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first_imgRomario seeks Nuzman probe RIO DE JANEIRO (AP): Brazilian Senator Romario de Souza Faria, the star of Brazil’s 1994 World Cup winning team, hopes to open a congressional investigation into Carlos Nuzman, who headed the local organising committee of last year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Nuzman, an honorary IOC member, was held for questioning earlier this month by Brazilian and French authorities in an alleged vote-buying scheme to land the Olympics for Brazil. He has denied any wrongdoing. Romario’s office told The Associated Press yesterday that the former Barcelona star wants to confirm a “preliminary committee of inquiry” by the end of the week. Two years ago, Romario called the head of the Brazilian football confederation – Marco Polo del Nero – before a similar panel looking into corruption in the game in Brazil. He has called Del Nero a “cancer” on the game, although Del Nero continues to head the CBF. New England Revolution fire coach Heaps FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP): The New England Revolution have fired coach Jay Heaps, who had been with the team as a player or coach for 15 seasons. The team announced the move yesterday. Assistant coach Tom Soehn will take over for the rest of the season. The Revolution had been within a point of playoff position before losing back-to-back games by a combined score of 10-1. Under Heaps, the Revolution made the playoffs three times and reached the MLS Cup in 2014. In all, he had a 75-81-43 regular-season record and was 4-3-1 in the playoffs. Before coaching, Heaps was a defender who appeared in 243 games for the Revolution and won four Eastern Conference championships from 2001-09. He was part of the team that reached the US Open Cup Final three times, including a 2007 victory Genoa teenager a star in Serie A ROME (AP): The 16-year-old sensation of Serie A wouldn’t mind taking advantage of his sudden stardom among classmates. The problem is, he’s being homeschooled. “I can’t even be the cool guy at school,” Pietro Pellegri lamented after scoring twice for Genoa in a 3-2 loss to Lazio on Sunday that made him the youngest player in Italian league history to record a brace. At 16 years, 112 days, Pellegri easily beat previous record-holder Silvio Piola, who was 17 years, 104 days in 1931 when he set the mark. Piola went on to numerous records and with 274 goals still tops the all-time career list in Serie A.last_img read more

Qatar World Cup final on December 18

first_img0Shares0000ZURICH, March 20- Football’s governing body FIFA on Thursday approved holding the final of the controversial 2022 World Cup in Qatar on December 18 at the end of the first tournament held in the northern winter, a top official said.It also awarded the 2019 women’s World Cup to France which defeated South Korea in a vote by the FIFA executive committee. The decision on the date of the 2022 final ended a long-running and acrimonious debate about the timing. A change to a winter World Cup was forced on FIFA by the scorching temperatures in Qatar in June-July.European clubs have complained about the disruption to their cash-rich domestic championships, however.And even the dates for the November-December tournament were not unanimous.England and other countries opposed this because of the clash with traditional games played over the Christmas and New Year period.UEFA, Europe’s governing body had initially preferred December 23 for the final, but have since changed their minds. European federations are still worried about dates for international matches scheduled at that time, however.The compromise will probably see the tournament reduced to 28 days instead of the 32 for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.FIFA’s communications chief Walter de Gregorio said that deciding the date of the final was “an important step. Finally we know and we can move forward”.– An end to uncertainty –“The final will be on December 18. It is a Sunday and it is also the national day of Qatar, so it fits perfectly,” de Gregorio told reporters.“In principle we try to play in 28 days. The next step will be to have different talks, especially (on) the international calendar,” the official added.The date of the start of the tournament will probably not be decided until the end of the year, FIFA sources said.Noel Le Graet, president of the French Football Federation, said the proposed date could push European leagues to play more matches in summer.“It is a good decision for players,” Le Graet told reporters. “I have always been a supporter of playing less in winter and more in summer.”European clubs are expected to press for some kind of compensation for halting their national league and Champions League games for at least five weeks.Blatter has previously said that compensation was not needed. But he has since held talks with the head of the European Club Association, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, chairman of German giants Bayern Munich.FIFA paid $70 million to clubs who had players at the 2014 World Cup and this scheme could be enlarged for 2022.UEFA is already promising 150 million euros ($170 million) for clubs whose players are on duty at the 2016 European Championships in France.France will also hold the 2019 women’s World Cup, which is fast growing in popularity around the globe, and the women’s under 20 World Cup in 2018.Blatter said that France and South Korea had both been strong candidates for the World Cup but the final vote was made by the executive committee “with confidence”.Blatter hailed France’s attempts to develop the women’s game.France’s national team are ranked third in the world and Lyon have been European club champions twice in the past four years.“It is magnificent news for French women’s football,” said Lyon player Camille Abily.This year’s women’s World Cup will be held in Canada and huge crowds are expected for the tournament spread across six cities from June 6 to July 5.France has already decided it will stage the World Cup in nine cities.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Man United to face stiff competition from Valencia for Benfica star

first_imgManchester United will face stiff competition from Spanish giants Valencia if they want to bring Enzo Perez to Old Trafford in January.The talented Benfica midfielder was reportedly scouted by representatives from Old Trafford during Tuesday night’s Champions League win over Monaco, and United are set to test the Portuguese club’s resolve with a big-money bid.According to Spanish newspaper Superdeporte, Perez, 28, is keen to play in the Premier League despite interest from Valencia and the club’s sporting director Francisco Rufete, who recently revealed his burning ambition to sign the player.Although Perez still has four years left to run on his existing deal at the Estadio da Luz, an offer of around £20m could force Benfica to cash in on one of their most prized assets.It is likely United will move for Perez in January and further strengthen the Reds squad, given that Louis van Gaal will be doing everything in his powers to turn around the club’s worst start to a season in 28 years. 1 Enzo Perez in action for Benfica last_img read more

Cher heads to D.C.

first_imgThe subject was whether to modify helmets for soldiers in Iraq, but all eyes were on Cher, who entered a Capitol Hill hearing room through a back door 20 minutes after the session was to start. Cher has donated more than $130,000 to the group Operation Helmet, which pays about $100 to modify the inside of soldiers’ helmets to make them better able to absorb shock from a bomb blast. Cher, wearing a white lace top under a black pant suit, looked solemn as she sat behind the group’s founder, Dr. Bob Meaders, while he testified. Meaders said she didn’t want to cause a distraction by testifying herself. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Harry Redknapp tells Tottenham not to sign Andy Carroll as Harry Kane back-up

first_imgFormer Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has rubbished rumours linking Andy Carroll with a shock move to Spurs, insisting the striker doesn’t fit their style.The West Ham man has emerged as a surprise target for the north London club, with reports claiming he could join them this month to provide cover for injured Harry Kane – who is sidelined until March.Carroll, who only scored three goals in 2017, started for the Hammers in their 2-0 defeat to Bournemouth but is out on contract in the summer and could be signed for around £2million.But there seems to be little sense in signing an injury-plagued player as back-up to one currently on the sidelines. 1 targets REVEALED moving on Transfer latest on talkSPORT.com IN DEMAND And Redknapp has warned his former club against the deal.Speaking on Monday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, he said: “It’s difficult for Spurs because where do you find somebody who is going to want to come and play for four or five weeks, knowing that he’s not going to be playing after because once Harry Kane is fit and Son comes back they’re not going to be in the team?“You’re not going to get a top, top player who is going to be willing to do that. So do they take a chance on Andy Carroll?“Listen, he is effective. If you use him in the right areas and you get balls into the box for him, there’s no one better. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ RANKED The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland center_img LATEST Harry Kane has suffered ankle ligament damage LIVING THE DREAM Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade targets Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer “I know they got crosses in yesterday for the goals, but in the main Tottenham really don’t play with wide men, their crosses will come from full backs and I don’t see Pochettino suddenly changing his style to be hitting long diagonal balls up to Andy Carroll and running off him…“I’m not sure that would be a move Pochettino would go for.“And West Ham need him! He started in the team on Saturday!”last_img read more

Emiliano Sala confirmed dead after body is identified from plane in English Channel

first_img Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade The Cardiff players paid tribute to Sala during their match against Bournemouth last weekend LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS ADVICE no dice MONEY Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED BEST OF “HM Coroner will continue to investigate the circumstances of this death supported by Dorset Police.”Cardiff released a statement offering their condolences to the families of both the striker and the pilot.Emiliano Sala: Born in Argentina, forged in France and tragically taken on his way to Wales“We offer our most heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the family of Emiliano,” the club said.“He and David will forever remain in our thoughts.”The Piper Malibu N264DB plane lost contact with air traffic control over the Channel during a flight from Nantes to Cardiff on Monday January 21. huge blow RANKED 2 2 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Dorset Police said in a statement: “The body brought to Portland Port today, Thursday February 7 2019, has been formally identified by HM Coroner for Dorset as that of professional footballer Emiliano Sala.“The families of Mr Sala and the pilot David Ibbotson have been updated with this news and will continue to be supported by specially-trained family liaison officers.“Our thoughts remain with them at this difficult time. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions A body that was recovered from a plane which crashed in the English Channel has been formally identified as Cardiff striker Emiliano Sala.The familes of Sala and the pilot of the plane, David Ibbotson, have been informed. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Many tributes were left for Sala before his death was confirmed Sala, who was announced as Cardiff’s club-record signing three days earlier, was in France saying goodbye to former team-mates at the Ligue 1 club.An initial search and rescue operation failed to locate the plane but it was later discovered by the Air Accident Investigation Branch and privately funded search teams.They recovered a body from the wreckage, which has now been identified as the Argentine striker, while the pilot is still missing.The aircraft remains 67 metres underwater 21 miles off the coast of Guernsey.last_img read more

Euro 2016 Talk: Goldie Lookin Chain’s Wales tribute, Ayenaeborson

first_imgThe Welsh dream is over. Gareth Bale and co. are out of Euro 2016 and the eulogies are flowing. But no tribute does Wales justice quite like Goldie Lookin Chain’s.After such hits as ‘Guns Don’t Kill People, Rappers do’ and ‘Your Missus is a Nutter’ the Newport rap group have paid tribute to the efforts of Chris Coleman and his team in France this summer. All the emotion. Kind of.But Wales left behind the Sheep Clap – their own unique take on Iceland’s Viking Clap. This could prove quite popular with Aberdeen fans next season.And while sales of Iceland shirts continue to surge in Scotland on fan has attempted to combine the two footballing cultures. It’s all in today’s Euro 2016 Talk.Move over Manic Street Preachers. There’s only one fitting way to pay tribute.Sheep clap could catch on at Pittodrie next season.Cristiano Ronaldo loves a selfie. Always. Sales of these set to surge in Scotland next season.Jornal de Noticias front page. Press ReaderL’Equipe front page. Press ReaderLa Gazzetta dello Sport front page. Press Readerlast_img read more

Peter Horne ‘desperate’ to face Australia after World Cup heartache

first_imgThe heartbreaking World Cup quarter final defeat to Australia last autumn made Peter Horne more determined than ever to be a success for Scotland.The Glasgow Warriors playmaker – who scored the Scots’ opening try that day at Twickenham – felt the gut-wrenching loss as keenly as the rest of Scottish rugby, after referee Craig Joubert’s controversial late penalty award to the Wallabies gifted them a 35-34 victory.Australia take on Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday in the first meeting of the sides since the World Cup, and Horne reflected on how he used that match to fuel his ambitions.The 27-year-old, who is expected to back up Finn Russell at stand-off during the autumn test series, said: “I remember a couple of days after [the quarter-final] we were coming back on the train from London back up to Glasgow and I was thinking that games like that just make you hungrier for more. “I was just desperate to get another crack, get another game in a Scotland shirt and play in front of a big crowd like that.“It just makes you hungrier and hungrier and it is great that we are playing [Australia] this weekend.“We get another crack at them off the back of a brilliant win for them at the weekend.“They put away a good Wales side so it will be a really good test. “That’s why you play the game – to take on the best players in the world.”Assistant coach Matt Taylor admitted the backroom staff had a responsibility to manage the emotions of the team as they bid to exact revenge on the Wallabies in front of a near-capacity crowd at Murrayfield.The defence specialist said: “You have got to manage your emotion in any test match.“You certainly need to be up for the occasion but you’ve also got to be accurate and that is what we have been stressing.“You don’t want to be too helter-skelter.“We are desperate to put in a good performance at home.”last_img read more

Digital set-top boxes ‘on sale in 2010’

first_img22 July 2009The set-top boxes that many South Africans will need to watch television as the country completes its move from analogue to digital broadcasting are likely to go on sale in the first half of 2010.Currently, South African television and radio signals are broadcast on an analogue platform, which requires a large amount of bandwidth to transmit picture and sound information, limiting the amount of signals that can get through at any time.Digital signals require much less bandwidth, allowing more channels to be broadcast at the same time, with a brighter, sharper picture and better sound.Switch-over dateSouth Africa began broadcasting a digital terrestrial signal alongside its analogue signal in November 2008.This “dual illumination” window period is due to end with a final switch-off of the analogue signal on 1 November 2011.Local TV viewers have until then to acquire either a digitally compliant television set or the set-top box necessary to make their old TVs digitally compliant.Digital Dzonga CouncilThe Department of Communications has now launched the Digital Dzonga Council to manage the process of migrating to digital broadcasting.Council members include officials from the department, consumer groups, various broadcasters such as the South African Broadcasting Corporation, eTV and M-Net, manufacturers, national signal distributor Sentech, and the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa.“Once the services and technology have been tested adequately, and all other related processes are in place, [set-top boxes] will be made available in retail stores,” the department’s Mashilo Boloka said at the launch of the council in Johannesburg this week.“The actual date will be confirmed and communicated to the public as soon as all relevant logistical, legal, technical and policy issues have been addressed. This is anticipated to be during the first half of 2010.”Boloka said a trial was currently being conducted with a small sample of viewers, adding that there were a number of issues that still needed to be resolved before the service could be made available to the public.“This includes testing of the service to ensure that everything works as it should before consumers spend money on purchasing [set-top boxes],” Boloka said.The South African Bureau of Standards has also released set-top box specifications and approved the necessary hardware, and the department urged all parties dealing in software related issues to conclude their agreements so that manufacturing could commence.Subsidies for poorer householdsIn August 2008, then Communications Minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri announced that the government would introduce a scheme for ownership support to help households that could not afford to buy set-top boxes.As part of the scheme, the government plans to subsidise 70%, or around R400, of the expected R700 cost of a set-top box.Matsepe-Casaburri said the advantages of digital broadcasting far outweighed the estimated cost of such a subsidy. These include access to more channels, including focused educational channels, and direct access to new services, such as e-government services.Global migrationThe migration from analogue to digital broadcasting is taking place worldwide, in line with timelines contained in an International Telecommunications Union (ITU) treaty.The ITU decided a while back that protection for analogue signals would cease in 2015, giving member states timelines per region to comply with the decision.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Smush.it: Image Optimization in the Cloud

first_imgCrunching Numbers and Stripping Out Metadata Smush.it works on two different levels. First, it strips all the metadata out of the file. For small files like logos or buttons, this data can make up a large part of their size and very few users will ever care what editor you used to create a button. After this, Smush.it applies a number of non-lossy, open-source image optimization algorithms to the image. Smush.it will also transform GIFs into more efficient PNG files when necessary and optimize PNGs and animated GIFs.For most web pages we tested, Smush.it reduced the total image size by anywhere from 10 to 45%. For most sites, logos, buttons, and icons saw the largest improvements (often close to 90%), though we also noticed a lot of sites that did not optimize their screenshots and other images, which Smush.it was usually able to compress by anywhere between 10 to 30%. If you are a web developer or publisher, using Smush.it could potentially reduce your bandwidth bill significantly.We only wish that Yahoo had picked a slightly less unfortunate URL for the service… Tags:#Product Reviews#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market frederic lardinois Related Posts Yahoo’s Exceptional Performance Team just released an interesting tool that optimizes images for publishing on the web. Smush.it is completely cloud-based and you can choose to upload your images directly to the service, provide Smush.it with a URL, or use a Firefox plugin that analyzes a whole page at once. Smush.it provides a one-stop shop for compressing images and works with JPGs, PNGs, GIFs, and animated GIF files. As Yahoo points out, there are already many image editing tools on the market that perform similar functions. Smush.it, however, automates this process and works for a variety of popular file formats, taking a lot of the hassle out of the process. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more