Football News Juventus poised for record eighth straight Serie A title but eyes on UEFA Champions League success

first_imgJuventus could win Serie A title with seven games to spare, the earliest any team has ever sealed the title.Paris Saint-Germain holds the European record by winning Ligue 1 three years ago with eight games to spare.Juventus could overhaul the Serie A points record of 102 which Juventus achieved under Antonio Conte in 2013/14. Milan: Champions Juventus turn their focus to nailing down an eighth consecutive Serie A title in record time this weekend, days after a row erupted over racist abuse aimed at starlet Moise Kean in Cagliari. Massimiliano Allegri’s side return to their home comforts of the Allianz Stadium in Turin to host AC Milan after their trip to Sardinia on Tuesday ended amid scenes of chaos as Kean and teammate Blaise Matuidi were subjected to monkey cries and racist chanting. Juventus could win the league title with seven games to spare — the earliest any team has ever sealed Serie A — if they beat AC Milan and nearest challengers Napoli lose at home to Genoa. The Turin giants have an 18-point advantage on Napoli and have won both their direct clashes with Carlo Ancelotti’s side this season.        “The eighth consecutive championship is in the ‘loading phase’,” said Juve captain Giorgio Chiellini. “Right now, the ‘uploading’ is getting closer to completion. These will be two very important weeks for us.” Boosted by the summer signing of Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus have had an unparalleled campaign, with just one defeat in 30 games on March 17 against Genoa, when the Portuguese superstar was rested. But Allegri’s side is building momentum as they prepare for next week’s Champions League quarter-final, first leg clash against Ajax in Amsterdam. If they don’t seal the title on Sunday they can do so the following weekend with a win at SPAL.  highlights In both cases, it would be a record for the 20-team Italian championship. Three teams have won with five games to go — Roberto Mancini’s Inter Milan in 2006-2007, Torino in 1947-1948 and Fiorentina in 1955-1956. Paris Saint-Germain holds the European record by winning Ligue 1 three years ago with eight games to spare. Allegri wants to seal a 35th ‘Scudetto’ as quickly as possible, before the real seasonal goal, the coveted Champions League, last achieved in 1996.            ‘Precious points’              The Serie A points record of 102 which Juventus achieved under Antonio Conte in the 2013-2014 season, remains an achievable goal as by winning the last eight remaining matches they can achieve 105. Ronaldo is recovering from a right thigh injury, which could rule him out of this weekend’s game. But tests carried out on Monday, indicated he may be able to play the first leg against Ajax, according to reports in Italy. Allegri could opt for the 34-year-old to start on the bench on Saturday and give him a runout before the Ajax challenge.       Injury-hit AC Milan, in fourth, are desperate for a result having taken just one point from their last three league games. Gennaro Gattuso’s side occupies the final Champions League berth, but have just a one-point advantage on Atalanta, with Lazio, Roma and Torino four points behind. Goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma (thigh) and midfielder Lucas Paqueta (right ankle) are out injured, complicating matters as Milan target a Champions League return after six years. Milan lost 2-0 to Juventus in the reverse fixture. “We’ll go to Turin to take home precious points,” defender Ignazio Abate told Milan TV. “There’s still a long way to go and anything can happen.” Inter Milan, in third, take on Atalanta, fifth, in the San Siro, in a clash between Champions League hopefuls with both teams coming off four-goal wins this week. AS Roma travel to European rivals Sampdoria as Lazio, with a game in hand, hosting Sassuolo and Torino at Parma. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Dallas Keuchel on extended stay in free agency: ‘I really don’t hit the panic button at all’

first_imgDallas Keuchel doesn’t seem worried about his extended stay in free agency.The 2015 Cy Young winner remains unsigned despite spring training starting more than a week ago. Keuchel said he was just focusing on “getting himself ready” when he spoke with Houston station FOX26 on Monday. The two-time All-Star has spent his entire seven-year career with Houston.”As a professional I’d like to get stuff done, but at the same time there’s got to be a common ground between us, the players, and the teams,” Keuchel said about the current state of free agency. “What’s going on out there is not necessarily fair and the competition level is not very high.” MLB hot stove: Phillies still interested in SP Dallas Keuchel, report says Keuchel registered a 12-11 record and a 3.74 ERA in 34 starts with the Astros last season. He struck out 153 and walked 58 in 204 2/3 innings on the mound. “I’m calm and collected outside the field,” Keuchel said. “I don’t really hit the panic button at all. I’m worried about getting myself ready and up to speed. I feel like I’m ahead of schedule compared to the last few years.“At the same time, I’d like to get out there and meet new teammates or meet old teammates. When that time comes, it’ll be nice.” Related Newslast_img read more

Jobs Fund opens new bidding round

first_img4 December 2012 The Jobs Fund, announced by President Jacob Zuma in 2011, has to date approved funding for 54 initiatives, including innovative business incubation models to develop small businesses, the National Treasury said on Monday. Addressing a media briefing in Johannesburg on Monday, the chairperson of the Jobs Fund Investment Committee, Frans Baleni, announced the launch of the Job Fund’s third call for funding proposals. The R9-billion fund, managed by the Development Bank of Southern Africa, aims to find innovative solutions to South Africa’s employment problem by encouraging new, job-creating ways of doing business in the country. Contracted initiatives have been awarded Jobs Funds grants of more than R1-million, which have leveraged an additional R1.8-million in matching funding from the fund’s project partners. The Treasury said these initiatives would create over 65 000 new permanent jobs in South Africa by 2015. “In addition, these initiatives will also place 42 000 unemployed people in existing vacancies.” Since opening in 2011, the Jobs Fund has received over 3 500 applications. However, only half of these were eligible. The fund “has made significant progress in establishing efficient systems to process the large numbers of applications it receives and to overcome some of the challenges experienced in setting up what is a new funding instrument in South Africa,” the Treasury said. A web-based application, management and tracking system is now operational, allowing applicants to monitor the progress of their applications. The third call for proposals is a request for applications from initiatives in enterprise development and infrastructure. The enterprise development window looks for initiatives that develop innovative commercial approaches to long-term job creation in ways that combine profitability with high social impact. It is looking for new business models, products and markets. The infrastructure window of the Jobs Fund will co-finance light infrastructure investment projects which are necessary to unlock job creation potential in particular areas. Initiatives could include providing critical missing infrastructure that creates trading opportunities, enhances access to markets, or improves the business environment for enterprises and employment-linked investments. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Porn website to sponsor French rugby match

first_imgFrench rugby club US Carcassonne announced on Thursday that a porn website will be the match sponsor for their game against Biarritz next month.The site, ‘Jacquie & Michel’, said in a statement: “Commitment, power, endurance and vigor are all values that Jacquie & Michel share with (Carcassonne coach) Christian Labit’s men.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations East contenders make their moves, Anthony Davis has to wait until summer for his Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants The club said that they had already seen an increase in demand for tickets for the game on March 1.“It’s about being part of a fun and offbeat communication,” said Carcassonne general manager Christine Menardeau-Planchenault.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“There will be nothing that will shock anyone. Today, like many clubs, it’s hard to get people to the stadium, so we thought about a way to create a buzz and decided to partner with them.”The Carcassonne players will wear shirts featuring the website’s logo during the warm-up, but will stick to their traditional strip for the game itself, while there will be advertising in the stadium. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Orphan goes from sniffing ‘Rugby’ glue to playing for Philippines PLAY LIST 01:35Orphan goes from sniffing ‘Rugby’ glue to playing for Philippines01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:31Got robbed? Manila South Cemetery’s website helps track down perpetrators02:42PH 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 Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments The site also sponsored the reserve team of Belgian football club Villers-devant-Orval in 2015.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Dawson Creek male arrested in St Albert in connection to a Alberta

first_imgST. ALBERT, A.B. – A Dawson Creek man is one of our people facing charges after the RCMP found a ‘chop shop’ operating in the St. Albert area.Over the course of July 24 and 25, the Central Alberta District CRU were investigating a property and a known repeat offender in the St. Albert area.  While investigating, the CRU observed minor thefts committed by the four suspect males.On July 24, the four males were arrested.  Following their arrest, the investigation by the RCMP determined that two Ford F350s that the males were connected to had been reported stolen.  In one case, the vehicle identification number of the truck had been altered. Judicial interim release hearings have been held. Skoro and Gerrior remain in custody and are scheduled to appear in Provincial Court in St. Albert on July 30, 2018. Scott and Beckman have been released on a Recognized and are scheduled to appear in Provincial Court in St. Albert on July 30, 2018.At the time of his arrest, Ronald Vernon Scott was wanted on an arrest warrant out of Stony Plain. With the assistance of members from St. Albert Detachment, a related residential property on Villeneuve Road was secured in anticipation of a search warrant.  On July 25, with the assistance of Edmonton RCMP Auto Theft Unit and the Wetaskiwin and St. Albert RCMP, the Central Alberta District CRU executed a search warrant.  A stolen utility trailer along with parts from a GMC Sierra were seized.Four males are facing charges as follows:44-year-old Trevor Wayne Skoro of St. Albert, is charged with five counts of possession of property obtained by crime; as well as, tampering with a vehicle identification number and possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine)48-year-old Ronald Vernon Scott of Alberta Beach is charged with two counts of possession of property obtained by crime and two counts of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine)50-year-old Wally Allen Gerrior of St. Albert, is charged with three counts of possession of property obtained by crime and possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine)29-year-old Darcy Todd Beckman of Dawson Creek, is charged with one count of possession of property obtained by crime and possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine)last_img read more

CNQ partners in significant South Africa offshore oil and gas find

first_imgCanadian Natural owns 20 percent of the joint venture, Total holds 45 percent, Qatar Petroleum owns 25 percent and Main Street, a South African consortium, has 10 percent.Canadian Natural says its portion of the cost of the exploration well in the Outeniqua Basin, 175 kilometres off the southern coast of South Africa, is covered by its agreements with the other partners.Total drilled a first well into the block in 2014 but had to plug and suspend it due to mechanical issues on the drilling rig. The exploration block covers an area of 19,000 square kilometres, with water depths ranging from 200 to 1,800 metres. CALGARY, A.B. – Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. says its partner in a deepwater offshore drilling project in South Africa is reporting a “significant gas condensate” discovery.The Calgary-based company best known for its Alberta oilsands production traded an ownership stake in the offshore exploration block known for its challenging sea conditions to Total S.A. in 2013, in return for the French oil giant taking over as operator and covering initial exploration costs.Kevin McLachlan, Total’s senior vice-president of exploration, says in a news release that the discovery is “a new world-class gas and oil play,” adding the company and its partners plan to acquire 3D seismic scans this year, followed by up to four more exploration wells.last_img read more

Large power outage in Fort Nelson

first_imgCrews are headed to the outage, but there is no estimate on when power will be restored.  The cause remains under investigation.For updates on the outage, visit www.bchydro.com/outages UPDATE – Power has been restored.FORT NELSON, B.C. – A large power outage is affecting most of Fort Nelson.According to B.C. Hydro, the outage is affecting 2,313 customers in the community and started at about 3:43 p.m.  The interruption covers most of the community, including the airport and industrial area as you enter the community.last_img

Opinion Difficult draw shouldnt end United States World Cup hopes

United States Men’s National Team defender Clarence Goodson (21) heads the ball away from goal during a World Cup Qualifying match against Mexico Sept. 10 at Crew Stadium. The USMNT won, 2-0.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorFor months, my mind has been singularly focused on this year’s FIFA World Cup. Ever since the calendar turned to 2014 it’s seemed so close, but in truth it’s always been comfortably out of reach. That situation has changed, however, and the world’s greatest sporting event is now right around the corner.The first event announcing that the tournament is imminent – the World Cup herald, if you will – is the naming of the rosters. Competing nations had until Tuesday  to name a provisional squad of 30 players to take to a pre-tournament training camp. Each country has until June 2 to provide FIFA with a final list of 23 players whom it will take to Brazil.Some countries – England, Brazil, Mexico and others – elect to skip the 30-man squad and go straight to the 23. But a majority of the nations still name preliminary squads.One of those countries to name its 30 players this week: the United States.Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann revealed his selection of players on Monday, and while the names didn’t cause shock among the American soccer public, the omission of striker Eddie Johnson did raise a few eyebrows.Johnson scored the winning goal in the U.S.’s 2-0 victory over Mexico on Sept. 10 at Columbus Crew Stadium. Even though his goal effectively clinched World Cup qualification, Johnson’s failure to score in his first eight games of the season with D.C. United is probably the reason Klinsmann decided against selecting him.There’s a very good chance that Columbus will be represented in Brazil with Crew captain Michael Parkhurst included in the preliminary roster. Parkhurst may have been on the outside looking in a year ago, but his performances since then for the national team have been exemplary, and I’d be very surprised if he didn’t wind up with a seat on the plane to South America.Other than that, the squad picks itself – meaning the real test will be seeing who makes the final 23. In my opinion, there are roughly 20 “locks,” while the final three spots will be decided over the coming weeks.The team will gather for the first time on Wednesday at Stanford University. Once there, they’ll participate in a training camp and ultimately compete in three friendlies: against Azerbaijan on May 27 in San Francisco, against Turkey on June 1 in Harrison, N.J., and then with the final roster against Nigeria on June 7 in Jacksonville, Fla.The prize awaiting the players who make the cut? A shot at playing against some of the best players in the world during games against Ghana, Portugal and Germany in the opening round at the World Cup.I’d argue that the U.S. has one of the most talented squads in its history, with an array of talent from the goalkeeping position all the way to the forward line. It may not include a world superstar, but then that isn’t a prerequisite to succeeding in a World Cup – just ask Argentina forward Lionel Messi.The doubters will rightly point to the standard of opposition, a group that deserves it’s moniker as the “group of death.” Germany and Ghana have both overcome the U.S. twice in World Cup play, while Portugal fell to the Americans in 2002 with arguably the most disappointing squad in its history. Thank goodness this year’s World Cup isn’t being played in Panem, because the odds certainly aren’t in the U.S.’s favor.But having said that, I don’t see why many are so quick in writing off the U.S. team’s chances.For starters, having a tough group at the World Cup shouldn’t be a blow to morale. It should be expected. After all, the competition isn’t held in high esteem for nothing. It takes the best teams on the planet and puts them in one place to find an eventual winner.In 2010, it could be argued that the U.S. was handed an “easy” draw against England, Slovenia and Algeria. Even though the Americans navigated that group successfully, it’s not like it came easy. If you’re hoping to face a second-rate, low-quality side at the World Cup, you’ve come to the wrong place.That’s why I think the prospect of facing these talented countries shouldn’t be seen as a doomed exercise. Instead, it should be recognized as a tremendous opportunity to showcase just how far soccer in this country has come since the days when barely any matches were shown on television. The world’s best teams become the world’s best teams because they overcome difficult opposition, and that’s the only way the U.S. is going to move up world soccer’s ladder.The U.S. has never made it out of the group stage in consecutive tournaments, and if that trend continues it won’t necessarily signal a failure, but more of an indication that the national team’s growth still has a long way to go.But if it can reverse that trend, and bury the demons of the past three World Cups against the countries that eliminated them, it will be an epoch-defining achievement.Believing in an outcome like that sounds a lot more fun to me than dismissing the national team’s efforts before they even begin.If you want a place on the bandwagon there’s still time. We’ve got plenty of room. read more

Ohio State womens ice hockey shutout swept by No 2 Wisconsin

OSU freshman goalie Alex LaMere looks back into the net after a goal by Western Ontario Sept. 28 at the Ohio State Ice Rink. OSU tied 2-2 in OT. Credit: Melissa Prax / Lantern photographerThe Buckeyes lost to No. 2 Wisconsin, 3-0, Sunday thanks in large part to Badger redshirt-senior forward Brittany Ammerman, who scored two of the three Wisconsin goals.With 7:09 left in the first period, Badger sophomore forward Sydney McKibbon scored on a power play for the first goal of the game.Halfway through the second period, Ammerman scored to pull Wisconsin ahead, 2-0. The final goal came in the last few seconds of the third period when Ammerman scored on a power play after OSU senior defenseman Kari Schmitt was called for roughing.OSU was outshot, 47-18, by Wisconsin. Freshman goalie Kassidy Sauve played a total of 59:37 minutes and recorded 44 saves.The Badgers also beat the Buckeyes in the first game of the series Friday night. Wisconsin was victorious in a 6-0 shutout. The Badgers showed their balanced offense, having six different players record goals in the game.Recording a total of 28 shots on net in the first series of their season, the Buckeyes couldn’t get anything past Wisconsin sophomore goalie Ann-Renée Desbiens.In the eighth minute of play, Wisconsin senior forward Karley Sylvester beat the Buckeyes during a power play to put the Badgers on the board, 1-0.The Badgers scored their second goal with less than five minutes remaining in the second period. Wisconsin later scored two goals each in the second period and the third period. The final goal was an empty netter in the last seconds of the third period.Sauve had her first conference start against Wisconsin. She played for a total of 43 minutes and let up five goals. Sauve saved a total of 18 shots during this game. Red-shirt junior goalie, Stacy Danczak was put in the net in the third period, playing for a total of 16 minutes, only letting one goal passed her.The Buckeyes look to bounce back this weekend when they are scheduled to host Bemidji State in a two-game series. The first game is scheduled for Friday at 6:07 p.m. before they face-off again Saturday at 12:07 p.m. read more

Ronaldo left out of Portugal squad again

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo has been omitted from Portugal once again for the upcoming fixtures with Italy and PolandPortugal manager Fernando Santos had previously left out Ronaldo for the last two international breaks in September and October to allow him to settle in at Juventus.However, Santos refused to discuss why Ronaldo will not be among them this time and instead wished him luck in winning a record sixth Ballon d’Or.“The only thing I will say about Ronaldo is that I hope he wins the Ballon d’Or award,” said Santos on Twitter.“It’s not just about Ronaldo, I have said that nobody is excluded,” said Santos. “It’s not worth creating a big fuss about it.”Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.The European champions will face Italy next Saturday in the UEFA Nations League before hosting Poland three days later.Portugal squad for Italy and Poland: Goalkeepers: Rui Patricio, Beto, Claudio RamosDefenders: Cedric Soares, Joao Cancelo, Jose Fonte, Luis Neto, Pepe, Ruben Dias, Mario Rui, Raphael GuerreiroMidfielders: André Gomes, Bruno Fernandes, Danilo Pereira, Joao Mario, Pizzi, Renato Sanches, Ruben Neves, William CarvalhoForwards: Bernardo Silva, Bruma, Gonçalo Guedes, Rafa, André Silva, Ederlast_img read more