first_imgMorata Conte not expecting serious Morata injury despite early withdrawal vs Man City Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 04:17 1/10/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) AlvaroMorataJohnStones - cropped Getty Images Morata Chelsea v Manchester City Antonio Conte Chelsea Manchester City Premier League The striker was taken off in the first half as the reigning champions lost to Pep Guardiola’s side, but his coach does not expect a lengthy absence Antonio Conte does not expect Alvaro Morata to spend too long on the sidelines after Chelsea’s top scorer was forced off with a first-half injury during the 1-0 defeat to Manchester City.Morata scored his seventh goal in eight matches for the Blues as Conte’s men came from behind to beat Atletico Madrid 2-1 in the Champions League.Chelsea 15/2 to win Premier League 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. But the Spain striker hobbled off in the 35th minute against City at Stamford Bridge, holding his left hamstring.”It’s a muscular problem,” Conte told reporters after Kevin De Bruyne’s excellent 67th-minute goal sent Pep Guardiola’s side back to the top of the Premier League table.”I don’t think it’s a serious problem because he stopped before it will become a serious injury.Alvaro Morata Chelsea Manchester City“He said to me, ‘Coach, I prefer to stop myself otherwise I risk a bad injury’. I don’t know.”The doctor now in the next days has to check the situation, but I don’t think he’s available for the national team.”It’s normal when you play three massive games in only seven days, you must consider this aspect [fatigue].”We needed to take this risk because Morata for us is an important player.”Conte’s reliance upon Morata as the leader of his attack was underlined when winger Willian came on in his place, with Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi held back until his compatriot De Bruyne broke the deadlock to give the visitors the lead.”It was a simple tactical decision,” the Italian said.8 – Chelsea have dropped eight points in four Premier League home games so far in 2017-18; two more than in the whole of 2016-17 (6). Gloom. pic.twitter.com/gokdpS8Aiu— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 30, 2017″In this type of game I thought Willian with [Eden] Hazard was a good decision, to try to exploit the space behind the defenders. It’s a simple tactical decision.”Chelsea are now six points off the pace set by the Manchester clubs at the summit – United are one shy of City on goal difference after thumping Crystal Palace 4-0 – but Conte pointed towards a tough run of fixtures handed to his side over the opening weeks of the season.”I think you have to consider that in seven games we played with Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham and also Everton,” he said.”I think our start wasn’t so, so easy. I think we have the points that we deserve.”On City’s title credentials, Conte added: “Last season Manchester City was a very good team, very strong.”I think after this transfer market they improved a lot. They strengthened, I think so.”It’s right to compliment our opponent. This is football. We have to accept the result, above all because we know that we gave everything.”last_img read more

first_imgShare on Pinterest Share on Twitter Netherlands into last 16 after Vivianne Miedema double against Cameroon Tuesday: Montpellier–Paris– Rennes–ParisBooked on the first train from Montpellier to Paris, I was left hanging after my taxi failed to show. That meant a second booking that was as pleasant to pay for as being kicked in the shins. After a long delay in Paris I arrived in a wintry Rennes surrounded by people in heavy coats and scarves – all looking at me in my shorts and T-shirt rather oddly. A weather delay forced me to leave Sweden v Chile early, my back turned seconds before Kosovare Asllani opened the scoring 83 minutes in. With 1,000 miles in the bag for the day I crawled up the hill to the Murder Basement hoping for a reprieve.Wednesday: Paris–Le HavreSwitching things up, I headed to Le Havre to do a guest spot on Radio Five Live, for France v Norway, with Caroline Barker. Originally meant to be recorded in her hotel room (not as dodgy as it sounds), we were forced to relocate to a local smoke-riddled bar. Yet the recording went smoothly – despite, or probably because of, a cacophony of double entendres from the charming presenter – however, the half-cooked pommes on the menu did not quite go down so well.The day’s overriding memory? Discovering the toilet at my hotel did not have a flush, after using it.Thursday: Le Havre–ParisOut of Le Havre on the 6am coach, I stopped by the Airbnb to grab every item of clothing I own (aka, a week’s worth of washing) to venture to my first ever laundromat. Managing to avoid flooding the place, I picked up a scandalously tasty cake from a patisserie across the road before China v South Africa (a flat 1-0).Friday: Paris–Rennes–ParisFeeling worse for wear, I peeled myself out of the squeaky basement bed and delicately made for the coach station. The four-hour trip to Rennes was perfect for a nap in lieu of actual sleep. The match was another frustrating one for the Scots, who once again lost 2-1, having looked as if they were up for it, in the last 20 minutes. Shelley Kerr was measured in her press conference but Fifa’s translation of Asako Takakura’s comments was a confused, delayed stream of nonsense. I was tired again, or still, and headed back to Paris.Saturday: Paris–Valenciennes–ParisValenciennes had been invaded by the Dutch, the town painted orange by their rambunctious fans, the match gritty and raw – like my inflamed throat. The World Cup (or the Murder Basement) had given me freshers’ flu but, like every footballer in France, I was readying myself to go again. After all, I had only a few hours until the next match … Topics Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content Share on Messenger The Observer Women’s World Cup 2019 Sunday: Reims–Paris–NiceWhen the day starts off watching an Australian and American play Game of Thrones pinball in a bar in Reims something has either gone very wrong or very right with your night. It was the afters of Norway v Nigeria and failed to prepare me for the next 24 hours. I got the first train from Reims to Paris, rushed back to my Airbnb (or, as it has been dubbed on Twitter, the Murder Basement) and left again for the airport. On track to make my flight until the train stopped, the garbled message from the conductor was enough to get me off and order an extortionate Uber. I made the flight and the match by virtue of a delay. Back in the centre of Nice after England v Scotland I made for my hotel only to be told the room had been cancelled and they had nothing more.Monday: Nice–MontpellierHaving kipped with a colleague, I set off for Montpellier with two other journalists and, other than the Observer’s Suzy Wrack driving across the motorway in Provence with a door open, the jaunt was largely uneventful. The match was Canada v Cameroon and the drive may have been more exciting. Women’s World Cup France Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Read more features Women’s football Share on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgThe School Sports Australia Combined Touch Tournament commenced on Monday, 20 October 2008 at Prospect Park, Launceston.Master of Ceremonies, Maree Tomlin welcomed the participants to the Opening Ceremony as the junior referees lead the march past. Hosts, Tasmania where introduced last to the applause of the home crowd.School Sport Australia Life Member, Ray Grieshaber wished everyone the best of luck for the tournament and expressed his gratitude to Maree and Steve Tomlin for the work they had put in for the event.Tasmanian 15’s Captains, Rosie Downer and Patrick Fisher, read the Players Oath stating a desire to achieve the highest level of personal performance and conduct.The crowd was treated to a wonderful rendition of the National Anthem  by Tasmanian 12’s player, Ellie Couch. The performance was even more considerable since Ellie’s usual acoustic accompany was sick on the morning and a replacement had to be made very hastily. Tasmanian Australian 20’s Mixed representative, Emma Haines, declared the games open with results going to script on the opening day.For full results, visit http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-4282-0-0-0last_img read more

first_imgCody Riley dunks so hard the rim breaks.YouTube/Marcus WilliamsFew basketball players have the raw power to destroy a basketball hoop with a dunk. Add 2017 power forward Cody Riley to that small fraternity. The 6-foot-7 five-star out of California went up for a big slam at this weekend’s 2015 Summer Block Party, and brought the rim down with him. Try not to be impressed by the raw power here—it is impossible. Riley is rated as a four star player by Scout and five stars by Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN. His impressive list of suitors includes offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Connecticut, Kansas, Maryland, UCLA, and USC. He is also receiving interest from Duke and Kentucky.[Scout]last_img

first_imgYoung Jamaicans are being encouraged to do something for their communities through schools and youth groups on National Children’s Action Day, as part of activities to celebrate Child Month 2013, to be observed in May.The Day, being organised by the National Child Month Committee (NCMC), will be observed on Friday, May 10, and the main project is the St. Anne’s Infant School, 48 North Street, downtown, Kingston. Efforts will be made to repair its facilities, including the playground, bathrooms and surrounding areas.Each year, the NCMC selects a National Action Day Project for the main activity of the day.Speaking at a recent JIS ‘Think Tank’, Chairperson of the NCMC, Dr. Pauline Mullings, said the Day is an opportunity to “promote community spirit” and to help children understand that “whereas they do have rights, they also have responsibilities”.“We are asking all adults to ensure that the children from your church, school clubs and communities are involved in doing beautification programmes,” she said, adding that some children can be involved in projects such as the planting of trees or painting of pedestrian crossings. She emphasized that children must be guided by an adult before embarking on a job. Another main event during Child Month is National Children’s Day to be celebrated on Friday, May 17. Last year, Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, proclaimed the third Friday of May each year as National Children’s Day.“This is the day when every child on the street, in your personal care, and in the school must be treated the same way as we treat Mother’s Day and Father’s Day,” Dr. Mullings said.She is encouraging all Jamaicans to wear something yellow on that Day to reflect the sunshine of children. Motorists are also being asked to keep their headlamps on to show that “we do love, care, recognise, honour and celebrate our children,” Dr. Mullings said.Child Month was first celebrated in May, 1953, under the patronage of Lady Foote, wife of the then Governor.By E. Hartman Reckord, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – The cost of variable-rate mortgages and lines of credit linked to the big bank prime rates have already gone up, but experts say the move by the Bank of Canada to raise interest rates may also affect your investment portfolio.As interest rates rise, investments like real estate investment trusts and utilities, to which many investors have looked to provide a source of steady income, are expected to come under pressure.“People aren’t willing to pay as much for those sectors,” said CIBC portfolio manager Craig Jerusalim, adding that REITs and utilities typically also have more debt which becomes more expensive to service as interest rates move higher.The Bank of Canada has raised its key interest rate target twice this year, taking back the two cuts it put in place when oil prices plunged. Economists expect the central bank to continue to raise rates, but opinions vary about how quickly it will happen.On the flip side, some industries will benefit from higher interest rates.Jerusalim said the banks benefit when the Bank of Canada raises its key rate target because the higher rates help improve margins at the big lenders.As expectations ramp up that short-term rates will rise, long-term interest rates should also increase and that will help insurance companies. Higher long-term rates help insurance companies when they calculate their future liabilities.Alfred Lee, a portfolio manager and investment strategist at BMO Global Asset Management, added that as the economy picks up, banks will benefit from greater demand for loans.In addition to the financial sector, Lee said investors are also rotating into growth stocks that are expected to benefit from the improving economy with the industrials sector expected to perform well.“For the most part the Bank of Canada’s raising rates because the economy is in a better position than it was a couple of years ago,” Lee said.“The industrial segment will do well because it is tied to the economy.”Lee added that rate-reset preferred shares could also benefit because the dividends they pay are often tied to the five-year Canadian government bond rate.Jerusalim says it’s important to remember that interest rates are still very low, they just aren’t at the emergency levels anymore.“Our team is not expecting significant increases over the next 12 months, we’re thinking we’re only going to get either one or two more rate increases over the next 12 months,” he said.But he added as interest rates rise it is even more important for investors to carefully evaluate their dividend-paying investments.For investors to protect themselves, he says they will have to be a little more careful to discern the difference between the better companies and those that just benefited from low interest rates.last_img read more

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers is predicting the country’s oil production will increase by 1.4 million barrels per day by 2035, despite an ongoing “competitiveness gap” that discourages investment.The group, which represents Canada’s upstream oil and gas sector, says total Canadian oil production will increase to 5.6 million barrels per day in the next 17 years mainly due to a rise in oilsands production to 4.2 million barrels per day from 2.65 million barrels per day in 2017.It says Western Canada’s non-oilsands crude production will be flat at about 1.3 million barrels per day in 2035. Output in Eastern Canada is expected to rise to 290,000 barrels per day by 2025 from major offshore projects including Hebron, Hibernia, Terra Nova, and White Rose, CAPP says, adding production will then drop to just 70,000 barrels per day by 2035 as oil is pumped out.CAPP says Canada’s oil output exceeded its transport capacity in 2017 as proposed pipelines including TransCanada’s Keystone XL project, the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline (despite being sold to the federal government) and Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline replacement face uncertainty.It says capital spending in the U.S. rose 38 percent to $120 billion in 2017 while investment in Canada fell to $45 billion.“Canada is falling behind its competitors, losing the opportunity to supply the world with oil produced the Canadian way. The U.S. is increasing its oil exports to the same emerging markets Canada is targeting,” CAPP president Tim McMillan said.A year ago, CAPP forecast Canadian oil production would climb by 33 percent to 5.12 million barrels per day by 2030, up from the 2016 prediction of 4.93 million barrels per day.McMillan delivered the forecast at the Global Petroleum Show, a three-day oil and gas marketplace and conference which is reporting robust attendance after suffering smaller crowds in the years following the oil price collapse of 2014.last_img read more

first_imgBeijing: China will introduce more “preferential policies” for Taiwan so the self-governed island’s residents can enjoy the same treatment as mainland Chinese citizens, Premier Li Keqiang said Friday. Li said new initiatives will be implemented to invite people from Taiwan to “work hand-in-hand to realize our shared dream for the nation.” They follow 31 incentives recently introduced to bolster China’s argument that political unification should follow increasingly close economic ties. Such appeals form the carrot in China’s strategy toward Taiwan in contrast with the stick of threatened military attack. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangChina has used increasingly aggressive rhetoric toward Taiwan, which split from the mainland amid a civil war 70 years ago, but has sought to balance the two approaches to try to avoid alienating those in the island republic who are wary of Beijing. The ruling Communist Party maintains that Taiwan is part of China. It opposes Taiwan independence and formally says it seeks a “peaceful reunification.” President Xi Jinping did not rule out the use of force during a January speech on cross-strait relations, when he proposed a “one country, two systems” approach akin to China’s current arrangement with the former British colony of Hong Kong. That would enable Taiwan to keep its own economic and legal system. The suggestion has been rejected by Taiwan’s independence-leaning President Tsai Ing-wen, who said China must accept the continued existence of the Republic of China, the formal name of the former mainland government that fled to Taiwan in 1949. Also Read – Want to bring back US forces engaged in endless wars: TrumpThe US switched recognition from Taipei to Beijing in 1979, but remains a key Taiwanese bulwark against China’s threats. China appears pleased with the impact of last year’s “31 Measures,” and Li held open the possibility of even greater advantages, while offering no details. “When people on both sides of the strait enjoy the same development opportunities, they will become closer and closer,” Li said at a news conference held on the closing day of the ceremonial legislature’s annual session.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: With the Congress-CPI(M) proposed alliance falling apart in West Bengal, the stage is set for a four-cornered contest in which the main contenders — the Trinamool Congress and the BJP – are in an advantageous position to consolidate the voters in their favour. According to Trinamool Congress sources, the breakdown augurs well for the party, which would be in a better position to bag the nearly 30-per cent minority votes in the state in the absence of another credible “secular force” in the state. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja The CPI(M)-Congress seat-sharing talks failed after the latter accused the Left of insulting it by unilaterally announcing 25 candidates in the state, which has 42 Lok Sabha seats. The cross currrents of the failure to clinch the Opposition alliance will be felt directly in 15 seats spread across north and south Bengal, a TMC leader said. “Although the breakdown of the Opposition alliance has its benefits, it has taken away the buffer from us. Now the maximum anti-TMC votes would be bagged by the BJP, which might alter lot of equations in various seats,” another senior TMC leader said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway “Had the alliance been there, the anti-TMC votes would have been divided between it and the BJP, which would have helped us,” he told PTI on the condition of anonymity. The TMC will now be directly pitted against the BJP in Cooch Behar, Alipurduar, Raiganj, Balurghat, Malda South in north Bengal; and Murshidabad, Krishnanagar, Ranaghat, Basirhat, Barrackpore, Asansol, Purulia, Jhargram, Bankura and Midnapore seats in south Bengal, sources in the party said. “Had there been an Opposition alliance, we would have been in a comfortable position in most of these seats. But now things will be different. We have full faith in our leadership and things will change once the campaign starts,” a senior TMC leader of north Bengal said. The development has brought cheer to the BJP camp, which has emerged as the main challenger of the TMC in the past few years. The party will be in a better position to find favour with a sizeable portion of the refugee voters in the border districts following its efforts to bring in the citizenship bill. Besides, a section of the Hindu voters, who are unhappy with the “appeasement politics” of the TMC, will support the BJP, said a leader of the saffron party. The refugees have for the past several decades been a trusted vote bank of the Left. The Citizenship Amendment Bill, which was passed in the Lok Sabha on January 8, seeks to grant Indian citizenship to non-Muslims who fled religious persecution from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, and entered India before December 31, 2014. “Those voters who are disillusioned with the TMC will now vote for BJP as it is only the saffron party which can provide them with an alternative. If the TMC has Mamata Banerjee, we have Narendra Modi and Amit Shah,” said Arjun Singh, a former TMC MLA who had recently switched to the saffron party. Singh is likely to be the BJP’s candidate in Barrackpore Lok Sabha seat, which is held by Dinesh Trivedi of the TMC. Leaders of both the Congress and the CPI(M) agreed that the failure to clinch a seat-sharing deal would actually be a negative factor for both the parties and they might not win more than one or two seats in the state. “It is true that elections will now be more polarised between the TMC and the BJP. But the CPI(M) needs to understand that it has to be more flexible while working in an alliance,” state Congress president Somen Mitra told PTI. CPI(M) central committee leader Sujan Chakraborty, also echoed Mitra’s views but said the Congress should have been more active in order to seal the deal. “The people of the state will decide whether we were right or wrong (in breaking the alliance). Despite a lot of hurdles, we had tried to provide a secular alternative along with the Congress, but it had other plans,” Chakraborty said. The electoral history of Bengal shows that it is the ruling party and the main opposition which become the main beneficiaries in the event of a four-cornered contest. In 2014, the state again witnessed a four-cornered election in which the TMC won 34 seats, the Congress four and the Left and BJP two seats each. The TMC had then secured 39.05 per cent votes, the CPI(M)-led Left Front 29.71 per cent, while the BJP and the Congress had secured 17 percent and 9.5 per cent respectively. The CPI(M)-Congess seat sharing deal in the 2016 state assembly polls had failed to halt the return of the TMC to power, but it was successful in stopping the march of the BJP to an extent. But the alliance fell apart after the poll as the CPI(M) decided to part ways with the Congress since its central committee vetoed it. Since then the BJP has steadily taken over the Opposition space in various by-elections and has emerged as the main challenger to the ruling TMC. Mohammed Kamruzzaman, the general secretary of All Bengal Minority Youth Federation, told PTI that had there been a credible Left-Congress alliance, a percentage of minority votes in north Bengal would have swung in favour of it. “But now minorities would en bloc vote for the TMC to stop the march of the BJP”. Lok Sabha polls will be held in the state in seven phases from April 11.last_img read more

Oklahoma City Thunder big man Kendrick Perkins and his brother-in-law Quincy Alpough have both been charged with assault after allegedly punching a woman and her brother  outside a Houston nightclub July 20, according to multiple reports.According to  police reports, 28-year-old Perkins and his brother-in-law Alpough were outside Nox nightclub in Harris County, Texas, when they got into an altercation with the complainant, Mikeeta Cotton, after the vehicle she was driving collided with another car in a fender bender accident.According to court documents, Alpough emerged from one of the vehicles and pushed Cotton. At that point, Cotton’s brother got out of the car “to check on her.” He told police that Perkins, who was a passenger in the other car, punched him in the head, causing him to fall to the ground.Cotton alleges Perkins then punched her in the face with a closed fist and knocked her to the ground.A third person in Cotton’s car claims Alpough elbowed her in the throat — knocking her unconscious. All three victims, whose story has been corroborated by additional witnesses, also say that a group of people then kicked them while they were on the ground.The case was originally dismissed in July, but was re-opened after investigators decided there was enough evidence to charge Perkins and Alpough.Perkins was charged with misdemeanor assault and released on $1,000 bond Thursday morning. read more