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‘Agreeing to Ozil’s contract demands could cost Wenger his job’, talkSPORT told

first_imgArsene Wenger could lose his job if he gives into Mesut Ozil’s contract demands and extends the Germany playmaker’s Arsenal deal.That is the view of former Chelsea and Ireland striker Tony Cascarino, who co-hosted talkSPORT with Jim White on Tuesday.Cascarino feels Ozil would not be wanted by any other top club in England or Europe, and has done nothing to earn a new deal to extend his stay at the Emirates – especially not one worth the reported £250,000-a-week he is demanding.The 28-year-old currently takes home £140,000 on a weekly basis, and Wenger has made it clear he wants to keep Ozil in north London with his existing contract expiring at the end of next season.If a new deal is not agreed by the summer, there is a good chance Ozil could be sold, to ensure the Gunners do not lose him for free in 2018.Club officials are said to not be keen on breaking their wage system just to tie Ozil down on a bumper contract few believe he deserves, but Wenger has final say and could agree to the deal.However, Cascarino believes the Frenchman’s job could be on the line if he gives into Ozil’s demands.He said: “Do you think any of the top clubs in England are looking at Mesut Ozil and thinking ‘yeah, we’ll have a bit of him. We’ll take him for a quarter of a million a week.’?“Absolutely no chance.“He’s on the fringes of the game too often – and that’s being polite to him.“People say laziness. I see a player who really looks like he’s doing Arsenal a favour being there – and he’s not.“If you said to me tomorrow, ‘give him £100,000-a-week, sign him on a three or four-year deal’, I’d say ‘get rid of him!’“Don’t even offer what’s on the table – take it away.“And if Arsene Wenger agrees to that contract, I think that could cost him his job as well.”last_img read more

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Corporate America joins Busch

first_img Ameriquest, whose signs have become familiar at ballparks across the nation, is venturing into NASCAR for the first time. Its previous involvement with motor sports was as an associate sponsor for drag racing entries owned by Don “The Snake” Prudhomme. In addition to Busch regulars – the 150-lap race starts at 5 p.m. – the race will include Nextel Cup drivers Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle and Matt Kenseth. Adrian Fernandez, a two-time open-wheel winner at the track, will make his stock car oval racing debut. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 It is big for both sides. For the Orange-based mortgage lender, it’s an opportunity to tap into the most loyal fan base in the country. For the racing industry, and the Fontana track specifically, it’s another new major sponsor. “NASCAR racing is a national phenomenon appealing to a broad range of fans across America,” said Brian Woods, Ameriquest chief marketing officer. “The Ameriquest 300 offers us a great platform to strategically communicate our brand, our services and our positioning to NASCAR fans.” For the track, it means all three races will have new sponsors this year. The Sunday evening Nextel Cup race will carry the Sony HD 500 tag, and the Grand National West race on Friday night will be called – deep breath – the Relocate Here 200 presented by San Bernardino County. … Dale Earnhardt might be more popular now than ever. Las Vegas Motor Speedway general manager Chris Powell helped unveil a $200,000 wax likeness of the late seven-time NASCAR champion at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas. Earnhardt is depicted standing in victory lane, complete with sunglasses. Visitors to the venue will be able to stand next to the figure and be photographed. Either before or after the glamour shot with Elvis. … You have to give the front office at Perris Auto Speedway high marks for creativity, but maybe not political correctness, in its effort to attract Saturday night fans. This week, any adult customer wearing a skirt will be admitted for $5 and be able to buy $1 hot dogs and $2 beer. Not just women, but any man who wants to participate in “Hot August Skirt Night.” … Jeremy Mayfield is fifth in the NASCAR Nextel Cup point standings, but seemingly off everyone’s radar screen. His victory Sunday at Michigan International Speedway helped elevate his profile. A former winner at Fontana, Mayfield might be the most underestimated driver in NASCAR. “I feel that way, but the good thing about it is that it’s something that doesn’t bother me,” Mayfield said this week. “I can go with the flow with a lot of things. As far as on the race track, car for car, driver for driver, I feel like I’m as good as any driver out there driving a race car, and that’s the way I should feel. “The problem I’ve got with it is people want to throw off on just me or say I’m not focused or I don’t drive like I used to drive. That’s not right. That’s what irritates me more than anything. We’re gaining respect. “I’m as much focused now as I’ve ever been, and I feel like I’m a better driver than I’ve ever been. Yet, nobody seems to realize that.” Louis Brewster covers motor racing. His notebook appears on Thursday. He can be reached at (909) 386-3935 or louis.brewster@sbsun.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Clearing out a very crowded notebook for the return of NASCAR to Southern California in a week. Just how important is the Southern California market for Corporate America? Enough for one of the country’s largest mortgage lenders to sponsor a NASCAR Busch Series race Sept. 3 at California Speedway. last_img read more

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New avian flu warning targets economic health

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON (AP) – A severe flu pandemic would probably throw the U.S. economy into recession since people who are ill – as well as those who are not infected and want to avoid the flu – would stay home from work, school and public places such as restaurants, a congressional study says. The nation’s gross domestic product would drop an estimated 5 percent during the year of an outbreak, with transportation, retailing, tourism and entertainment taking the hardest hits, the Congressional Budget Office said. Thursday’s report suggests that is a worst-case scenario, if a pandemic similar to the 1918-1919 Spanish flu took hold around the world. It estimates the chances of such a severe flu are less than one-third of 1 percent annually, though public health officials are increasingly concerned that the bird flu virus could mutate and jump from person to person, something that has not yet occurred. “A $675 billion hit to the economy is without question a grim prognosis,” said Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., who requested the study. “The good news is that our hands are not tied.” The CBO defined a severe pandemic scenario as one in which 90 million Americans are infected and 2 million die. About 30 percent of workers in urban areas would become sick, and 2.5 percent of those would die. Frist, a doctor, used the CBO study to tout six proposals that he said would reduce the economic impact of a pandemic. The recommendations mirror many of those made by the Bush administration, which has called for $7.1 billion in emergency funding for pandemic preparation. Frist called for formation of a communications structure that would let the public get updated every 6-8 hours about symptoms, cases, deaths and outbreak locations. “To allay irrational fear, communication must be the bedrock of every public policy response,” Frist said. He said his proposed spending represents only about 1 percent of the potential economic hit if a pandemic were to occur. He said he would push for Congress to approve the funding in coming weeks. House lawmakers have demanded offsets, or cuts in other programs, to pay the $7.1 billion sought by the administration. Frist said he would support offsets, but he wouldn’t delay spending if they could not be found. “I think this is emergency funding,” he said. To avoid the flu, most people would simply stay home. They would stop traveling, going to restaurants and retail outlets, entertainment venues like stadiums and theaters. A significant portion of the work force would miss an average of three weeks of work, either to the illness or caring for others who are sick. “Business confidence would be dented, the supply of labor would be restricted (owing to illness, mortality, and absenteeism spurred by fear of contracting the disease), supply chains would be strained as transportation systems were disrupted, and arrears and default rates on consumer and business debt would probably rise somewhat,” the report says. “Economic activity would slow, but it would not halt completely.” The CBO predicted the stock market would fall, then rebound, as happened in Hong Kong following the SARS outbreak. Long-term economic effects depend on who is hit hardest. If it hits people of working age, the work force could drop by about three-quarters of 1 percent. The report cites as sources studies of the Spanish flu, the Black Plague in Europe and the more recent, less severe outbreaks in the late 1950s and late 1960s. It is the latest in a series of government efforts to get a handle on the impact of a flu pandemic. Health officials are concerned about the bird flu virus because humans have no immunity to the strain spreading across Asia and into Europe. Some critics suggest the flu threat has been overstated, while Frist said he was concerned that the public might lose concern about a superflu threat. Among Frist’s other recommendations: -Invest $1 billion on surveillance systems to improve detection around the world. -Stockpile enough Tamiflu to treat 25 percent of the U.S. population, $1.35 billion. -Take steps to boost the vaccine manufacturing base by increasing demand for regular flu vaccines, passing tax credits and offering more liability protection from civil lawsuits. -Invest more in new technology to speed vaccine production. -Improve response by training first responders, ensuring a civilian volunteer corps, and putting in place plans to deliver medicine effectively in large quantities around the country. Associated Press writer Kevin Freking contributed to this report.last_img read more

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Fairplex one of three voting sites in state

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! POMONA – Applause broke out every now and then in the room adorned with green, white, red and black balloons – the colors of the Iraqi flag.A voter emerged, dabbing a newly-stained purple index finger with a wad of tissue.Voters from across Southern California came to Fairplex in Pomona to mark their ballots Tuesday, the first day Iraqi expatriates in the United States could vote for Iraq’s new 275-seat National Assembly.The new legislature, which will hold seats for four years, will choose the first fully constitutional government since the collapse of Saddam Hussein’s rule in 2003.Alex Maki of Hacienda Heights came to Fairplex on Tuesday evening after finishing work at Claremont Toyota, where he is a sales manager.Almost every Iraqi-American he knows is voting in the election, he said, and several of his relatives are working at the polls at Fairplex.“It’s nice to be here; it’s nice to have a voice to be heard,” he said.Organizers expect about 3,000 Iraqi expatriates to vote at Fairplex, which was chosen as one of three voting sites in California. The others were in the San Francisco Bay and San Diego areas.Each voter was greeted with a round of applause after turning in a ballot.Aleya Bashar of West Covina refused to wipe her finger, which dripped with purple ink as she left the polling station. The ink is a measure to prevent people from voting more than once.“She’s showing off,” said husband Farouk Darweesh, an engineering professor at Cal Poly Pomona. “This is a great day. We are extremely happy.”The couple left Iraq toting “two kids and two suitcases” soon after Saddam Hussein became president in 1979, Bashar said. They had been targeted to join Hussein’s party because they were both university professors.Organizers said Tuesday they had chatted with voters from as far as Las Vegas and Utah.Security was tight at Gate 12, which hosted the voting, with private security guards manning a metal detector and Pomona Police officers standing by.But the event went smoothly, with the only complaint being voter confusion over the more than 200 political parties representing more than 7,000 candidates spanning the four-page ballot.“It’s like reading a newspaper,” Alex Maki said, adding the ballot should explain which candidates are represented by which parties.“You can’t tell who represents who,” said Maki, who voted for “Number 555,” the ballot number for the United Iraqi Alliance, a Shiite coalition that includes the prime minister.Darweesh said he didn’t mind the long list.“I enjoyed looking through the list of candidates. It was very impressive,” he joked. “But this is the nature of the game. People have been denied rights for so long, it’s going to take time for the process to mature.”The Associated Press contributed to this report. shirley.hsu@sgvn.com(626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306last_img read more

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Betis out to inflict more misery onto Real as La Liga enters Match-Day 19

first_imgRayo Vallecano vs Celta VigoEstadio de Vallecas, MadridFriday, 11-01-2019 @11:00 pmReferee: Javier AlberolaThis Friday’s match is a very significant one at the bottom end of Spain’s La Liga. Rayo Vallecano can go level on points with the sides in 16th and 17th with a win, which would be a huge boost to their survival chances, that looked very slim just a matter of weeks ago. Indeed they’d only be two points shy of opponents Celta Vigo were they to win and that would drag the Galicians right back into the relegation dogfight. With five of the bottom six winning last weekend, Rayo didn’t make the sort of gains they would have hoped for from their 1-0 victory at Valladolid. They now head into a really crucial phase of their season with 3 of their next 4 matches at home against bottom half teams. Michel will be targeting at least 2 wins from those games as Rayo bid to defy the odds and extend their top flight stay into a second season.Celta Vigo were largely seen to have underperformed last season and there is a real sense of deja vu this time around. They were beaten at home by Athletic Bilbao on Monday night and in truth they haven’t really improved in any way since sacking Antonio Mohamed and appointing Miguel Cardoso.Rayo will take more momentum and confidence into this game than they have done at any other point this season. Back-to-back wins for the first time in the campaign will have given them a real belief that this is not mission impossible and their overall level of performance has been much better at Vallecas than on the road.The last 6 meetings have produced 4 Rayo wins, 2 Celta wins and some very one-sided scorelines. 4 of those matches were won by 3 or more goals with Rayo winning 3-0 the last time the sides met in January 2016. Rayo have won their last 9 at home to Celta in La Liga.Leganes vs HuescaEstadio Municipal de Butarque, Leganes  Saturday, 12-01-2019 @03: 00 pmReferee: Mario MeleroThis Saturday’s clash is a really significant game at the bottom end of La Liga. Huesca gave themselves a glimmer of hope with a rare victory last weekend but would undo that were they to lose a relegation six-pointer against Leganes. The hosts have been in good form over the past few months but a few too many draws have made it tough for them to truly move clear of danger. Leganes were one of the few teams at the bottom end to have a poor weekend last time around. They suffered a 1-0 defeat at Espanyol while the 4 teams below them picked up 3 wins and a draw. That adds a touch of pressure here for Lega who rotated heavily in the Copa del Rey defeat at the Bernabeu. Former Middlesbrough forward Martin Braithwaite made his debut in that one but is expected to make way for Guido Carrillo here, with the target-man impressing in Leganes colours.As for Huesca, they won for the first time since the opening day last time out. A 2-1 win over Real Betis was their first ever victory at home in the Primera Division. There have been quite a few games where they’ve been a bit unfortunate so it was an overdue success but their plight still remains pretty dire with only 11 points on the board, just one game shy of the halfway mark in the season.Huesca are often decent in possession but their defence isn’t best suited to dealing with Leganes’ big forward players. The visitors will travel with an element of renewed belief but it’s still 7 straight away league defeats for them heading into this one. No side has collected fewer points or conceded more goals away from home than them this term so this is very clearly a game Leganes will be targeting a win from.The sides last met in the 2015-16 Segunda Division with Huesca winning 3-2 at Butarque and drawing at home. This will be the first ever top flight meeting.Valencia vs Real ValladolidEstadio de Mestalla, ValenciaSaturday, 12-01-2019 @06: 15 pmReferee: Iglesias VillanuevaThis Saturday’s game at the Mestalla takes place with Marcelino back under real pressure after a shaky start to 2019 from Valencia. While the brilliant job he did last term has bought him time, the Valencia board will be increasingly tempted to act if things don’t pick up soon and this has to be seen as a must win game against a Real Valladolid side that is slipping towards a relegation battle. We have seen Valencia make hard work of other games this term against struggling teams. They needed a last gasp goal to see off Huesca at home just before Christmas and they’ve made a poor start to the New Year, losing at Alaves last weekend and then again at second tier Sporting Gijon in the Copa del Rey in midweek. A third straight defeat here would really put Marcelino under a lot of pressure and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if it resulted in a change in coach.As for Valladolid, Sergio Gonzalez looks pretty secure in his position but will be getting increasingly worried by his side’s slide towards trouble. It’s just 1 win in 9 league games now for the newly promoted side and with a host of teams below them in form, they could find themselves in big trouble a month from now if results don’t pick up. They can at least take comfort from their away record which is very good for a side trying to find their feet in the top flight. Indeed only two sides in La Liga have picked up more points on the road this term and Sergio will be delighted with a record of just 2 defeats from 9 away league outings this season.Valladolid have only won 1 of the last 12 meetings, although that was at the Mestalla in 2009. The sides haven’t met since two draws in the 2013-14 season.Girona vs Deportivo AlavesEstadio Municipal de Montilivi, GironaSaturday, 12-01-2019 @08:30 pmReferee: Sanchez MartinezThe third game of the day this Saturday in La Liga comes from Catalonia where Girona take on high-flying Alaves. The visitors moved back above Real Madrid and into the top four last weekend with an impressive win over Valencia. If they can bag the points here they will guarantee themselves a top four place at the halfway point in the season, no mean feat for a club of their size. It hasn’t been such a good week for Alaves since their win over Los Che though. Ibai Gomez, one of their star performers this term, completed a move to Athletic Bilbao on Thursday. The winger has effectively swapped the top four for the bottom four so some will question his motives and a reported fee of £3.6 million is a relatively modest sum in this day and age for a player of his talents.Girona meanwhile are also having a solid campaign. They’ll be very happy with their current 9th place, particularly given the injury problems they’ve had to deal with. There have been a few signs that their squad has started to become a bit stretched in recent weeks though with none of their last 5 league outings yielding maximum points. Girona’s home record is another reason why we have reason to expect the visitors will get at least a point. It’s just 2 wins in 14 home league games for the Catalan club now. They have been dependent on some positive away results to really fire them into mid-table this term and with some key men still sidelined, they may struggle to bag all the points here against a confident Alaves side.The sides have met 4 times since the start of last term with both teams scoring in all the games. Girona were 4-3 aggregate winners in the Copa del Rey this season while both league games last year produced away wins.Villarreal vs GetafeEstadio de la Ceramica, VillarealSaturday, 10-11-2019 @10:45 pmReferee: Estrada FernandezThe final game this Saturday in La Liga comes from the Ceramica where Villareal take on Getafe. The hosts will be hoping 2019 treats them better than 2018. They are still in the relegation zone heading into this match but there have been tentative signs of improvement since Luis Garcia assumed control from Javi Calleja last month. Supporters of the Yellow Submarine will still believe they have enough quality to climb the table and potentially challenge for Europe by May. They may have a point to some extent but for now they can’t afford to look beyond the present reality of a genuine relegation battle. The’ve played 5 games since Luis Garcia took charge and are yet to lose but they are still drawing too many games to really lift themselves away from danger.As for Getafe, they remain a side that people rarely talk about despite them putting an excellent campaign together for the second season running. Jose Bordalas’ men have La Liga’s second best defensive record with only 0.83 goals per game conceded this season. They also boast the division’s longest current unbeaten streak on the road, having not lost away since match-day one at the Bernabeu. That kind of record suggests they are well capable of going away to a side that is currently in the relegation zone and getting a point. It’s just 1 defeat in 14 competitive away games overall and that’s a fantastic transformation since last term. Defensive qualities are the main reason for their improved away form but they do have a sprinkling of attacking quality too with players like Angel and Jaime Mata offering a genuine goal threat.Villarreal are better than their current position suggests but they still seem like a team a bit short on confidence and one that has forgotten how to win matches on a consistent basis. They’ve not won in La Liga since the end of November with their only win so far under Luis Garcia coming in the Europa League.The last 6 meetings have produced 3 Villarreal wins and 2 for Getafe. Villarreal have won the last 4 meetings at the Ceramica.Atletico Madrid vs LevanteEstadio Wanda Metropolitano, MadridSunday, 13-01-2019 @02:00 pmReferee: Prieto IglesiasAfter only managing a draw against Sevilla in their last match Atletico Madrid will be the favourites when they host Levante in this early kickoff at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid. Atletico Madrid is currently second in the standings with five points behind Barcelona, while Levante is in tenth spot with 23 points.Atletico Madrid are unbeaten in 15 league games while Levante are without a win in their last four matches in La Liga. They need to get the win here and push leaders if they want to challenge for the title. Diego Simeone’s side are unbeaten throughout their last 15 league matches but they have won just two of their nine matches away from home in the competition, including their last match away to Sevilla. At the Wanda Metropolitano stadium, Atletico Madrid have won seven of their nine home games this campaign in the division and are unbeaten at home. They have scored 16 and conceded only 4 at home. In their last six home matches, they have won five of them. Their last three home matches have seen them drew with FC Barcelona 1-1 and then managed a 3-0 win over Alaves and a 1-0 win over Espanyol.Levante are currently in tenth spot and are 12 points behind Atletico Madrid coming into this match. However they have failed to win their last four La Liga games managing two defeats and two draws. In their last match they could only managed a 2-2 draw with FC Girona. They have an away record of 3 wins, 5 draws 3 defeats. They have scored 15 and conceded 13 on their travels this season. In their last six away games they only managed two wins. In their last three away games, they drew with Huesca 2-2, drew with Eibar 4-4 and lost to Rayo Vallecano by 2-1.Athletic Bilbao vs SevillaSan Mames Barria, BilbaoSunday, 13-01-2019 @06:15 pmReferee: Pablo GonzalezAthletic Bilbao in 17th spot welcome the visit of Sevilla in 3rd spot for this clash at the San MamesBarria in Bilbao. The two sides are playing three matches against each other in a space of six days and this is because they are playing home and away in the Copa del Rey competition. Sevilla are unbeaten in nine league games while Athletic Club have not been beaten in their last four matches in La Liga.Since taking over the helm from Eduardo Berizzo, new manager Gaizka Garitano has been unbeaten in charge of the side. He has managed eight points from his four games in charge of the side. They have defeated Girona and Celta Vigo and have played draws with Alaves and Real Valladolid. They have a home record of 2 wins, 5 draws and 2 defeats. They have scored 9 and conceded 12 goals at home this season. They come into this match with just one win in their last six home games. In their last three home games, they drew with Getafe 1-1, beat Girona 1-0 and drew with Valladolid. They are currently third in the standings, with one place and two points behind Atletico Madrid. In four of their last five games they have been held to 1-1 draws. Those were draws against Alaves, Valencia and Leganes before the draw with Atletico Madrid. Pablo Machin’s side had won ten home games in a row in all competitions before the draw with Atletico Madrid. They have an away record of three wins, 4 draws and 2 defeats. They do not play well away from home with just one win in their last six away games. In their last three away games, they played three matches with ideantical draws and they were against the likes of Alaves, Valencia and Leganes. Away from home they have scored 18 and conceded 12 goals.Athletic Bilbao won the last six meeting when they hosted Sevilla.Barcelona vs EibarEstadio Camp Nou, BarcelonaSunday, 13-01-2019 @08:30 pmReferee: Jesus GilSunday’s evening action comes from the Nou Camp as current Champions and leaders Barcelona welcomes the visit of Eibar in 13th spot. Barcelona have won their last five las liga matches in a row and they will start as favourites against Eibar who are winlessin their last six matches in all competitions. After winning just three La Liga games in nine matches, Barcelona have started to recover from it as they have won their last five matches now. Against Getafe they won by 2-1 and that was Barcelona’s first goal conceded in five matches and they have now stepped up their title defence as they will want to win their fourth title in five seasons. Barcelona have a home record of 6 wins, 2 draws and 1 defeat and have won four out of their last six home matches. In their last three home games, since losing to Real Betis 3-4 at home, they have won their last two home games beating Villarreal and Celta Vigo by 2-0 each.Eibar are a team that is in a strange run of form. Interestingly, they have drawn each of their last five matches in all competitions, despite failing to win it. In their last 6 away games, Eibar have only only won once and in their last three away games they drew with Valladolid 0-0, lost to Rayo Vallecano 1-0 and drew with Real Betis 1-1. They have managed one win away from home this season to date. Eibar have also drawn 3 and lost 4 times on their travels. Away from home they have scored only five goals but conceded 12.Last season Barcelona won this fixture by 6-1 at the Nou Camp and they have also won all eight clashes with Eibar.Real Betis vs Real MadridEstadio Benito Villamarin, SevillaSunday, 13-01-2019 @10:45 pmReferee: Alehandro HernandezReal Betis in sixth spot will hope to inflict more misery on Real Madrid who are currently fifth as they visit Seville this Sunday to play Real Betis. It can be said that the reigning Champions League holders are playing poorly this season without the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo and their target is to break into the top four at least come end season. Real Madrid are are four points ahead of their opponents and one off Alaves who currently hold fourth spot. Real Madrid have lost four times away from home this season. However, compared to last season, they only suffered three defeats away from home in the whole of the previous campaign.Real Betis were surprised by bottom club Huesca 2-1 in their last match and that is not the sort of preparation they will need before facing Real Madrid. Real Betis who currently sit in sixth spot and holding the last Europa League spot, have managed some good resuls this season, and that is even beating leaders Barcelona 4-3 back in November at the Nou Camp. Now they will fancy their chances of claiming another big scalp against Real Madrid who are finding it difficult to get wins under their belt as well. They will now be led by Antonio Sanabria, with Sergio Canales and club legend Joaquin playing behind him. Canales, will of course be a familiar face for Real Madrid after he spent two years with Real Madrid in 2010 before moving to Valencia. Real Betis have won three out of their last six home games. In their last three home games, they beat Real Sociedad 1-0, beat Rayo Vallecano 2-0 and drew with Eibar 1-1 in their last home match.Real Madrid are in desperate need for a win after another poor showing in their last match. Los Blancos were beaten 2-0 at home by Real Sociedad and soon they also need to defend their european title. Coach Santiago Solari is still without the injured Gareth Bale for this match. They are also without Marco Asensio and Mariano Diaz and it is obvious they are not the same team without the presence of Ronaldo. Real Madrid have won only two out of their last six away games. In their last three away games, they lost to Eibar 3-0, beat Huesca 0-1 and drew with Villarreal 2-2.Last season Real Madrid won this fixture by 5-3 but before that Real Betis surprisingly won 1-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium.Real Sociedad vs EspanyolEstadio Municipal de Anoeta, San SebastianSunday, 14-01-2019 @10:45 pmReferee: Carlos Dell Cerro*DETAILS FOR THE GAME TO FOLLOW SHORTLYBET ON ALL THESE GAMES AND MANY MORE @Bunga BetComments Tags: Spanish La Ligatoplast_img read more

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Profiling the AFCON teams: Mali

first_imgMali will be participating in their 11th AFCON tournament. (PHOTOS/AGENCIES)Mali will be featuring in their 11th Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament and the 7th in a row since 2002. The Eagles have never won the AFCON title but finished as runners ups in 1972.In the 2019 edition, Mali is in Group E alongside Tunisia, Mauritania and Angola.Mali did not enter into qualification for the first four AFCON tournaments between 1957 and 1963.From 1955 to 70, Mali attempted to qualify for the three editions but always failed.]Their first participation at the finals would eventually come in 1972, one that has good memories to it. At the group stages, the Eagles finished second behind Cameroon in Group A. They went on to defeat Zaire 4-3 after extra-time in the semis.However, Mali lost 2-3 to Congo in the finals to finish as runners ups.Mali were losing finalist in their debut AFCON in 1972.What happened after is a spell of 20 years that Mali would prefer to forget in their history as they failed to qualify for the next 10 AFCON tournaments.Their next appearance came in Tunisia 1994. After finishing second in Group A which featured Tunisia and Zaire, Mali defeated Egypt 1-0 in the quarter finals.However, they lost to both Zambia and Ivory Coast in the semis and third place playoff game, to finish 4th in the competition.In the next three editions from 1996 and 2000, Mali would fail to qualify for the AFCON finals.They made their return for the 2002 edition, their home edition, finishing fourth once again, the same position they managed in 2004.2006 would be another disappointment for the Eagles as they failed to qualify for the finals in Egypt.For 2008 and 2010, Mali qualified for AFCON but twice failed to progress past the group stage.Both 2012 and 13 saw Mali finish third after falling short in the semis. For the 2012 edition, they lost 0-1 to Ivory Coast while in 2013; they were defeat 1-4 by Nigeria.In 2015 and 2017, they once again made it to the finals but failed to get out of their respective groups.CoachMohamed MagassoubaMagassouba is a 51 year old coach who is the care-taker of Mali.He has previously worked as a technical director for Mali and was named care-taker coach in 2019.Magassouba is Mali’s care-taking coach.Star PlayerMoussa MaregaMarega is a French-forward, who plays for Portuguese side FC Porto.He began his career in France, playing no higher than the Championnat National, and after one year with Esperance in Tunisia he moved to Maritimo in Portugal in 2015. Shortly afterwards, he signed for FC Porto. After spending 2016/17 on loan at Vitoria Guimaraes he became a regular in the Porto side and won a League title.Marega made his international debut for Mali in 2015 and has gone on to score 2 goals in 19 games.Marega has scored two goals in 19 games for Mali.Projection: Second RoundMali’s fixtures at AFCON 2019-Mali vs Mauritania, 24nd June-Tunisia vs Mali, 28th June-Mali vs Angola, 02th JulyMali’s 23 man squad for AFCON 2019Goalkeepers: Djigui Diarra (Stade Malien), Adama Keita (Djoliba), Ibrahima Mounkoro (TP Mazembe/COD)Defenders: Mamadou Fofana (Metz/FRA), Massadio Haidara (Lens/FRA), Youssouf Kone (Lille/FRA), Boubacar Kiki Kouyate (Troyes/FRA), Falaye Sacko (Vitoria Guimaraes/POR), Hamari Traore (Rennes/FRA), Molla Wague (Nottingham Forest/ENG)Midfielders: Lassana Coulibaly (Rangers/SCO), Cheick Doucoure (Lens/FRA), Amadou Haidara (RB Leipzig/GER), Diadie Samassekou (Salzburg/AUT), Adama Traore (Cercle Bruges/BEL)Forwards: Kalifa Coulibaly (Nantes/FRA), Abdoulaye Diaby (Sporting/POR), Moussa Djenepo (Southampton/ENG), Moussa Doumbia (Reims/FRA), Sekou Koita (Wolfsberg/AUT), Moussa Marega (Porto/POR), Adama Niane (Charleroi/BEL), Adama Traore (Orleans/FRA)Comments Tags: AFCON 2019AngolaMALIMauritaniaMohamed MagassoubaMoussa MaregatopTunisialast_img read more

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Well-known Letterkenny man appears in court following attack on woman

first_imgA Donegal man has been charged with domestic violence following an alleged brutal attack in Spain.Michael Murray, from Letterkenny, appeared in court last night charged with the attack in Ibiza on Monday night last. Mr Murray, 54, is a well-known figure having written books and undertaken courses on spiritual enlightenment.He has lived in Spain for a number of years but was considered a very good soccer player when he lived in Donegal playing for a number of local clubs.A woman, believed to be Mr Murray’s girlfriend, is in intensive care in hospital after she tried to take her own life in a shop on Monday last.The 47-year-old woman stabbed herself several times after walking into a shop in Ibiza.It followed allegations that she had been assaulted over a three day period.Mr Murray has been remanded in custody to appear at a future sitting of the court.Well-known Letterkenny man appears in court following attack on woman was last modified: March 4th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:attackcourtdonegalIbizaletterkennyMichael Murraylast_img read more

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Wednesday at 49ers HQ: Garoppolo on INTs; latest on Kittle, injuries

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Jimmy Garoppolo’s 10 interceptions in 10 games obviously have not gone unnoticed. Neither he nor 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan sound terrified about them, however.“You kind of access the situation and try to move on as quickly as possible,” Garoppolo said Wednesday. “Take it for what it is, you made a mistake or a bad throw, and just move on.“In football, bad things are going to happen at some point. It’s just how you react to those things…. I’m a pretty even-keeled guy. Get the …last_img

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Big Data Consoladation Watch: Teradata Acquires AsterData

first_imgTags:#enterprise#news 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Today Teradata acquired fellow columnar database vendor AsterData for $263 million. This fits into the current trend of consolidation of next-generation data-warehousing vendors. Last summer, Teradata acquired another columnar database vendor called Kickfire. Also in the past year, EMC acquired Greenplum; IBM acquired Netezza; SAP acquired Sybase and HP acquired Vertica.For Briefings Direct, Tony Baer of Ovum writes that of the major platform companies, only Dell has yet to purchase a columnar database vendor.Although Teradata has historically been focused on business intelligence and data warehousing, Dennis Howlett speculates that Teradata could spin its business off into online transaction processing because it can offer solutions at a fraction of the cost of IBM and Oracle:Even when you take into account all the moving parts of a deal and the monetary tags that go with it, Teradata could chew off a big chunk of IBM and Oracle’s business and still profit handsomely. For companies looking at their total IT infrastructure cost landscape and already attempting to divest, Teradata could provide an intriguing possibility.Forrester analyst James Kobielus seems to agree. He wrote on Twitter: “AsterData gives Teradata the analytic application server (analytics + OLTP) they need to duke it out with Oracle Exadata.” However, he doesn’t mention it in his lengthy analysis of the deal.Regardless of where Teradata goes next, the big data is continuing to consolidate into the hand of a few large players. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts center_img Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair klint finleylast_img read more

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Former ‘Salwa Judum’ member killed by Naxals

first_imgA former ‘Salwa Judum’ member was allegedly killed by Naxalites in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district on Monday, police said.Modiam Somlu (50), an ex-member of the erstwhile anti-Naxalite movement Salwa Judum, was fatally attacked by the ultras at Loharpara village in Bijapur early this morning, a district police official told PTI.Somlu, a native of Pundri village, had gone to Loharpara, located around 400 km from Raipur, to fetch ‘sulfi’ (a popular drink among tribals prepared from sulfi plants) when a group of armed rebels stormed there.The Naxals pumped bullets into him and also stabbed him with sharp-edged weapons, he said.Police rushed to the spot on getting information about the incident and sent the body for postmortem, he said.Somlu had earlier served as sarpanch of Pundri.A manhunt has been launched to nab the attackers who escaped into the thick forest after committing the crime, the police official said.Salwa Judum, an anti-Maoist civil militia, was disbanded in 2011 in Chhattisgarh following a Supreme Court order declaring as illegal and unconstitutional the deployment of tribal youth as special police officers in the fight against Maoist insurgency.last_img read more

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