Woodward and Man Utd board warming to Solskjaer stayby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer is edging closer to being named permanent manager at Manchester United.Chief Ed Woodward and United’s hierarchy have been wowed by the Norwegian’s 100 per cent start, says The Sun.The executive vice-chairman went into the Wembley dressing room after the 1-0 victory against Spurs to congratulate Solskjaer on the job he is doing.The Old Trafford powerbrokers initially only had Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino in their sights.But former striker Solskjaer’s record-breaking six wins from his first six games has hugely impressed them.Now the clamour for him to get the job permanently is growing not only among the fans and players but in the boardroom, too. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Twitter/@Stephen_Bailey1Every summer, Syracuse football heads up to Fort Drum in Northern New York, home of the 10th Mountain Division, to get away from the distractions of campus for a few days and connect with the local military community. Today, the team is incorporating pugil fighting into practice, while in full pads. We’ve never quite seen a football drill like this…Rob Trudo beats Donnie Simmons in bugle fighting: pic.twitter.com/uWBiMjRrW2— Stephen Bailey (@Stephen_Bailey1) August 19, 2015Erv Philips vs. Antwan Cordy pic.twitter.com/76Mv7hzksK— Stephen Bailey (@Stephen_Bailey1) August 19, 2015An early look at the 2016 QB battle. Eric Dungey vs. Austin Wilson pic.twitter.com/muqELWXjwa— Stephen Bailey (@Stephen_Bailey1) August 19, 2015Freshman OL Colin Byrne vs. DE Jake Pickard pic.twitter.com/xWLfZcmECE— Stephen Bailey (@Stephen_Bailey1) August 19, 2015The intensity is a welcome sight for Syracuse fans. The Orange opens the season on September 4 against Rhode Island at the Carrier Dome.
BATHURST, N.B. – One of the smallest hockey markets in Canada has big reason to celebrate, and fans in Bathurst, N.B., are doing just that.The Acadie-Bathurst Titan beat the host Regina Pats 3-0 Sunday night to claim the Memorial Cup — the first Canadian Hockey League championship in the team’s 20-year history.“It’s a statement for a small market: We won the cup,” said Bathurst Mayor Paolo Fongemie.“It feels awesome. I’m so proud of the boys, the owners and our region,” he said.With a population of just under 12,000 people, Bathurst is the smallest market to win the Memorial Cup since Flin Flon, Manitoba, won it in 1957.Close to 800 people watched the game on a big screen at an arena in Bathurst, and fan Fred Best says the celebration lasted well into the night.“I’m just trying to recover,” Best said Monday afternoon. “There was a lot of enthusiasm, a lot of cheering. We had a great time.”Best, with his usual helmet and horns, was cheering again Monday as a large crowd of residents welcomed the players home as they stepped off a plane at the regional airport in Bathurst.A parade through the downtown is planned for Tuesday evening.The team first arrived in the city in 1998 and played for the Memorial Cup in 1999 in Ottawa but didn’t win.“Twenty years later, here we are. It’s just overwhelming,” Best said.He said the team does a lot to unify the people of Bathurst and surrounding communities, and get them through long, harsh winters.“If it wasn’t for the Acadie-Bathurst Titan here, there wouldn’t be much else going on. We have a beautiful rink that seats 3,450 fans. Without them here we wouldn’t have too much,” he said.The team has seen some ups and downs over the last 20 years and could have been on the verge of moving on a couple of occasions. A group of about 30 shareholders bought the team five years ago and launched a rebuilding process.Premier Brian Gallant said the investors have done a lot for the team and the community.“Hats off to everybody in the organization, to the players and of course to the fans who have been patient and so supportive of the team,” Gallant said.Over the last 20 years, the team has produced some great players who have gone onto success in the NHL, including Patrice Bergeron and Roberto Luongo.The Titan are the first Quebec Major Junior Hockey League team to capture the Canadian major junior championship since 2013.Fongemie said the league draft is this weekend, and the win will help entice young players to want to play for Bathurst.Bathurst will be celebrating the win for some time, Fongemie said, and he hopes it sends a message across the country.“It’s great for all the other small markets that they can still dream and work hard and get it done,” he said.— By Kevin Bissett in Fredericton.
TORONTO – DesRosiers Automotive Consultants says sales of new light vehicles in Canada fell in May compared to the same month last year, the third month in a row to post a year-over-year decline.A total of 215,407 vehicles were sold, down 0.7 per cent from the May 2017 total of 216,861, but well ahead of 191,900 in April.It says Canada’s year-to-date total of 836,522 new vehicles sold is still almost 1,000 units above the previous year thanks to an abnormally strong January.However, the consulting group based in Richmond Hill, Ont., says the gap won’t last if the pattern of market declines continue into the summer months.DesRosiers reports Ford’s 33,341 units edged out General Motors at 32,831 units in May for the volume lead.GM, however, is ahead of Ford by almost 3,000 units on a year-to-date basis, with 127,299 units sold so far in 2018.Sales of light trucks were up four per cent in May at 147,337 while passenger car sales dropped 9.4 per cent to 75,172.
NEW YORK — Stock prices are moving slightly lower on Wall Street Thursday morning, a day after another big plunge rocked markets around the world.The benchmark S&P 500 index has slumped more than 5 per cent in the last six days and is now 15 per cent below the peak it reached in late September. After steady gains through the spring and summer, stocks have slumped in the fall as investors worry that global economic growth is cooling off and that the U.S. could slip into a recession in the next few years.Markets are also concerned about twin threats that could make the situation even worse: the ongoing trade dispute between the U.S. and China, which has lasted most of this year and shows few signs of easing, and rising interest rates, which act as a brake on economic growth by making it more expensive for businesses and individuals to borrow money.On Wednesday, stocks gave up an early gain and ended up with big losses after the Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the fourth time this year and signalled it was likely to continue raising rates next year, although at a slower rate than it previously forecast.Investors are responding to a weakening outlook for the U.S. economy by selling stocks and buying ultra-safe U.S. government bonds. The bond-buying has the effect of sending bond yields lower, which has the positive effect of lowering interest rates on mortgages and other kinds of long-term loans.At the same time, the lower bond yields can send a negative signal on the economy. The bond market has correctly predicted previous U.S. recessions by sending yields on long-term bonds sharply lower.Stocks took sharp losses right after trading started on Thursday, but settled down soon thereafter. In the first hour of trading, the S&P 500 index was down 9 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 2,498.The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 147 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 23,172. The Nasdaq composite fell 18 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 6,620.The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies slid 5 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 1,344.Smaller company stocks have been crushed during the recent market slump because slower growth in the U.S. will have an outsize effect on their profits. Relative to their size, they also tend to carry more debt than larger companies, which could be a problem in a slower economy with higher interest rates.The Russell 2000 is now down 23 per cent from the peak it reached in late August and it’s down 12 per cent for the year to date, twice the loss of the S&P 500 index, which tracks large companies.Oil prices continued to retreat. They’ve dropped about 40 per cent since early October as the slowing global economy and rising production have knocked prices down.Benchmark U.S. crude fell 2.9 per cent to $46.77 a barrel in New York while Brent crude, used to price international oils, dipped 2.6 per cent to $55.78 a barrel in London.Bond prices were mixed. The yield on the two-year Treasury note rose to 2.66 per cent from 2.65 per cent, but the yield on the 10-year note fell to 2.76 per cent from 2.77 per cent.The gap between those two yields has been shrinking this year. When the 10-year yield falls below the two-year yield, investors call it an “inverted yield curve.” That is often interpreted as a sign a recession is coming, although it’s not a perfect signal, and when recessions do follow inversions in the yield curve, it can take a year or more.In France, the CAC 40 lost 1.6 per cent and Germany’s DAX fell 1.5 per cent. The British FTSE 100 slipped 0.5 per cent. Indexes in Italy, Portugal and Spain took bigger losses.Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 lost 2.8 per cent and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng gave up 1 per cent. Seoul’s Kospi shed 0.9 per cent.Health care and household goods companies were taking some of the largest losses after weak results from companies including Walgreens and Conagra. Both of those companies reported disappointing sales, and Conagra sank 9.5 per cent to $26.33 while Walgreens Boots Alliance lost 2.2 per cent to $71.69.The dollar fell to 111.64 yen from 112.36 yen. The euro rose to $1.1455 from $1.1368. The British pound rose to $1.2654 from $1.2621.Technology companies, which have suffered severe losses since early October, did a bit better than the rest of the market Thursday. Apple added 0.7 per cent to $162.06 and Intel gained 1.3 per cent to $46.18.Canadian marijuana grower Tilray jumped 9.5 per cent to $77.75 after it announced a joint venture with AB InBev’s Labatt Breweries brand. The companies are planning to develop non-alcoholic drinks that contain two compounds found in marijuana, THC and CBD. Both will invest $50 million in the joint venture.On Tuesday Tilray stock jumped 16 per cent after it announced a medical marijuana products partnership with drugmaker Sandoz. The stock has been extremely volatile this year but has more than quadrupled in value since it went public in July.___AP Markets Writer Marley Jay can be reached at http://twitter.com/MarleyJayAPMarley Jay, The Associated Press
When they said the Floyd Mayweather long-awaited bout against Manny Pacquaio would be the richest in boxing history, not everyone knew you’d practically have to be rich to afford to order it on pay-per-view.Having to be rich to have the fight beamed into your home may be an overstatement, but not by much.HBO and Showtime confirmed to ESPN.com that the suggested retail price for the May 2 fight is $89.95—the most expensive in history.On top of that, if you really want clarity there could be another $10 added to it to see it in high definition. That would make it $100 to watch a fight that could be an all-time great. . . but also could be a dance contest.Neither fighter is at his peak as they were five years ago when this fight was first discussed as a super fight. Now, it’s super legacies, with flashes of the greatness they embodied.The suggested retail price is not only a new record for a boxing pay-per-view event, it is nearly 40 percent above the previous high. The previous high of $64.95 (some providers have charged an extra $10 for HD) was established by Mayweather in his fight against Canelo Alvarez in Sept. 2013. Mayweather’s subsequent fights against Marcos Maidana also hit that number.The fight is expected to break the record for pay-per-view revenue of $152 million, which was for Mayweather’s fight against Alvarez, and most buys (2.5 million), which was for Mayweather’s fight against Oscar De La Hoya in 2007.Those who can’t afford to buy the fight in the comfort of their own home might plan to go to a bar, but there’s a question as to whether some bars will want to make the investment to bring the fight in. Why? Because bars are charged based on their legal occupancy.The owner of a high-end New York City sports bar said that the fight will cost him $21 a person that night, which he’ll happily absorb, but he can see how other establishments that generate less revenue might take a pass. For that rate, so will many people at home.
There’s a good argument to be made that MLB launched the new sports–data revolution in 2006, when it introduced PITCHf/x. The technology used cameras to measure the velocity, position, and break of every pitch in real time, transforming how sabermetricians analyzed the sport. But this season, PITCHf/x was phased out in favor of Statcast, a newer and more advanced system that tracks the ball (and players) using a combination of radar and cameras.On paper, Statcast is an incredible leap forward — and when it works, it’s amazing. But so far, it has struggled to measure the basic elements of pitching that PITCHf/x had down cold, causing confusion among sabermetricians and fans alike.It all started the first weekend of the season, when observers noted some unusual pitch velocity readings from San Francisco Giants hurler Madison Bumgarner. Bumgarner’s fastball was up almost two full miles per hour compared with last year; in a league where every tick matters, that reading could have meant a much better season for the Giants’ ace than expected. It wasn’t just Bumgarner: FanGraphs writer Dave Cameron quickly noticed that velocity numbers had jumped across the league. Days after the changes were noted, MLB data guru Tom Tango clarified in a blog post that the changeover from PITCHf/x to Statcast had altered the way pitch speed was recorded, making it appear that velocity had increased. An MLB Advanced Media spokesperson who requested not to be identified said “the transition saw unexpected issues that have been resolved,” but declined to comment further.And tracking velocity was only the beginning of Statcast’s troubles. Real-time data from MLB’s Gameday app has been inconsistent or obviously erroneous in the season’s first month. Some days, it has gone missing altogether, only to reappear later without explanation. Statcast has always had gaps in its data, but in previous years, that missing information was limited to batted-ball velocity and launch angle. The pitch-tracking issues that cropped up this year are in dramatic contrast with those we saw from PITCHf/x, which tended to miss only a handful of throws a season.Even if you focus solely on the pitches that Statcast successfully tracks, its measurement error is much higher than PITCHf/x’s was. We can tell whether a park is systematically measuring pitches incorrectly by looking at the average vertical and horizontal coordinates of pitches there. If the data from a particular park tends to always be a bit high or a bit outside compared to when the same pitchers throw at other parks, it’s likely that the measurements are off. And according to models I built to measure the systematic error in each ballpark,1I used generalized linear models, with a random effect for the park. the new system is struggling to determine where the ball crosses the plate. Here’s what those errors look like when averaged across the league. Errors in both horizontal and vertical movement have never been higher in the four years that Statcast has made some of its data publicly available.2This year’s horizontal errors are tied with last year’s as the highest ever; this year’s vertical errors are the highest ever. So it’s not just your imagination as you watch the game on TV: In-broadcast representations of the strike zone (like FoxTrax) take their data from Statcast, and Statcast’s errors, in turn, have bred anger with umpires and confusion over how pitches are being called.Statcast runs into the most trouble when it’s quantifying pitch break, or the degree to which pitches move up and down or side to side as they travel between the mound and the plate. Third-party observers have catalogued numerous inaccuracies with Statcast’s break numbers. “It appears that the current Statcast/TrackMan h[orizontal]/v[ertical] break can be up to 3 inches divergent from the truth, simply comparing it to 2016 PITCHf/x data,” said Kyle Boddy, a data-driven trainer with multiple MLB clients. Even the average Statcast-reported break number is about an inch off. Some readings are especially egregious: One pitch was originally reported to have arced upward more than 20 inches on its trip from the mound to the plate. The combination of errors in velocity and break have rendered some pitches impossible to classify, further confusing sabermetricians.Making matters worse, some ballparks show much larger errors than others. So far this season, Atlanta’s brand-new SunTrust Park appears to have the most accurate vertical break numbers, only off by two-tenths of an inch on average. Meanwhile, Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park shows the worst errors, missing by an average of 2.4 inches per pitch. So not only are the errors bigger than in the days of PITCHf/x, they’re also more inconsistent: Last year, every park’s errors ranged from 0.04 to 1.4 inches.Park-specific calibration errors such as these may explain other aberrant MLB trends. Despite the aforementioned league-wide hike in measured velocity, Chicago Cubs starters have registered lower fastball velocities than last year, sparking concern among Cubs fans. Writers have pointed to poor starts by Chicago pitchers as evidence that the velocity drop-offs are real, and even suggested that it could be part of a conscious effort by Cubs pitchers to decrease fatigue. But the far simpler explanation is bad data: If the club’s pitch tracker is poorly calibrated, it could make it look like pitchers are losing velocity when in fact the readings are just wrong. Supporting this idea is the fact that opposing teams’ pitchers in Wrigley have also registered a lower raw velocity than average. Unless the Cubs’ velocity woes are contagious, it seems likely that Statcast errors are driving some of their low numbers.The root cause of Statcast’s troubles is unknown. The problems could originate in the hardware, the computer code processing the resulting data, or any other part of a complex system. The hardware part of Statcast — the part that actually tracks pitches — is a radar system sold by a company called TrackMan. Boddy’s company, Driveline Baseball, maintains their own TrackMan machine and has previously characterized its performance. “It is well-known in the industry that TrackMan has a lot of calibration issues, especially in nonstandard deployments.” Boddy said. For a radar system that works best in empty environments, it hardly gets less standard than trying to take measurements in a crowded MLB stadium on game day.The good news is that MLB could learn from the last major technological innovation it deployed. When PITCHf/x first came out in the postseason of 2006, there were major issues with its initial calibration. “The data was open sourced and required tons of work from the public sphere to massage and get right,” Boddy said. “It was years before the data stabilized, and MLBAM has public analysts to thank for doing tons of free work.” But in contrast to a decade ago, MLB is now providing very little detail about Statcast’s internal workings. Without greater disclosure from MLB, it’s impossible to know what issues Statcast is having, or when they may be resolved. (At times, their own analysts appear to find out about changes to the public data after the fact.) Until Statcast improves, television viewers and sabermetricians alike will have to take pitch-tracking measurements with a grain of salt.
The logic was sound for Scott: Kessler/McCown as the most obvious case, the Browns starter last year up against the least bad Jets passer; Kessler/Hackenberg if the Jets were aggressively tanking; Kizer/McCown if the Jets had back-tracked on tanking and the Browns were attempting to invest in their future; and Kizer/Hackenberg if both teams were racing to the bottom for Southern Cal’s Sam Darnold, the presumed No. 1 pick at the time.To the untrained eye, Brock Osweiler going into the season could be the guy: He started the first two preseason games, had been a starting quarterback in two cities and even signed a baffling $72 million contract. To the trained — by which I mean open — eye, Osweiler is an awful quarterback, now riding the bench behind Trevor Siemian in Denver after failing to make the 53-man roster in Cleveland. Hogan, meanwhile, emerged as the sleeper candidate by earning the backup role ahead of incumbent Kessler, giving me some brief hope. But the Browns have fully committed to their rookie Kizer in the past four weeks — undeterred by the lowest QBR in the NFL.For the Jets, it’s been a far weirder ride. They are a team that cannot choose between tanking for Darnold (or Josh Rosen … or Mason Rudolph) and winning enough games to ensure that they do not obtain him. Bryce Petty remains inexplicably in the mix. Hackenberg obtained the No. 2 spot and then promptly lost it. For those questioning the logic of the “other” column, the Jets kicked Jay Cutler’s tires when he was a free agent. And yet, the mediocrity of McCown has helped the Jets win two whole games, all but ensuring that the Jets will not be able to draft a reliable replacement for him next year.All good teams are good for the same reasons, but all bad teams fail for different ones. It’s looking increasingly likely that I’ll owe Red [checks book] several beers. But good God, was the roller coaster worth it: Nothing quite like skin in the game to make the Jet’s inability to tank correctly entertaining. On July 31, I made what will surely be the single most entertaining bet of my NFL season, a down-to-the-wire nail-biter that this Sunday is manifested in either total glory or unspeakable defeat:Who on Earth would be the starting quarterbacks for Jets at Browns in Week 5?The teams, which have been the poster children for “problems behind center” in recent seasons (OK, recent decades), will each presumably field a passer during the Sunday game. The identity of those individuals was a mystery in late July. For the Browns — historically, the kind of quarterback trash fire that other trash fires look at and say, “Oh, God, the smell” — there were five possibilities in July: Brock Osweiler, Kevin Hogan, Cody Kessler, rookie DeShone Kizer and “other.” For the Jets, who had parted ways with Ryan Fitzpatrick earlier that year, the options were considerably slimmer: Josh McCown, Bryce Petty, second-year clipboard holder Christian Hackenberg and, of course, “other.”So here was the bet between me and internet friend Red Scott of Bunker Politics.1Full disclosure, this is our second bet. The first was which number would be higher, the combined wins of the Jets and Browns or the White House tenure of Anthony Scaramucci in months. I won that one. He gave himself even-money odds that he could guess the starting quarterback combo for New York at Cleveland in four tries. I would take the rest of the field. Here’s what he ended up picking:
On Wednesday evening, around 30 members of the Ohio State football team traveled to the Alta E. Butler Elementary School to assist with Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona. The nonprofit organization uses artistic methods to ease the tensions and hardships of abused children from around the nation.In Arizona, the branch of Free Arts teamed up with Buckeyes players to paint the school building, as well as paint new four square courts and build benches. Of those attending were senior kicker Tyler Durbin, redshirt junior linebacker Chris Worley, junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan and junior defensive end Jalyn Holmes.“It just gives you perspective, that’s what I take from community service every time,” Holmes said. “Just being able to show people we’re regular humans. It’s more than just football. It’s about giving back.”The Buckeyes take on Clemson in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET. OSU junior defensive end Jalyn Holmes paints a new four square court during the team’s community event with Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona. Credit: Nick McWilliams | Sports Editor
New Manchester United signing has addressed rumors of a rift in the club’s dressing room.The midfielder has spoken about reports suggesting there’s a bad atmosphere in the dressing room and a rift with Jose Mourinho.Following the defeat at Brighton last weekend, there were suggestions that Mourinho has lost the will of some of his players and there were reports he could be on the verge of losing the dressing room.But the Brazil international has hit back at the reports and insists the reality is the total opposite to what has been reported in the media.“The media love to talk,” Fred told ESPN Brazil, as quoted by Manchester Evening News.Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“The dressing room has an excellent atmosphere. From what I’ve seen since I arrived, no one has a problem with anybody. It’s the contrary. Everyone wants to help everyone.”“(The criticism) is normal. We lost a match. It is a big team, a European giant. It is normal that people talk, but Mourinho is a great manager. I am really happy to be working with him.”“I’m really happy to be part of this group as well, because it is a really good and closed group. We are all finding solutions to help us improve on the pitch to find our victories.”“No one is happy after a defeat. I was very angry about this defeat [against Brighton] and we could have gone top, but this is football. Unfortunately, we didn’t play well, but now we have a big game in front of us and we need to try to improve and look for the victory.”“Unfortunately, the last match didn’t go as well, but day by day we are getting to know each other a little more and I am certain that this squad get better.”
Former United goalie Mark Bosnich, came out to defend Paul Pogba from the unfortunate Tweet he posted after Jose Mourinho’s sacking.There is no question that one of the most unfortunate moments in the Pogba vs Mourinho feud was the way in which it ended, but the Frenchman does have people like Mark Bosnich who are coming out in his defense.The former Manchester United goalkeeper spoke to Sky Sports TV to make his case that Paul Pogba never intended to come across as an insensitive player who celebrated that his manager got sacked.The main reason why Bosnich felt the need to defend Pogba was due to the comments of disdain that Gary Neville had against the midfielder, where he stated that Paul was ‘dancing on Jose Mourinho’s grave’ after posting that Tweet.“There’s two sides to every story, I also saw Gary Neville’s response that he thought it was rubbish the fact that it was a tweet that was scheduled,” Bosnich said to Omnisport via Four Four Two.“I think [ex-Arsenal striker] Ian Wright said that it was a scheduled tweet, so we don’t really know but the bottom line is it shouldn’t have been put out there. His people should’ve thought about the fact that somebody had just been sacked.”“I had the experience at Aston Villa with Ron Atkinson, who was a superb manager as well. Six months after winning the EFL Cup he was sacked by the late Doug Ellis and it’s really not a nice situation.”Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“With hindsight, regardless of whether it was scheduled or not that tweet shouldn’t have gone out.”“Social media wasn’t around in our era and the bottom line is, way back in that day, there were people in that side at Aston Villa who were feeling and acted privately in the way that it came across in the Pogba Instagram,” Bosnich added.“There wouldn’t have been a similar reaction because now you hit Instagram and it goes to the whole world,” he concluded.This is what @paulpogba tweeted and then deletedWas this an ill-timed sponsored tweet or a perfectly timed dig at departing @ManUtd manager Jose Mourinho? pic.twitter.com/XQdwsinxkm— Omnisport (@OmnisportNews) December 18, 2018
The Brighton and Hove Albion winger has been having a hard time with injuries, but for Carlos Queiroz, he might be available for the continental tournamentThe 2019 AFC Asian Cup kicks off this weekend, and Iran’s Alireza Jahanbakhsh might be fit for those first matches.This is according to Iran’s coach Carlos Queiroz, who spoke to Reuters today.“From a medical and technical point of view, we have a strong belief that he will be able to recover for the competition, although possibly not for the first stage,” the Portuguese coach told Reuters.Ali Daei wouldn’t be upset if Ronaldo breaks his scoring record Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 Iranian legend Ali Daei wouldn’t be upset to lose his record as international football’s all-time record scorer to the “great” Cristiano Ronaldo.“After the World Cup, we were living a good moment with our performances and the opportunities that most of our players got to live and play in good teams in Europe.”“But unfortunately we have been hit by a wave of injuries since September,” he added.“We have a settled group with good foundations and good knowledge between all of them and we just need to turn these difficulties into belief and hope. We’re going to try.”
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Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni say he will hold further talks with Lionel Messi over his return to international action.Messi has not featured for Argentina since they were eliminated by Kylian Mbappe inspired France in the last 16 of the 2018 FIFA world cup.The Barcelona playmaker has also given no indication over whether he will play international football again, with Argentina beginning preparations for next year’s Copa America.Argentina Coach Scaloni who replaced Sampaoli’s says he is planning to hold further talks with the talismanic forward after they met when the Copa Libertadores final second leg was played in Madrid in December.“I do not talk very often with Messi, but we have a relationship,” Scaloni told FourFourTwo on Friday.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“We are going to try for him to join us in 2019, we have pending talks and we are optimistic that it will be positive.“For us it is something important. Any coach would like to coach him, myself more than any.”Speaking last month, Messi’s Argentina team-mate Mauro Icardi said he hopes the Barcelona star can be persuaded to return to the fold.“He’s the best player in the world and we all hope he comes back with us, especially with the Copa America coming up,” Icardi told TyC Sports after a friendly win against Mexico.
John Soderman, KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A good Samaritan was struck and killed by an SUV Thursday when she stopped to help motorists at the scene of a two-car crash on state Route 94 in the Golden Hill area.Authorities identified a 19-year-old woman who was struck and killed by an SUV when she stopped to help motorists at the scene of a two-car crash as Bertha Aida Estrada of San Diego.The initial crash happened shortly before 1:45 a.m. on eastbound 94 just east of 28th street, according to the California Highway Patrol. The driver of a 2018 Honda Civic struck the rear of a 1999 Mercedes-Benz sedan, sending the Mercedes into the center median wall, CHP Officer Jake Sanchez said.The Mercedes came to rest in the left lanes of eastbound SR-94, and a 19-year-old woman who spotted the crash from another vehicle pulled over at the scene, Sanchez said.The woman got out of her vehicle and ran across the eastbound SR-94 to check on an 82-year-old woman and an 84-year-old woman in the Mercedes. At that point, a 2014 Jeep Patriot SUV driven by a 24-year-old man struck the Mercedes and the good Samaritan, Sanchez said.The impact sent the woman flying and she landed on the westbound side of the freeway, Sanchez said. Investigators were unsure whether she was struck by a second vehicle when she was thrown into the westbound lanes.The victim, whose name was withheld pending family notification, was pronounced dead at the scene, Sanchez said.Both women in the Mercedes were taken to UCSD Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries, Sanchez said. The Jeep driver was taken to Sharp Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.Last Saturday 21-year-old Curtis Adams was killed when he stopped to help who he thought was a stranded driver early Saturday morning.Brandon Acuna, 21, was held on suspicion of shooting Adams after he exited his vehicle in an attempt to help Acuna.Related Story: Man arrested on suspicion of killing good Samaritan sailor Updated: 6:51 AM John Soderman, KUSI Newsroom, Second good Samaritan killed over last 5 days while trying to aid motorist November 1, 2018 Posted: November 1, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter
Santa Paws Mega Adoption Event Posted: November 26, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Dozens of non-profit adoption agencies are coming together to help find forever homes for hundreds of adoptable animals during the holidays.Santa Paws MEGA Adoption Event is Saturday, Dec 8th 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Grossmont Center.For more information click here. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, November 26, 2018 KUSI Newsroom
At the beginning of FY18 the borough estimated they would spend $4,152,291 more than they earned, but according to Pierce they deficit spent closer to $434,028. Mayor Pierce: “I certainly can’t take credit for all of that. I was the leader at the head of the table that was leading a lot of those discussions and trying to convince many to work towards finding savings. We certainly can’t take credit for all of the savings, we picked up some additional receipts from the state and federal government. I would say that there has been some significant changes within the borough, and I give credit to those borough employees.” According to Pierce the borough saw the largest reduction in deficit spending of $3.1 million due to federal PILT money, or payments in lieu of taxes. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce says the borough had almost $4 million less in deficit spending than projected. Mayor Pierce spoke to a joint Kenai/Soldotna Chamber of Commerce on December 5: “We were going to deficit spend $4 million and we came in around $435,000 deficit spend.” The borough received both state and federal funding during FY18 which helped towards reducing the total deficit spending.
Food and wine festivals, national speaker series and magazine-sponsored houses are not new ideas, but they are usually the domain of mass consumer magazines with deep pockets. However, 12,000-circ. regional magazine Inside Columbia, which serves the 90,000-population city of Columbia, Missouri, has managed to tailor those big ideas to its own market and staff limitations, generating more than $400,000 in event revenue (which is 30 percent of the magazine’s overall revenue).That’s especially impressive considering Inside Columbia is not only in a small market but one in which local media pricing is driven down by the local j-school. “This is a university market where much of the available media is university-owned and subsidized,” says publisher Fred Parry. “They don’t have the overhead we do and the ad rates in this market are very low, relatively speaking. We sell ads for $1,000 a page. Springfield, Missouri has a great magazine called 417 and even though we print 1,000 more copies than they do, their ad rates are nearly three times my page rate. It’s a shoe-string operation for the most part.”Making Do With Limited ResourcesOut of a 14-person staff, Inside Columbia has one full-time special events manager, while Parry and the marketing director also devote much of their time to the events. “We will spend six or seven months planning events like the Wine and Food Festival,” says Parry. “It takes a tremendous amount of coordination. Anytime you’re working with chefs and wine makers, they’re all artists, and it probably takes three times the number of normal calls than with anybody else.” In 2008, Inside Columbia sold 2,500 tickets to its first Wine and Food Festival. This year, Parry says attendance should top 4,000. “This year was easier because we had a database of previous attendees,” he adds. “Last year we did a post-festival survey and 98.3 percent of attendees said they’d be back for 2009 even though we hadn’t announced it yet.” While the most expensive dinner at the festival is $125 per person, that has been the best-selling option for the 2009 event, Parry says.The National Speaker Series and Culinary Adventures package are not big money-makers but build affinity with readers, according to Parry. The Inspiration Homes—luxury homes which Inside Columbia offer as live promotional vehicles for advertisers—produce good returns, provided the magazine can sell the homes (it shares risk and revenue with the builder and developer) at the end of the promotion. “We built an $800,000 home and kept it open for nine months,” says Parry. “It took a year and a half to sell and it was no fun writing that interest check.” The sale closed in June. Sponsors sign on once they see a quality event. “For example, at our Best of Columbia party in April, we had 1,700 people show and 60 or 70 exhibit booths,” says Parry. “It was one of the largest crowds ever in the expo hall. The message was, ‘Wow, this magazine knows how to move people and attract a crowd.’”Sponsorships and 12x CommitmentsSponsorships for the Wine and Food festival range from $5,000 is $15,000. For the Culinary Adventures, sponsorships range from $1,500 to $2,500. “It’s hard for me to draw a connection between what the customer is paying and what they get,” says Parry. “It’s perceived value and much of it is based on what the market will tolerate. Something we sell for $15,000, somebody else in another market might sell for $50,000.” The Inspiration Homes sell sponsorships ranging from $500 to $1,500 and can range from the local Anheuser Busch distributor stocking the fridge to a BMW dealership putting a car in the driveway to a local flower shop decorating the interior. Advertisers can also sponsor their own private events at the home. And while the sponsorship itself is relatively inexpensive, participants are required to sign a 12x contract with the magazine.“In a year like 2009, I’m going to have a mediocre June and July in the magazine but the Wine and Food Festival will make up for a couple months of revenue,” says Parry. “These events are critical and I have to remind my editors of that every now and then. They don’t like to be very promotional about our events but the nice thing is the event creates an instant reaction and an opportunity for them to get face-to-face with the readers.”Deferring CostsParry says none of the events have a set budget but the magazine has developed tactics for sharing the burden. For its National Speaker Series, Inside Columbia tries to avoid the speaker’s bureau or talent agency and negotiates directly with the talent. The magazine also looks to partner with local mega-churches that have both capacity and great A/V capabilities.“I think every big idea can be modeled to fit any market size,” says Parry. “Most of stuff we’ve done has been a gamble. You can accomplish a lot in a small market if the readers have an affinity for your publication. If you make sure everything you do is a first class experience, they will support you. We discovered on our Culinary Adventures trip to New York City with some of the best restaurants in America, that these restaurants are happy a magazine is bringing in people. Readers know that by going to events associated with the magazine they, in turn, will get red carpet treatment. Our readers like that treatment and advertisers love access to it.” SIDEBARInside Columbia Event DescriptionsCulinary Adventures• Guided four-day trips with groups of 40-to-60 readers to a destination well-known for restaurants (New York City, New Orleans, Sonoma, Tuscanny).• Price point is $995 per person, which includes airfare, hotel, ground transport, cooking class and one culinary adventure.• Sponsors include travel agencies, wine shops, gourmet shops.• Magazine gets four seats to use for incentives and client application.National Speaker Series• Features a Wall Street Journal or New York Times best selling author.• General session followed by invite-only CEO lunch or breakfast.• Sponsors pay for speaker ($15,000-$20,000), magazine keeps ticket revenue and lunch proceeds.Wine and Food Festival• Eight-day event featuring wine dinners at local restaurants, art events, concerts, VIP dinners.• Magazine works with local wine distributors to have all wine donated.• 270 wineries participated with nine restaurants.• Sponsors included banks, wine industry groups, wine distributors, beef industry council, car dealers.Inspiration Home• Built two homes in last three years.• Sell sponsorships for furnishing and decorating of the home.• House is open daily for nine months.• Customers allowed to sponsor private events. • Magazine shares risk with the builder and developer.• Magazine sells house at end of promotion, splits revenue with builder and developer.
During his 17 years in Congress, it wasn’t always clear whether Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) was allied more closely with fiscal conservatives or advocates of a robust military.But now that he has risen to become speaker of the House, Ryan has revealed his true identity.“As you know, I’m a defense hawk,” Ryan said this week. “I very much believe we need a bigger Navy. Big time.” He pointed to the contested waters in Southeast Asia as a reason for expanding the nation’s fleet, reported CQ.Ryan also praised last week’s budget deal for benefitting the Pentagon.“Like this budget deal or not, it did give us relief on defense. And what matters more for defense than one or two billion is predictability and certainty over a two-year cycle,” Ryan said.And perhaps the DOD budget could be bolstered even further. “So they’ve got some predictability to get us through the Obama days, but we’re going to have to rebuild this budget after Obama,” he added.The story noted that Wisconsin has its share of defense industry. Oshkosh Defense recently was awarded the contract to build the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, the planned replacement for the Humvee. And some littoral combat ships are being built in part by Marinette Marine near the state’s northern border with Michigan. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Department of Veterans’ Services is hosting The Moving Wall Vietnam Veterans Memorial from Thursday, July 26 at 11am to Monday, July 30 at noon on the Wilmington Town Common. The wall is open to the public, 24 hours a day, free of charge.Ceremonies will held at The Moving Wall at 7pm on each of the four nights. The schedule of events is below:Opening Ceremony: Thursday, July 26, 7pmWelcome: Lou Cimaglia, Director, Wilmington Department of Veterans’ ServicesHonor Guards: MA Army National Guard Honor Guard; MIT Police Honor Guard; US Coast Guard Honor GuardInvocation: Deacon Clifford King, US Marines, Vietnam War VeteransNational Anthem: Ryan Walsh, Wilmington High School StudentIntroduction of Guest Speakers: Lou Cimaglia, Director, Wilmington Department of Veterans’ ServicesGuest Speakers: Jeff Hull, Wilmington Town Manager; Kevin Caira, Chairman of Wilmington Board of Selectmen; Ken Gordon, MA House of Representatives; and Jorge Lopez; and Veterans Liaison to Congressman Seth MoultonGold Star Families Place Wreaths: John J. Fullerton, Jr.; Robert W. Parent; Richard W. Welch; and John A. RichReading of Wilmington Names on the WallRiffle Team: Wilmington Police DepartmentTaps: Ken Michaud, Butch AlpersBagpipes: Kevin FitzgeraldBenediction: Deacon Clifford King, US Marine Corps, Vietnam VeteransGold Star Families: Friday, July 27, 7pmWelcome: Lou Cimaglia, Director, Wilmington Department of Veterans’ ServicesHonor Guards: MA Army National Guard Honor Guard; US Coast Guard Honor GuardInvocation: Deacon Clifford King, US Marines, Vietnam War VeteransNational Anthem: Eric Lamarche, Director of Veterans’ Services, LowellGuest Speaker: Edmund W. Mulvehill, Director of Veterans’ Services, NorwoodGold Star Families Place Wreaths: John J. Fullerton, Jr.; Robert W. Parent; Richard W. Welch; and John A. RichReading of Names on the Wall: Local Veterans’ Service Officers & FamiliesRiffle Team: Wilmington Police DepartmentTaps: Ken Michaud, Butch AlpersBenediction: Deacon Clifford King, US Marine Corps, Vietnam VeteranPublic Safety Ceremony: Saturday, July 28, 7pmWelcome: Wilmington Police Chief Michael BegonisHonor Guards: MA Army National Guard Honor Guard; Police, Fire and Military Honor GuardsInvocation: Deacon Clifford King, US Marines, Vietnam War VeteransNational Anthem: Katy Downey, MA State Police TrooperFly Over: Massachusetts State Police Air WingIntroduction of Guest Speakers: Wilmington Police Chief Michael BegonisGuest Speakers: Lee Scalzilli & William McKenzieGold Star Families Place WreathsReading of Names on the WallRiffle Team: Wilmington Police DepartmentTaps: Ken Michaud, Butch AlpersBenediction: Deacon Clifford King, US Marine Corps, Vietnam VeteranWelcome Home Ceremony: Sunday, July 29, 7pmWelcome: Lou Cimaglia, Director, Wilmington Department of Veterans’ ServicesHonor Guards: MA Army National Guard Honor Guard; US Coast Guard Honor Guard; USS Constitution Navy Honor GuardInvocation: Deacon Clifford King, US Marines, Vietnam War VeteransNational Anthem: Eric Lamarche, Director of Veterans’ Services, LowellGuest Speaker: Timothy Sullivan, US Navy, Vietnam Veteran, Silver State Recipient, Ex-POW, National Security Officer, Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ ServicesGold Star Families Place WreathsRiffle Team: Wilmington Police DepartmentBagpipes: Scruffy Wallace of the Dropkick MurphysTaps: Ken Michaud, Butch AlpersBenediction: Deacon Clifford King, US Marine Corps, Vietnam VeteranVisitors are asked to turn off their cell phones and electronic devices while in the wall area. No food, beverages, smoking or pets (besides service animals) are allowed at or near the wall area.Volunteers, which will be wearing orange lanyards, will assist visitors with locating names, obtaining name rubbings, and answering questions.The Veterans Department is dedicating the event to Wilmington’s four fallen soldiers from the Vietnam War — John Joseph Fullerton, Jr.; Robert Warren Parent; Richard William Welch; and John Allan Rich.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For July 26, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For July 29, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”THE MOVING WALL: Lou Cimaglia Discusses The Moving Wall’s Upcoming VisitIn “Community”