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‘Yohan is back’

first_imgLONDON, England: He had to work a little harder than he expected to book his lane in today’s men’s 100m semi-final, but the wry smile at the end and the confident bounce through as he made his way from one interview to the next tell the story of a sprinter who has rediscovered his swagger. “I want to show the world that Yohan is back,” said Blake, who recovered from a truly insipid start to finish second in 10.13 seconds behind Japan’s Hakim Sani Brown (10.05), with China’s Zhenye Xie (10.13) matching Blake’s time for third place. It has been a while since Blake stepped on the track at a World Championships. In fact, the last time he did so, he left it as the youngest-ever World champion in the 100m back in 2011 in Daegu, South Korea. ‘GREAT TO BE BACK’ It’s a reality that is not lost on the now low-trimmed Blake, who said he was feeling good and looking forward to today’s semi-final despite the testy race he put together yesterday. “It feels great to be back, and I want to go out there and replicate what I did back in 2011,” Blake noted before assessing his race. “I got out of the blocks pretty slowly, but I just did enough to get through, but I am feeling good still, and I am feeling strong. I just want to take it round by round and let people see that I am here, but trust me, I have something coming!” Blake exclaimed. Blake entered the World Championships with the second-fastest time recorded this season in the 100m, with a 9.90-second clocking, which leaves him behind American Christian Coleman’s 9.82.last_img read more

Brazil star urges PSG to sign Manchester United target

first_img Paul Pogba in action for Juventus 1 Paris Saint-Germain centre-back Thiago Silva has urged his employers to sign Manchester United target Paul Pogba in the summer.The French midfielder has been widely tipped to return to Old Trafford but a number of other top European clubs, including PSG, are monitoring his situation.Rated at £60million, the 22-year-old has been in scintillating form for Juventus this season and has been a key figure in the club’s run to the Champions League semi-finals.“He is young and an amazing talent just like Marco Verratti,” the Brazilian defender said. “But he is also French and knows the language. He would integrate perfectly without any issues.“If he did arrive we would all do our best to make him immediately feel welcome.”last_img read more

Bayern Munich star insists: I NEVER thought about joining Arsenal or Man United

first_img1 Mario Gotze Bayern Munich attacking midfielder Mario Gotze never thought about leaving the club.The Germany international, who netted 15 goals in 48 appearances last season, was linked with a move away from the Allianz Arena in the summer.Both Arsenal and Manchester United were tipped to make bids for the World Cup winner amid reports he was ready for a fresh challenge.However, the 23-year-old claims he has never had any intention of leaving Bayern having helped his side to win eight Bundesliga games in a row.“I never thought about moving,” Gotze told Suddeutsche Zeitung.“There may well have been other clubs interested in me but I had no interest in leaving Bayern.“I feel very, very good here and I’m glad to be a Bayern player.”last_img read more

Claudio Ranieri defends Leicester City’s summer transfer dealings

first_img1 Leicester sit two points above the relegation zone despite spending £60 million Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri has defended the Foxes’ recruitment policy as the champions battle relegation. The Premier League winners are just two points above the bottom three despite spending over £60million in the summer.After their shock title victory the club broke their transfer record three times by spending £13million on Nampalys Mendy from Nice, £16.6million on CSKA Moscow’s Ahmed Musa and then splashing out £30million on deadline day to sign Islam Slimani from Sporting Lisbon.Mendy has not played since August after suffering an ankle injury while Musa has started just five times in the league and only Slimani, with five goals in 10 games, has made an impact.Summer signing Ron-Robert Zieler has replaced the injured Kasper Schmeichel in goal on two separate occasions and has kept just one clean sheet, conceding 16 goals in eight games.Polish winger Bartosz Kapustka, who joined for a fee rising to £5million, is also yet to play but Ranieri dismissed any criticism over their transfer deals.“The recruitment is very good and I’m very happy but of course it’s not always certain when you bring new players that they start very well,” he said, ahead of Saturday’s trip to Sunderland. “If you saw Riyad (Mahrez), he started (playing well) in the second year, the first year was normal. If he needed six or seven months then imagine the others. But the recruitment and the system of the recruitment I’m happy with.”Eduardo Macia replaced Steve Walsh as head of recruitment after the former assistant manager left for Everton in July and while the players were targeted long before Walsh left only one new signing – Zieler – started Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough. They are targeting Genk midfielder Wifried Ndidi in the January transfer window, with reports suggesting the Foxes are close to agreeing a deal, while Ranieri conceded the club are keen on adding a defender to aid Robert Huth and Wes Morgan.“Yes of course, for this reason we are looking in all directions and we need somebody,” he said.last_img read more

WATCH: Cardiff’s Sol Bamba takes on official and Neil Warnock in red card rage

first_imgThere were astonishing scenes in the Championship on Saturday afternoon as Cardiff defender Sol Bamba scrapped with manager Neil Warnock after his sending off against Ipswich.The former Leeds centre-back pulled up with injury midway through the 1-1 draw at Portman Road, and was shown red by the referee for shoving over his team physio.He was then held back by Cardiff and Ipswich players as he attempted to angrily confront the referee, before launching a tirade at the fourth official and finally tussling with his own boss Warnock before leaving the field.It’s fair to say we haven’t heard the last of this one…Watch the scenes in the video above:last_img read more

Premier League clubs set for talks over summer transfer window closure dates

first_imgPremier League clubs are set to hold talks over changing the summer transfer window next month.This summer’s window closed on August 8 at 5pm, just over 24 hours before Liverpool’s opening day defeat of Norwich. Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Sky Sports claim ‘several’ sides are keen to push back the deadline and will raise concerns when representatives from each Premier League club meet on September 12. It is understood a formal vote will not occur next month, but it could happen in November or the new year.A majority vote is needed to change the date and time of the summer transfer window. In 2017, Manchester City, Manchester United, Swansea and Watford voted against the current dates of the window closure, while 14 voted in favour of a change and Burnley abstained.Premier League clubs still face difficulty in keeping their top stars with the European transfer window open until September 2. 1 Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more Getty Images – Getty latest Nottingham Forest vs Derby (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTNewcastle vs Leicester (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTLincoln City vs Everton (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Cardiff vs Fulham (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Southampton vs Manchester United (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTBristol City vs Middlesbrough (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Chelsea vs Sheffield United (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Burnley vs Liverpool (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT Tottenham stars Jan Vertonghen and Christian Eriksen, who are both in the final year of their respective contracts, could leave Spurs next month. Meanwhile, Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba remains a top target for Real Madrid. Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp have expressed their frustration at the early transfer window closure for Premier League clubs. Pochettino said: “I think he [Spurs chairman Daniel Levy] and a lot of people now realise it was a massive mistake.“I hope that we fix the problem for the next season.“We need to go back and operate in the same way that they operate in Europe because I think it’s massive when you go to compete in the Europa League or Champions League.” What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas deals OFF LATEST Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ targets Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ stalemate LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January LIVE on talkSPORT Christian Eriksen is one player whose future remains in doubt despite the Premier League transfer window closing earlier this month Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ statement Klopp added: “I don’t care when it closes, I only think it must close at the same time [as Europe].“You want a team not only together but together and focused on the future, but that is not possible as long as there is a door open.“I don’t understand why this decision is not already reviewed at least. At first it was a good idea but it didn’t work out so let’s change it again.” Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti rookie error on target last_img read more

Cape Town has world’s second best beaches

first_img29 January 2015Cape Town has been ranked by National Geographic as the world’s second-best beach city in their latest Top 10 list.The international magazine places Cape Town’s beaches behind Barcelona’s “eight white-sand beaches that rim its Mediterranean coastline”. But the South African “capital of cool” pips Hawai’s Honolulu, Nice in France, Miami in the US, Rio de Janerio in Brazil, Santa Monica in California, Sydney in Australia, and Israel’s Tel Aviv.Here is what National Geographic had to say:The African capital of cool sprawls on a peninsula that divides the icy Atlantic from the warmer Indian Ocean, putting some 20 beaches within striking distance. The Clifton beaches, known for the posh homes that overlook them and stellar sunset-viewing, are sheltered from the region’s strong trade winds by a mountainous ridge. Further north, the breeze is unleashed at surfing sweet spots Milnerton and Blouberg. Families favor the eastern False Bay coast for warmer water and tot-friendly tidal pools.Read more about South Africa’s spectacular beaches. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Discover New Websites & Get Rewards for Returning With the New Meebo MiniBar

first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick Well-funded instant messaging and sharing service Meebo is annoucing a new product tonight that will offer loyalty programs and website recommendations for frequent visitors to any site around the web.The new Meebo MiniBar, not to be confused with the drastically overpriced hotel fare, is a free way for users to choose to share the sites they visit with their friends from various social neetworks including Facebook, to discover related sites frequented by people with similar interests and to gain VIP status on their favorite sites. The technology will be available on Tuesday and will roll out over time to become visible to the 180 million unique users who visit a page that uses Meebo monthly.This is Not a GameCynics may roll their eyes at the extension of the “check in” metaphor to individual web sites, but Meebo emphasizes that its new system is not about competition for Foursquare-style mayorships. The Meebo MiniBar will be accessed using a browser extension that will be available for Chrome, Firefox or IE starting on Tuesday, or a button inserted first by a select few corporate partner website publishers, then later on any site that wishes.Will it be worth using? I suspect that users will find it helpful, interesting, attractive and enjoyable. Website publishers will find it suits their interests of facilitating sharing, discovery and repeat visitors. Meebo says that VIP status, which a user acquired through repeated check-ins at the same site, will be available to publishers by API, so publishers will be able to offer whatever kind of benefit they like to their most loyal visitors. Those Who Passed This Way BeforeOther companies have tried to do things like this; two Colorado companies in particular. Many companies have attempted to help users do something called co-browsing, or social browsing but OneRiot was one of the best-known. It then became a real-time search company and has since focused on selling advertising. The interface for sharing what pages you visited through OneRiot was confusing, unwieldy and unattractive.Web page check-ins are most associated to date with another Colorado startup called One True Fan. One True Fan is much more game-like than the Meebo MiniBar, for better or for worse. Created by the team that sold MyBlogLog to Yahoo only to see it squandered there, One True Fan is most likely to be the geek set’s page-tracker of choice, especially if the team behind it is generous with access to user data. Meebo, though, has raised nearly $40 million in venture capital, it has built out a huge network of late-adopting web Instant Messaging users and it places great emphasis on design and usability. It is also employing a strategy in this new tool that puts recommendation first and social sharing second. I like that.Of course not everything Meebo touches turns to gold. The company lead an industry-wide charge against Facebook Connect this Spring, called XAuth. That effort appears to have moved little, the project mailing list hasn’t seen any discussion since August.The new Meebo check in app will be available on Tuesday. I think it could prove successful. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Product Reviews#web Related Posts last_img read more

KONUX gathers $7.5 million for IIoT sensors

first_imgTags:#Germany#IIoT#industrial#Industrial Internet of Things#Internet of Things#IoT#Konux 5 Industries Destined for Technological Disruption The Ultimate Checklist on Ways to Prevent IoT D… Related Posts How IoT Will Transform Cold Chain Logistics For…center_img Electronic Design is Utilizing AI-Enabled Solu… Munich-based industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) startup KONUX raised $7.5 million in Series A funding to start developing smart sensors for industry.German industrial VC investor MIG lead the funding round, alongside New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and Silicon Valley’s Andy Bechtolsheim. UnternehmerTUM, Warren Weiss, and Founder.org were also named as investors according to the IIoT firm.See Also: Can IoT make bike rides safer?The funding round allows the company to “expand its product platform, roll out products in volume for new and existing customers and establish [the company as a leader] in machine insights.”KONUX already has a few recognizable customers, like Deutsche Bahn, one of the leaders in passenger logistics. The firm says it has reduced costs, increased safety, and digitized Deutsche Bahn’s infrastructure since it started working with them.“Industrial companies are facing increasing challenges related to machine efficiency and maintenance expenses,” said KONUX CEO Andreas Kunze. “We believe the real impact and the toughest challenges of IoT are in the industrial world. We have designed solutions that allow for complete digitalization of manual measurements and comprehensive sensor data tracking and analytics, with the ultimate goal to shift from unplanned maintenance to predictive maintenance.”KONUX joins growing IIoT marketplaceIt is one in a growing list of startups designing IoT products for the industrial market. Some, including the German government, claim that this might be the fourth industrial revolution, on level with the advances the industry noticed when it switched from water to electric power; or started using computers to automate procedures.“KONUX has tremendous experience with sensor solutions in industrial settings and can provide unique insights by combining sensors with cloud-enabled analytics,” said Greg Papadopoulos, Ph.D., Venture Partner at NEA and former CTO at SUN Microsystems. “Other solutions tend to focus on either the analytics layer or the manufacturing of sensor components; KONUX’s vertical approach and use of AI are unique differentiators.” David Currylast_img read more

‘In India the challenge is to popularise football as a domestic game’

first_imgSunil GulatiJust after I was elected a couple of months ago at the US Soccer’s annual general meeting in Las Vegas, we announced plans to initiate an active international relations/outreach programme. Thereafter, I received informal feelers from the All India Football Federation (AIFF) and now I look forward to meeting,Sunil GulatiJust after I was elected a couple of months ago at the US Soccer’s annual general meeting in Las Vegas, we announced plans to initiate an active international relations/outreach programme. Thereafter, I received informal feelers from the All India Football Federation (AIFF) and now I look forward to meeting the Indians at the upcoming FIFA Congress in Munich.At the outset let me mention that I am not very familiar with the specifics of Indian football. But obviously there is a natural connection between India and me. I happened to be in Delhi three years ago when the AIFF hosted a Vision India conference for soccer.I don’t think Indian football has many easy lessons to draw from the US as the challenges in India are quite different from those in the US. Here we have millions of kids who play the game at school level, it is almost universal. Our big task is how to turn a very large participant base into a much larger spectator and television audience. In India, however, the interest in the World Cup, even without an Indian team participating, will be huge. But passing by a local school, one is more likely to see cricket bats rather than soccer balls.In India the challenge is to popularise football as a domestic game and attract greater participation and inculcate interest. Once these two ends of the spectrum are covered, the Indian football and sports institutions need to initiate a vibrant professional league and player development programme.Commercial interest, i.e., sponsorships will trigger spectator curiosity. With increased participation of people and fan following-as more kids watch it and get interested in the players-the game will gain popularity in India. Commercial partners indeed help in promoting a game and enhancing awareness. For instance, in America we know there will be a large number of people watching the World Cup and listening to broadcasts in multiple languages. INACTION REPLAYINDIA TODAY tracks India’s tryst with world footballIndia’s only brush with the World Cup came in 1950 when it turned down a late invitation to play in Brazil. FIFA had made it mandatory to play football in boots and the Indians were used to playing barefeet.Between 1951 and 1962 India was counted amongst the best of Asian footballing nations, winning the Asian Games gold in 1951 and 1962 in Jakarta.India was the first Asian country to reach the Olympic football semifinal, finishing fourth in Melbourne in 1956.India’s current FIFA ranking is 117, with Palestine at 115 and Hong Kong at 116.The highest-paid Indian footballer is captain Baichung Bhutia whose club salary per season has ranged between Rs 20 lakh and Rs 30 lakh. This season Mohun Bagan is expected to sign him for a salary around Rs 35 lakh.Thus American television and sponsors have paid money to attract advertisers and be part of the spectacle. This is true for the Olympics as well, which is driven commercially in part by a huge contract with the NBC.advertisementBut that does not directly translate into commercial interest for some of the sports- like swimming or gymnastics – that are part of the Olympic movement.So eyeballs for the World Cup do not lead directly into support for a professional league or domestic soccer, although it helps for sure.I often cite the example of Mia Hamm, a true sports icon in the United States. She is a great personality, a great player, a world champion multiple times and an Olympic gold medallist. Nike, like Gatorade, saw all that and jumped at the prospect of using her as an endorsee; that made her even bigger. A Gatorade commercial with Michael Jordan, a building named after her at the Nike campus, all enhanced public awareness. So here was a great soccer player who was made even greater. Same is the case with Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. I know sponsors have taken him even further in terms of awareness and appeal. But of course, he had to be a good sportsman in the first place.The boys line up: The Indians circa 2006To the big question then: has India missed the bus? I don’t think so. India has a great base in terms of human resources. But there’s a lot of work to be done. Clearly, the level of the National League is not where the Federation would like it to be. It will need a significant infusion of resources.What I can tell you is that in a fairly short period of time-after not having qualified for the World Cup in 40 years- the US has come a long way since 1990 (at present it is ranked fifth by FIFA). China qualified for its first World Cup four years ago. There are always first-time qualifiers- this year we have Angola and Trinidad and Tobago amongst others. So, why not India?On the other hand there are traditional soccer powers like Brazil, Germany and Italy that participate in virtually every World Cup, but tradition of such strength takes time.New York-based Sunil Gulati is the President of US Soccer and teaches economics at Colombia University.advertisementlast_img read more