Chelsea boss Lampard delighted with Kante goalscoring performanceby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard was not surprised with N’Golo Kante’s performance against Liverpool on Sunday.The France international has been stricken with injuries so far this season, but bounced back to score a wonderful goal in the 2-1 loss to the Reds at Stamford Bridge.Speaking after the game, Lampard said: “We end up being not surprised with Kante, which is not fair on him really.”He did it in the Super Cup without training, he did it today with probably not match-fit training, but he’s so important for us you put him in the team and he showed his qualities.Lampard also had special praise for young defende Fiyako Tomori.”I have to single out Tomori. For a young player like him to go up against Mo Salah, who is lethal, and deal with him for pace and in the mind, I thought was class. Everything he did was. Those are the signs I’m looking for individually.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Alabama football certainly is not down – the Crimson Tide were the No. 1 seed in this past year’s College Football Playoff before losing to Ohio State. But the program has gone two years without winning the national title, so it’s fair to say that Alabama is no longer a “dynasty” in the true sense of the word. Two Crimson Tide signees are looking to change that fact.Adonis Thomas and Damien Harris – two of the highest-rated recruits in the country this past year – had a nice little Twitter exchange Saturday morning. It began with Harris wishing Thomas a happy birthday, and quickly morphed into the topic of winning rings and bringing the dynasty back. Check it out:Happy Birthday boss @_SimplyThatGuy5— Damien Harris (@DHx34) February 28, [email protected] appreciate it big timer! Only a few more months till we go get these rings— Adonis Thomas (@_SimplyThatGuy5) February 28, [email protected]_SimplyThatGuy5 you already know what we about to do— Damien Harris (@DHx34) February 28, [email protected] bring that dynasty back— Adonis Thomas (@_SimplyThatGuy5) February 28, 2015Alabama never rebuilds – it reloads. If Harris, Thomas and the rest of the No. 1 ranked recruiting class pans out as expected, they’re going to have a real shot at following through here.
SchefterAdam Schefter recently had a sit-down interview with Greg Hardy. The interview (in parts and in full) has been shown across ESPN’s platforms today.You can view some of the interview here. In the interview, Hardy, who is currently unsigned after playing for the Dallas Cowboys in 2015, says he has never hit a woman. Hardy was referencing the 2014 incident with his former girlfriend in which he allegedly hit her multiple times, causing what appeared to be significant injuries. The former Carolina Panther was charged and convicted, but the case was thrown out in 2015 after Hardy appealed. “I’ve never put my hand on any woman,” Hardy says.Schefter appeared on The Dan Patrick Show this morning to discuss the interview. A transcript of some of what Schefter said: Schefter: What he meant by that was he feels like he should not have put himself in that situation around that woman at that time of night around alcohol, and that was his mistake he should never have done that. But in his mind he swears he never put a finger on this woman. And people can believe what they want.Patrick: Do you believe it?Schefter: Doesn’t matter what I believe Dan, right?—–Schefter: I went in with the idea that this guy is a monster. I came out of there with a very different feeling. I came out of there feeling this is a guy who has managed to say the wrong things at the wrong time.Schefter is now getting crushed for what he’s said about Hardy and for interviewing him. One of his colleagues, Michelle Beadle, even criticized him on-air on ESPN for giving the NFL defensive lineman a platform. For the love of f&[email protected] Dude doesn’t admit to wrongdoing. Dude has changed? I give the hell up.— Michelle Beadle (@MichelleDBeadle) April 5, 2016Beadle isn’t alone, either.Posting illegally obtained medical records didnt activate the integrity gene of Schefter. So a softball Q&A with a womanizer wouldn’t either— Marshall (@M_W_19) April 5, 2016Greg Hardy interview…WTF? https://t.co/JYFcmhDVkl— Melissa Jacobs (@thefootballgirl) April 5, 2016Hardy’s comments were bad. But the fact that ESPN and Schefter gave him a platform for redemption is even worse: https://t.co/9NLFgULiuj— Lindsay Gibbs (@linzsports) April 5, 2016If ESPN decided on its own to send Schefter to interview Hardy instead of Rachel Nichols or Jeremy Schapp or Bob Ley, well, that’s a problem— Jimmy Traina (@JimmyTraina) April 5, 2016Of course Adam Schefter bought into Greg Hardy’s bullshit: https://t.co/4vre5nvXAV— Deadspin (@Deadspin) April 5, 2016Schefter discussed the interview in-depth on The Dan Patrick Show today, but he’s likely going to have to further defend his position in the coming days.
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The new CEO of Las Vegas-based Wynn Resorts said he was not aware of any of the sexual misconduct accusations against casino mogul Steve Wynn before they surfaced last month.Matt Maddox, who was appointed CEO on Feb. 6 after Wynn resigned, said in an interview Monday that people should “hold off making any judgment until the investigations into the accusations are complete.”Wynn Resorts is facing scrutiny by gambling regulators in Nevada and Massachusetts, where the company is building a roughly $2.4 billion casino just outside Boston. Regulators in Macau, the Chinese enclave where the company operates two casinos, also are inquiring about the accusations.Wynn has vehemently denied the misconduct accusations and attributed them to a campaign led by his ex-wife. An attorney for Elaine Wynn has denied that she instigated a report in the Wall Street Journal detailing the allegations.The newspaper reported last month that a number of women said Steve Wynn harassed or assaulted them and that one case led to a $7.5 million settlement.Wynn Resorts has created a committee to investigate the allegations and review the company’s internal policies and procedures to ensure a “safe and respectful workplace for all employees.”Maddox, who does not sit on the board of directors, said he would leave it up to lawyers and investigators to decide whether the findings of the investigation should be made public.Many describe Wynn as the father of modern-day Las Vegas, and by the company’s own admission, his knowledge was crucial for its success. So much so, the company recently told regulators that the “business may be significantly impaired” if it lost Wynn’s services.But Maddox said Wynn Resorts is positioned to move forward without its founder and develop a number of projects in part because two longtime executives responsible for design and architecture remain with the company. He also is putting together an “innovation advisory team” to provide input.“The idea is that our future projects are going to continue to be leading in innovation and creativity,” Maddox told The Associated Press at the employee dining hall of the Wynn Las Vegas casino-resort. “We are continuing to move forward as fast as we can.”The company closed its golf course in Las Vegas last year as a step toward the development of a lake and hotel project called Paradise Park. Last month, it bought a 38-acre site along the Las Vegas Strip that Wynn, before resigning, said would be developed into a roughly 2,000-room hotel.Maddox said the company will pursue both projects and the possibility of obtaining a license for a casino in Japan, where lawmakers approved a long-awaited law late last year on “integrated resorts,” the first major hurdle in allowing casinos to open. Further legislation is expected to take several more years.Maddox, 42, is one of Wynn Resorts’ first employees. He joined the company when Wynn founded it in 2002, two years after the mogul sold the business that built the Bellagio, Mirage and Treasure Island resorts.Initially, he spent the majority of his time raising the money to build the Wynn Las Vegas casino-resort. He later worked in Macau before returning to Sin City in 2006. He led the company through the Great Recession as the chief financial officer and became its president in 2013.Maddox said the company’s board of directors had been developing a succession plan for roughly four years, and Wynn’s resignation simply accelerated its implementation.“They, along with Steve, decided to make me the president of Wynn Resorts with the idea that eventually, assuming things continue to work well, I would become the CEO,” he said.He said the company will keep its name and logo, which is Wynn’s signature.“Wynn is about the 25,000 people who work here,” he said. “The name stands for quality. It stands for service. And it’s something that all of these 25,000 people look up to.”Maddox defended the company as gender inclusive, citing that 40 per cent of management are women, but wants the number to increase. He has established a new leadership initiative with an immediate goal of looking at gender inequality and instituted a six-week paid parental leave policy and merit-based scholarship fund.“I’m going around in the town halls explaining not only is the company stable, it’s strong. So, all of you are safe,” he said. “We are going to keep executing what we do. And I’m pointing out at each town hall that this is a zero-tolerance company.”___Follow Regina Garcia Cano on Twitter at https://twitter.com/reginagarciakNO .
Canada’s main stock index closed down Thursday as the key energy, financial and materials sectors all lost ground while U.S. markets were up and the loonie rose.Energy stocks slipped despite another day of gains for crude prices after the August crude contract ended up 69 cents at US$73.45 per barrel.Thursday’s gains add to the US$4.68 rise in oil prices in the previous two days to put crude at its highest price since late 2014.The S&P/TSX capped energy index was down 0.74 per cent on the day but up 4.96 per cent for the week so far.The overall S&P/TSX composite index closed down 51.36 points at 16,179.89 as gains in health care, consumer staples and information technology weren’t enough to counter losses in larger sectors.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed up 98.46 points at 24,216.05. The S&P 500 index ended up 16.68 points at 2,716.31 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 58.59 points at 7,503.68.Stocks in the U.S. rose after dipping a day earlier as investors continue to grapple with trade issues, said Anish Chopra, managing director with Portfolio Management Corp.“Markets are now getting more accustomed that investors will have to live with some level of trade uncertainty.”In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed up 98.46 points at 24,216.05. The S&P 500 index ended up 16.68 points at 2,716.31 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 58.59 points at 7,503.68.The Canadian dollar averaged 75.37 cents US, up 0.22 of a US cent. The loonie had started the day lower following a speech by Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz Thursday but gained throughout the day.The higher oil price likely helped boost the loonie Thursday, said Chopra.“Certainly the strength of the oil price is playing into it. When you’re looking at explaining daily moves, it’s certainly an important factor in what’s happening today.”He said the Poloz speech did little to give any indication of whether a rate hike is coming July 11, leaving uncertainty on the decision.The August gold contract closed down $5.10 at US$1,251 an ounce and the September copper contract was down four cents at US$2.97 a pound. The August natural gas contract was down four cents at US$2.94 per mmBTU.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX has launched the U.S. Air Force’s most powerful GPS satellite ever built.A Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Sunday, hoisting the satellite toward orbit.The satellite was supposed to soar Tuesday but rocket concerns and then weather delayed the flight.Heather Wilson, secretary of the Air Force, says this next-generation GPS satellite is three times more accurate than previous versions and eight times better at anti-jamming. It’s the first in a series and nicknamed Vespucci after the 15th-century Italian explorer who calculated Earth’s circumference to within 50 miles (80 kilometres).It was SpaceX’s 21st and final launch of the year, a company record.The Associated Press
Manchester: Fernando Llorente’s goal, bundled in from a corner and confirmed by VAR 17 minutes from time, gave Mauricio Pochettino’s side victory on away goals on a night of tension, attacking quality and defensive frailty that ended City and Pep Guardiola’s quest for a historic quadruple of Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup. In a game of relentless drama, City even thought they had won it in injury time only for Raheem Sterling’s goal to be ruled out for offside by VAR. Spurs were protecting a 1-0 lead from the first leg but an opening 21 minutes of chaotic brilliance saw City lead 3-2 on the night as both teams exchanged goals at will. Sterling lit the blue touchpaper on a thunderous atmosphere when he curled in a precision finish from the edge of the area after only four minutes, but Spurs responded with a double from Son Heung-min as he took advantage of errors by Aymeric Laporte. Bernardo Silva put City level on the night with a shot that deflected past Hugo Lloris, then Sterling arrived on the end of the outstanding Kevin de Bruyne’s cross to score at the far post. It left City effectively needing to win the second half and they looked on course when Sergio Aguero crashed home their fourth after De Bruyne sliced Spurs open before Llorente, on as a first-half substitute for injured Moussa Sissoko, bundled in from a corner via his hip — the goal given after a VAR check for handball. In one last extraordinary twist, City thought they had snatched victory and Sterling a hat-trick, but emotions switched instantly as VAR had the final word once again, ruling that Aguero was in an offside position as Bernardo Silva diverted the ball into his path. Spurs go on to face Ajax at the end of unforgettable encounter that left everyone involved stunned and breathless. For Spurs, this was the rollercoaster night to top them all, their players and coaching staff dragged through every possible emotion before joining their supporters in joyous celebration at the final whistle. After such a bright start, Pochettino’s side struggled to weather a City storm that culminated with Aguero putting them ahead in the tie, before Llorente’s goal renewed hope once more. They then had to deal with the gut-punch of Sterling’s stoppage-time goal, only to be hit by a wave of relief and joy at VAR’s final decisive intervention. This was all done without striker and talisman Harry Kane, but once again Son rose to the responsibility, the classy South Korean typifying their bold approach with his superb movement and those two vital early goals. Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris — rightly criticised after his mistake gifted Liverpool victory at Anfield recently — also deserves huge praise after his penalty save from Aguero in the first leg and crucial stops from the Argentine and De Bruyne in the return. This was a Spurs side, it should be remembered, who needed a draw in Barcelona to reach the group stage after a damaging defeat at Inter Milan and draw at PSV Eindhoven. It is a tribute to the resilience of this squad — and Pochettino’s management of his resources — that they not only achieved that but now stand two games away from their first Champions League final. They survived an all-out assault from City to achieve it. How they deserved those celebrations.
New Delhi: An engine of an empty Boeing 777 aircraft of Air India shut down at the Delhi airport during a technical inspection on Wednesday night and “black fumes” were seen coming out of it, the airline said.”Wednesday night at Delhi when an engineer was doing a routine technical examination of the empty aircraft (777), auxiliary power unit (APU) auto shutdown took place,” the airline said in a statement on Thursday. The APU is the smallest engine on an aircraft and situated at the tail of it. It provides the necessary power to start the main engines. Airport personnel observed black fumes from the APU exhaust and sprayed foam spray on it and part of the fuselage, the national carrier said. After opening the cowlings (cover) of the APU, “there was no traces of any burn or external damage noticed except for the minor oil leaks traces, which was normal”, it said.
Jaipur: Rajasthan Congress president Sachin Pilot on Saturday said the BJP had failed to tell people during the Lok Sabha election what had it done for them in the last five years and exuded confidence that his party would sweep the state by winning all the 25 Lok Sabha seats in the ongoing polls. “Poll campaigns should be run on the issues of governance, investment etc. The Congress carried out a positive election campaign, unlike the BJP, which did not show its report card. No leader of the BJP is ready to talk about jobs, which is the core issue,” the Rajasthan deputy chief minister told reporters at the party office here. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh “There is a wave in favour of the Congress and we are going to accomplish our target of ‘Mission 25′ (winning all the 25 Lok Sabha seats in Rajasthan),” he added. The former Union minister said jobs and farmers’ problems were the core issues in the Lok Sabha polls, while alleging that BJP leaders were not taking about these issues and misleading people. Pilot said there was a new low in politics and the vocabulary used by politicians during the campaign, which was a cause of concern. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad “Those occupying top positions in the government are setting negative examples for the new generation,” he said. The deputy chief minister also claimed that the number of people working under MGNREGA in Rajasthan had increased from nine lakh in December last year, when the Congress government took over the reins of the state from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), to 31 lakh now. Polling for 12 Lok Sabha seats in Rajasthan will be held on May 6. Thirteen seats in the state had gone to the polls on April 29 and the results will be announced on May 23. In the 2014 parliamentary polls, the BJP had swept the state by bagging all the 25 seats.
Taroudant- Under the theme “the Role of Inter-profession in the Development of the Saffron Sector,” the 7th International Festival of saffron kicked off Thursday in Taliouine in the province of Taroudant to celebrate the harvest of the spice of saffron, “most expensive in the world known for its therapeutic qualities.” The official delegation, consisting mainly of the Minister of Agriculture and Marine Fisheries Mr. Aziz Akhannouch, the governor of the province of Taroudant Mr. M’Hamedi Fouad, president of the Regional Council of Souss-Massa-Draa Mr. Brahim Hafidi and and parliamentarians, conducted the delivery of a large batch of agricultural equipments.In a statement to the press, Mr. Akhannouch said that the productivity of the region increased after the royal visit to the region (January 2011) from 2.5 kg to about 5.5 kg per hectare, indicating that the cultivated area has increased from 500 to 2,200 hectares fully equipped by drip irrigation system. According to the organizers, the professionalization of this event is to meet the following objectives:To develop and promote the sector of saffron into a vector of socio-economic development for the local population;To bring together the results of scientific research in the sector and share them among farmers;To contribute to the development of tourism in the region of Talouine.The festival was also an opportunity for local cooperatives to exhibit their products and artifacts.Even though saffron and saffron-based products were the dominant exhibitions, other products of the region were remarkably present mainly Argan oil, saffron flavored honey, almonds, garlic and the famous carpets of Taznakht.“The harvest season has been a tradition since our ancestors, who used to celebrate with their modest means the festivities by crowning a year of hard work by a good harvest, a festive annual event. The new generations are then asked to learn the notes from those who initiated the idea of ??organizing the saffron festival, which celebrates this year its 7th edition,” reads the official website of the festival.A lot of people, men and women alike, with their wonderful local costumes gathered in the evening to enjoy the vibrant rhythms of local music and dance, known as “Ahwash”, along with other famous artists and music bands from all over the kingdom.In addition to the atmosphere of festivity that marked the capital of saffron on this occasion, many cultural conferences, skill building workshops, sport activities and entertaining activities for children were held in Dar Zaaafran (the house of saffron) during the four days of the festival.