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Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ LATEST STORIES Thaddeus Young had a season-high 26 points and 10 rebounds against his former team, Bogdanovic added 18 points, and the Pacers overcame Embiid’s 40-point night to beat the 76ers 113-101 on Friday in a matchup of Eastern Conference contenders.“This was a team win,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefEmbiid also had 21 rebounds, becoming the first Sixers player with at least 30 points and 20 rebounds in a game since Charles Barkley on Dec. 7, 1990. Embiid is the first player in the NBA this season with a 40-point, 20-rebound game.“It wasn’t enough,” Embiid said. “Next time I’ve gotta get 50 and 25, I guess. It doesn’t matter what I had. At the end of the day, we didn’t come up with the win.” Facing the league’s second-best defense, the Sixers jumped out to a 12-2 lead and scored 34 points in the first quarter. After the Pacers went on a 12-0 run to tie it at 38, Embiid exploded for 14 points in the final five minutes of the second quarter, including an acrobatic reverse layup while getting fouled, to put Philadelphia ahead 59-49 at the half.“M-V-P” chants rang out during the surge for Embiid, who had 28 points and 14 rebounds in the first half. The 7-foot-2 center has posted at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in consecutive first halves, becoming the only player in the NBA with multiple 20-10 first halves this season.The Pacers adjusted with more double-teams to slow him down a bit after the break.“I did feel like he fatigued,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said. “And I give some of that credit to Indiana because of how physical they were in the second half.”TIP-INSPacers: Cory Joseph had 14 points off the bench. … The Pacers avenged a November loss to the Sixers in a game in which Oladipo scored a season-high 36 points.76ers: Brown said before the game that Butler will likely return soon, perhaps for the team’s next game Sunday. … Mike Muscala (upper respiratory infection) was back after missing Wednesday’s game but shot just 1 for 8 from the field.ALL ABOUT RESILIENCEWhen asked the defining trait of Indiana’s six-game winning streak, Young pointed to the team’s resilience.“We continue to fight, continue to be there one another,” said Young, a 12-year NBA veteran who spent the first seven years of his career in Philadelphia. “I think the unity in this locker room is like no other.” LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening MOST READ View comments JJ Redick added 22 points and Ben Simmons had 18 for the Sixers (19-11), who dropped their second straight at home after starting the season 14-1 in their own building. Both losses came without four-time All-Star Jimmy Butler, who’s been out with a strained groin.Victor Oladipo played in his second consecutive game after missing 11 in a row with a knee injury and had 14 points and nine assists for Indiana (19-10), including a few clutch jumpers in the fourth quarter.Domantas Sabonis had 14 points and 16 rebounds off the bench, and the Pacers won their sixth straight to pass the Sixers in the standings.“It was good to see him make those plays down the stretch,” McMillan said of Oladipo. “That was one thing we really missed when he was out — he’s kind of the closer for us.”Fueled by consecutive 3-pointers from Bogdanovic, the Pacers erased a 10-point halftime deficit to take an 80-77 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Bogdanovic’s 3 with 3:46 left stretched Indiana’s lead to 102-92.ADVERTISEMENT Indiana Pacers’ Domantas Sabonis (11) and Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid (21) leap for a rebound during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, in Philadelphia. Indiana won 113-101. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA — Bojan Bogdanovic excitedly slammed the ball to the floor as the final second ticked off and a stunned crowd headed for the exits.For the entire night, 76ers center Joel Embiid electrified Philadelphia fans with one of the best individual performances of the season. In the end, it was the Indiana Pacers who made the most emphatic statement.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Kyrie Irving scores 24 points, Celtics beat Hawks Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NOT LOOKING AHEADAlthough the Sixers and Pacers are two of the top teams in the East, both downplayed the significance of the result in terms of being a potential playoff showcase.“We ain’t worried about putting anyone on notice,” McMillan said.“We’re not on red alert,” Embiid said.UP NEXTPacers: Host New York on Sunday.76ers: At Cleveland on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
mary komWomen’s World Boxing Championships First Published: October 8, 2019, 4:24 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Ulan-Ude (Russia): Six-time champion MC Mary Kom (51kg) on Tuesday advanced to the quarterfinals of the World Women’s Boxing Championships after a hard-fought victory in the last-16 stage here.Mary Kom triumphed 5-0 against Thailand’s Jutamas Jitpong, a spunky boxer who kept the veteran on her toes with an aggressive approach but just did not connect enough. The third-seeded Indian, who got a bye in the opening round, spent the first three minutes getting a good measure of her opponent before taking control of the proceedings.Mary Kom, chasing her first world medal in the 51kg division, picked up pace in the second round and was especially sharp with her counter-attacks.However, there was disappointment for India when former silver-medallist Saweety Boora (75kg) lost her pre-quarterfinal bout in a split decision despite a valiant fight.Boora was up against second-seeded Welshwoman Lauren Price. Price is a European Games gold-medallist and fetched a bronze in the last edition of the world showpiece.She is also the reigning Commonwealth Games champion besides, being a three-time bronze-medallist at the European Championships.With a fancied opponent like Price, it was never going to be easy for the Indian but she put her best foot forward. Boora seemed unfazed by her rival’s reputation and managed to match her punch for punch for most part of the bout.However, in the final analysis, the judges ruled 3-1 in Price’s favour.
New Delhi, Dec 5 (PTI) Tata Motors owned Jaguar land Rover (JLR) today launched a limited edition variant of Range Rover with price starting at Rs 2.8 crore (ex-showroom).The limited edition variant Range Rover Autobiography by SVO Bespoke is based on long wheelbase variant of Range Rover.”The exquisite individualisation options gives our discerning customers the opportunity to be a part of a unique automotive experience which gives them the chance to design the look and feel of their vehicle,” JLR President and Managing Director Rohit Suri said in a statement.The Land Rover range in India includes the Discovery Sport, Range Rover Evoque, all new Discovery, Range Rover Sport and Range Rover. PTI MSS SBT
The Melbourne Renegades beat the Hobart Hurricanes by seven wickets to kick their Big Bash League 2017 campaign off on a winning note in Hobart.Dwayne Bravo starred with the ball while Cameron White’s unbeaten 79 and Marcus Harris’ 34-ball 50 helped the Renegades reach the target with nine balls to spare in their BBL 2017 opener.It was Bravo who set the game up after the Renegades elected to bowl after winning the toss. He bowled four one over spells and returned with figures of 5/28 to help the Melbourne side restrict the Hurricanes for 164/8 from their 20 overs. This was DJ Bravo’s second five-wicket haul in T20s. Not only that, he also became the first bowler to reach the 400-wicket mark in the shortest format of the game.Hobart’s opening pair — D’Arcy Short and Alex Doolan scored 48 from five overs before Bravo’s array of slower balls bamboozled Doolan and then took him out, caught at short third man. Short’s troubles against spin compared to his class against pace was out in the open when when Brad Hogg slid one into his front pad as he was out leg-before while trying to sweep.Ben McDermott and George Bailey then started the counter-attack and took 22 off Hogg in the 11th over of the innings. That over moved the total to a healthy 102/2.Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi then came into the act and delivered an excellent over in the following over, conceding just four runs. Following that, the Hurricanes were struggling to get boundaries and went 17 balls without one. Bravo came back on and reaped the reward of the pressure and got McDermott’s wicket, who was caught off another slower ball.advertisementGreat start of @BBLofficial @RenegadesBBL @newbigdog47. 5 wk pic.twitter.com/O5zJGME982- Mohammad Nabi (@MohammadNabi007) December 21, 2017The Hurricanes spluttered from there with Nabi bowling four overs for just 25 and picking up Bailey. Matthew Wade was the only one to hit Bravo over the rope before he became the seamer’s fifth victim off the final ball of the innings.The Hurricanes failed to gain momentum since as Nabi continued his tight bowling. He returned with figures of 1/25 from his four overs. He picked up the prized wicket of Bailey, who fell for a 24-ball 25. Matthew Wade tried to up the ante and score some runs before becoming Bravo’s fifth victim of the match, falling for 15 on the last ball of the innings.Renegades’ chase didn’t start well as Aaron Finch fell in the first over. But the incoming White and Harris then stitched together a 113-run stand after seeing off the Hurricanes express pace bowlers. They relied upon good cricketing shots, using the pace of the bowlers and a bit of luck to score their runs.Jofra Archer tried to put a leash on scoring and took 2 for 17 from four overs including a double-wicket maiden in the 14th by removing Harris and Tom Cooper to rock the chase a bit.But the seasoned Brad Hodge played a breezy unbeaten knock of 22 from 14 balls to avoid any hiccups accompanying White, who went on with his work with minimal risk to take the Renegades home.Bravo was awarded the man-of-the-match for his fifer.You don’t bowl like that and not end up being the ‘Player of the Match’!Great to have you back @DJBravo47 #BBL07 #GetOnRed pic.twitter.com/CKiC6ai3ez- Melbourne Renegades (@RenegadesBBL) December 21, 2017
Ross Taylor scored his 17th Test century to equal the New Zealand record Monday and to put his team fully in control of the second cricket Test against the West Indies.Taylor made an unbeaten 107 to join current captain Kane Williamson and Martin Crowe on the record before New Zealand declared at 291-8, setting the West Indies an unlikely victory target of 444 with two days remaining.The West Indies, who will have to beat their world record for the highest winning fourth innings score in Test cricket – currently 418 against Australia in 2003 – were 30-2 at stumps. Opener Keiran Powell was out for a duck to complete a pair for the match and Shimron Hetmyer fell for 15, seven minutes before stumps on day three.Captain Kraigg Brathwaite was 13 not out and Shai Hope was on 1, and the West Indies still trailed New Zealand by 414 runs.Taylor kept up his close competition with Williamson to become the first New Zealander to score 18 Test centuries when he reached his hundred on Monday from 172 balls. Williamson missed the chance to stretch the record mark when he was out earlier on the third day for 54.Taylor had also missed an opportunity to equal the record when he was out for 93 in the first innings of the first Test at Wellington, where New Zealand won by an innings and 67 runs.With his innings Monday, Taylor set up New Zealand’s declaration late in the day and Williamson achieved his objective by taking two wickets in the short interval of 36 minutes before stumps. Powell was caught at slip by Tim Southee from the bowling of Trent Boult, and Hetmeyer chipped a catch to Neil Wagner at mid-off from Southee’s bowling.advertisement”When I started my career I never thought I’d even get to play Test cricket let alone get 17 centuries,” Taylor said.The milestone was more poignant for Taylor because he equaled the mark first set by Crowe, who helped guide him in his Test career at times when he struggled to fully realize his potential. Crowe died of cancer last year aged 53.”The team situation was first and foremost in our minds and it was nice to get out there and get a bit of a score,” Taylor said. “You never want to think a game is safe but to get a lead over 400 is satisfying.”Taylor said the West Indies made batting difficult with their best bowling performance of the series on Monday and he had a life when he was dropped in the gully on 35.The determination of the West Indies not to surrender meekly was made evident by a fiery spell of fast bowling by Miguel Cummins immediately after lunch on day three. Cummins allowed his team to win back some ground from New Zealand who had dismissed the tourists for 221 Monday in reply to their first innings of 373, a lead of 152.He took 2-22 from the six over-spell, dismissing Williamson with a sizzling yorker and removing Henry Nicholls (5) with a superb bouncer. He then unsettled Mitchell Santner with a sustained spell of short pitched bowling, striking the New Zealand allrounder on the helmet.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — It’s great being Meb these days. Crazy, too.Meb Keflezighi already was a big-time marathoner, with a silver medal at the 2004 Olympics and a win in the New York City Marathon in 2009. Then came his inspirational victory in the Boston Marathon a year after the bombings there, and his life went stratospheric.It’s been a rush of appearances, speaking engagements and other commitments.The highlight? Being seated at the head table with his wife Yordanos at a White House state dinner in August. Keflezighi said President Barack Obama announced his arrival by saying, “Here comes the fast guy. Do you know how fast this guy is?”Meb being Meb, though, he’s loving every minute of it, with his easy smile and laugh.On a typically spectacular early autumn San Diego afternoon, Keflezighi took a short break before heading to Mammoth Lakes in the Eastern Sierra for 3 1/2 weeks of altitude training prior to running in the New York City Marathon on Nov. 2.Sitting on the balcony of his house in the upscale Mission Hills neighborhood, his view stretches from downtown all the way over to Point Loma and the Cabrillo National Monument, where he took the oath of citizenship on July 2, 1998. It’s a far different scene than the one rife with war and poverty that he left behind in the third world.There’s an American flag flying from the front of his house. He’s wearing a red, white and blue USA shirt his sponsor, Skechers, made for him.“The American dream is to be in San Diego,” said Keflezighi. He was born in Eritrea in the Horn of Africa before his father was able to get the family to Italy and then San Diego.“Unless you count the practice I did today,” said Keflezighi, who had gone on a training run of 26.2 miles. He progressively moved an ice pack from his right ankle to his knee to his thigh as he sat for an interview.New York will be his first marathon since he became the first American man in 31 years to win the Boston Marathon. Keflezighi said life has been “crazy” since.“It’s an honor and privilege and it comes with a lot of responsibility,” he said. “Hopefully everybody that interacted with me before I won Boston, feel the same way after Boston. The demand on my time has changed drastically. Boston just went over the top. To be an American to be able to bring the home title back after what happened last year was a pretty amazing experience, and people appreciate it. It’s not even congratulations. It’s more, ‘Thank you.’“It’s been hectic but in a great way.”Keflezighi knows some people will expect him to win New York. It won’t be the end of his world if he doesn’t.He’ll do the proper amount of training, “but at the same time, it’s not like I have to win New York. Not that I don’t want to win New York. At the same time, it’s, ‘been there, done that.’ I’ve just got to go back to the basics and start working forward.”Keflezighi points to last year’s New York City Marathon, when he was 23rd in 2 hours, 23 minutes, 47 seconds. It was his lowest finish and slowest time for a marathon. His training had been interrupted by injuries, and at one point he slowed to a walk.While other elite runners might grouse or offer excuses, Keflezighi ended up with a special moment. He and Michael Cassidy of Staten Island, whom he met before the race in the elite runners’ tent, ran the last three miles together. Approaching the finish, they held hands and then raised their arms aloft as they crossed the line.“I won my age group,” Keflezighi said with a laugh.Sure enough, the engraved crystal plate for winning the 35-39 age group is on a counter in his kitchen, near a box of Wheaties with his picture on it. It was made for him after he spoke at General Mills’ annual sales conference.A shot at the 2016 Olympics remains a possibility. The trials will be in Los Angeles.“Since I know the date, Feb. 13, 2016, I guess I’m gearing for it somehow, some way,” he said.Keflezighi, 39, remains motivated by how his father, Russom, escaped Eritrea by walking 225 miles to Sudan. Because he had supported Eritrean rebels in their fight against Ethiopian soldiers, Russom Keflezighi felt it was too dangerous to remain. Five years later, he was able to get his family out.Meb was 12 when the family arrived in San Diego. He and eight of his siblings have received college degrees, while Admekom is attending San Diego State.“For us it was never, ‘Are we going to go to college?’ It was, ‘When are we going to college?’ or ‘Which college are we going to go to?’ said Keflezighi, who graduated from UCLA.Their half-sister, Ruth, grew up in Italy and moved to the United States first. “She is the reason we came to San Diego, so she deserves an honorary degree for that,” said Merhawi Keflezighi, who has a law degree from UCLA and is Meb’s agent and business manager.It’s a good bet Keflezighi’s Boston win will always be his career highlight.In the corners of his bib, Keflezighi wrote the first names of the four people killed in the bombing and manhunt.“Not that we wanted 2013 to happen. But my energy was all on that race to be able to say, ‘What can I do positively to change Boylston Street?’ I see the pictures that have been taken there, from the front, from the back, from the side; people are on their feet clapping or chanting U-S-A, U-S-A. It gives me great pride to have done that for the people.”(BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Korean electronics giant, LG, on Wednesday launched its next flagship device -LG V40 ThinQ- at a special event in New York. The phone, as LG has been teasing in the past couple of days, comes with five cameras and it packs the same boombox speakers that we saw in LG G7 ThinQ smartphone that was launched earlier this year.The LG V40 ThinQ sports a 6.4-inch QHD+ OLED FullVision Display with a resolution of 3120 x 1440 pixels. Just like its predecessor, the LG V35 ThinQ, V40 ThinQ is also compliant with MIL-STD 810G standard. Additionally, it comes with IP68 water and dust resistant technology. In terms of the design, the phone comes with a matte glass finish, which the company says is highly resistant to fingerprint stains.In terms of specifications, the LG V40 ThinQ is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and it runs on Android 8.1 Oreo. It sports 6GB RAM and is available in two memory variants- 64GB and 128GB- which can be expanded up to 2TB via microSD.The newly launched V-series smartphone comes with triple camera setup at the back with a standard 12MP lens with a focal length of f1.5, a 12MP telephoto lens with a focal length of f2.4 and a 16 super wide-angle lens with a focal length of f1.9. In the front, the phone sports an 8MP standard lens with a focal length of f1.9 and a 5MP wide-angle length with a focal length of f2.2.To make the best use of its triple camera setup, LG is introducing a new feature in its LG V40 ThinQ called the Triple Shot, which enables users to click three pictures using the phones standard, telephoto and wide-angle lens in a single go. V40 ThinQ, just like LG G7 ThinQ, comes with the company’s AI Cam, which automatically adjusts the saturation and other settings of the phone’s camera.advertisementAdditionally, there is a Cine Shot mode, which enables users to create cinemagraphs using any of the phone’s three cameras.In terms of the audio, apart from sporting the boombox technology, the phone also features the 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC, which the company says delivers a sound, which is closer to the recording sound.ALSO READ: LG G7+ ThinQ review: Almost perfectIn terms of connectivity, the LG V40 ThinQ has LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 5.0 and USB Type-C 2.0. It is backed by a 3,300mAH battery and it comes with Qualcomm’ Quick Charge 4.0 technology. It is available in four colour variants– New Aurora Black, New Platinum Gray, New Moroccan Blue, Carmine Red.As far as the availability is concerned, in the US, the phone will be available between $900 to $980, depending on the carrier starting October 18. However, the company hasn’t announced availability for other regions yet.
Netherlands Netherlands join England, Germany and Spain in top Nations League division Chris Myson Last updated 2 years ago 18:49 10/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Netherlands England Sweden WC Qualification Europe France Germany Spain Iceland and Croatia will also join Europe’s biggest footballing countries in the top division of UEFA’s new international competition England, France, Germany and Spain are among the 12 teams confirmed as participants in the top division of the new UEFA Nations League competition.France 11/2 to win WCPortugal, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Poland, Iceland and Croatia are also in League A. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. The inclusion of Netherlands, who make the cut despite failing to qualify for Euro 2016 and the upcoming World Cup, may come as a surprise, the line-ups having been decided according to teams’ position in the UEFA coefficient rankings as of October 11.League B contains Austria, Wales, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Ukraine, the Republic of Ireland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Northern Ireland, Denmark, Czech Republic and Turkey.Scotland, Norway, Greece and Serbia are among 15 countries in League C, while the 16-team League D includes minnows like Liechtenstein, San Marino and Gibraltar, along with sides such as Belarus and Macedonia. League Teams A Germany, Portugal, Belgium, Spain, France, England, Switzerland, Italy, Poland, Iceland, Croatia, Netherlands B Austria, Wales, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Ukraine, Republic of Ireland, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Northern Ireland, Denmark, Czech Republic, Turkey C Hungary, Romania, Scotland, Slovenia, Greece, Serbia, Albania, Norway, Montenegro, Israel, Bulgaria, Finland, Cyprus, Estonia, Lithuania D Azerbaijan, Macedonia, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia, Latvia, Faroe Islands, Luxembourg, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Liechtenstein, Malta, Andorra, Kosovo, San Marino, Gibraltar Each league will see the teams split into separate groups, with Leagues A and B splitting into four groups of three teams.At the end of the first Nations League, teams will be promoted and relegated from each division.Winners will be crowed at the Nations League finals in June 2019, while there is also a route to Euro 2020 available for the top-ranked teams in each of the four leagues who do not qualify for the competition through the regular qualifying groups.The draw for specific groups in the Nations League, which will largely replace international friendlies, will be made on January 24, with the first games taking place next September.
Primera División One-club man! Messi’s contract finally banishes Barcelona’s Neymar demons Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 22:33 11/25/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(25) Getty Images Primera División Valencia v Barcelona Valencia Barcelona Opinion The Argentine is staying at Barcelona until 2021 after the official photograph was finally taken on Saturday, marking a happy ending to a tough year There is only one crisis in Catalunya now. While the political situation in the region remains tense after the declaration of independence from Spain, FC Barcelona’s problems appear to be in the past. And Lionel Messi’s new contract has rounded off what has been a great second half of 2017 for the Blaugrana.There was doom and gloom when Barca missed out on La Liga to Real Madrid last season and saw their Champions League hopes ended with a second successive quarter-final exit as Luis Enrique left the club.Messi hat-trick 13/2 v Valencia Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And that was only the start. In a turbulent transfer window, Barca not only failed to bring in top target Marco Verratti, but also lost Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain in a move that shocked the football world.Then came the Supercopa series against Madrid in August and a 5-1 aggregate defeat made Gerard Pique admit: “For the first time in my time here, they are superior.” And after the 2-0 loss at the Santiago Bernabeu, a bombshell: Messi’s signature was still missing from the contract agreement Barca had announced amid much fanfare in July.President Josep Maria Bartomeu, who survived a censure motion (or vote of no confidence) brought forward by former candidate Agusti Benedito in September, tried to reassure fans that everything was in order and said the official photo would be taken as soon as the opportunity arose.Weeks went by, however, and there was still no news. And despite the constant claims from the Blaugrana that the deal was done, supporters were worried that Messi could walk away for free in 2018 (when his previous agreement was due to expire) and start negotiations with interested clubs in January.On the pitch, meanwhile, Ernesto Valverde has set about building a Barca team very much in his image, with Messi at the forefront. Somewhat against the odds, the Catalan club lead La Liga handsomely after 12 matches, having won 11 matches and drawn the other, and top their group in the Champions League.Not only are they unbeaten, but Barca have conceded only five times all season – the same amount they had let in over two games against Real Madrid in the Spanish Supercopa. And Messi has led from the front, with 16 goals from 19 games and 12 from 12 in La Liga.The Argentine picked up the Golden Shoe award on Friday for finishing as Europe’s leading goalscorer in 2016-17, with no questions about his contract allowed by the event organisers.But on Saturday, Barca confirmed (again) that it is all agreed and, this time, signed as well. “FC Barcelona and Lionel Messi signed on Saturday morning a new contract that will keep the Argentine superstar at the club through the 2020-21 season,” the Blaugrana said in a statement.His release clause rises to a whopping €700 million, meaning he is now set to see out the rest of his career at Camp Nou after winning 30 trophies and scoring 523 goals in his 14 seasons. Bartomeu wrote on Twitter: “We are in luck with the Barca players. We continue to enjoy the best player in the history of football.”And Messi said: “I’m happy to stay linked to the club. I always said this was my home and I’m happy to continue here.”After a few difficult months in the middle of the year, everything is rosy again now at Barcelona and Messi’s renewal is the best possible end to a successful second part of the year for the Catalan club. Now, the fans will hope he can help them to triumph again both at home and in Europe.
TUCSON, AZ – NOVEMBER 11: Quarterback Khalil Tate #14 of the Arizona Wildcats watches from the bench during the second half of the college football game against the Oregon State Beavers at Arizona Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Tucson, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)After taking college football by storm midway through last season, Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate looked like a strong pick to at least be in New York for the Heisman ceremony. Through two games, those hopes have been all but dashed.Arizona had a very disappointing Week 1 loss to BYU, in Kevin Sumlin’s first game as head coach, falling to the Cougars 28-23.Tate, who threw for just under 1,600 yards (and nearly nine per attempt), and ran for 1,411 (9.2 per carry) and 12 touchdowns after taking over as starter a few weeks into last season, just has not looked like himself.Tate was mediocre through the air, throwing for 197 and a touchdown on 17-of-34 passing, but was completely shut down on the ground. He picked up just 14 yards and a score on eight carries.Today, Arizona is playing against Sumlin’s former team Houston, and things are going so, so much worse.The Wildcats trail these Cougars 38-0. Houston got a run from a bad Rice team last week, so it doesn’t appear that UH is a great team either, despite the presence of all-world defensive lineman Ed Oliver.Tate is just 15-for-31 for 182 yards and two interceptions. Once again, he’s been a total non-factor on the ground, with three attempts for -5 yards.Yahoo! Sports analyst Pete Thamel has already declared Tate’s Heisman candidacy dead.We can declare on Sept. 8 at 11:33 a.m. that Khalil Tate’s Heisman chances have officially ended. (I blame @RossDellenger for the jinx). Houston leads 21-0 and Arizona looks completely hopeless on defense. UH’s D’Eriq King 8-12 with 2 TD touchdowns passing and 1 rushing.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) September 8, 2018Tate was so magnificent last year because his dual-threat abilities. This season, there seems to be no focus on his running game, and overall the Wildcats’ offense has been ineffective all-around.Sumlin has found success with dual-threat players before. Johnny Manziel won a Heisman Trophy wheeling and dealing in Sumlin’s offense at Texas A&M. They really need to unlock Tate’s abilities, before this season gets away from them.
New Delhi: China-based Transsion Holdings’ itel Mobile is set to launch a new feature-packed smartphone in India on May 16 that would take Redmi 6A head on. Industry sources told IANS on Monday that the power-packed itel device is likely to be launched below Rs 5,000. On the other hand, the 2GB and 16GB Redmi 6A is currently priced at Rs 5,999. The device may house features like AI dual camera, capable of performing tasks beyond just capturing good pictures, 2GB RAM for multitasking, latest Android Pie 9 OS, full screen HD+ display and double security features like fingerprint and face unlock. Sources said that the upcoming itel device would be a good choice in the budget smartphone segment. The latest itel portfolio includes A44 Air (5.45-inch full screen device), A44 power and A23 — priced at Rs 4,399, Rs 4,599 and Rs 3,999 respectively. The latest addition could be a game changer for first time buyers and those consumers who are willing to upgrade from old entry level handsets. The company logged 7 per cent share in the feature phone segment in the first quarter of 2019, according to Counterpoint Research.
TORONTO — The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board will receive about US$1.16 billion in cash and promissory notes as its part of a deal that will see European telecom company Altice SA buy a controlling stake in U.S. cable operator Suddenlink.Altice, headquartered in Luxembourg and active in several European countries, has agreed to purchase a 70 per cent stake in the company that owns Suddenlink from CPPIB and its partner, a fund advised by European private equity firm BC Partners.The sellers will each keep a 12 per cent stake in Suddenlink’s parent, Cequel Communications Holdings, and receive US$960 million cash and a US$200 million note for their portion of the deal, which requires U.S. regulatory approval.CPPIB investing more than $1 billion in German shopping centre operatorFresh opposition to Barrick Gold Corp’s executive pay structure from Canada’s largest pension fund managerCPPIB cries foul as Saskatchewan fends off pension funds from buying farmlandThe transaction — expected to close by the end of the year — pegs Suddenlink’s value at about US$9.1 billion.The CPPIB and its co-investors acquired Suddenlink in 2012 in a deal valued at US$6.5 billion.“This transaction is an excellent opportunity to realize a portion of the embedded value of CPPIB’s original investment in Suddenlink,” said Mark Jenkins, a senior managing director and global head of private investments at CPPIB.“We are now looking forward to developing a long-term partnership with Altice, one of the largest global telecom companies.”The deal marks Altice’s first U.S. acquisition.It has grown through a series of acquisitions over the past dozen years, expanding from a small regional internet and cable provider in France’s Alsace region to making a $18.5 billion acquisition last year of France’s no. 2 mobile phone operator, SFR. Earlier this year, Altice also bought Portugal Telecom for $8.4 billion.Based in St. Louis, Mo., Suddenlink offers television, high-speed Internet and telephone services to 1.5 million residential and commercial customers in several U.S. states.The CPPIB invests funds not currently required to pay benefits for the Canada Pension Plan. As of Dec. 31, 2014, the fund totalled $238.8 billion.