb. 1.“This incident, the way it happened, I just know this won’t go away. They will try to do something about it,” Green said.Police are still investigating the murder or Marrow, but Green is hopeful her sister’s killing will encourage authorities to improve the living conditions of D.C. ghettos. She said the gun violence stems from the amount of illegal firearms easily accessible in the District. “You can’t shake everybody down. More police? What can you do,” she questioned.The current District homicide rate is up 14 percent as of Feb. 1, according to The Metropolitan Police Department’s website.The department did not immediately respond to the AFRO’s request for comment on the increase in murders.
With this thought, Doordarshan is set to telecast Dastan-E-Urdu, a new 13-part docu-drama series, bringing alive the fascinating history of this Indian language, breaking the myths by unveiling several interesting cross-cultural connections every Sunday at 9:30 pm. Directed by Aparna Srivastava Reddy and produced by eminent Urdu activist Kamna Prasad, the 13 part series of Dastan-E-Urdu explores the journey of Urdu language and its mushtarqa tehzeeb. Be it literature, journalism or popular culture, expressed in recent times through theatre, films, television or the new media, Urdu language has retained its eminent place in the mind and hearts of people. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In order to showcase the language’s grandeur and its tehzeeb in purest sense, Dastan-E-Urdu has deployed deep research into Urdu’s language journey, while conceptualising it. Dastan-E-Urdu takes the viewer on a pan-India journey, capturing all the aspects and nuances that underscore Urdu’s poetic opulence, its Ganga-Jamuni syncretic essence as well its everlasting, universal appeal.‘Understanding the evolution of Urdu, gives fresh insights into who we are as Indians’ is the bottom line of the show. Covering myriad shades and influences of Urdu language, the programme is being shot all over the country – from Kashmir to Kerala. It delves into dramatisation of key personalities and reconstructions of key periods in the history of the language. Galaxy of experts including Prof Gopi Chand Narang, Javed Akhtar, Prof Shamim Hanfi, Shamsur Rehman Farukhi, Pt Gulzar Dehlvi, Prof Mushirul Hasan, Dr Karan Singh and Farooq Sheikh among other stalwarts creates a panoramic view of Urdu’s evolutionary journey for the viewer. The music for the show is given by Shubha Mudgal.
New Delhi: Trinamool Congress leader Dinesh Trivedi today asked the government to come out with the “real reasons” behind the cash crunch across the country, including whether there are plans to discontinue the Rs 2,000 denomination notes.”I feel that the real reason for the cash crunch is because the government has perhaps decided to discontinue the Rs 2,000 denomination currency notes,” Trivedi, who is a member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance, said here. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsDemanding an immediate statement from the government on “the truth behind the cash crunch”, he told PTI that “the people have a right to know and you cannot hoodwink them in a democracy.” Asking whether the printing of the Rs 2,000 notes has been stopped, the Lok Sabha member said “the government should not hide facts from the people” and added that he has himself not been getting this high value currency note from the banks over the past few months. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedReferring to the demonetisation exercise in 2016, Trivedi said the Rs 2,000 denomination notes were brought in then to match the quantum of money that had gone out of circulation due to the scrapping of the old Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 currencies.Several opposition parties had yesterday questioned the cash crunch, with Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee asking whether there was a financial emergency in the country.In a tweet, she had said “Seeing reports of ATMs running out of cash in several States. Big notes missing. Reminder of #DeMonetisation days. Is there a Financial Emergency going on in the country? #CashCrunch #CashlessATMs.”
The organisers of MIPCOM say that 12,900 people attended this year’s market in Cannes. Of the total 4,400 were buyers and significantly, Reed Midem, which runs the TV trade show, said 500 of those were dedicated buyers for digital services or platforms. Reed Midem added that as well as there being a lot of digital buyers in town this year, the digital platforms were also in Cannes to talk to partners about production.“Companies such as Netflix, Google/YouTube or Hulu have been attending MIPCOM for several years, but mostly as buyers,” said Laurine Garaude, director of Reed Midem’s television division. “Today, they are very much involved in developing great content.” Other trends this year included an uptick in the number of attendees from Latin America, up 36% year-on-year, and China, up 30%. DreamWorks made its first appearance at the market and the Hollywood studios all had a presence. The number of US companies in Cannes was up 11% on last year’s event.
Vodafone has been named as best fibre-optic network operator in Europe at the FTTH Council Europe event in Stocholm.Vodafone received the Operator Award for FTTH for its deployment in Portugal, Spain and Italy.Vodafone Portugal CEO Mário Vaz received the award at the FTTH Council Europe conference in Stockholm this week.Vodafone has committed to spend an additional €3 billion in its networks across the three countries over the next two years.“In Portugal , we strive to give the best to consumers and ensure that they have a choice. Despite all the challenges and difficulties , we are reinforcint our investment to more than €500 million within the next two years,” said Vaz.“Innovation, modernity and striving to offer the best deals to customers is part of the DNA of Vodafone and this award – which makes us very proud – is a recognition of the work that we have undertaken.”