AC Milan coach Gattuso concedes Higuain now closer to Chelseaby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Rino Gattuso has hinted Gonzalo Higuain is leaving for Chelsea this week.Gattuso was speaking after the Coppa Italia win over Sampdoria.He said, “We have a very honest relationship, we say things to people’s faces. There is great honesty. When a player makes certain choices, it becomes difficult to convince him otherwise. One can try.“At this moment, he is a Milan player and we’re holding on tight. I don’t know what will happen. We are honest with each other and I want him to maintain this attitude, which has never been lacking thus far.”Gattuso continued: “I’ve talked to him a great deal, but it’s hard to give advice, because the career of a player only lasts 13-14 years. It’s his mind, not mine. The most important thing is to talk as men, look each other in the eyes and speak the truth.“I haven’t figured out what Higuain is unhappy with, because I see him look content and involved in the locker room atmosphere. We’ll see what happens. If it was up to me, I’d keep him at my house and feed him my dinner.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
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Twitter/@CoachZachSmithThe high-scoring NCAA Football game between Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones and Jared Foley, a Buckeyes fan that he visited in the hospital before the national championship, is quickly becoming one of the most hotly-contested video game results that we can remember. The game was originally thought to be a 91-35 win for Jones, but yesterday he clarified that he added a late touchdown to make it 98-35.Clearly, Jones wants to get credit for all of the points he scored, but he may have undersold Foley’s effort himself. In response to a t-shirt that an OSU fan created to celebrate the game, Foley claims that he actually scored 42 [email protected] I NEED ONE!! #Savage RT @Court0385: @CJ12_ @bearfoley check out the new shirts pic.twitter.com/xRauvMJbi1— Zach Sith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) February 11, [email protected] it was 98-42— jared foley (@bearfoley) February 11, [email protected] yeah I scored in the finel minute— jared foley (@bearfoley) February 11, 2015Maybe Cardale can invite him to the next Taco Tuesday to make up for this discrepancy.
The Prince of Wales has honoured philanthropists for their dedication to supporting the arts.His Royal Highness presented medals at St James’s Palace in London to individuals who have backed the UK’s culture scene.Actress Joanna Lumley was master of ceremonies at the event in the Palace’s state apartments.Among those who received the 2014 Prince of Wales Arts Philanthropy Medal were Terry and Liz Bramall, from Harrogate, who are regarded as two of the country’s most generous philanthropists.Mr and Mrs Bramall placed more than £96 million into the Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation in 2008 after Mr Bramall became a building tycoon.The Foundation has made grants of around £2 million a year to organisations in Yorkshire, supporting Northern Ballet, Phoenix Dance and the West Yorkshire Playhouse.A former bus company boss turned philanthropist who donated millions to causes in the North East including the Sage Gateshead, Live Theatre and Tyneside Cinema was posthumously awarded the medal.Trevor Shears, who died from cancer in May this year, was part of the management buy-out that formed Newcastle transport firm Go Ahead in 1987. The company’s public flotation in the mid-1990s brought him immense wealth – but he gave more than half of it away.His wife Lyn was also honoured for the couple’s support of the arts.Mrs Shears said: “It’s vitally important to introduce more young people to the arts because they are the audiences of tomorrow. Some have a huge talent but don’t know how to use it.“One girl we met was a wonderful singer working in Tesco and following some tuition and confidence building with (music charity) Samling she is now at the Royal Academy of Music.“It’s hugely rewarding to make even a small difference. My husband and I always felt that we got so much more from the giving than the recipients did.“We never did it seeking recognition but it’s a huge honour to receive the medal from The Prince of Wales. It’s sad that Trevor can’t be here but I know he would have been immensely proud.”Other recipients were Sir Harry and Lady Carol Djanogly, who have helped the V&A, Tate and the Chickenshed theatre company; Lady Susie Sainsbury of Turville, deputy chair of the Royal Shakespeare Company; and John J Studzinski whose Genesis Foundation strives to nurture young talent.Source:www.princehenryofwales.org
Nation to NationJagmeet Singh has been leader of the federal NDP party for just over a year and during that time he has seen how First Nations use courts to stop the federal government from trampling over their rights, such as the expansion of the Trans Mountain bitumen pipeline.Several First Nations believed they weren’t properly consulted on the proposed expansion from Edmonton, Alta. to Burnaby, B.C. and went to court to force the Trudeau government to start over again.Singh sat down with Nation to Nation to discuss a wide-range of subjects related to Indigenous people and believes there’s a way to achieve a level of predictability.“We can’t have a Canada that calls itself progressive without ensuring that the nations in Canada, the nations that make up the fabric of the first people of land are not treated as nations and don’t’ have the treaty rights, the land rights, the recognition and dignity that they rightfully deserve,” he said.“The fundamental principle would be that every piece of legislation should be informed by the free, prior and informed consent principle.”He said Canada needs to treat First Nations like it would any other country in the world it wants to do business with.“That’s how we need to look at any agreement that we make with First Nations. They are sovereign nations and should ensure, in a legislative manner, a protection of their sovereign rights,” said Singh.When Canada doesn’t respect the rights of Indigenous people it just ends up in court he said.“This would ensure that there is predictability. So if a business wants to invest in a project Canada could ensure this project will go ahead because there is a predictability because the steps will be taken to respect the sovereignty of a First Nation and ensure that the decision will be made in such a manner that it will not be challenged in court,” he said.Singh had some knowledge of Indigenous people before being named leader of the NDP in October 2017 but learned something he may not have known before.“The thing that I was able to appreciate the most, as a leader, is Indigenous communities have the solutions,” he said. “There’s just a lack of listening to those solutions and implementing those solutions. I think more than ever we need to listen to the folks who are on the ground.”Liberal MP Robert Falcon-Ouellette also joined Nation to Nation to discuss his fight to help Winnipeg battle its crystal meth crisis.Falcon-Ouellette said the meth crisis has always been there but it was a low rumble when he was first elected to represent the riding of Winnipeg Centre in 2015.It’s now full-blown he said.So much so people come into his constituency office.“People have come in, they have assaulted staff, they sit down and literally, when they are on the drug, they’ll start propositioning you to try to sell you stolen goods,” he said. “The issue for me is, when I would call to try and get someone off the streets … there was no services available.”Falcon-Ouellette discusses the issue at length and how he is trying to help in the video posted at the top of this page.This is the final episode of Nation to Nation in 2018 but be sure to catch a repeat of special show from Kamloops, B.C. airing again on Dec. 27.The political panel discusses on Jan. 3 what’s to come in the final months on Parliament Hill before next year’s election in October. As always, Nation to Nation airs on APTN every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. [email protected]
TORONTO – Canadian Tire Corp. says it has acquired Sher-Wood Athletics Group Inc.’s global hockey trademarks.The retailer says INA International Ltd., a division of the company, acquired the trademarks.It says the deal also includes Sher-Wood’s related inventory.The Sherbrooke, Que.-based company has been in operation for more than 60 years.It manufactures and distributes hockey gear and hockey licensed products.Canadian Tire did not provide details about the acquisition and Sher-Wood declined to comment on details of the transaction.Companies in this story: (TSX:CTC.A)
London: The UK has secured a short delay to the March 29 Brexit deadline after the European Union (EU) leaders reluctantly agreed to offer embattled Prime Minister Theresa May time until May 22 to get the divorce deal through another House of Commons vote next week. If the agreement, already defeated twice over the controversial Irish backstop clause, fails to clear the UK Parliament for a third time, the EU has set April 12 as the deadline for Britain to make up its mind on the next move. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USWhile the EU’s latest offer reduces the likelihood of a no-deal Brexit by the March 29 deadline, the UK could still leave without a deal if Prime Minister May fails to get the backing for her deal from MPs by April 12. The UK government will still have a choice of a deal, no-deal, a long extension or revoking Article 50, said Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council, soon after EU leaders agreed to May’s plea for a short extension to the Brexit deadline at an ongoing council meeting in Brussels. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”April 12 is a key date in terms of the UK wondering whether to hold European Parliament elections. If it has not decided to do so by then the option of a long extension will immediately become impossible, said Tusk, on behalf of all EU member-countries. If May’s deal fails to clear the Parliament hurdle yet again next week, the UK would be expected to table its no-deal plans for crashing out of the 28-member economic bloc by April 12 or accept a longer extension to the Article 50 mechanism and contest the European Parliament elections scheduled for May 23. “I hope that we can all agree we are now at the moment of decision. And I will make every effort to ensure that we are able to leave with a deal and move our country forward,” May said, adding that Britain’s MPs now had a clear choice . She, however, did not repeat her vehement opposition to the prospect of a longer extension to Article 50, which is likely to come with many strings attached from Brussels. In return for even more time for Brexit, should Britain go down that route, the EU will demand that the UK holds a general election or a second referendum. A longer extension on offer is believed to run until December 31 this year or beyond. The BBC quoting Downing Street sources said that an agreement with the EU to extend the Brexit deadline would be a piece of international law and would take precedence even if Parliament rejected it.
NEW DELHI: A day after Delhi Pradesh Congress chief and former CM Sheila Dikshit said that statehood is not possible, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took a dig at Congress regime of Delhi. He said that in Congress time every year the price of electricity used to rise and the Delhiites used to complain about the high price where the citizens are now happy. “Earlier whenever I went to people they used to complain about high electricity price but now everyone is happy. In Delhi, AAP-government gives the cheapest electricity in the country,” said CM Arvind Kejriwal. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderHe also talked about the popularity of Mohallah Clinics across the city. “Greater Kailash is an area where rich people live but when I visited the place some days back the residents asked me to build two Mohallah Clinics there. Rich people are also coming to these clinics because the government provides the best healthcare,” he said. The Chief Minister also slammed the BJP over the issue of sealing. “I could not stop sealing because Delhi is not a full state. But if we get the full statehood then I will pass an ordinance which the BJP did not pass in the Center, and stop the sealing,” said the CM. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsFrom healthcare, housing, electricity, education, the safety of women to stopping sealing, Kejriwal made a host of promises if Delhi becomes a full state, which will be possible, he claimed, if Delhi chooses AAP candidates from all seven Lok Sabha seats. “While Delhi pays Rs. 1.5 lakh crore in income-tax every year, the Centre gives it only Rs 325 crore,” the chief minister said. Delhi government would have made many more schools and hospitals if the Centre had allocated more funds, he added. “Some works can’t be done till Delhi becomes a full state. Women feel unsafe and there is hooliganism everywhere because Delhi Police doesn’t listen to people,” CM Kejriwal said. “The police come under the PM and no one can meet the PM,” said the CM. If Delhi Police reports to Delhi government, he said, the law and order system will be such that girls will be able to go out at 11 pm without any fear. Sealing will also be stopped in 24 hours, CM Kejriwal promised.
In his day, former NFL linebacker Bill Romanowski did some pretty volatile and nasty stuff, like spiting in J.J. Stokes’ face and viciously beating up a teammate. But he made it clear he did not threaten to end former receiver Cris Carter’s career, as the former wide receiver claimed on Tuesday.“It is absolute fiction,” Romanowski said on the Dan Patrick Show Wednesday. “If he could read my mind in pre-game, yeah, maybe he had it right. But I didn’t talk before games. I was in the zone.”On ESPN radio’s Hill and Schlereth show, Carter said he had approached his offensive lineman to offer a bounty on opposing players, including Romanowski, who he said told him, “Carter, I’m gonna end your career” during pregame when he played for Minnesota and Romo for Denver.“I’m guilty of it,” Carter said. “It’s the first time I’ve ever admitted it, but I put a bounty on guys before. And the guys tried to take me out, a guy tried to take a cheap shot on me, I put a bounty on him, right now.”Said Romanowski: “If he put a bounty on me, it wasn’t very good because it didn’t work,” Romanowski said. “I just think this is his way of trying to make himself relevant for what is going on now.”
2010-18.104.22.168 SeasonDVOAPYTHagorean WINSESTimated WINSActual WINS The 21st century has not been good to BuffaloThe Bills’ past 18 seasons by Defense-adjusted Value Over Average, Pythagorean wins and estimated wins 2012-22.214.171.124 2001-22.03.94.23 2017-126.96.36.199 2007-5.04.98.07 2003-7.36.87.06 20161.08.57.47 Source: Football Outsiders 20000.67.07.38 2013-188.8.131.52 2002-8.07.57.18 2005-184.108.40.206 2008-220.127.116.11 201410.59.69.09 After the “Music City Miracle” knocked the 1999 Buffalo Bills out of the postseason, Bills fans suffered through the longest playoff drought in American professional sports. But with only a few hours left in 2017, the streak came to a glorious end. After beating Miami on Sunday, Buffalo desperately needed Cincinnati to eliminate Baltimore, and Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton complied — finding Tyler Boyd for a game-winning touchdown on 4th-and-12 in the final minute. The play sent the Bills locker room into hysterics, while fans back home braved bitterly cold weather past midnight on New Year’s Eve to greet the team plane at the airport.New head coach Sean McDermott has led the franchise out of the regular-season desert, but there’s an irony to his triumph: This Bills squad is actually worse than many of those that failed to make the playoffs since that 1999 season. There are Bills fans old enough to buy beer who can’t remember what a Bills playoff team looks like — but even they ought to be able to tell that this squad is something less than one of the 12 best teams in the NFL.“You are what your record says you are,” Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells famously asserted. But ESPN’s Brian Burke estimates that randomness accounts for about 42 percent of NFL outcomes, and the NFL’s playoff structure builds in even more inequity. The 2008 New England Patriots won 11 games but missed the playoffs, while the 2014 Carolina Panthers got in with a 7-8-1 record.This year’s Bills team finished 9-7, but based on Football Outsiders’ estimated wins and Pythagorean wins metrics,1Per Football Outsiders, Pythagorean wins are based on pure point differential, while estimated wins use a “Forest Index” to emphasize consistency and performance in high-leverage situations. it only earned 6.8 and 6.3 wins, respectively. Put another way, an NFL team that gets outscored by 57 points on the year (as the Bills did) mathematically ought to win about six or seven games.But it’s not just about wins. Pick a metric of team strength, and the Bills are typically at or below the median: 21st in scoring differential, 15th in FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings, 23rd in Simple Rating System,2Pro Football Reference’s Simple Rating System is derived from scoring differential and strength of schedule. 21st in Defense-adjusted Value Over Average.3Football Outsiders’ DVOA metric breaks down every NFL play and determines its value when compared to a league baseline based on situation (i.e., down and distance, field position, score).These Bills don’t stack up well against the 17 iterations that came before them, either: The best Bills team since 1999 was the 9-7 2004 squad. At 31.3 percent better than average, it was the NFL’s No. 3 team by overall DVOA. Buffalo’s defense, led by Pro Bowlers Takeo Spikes and Nate Clements, ranked No. 1. The team’s 12.4 estimated wins and 11.1 Pythagorean wins show they were actually much stronger than what their record said.The 2004 Bills lost their first four games, three by a combined margin of just 8 points and the other a 31-17 loss to the (eventual Super Bowl champion) New England Patriots. They then went 9-2 over their next 11 games, including a six-game win streak during which they outscored their opponents 228-89. Needing one last win to secure a playoff berth, they tripped up against a Pittsburgh Steelers team resting some of its starters. Football Outsiders deemed the 2004 Bills the best team to miss the playoffs since 1986 — as far back as its data goes.Despite racking up the same number of real-world wins, 2017’s Bills are a whopping 41.1 percentage points worse in DVOA. They also produced 5.6 fewer estimated wins and 4.8 fewer Pythagorean wins. Remember that 42 percent randomness? That this year’s Bills got to the same 9-7 record as the 2004 team suggests these two squads approached the upper and lower bounds of “lucky” and “unlucky” NFL results.The 2017 Bills aren’t the best Bills team since 1999, or anywhere close — they’re actually no better than seventh-worst in any of these metrics. Outside of running the ball with LeSean McCoy, these Bills don’t do anything well: They’re 29th in offensive yardage and 26th in yardage on defense. They keep their heads above water with a per-drive turnover rate that’s a little higher on defense (13.1 percent, 10th-best) than offense (8.9 percent, eighth-worst).2012 is the most recent year the Bills weren’t better across the board than they are now — and that group went 6-10.None of this can take away the joy Bills fans everywhere felt when the Ravens’ Week 17 collapse handed their team a wild-card berth, of course. But there’s a reason the Bills organization sent the Cincinnati Bengals thank-yous: This trip to the postseason was much more about being lucky than good.Check out our latest NFL predictions. 2006-2.17.78.07 2009-10.45.96.66 2018.104.22.168 2011-22.214.171.124 200431.3%11.112.49