20 days agoLeicester defender Evans: Incredible Ricardo our best player every week

first_imgLeicester defender Evans: Incredible Ricardo our best player every weekby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City defender Jonny Evans has hailed the progress of teammate Ricardo Pereira.They have conceded just five goals in seven Premier League games, the fewest along with Liverpool. And Evans told the Mirror: “We’ve got a good young side. “There’s obviously a bit of inexperience there, but we’ve got some really good young players coming through, skillful, athletic and quick.“Our right-back, Ricardo, is probably our best player every single week, he’s incredible. It’s a privilege to play alongside him. Getting Tielemans on a permanent deal was a massive statement for the club. He came in last season and lit the place up.“When he came back after his loan spell and signed for us, it gave everyone a massive boost. He had big teams in for him, but he wanted to come back to Leicester.“It showed he could see the huge potential we’ve got in our squad. We’ve got a great bunch of lads, a great dressing-room and there’s no real egos in there, which is fantastic.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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16 days agoMcLean tips Chelsea youngster Gilmour tipped for massive career

first_imgMcLean tips Chelsea youngster Gilmour tipped for massive careerby Ansser Sadiq16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNorwich City midfielder Kenny McLean believes that his fellow countryman Barry Gilmour can go to the very top.The Chelsea youth team player is seen as one of the most promising talents in his age group.While he has not made his Scotland debut, he has featured for the Chelsea first team this season.And McLean believes that Gilmour has the talent to become a world class player.McLean told the Daily Record: “I’ve no doubt he’s going to have a massive international career and a massive future in the game but it’s up to the manager.”He’s played a couple of games at Chelsea now and that speaks for itself. His potential doesn’t even need spoken about, he’s that good.”He’s a level-headed boy. He just wants to do better and learn and when you get that in a young player, with any experience he can get it’s only going to get even better.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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7 days agoLiverpool facing a jam-packed December schedule

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool facing a jam-packed December scheduleby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool are facing a jam-packed December schedule with their squad being stretched to the limit over the festive period. Jurgen Klopp’s Premier League title chasers will have to play nine matches between December 4 and January 2. The FIFA Club World Cup semi-final and then final or third place play-off will take Liverpool out to Qatar between December 18 and 22. Just four days later, Klopp’s men face a Boxing Day clash away against Leicester.Three days after that, the European Champions welcome Wolves to Anfield.Liverpool kick off their December matches with the Merseyside derby on home soil before facing Bournemouth away, then RB Salzburg in the Champions League on December 10. Then comes another home game against Watford before the Club World Cup kicks off. On January 2, Liverpool face Sheffield United before then can have some recovery time for the first time in a month. last_img read more

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Photos: Cool Graphics Show How Ridiculously Stacked FSU’s 2013 National Title Team Was

first_imgA banner with Florida State's logo on the field before a game.TALLAHASSEE, FL – SEPTEMBER 22: A general view of fans of the Florida State Seminoles during their game at Doak Campbell Stadium on September 22, 2012 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Florida State’s 2013 national title team is widely believed to be one of the most talented college football teams in the modern era, crushing opponents on the way to the BCS title with an average margin of victory of just under 42 points a game.But just how stacked were the Seminoles that year? To put it simply: ridiculously stacked. On Thursday, Seminoles Recruiting tweeted out these cool graphics, boasting that all 22 starters from 2013 are currently playing in the NFL. And the list doesn’t even include kicker Roberto Aguayo, who was selected in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Wow. Teamwork makes the dream work. #TBT #FEARtheSPEAR #ProNoles pic.twitter.com/3xBl6rHSme— Seminoles Recruiting (@FSU_Recruiting) May 26, 2016Here’s a closer look at Seminoles Recruiting’s graphics.FSU offense graphicfsu defense graphicThe debate over the greatest college football team of all time is a regular one, and the 2013 Seminoles belong in the conversation.last_img read more

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Gildan Activewear says Q1 profit drops 19 per cent on weaker sock

first_imgMONTREAL – Apparel manufacturer Gildan Activewear Inc. says its net earnings fell nearly 19 per cent in the first quarter compared to its record performance a year ago.The maker of socks, underwear and T-Shirts says it earned US$67.9 million in the period ended April 1, compared with US$83.5 million in the prior same quarter the previous year.That equalled 31 cents per diluted share, down five cents from a year ago.Excluding one-time restructuring and acquisition costs, Gildan earned US$74.6 million or 34 cents per share in adjusted profits. That’s down from US$90.1 million or 39 cents per share in the first quarter of 2017.Sales were US$647.3 million, down 2.7 per cent from US$665.4 million. That’s despite a 3.2 per cent increase in activewear sales due to price increases.Hosiery and underwear sales, meanwhile, were down 20 per cent as Walmart, Target and other large retailers are shifting to more house brand apparel with low prices.Gildan says the results were in largely in line with its expectations and reaffirmed its guidance for 2018.The Montreal-based company says international sales grew 24 per cent in the quarter.It also launched its full assortment of Gildan-branded men’s underwear on Amazon.The company says results were impacted by higher raw material and other costs, along with investments in e-commerce and distribution.Companies in this story: (TSX:GIL)last_img read more

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North Korea holds election

first_imgPyongyang: North Koreans went to the polls Sunday for an election in which there could be only one winner. Leader Kim Jong Un’s ruling Workers’ Party has an iron grip on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, as the isolated, nuclear-armed country is officially known. Every five years it holds an election for the rubber stamp legislature, known as the Supreme People’s Assembly. The exercise has all the trappings of votes elsewhere, from electoral rolls to sealed ballot boxes to scrutineers for the count. But in keeping with one of Pyongyang’s most enduring slogans — “Single-minded unity” — there is only one approved name on each of the red voting slips. With portraits of the leader’s father Kim Jong Il and grandfather Kim Il Sung looking down on every ballot box, voters lined up to drop their slips inside. There is a pencil in the panelled voting booths for anyone who might wish to register dissent by crossing out a candidate’s name. But no one does. By 6pm, the official KCNA news agency reported, all electors in all constituencies had voted, “except for those abroad or working in oceans”. Turnout in 2014 was 99.97 per cent and the vote was 100 per cent in favour of the named candidates, a result unmatched anywhere else in the world. “Our society is one in which the people are gathered around the respected Supreme Leader with a single mind,” election official Ko Kyong Hak said outside a polling station at the 3.26 Pyongyang Cable Factory. Participation in the election was a citizen’s obligation, he said, “and there are no people who reject a candidate”. An editorial in the Rodong Sinmun, the mouthpiece of the ruling party, reinforced the message. Voters “should cast approval ballots with their loyalty to the party and the leader, absolute support to the DPRK government and the will to share their destiny with socialism to the last”, it said. With a total absence of electoral competition, analysts say the election is held largely as a political rite to enable the authorities to claim a mandate from the people. It was the result of “established institutional inertia and a need to legitimise the government by simulating democratic procedure”, said Andrei Lankov of Korea Risk Group. Soviet-style Communist states had a long tradition of holding general elections, he said, even if the ruling party ignored its own rules about holding regular congresses —something the North skipped for more than 30 years. “North Korea is just emulating all other Communist states,” he said. “The early Communists sincerely believed that they were producing a democracy the world had never seen. So they needed elections and it became a very important part of self-legitimisation.” The last significant government of a major country to dispense with elections altogether was Nazi Germany, he pointed out. The North is divided into constituencies for the vote — there were 686 at the last election, when Kim stood in Mount Paektu, a dormant volcano on the border with China revered as the spiritual birthplace of the Korean people. He received a 100 percent turnout and 100 percent in favour according to KCNA. Some of the seats are allocated to two minor parties, the Korean Social Democratic Party and the Chondoist Chongdu Party, which has its roots in a 20th century Korean religious movement. They are both in a formal alliance with the ruling party and analysts and diplomats say they exist largely on paper, with only small central offices maintained for propaganda purposes. Even so, participation in the poll, like other obligatory rituals in the North, does reinforce loyalty to the government and social unity, Lankov said, “because humans love symbolism”. It is a marked contrast to the vibrant multi-party democracy on the other side of the Demilitarised Zone dividing the peninsula, where president Park Geun-hye was ousted in 2017 after mass street protests over a corruption scandal. For North Koreans who defect, the South’s electoral system was “definitely novel”, said Sokeel Park, of campaign group Liberty In North Korea. “The idea that you get to cast your vote and either be on the winning side or the losing side and you don’t know what that’s going to be until the results come in — that’s a big thing.” Sunday’s voting took place in something of a carnival atmosphere in Pyongyang, children in red neckerchiefs parading in the streets to encourage voters to attend. Bands played at polling stations, where voters queued up in numerical order according to voter lists displayed for days beforehand, and women in flowing traditional dresses danced after casting their ballots. Architecture student Kuk Dae Kwon, 18, said he was excited to be taking part for the first time. Ordinary North Koreans always express total support for the authorities when speaking to foreign media, and Kuk told AFP: “At this election we consolidate the single-minded unity around the Supreme Leader and also demonstrate the advantages of our socialism to the world.”last_img read more

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For unlawfully setting off Diwali fireworks Singapore PIO jailed

first_imgSingapore: An Indian-origin man in Singapore has been jailed for three weeks and fined 5,000 dollars for setting off fireworks close to a housing complex during Diwali celebrations in the country last year. Jeevan Arjoon, 29, bought the firecrackers from Little India shopping precinct and unlawfully lit them at 3.30 AM as Diwali night stunt on November 6, 2018, The New Paper reported on Friday. The fireworks, shot up to seven-storey, were laud enough to be heard from the neighbouring public housing estate of Yishun. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe display lasted for five minutes. No one was hurt and there was no damage to any property, according to the report. District Judge Marvin Bay said the court has to take a strict view of Jeevan’s use and possession of fireworks, and sentenced him to three weeks’ jail and 5,000 Singapore dollars (USD 3,685) on Thursday. He said the detonation of fireworks can cause serious injuries and pose a risk of fire, noting that they were set off close to public housing. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe judge said that setting off fireworks at 3 AM could also cause considerable alarm to the public, particularly in this time of heightened concerns over possible acts of terrorism. Jeevan, who was unrepresented, said in his mitigation that he was the sole breadwinner of his family and was taking care of his mother-in-law who was diabetic and blind. The man, who had a record of giving false information to a public servant in 2017, was also convicted of giving false information to a police officer during investigation into the firework incident. He had tried to put the blame on someone else.last_img read more

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Mens gymnastics Ohio State places second at NCAA championships

Ohio State senior Andrew Rickly competes on the parallel bars against Michigan on Feb. 4 at St. John Arena. Credit: Walt Middleton, Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe No. 3 Buckeyes finished the 2017 season with a second-place finish on Saturday at the NCAA championships with a readout of 423.700, the team’s highest score of the season. Oklahoma won its third consecutive national championship with a score of 431.950 followed by Illinois with 422.100. Stanford earned fourth place with 421.500 points and Minnesota and Nebraska finished in fifth and sixth place with scores of 414.200 and 412.900, respectively. During the qualifying round, the Buckeyes advanced to the team finals after receiving 414.650 points overall on Friday, the second-best score of the evening. Stanford was first with 420.450 points followed by Nebraska who scored 413.050.At the qualifying round, redshirt senior Jake Martin received a season-best score on vault with 14.350 points. His best performance out of six events was on the high bar where he scored a readout of 14.450 points, the second-best score of the event. Additionally, Brandon Bonanno scored a personal best on vault with a 14.350. Sean Melton scored 14.950 points on rings, the best score of the event. Redshirt junior Sean Melton, sophomore Alec Yoder, redshirt junior Jake Dastrup, sophomore David Szarvas and sophomore Joey Bonanno received All-America honors. Melton placed fourth in the all-around with a score of 86.400, Yoder placed sixth with 84.950, Dastrup placed seventh on the pommel horse with 14.550, Szarvas placed eighth on pommel with a career-best of 14.500. Lastly, Bonanno scored 14.400 points on floor, finishing sixth.OSU had its highest finish at the NCAA championships since 2005 when the Buckeyes also finished second. read more

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Liverpool Karius joins Turkish club

first_imgLiverpool have confirmed that goalkeeper Loris Karius has joined Besiktas on loan, according to Sky Sports.The German shot-stopper leaves Anfield to sign for the Turkish giants on a two-year loan deal after the Merseyside club brought in a new first choice goalkeeper.The 25-year-old was named on the bench for Liverpool’s opening Premier League fixture of the season against West Ham, but left out of the squad against Crystal Palace and Brighton.Besiktas appeared to have confirmed the move on Friday by posting a graphic of Karius and Liverpool have now announced that their former number 1 will be moving to Turkey on loan this summer.Asensio, Vazquez give De Gea new nickname Henry Ikenna Ugwu – August 2, 2018 Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has been dubbed ‘Karius’ by Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez, according to ESPN.The Real Madrid pair of Asensio…The Turkish club have been in fine form so far this campaign, with two wins from their first two Super Lig games, and also in the hunt for a place in the UEFA Europa League group stages after a 1-1 with Partizan. Karius made 49 appearances for the Reds after joining from Mainz in 2016.Thirty-three of those appearances came last season, where he came under fire for his performance in the Champions League final, which included two errors that led to goals in the 3-1 defeat against Real Madrid.The former Mainz goalkeeper has come under heavy scrutiny since that game against Madrid despite apologizing to supporters and Liverpool’s decision to spend £67million on Alisson Becker ensured he had to leave Anfield in search of more regular playing time.last_img read more

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