a month agoHigh Court rule McCabe must sell up at Sheffield Utd

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say High Court rule McCabe must sell up at Sheffield Utdby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe High Court have ruled Kevin McCabe must sell his £5million worth of shares in Sheffield United to Prince Abdullah.It means McCabe’s association with his boyhood club is over and it also ends a bitter feud between the two co-owners that began in 2017.The Sun says both men took 50-50 ownership in 2013 when the club were in League One.McCabe sold a 50 per cent stake of the Yorkshire side for just £1 on the basis that the Saudi prince would provide significant investment in the squad in a bid to get them back to the promised land.But their partnership reached boiling point two years ago when both men launched bids to gain full control of the club.An agreement couldn’t be reached and it has led to a two-year court battle which eventually reached its conclusion today. last_img read more



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Here’s An Adorable Photo Of Sam Ponder’s Daughter Teaching Lee Corso How To Use An IPad

first_imgLee Corso seen with Sam Ponder's daughter.scout ponder teaches lee corsoWith college football just around the corner, it looks like ESPN’s College GameDay cast and crew are starting to meet up to get ready for the 2016 campaign. Sam Ponder, one of the show’s co-hosts, posted an absolutely adorable photo from the group’s meet-up today.Yep, that’s analyst Lee Corso with Scout Ponder – Sam’s two-year-old daughter. Scout is teaching the 80-year-old Corso how to use an iPad. Enjoy:last_img



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Katy Perry And Sting To Perform At David Lynch Foundations Change Begins

first_imgThe David Lynch Foundation (DLF) is pleased to announce Change Begins Within, a benefit concert presented by Citi on November 4, 2015, at Carnegie Hall.Featuring performances by Katy Perry, Sting, Jerry Seinfeld, Jim James, Angelique Kidjo and Sharon Isbin with musical direction from Rob Mathes, the evening will be hosted by George Stephanopoulos and David Lynch. Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber will serve on the benefit committee.The concert will celebrate the tenth anniversary of the David Lynch Foundation. Proceeds from the event will benefit the foundation’s MEDITATE NEW YORK initiative to provide Transcendental Meditation training at no cost to 10,000 at-risk New Yorkers, including youth in underserved schools, veterans with post-traumatic stress and women and children who are victims of domestic violence.Transcendental Meditation™ is a simple, easily-learned technique that has been studied and found effective by numerous prestigious institutions, including the Harvard School of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Defense, the American Heart Association and the American Medical Association. Published research shows the technique reduces symptoms of post-traumatic stress among veterans by 50 percent; decreases hypertension, anxiety and depression; helps individuals overcome drug and alcohol addictions; and improves brain functioning, creativity and memory.In support of its work, DLF recently received a $125,000 grant from the Wounded Warrior Project to help teach the technique to hundreds of veterans nationwide; a $225,000 grant from the Peter Dodge Foundation to study the effects of TM on preventing relapse among alcoholics; and a $300,000 grant from the University of Chicago Crime Lab in partnership with the MacArthur Foundation and the Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation to study the effects of TM on reducing youth violence in Chicago. The foundation has received public support from such artists and thought leaders as Martin Scorsese, Ray Dalio, Ellen DeGeneres, David Letterman and Hugh Jackman.“It’s an honor for Citi to present this unique event that will benefit thousands of New Yorkers,” said Jennifer Breithaupt, Global Head of Entertainment Marketing for Citi. “We’re proud to offer our cardmembers early access to Change Begins Within and know they will enjoy an unforgettable evening supporting a terrific cause.”Tickets for Change Begins Within will go on presale to Citi cardholders on September 24, 2015, at 1:00 PM ET here. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on September 29, 2015, at 11:00 AM ET here.last_img read more



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WTO’s dispute system collapse to hit developing nations: India

first_imgNew Delhi: India Monday said collapse of appellate body of WTO’s dispute settlement system, and the reform agenda being pushed by certain developed economies could harm the interest of developing countries. The issues were flagged by India on the first day of a meeting of senior officials of 22 members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) here. Speaking at the inaugural session, Commerce Secretary Anup Wadhawan said there are existential challenges to the multilateral rules-based trading system due to spate of unilateral measures and counter steps being taken by certain countries. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraBesides, deadlock in key areas of negotiations and impasse in the appointment of members of WTO’s appellate body are posing challenges. “The logjam in the appellate body is a serious threat to the dispute settlement mechanism of the WTO and the implementation function of the organisation,” an official statement said quoting the secretary. He said the continuous rise in protectionist measures is vitiating the global economic environment and this “situation does not bode well for developing countries, including the LDCs (least developed countries)”. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysWadhawan said LDCs and developing countries like India would face more harm due to the impasse over appointment of members in the WTO’s appellate body, which is a critical part of trade dispute settlement system. “There is an urgent need to engage constructively to preserve the system and come up with constructive solutions to the problem,” he said. The delay in appointment of members in the appellate body would hamper its functioning. The US has blocked the appointment of these members. The minimum quorum (3) for functioning of this body will end on December 10, after which it will become dysfunctional. He also said the situation in the WTO has spurred a strong discourse for reforming the WTO, which unfortunately is characterised by a complete lack of balance. “The reform agenda being promoted does not address the concerns of the developing countries,” he said adding the discussions in the meeting being held here give a chance to reaffirm the resolve to keep development at the centre of the reform agenda. The reform initiatives must promote inclusiveness and non-discrimination, build trust and address the inequalities and glaring asymmetries in existing agreements, he added. The secretary said there has been no active engagement or movement on key issues of concerns for developing countries including LDCs in the negotiating agenda of the WTO. “Agriculture remains a key priority for a large membership of WTO representing the developing world. However, there is a strong push to completely relegate existing mandates, decisions and work done for the past many years, to the background,” he said. He called upon the LDCs and developing countries to collectively work for a fair and equitable agreement on fisheries subsidies. That agreement should take into consideration the livelihood needs of subsistence fishermen and protect the policy space to develop capacities for harnessing marine resources, he said. “India believes that developing countries need to work together to protect their interests in the WTO negotiations through preservation of the core fundamental principles of the WTO,” the secretary said. The two-day meeting gives an opportunity to the participating countries to develop a shared WTO reform proposal on issues of priority and interest for developing countries. This will help in building a common narrative on issues of importance for developing countries and LDCs, he said. The issues which would come up in the meeting include finding a solution to the ongoing impasse in the appellate body on an urgent basis; ways to reinvigorate negotiating agenda on issues of critical importance for developing countries; and ensuring effective, special and differential treatment for all developing countries including LDCs. The discussions of the senior officials will feed into the ministers’ deliberations Tuesday. The meeting is being attended by six LDCs and 16 developing countries, including China, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Argentina, Bangladesh, Malaysia, and Nigeria, according to a commerce ministry statement. World Trade Organisation (WTO) Director General Roberto Azevedo is also participating. The meeting is being held at a time when the multilateral rule-based trading system is facing serious challenges. The meeting also assumes significance as countries like the US and China are raising import duties against each other’s products, creating a trade war like situation and posing a threat to global commerce. Developed countries like the US want WTO members to start discussing new issues like e-commerce. However, India is of the view that formal discussions should begin only after consensus is built on them.last_img read more



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The Chances The Philadelphia 76ers Losing Streak Will Reach 18 19 20

The Philadelphia 76ers are in a bit of a tailspin right now. Monday night’s loss, against a San Antonio Spurs team that was sitting both Tim Duncan and Tony Parker, was Philadelphia’s 17th straight to start the season, a franchise record and one shy of the all-time NBA record set by the New Jersey Nets in 2009. It’s been 230 days since the Sixers won a basketball game.Back in mid-November, our friends at the Harvard Sports Analysis Collective anticipated the Sixers’ woes and computed the odds of the team’s season-opening losing streak reaching various lengths. The chances of a 17-game streak back then were just 20 percent; Philadelphia still had to lose a few theoretically winnable games (of course, it obliged). Now we need to update the probabilities and ask just how long this Sixers skid might last.To do that, we’ll turn to FiveThirtyEight contributor Mike Beuoy’s betting-market-based team ratings, which use the gambling lines from every game to derive each team’s “generic points favored” (or the amount by which we’d expect the team to be favored against an average team). The final scoring margin in an NBA game can be approximated by a normal random variable with a mean of the Vegas line and a standard deviation of 12. So we can generate win probabilities for every game left on the Sixers’ schedule, then run 1,000 simulations of the rest of their season and determine the odds of their streak reaching a given number of losses.In our set of 1,000 simulations, Philadelphia’s losing streak has an average length of 20.7 games. The streak most commonly ends with a victory Wednesday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves, a game in which the Sixers have a relatively high (by their standards) 30.9 percent probability of winning. In 60 percent of simulations, the streak ends sometime in the team’s next three games (the last of which is on Saturday night), and 91 percent of simulations see it end before Christmas.However, there is one dark simulation in which the Sixers lose 54 consecutive games before finally snapping their skid against the Orlando Magic on Feb. 22, 2015. For the sake of my home city, let’s hope it doesn’t come to that. read more



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For One Former AllStar The Hits Stopped Coming

Before the season, FanGraphs’ depth chart projections called for Davis to hit just .200 this year, largely by virtue of the awful .168 mark he posted last season — already tied for 34th-worst ever by a hitter in a season that qualified for the batting crown. After Davis’s 0-for-28 start in 2019, FanGraphs now see him with a .193 projected batting average over the rest of the season, implying that they believe his true batting-average talent to be 7 points below the Mendoza Line. (Most of the time, players with extremely low batting averages have substantially higher true talent but are also very unlucky.) Combining that with the at-bats he’s already banked, Davis projects to finish the season with a .181 average, which would once again give him one of the 75 or so worst batting-average seasons in MLB history — for the second time in as many years. (So much for reversion to the mean!)But the irony is that Davis is actually hitting the ball better this season, at least according to MLB’s Statcast tracking system. Davis’s average exit velocity of 91.3 miles per hour is higher than it was in 2016 (90.8), when he hit 38 home runs and was a meaningful contributor to plenty of Oriole victories. The big problem is that Davis strikes out so much that he doesn’t have a chance to make use of those powerful swings. So far this season, he has struck out in 47 percent of his plate appearances, more than double the MLB average rate. (Last year, he struck out 37 percent of the time.)Although Davis ought to have broken out of his hitless streak by now — Statcast reports an expected batting average of .119 for Davis this season, based on the quality of his batted balls — his strikeout totals have made it impossible for him to be a functional hitter. The only real question is how much longer the Orioles will continue to pencil him into the lineup and give him more chances to extend the now-record streak of ineffective hitting.Check out our latest MLB predictions.CORRECTION (April 9, 2019, 7 p.m.): A previous version of this story incorrectly characterized the hitless record tied by Craig Counsell. The record was 45 at-bats, not 45 games. You have to feel for Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis. Yes, Davis is being paid handsomely ($23 million) this season, and he’s had a solid 12-year major league career. But he currently finds himself mired in one of the most inglorious streaks in baseball history: zero hits in his past 49 at-bats, a new MLB record for futility.Davis broke the nearly 8-year-old mark set by former Dodgers infielder Eugenio Vélez, who went 0-for-46 over a 30-game span that lasted more than a calendar year. Vélez himself “surpassed” a record (45 at-bats) that Craig Counsell had tied earlier the same summer; the original 45-at-bat mark was set by Bill Bergen in 1909 and matched by Dave Campbell in 1973. Here’s a progression of all hitless streaks (among nonpitchers) that lasted 40 or more at-bats over time since 1908, the earliest season in Baseball-Reference.com’s game-level data:1This data set was compiled in part using Baseball-Reference’s Streak Finder but may be incomplete for streaks before 1973, when Baseball-Reference’s play-by-play data coverage begins. read more



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Despite losing two stars Ohio State wrestling maintains high expectations

OSU then-redshirt freshman Nathan Tomasello during a match against Minnesota on Feb. 6 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Lantern File PhotoFor the first time in four seasons, as the Ohio State wrestling team prepares to defend its title — the first national championship in program history — it will proceed without Logan Stieber.Life without the most decorated wrestler in OSU history has begun.Masterfully, Stieber was a force. Ending his career 119-3, winning his last 50 matches, he — along with coach Tom Ryan — took the wrestling program to unprecedented heights.The Buckeyes are now discovering why repeating as national champions in college athletics is so hard. OSU not only has to make up for the absence of Stieber’s scoring, but Kyle Snyder’s as well, as the second-year Buckeye plans to redshirt the upcoming season to train for the 2016 Summer Olympics.“It will be weird,” Snyder said. “It will be hard for me to come to practice and watch, and not be able to compete because I’m going to want to practice so bad. (There) will definitely be a bitter taste in my mouth.” Like Stieber, Snyder — the first collegiate wrestler to win the U.S. Open and make the World Team as a freshman — was dominant. With Snyder in the lineup, the Buckeyes were favored to repeat as national champions. Now sans Snyder, the Buckeyes are projected as a bubble team.“Obviously, preseason rankings, you go from No. 1 to No. 5 when you don’t have a Kyle Snyder in the lineup,” Ryan said. “It’s hard to make up the 25 points that you consider him getting in the national tournament, but we’ve got people who can.”Redshirt sophomores Nathan Tomasello and Bo Jordan can make up the points, and should. Tomasello is coming off a 33-4 season in which he captured the Big Ten and NCAA championship at 125 pounds.  For Jordan, he is pegged as InterMat’s top-ranked wrestler at 174 pounds and comes off a 2014 season in which he went 11-0 in dual meets and 9-0 against the Big Ten.The incoming freshman class should assist the team, as well. “We’ve got some really good freshmen coming in,” Jordan said. “A lot of guys that think right and train really hard and have the right mindset.”Freshman Kollin Moore, along with Myles Martin, have made early impressions. Former high school standouts, Moore went 51-0 in his senior year at Norwayne High School in Creston, Ohio, and Martin — a New Jersey native and FloWrestling’s No. 3 recruit — is expected to contribute early at 174 pounds behind Jordan.Satisfied with the young guys at the back end of the lineup, Ryan — who has coached four different student-athletes to eight national championships — refuses to settle. In fact, he’s raising expectations for the young Buckeyes. “Winning it one year is fantastic, but we’re here to stay,” Ryan said. “We want prolonged, sustained success, and I’m really confident that 10 years from now, people in the wrestling world and community will say, ‘Ohio State is a place where wrestling is alive and well.’”Repeating is OSU’s goal, but Ryan admits the loss of Snyder is a hurdle. Nevertheless, he thinks the team can vault it. “The goal is to win another championship. That hasn’t changed,” Ryan said. “It’s definitely more challenging without (Snyder), but what a story it will be, should it happen come March.”Confident and convinced, the Buckeyes — despite being without two All-Americans — are ready to defend their title.“We’re not going to have Logan and Snyder, but we’re still going to be good, and I know we can win a national title if everything happens right,” Jordan said.As Stieber and Snyder continue to train in Columbus for their personal careers, their presence will still be felt. On the mat, however, life without both has just begun. read more



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Opinion Despite World Cup exit American soccer gaining momentum respect

Justen Woody, left, and Robert Driskill both of Fort Worth, Texas, cheer at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, as soccer fans watch the World Cup soccer match between the USA and Belgium on July 1. Belgium advanced, 2-1, in extra time.Credit: Courtesy of MCTSeldom does a defeat in international sport command the “respect” of a victorious opponent.“Two words.. TIM HOWARD#Respect#BelUSA,” Belgian captain Vincent Kompany tweeted less than an hour after his national team secured a Round of 16 World Cup win against the United States, 2-1, in extra time Tuesday.Kompany wasn’t just being a gracious winner, though.Howard, the U.S. goalkeeper, notched a World Cup record 16 saves in the contest against Belgium.FIFA only started officially recording saves statistically in 1966, but I think we can still revel in the fact that an American is on top of the record books in at least one category in soccer.An American record in international soccer, a sport that doesn’t even get a place on the podium of our national sports.Far more will come from the tournament run the U.S. just engineered than simply one memory of a titanic performance between the posts.A defeat that marked the second-straight Cup where Team USA has been knocked out of contention after getting to the elimination stage — an achievement by itself — may seem indicative to many that soccer just isn’t our thing.We can’t win the big one, right? Just like poor old Marty Schottenheimer when the NFL playoffs used to roll around for him. To those underwhelmed by and uninvolved in supporting the sport of soccer stateside, the loss to Belgium probably triggered eyerolls and shrugs of indifference.“The U.S. got just as far as it did in 2010 and fell flat on its face again? Not surprised,” says John Q. Indifferent.What the average soccer detractor doesn’t realize is the American squad showed in defeat that, while Europe’s elite teams may still be able to get the best of them, they’re just barely getting away with it in 2014.Even judging purely from this four-game World Cup résumé, the U.S. has shown it can hang with some of the greatest teams in the world for 90 minutes. Maybe even for 120 minutes, if need be, as was the case Tuesday at the Arena Fonte Nova.By managing to emerge from what was colloquially billed the “Group of Death” when FIFA announced the 32-team draw, Team USA defied both expectation and superstition.Experts widely predicted the U.S. to flounder against titans of the beautiful game and finish fourth out of four.Instead of wilting at the prospect of taking on nemesis Ghana, fourth-ranked Portugal and second-ranked Germany, the U.S. stepped up to the challenge and advanced as group G’s runner-up.They’d beaten a Ghana team that outplayed them for 85 minutes by a tally of 2-1. The win was worth far more to U.S. Soccer than just the three points it afforded them in the standings, though.Vanquishing the Black Stars — the team to send the U.S. home in 2006 and 2010 — eradicated talk of a curse of ineptitude, of an inability to win high-stakes matches.Fittingly, the unlikeliest of heroes won the day.Defender John Brooks, just 21 years old, unexpectedly saw playing time as a substitute at halftime because of an injury to defender Matt Besler. Brooks was making his fifth Team USA appearance when he took the field.For context, the Ghana game was captain Clint Dempsey’s 105th cap for the red, white and blue.Spotlight jitters? Please. Brooks scored the game-winner — his first international goal — in the 86th minute and put away the talented African opposition.The U.S. tied a stacked Portugal side that’s led by one of the world’s premier athletes in forward Cristiano Ronaldo, whom the defense stifled for most of the game.Let me say that again.When supposedly second-rate USA can restrict one of the best footballers on the planet to seven shots, 20 passes and one assist on the biggest of stages of international athletic competition, well, that doesn’t sound very second rate to me.In fact, the U.S. had a win nearly in hand. Portuguese midfielder Silvestre Varela’s goal off an admittedly impeccable cross by Ronaldo in the 95th minute for the tying score broke American hearts. Fans were devastated because advancement out of the group stage of the cup had been guaranteed with a win that proved suddenly elusive with 30 seconds left to play.But that’s the point. People cared. Finally, people cared and had a vested interest in how this soccer team, their soccer team, was faring.I took in the Portugal game at Fado Irish Pub in Columbus’ Easton Town Center, and what had been a joyous scene in the waning moments became a maudlin and crestfallen one when the Varela goal went in.The joy got sapped out of the room and I saw hands clutch heads and jaws drop.Disbelieving sighs and bewildered profanities showed me that people had taken ownership of this U.S. team with their full being.But I can tell you that people being absolutely crushed by a draw against one of the world’s football powers is an impressive and telling statement about how far this sport has come.Better yet, that we legitimately expect to win against one of the world’s football powers — and get vocally and visibly upset when we don’t — is proof that American soccer is on the upswing.As former national team star and ESPN analyst Alexi Lalas said moments after the Belgium game, “This loss, it’s gonna hurt. But tomorrow morning we’ll wake up, and I think that this team has provided a glimpse of the fact that there is a soccer culture in the United States. And it’s vibrant and it’s passionate, and ultimately, it will lead us to win a World Cup.”It’s a bold statement to end on. But millions of fans going nuts in parks, plazas and stadiums across the country while watching the U.S. on jumbotrons and projection screens are inclined to agree with Lalas.“I believe that we will win,” they chanted vibrantly, passionately. Even when it didn’t come true against Belgium, they still believed.Ultimately, the point to take away from this U.S. World Cup run and the years of progress that led up to it is linked to what Vincent Kompany earnestly told his Twitter followers Tuesday night.American soccer is alive and well, and it deserves your respect. read more



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You are the owner you are welcome – Rafael Benitez tells

first_imgConcerning Mike Ashley’s unhappiness that he has not been invited to Newcastle’s training, Rafael Benitez has insisted that the owner of the club is welcome at the training at any time.Newcastle lost out of the Carabao Cup this week after losing against Nottingham Forest.Sky Sports claims that Benitez, who has not been in direct contact with his employer, has said: “It is not an issue [for me]. Mike Ashley is the owner and he is welcome here when he wants to come, that’s it.”About whether he is rather going to offer an invitation to Ashley, Benitez said: “Are you married? Yes. You have a house? Yes. So do you have to be invited into your own house?Steve Bruce: “Hopefully that’ll shut a few people up for a little bit” Stuart Heath – August 25, 2019 Newcastle boss Steve Bruce has expressed his delight at his side’s shock 1-0 away victory to Tottenham HotspursTyne-side boss Steve Bruce praised his staff…“You are the owner, so you can do what you want. You are the owner, you are welcome.”Benitez and Ashley seem to be in disagreement concerning some issue in the club. Ashley has not approved any strong spending in the summer and Benitez has been reluctant in signing a new contract without knowing plans that the club has.However, asked about his future with Newcastle, Benitez had said: “It is too early. We have plenty of time to discuss things, Don’t worry.”last_img read more



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