10 months agoPSG midfielder Rabiot considers Liverpool after ‘several conversations’

first_imgPSG midfielder Rabiot considers Liverpool after ‘several conversations’by Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool have held several conversations with imminent free agent Adrien Rabiot.The midfielder will be out of contract with PSG at the end of the season and is currently free to negotiate with foreign clubs.Barcelona have reportedly been leading the race for Rabiot’s signature, despite the Spanish giants releasing a statement denying they had tapped up the 23-year-old.But according to French publication L’Equipe, Liverpool are also seriously being considered by Rabiot, who has held talks with Jurgen Klopp and his team on a number of occasions.PSG have resigned to losing Rabiot and could sell him this month rather than lose him on a free in the summer. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Eagle Bulk Buys One More Crown63 Ultramax

first_imgConnecticut-based owner and operator of dry bulk vessels Eagle Bulk Shipping has acquired a 2015-built Crown-63 Ultramax bulk carrier.As informed, the ship was purchased for USD 21.275 million.Although the name of the ship was not disclosed, VesselsValue’s data shows that Eagle Bulk bought the 2015-built Ultramax bulker Essence of Seatrek from Seatrek Trans on December 13.The 63,500 dwt vessel was constructed at Yangzhou Dayang Shipbuilding in China, the same yard as the nine Ultramaxes acquired by the company earlier this year, and is of similar design.The bulker is scheduled to be delivered to the company in January 2018 and will be renamed the M/V New London Eagle, Eagle Bulk said.Including the M/V New London Eagle, the company’s fleet will comprise 47 vessels, including 12 Ultramaxes purchased over the last 12 months.last_img read more

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China denies CPEC intensified Pakistans economic risks

first_imgBeijing: China on Monday refuted the criticism that the USD 60 billion CPEC has intensified Pakistan’s economic risks, saying that less than 20 per cent of the current projects under the initiative are using Chinese loans. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which connects Gwadar Port in Balochistan with China’s Xinjiang province, is the flagship project of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). As China pressed ahead with the BRI, it drew strong criticism that Chinese projects are being built with heavy interest rates and without due diligence studies about their viability, leaving the smaller countries in heavy debt. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US India has also protested to China over the CPEC as it traverses through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told the media here on Monday that the CPEC is a symbol of China-Pakistan cooperation in the new era and also an important pilot programme of the BRI. Defending the massive infusion of Chinese money into Pakistan, which is a close ally of Beijing, Lu said carrying out major projects with international financing is a global practice. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls It is also an effective approach for developing countries to handle the financial bottlenecks and foster growth, he said. “Only less than 20 per cent of the current CPEC projects are using Chinese loans and more than 80 per cent of them are directly invested by China or using Chinese grants,” he said. “So, these CPEC projects didn’t further increase Pakistan’s burden. On the contrary, it is strengthening Pakistan’s economy,” he said. “It has greatly improved Pakistan’s infrastructure and power supply and of course it is welcomed by Pakistan government and its people,” he said.last_img read more

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Texas AM Pulled Off A 1in3000 Comeback

When the dust cleared on those 35 seconds, the Aggies had scored six times — for 14 points — in the span of six possessions; they’d also forced four Northern Iowa turnovers in five possessions. They’d tied the game, forcing overtime, and would eventually win in double OT to complete the most bewildering comeback in the history of March Madness.In a certain sense, if each possession is a coin flip to score or not, the Aggies basically flipped heads 10 times in 11 tries — the likelihood of which is about 1 in 171.1That’s maybe even a little generous. According to data from Synergy Sports Tech, the Aggies scored on just 43.5 percent of their possessions this season. But even that vastly understates Texas A&M’s comeback probability, because some of its field goals needed to be 3-pointers, and the pressure exerted by the clock cannot be understated. Even as the Aggies had the ball, trailing by just 2 points with five seconds to play, Northern Iowa was still very likely to win because they only had to avoid giving up the tying bucket.In our database of 15,139 men’s college basketball games since the 2012-13 season,2That’s as much play-by-play data as we have access to in the ESPN database. nine games (including Sunday’s) saw a team come back to win from down 10 or more points with less than two minutes remaining. None of the other eight comebacks was executed in fewer than 62 seconds — nearly twice as much time as Texas A&M had to work with. And in terms of deficits overcome with exactly 35 seconds remaining, 12 points is by far the largest in our database; the previous high had been 8 points, when Canisius fought back against Louisiana-Monroe in December. In more than 570 tries apiece, no team had come back from down 9, 10, 11 or 12 points in 35 seconds over the past four years of Division I men’s basketball. And yet, in those final 35 seconds of regulation, as the turnovers started mounting for Northern Iowa and the points began adding up for Texas A&M, the tide began to turn: Fresh off a miraculous buzzer-beating win over Texas on Friday, the Northern Iowa men’s basketball team had pretty much capped off another upset over a Lone Star State school Sunday night when it led Texas A&M by 12 points with 35 seconds to play in the teams’ second-round NCAA matchup.Sure, the Aggies figured to play out the string hard, gambling for steals and committing fouls, but the game was essentially over — teams simply don’t come back from deficits so large with so little time remaining. In fact, you could have spotted the Panthers half that lead, and victory still would have been practically assured.That’s why our win probability chart considered the Panthers’ victory about as certain as it gets, well above 99.9 percent likely: It was enough to make other historic college basketball comebacks, such as Illinois over Arizona and Duke over Maryland, look downright pedestrian by comparison.In cases like this, it’s difficult to estimate the exact probability of a comeback, just because the model is verging on the realm of hypothetical possibilities instead of observed realities. (It also can’t account for specific, meaningful factors such as the Panthers’ top inbounder, Matt Bohannon, leaving the game with an injury right before his team’s meltdown began.) But based on all of the things our model does take into account, we assigned Texas A&M a 1-in-3,333 chance of winning when its deficit was 12 with 35 seconds left.In other words, you could play out Sunday night’s end-game scenario thousands more times and never once see the Aggies move on to the Sweet 16.For the sake of context, it’s important to remember that a few points are enough to make a very big difference, and that difference is much of what makes Sunday’s comeback so impressive. (For instance, Tracy McGrady’s 13 points in 33 seconds began with the Rockets down 8.) At the season level, the biggest collapses in baseball history have happened over glacial time scales compared with an NCAA Tournament game, and only one might be on the same level as Northern Iowa’s loss: when the 1995 California Angels missed the playoffs despite what FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver estimated to be 8,332-to-1 odds against it. Likewise, in his book “Mathletics,” statistician Wayne Winston estimated the odds against the Buffalo Bills beating the Houston Oilers when they trailed 35-3 with 28 minutes to play in their infamous 1993 playoff game and arrived at 1-in-3,825.Texas A&M’s performance Sunday has joined those games on the outer edge of the probability spectrum, and it’s difficult to imagine any comeback being much more improbable. Then again, in a crazy NCAA Tournament such as this, maybe the Aggies have simply given the next few rounds something to shoot for.Check out FiveThirtyEight’s 2016 March Madness Predictions. read more

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Hitchcock deserved the boot

After 59 games, Blue Jackets head coach Ken Hitchcock was finally fired.For many, it comes as no surprise. For others, Hitchcock was a scapegoat for guilty parties all around.But if you know anything about last season’s playoff berth and this season’s continued disappointment, Hitchcock’s departure should seem like a long-overdue farewell.Ultimately, the problem lies herein: When you build a program enough to finally reach the playoffs, you send a message to fans and the NHL community that you’re becoming a legitimate team that can be taken seriously.Yes, the Jackets are a newer program among teams with long-standing histories. Yes, the Jackets have the right to build a program for a few years and work out the kinks. No one holds that against any new team starting from the ground up.But once you make it to the playoffs, it’s like a signal to the executives and stakeholders in the NHL that maybe you’re ready to be a respectable contender in the league. Next season should be a step forward, not a jog a mile back.Last season the Jackets went 41-31-10 in 82 games for 92 points. That’s an adequate showing for a team that was finally breaking through.The Jackets boasted 11 shutouts and were only shut out six times. They ended the season fourth in the Central Division and 16th in the League out of 30 teams. That’s not bad, especially when the Western Conference houses a majority of the best teams in the league.At the time of Hitchcock’s firing, the Jackets were 23-27-9 with a total of 55 points on the season. While they’re 13-9-5 at home, they’re a disappointing 10-18-4 on the road. If that’s not enough, they went 2-9-5 in December and only 7-7 in January.Now, you might be thinking, the season isn’t over yet and it’s too early to criticize and compare. But you have to take into account where they stand compared to last year.In the Western Conference, the Jackets are 14th out of 15 teams. In the league standings, they’re 26th out of 30 teams. They currently sit nine points out of a playoff spot in conference. Can we say “letdown?”But here’s the real kicker. While 18th in the league in goals for, the Jackets have fallen apart in the defensive zone, ranking 29th out of 30 teams in goals against. For a coach that is known for his defensive-minded planning, to be 29th in the league is ridiculous.An even bigger indicator of a downward spiral is attendance. While the recession plays a role in diminishing numbers, after a playoff berth, the general consensus is that there is hype for next season. Ticket sales should go up.But out of 27 home games this season, 16 of them have amassed crowds of less than 15,000. That’s 60 percent of home games pulling in less than 80 percent of seats. With 85.7 percent attendance last season, the numbers show another downturn in Blue Jacket enthusiasm.While Steve Mason’s presence in goal has been dismal this season and the overall effort by the players is lacking, change needs to happen.General Manager Scott Howson said this season has been disappointing all around for fans and the responsibility rests with management, coaches and players. But after announcing Hitchcock’s departure, he explained the most obvious reason.Hitchcock “earned and received the opportunity to turn things around this season,” Howson said. “But unfortunately that has not happened and it has become apparent that change is in the best interest of our organization.”Change. An example would be when Philadelphia Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren decided to fire coach John Stevens in late November. The team was 13-11-1 and had 27 points on the season. For a team expected to perform well throughout the regular season and compete for the Stanley Cup, .500 hockey was simply unacceptable and a change was necessary.Holmgren brought in Peter Laviolette to replace Stevens, and although the first few games under Laviolette showed no immediate response, in the past few weeks the Flyers have caught fire and are now in the playoff picture.For the Jackets, change is something they need to end the season on a different note. Howson said the necessary change wouldn’t come from trading or releasing players or uprooting management.For Hitchcock, his old-school style of coaching seems to be failing in an ever-changing, fast-paced age of hockey. To keep up, the Jackets made a change. A change for the better. read more

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Petit believes Argentinas bad performance could wake team for better

first_imgArgentina has failed to prove their worth by making an impact so far at Russia 2018 as the nation is on the verge of an early World Cup exit following their humiliating 3-0 defeat to Croatia on Friday.However, Messi’s brilliance on that occasion masked serious flaws with Sampaoli’s set-up, and former Barca player Emmanuel Petit believes slumping out in the group stage could be the wakeup call Argentina needs.“The whole team’s body language was so poor, no confidence, no trust between each other. The way they looked, I cannot see Argentina qualifying now,” he said via The Nation.Raheem Sterling, EnglandTop 5 best players from the international break weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 After a fresh international break just came to an end, we need to talk about the Top 5 best players during this whole weekend.We…“It would be a shame to see them qualify, because against Iceland they looked terrible, with no inspiration, nothing at all.“And the manager Sampaoli has made so many mistakes since the start of the tournament, in choosing his team, making substitutions, everything.“You remember so many Argentina teams with great players in the past, but this team is so far from those. They look terrible.”last_img read more

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Brendan Rodgers issues Celtic warning

first_imgCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers has warned the club to make some quality signings or risk going backward.Brendan Rodgers wants Belgian defender Jason Denayer for a second spell on loan, and the club are refusing to give up in their transfer battle with Aston Villa to sign £2.7m rated John McGinn.Rodgers shared the frustration of supporters over the lack of new signing. He was speaking in a press conference before Wednesday’s Champions League third-round qualifier against AEK Athens. Daily Mail reports.He said: “My role in the summer was clear; to keep the players that were here. And, at the very minimum, replace the players we lost and where we might need improving.”“So we did the first part with Kieran (Tierney) and Tom (Rogic). Tom re-signed, which is great. We sign Odsonne (Edouard), which is a no-brainer.”“But there are still a few key areas where I want to bring in quality and, thus far, we haven’t completed on it.”Leicester City, Manchester UnitedMatch Preview: Manchester United vs Leicester City Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Old Trafford is the venue for the Premier League encounter between Manchester United and Leicester City, which kicks off at 16:00 (CET) on Saturday.‘Not a lot of players, but we needed quality. And that is something we haven’t got in the building yet to add to the class already here.”“You have to do that when you are in a strong position. I am not sure the club has been in a stronger position this summer than what they have been for quite some time.”Fearing a period of stagnation and regression due to lack of signing, the former Liverpool manager said: “Absolutely, 150 percent. We need to complete deals. It is as simple as that. One is identifying the players – which we do – and then get them over the line.”He admitted hoping to sign some players even after the English transfer deadline closes at 5 pm on Thursday; he added: ‘I would hope so.’last_img read more

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Ibrahimovic congratulates Toronto for being his 500th goal victim

first_imgThe LA Galaxy and Swedish striker scored his 500th goal in his career, joining Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the third best active scorer in the worldLA Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his 500th career goal on Saturday against Canadian club Toronto.The Swedish footballer is playing with Los Angeles in the Major League Soccer (MLS) in the United States.Even after his team lost 5-3 against Toronto, Zlatan was able to score a goal, and now is congratulating the Canadian squad for being on the receiving side of his shots.“I am happy for Toronto because they will be remembered as my 500th victim,” he told reporters as echoed by Four Four Two.“I was close to the goal. It reminds me of a goal I did in Ajax. It came from a cross and I turned around and hit it. I was just trying to hit the goal and it went in.”Lionel Messi, Paul PogbaPaul Pogba has spoken to Lionel Messi over his future Andrew Smyth – September 10, 2019 Manchester United star Paul Pogba had a chat with Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Zinedine Zidane and many others over his future, says his brother.“I mean, from my personal objective, it’s fantastic. I probably have more goals than the guys on the field have games together. Of course, it’s huge,” he continued.“I don’t know how many have scored 500 goals in their career, but I am one of them and if would feel nicer if we win the game but still, I did it so there is nothing I will hide from.”Ibrahimovic joins Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo, as three of the active players in the world with more than 500 goals.500 pic.twitter.com/EObuJwoaMA— Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) September 16, 2018last_img read more

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Rooney to address England players ahead of sendoff

first_imgEngland manager Gareth Southgate has asked Wayne Rooney to address national teammate before his last international appearance.Rooney will make his final appearance for England in a friendly match against the United States on Thursday, for his last and 120th cap.The former Manchester United striker is slated to come on as a substitute in the friendly match and has revealed that he will be speaking to some of England’s younger players before ending his international career.“I’m sure that [a talk for the players] will happen in the next couple of days,” Rooney told Sky Sports.“Whether it’s to the full group or to some of the younger players, we’re still working out how to do that.“I think for the players it’s important that what I say they can take what they want from it, it might help them.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“The important thing is they keep learning what the coaches want from them.“There was a pressure on myself which obviously when you’re in that mode you don’t want to admit there is pressure on you to perform.“I’ve stepped back from that now so you can look back and analyze why that was.“There was a pressure on the team obviously to perform and sometimes having that pressure makes you try too hard and makes you a bit anxious where maybe you don’t enjoy it as much as you should.“My youngest boy has never had the opportunity to see me in an England shirt, so it will be nice to have my four boys there and to have that moment with my children and enjoy it.”last_img read more

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Senate Passes State Spending Limit

first_img“Alaska must control its spending in order to refill our savings accounts and sustain constitutionally required programs Alaskans rely on in their everyday lives,” said Senate Majority Leader Peter Micciche (R-Soldotna). “Senate Bill 196 will help constrain the growth of government, so in the future we don’t find ourselves in the same difficult fiscal situation we face today.” “Had we had an effective spending cap in place during the fiscal years of 2006 through 2014, we would have about $15 billion in our Constitutional Budget Reserve right now,” said Sen. Natasha von Imhof (R-Anchorage). “A spending cap could give the Legislature the discipline it needs to keep state spending at a reasonable level from one year to the next.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Senate today passed a bill to limit the growth of state spending. The limit does not apply to appropriations to the Alaska Permanent Fund, payments for Permanent Fund dividends, required spending for state debt obligations, capital projects, or to meet a state of disaster declared by the governor as prescribed by law. The bill also has a three year “look back” provision to evaluate how the limit is working. “SB 196 plants a seed for a future tree of fiscal sustainability for Alaskans,” said Sen. Micciche. “Had the Legislature passed this bill 15 years ago, we would have billions more in savings, new taxes would not be a primary objective for the current House Majority, and it’s unlikely the governor would have cut Permanent Fund dividends.” To promote transparency with the public, the bill requires the governor to submit a report, along with the budget, comparing the governor’s spending proposal with the spending limit. In addition, the spending limit adjusts over time to reflect changes in inflation. The spending limit is a key priority for the Senate Majority. The Senate passed a spending limit in 2017 paired with a bill that placed guard rails around draws from the Permanent Fund earnings reserve, but the spending limit provision was rejected by the House Majority. This year, the Senate passed the spending limit as a standalone bill to simplify negotiations with the House on a solution to the state’s budget deficit. SB 196, sponsored by the Senate Finance Committee, caps unrestricted general fund (UGF) spending at $4.1 billion. SB 196 passed the Senate by a vote of 13 to zero after Senate Democrats opposed the bill during the floor debate and chose to not participate in the vote. The bill is now on its way to the Alaska House of Representatives for consideration.last_img read more

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