Players accepting Mourinho return

first_img Press Association Chelsea’s players appear to have grown used to the likelihood of Jose Mourinho returning return to the club. Chelsea have been under the caretaker charge of interim boss Rafael Benitez – one of Mourinho’s great rivals – since Champions League winner Roberto di Matteo was sacked last November. Benitez overcame huge fan hostility born out of his past associations with Liverpool to steer the club to Europa League glory and a place in the Champions League once again. The Benitez reign comes to an end after Chelsea take on Manchester City in the second of two lucrative post-season friendlies at Yankee Stadium in New York this weekend. Real Madrid conclude their campaign on June 1 and a new appointment is anticipated soon after that. Striker Demba Ba, who only joined the club in January, is also positive about the prospect of being managed by Mourinho. The Senegal international said: “We will see if he joins us first – but you see what he has won, what he has brought to his teams and to his players individually, and of course he is one of the best. “Everybody is thinking about it and everybody is happy. They know that he is a person that wants to win.” center_img The flamboyant Portuguese boss is expected to take charge at Stamford Bridge for a second time this summer after it was confirmed he is to leave Real Madrid at the end of the Spanish season. Blues goalkeeper Petr Cech, who arrived in the same summer as Mourinho nine years ago, said: “He is a great manager and I think everyone remembers how successful we were with him as a manager. If he could reproduce that it would be fantastic.” last_img read more

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Leicester players ‘won’t get a bonus’ should they win the Premier League

first_imgLeicester City’s players won’t see a single extra penny should they pull off an incredible Premier League title triumph.Leicester are five points clear at the top after a quite superb season in which they have gone toe-to-toe with the best clubs in the country – not least in their 3-1 win over Manchester City at the weekend.And the omens look good for them: for the last 11 seasons in a row, the team that was top of the league at the start of February has gone on to claim the title.Furthermore, there is precedent for a team of supposed minnows to claim one of Europe’s big four leagues: it’s not so long since Montpellier did it in Ligue 1, as Ben Lyttleton wrote for Eurosport a couple of weeks ago.But should Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and co pull off this stunning coup, the Daily Mail reports that they won’t see a single extra penny in bonus payments.”Terms drawn up last summer make clear the emphasis on survival, with a £6.5 million pot shared among the squad for ending the campaign in 12th or above,” the paper claims. “There were no provisions made for finishing any higher, let alone in the Champions League places or top of the pile.”The story adds that the players were to split £3.5m should they have finished 17th, £4.5m for 16th and 15th, £5.5m for 14th and 13th, and £6.5m for 12th or higher – and even the most ambitious of those targets already looks certain.”Leicester’s squad now know that the bumper cash prize will surely be banked come the end of the season, so the glory of trying to become champions is the only immediate motivation.”–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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Real Madrid draw Barcelona in Copa del Rey semis

first_imgSantiago Solari’s side will hope victories in the Copa del Rey can have a knock-on effect in the league, however, where Barca have been unflappable over the past two months, winning eight matches on the spin.The opener at the Camp Nou will present Madrid with a chance to avenge their 5-1 hammering there in October too, a result that led to Julen Lopetegui being sacked as coach.They reached the Copa del Rey semis after completing a 7-3 aggregate victory over Girona on Thursday while Barcelona pulled off a brilliant comeback to beat Sevilla, overturning a 2-0 first-leg deficit by winning 6-1 at the Camp Nou.Valencia continued their own resurgence by scoring two late goals to overcome Getafe on Tuesday and Real Betis needed extra time to knock out Espanyol.Each sitting on 29 points in La Liga, Valencia and Betis played out a goalless draw when they met at Mestalla in September and both will fancy their chances of making the final.Betis also have added motivation in this year’s competition after their own stadium, the Benito Villamarin, was confirmed as the venue for the final on May 25.“For everyone, and above all the fans, it would be an extraordinary way to finish the season,” Betis coach Quique Setien said earlier this week.“To play the final in your home stadium, on your home pitch, and with your fans in your own stands — we know half the city would be there to support.” FILE PHOTO: El Classico Madrid, Spain | AFP | Real Madrid will face defending champions Barcelona in the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey.The draw made on Friday means there will be back-to-back Clasicos, with the second leg due to take place in the last week of February, before Madrid host Barca in La Liga on March 2.The first leg will be played at the Camp Nou next week before a return at the Santiago Bernabeu. The provisional dates are February 6 and 27. Real Betis will go up against Valencia in the other semi-final.Barcelona are 10 points clear of Madrid in La Liga and will be favourites to progress but their opponents have found form in recent weeks, winning six of their last seven matches.Barcelona director Guillermo Amor said: “Real Madrid are playing well and they will be the Madrid team we always expect — a group of winners that competes for everything, that can give us a scare if we are not ready to work.”“There’s nothing like it,” Real Madrid director Emilio Butragueno said. “We are talking about two teams with a lot of resources, with extraordinary players and we always expect very tight games.“We trust our players but obviously this is one of the greatest games in the world today.”Barca are chasing a record fifth Copa del Rey success in a row while Madrid are into the last four for the first time since they won the competition in 2014.– Two Clasicos in a week –Two Clasico games in a week will crank up the pressure on both teams at the end of the month but Real also have a testing schedule around the first leg, sandwiched between a city derby against Atletico Madrid in La Liga and a Champions League last-16 first leg away to Ajax.center_img Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Curtis Cup players and champions head to Coventry

first_img19 Aug 2018 Curtis Cup players and champions head to Coventry Curtis Cup players and champions are targeting the English women’s open amateur championship which gets underway at Coventry Golf Club on Tuesday.They’re aiming to follow in the footsteps of Solheim Cup stars Charley Hull, Jodi Ewart and Joanna Morley who have all won this title.The high-class international field includes players from 11 different countries and three Curtis Cup players: Lily May Humphreys and Sophie Lamb of England and Shannon McWilliams from Scotland.Many of the competitors hold individual titles and have amassed other impressive achievements.Humphreys, 16, (Stoke by Nayland, Essex) is the Scottish women’s open winner while Lamb, from Clitheroe, Lancashire, was leading amateur at the 2017 British Women’s Open and is a past winner of the British stroke play.Georgina Blackman, (Chelmsford, Essex) is the English women’s amateur champion and Yorkshire’s Nicola Slater (Lindrick) holds the English match play title and won the Bridget Jackson Bowl at Handsworth.Scotland’s Hannah McCook has won both the Irish and Welsh open titles and, alongside McWilliams, was in the Scotland’s winning team at the recent Women’s Home Internationals.Hollie Muse, from West Lancashire, reached the semi-finals of the British women’s amateur and played the British Women’s Open.The juniors in the field include Ffion Tynan of Wales, who is the Scottish girls’ champion, and Charlotte Heath of Huddersfield, Yorkshire, who reached the semi-finals of the British girls’ championship and won the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters.Among the local players are Coventry’s own Lisa Barton, a past Warwickshire champion, and county team mate Lauren Beaman of Moor Hall.Coventry Golf Club will test the players with its mature undulating parkland course which has been host to many prestigious professional and amateur tournaments.The full field will play an 18-hole round on each of Tuesday and Wednesday, with the top 40 and ties playing the final 36 holes on Thursday. Spectators are welcome and admission is free. Tags: Coventry Golf Club, Open Amateur Championship, Womenlast_img read more

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13 Ways To Print Your Instagram Photos

first_imgArtifact Uprising—For a stunning addition to your home, we love the options from Artifact Uprising, which incorporates reclaimed pinewood from its own Colorado backyard. Clipboard calendars ($25, pictured above) with a print for each month are serene for a workstation, and the wood block plus 12 prints ($22) creates a changeable photo display.Instagoodies—Print favorite Instagram photos into books of one-inch stickers ($14). Attach stickers to the computer monitor, phone case, or wallet for a quick flash of happiness.Boo Box by Hatchcraft—For photos worthy of the mantelpiece, go for the Boo Box, which places four-inch Instagram photos in bamboo shadowbox frames beginning at $20.Stickygram—Take a cue from your mom, and turn your refrigerator into bragging grounds for your works of art. For $15, Stickygram makes a set of nine photo magnets from your favorite images.ImageSnap—This service crafts ceramic tiles ranging from two-inch ($4) to 12-inch ($35) squares. Tiles can be installed with mortar and grout just like normal tiles, though the tiny sizes make for perfect refrigerator magnets. Tags:#Instagram kelly schwarze Artflakes—Images get sticky with this company that takes your regular ol’ Instagram pics and whips them into vinyl four-inch stickers (pictured above). Buy them up in packs of 10 ($21), 25 ($42), or 50 ($63).Casetagram—Create a custom case for your device of choice — iPhone 4-5, iPad and iPad Mini, iPod Touch, Samsung Galaxy S II-IV, Galaxy Note, and Nexus 4 — ranging in price from $35-$55. Customize your collage and layout, and then Casetagram prints them on a white or black case.Postagram—A fun way to show people you’re thinking of them, Postagram mails a postcard with pop-out Instagram photo and message to friends for $1 each. A thoughtful alternative to a birthday ecard!Stitchtagram—Now that your walls are filled with Instagram photos, cuddle up to memories with a 15-inch linen-cotton-blend pillow ($68) made from account images.With so many resources to print Instagram photos, you could easily decorate an entire house with iPhone memories. How do you share your mobile-phone photos?Images via Instagram user thecakethatateparis, Artifact Uprising, and ArtflakesMore stories from PopSugar Tech:2013: The Year the White House Geeked Out With Star WarsSteam Summer Sale: The Best Games With the Deepest DiscountsIs It Getting Hot in Here? 7 Weather Apps For Summer Sun ForecastingWhy You Should Back Grace From Outer SpaceA Virtual Science Camp For Real-Life Exploration The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditcenter_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Editor’s note: This post was originally published by our partners at PopSugar Tech.Instagram is the easy way to create dreamy camera-phone photos in a flash. The filters work their magic so well that nearly every picture comes out looking like a keepsake. Making those memories permanent can be just as easy with these tools for turning Instagram photos into lasting works of art.Printstagram—The company offers multiple ways to print Instagram photos, but the 20-by-40-inch posters will make a stunning addition to a living room wall. Between 50-400 photos are arranged in a clean grid on thick archival paper for $25. Fill a Tiny Book ($10 for a set of three) with miniature prints of favorite photos, or the Polaroid-style miniprints ($12 for 48 prints, pictured above) have wide enough borders to double as note cards.PostalPix—Use this iPhone app to print four-inch squares from your Instagram library for only 30 cents each. Other sizes are also available, including two-, five-, and eight-inch-square prints. Fast shipping, a matte finish, professional-quality resolution, and the convenience of mobile shopping make this our first stop for basic Instagram prints.CanvasPop—Those filtered photos are worthy of an at-home gallery. Create a high-resolution 12- or 20-inch-square stretched canvas print for $40 and $114, respectively. Buy multiple canvases for an artful wall vignette.Blurb—Haven’t looked at a photo album in a while? Blurb brings back what now seems like an antiquated way of sharing photos with a modern, Instagram twist. Softcover books with 60 pages of Instagram photos run $19, and a hardcover is $32.last_img read more

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Moment of truth

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Cone was also quick to dismiss any personal rivalries with his counterpart and downplay coaches’ roles in this beautiful series, which may have seen its bad officiating but is being played with such class by both squads.“I don’t think experience (in Game 7s) counts here,” Cone said. “We’ve had our share of Game 7s, Norman and I, but I’m not sure [our] experience matters there.”This game was what Cone and his gang avoided last season after Justin Brownlee hit that buzzer-beating triple off Allen Durham’s face to end Game 6 that ended an eight-year title wait for the Kings.Ginebra has a 2-1 record in Game 7s, with Cone to handle the Kings in such a game for the first time.Needless to say, this will be the Bolts’ first Game 7.Save for the Game 1 rout scored by the Kings, this series has been as tight as it could be.And no matter which team gets out of this one alive, this series will provide a fitting ending to what has been a very interesting season. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA UK’s Prince Harry detonates landmine in Angola as visits site being cleared by Halo Trust PLAY LIST 01:41UK’s Prince Harry detonates landmine in Angola as visits site being cleared by Halo Trust00:50Trending Articles02:05Going ‘nude’: UK supermarkets test plastic-free zones01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Batang Pinoy: Coronel, Taguinod continue swimming dominance with quadruple golds LATEST STORIES Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort “He will figure it out and find a way to get back (at us), so…,” Black said, practically admitting that the burden of adjustment also falls on his shoulders despite having some sort of momentum heading into his franchise’s biggest game.“It’s us against the world,” Black said with a chuckle as he recounted the experience of coaching in front of that huge crowd.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMeralco pulled off a 98-91 win that necessitated the 7 p.m. rubber match Friday, leading by as large as 20 early before taking the best punches the Gin Kings could throw in the stretch.Black said that he’s been on both ends of a Game 7, as far as his recollection could take him. MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I remember winning the last two games against Purefoods and David Thirdkill while I was playing coach (at San Miguel),” he said. “But, I also lost a championship to coach Tim when Alaska won the last two games and we couldn’t hold a 3-2 lead (while coaching Sta. Lucia).”It’s going to be a tall order, Black knows, as he tries to squeeze the best out of his players one more game and gift the franchise its first-ever pro championship.“It’s just really tough to beat Ginebra, they are well-coached and have crowd support,” Black said. “We really had to fight every second to beat them.”Triumphing in Game 6 has some of its perks, especially taking that winning feeling into what many great sportsmen have described as “the best two words in sports.”“We’re where we want to be, ever since the start of the conference,” he said. “We just have to do it one more time and we just have to get it done. One team is going to get it done, for sure, and I hope that it’s us.”ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBOCAUE—Minutes after a raucous celebration died down, just when a Game 7 in the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals had been forged, Meralco coach Norman Black was quick to plant his feet back on earth and tell the media that the kind of opposition he’s up against is not at all lost on him.“One thing I know about coach Tim (Cone) is that you can’t do anything twice (to him), that’s for sure,” Black said with a straight face when asked if his Bolts could pull out the same dominant game they did on Wednesday night’s Game 6, where an all-time record crowd of 53,642 made its noisy presence felt all night at Philippine Arena here.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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21 days agoNabil Fekir’s ex-agent lifts lid on Liverpool collapse: I was ashamed

first_imgNabil Fekir’s ex-agent lifts lid on Liverpool collapse: I was ashamedby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe former agent of Real Betis midfielder Nabil Fekir has come clean on why a move to Liverpool fell through.Jean-Pierre Bernes has revealed to Canal Plus that a third party had been at fault for the failed transfer.He said, “Nabil was Liverpool’s priority. I worked for four months with the Liverpool representatives, with Jurgen Klopp, Jean-Michel Aulas, everything was ready. “Nabil was already aware of his future contract, which would have seen him earn around €45m over five years. “And on the day that the contract was supposed to be signed, at Rambouillet, we saw a lawyer and Nabil’s brother-in-law arrived who said: ‘Stop everything, discussions have to start all over again’. It was surreal. We thought that we were in a Walt Disney film.”He added: “There were two elements. The player’s medical was negative and the second element was that when you want to sign for a big club like Liverpool, you need a certain attitude. “When the Liverpool guys witnessed this cinema, they immediately… Sometimes when a player has an injury representatives can make an effort to make it work.”The brother-in-law of Nabil all of a sudden acted like a player’s agent. He wanted a commission, everyone knows, it is fashionable these days. “[Fekir] was on a cloud, he seemed to have transformed, he didn’t even greet the Liverpool representatives. “He arrived after the medical, everyone was looking at each other, the Liverpool representatives were wondering where they were. I was ashamed.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Mens basketball Ohio State squanders lead Nebraska wins 5857 in Columbus

OSU junior forward Jae’Sean Tate looks to the basket after a shot attempt against Nebraska on Feb. 18 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 58-57. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorNothing was pretty about the Ohio State men’s basketball team’s game against Nebraska on Saturday. The Buckeyes walked away from the Schottenstein Center with yet another conference loss, this time losing 58-57.“We weren’t as dialed in as we needed to be,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “There’s certain times when … the game is ongoing. You don’t get to talk about plays that are coming up and we didn’t do what we needed to do or what we wanted to do down the stretch there.”OSU (15-13, 5-10) failed to lock down on defense on Nebraska senior guard Tai Webster, and struggled to produce points of its own. Webster picked up 17 points, and was a constant threat from the floor, going 7 for 12. Nebraska forward Glynn Watson Jr. picked up 14 points.Nebraska coach Tim Miles brought a light mood after the game, saying he wanted to go straight to questions rather than make an opening statement. He, like everyone else, was perplexed by what had just transpired.“I can’t explain it,” Miles said with a laugh.Sophomore guard C.J. Jackson started the game for OSU instead of sophomore JaQuan Lyle, but Jackson struggled mightily. He finished the game with four turnovers, and just six points.The Buckeyes gained their largest lead with seven minutes left in the first, as Tate dropped in a layup to give OSU a 22-11 lead. On four different occasions in the opening half, the Scarlet and Gray had a lead of 11.As the clock wound down in the first, OSU regained possession of the ball after a missed shot was batted in the air by redshirt junior center Trevor Thompson and found its way into the hands of redshirt junior guard Kam Williams. Although the Buckeyes were given a golden opportunity to increase their 30-24 lead right before the break, OSU struggled to formulate a play and was forced to call a timeout.After failing an alley-oop attempt as the clock struck zero, Lyle was visibly upset, clapping his hands hard together as both teams headed to the locker rooms.OSU increased its lead to 11 on a jumper from Jackson and a 3-pointer from senior Marc Loving coming out of halftime. Nebraska started to reel the Buckeyes back in with back-to-back 3-pointers from Watson and Webster.Webster dropped a dime as he was falling to Nebraska sophomore forward Ed Morrow for a slam, and junior forward Nick Fuller dropped in a layup before Morrow hit another shot to cut the OSU lead down to three.Nebraska continuously fought back all game, which is nothing new according to Miles.“We’ve had resolve all year,” he said. “We’ve come from behind in wins. We’ve hung around in losses.”The Buckeyes turned the ball over, and sophomore forward Jack McVeigh of Nebraska nailed a 3 to tie the game at 43 with 8:45 left. A putback layup by Thompson off a fastbreak by Jackson gave OSU a four-point lead and reenergized the crowd with six minutes remaining.Down the stretch and throughout the game, OSU could not find the range from deep. What OSU lacked in accuracy from deep, Nebraska lacked from the charity stripe. Nebraska hit just 4 of 9 attempts from the free throw line, while the Buckeyes made 5 of 17 attempts from deep.Tate made an acrobatic putback layup with four minutes left to give OSU a five-point lead. Nebraska clawed back to within two, but a traveling violation by the Cornhuskers and a deep 3-pointer from Loving appeared to put the game away.McVeigh nailed a 3-pointer, however, and a jump ball gave the Cornhuskers the ball once again. Watson hit a layup and was fouled, and knocked down his free throw to give Nebraska its first and only lead of the game.Tate received the inbounds pass, but was confused where to pass the ball, and settled for an off-balanced shot, which he missed. OSU led for the entire game, except for 11 seconds.“We gotta be smarter,” Tate said following the game. “We beat ourselves tonight, and we deserved it.”Thompson, who had 13 points and eight rebounds in the game, was nearly silent, offering little in terms of any kind of response too media questions.OSU returns to the Schottenstein Center on Feb. 23 to take on Wisconsin. Last time the two teams met, the Buckeyes were dominated 89-66 in Madison.Tipoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. read more

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Remnants of Harvey still powerful enough to threaten floods

first_imgHOUSTON — Even a week after it slammed into the Texas coast, Harvey retained enough rain-making power Friday to raise the risk of flooding as far north as Indiana. Back in Houston, officials tried to safeguard parts of their devastated city by intentionally flooding others.The mayor announced plans to release water from two reservoirs that could keep as many as 20,000 homes flooded for up to 15 days.In another Texas city with no drinking water, people waited in a line that stretched for more than a mile to get bottled water while others awaited evacuation flights.Residents of the still-flooded western part of Houston were told Friday to evacuate ahead of the planned release from two reservoirs protecting downtown. The move was expected to flood homes that were inundated earlier in the week. Homes that are not currently flooded probably will not be affected, officials said.It could take three months for the Addicks and Barker reservoirs, which are normally dry, to drain. The Harris County Flood Control District said it had to continue releasing water to protect their structural integrity and in case more heavy rain falls.Some of the affected houses have several feet (meters) of water in them, and the water reaches to the rooftops of others, district meteorologist Jeff Lindner said.last_img read more

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Happy Ramos now aiming to top group with Spain

first_imgSpain captain Sergio Ramos is happy with their 1-0 win over Iran and has now set the team the aim of finishing top of Group BDespite having 81% of possession, it had been a frustrating opening period of La Furia Roja against an Iran side that had defended admirably throughout the encounter at the Kazan Arena.It was not until after the break that Spain had finally scored through Diego Costa, who netted his third goal of the World Cup to send Spain top of Group B.While level with Portugal at the top, Spain are in first place due to having collected fewer disciplinary points.“We’re happy, we’ve taken another step forward,” said Ramos, according to Marca.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“Now we must try to top the group. That’s our goal, I think we can improve in all aspects.”Iran played well against the 2010 world champions and though they had grabbed a deserved equaliser through Saeid Ezatolah, only for the assistant referee and the controversial Video Assistant Referee (VAR) to spot that he had been offside when the ball was flicked on.“Practically everything was given,” he intimated.“You have to try and keep a cool head because VAR is in use here. It will determine many moves and actions.”last_img read more

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