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AVB and Rodgers linked as speculation over Mourinho’s position continues

first_imgBrendan Rodgers and Andre Villas-Boas are among those now being touted as a possible replacement for Jose Mourinho at Chelsea.There has been speculation that Mourinho could lose his job as Blues boss if his team are beaten by Liverpool on Saturday.Rodgers was recently sacked by Liverpool and the Belfast Telegraph claims the Northern Irishman could take over at Stamford Bridge on an interim basis.AdChoices广告And Metro have picked up on a report on a Spanish website which claimed former Chelsea manager Villas-Boas, who was sacked by the club in 2012 and is now at Zenit St Petersburg, could even be a contender should Mourinho leave.Rodgers has also been linked with Aston VillaMeanwhile, the Daily Mail reports that Chelsea want Shakhtar Donetsk playmaker Alex Teixeira.It comes after the 25-year-old was quoted by Ukrainian media as saying: “I have an offer.“It was a pleasure to know that Chelsea wants to sign me. It would be great if the transfer already happens in January.”And the Daily Express continues to link Chelsea with a January move for Paul Pogba, whose agent has suggested that the midfielder could leave Juventus in January. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Despite his late fumble, Wallace stars vs. Auburn

first_img Session ID: 2020-09-17:a13dbe91b45c2bbe96a37cf2 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-649294-3870885854001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.OXFORD – Sometimes Bo Wallace can’t catch a break.No one will really remember it, because the second pass he attempted on the final play of the game was broken up. Because, fighting for one more yard while on top of a pile of Auburn defenders, Ole Miss’ quarterback tried to reach the football over his head and had it knocked out.No. 7 Ole Miss lost 35-31 to No. 4 Auburn on Saturday at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, the second Rebels’ loss in as many weeks and one that likely ends any hopes of playing for the national championship this season. But it was not Wallace’s fault, not by any measure.Wallace was 28-of-40 passing for 362 yards and two touchdowns with zero interceptions and also had 61 yards on 14 carries. Twice Ole Miss trailed on Saturday, and he brought the Rebels back.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUND Nov 1, 2014; Oxford, MS, USA; Ole Miss Rebels wide receiver Laquon Treadwell (1) scores a touchdown during the second quarter against the Auburn Tigers at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUND Session ID: 2020-09-17:c37f8d2a89344984b389a02 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-323414-3870885846001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.“We beat them,” Wallace said. “That’s football, though.”The one hiccup, and it was a rather large one, was Wallace’s fumble inside the 5 with less than seven minutes remaining. He was rolling over the top of a pile, trying to fight for extra yardage. But the whistle he expected never came, Wallace said afterward, and that allowed Auburn to jump in and grab the ball.It was an Ole Miss opportunity to score, and an opportunity to bring out the “Bad Bo” narrative again. But that was not really the case. Wallace played well all night. It just was not enough.Contact Hugh Kellenberger at (601) 961-7291 or hkellenber@clarionledger.com. Follow @HKellenbergerCL on Twitter. Session ID: 2020-09-17:7727b523c057503debf9b1be Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-482552-3870865672001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.And, were it not for Laquon Treadwell fumbling the ball at the 1 with 1:30 remaining, Wallace would have had a third touchdown — that one a likely game-winner.“He played well,” offensive coordinator Dan Werner said. “Guys made plays for him. I haven’t seen the stats but I feel like he threw the ball pretty well and played well enough to win. He just didn’t get the breaks.”Wallace was playing from behind from the start Saturday. Left tackle Laremy Tunsil suited up but never played Saturday, with a right shoulder injury on top of a right bicep pull that he injured a week before. That meant one injured player, center Ben Still, had to play every snap on Saturday. Fahn Cooper played out of position at left tackle. Robert Conyers was at right tackle, a week after he played center.Wallace was constantly on the run, partly on designed roll-outs but also trying to keep a play alive. He was sacked four times but bailed the offense out at least twice that many times with a throw under duress.Coach Hugh Freeze said that Auburn played so much man coverage that Ole Miss felt like it could get one-on-one match-ups that it could take advantage of. It did: Treadwell had 10 receptions for 103 yards, Evan Engram had eight for 123 and Vince Sanders seven for 105. That’s three separate 100-yard games in one night, and Wallace found Treadwell and Engram for 10- and 50-yard touchdowns, respectively.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUNDlast_img read more

Bisciotti anoints Flacco new leader of Ravens at ring ceremony

first_img(This blog brought to you by Atlantic Remodeling. Visit www.atlanticremodeling.com to learn about their Red Cent Guarantee!)If there were any remaining doubts about who the new leader of the Ravens would be after the retirement of Ray Lewis and the free-agent departure of Ed Reed, owner Steve Bisciotti made it elementary during Friday’s ring ceremony.Addressing the entire organization before unveiling the much-anticipated jewelry commemorating the Ravens’ Super Bowl XLVII victory, Bisciotti confirmed that sixth-year quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco will assume the role left behind by the two future Hall of Fame defensive players. No longer will Flacco just be entrusted to lead the offense but the 28-year-old will now be the principal figure of the entire roster, according to the owner.“You are the leader now, like it or not,” said Bisciotti to Flacco, according to the team’s official site. “Not many guys do what you did in five years. Not many did it your way. Not many like the way you do it. But I said at the end-of-the-year press conference after last year’s [postseason] defeat that I think the fans of Baltimore will be rewarded by your low-key presence, and it will stand the test of time.”It certainly has to this point as Flacco became just the second quarterback in NFL history — joining Joe Montana — to throw 11 touchdowns and zero interceptions in a single postseason. The 2008 first-round pick is also the only signal-caller in league history to not only advance to the postseason in each of his first five years but to win at least one playoff game per postseason.Of course, no one should expect any dramatic changes in the quarterback’s personality or the camera-friendly flare of Lewis, but Flacco himself has acknowledged becoming more vocal over the years because he naturally feels more comfortable in his surroundings. Many have pointed out that Flacco is more vocal behind the scenes than what we see on game day and in interviews when he is often accused by critics of being too passive.Flacco was rewarded with a six-year, $120.6 million contract this offseason, becoming the highest-paid player in NFL history at the time. Speaking to reporters after receiving his first championship ring on Friday night, the Baltimore quarterback expressed how touched he was to have been singled out with praise by Bisciotti during the speech.“It was pretty cool,” Flacco said. “Steve is an awesome dude, a great owner, and this is a great organization. You can see how special of a night this is and how over the top they went for it. I think that just says a lot about him, and obviously, I’m honored that he would bring me up.”last_img read more

Following arrest, Jussie Smollett is removed from the final two Season 5 episodes of ‘Empire’

first_imgChicago Police Department(CHICAGO) — Hours after returning to the set of his show Empire following his arrest for falsely reporting he was the victim of a politically-motivated hate crime, Jussie Smollett has been temporarily cut out of the show.In a statement obtained by ABC News, the show’s producers announce that they have removed his character from the final two episodes of the series’ fifth season.Signed by series executives including Lee Daniels and Brian Grazer, the statement opens by saying, “The events of the past few weeks have been incredibly emotional for all of us.”It continues, “Jussie has been an important member of our Empire family for the past five years and we care about him deeply. While these allegations are very disturbing, we are placing our trust in the legal system as the process plays out.”However, the statement adds, “We are also aware of the effects of this process on the cast and crew members who work on our show and to avoid further disruption on set, we have decided to remove the role of ‘Jamal’ from the final two episodes of the season.”The Empire star was arraigned on a class-four felony charge of disorderly conduct/filing a false police report Thursday and released on $100,000 bond. During his court appearance, Smollett maintained his innocence, denying he staged the January 29 attack. The actor claimed he was attacked by two men who hurled racist and homophobic epithets and put a noose around his neck, amd made reference to President Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan.After Smollett’s arraignment, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson told reporters that the “phony attack” was “orchestrated” by the actor “to boost his profile” amid “a salary dispute.” Smollett was defiant upon his return to the set after being released —  TMZ is reporting he told castmates he “swore to God” that he didn’t orchestrate the hoax.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

PSG drop Mbappe for title decider at Nantes

first_imgPSG need to win to seal the championship after passing up a second chance to round up the title in spectacular style on Sunday, when they were hammered 5-1 at second-placed Lille in their worst defeat in a decade.Mbappe slated his side for “lacking personality” in the aftermath, an assessment that didn’t go down well with Tuchel, who reportedly decided to drop the young gun after hearing his withering evaluation of his teammates.“It is too easy to say that (we lacked personality),” said Tuchel, who pointed to PSG’s enormous list of absences as the reason behind a drop off in form.The reigning champions are missing eight players between injuries and suspensions, with Neymar and Edinson Cavani out for months and other key players like Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Marco Verratti and Angel Di Maria all unavailable.However, despite the skeleton crew on show in Nantes, PSG are odds on to win their sixth league title in seven years, as they have a 17-point lead over Lille.last_img read more

Utah Utes football: QB Jon Hays to get redemption shot against ASU

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY — His first major college start, against Arizona State last year, was not a memorable one for Jon Hays, at least not in a positive way.Hays, as everyone knows by now, was just a few months removed from not having anywhere to play college ball and had only been part of the Ute team for a matter of weeks when starter Jordan Wynn went down with a season-ending injury. Hays was basically all the Utes had at the quarterback spot.He started off decently enough, staking the Utes to a 14-10 lead. However five Utah turnovers, including three interceptions from Hays, handed the game to the Sun Devils, who scored 25 unanswered points.”I was really disappointed with my performance last year against Arizona State — I had three picks,” Hays said earlier this week.Eleven and a half months later, Hays gets another shot at Arizona State, this time in Tempe (Saturday, 8 p.m. MDT), and he says he’ll be much more prepared this time around and ready for redemption. “I’m ready to get back down there and play a good Arizona State team.”For Hays, the guy who was headed to Division II Nebraska-Omaha before that school suddenly dropped football, it has been a roller-coaster ride over the past 16 months.He was picked up by the Utes as an emergency backup in mid-May, found himself thrust into the starting role in the middle of the team’s initial Pac-12 season, lost some games and won some games before capping the year with a brilliant come-from-behind victory over Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl.Yet despite all that, he was basically relegated to fourth string during spring ball as the Utes welcomed Wynn back from an injury and tried to get a close look at highly touted incoming freshmen Travis Wilson and Chase Hansen.While it was a tough time for Hays, he just kept working hard, trying to keep his head up.”It’s not what happens but how you respond to it,” he said. “That’s the philosophy I’ve taken, and it’s really helped me out.”Hays said the Ute coaches were always up front about everything and that helped him deal with the situation.”They’ve been true to their word,” he said. “Any time I’ve had a question and wanted to know how I stood on this team, they’ve been brutally honest with me, and I really appreciate that.”While most folks figured that the Utes would use a freshman rather than a senior as backup, Hays hung in there and by the end of fall camp, coach Kyle Whittingham called him one of the most improved players on the team.He was thrust into action against Utah State and nearly led a come-from-behind win. Then, after the way Hays led the Utes to victory over BYU with no turnovers and a quarterback rating of over 150, Whittingham couldn’t have been happier.”A great deal of credit goes to Jon Hays,” he said. “He’s a mobile quarterback, he’s as tough as nails and he took some shots Saturday. He just picks himself back up every time. He’s got mental and physical toughness, and it’s infectious with the rest of the team. His performance with the throw game was one of the big reasons we were able to win the game.”Looking back, Hays sees a big difference in his game compared to last year when he was thrown into the fire against the Sun Devils.”Last year I had no spring ball at all and basically started when fall camp started. I handled the offense as best I could, kind of thrown into the fire. This year I got to work with BJ (offensive coordinator Brian Johnson) all spring and fall camp. He’s done a really good job of handling me.”Hays also credits Wynn, who is working with the quarterbacks after calling it a career last week, for his guidance.”I’d go to the sideline after every drive and he had a headset on and would talk to me,” he said. “He’s definitely a tool for me. The mental aspect of the game — I’ve never seen anyone who could handle it better. After every drive I’d talk to Jordan and talk to BJ on the phone about stuff.”Playing in the Pac-12 in front of sold-out stadiums after being ticketed to a Division II school is still “surreal” to Hays, who says he takes it a day at a time.”The ups and downs of last year, all last season and offseason and coming into this season — it’s been a roller-coaster ride. That’s just the way it’s been. It’s kind of crazy how things worked out.”email: sor@desnews.comlast_img read more

Lavinia’s searchfor a cure

first_imgLAVINIA Martin wants to find a cure for type one diabetes. The Upper Beaconsfield eight-year-old, who was diagnosed as having…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Dirtbags beat Trojans with new additions

first_imgLOS ANGELES – The questions about the newcomers were quickly put out of the way, and the initial answers were more pleasing for Long Beach State. In a matchup of baseball teams loaded with youth and uncertainty, Long Beach State put many of its newcomers to use in defeating USC 5-1 on Sunday at Dedeaux Field in the deciding game of the season-opening series. “Winning is obviously the best part,” said Long Beach State coach Mike Weathers, whose team won for the second day in a row. “But getting to see so many guys this weekend was also nice. We got a chance to get them in there and see what they can do, and it was really encouraging.” The Dirtbags (2-1) used seven true freshmen in the three-game series against a USC lineup that didn’t have any starters back in the same positions from a year ago and featured eight newcomers throughout the weekend. Senior left-hander Omar Arif (1-0) got the win Sunday in his Long Beach State debut. Arif, a transfer from Texas Christian, where he was a reliever, was on a tight pitch count, but held USC to two hits in four shutout innings in the start against Trojans newcomer Anthony Vasquez. Vasquez (0-1), a sophomore transfer from Texas A&M who had started in the outfield during the Trojans’ first three games, went six innings. The left-hander allowed two runs on six hits, four walks. A combined nine relievers, including three Long Beach State freshmen, were used in Sunday’s marathon. “We wanted to get as many guys as we could in there this weekend,” Weathers said. The biggest blow of the afternoon, however, came from one of the few established Dirtbags. Shortstop Danny Espinosa, last year’s Big West Conference Freshman of the Year, hit a three-run home run to right on the first pitch from USC reliever Shawn Olsen to cap the scoring in the seventh inning. Espinosa also singled in the third inning. center_img Robert Perry and freshman Taylor Krick also had two hits each for Long Beach State, which took the lead for good in the first inning when Jason Corder singled in Perry. Designated hitter J.J. Owen, who was 2 for 3, was the only USC player with multiple hits. The Trojans (2-2) had closed within one on an RBI-single by Matt Cusick in the fifth inning, but they advanced only one runner as far as second base the rest of the way. “This really helps us,” Espinosa said of taking the series from ranked USC. “This shows we’ve got what it takes to be a great team. This’ll give us some good momentum. “We’ve got so many new guys, but we were confident coming in.” 160Want 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

Ronaldo extends Real Madrid deal to 2021

first_img“The Portuguese forward will extend his contract until 30 June 2021 at the event attended by club president Florentino Perez and the player himself.”Ronaldo, 31, follows in the footsteps of Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos as the latest Real star to agree a contract extension in recent weeks as the club prepares to serve a one-year transfer ban imposed by FIFA.According to UK media reports Bale’s lucrative new six-year deal will earn the Welshman as much as £600,000 ($750,000) a week before tax.However, Ronaldo, whose previous deal expired in 2018 is expected to remain the highest earner at the Santiago Bernabeu.Ronaldo is already the world’s highest paid sportsman according to American magazine Forbes, raking in $88 million between his salary and endorsements in 2016.Ronaldo has shot himself into the Real record books by plundering 371 goals in 360 games in his eight seasons since swapping Manchester United for Madrid for a then world record fee in 2009.And Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane called on Ronaldo to end his playing days in Spain like he did when retiring from club football in 2006.Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane called on Cristiano Ronaldo to end his playing days in Spain like he did when retiring from club football in 2006 © AFP/File / Pierre-Philippe Marcou“What he has to do is finish his career here,” said Zidane after Sunday’s 3-0 win over Leganes extended Madrid’s lead at the top of La Liga.“Cristiano is unique for what he has done and what he is doing.“It is his dream to end his career here. I am happy that he can renew and finish with this white shirt like I did a long time ago.”As well the individual accolades of winning the Ballon d’Or in 2013 and 2014 for the world’s best player since joining Madrid, Ronaldo has won eight trophies with Los Blancos.Most notably he scored in the 2014 Champions League final against Atletico Madrid as Real ended a 12-year wait to win their 10th European Cup.Ronaldo was Atletico’s scourge again as he netted the winning penalty in a shootout victory to once again win the Champions League in May.His only La Liga title came under Jose Mourinho in the 2011/12 season.However, arguably Ronaldo’s crowning glory came in leading Portugal to their first ever international tournament win at Euro 2016.After suffering knee ligament damage in the Euro 2016 final, Ronaldo has endured a slow start to this season.His scoreless performance against Leganes extended his worst ever goal drought at the Bernabeu to five matches.However, Madrid’s confidence in handing out a huge deal that will secure Ronaldo’s position as the world’s highest paid sportsman has not been shaken.“There is nothing wrong, he is not worried,” insisted Zidane.“He looks good, he is motivated, he likes to scores goals and even more so in this stadium, but he is calm.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Forward Cristiano Ronaldo will extend his contract with Real Madrid to 2021 © AFP / Javier SorianoMADRID, Spain, Nov 6 – Cristiano Ronaldo looks set to retire at Real Madrid after agreeing a bumper new five-year contract to be signed on Monday that ties him to the Spanish giants until 2021.“The official event for the renewal of Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract will take place tomorrow, Monday 7 November at 1:30pm in the presidential box at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium,” Madrid said in a statement on Sunday.last_img read more

Transportation Ministry increases weight limit for wide-base tires

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. Ministry of Transportation announced today that commercial truck drivers using new wide-base single tires are now allowed a single-axle weight of 8,500 kilograms, which the government says will help in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing fuel efficiency.The ministry engaged in discussions with the BC Trucking Association and conducted studies to assess the performance of new generation wide-base single tires. The decision to increase the weight limit for tires that are at least 455 millimetres wide from 7,700 to 8,500 kilograms will align B.C. with other provinces that have also recently increased weight allowances.The Ministry says that since wide-base single tires have proven to be more fuel efficient, truckers will save money on fuel costs. Increasing the weight limit will also reduce the number of trips required to transport goods and help carriers meet their greenhouse gas emission requirements.- Advertisement -Older wide-base single tires that are between 445 and 454 millimetres wide will still have a single-axle weight of 7,700 kilograms.Any questions about this change should be directed to the ministry’s Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement branch at commercial.transport@gov.bc.ca.last_img read more

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