Monaco set new UCL low with Atletico loss

first_imgMonaco have set an unwanted Champions League record for French sides with a 2-0 loss to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.Thierry Henry’s men fell at the Wanda Metropolitano, as first-half goals from Koke and Antoine Griezmann sent Atletico through to the last 16. The defeat meant Monaco have now gone 13 games without a win in the Champions League (10 losses, 3 draws), the longest ever winless streak for a French side in the competition.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! 13 – Monaco have won none of their last 13 games in the Champions League (D3, L10), the longest streak without winning ever for a French side in the competition. Curse. #ATLASM pic.twitter.com/Ikp5hluD3B — OptaJean (@OptaJean) November 28, 2018 Koke’s goal came after just 87 seconds, and was the fastest Monaco have ever conceded in the Champions League. The principality side did have a chance to cut the deficit to one goal in the second half, but striker Falcao missed a penalty to continue a dismal run from the spot. The Colombian has now failed to score any of his three penalties taken in the Champions League, two of which were saved and one that was missed.Monaco’s last win the competition came in the 2016-17 quarter-final second leg against Borussia Dortmund, a 3-1 victory that sealed a 6-3 aggregate triumph. Since that victory, though, Monaco have failed to win in Europe’s top club competition, and now sit bottom of Group A with just one point through five of six games. Monaco have conceded 12 goals in the Champions League this season, the joint-most by a French side after five group-stage games (Lille in 2012-13 and Marseille in 2013-14 share the record).Monaco will look to end their streak on December 11, when they take on Dortmund in their final group stage match.last_img read more

Neymar back to Barcelona? Iniesta ‘cannot imagine’ it

first_imgEx-Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta says he “cannot imagine” former team-mate Neymar returning to the club from Paris Saint-Germain.Goal understands  that the Catalan giants have put the wheels in motion to bring the Brazil international back to Camp Nou.Since completing his €222 million (£195m/$260m) move to PSG  in 2017, the 26-year-old has scored 45 goals and contributed 26 assists in just 50 outings. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! But despite the strong attachment Barca’s fans had to Neymar during his playing days – which inevitably soured when he left – Iniesta does not expect his former team-mate to return.”Personally, I see it difficult for him to return, but in football I’ve seen a hundred thousand things,” the Vissel Kobe player, who made over 600 appearances for Barcelona, told RAC 1 .”If he came back, I’ve always said for years that he’s currently one of the best players in the world. “And what team would not like to have him. But I cannot imagine him back at Barca.”Neymar Andres Iniesta Barcelona BATE Borisov UEFA Champions League 11042015In four seasons at Barcelona, Neymar scooped eight major honours including two La Liga titles and the Champions League in 2015.PSG, however, are confident that despite Neymar’s previous with Barca that the world’s most expensive player is content with life in Paris.Speaking earlier this season, coach  Thomas Tuchel said: “I think that Neymar feels very, very happy. He is professional, very decisive, with a good state of mind.”I think he feels good here, both in the locker room and on the pitch. He is disciplined, does a lot on the pitch. You’ve seen his statistics and what he does in training.”We are very satisfied with his work. I have the feeling that he wants to show that he is capable of being a leader for PSG, and that’s great for us, because on top of that he is one of the best players in the world.”I have to talk to Neymar, to find out if it’s really a good thing to play every game or not. Against Pontivy, he came back into shape, with a good frame of mind, and he wanted to play 90 minutes.”But now we also have to spare his playing time. With Neymar, I have to take responsibility, because if It was just up to me, he would play every game.”It’s good that he came back earlier, with that state of mind, and that he does not choose his matches. But I’m waiting for him to play like he is 100 per cent in a few weeks, because he’s a key player who makes the difference.”Real Madrid were heavily linked with a move in 2018 for the Brazilian, which failed to come to fruition despite the sale of star forward Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus.last_img read more

Maha Assembly congratulates wrestler Vijay Choudhary

first_imgNagpur, Dec 16 (PTI) The State Assembly today congratulated Maharashtra Kesari Vijay Choudhary for his hat-trick in the state wrestling championship.Moving the congratulatory resolution in the Lower House, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, “Choudhary who hails from Jalgaon belongs to a family of wrestlers and he will soon be absorbed in the state government services.”Choudhary who won the coveted title in the year 2014, 2015 in Nagpur and recently in Pune, was offered the job last year but due to some formalities, his appointment was delayed.Fadnavis said his appointment is almost final.Opposition Leader in lower House Radhakrishna Vikhe- Patil also joined Fadnavis in congratulating the wrestler and informed the House that his father Natthu Choudhary was also a wrestler and encouraged his son to take up the sport. PTI JOE RMT SDMlast_img read more

Pranab laments growing conflict, difference of opinion in

first_imgsociety From Laxmi Devi Dantan (WB), Jan 19 (PTI) President Pranab Mukherjee today lamented the “growing conflict and difference of opinion” in the society and said there was a stronger need to enhance mutual respect, remarks that came against the backdrop of protests in the country over several issues.”These days whenever you see newspaper and watch TV, there are news of regular violence. I am not talking about international violence, but it is also about violence in our minds, our conscious and conflict in our souls,” Mukherjee said after inaugurating the 28th Dantan Gramin Mela here. Dantan is a tiny town in Paschim Medinipur district of West Bengal.”I am talking about day to day small incidents, not about international violence. There were conflicts and difference of opinion earlier also. But now this kind of situation is increasing day by day,” he said against the backdrop of recent protests in Bhangar in West Bengal and over construction of a Power Grid sub-station, Jallikattu ban in Tamil Nadu.Mukherjee said that earlier, such conflicts used to be prevented at a local level but now “it is spreading like anything”.Expressing concern that “the world is becoming more violent”, the President said: “It is not the general trend of human society. People used to love each other, accept each other, and not reject. The human psychology is to love each other and not spread hatred.”In the present scenario, there is a stronger need for enhancing mutual respect, he said.He also mentioned that earlier people never used to get to know incidents of violence, but now they are aware thanks to the key role being played by the media.advertisementTalking about the Dantan Gramin Mela, Mukherjee said that such rural fairs bring hope for brotherhood, harmony and peaceful co-existence among people.”You cannot see this kind of mela in urban areas. There are always huge gatherings. These types of mela reflect eternal sense of rural areas,” he said.Such melas help increase personal touch among cross section of society. “This is very important in respect of global context,” he added.The President recalled a few lines by famous Bengali writer Tara Shankar Bandyopadhyay and said: “Sei mela te kobe jabo? Thikana ki hay re? Je Melate gan thame na, Rater adhar nai re… (When I will go to that fair? What is the address? Where songs do not stop and where there is always light)”.He said that Dantan, also known as “dandabhukti” was a thriving town en route to Jagannath temple in Puri.It is said Chaitanya Mahaprabhu passed through here in the 16th century. Witness to many streams of culture and history, Dantan is still redolent with the richness of literature and culture and the joy of creation, he added.West Bengal Governor Keshrinath Tripathi, Former Odisha Chief Minister Giridar Gomag, State BJP President Dilip Ghosh, Dantan Gramin Mela Committee President Aloke Nandi were present at the event.The President also appreciated the activities of the Dantan Gramin Mela, being held for more than 27 years by Dantan Sports and Cultural Association with the cooperation of Maitree organisation. PTI LUX GVS GSN GSNlast_img read more

Alanganallur jallikattu winner can drive away car

first_imgAlanganallur (TN), Feb 4 (PTI) A bonanza awaits competitors in the Feb 10 jallikattu here, a famous venue for the bull taming sport, being held after a gap of three years with the organisers today announcing attractive prizes, including car, for the winner. Besides the car, the winner of the event would also get gold coins, steel cupboard, cot and mega size vessels, the organisers said. This town in Madurai District is famous for jallikattu and used to attract a large number of spectators, including foreign tourists. Jallikattu, usually held during the harvest festival of Pongal in mid-January, could not be organised in the past three years in view of the ban on the sport. With the Tamil Nadu government promulgating an ordinance and subsequently getting a Bill passed in the state assembly allowing jallikattu, the event is being held in several parts of the state in the past few days. The government intervention came after a week-long protest largely by youths, including students, in the Marina Beach in Chennai, and elsewhere in the state, including here last month. Organisers here said registration for the bulls and sportsmen would begin on Feb 6 and 7 respectively. Meanwhile, a total of 400 bulls and 500 sportsmen participated in the jallikattu organised at Ulagampatti in the district. The winners were given prizes ranging from silver coin to currency notes to furnitures. PTI SSN VSlast_img read more

New Hyundai Grand i10 vs Old Hyundai Grand i10

first_imgHyundai launched the all new Grand i10 facelift in India on Monday which will replace the outgoing hatchback from the Japanese car-makers. The i10 was a revolution when launched, and the success was carried forward with the Grand i10. Now with the new Grand i10 facelift, Hyundai is hoping that the new car will bring more success to the company which also sells the Elite i20, Creta, Tucson and the premium SUV Santa Fe in India.ALSO READ: Hyundai Grand i10 facelift: Everything you need to knowWhile we have already done a spec comparison of the new Grand i10 facelift with the newly launched Maruti Suzuki Ignis , this time around, we compare the new Hyundai Grand i10 with the old one to see what more the new car has to offer.Price: Model     Variant     New Price (ex showroom, New Delhi)     Old Price (ex showroom, New Delhi) Hyundai Grand i10 petrol engine  Era    Rs 4.58 lakh    Rs 4.91 lakh  Magna    Rs 5.22 lakh    Rs 5.18 lakh  Magna AT    Rs 5.98 lakh    Rs 5.96 lakh  Sports    Rs 5.65 lakh    Rs 5.64 lakh  Sports (O)    Rs 5.96 lakh    NA  Sports (O) AT    Rs 6.82 lakh    NA  Asta    Rs 6.39 lakh    NA  Asta (O)    NA    Rs 6.10 lakh  Asta (O) AT    NA    Rs 6.85 lakh     Hyundai Grand i10 diesel engine Era    Rs 5.68 lakh    Rs 5.78 lakh  Magna    Rs 6.15 lakh    Rs 6.06 lakh  Sports    Rs 6.58 lakh    Rs 6.38 lakh  Sports (O)    Rs 6.89 lakh    NA  Asta    Rs 7.32 lakh    NA  Asta (O)    NA    Rs 6.99 lakhDesign:Old i10: Let’s start with the oldest of the lot here, the Hyundai i10. When this car was launched, it created havoc in India with buyers queuing up and adhering to long waiting periods. But now after all these years, the i10 has started showing its age. The front end does come with the hexagonal grille and the large headlamps but it misses out on a lot of features. There are no fog lamps, day time running lamps, chrome embellishments or alloy wheels. But yet the i10 even today looks attractive.advertisementOld Hyundai Grand i10ALSO READ: Hyundai Grand i10 facelift vs Maruti Suzuki Ignis New i10: The exterior projects Bold, Sporty and Dynamic Styling while the interiors echo generous flair of Comfort, Luxury and Hi-tech appeal. The new Grand i10 comes with many design refinements and projects Hyundai’s new design identity with the Cascade Design Front Grille and Aerodynamic Profile, characterized by signature Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language which gives The New 2017 Grand i10, a curved natural flowing line.In the front, the new Grand i10 features new radiator grille design, redesigned new bumper and new LED DRLs (daytime running lights) to give the front more bold and sporty look. On the rear, new Grand i10 comes with Dual Tone bumper lending a Bold & Sporty appeal, along with aesthetically incorporated reflectors. Also, in the front, Air Curtain has been added which will be Segment First. Design of Diamond Cut Alloys and wheel covers has been refreshed to boost the Sporty Quotient while the side body moulding has become sleeker, thus offering a fresh profile to the new Grand i10.New Hyundai Grand i10Engine:      New Hyundai Grand i10     Old Hyundai Grand i10 Engine      1.2L petrol engine/ 1.2L diesel engine    1.2L petrol engine/ 1.1L diesel engine Maximum Power     81BHP/ 73BHP    81BHP/ 70BHP Maximum Torque     113NM/190NM    113NM/160NM Transmission     5-MT    5-MT Drive Type     FWD    FWDFeatures:Old i10: The i10 was a revolution when launched. It came with a smart dash with a flush-fit audio system. The centre console also housed the gear lever which made it easy to operate. The instrument panel too is well loaded and informative even by today’s standards. The cabin is large and the high roofline ensures plenty of space inside the cabin. Rear space is the best even today. The boot though is the smallest here. On the downside thanks to it being positioned low down in the pecking order safety features like ABS and airbags are missing.Old Hyundai Grand i10ALSO READ: Hyundai Grand i10 facelift launched in India at Rs 4.58 lakhNew i10: The new Grand i10 will come with two new safety technologies, Lane Departure Warning System and Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS) forming the Driver Assist Pack. Moreover, the all new Grand i10 will also get a new 14″ steel wheels and wheel covers, rear spoiler with integrated brake light, electric front windows and remote central locking as standard. The interior of the all new Grand i10 features a new Black cloth interior. with grey dashboard insert.New Hyundai Grand i10Dimensions: Model     New Hyundai Grand i10      Old Hyundai Grand i10    Wheelbase 2425 mm    2425 mm Length     3765 mm    3765 mm Width     1660 mm    1660 mm Height     1520 mm    1520 mm Ground Clearance     165 mm    165 mm Boot space     256 L    256 L advertisementOld Hyundai Grand i10New Hyundai Grand i10ALSO READ: Maruti Suzuki Ignis launched in India at Rs 4.59 lakhlast_img read more

What’s the one thing R Ashwin’s mother doesn’t like about her son? His handwriting

first_imgThe fame and adulation which the Indian cricketers enjoy in the country is unparalleled which is why the players try to give back some of the love by connecting with their fans and followers on social media platforms, signing autographs and clicking selfies with them whenever possible. (India ready with their bag of tricks for Smith’s Australia)Before and after every match the players have to also fulfil some of the commitments for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) like signing on stickers, match tickets and other items which are then distributed among the fans. (Ashwin ready for Steve Smith and David Warner)Even though they adore their fans, most cricketers don’t really enjoy the process of signing on hundreds of stickers after spending a gruelling day on the field. (Ashwin will be ready for me but I have my game plan: Warner to India Today)In a recent video posted by the BCCI, cricketers Jayant Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ajinkya Rahane reveal how they have different signatures for different items and that some of them don’t have good handwriting which makes it difficult to read their signatures. (Five India vs Australia controversies that shook the cricketing world)In the video Jayant, Ashwin and Rahane can be seen signing against their names on the BCCI stickers. While Jayant never practiced his autograph and makes circles around his name, Ashwin goes on to reveal that his poor handwriting skills led to his mother not allowing him to sign on cheques. (Kohli not Australia’s only threat: 4 other concerns for Smith’s men)advertisementThey may be world class cricketers and part of the No. 1 ranked team in the world but they fail miserably when it comes to their handwriting.Well, as long as they keep winning matches on the cricket field nobody really cares how their autograph looks like.last_img read more

(REOPENS DEL 30)

first_imgAngad thanked Olympic Gold Quest for supporting him. “OGQ has been a huge support last three years. They have been there for everything — physios, financial part of it, the ammunition, it wouldnt have been possible without them.” Summing up the outing in the seasons first World Cup, he said, “I had a rough second day, I could have made it but I didnt have presence of mind that day. I corrected that today. I have got a personal range set up in Chandigarh, the president has been very kind with this sport.” Asked about the growth of skeet shooting in India in the recent years, the young shooter added, “The belief part has really gone up now, which was not there earlier. When you are shooting with Kimberly you have to believe that you are better than her, if you dont believe you are better than her how can you beat her? “Technically, (skeet coach) Ennio Falco really helped the team. I also looked after my fitness, my diet, mental side of the game, focused a lot on that,” said Angad, who started out as a trap shooter before making the switch to skeet. “I found trap boring, and skeet more challenging,” he said. PTI AH CM PDSlast_img read more

‘Pogba can flourish in free role under Solskjaer’

first_imgPaul Pogba remains “a match-winner”, according to Darren Fletcher, with the Manchester United midfielder being backed to flourish if given a free role by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.The France international midfielder has struggled to justify an £89 million ($113m) price tag since returning to Old Trafford in the summer of 2016.Part of the problem for the 25-year-old was finding the right position in Jose Mourinho’s plans, with the Portuguese often seeking to restrict the attacking flair of a flamboyant performer. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Former United star Fletcher hopes that will not be the case now that Solskjaer has been handed the Red Devils’ reins on an interim basis.He wants to see Pogba given license to influence proceedings from a playmaking post, telling talkSPORT of a World Cup-winning talent he worked with before a move to Juventus was made in 2012: “When I was out ill I worked for six months with the reserves with Warren Joyce, and that’s what we did.“We gave him a free role. We said to him, go and play, get on the ball and make things happen.“Obviously he worked hard as well, that was asked of him.“But we didn’t play him as a central midfielder, somebody who was controlling the game, we played him higher up the pitch as a number ten, he could go left, he could go right.Paul Pogba Juventus Manchester United“We let him be a free spirit and he was a match-winner.“He could win games, he could create chances and he loved getting on the ball and trying things, but at least he was doing in the attacking third.“So hopefully we see that Paul Pogba now, but he has got the ability of being a box-to-box midfielder, he’s matured now and I’ve seen him do it for France, so there’s no reason why he can’t do it for Man United.”Prior to Mourinho’s dismissal, which came on the back of a deflating 3-1 defeat to Liverpool, Pogba had started just one Premier League game since November 24.He failed to even make it off the bench at Anfield, despite the Red Devils struggling to get to grips with the Premier League leaders.It is, however, likely that he will slot straight back into the fold under a new coaching regime, with the Solskjaer era set to be opened away at Cardiff City on Saturday. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Report: Real Madrid 1 Ajax 4

first_imgReal Madrid’s dismal run of form continued as Ajax won 4-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu to dump the Champions League holders out of the competition for the first time since 2014-15.After winning Europe’s elite club tournament in three consecutive years under Zinedine Zidane, a tough first campaign since the French icon’s departure was capped in remarkable fashion on Tuesday in a 5-3 aggregate loss.Madrid fell apart in the first half and saw their 2-1 first-leg lead overturned in the opening 20 minutes by goals from Hakim Ziyech and David Neres as Ajax ran riot. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The irrepressible Dusan Tadic added another with a controversial second-half strike, leaving Madrid requiring three goals to stay in the competition, and although Marco Asensio got one back, a fourth home defeat in a row never looked in doubt as Lasse Schone made it four.With two of those reverses coming at the hands of bitter rivals Barcelona last week before this humbling, pressure will undoubtedly build on head coach Santiago Solari’s position.The unmarked Raphael Varane headed against the crossbar inside five minutes, but Ajax settled into the contest thereafter and two superb pieces of creative play from Tadic swiftly wiped out Madrid’s away goals.Tadic first darted in behind Nacho Fernandez to square for Ziyech to sidefoot into the bottom left corner and then the Serbia international left Casemiro in a spin and played in Neres for a calm finish.Ajax passed up further chances before a horrible half for the hosts was compounded by injuries to Lucas Vazquez and Vinicius Junior in quick succession.Substitute Gareth Bale, jeered off the pitch against Barca, was again whistled by his own supporters and almost gifted Ziyech a third goal before striking the post at the other end.Madrid scarcely improved after the restart and Tadic was rightly the man to put the tie beyond them, slamming into the top-left corner before a lengthy delay as VAR finally advised the referee that the ball had not gone out of play earlier in the move.A belated response saw Asensio slide a finish beyond Andre Onana, but there was no let up in Ajax’s attacking ambition and a glorious Schone free-kick caught out the scrambling Thibaut Courtois, before a frustrated Nacho was sent off in stoppage time. What does it mean? Season ended in a weekIn the space of seven days, Madrid played three home games, lost three home games and exited two competitions, also slipping 12 points behind in LaLiga. That two of the defeats were to Barcelona and the other saw their incredible European run ended makes matters more painful still. Solari’s hopes of remaining in this job beyond the end of the season are surely over.Tadic tortures MadridThere were stars everywhere in this Ajax team, with Frenkie de Jong controlling the midfield and Neres tying Dani Carvajal in knots. But Tadic was undoubtedly the star of the show. He looked a threat every time he got on the ball and the piece of skill that sold Casemiro and led to the second goal was simply breathtaking – as was his finish for the third.THE GOAL STANDS!IT’S 0-3! YEEEEEEEEAAAH!#UCL #reaaja pic.twitter.com/EKHZzmWnqY— AFC Ajax (English) (@AFCAjax_EN) March 5, 2019Suffering without SergioIf it was difficult to pinpoint the outstanding performer in the visiting ranks, it was tougher still to find Madrid’s chief culprit. It might be that the man who did the most damage to their cause was not even involved on Tuesday. Regardless of protestations that a first-leg yellow card was unintentional, Sergio Ramos’ suspension left Madrid with a hapless back line.Key Opta facts- Real Madrid are the first reigning Champions League winners to fail to qualify for the quarter-final stage since Chelsea in 2012-13 (knocked out in the group stage).- Madrid’s 4-1 defeat to Ajax was their biggest ever margin of defeat in a home knockout game in European competition.- Ajax progressed through a Champions League knockout stage tie for the first time in 22 years, last doing so in the 1996-97 campaign when the Dutch side prevailed against Atletico Madrid in the quarter-finals.- Madrid have lost four successive games at the Bernabeu for just the third occasion in their history – also doing so in 1995 and 2004.What’s next?Madrid will be relieved to get away from the Bernabeu when they go to Real Valladolid on Sunday. Ajax host Fortuna Sittard next but could be forgiven for having more than one eye on the Champions League quarter-final draw. read morelast_img read more

English clubs make up half of UCL quarter-final field

first_imgFor the first time since 2008-09, four English teams have advanced to the quarter-final round of the Champions League. Liverpool toppled Bayern 3-1 on Wednesday in Munich to seal their spot in the quarter-finals after holding the Bundesliga side to a scoreless draw in the opening leg. With the loss, Bayern Munich failed to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time since the 2010-11 campaign while English clubs continued their dominance in the competition this season.   Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The Reds join Tottenham, Manchester United and Manchester City in the final eight, giving the Premier League half of the final eight remaining in the competition.  Spurs battered Borussia Dortmund 4-0 on aggregate with Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, Jan Vertonghen and Fernando Llorente scoring over the two legs. Manchester United stunned Paris Saint-Germain following a 2-0 first leg loss, winning 3-1 in France via a late Marcus Rashford penalty kick. Their crosstown rivals, Manchester City, meanwhile, had it much more easy, smashing Schalke 10-2 on aggregate in a tie that included a 7-0 second leg victory. As a result, England will have four representatives going forward, joining Juventus, Ajax, Barcelona and Porto in the final eight. “It is good for English football. That’s what you want,” James Milner told BT Sport following Liverpool’s win. “We don’t know who we are going to get in the next round, but we have good feelings from last year so hopefully we can carry that on and go as far as we can.” 4 – There will be four English teams in the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time since the 2008-09 campaign. Fantastic. #BAYLIV— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 13, 2019The 2008-09 season also saw Liverpool and Manchester United included in the quarter-final, where they were joined by Arsenal and Chelsea. Liverpool were the lone English side to go out in the quarters that year, falling 7-5 to Chelsea on aggregate, while Manchester United and Arsenal topped Porto and Villarreal, respectively, to advance. Manchester United then topped the Gunners in the semi-finals while Chelsea fell to Barca, paving the way for the Spanish side to take home the title behind goals from Samuel Eto’o and Lionel Messi. The draw for this year’s quarter-final round is set for Friday.  Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Millennials and the New Economy: Is Sharing Dangerous?

first_imgThis discussion reflects larger issues about our society that the Sharing Economy and Millennials are shaping: Should we trust strangers? Can we share things without believing that someone will take something from us or harm us?We don’t have all the answers. But we’ve long been in support of forming connections and teaming up with others – those we know and don’t know – in the pursuit of common goals. We’ve tried to make the case that networking is not a zero-sum game; when you reach out to others you both win.Scott Heiferman, the CEO of Meetup, recently told Sara Horowitz, “You can get lost in this vicious cycle of interacting with people less, trusting people less.” This seems like a very dangerous cycle – and perhaps one that many Americans have been caught in for decades. This article is part of our continuing series on Millennials and how their attitudes towards work, education, and technology are shaping the new economy.Young people are the primary users of online sharing networks to find everything from rides to vacuums to apartments, and as such are the biggest drivers of the Sharing Economy. They share with friends and with strangers.Some argue that Millennials need to be taught a thing or two about “stranger danger.”When high schooler Bianca Brooks turned 16, she didn’t rush to get a license or a car. Whenever she needs to go somewhere, she reaches out to look for rides from friends and friends of friends on Twitter and Facebook, a process she calls cyberhitchhiking. Some of her friends use these networks to reach out to strangers.Bianca produced a piece on NPR about her generation’s relationship with cars and ridesharing. Listen to the full story here.Stuck in Zero-SumEqually as interesting as the piece itself is the debate brewing in its comments section. Critics of Bianca say that ridesharing is too dangerous (killers and rapists will try to offer you rides) – and that NPR should be ashamed to publicize this terrible practice.last_img read more

Everything you need to know about freelancing (for the price of a cup of coffee)

first_imgYou may have noticed that we talk about a certain book a lot. That’s because this particular book is a virtual goldmine of glittering nuggets of freelance wisdom that has spawned such popular blog titles as How to Cope With Freelance Dry Spells and 12 Signs You’re Ready to Go Freelance.After 15 years of working with hundreds of freelancers, hearing their stories, and learning from their successes, Freelancers Union founder Sara Horowitz wrote this book as a road map, reference, and survival guide for the growing independent workforce.Haven’t read it yet? Well, it’s your lucky day! For the next two weeks (4/25-5/11, specifically), the kindle edition of The Freelancers Bible will be on sale for only $2.99. That’s the price of a cup of coffee (well, at least in NYC). So make your joe at home today and grab The Freelancer’s Bible.Grab it from either of these fine book sellers:AmazonWorkmanlast_img read more

US Open: Pablo Carreno Busta beats Diego Schwartzman, reaches his 1st Grand Slam semi-finals

first_imgSpaniard Pablo Carreno Busta smacked 30 winners to down Argentine Diego Schwartzman 6-4 6-4 6-2 and advance to his first-ever grand slam singles semi-final at the U.S. Open on Tuesday.The 12th-seeded Carreno Busta played the solid all-around game that has quietly propelled him through five matches at Flushing Meadows without dropping a single set.”It’s something that I’ve always dreamed of,” Carreno Busta said in an on-court interview.”I’m very excited to be in the semi-finals at this tournament. Thanks to all the people for your support.”He will next face either American Sam Querrey or big-serving Kevin Anderson of South Africa, who play their quarter-final later on Tuesday.Schwartzman, perhaps still feeling the effect of a leg injury he picked up during his fourth-round win over Frenchman Lucas Pouille, was broken in his first service game of each set.The Argentine added to his woes by making 35 unforced errors and winning just 33 percent of points on his second serve.Momentum swung firmly in Carreno Busta’s favour at 3-4 in the second set after the Spaniard fell behind 0-40. Schwartzman failed to capitalise and Carreno Busta won five consecutive points to even the set up 4-4.Carreno Busta broke the disheartened Schwartzman in the next game and cruised to the finish line.last_img read more

Shocked by Cottalordas resignation: Mary Kom

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 14 (PTI) Top Indian woman boxer M C Mary Kom says coach Stephane Cottalordas resignation has left her shocked and she would try to convince him on reconsidering it.Cottalorda, Indias first foreign coach for women boxers, resigned within a month of taking over, complaining of delay in salary payment and lack of professionalism in the national federation.The 41-year-old Frenchman, who took over in August, e- mailed his resignation to the Boxing Federation of India (BFI), saying that he could no longer wait for the fulfillment of promises made to him. Reacting to the development, Mary Kom, a five-time world champion and an Olympic bronze-medallist, told PTI, “It is very disappointing and I am quite shocked. Speaking as an athlete, I can only say that he had been an excellent addition to the camp.””It was our responsibility to take care of his requirements. I hope he comes back, in fact, I will personally try to convince him on coming back,” said the boxer, who is also a government observer for the sport.Cottalorda alleged that he repeatedly communicated his concerns to the federation, which did not act on them.The federation, on its part, asserted that most of Cottalordas demands have been met and they would try and persuade him to come back. Ironically, his initial arrival itself was delayed by over a month owing to some procedural issues.Besides being an experienced coach for women boxers in France, which earned him a three-star rating from the International Boxing Association, Cottalorda has also been a certified coach in the AIBA Pro-Boxing and the World Series of Boxing.advertisementWhen asked if he would be open to reconsidering his decision, Cottalorda said, “I do not have any confidence in the system. I must do what is best for my family.”Cottalorda, also a member of the European Boxing Confederations (EUBC) Coaches Commission, had travelled with the Indian womens team for a training trip to Ireland last month.He had decided to head back to France at the conclusion of the trip as he was unhappy with the delay in the disbursement of his salary. His resignation comes as a blow to the womens team, which is gearing up for the Asian Championships in November in Vietnam.”Everybody tells me it is the Indian system. But in Europe if you have a job, you are paid for it. If you dont get results, the contract is stopped.” PTI PM AH AHlast_img read more

UEFA Champions League: We will win against Real Madrid, says Harry Kane

first_imgConfident after scoring a hat-trick against Apoel FC here in the Champions League tie, Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane asserted that his club will be travelling to play against Real Madrid with the intention of defeating them.The London club striker scored a hat-trick to help his club win 3-0 in the Champions League away fixture on Tuesday.Tottenham will travel to Madrid to take on the Champions League reigning champions on October 18.”We feel we can beat anyone on our day, of course we know it will be tough but it’s two good teams and an open game, probably. It will come down to who is more clinical — hopefully that can be us. We are going there to win, not just to get a result. We will see what happens,” Kane was quoted saying by The Guardian on Wednesday.The 24-year-old who won the Golden Boot in English Premier League (EPL) last season also revealed he is a big fan of football star Cristiano Ronaldo and said the Real Madrid player is one of the best player of the generation.”I’ve never met Ronaldo but I’m a fan of course, I’m a fan of great footballers and he is one of the best — especially of my generation. We probably won’t be up against each other much in the game but it’s always great to play the best in the world,” the English international said.”They have one of the best defences with (Sergio) Ramos, Marcelo, players like that. I want to test myself against the best and they have been the best in the last few years, without a doubt. It’s going to be exciting. I want to put in a performance like I have been recently,” Kane added.advertisementKane, who is the current holder of the EPL Golden Boot has won it for two consecutive time. He also won the Tottenham Hotspur player of the year in 2014-15.last_img read more

Pakistan-West Indies to play bilateral T20I series for next five years

first_imgThe Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) have signed a five-year contract to play a bilateral T20I series.PCB chairman Najam Sethi on Saturday announced that the West Indies cricket team would visit Pakistan for a three-match T20 series every year for the next five years.”Pakistan and West Indies cricket boards have signed an agreement to play a series of T20 matches each year, for the next five years, in Pakistan and in the US, subject to the availability of dates and venues,” the Dawn quoted Sethi, as saying.Sethi further informed that the Caribbean team would visit Pakistan in March for the first series.Earlier, the tour, which was due to take place in November, was postponed due to adverse weather conditions in Lahore.”The WICB has confirmed that the full national team will visit Pakistan in 2018 and participate in three T20I matches on March 29, 31 and April 1, respectively,” said Sethi.Sethi added that the series in Pakistan would be a bilateral series.Reuters Photo The two teams will then go to America for a trilateral affair which will include, Pakistan, West Indies and a third country, which has not been named yet.Sethi added, “This is an independent bilateral arrangement, independent of the FTPs [Future Tour Programmes] that would be arranged with the International Cricket Council (ICC) in December/January.”He also notified that the PCB would host the series to be held in Pakistan, whereas matches in the US would be a joint venture.advertisementlast_img read more

Lionel Messi receives fourth Golden Shoe, draws level with rival Cristiano Ronaldo

first_imgLionel Messi received his fourth Golden Shoe award on Friday for leading all of Europe’s leagues in scoring last season.It was the fourth time the Barcelona forward has received the honor, drawing him even with Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo as the award record-holders.Messi scored 37 in the Spanish league, beating out Dutch striker Bas Dost, who netted 34 for Sporting Lisbon in the Portuguese league.The 30-year-old Messi also led Europe’s league in scoring in 2009-10 (34), 2022-12 (50 goals) and 2012-13 (46 goals).Messi was presented with the trophy by teammate Luis Suarez, who won the award in 2015-16 with 40. Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets also attended the ceremony in Barcelona.Messi thanked his teammates for helping him score so many goals, while also saying that he enjoys playing more than ever, 13 years since his debut with Barcelona’s first team.”I have never considered myself a forward. I have been lucky enough to score goals,” Messi said. “I have grown both on and off the pitch. I keep improving and adding things to my game, and I enjoy playing more and more.”Messi, Ronaldo, and Suarez have divvied up the prize for the past nine years.The only time a non-Spanish league player won the Golden Shoe in the last decade was when Suarez shared the prize with Ronaldo while playing for Liverpool in 2013-14.last_img read more

Pyeongchang Winter Olympics: Athletes, fans shiver in freezing conditions

first_imgSub-zero temperatures could be a real issue for visitors in Pyeongchang for this month’s Winter Olympics, but while Games fans shivered, athletes on Monday welcomed the cold.With freezing temperatures of minus 10 degrees celsius in the day and around minus 20 (minus four degrees fahrenheit) during the night it could prove challenging for the last week of preparation before the opening on Friday.In Pyeongchang, big coats, gloves and good shoes were a must to face the cold, enhanced by strong winds. One student from Seoul, on holiday with his parents, said even South Koreans weren’t used to such low temperatures.ALSO WATCH”It’s not usually this cold in this area in this season but very cold, I cannot even think of the words, I think my brain is frozen or something,” shivered student Kyungtae Lim, visiting from Seoul.”I’m a little bit worried about Olympic players… many of the players are from not so cold countries so I don’t think they’ll perform very well, and I’m also worried about the tourists.”On Friday, when the Games will be officially launched at the opening ceremony, spectators fortunate enough to have got a ticket will have to wrap up at the outdoor stadium at the Olympic Plaza where temperatures will be hard to sustain.But for the athletes, cold temperatures are good news as the snow and the courses remain stable throughout the competition.”I’m not (happy about the cold), like my body’s not,” smiled U.S. mogul skier Brad Wilson.”But as far as the conditions go, absolutely (I am happy), we’re in winter sports for a reason, when it’s cold like this it’s good, it’s a good thing, yeah. As long as we can stay warm.”advertisement”We haven’t had to deal with a ton of cold this year, it’s been pretty warm,” added U.S. mogul skier Jaelin Kauf.”It just means pack more layers… maybe do a lot extra warmup at the top of the course, but that’s about it.”last_img read more

Watch: David Warner and Quinton de Kock involved in fiery off-field exchange

first_imgAustralia vice-captain David Warner and South African wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock were involved in a heated off-field exchange in Durban on Sunday.The incident took place during the tea break on the fourth day of the ongoing first Test match between the two countries at the Kingsmead.CCTV footage from the players tunnel showed Warner and De Kock involved in a fiery exchange as players climbed the stairwell to their dressing rooms during the tea break.The video shows Warner being restrained by Australia batsman Usman Khawaja and spin bowler Nathan Lyon as he directs a verbal barrage at De Kock, who exited the field as South Africa’s not-out batsman at the same time as the Australians.Australia wicketkeeper Tim Paine also moves in to block Warner before his captain Steve Smith ushers the opening batsman away.This @davidwarner31 & @QuinnyDeKock69 incident at tea time yesterday. Not the first time a similar incident like this has occurred. And some calling for Warner to be captain one day. Not with this behaviour. Let’s see what the @ICC do about this?? #SAvAUS pic.twitter.com/hxsqi80FvaSuleman Modan (@Figjamfan) March 5, 2018Cricket Australia has said it is looking into the matter.”CA is aware of reports of an incident between players in Durban,” a CA spokesperson said.”CA is working to establish the facts of what has occurred and will not be commenting further until that has been done.”South Africa were 293 for nine at the close of the fourth day, still 123 runs adrift of Australia, who will return on Monday to wrap up what appears an inevitable first-up victory in the four-match series.advertisementA fired-up Warner had earlier given the Proteas’ opener Aiden Markram a huge verbal spray after the rookie batsman was culpable in running out AB De Villiers for a golden duck.Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith criticised Warner as “a bit of a fool” but Markram, who went on to score an impressive 143, played down the sledging as part of the game.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more