Man Utd post scout to watch Benfica centre-back Ruben Diasby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United remain interested in Benfica’s young centre-back Ruben Dias.Record says AC Milan, Wolves and United are among clubs that have been identified as possible destinations for Dias.And United have posted a scout to Portugal to study the Benfica defender.Dias is regarded highly across Europe, but chose remain with Benfica this season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
YouTube/amskowr1It has been a few weeks since Michigan’s devastating loss to rival Michigan State, so some Michigan fans are coming to terms with things now. It took a while, but maybe the craziest reaction to the loss has hit the internet, via Reddit. With the game appearing to be in hand, an excited Michigan fan (who is stripped down to his underwear, for whatever reason) pops a bottle of champagne. Unfortunately, we now know that he was just a bit premature with the celebration. After Michigan State’s fateful touchdown on the final play, he and his friends absolutely freak out. He also slips and falls on the spilled champagne. The video is quite ‘not safe for work’ for language.A Redditor claiming to be the fan in the yellow shirt answers some questions in the thread about the video.We can’t really hold the reaction against them. That game was insane. Remember though, everyone, keep the cork in the bottle until the clock hits zero.[Reddit]
TORONTO – The Canadian dollar surged to its highest level in more than three months after the country’s jobless rate hit a four-decade low, as the Toronto stock index fell.The loonie closed at an average trading value of 80.63 cents US, up 0.73 of a U.S. cent on Friday — its highest level since Sept. 26.The currency’s move higher came in the wake of a report by Statistics Canada that the economy created 78,600 net new jobs in December and the unemployment rate fell to its lowest point in more than 40 years.On Bay Street, the S&P/TSX composite index was down 63.50 points to 16,349.44 after setting record closes in the last two trading sessions.“Today seems to be one of these days where the reflationary, more pro-cyclical sectors are sort of taking a pause after a strong run into the end of the year and the start of the year — namely energy and materials,” said Patrick Blais, a managing director and senior portfolio manager at Manulife Investments.South of the border it was another record finish on Wall Street, as technology companies rose sharply.The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 220.74 points to 25,295.87. The S&P 500 index added 19.16 points to 2,743.15 and the Nasdaq composite index advanced 58.65 points to 7,136.56.U.S. stocks rose for the fourth day in a row Friday to start 2018 with their longest new-year winning streak in eight years.Less promising, however, were U.S. Labor Department figures which showed that American employers added 148,000 jobs in December — a solid gain but a bit less than experts expected.On the Canadian corporate front, shares of Telus Corp. (TSX:T) were down 15 cents, or 0.32 per cent, to $47.13 at the close of markets. The communication services company is buying the western operations of AlarmForce Industries from Bell Canada.Telus will pay about $66.5 million to acquire about 39,000 customer accounts in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan — representing nearly 40 per cent of the total AlarmForce customer base in Canada.In commodities news, the February crude contract was down 57 cents to US$61.44 per barrel and the February natural gas contract fell nine cents to US$2.80 per mmBTU.The February gold contract gained 70 cents at US$1,322.30 an ounce and the March copper contract was down three cents to US$3.23 a pound.– With a file from The Associated Press.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.
Lion Air pilots struggled to maintain control of their Boeing jet as an automatic safety system in the Boeing jet repeatedly pushed the plane’s nose down, according to a draft of a preliminary report by Indonesian officials who are looking into last month’s deadly crash.The investigators are focusing on whether faulty information from sensors led the plane’s system to force the nose down.Indonesian authorities are expected to issue a report Wednesday, although it is unclear whether they will offer a probable cause for the Oct. 29 crash. The new Boeing 737 MAX 8 plunged into the Java Sea, killing all 189 people on board.Boeing did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.The Associated Press
NEW DELHI: Delhi government will add more than 30 new services to the Home Delivery of the services scheme by June. In these new services, the government will add making of DTC bus passes and also various scholarship schemes for the students. According to the sources in the government, these schemes were supposed to be added in the existing list in February but due to some technical problems that did not happen. Later when the government became ready to add all these services then the Model Code of Conduct of the Election Commission came into play and the Delhi government could not start the scheme.”As soon as the MCC is withdrawn, we will finalise the launch of these new services. Everything is planned as per the need and this time we do not want any delay,” said an official. The official also added that this time among the new additions there will be schemes like booking of tour packages from the tourism department and also other services related to the driving license would be added. “According to the research and studies, we found that all these schemes are very much needed based on the demands of these services,” said the official. The APP government said the Home Delivery scheme has got an overwhelming response from the citizens so far. An official also highlighted the need for a comprehensive digital system to manage the various aspects of the project like appointment booking, service registration, service delivery, status updates and complaint management. Under the doorstep delivery of services to be launched in August, the AAP government will provide around 100 public services of its various departments at the doorstep of Delhi’s citizens. The government has claimed that no citizens of Delhi would have to stand in queues for the services listed under the scheme. According to the plan, Mobile Sahayaks (facilitators) will be hired through the agency that would set up call centres. Various certificates such as caste, new water connection, income, driving licence, ration card, domicile, marriage registration, duplicate RC and change of address in RC, among others, will be covered under the scheme. If a person wants to apply for a driving licence, he or she would have to call a designated call centre and give the details. Thereafter, the agency would assign a Mobile Sahayak, who will visit the applicant’s residence and get the required details and documents. The applicant will have to visit the MLO office once for a driving test.
Junior outfielder Tre’ Gantt is greeted by teammates outside the dugout after scoring a run over the weekend in the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge in Surprise, Arizona. Credit: Courtesy of Press Pros MagazineFor the first time this season, the Ohio State baseball team will play a three-game weekend series against the same team rather than engage in a split-weekend series. After dropping three of the four games in the Big Ten/Pac-12 challenge over the weekend, the Buckeyes (3-5) will again travel south, this time to Buies Creek, North Carolina, to take on the Campbell University Camels (4-3). OSU coach Greg Beals said scheduling an away series this early was going to be valuable to the team in not only preparing for playing a full series in an away ballpark, but for playing against the same team three times in a weekend.“In a series, you get an opportunity to make adjustments as a team to compete against them the next day,” Beals said. “You also get to see what adjustments the other team is going to make. That’s going to give you an idea (of) what you think your opponents are going to do in the future, so you can see how other teams go about playing you as well.”Scouting CampbellThe Campbell Camels come into the weekend as match-up winners of their past two games, having combined for a total of 21 runs.Offense is the name of the game for the Camels, as they rely more heavily on their bats than their arms. This season, they have a team batting average of .281 with 49 runs scored in seven games. They tend to find most of their offense not in the air, evidenced by their low total of four home runs on the season, but rather on the ground. They already have stolen 24 bases this season while having only been caught twice. However, pitching has been an issue for them. The Camels’ pitching staff has a combined ERA of 5.43, and only four of their pitchers have an ERA below 4.50 (two of which have thrown fewer than three innings on the season).Beals said the best way to beat the Camels this weekend will be to get the bats going early, and keep their opponents off the bases.“Offensively, they like to run the bases. So we have to do two things to prevent that,” he said. “One, keep them off the bases. We pitch the ball well, play good defense and keep them off the bases. And then once they do get on base, we’ve just got to vary our looks and use things that we know. We have mechanisms for controlling the running game. We’re going to need to use those this weekend.”Tighten Up DefensivelyThis past weekend, against two Pac-12 teams, the Buckeyes were not able to play the consistent, strong defense they demonstrated last season.Over the weekend, the team combined for 10 errors and throughout the course of the season, those numbers are not looking much better. The team that last season had a fielding percentage of .975 has a team fielding percentage of .947 this season, with senior shortstop Jalen Washington and sophomore third baseman Brady Cherry tied for the team lead with five errors each. Last season, only three players had five or more errors. And while the bats did not consistently put up the kind of run totals the team would like to see, junior center fielder Tre’ Gantt said he believes that if the defense tightens up, they will start to find more consistency at the plate.“We just have to play clean baseball,” Gantt said. “I believe that when we play clean baseball and our defense is pretty solid, that’s when our bats really come alive because we’re not trying to focus on ‘we need to get runs, we need to get runs.’ We just focus on good (at-bats) and try not to stress ourselves.”Redshirt junior pitcher Yianni Pavlopoulos agreed, saying that if OSU can improve its defensive play, the team will be capable of competing with anyone. “I think, kind of like what we did against Oregon State Game 2, just play good defense, good all-around defense,” Pavlopoulos said. “If we can field the ball, I think we’re going to be a tough team to beat for sure.”First pitch of the weekend is set for Friday at 6 p.m. with redshirt junior Adam Niemeyer taking the hill for the Buckeyes. Redshirt senior Jake Post will start on Saturday, with sophomore Ryan Feltner starting in the series finale on Sunday.
On Aug. 18, freshman Torrance Gibson announced that he’d be changing positions from quarterback to wide receiver.With redshirt junior Cardale Jones and redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett duking it out for the starting quarterback job for Ohio State, Gibson figured that it only makes sense that he switch positions.His future under center is unknown at this point, but nothing has been ruled out quite yet.“If I have a great season, who knows? But it’s not a worry right now,” Gibson said in an interview with ESPN. “I just have to take it one day at a time, and I’m working at receiver right now, and I haven’t done any quarterback things since I changed position. I’m just going to focus on playing receiver now, then I’ll focus on quarterback.”Given the Week One suspensions to junior Dontre Wilson and redshirt sophomore Jalin Marshall, both H-backs, as well as redshirt senior wideout Corey Smith, the door is wide open for Gibson to come in and make a substantial impact on the Buckeyes’ offense.However, it may just be his willingness to contribute in whatever way possible that sets Gibson apart from the crowd.“Well, I just want to play. I don’t want to sit on the bench for a whole year, just wasting a whole school year. It just doesn’t make any sense,” Gibson said. “Just helping the team out, that’s basically what I am doing. Because if I sat on the bench for a whole year (just to play quarterback), that would be selfish.”Aside from the invaluable selflessness that he’s putting on full display, Gibson is as versatile as they come and possesses rare athletic abilities, among other traits.Originally a highly touted dual-threat quarterback coming out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Gibson wowed scouts with his 4.4-second 40-yard dash speed. Considering his incredible leaping ability, coupled with a 6-foot-4, 205-pound frame, it’s easy to see why OSU’s coaches believe Gibson can thrive at receiver.The former five-star recruit is capable of snaring tough, jump-ball catches away from opposing defenders, while putting his breakaway speed to use in reaching paydirt.As of right now, there’s no real deep-threat like Gibson in the Buckeyes’ crowded receiving corps. Gone is Devin Smith, who filled that role beautifully last season. Over the course of his senior year, Smith averaged a gaudy 28.2 yards per catch, which was the best in the country by a whole four yards.OSU coach Urban Meyer said he recognizes the special type of player Gibson can be in OSU’s spread offense.“Torrance is a guy — we still haven’t found our ‘Inside Nine’ guy — he’s the Devin Smith,” Meyer said of the talented freshman in the ESPN report. “(Gibson) came to me, he realizes it’s going to take at least a year to play quarterback here, especially with what’s in front of him. He said, ‘I want to play.’ I said, ‘Well, here are your options: wildcat quarterback, we’ll see what your skill set is at receiver, catching the ball a little bit,’ and we put him back there returning kicks.”There’s seemingly no limit as to what Gibson can become. At OSU, he fits the bill as Smith’s replacement and would add instant offense. The suspensions to the many offensive contributors have provided Gibson with a perfect window of opportunity to see significant playing time. If one day the hyped-up true freshman does indeed decide to return to his natural position of quarterback, that’d obviously be his decision to make. For now, Gibson has a chance to considerably impact the Buckeyes’ offense and help his team repeat as College Football Playoff national champions.Gibson and the rest of the Scarlet and Gray are set to begin their title defense against the Virginia Tech Hokies on Sept. 7 in Blacksburg, Virginia. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.
Paul Pogba has supposedly been promised a lucrative move from Manchester United to an unnamed club in La Liga by his agent, the controversial Mino RaiolaThe French midfielder has recently been linked with a move to Barcelona for next summer, amid his ongoing problems with United coach Jose Mourinho.The pair have had a fractious relationship over the past year but resolved to put Pogba’s future aside until the end of the season.But, unknown to Mourinho, it’s emerged that there may have been an ulterior motive towards Pogba’s softening stance.MEN claims that his agent, Raiola, made Pogba a promise that he would help secure him a move to La Liga after three seasons at United.Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.This promise was allegedly made before Pogba completed a then-world record £89m transfer from Juventus to United in 2016.And, now that Pogba is in his third year at Old Trafford, all that remains to be seen is if Raiola will come good on his promise.Real Madrid had also been linked with Pogba in the past and were apparently interested in signing him before he rejoined United.Pogba has provided 17 goals and 18 assists in 99 appearances for United across two separate spells.The World Cup winner has a contract at Old Trafford until June 2021.
The Red Devils are currently in 6th place of the Premier League, 19 points away from league leaders Liverpool.Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Ince said Jose Mourinho is not the only one to blame for Manchester United’s recent shortcomings. Ince, 51, said the current executive vice-chairman of Manchester United Ed Woodward, 47, is also responsible.“Mourinho is the one who fronts it because he is the football manager but Ed Woodward is the one in the stands,” Ince told Goal.“He is not a football man, he is a businessman. The club is the richest in the world from a business point of view, we understand that. But when Mourinho says at the start of the season that we need two center-halves and he can’t get them, then someone has got to take the can. It can’t always be Mourinho.“I presume Mourinho would have had a list saying that these are the six or seven players that I want to play for Man United to compete against the other boys.“They didn’t get them. When they didn’t get them and the results don’t go well, as much as you point at Mourinho, you have to also point at Ed Woodward because he didn’t get the players he wanted. Klopp got the players he wanted.“Why is [Virgil] Van Dijk going to Liverpool and not Man United? If you ask me now which Man United player would get into the Liverpool team? Only the goalkeeper. That’s where we are now. At the moment he is the only one who would get into the Liverpool team.Pochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“When you look at some of the players that the other clubs have got, why didn’t United get those players? Fred doesn’t even play. Sanchez doesn’t want to be here and wanted to go to City first. Pogba doesn’t play. Players who were bought for £80m-£50m don’t even play. You are right in questioning the recruitment because recruitment is the most important thing in football.”LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 16: Paul Pogba of Manchester United looks on when warming up prior to the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United at Anfield on December 16, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)Asked why Manchester United’s signings keep failing, Ince said they lack mental strength.“I think the players he is bringing in can’t deal with the pressure to put on a Man United shirt and you are seeing it in the performances. [Anthony] Martial is a prime example,” he added.“For me, he is the most talented player in United’s squad but he can’t deal with the pressure, week-in, week out. When you are playing for Man United, you have to do it every week. You can’t be four out of 10. You have to be seven or eight out of 10 every week. That’s in games and in training.“It has changed and you feel because these players have come in, can they deal with all this and with the rivals winning week in, week out. You’ve got to look at whether they have the desire and toughness to deal with that pressure. Not all of them, but a lot of them haven’t.“Look at Kevin De Bruyne, he has every attribute you want in a player. His work-rate, talent, decision making. Nine times out of 10, he makes the right decision, you don’t see that for any outfield player at United. Not one. I don’t see it. I don’t see anyone and the proof is in the pudding.”