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first_imgCaptain Paul Pogba netted a brace while Anthony Martial scored once to give Manchester United a resounding 3-0 win over Young Boys in the Champions League on Wednesday.Swiss debutants Young Boys of Bern looked clueless as Pogba bossed midfield on the artificial pitch and fired United ahead in the 35th minute with a goal of the highest quality. He drilled a left-foot shot into the top corner from the edge of the penalty area after side-stepping his marker.The France World Cup winner made it 2-0 with a contentious 44th-minute penalty, harshly awarded by German referee Deniz Aytekin after Luke Shaw’s cross struck Kevin Mbabu’s arm as the defender tried to avoid contact.A darting run by Pogba midway through the second half released Anthony Martial and the forward scored with a clinical finish from eight metres after his compatriot’s good work left him with time and space to find the back of the net.Let’s hear from the #MUFC man of the moment, @PaulPogba… United (@ManUtd) September 19, 2018Roared on by a vocal home crowd, Young Boys charged at United in the opening 30 minutes, forcing two saves by David De Gea as the Spain goalkeeper kept out long-range efforts from Mohamed Ali Camara and Christian Fassnacht.Up and running in the @ChampionsLeague Thanks to all the travelling fans #mufc #ucl Smalling (@ChrisSmalling) September 19, 2018United’s defence looked vulnerable on either flank to the home team’s breakaways, although 19-year-old Portuguese right back Diogo Dalot showed pace going forward on his debut for the Premier League side.advertisementGreat win and thank you so much for your support you are the best Martial (@AnthonyMartial) September 19, 2018After Marcus Rashford clipped the outside of the post with a flicked shot in the 22nd minute, United’s nerves were settled when Pogba broke the deadlock out of nothing thanks to a piece of sublime individual skill.Very well boys, first 3 points in UCL ! #MUFC Rodrigues (@Fred08oficial) September 19, 2018Young Boys’ hopes of a comeback evaporated after Pogba confidently converted the penalty and Martial, enjoying a rare start up front, made no mistake at the near post as United maintained cruise control in the second half.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

first_imgReal Madrid Real Madrid star Bale suffers groin strain Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 02:20 11/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Gareth Bale - cropped Getty Images Real Madrid Gareth Bale Atlético Madrid v Real Madrid Primera División The Wales international has suffered a groin injury that could mean a further month out of action for the Spanish and European champions. Gareth Bale is facing up to a month on the sidelines after Real Madrid confirmed another injury setback for the Wales international.Bale has been restricted to nine appearances in all competitions for Madrid this season and last featured at Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League at the end of September – limping out of the action during the closing stages after opening the scoring in a 3-1 win.Real Madrid 11/2 to win UCL Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player On that occasion, the 28-year-old suffered a calf injury that ruled him out of Wales’ decisive World Cup qualification defeat to the Republic of Ireland last month.Bale, who had his 2016-17 campaign disrupted by calf and ankle problems, was back in training with Zinedine Zidane’s squad ahead of next weekend’s derby at Atletico Madrid but a club statement confirmed he has strained an adductor muscle in his left leg.A statement released by Madrid read: “Our player Gareth Bale, who felt some discomfort in his left leg at the end of Thursday’s training session, today underwent various tests carried out by the Real Madrid Sanitas medical team. “He has been diagnosed with a strain to the middle third of the adductor longus muscle in his left leg. His recovery will continue to be assessed.”Madrid did not put a date on Bale’s return, simply stating his progress would be monitored, but reports in Spain suggest the former Tottenham star is facing between three and four weeks on the sidelines.Along with the trip to Atleti’s Wanda Metropolitano on November 18, Bale will sit out Madrid’s next Champions League match against APOEL and may also miss the conclusion of their Group H campaign when Dortmund visit the Santiago Bernabeu on December 6.A trip to Athletic Bilbao and a home match against Sevilla in LaLiga come either side of the latter contest before Madrid begin their Club World Cup campaign in Abu Dhabi on December 13.Zidane’s men host Barcelona, who are eight points better off at the summit of Spain’s top flight, in the first Clasico of the season on December 23.last_img read more

first_imgWTF Nike football: Great adverts, current player roster & latest boots Ryan Kelly 23:42 2/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Neymar Cristiano Ronaldo Getty/Goal WTF Premier League Primera División Serie A Ligue 1 Bundesliga Some of the greatest footballers of all time have worked closely with the sportswear giant, producing ads and promoting clothing Over the past two decades and more, sportswear giant Nike has shown tremendous creativity in showing off their brand and products in football.By marrying the appeal of the greatest footballers in the world with high-level production, the corporation has become synonymous with a certain style of football.Speed, skill and success are the message in their advertising, but they also have fun with it, setting their vision of the game in an upbeat light. Editors’ Picks 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. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Goal takes a closer look at some of Nike’s football adverts, the star players they are associated with and some of their latest products.Nike football adsIn the 1990s, Nike brought out a number of memorable advertisements featuring footballers, fantastic concepts and catchy soundtracks.The 1996 ‘Match in Hell’, in which a slew of the game’s then-current stars took on the Devil and his demonic football team, kicked things off in the brand’s unique series.The likes of Luis Figo, Paolo Maldini and Ronaldo form a team expected to save the beautiful game in a match that culminates with Eric Cantona’s nonchalant utterance of “au revoir” as he blastes a flaming ball through the Devil to rescue the day.Around the time of the 1998 World Cup another Nike advert captured the imagination of football fans as the Brazil national team kill boredom in an airport by playing an impromptu game filled with tricks and flicks. Fittingly, it was amplified by Sergio Mendes’ 1960s song ‘Mas que Nada’, which has become synonymous with ‘Samba football’. And in the 2000s, they really set themselves apart from competitors with a series of brilliantly produced efforts. In the early part of the decade, Louis van Gaal led a crack team of skilled footballers to a high-security complex to retrieve a special ball that was said to be “rounder”. A few years later, long after his retirement, Cantona returned as the man overseeing a high-stakes underground tournament featuring three-man teams, including the likes of Thierry Henry, Roberto Carlos and Ronaldinho. A remixed version of the Elvis Presley song ‘A little less conversation’ was the soundtrack and the concept was revisited a number of years later in a winner-takes-all bout.Skilful footballers performing freestyle tricks figured a lot in the ads and the idea of Joga Bonito (meaning ‘Beautiful Game’ in Portuguese) was explored in a series of ads featuring the Brazil national team, recalling the 1998 effort. The Portugal national team, with the likes of Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo, even became involved.Director Guy Ritchie was involved in a famous Nike football ad depicting the meteoric ascent of a non-league player to the very summit of the game. The short film is shot entirely from the viewpoint of the footballer as he climbs the ladder to success, fame and glory.Some films have incorporated Nike athletes from other sports and NBA star Kobe Bryant featured in an ad that focuses on the narrow margins between success and failure, showing the different fates that await stars should they score a winning goal, for example. In it, Wayne Rooney becomes a hero for England, while Cristiano Ronaldo’s path – foreshadowing reality – brings a gigantic statue and a feature-length movie.Fast, fierce, fearless. It’s in their DNA. A select few have it. The rest have to deal with it. Fast by nature. #BornMercurial @Cristiano @neymarjr @KMbappe @marcoasensio10Get notified:— Nike Football (@nikefootball) February 7, 2018Generally speaking, the Nike ads air ahead of major tournaments or events, but they have also produced slick films to promote their latest releases, such as football boots. While they are not always as elaborate, funny or fantastic, they still possess that star quality and show their products in an alluring light.Nike football rosterWayne Rooney Cristiano Ronaldo Neymar Nike Risk EverythingAs one of the biggest sports brands in the world, it is not surprising that Nike is associated with some of the best footballers on the planet.Chief among them is five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo, who has long been the face of the football strand of the corporation, but the Real Madrid superstar is supported by a supremely talented cast too.Other current Nike football ambassadors and sponsees include Neymar, Alexis Sanchez, Kylian Mbappe and Harry Kane. The likes of Luka Modric, Christian Pulisic and Robert Lewandowski also feature among the illustrious billing.You can see some of the top footballers who are currently on their roster in the table below. Player Country Club Gonzalo Higuain Argentina Juventus Mauro Icardi Argentina Inter Kevin De Bruyne Belgium Man City Eden Hazard Belgium Chelsea Philippe Coutinho Brazil Barcelona Neymar Brazil PSG Alexis Sanchez Chile Man Utd Arturo Vidal Chile Bayern Munich Harry Kane England Tottenham Raheem Sterling England Man City Alexandre Lacazette France Arsenal Kylian Mbappe France PSG Jerome Boateng Germany Bayern Munich Mario Gotze Germany Borussia Dortmund Leonardo Bonucci Italy AC Milan Lorenzo Insigne Italy Napoli Robert Lewandowski Poland Bayern Munich Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Real Madrid Andres Iniesta Spain Barcelona Sergio Ramos Spain Real Madrid Christian Pulisic United States Borussia Dortmund Notable former Nike footballersAs already mentioned, Nike has a long history of sponsoring and working closely with the world’s best players.Manchester United legend Eric Cantona figured prominently in ad campaigns during the 1990s and 2000s along with Brazilian stars such as Ronaldo and Ronaldinho.Italy hero Francesco Totti and the unmistakabale Edgar Davids were also heavily involved in promotions.Below you can see some of the biggest names Nike has worked with in the past. Player Country Ronaldo Brazil Ronaldinho Brazil Roberto Carlos Brazil Romario Brazil Paul Scholes England Ian Wright England Eric Cantona France Thierry Henry France Fabio Cannavaro Italy Paolo Maldini Italy Francesco Totti Italy Hidetoshi Nakata Japan Edgar Davids Netherlands Ruud van Nistelrooy Netherlands Luis Figo Portugal Latest Nike football bootsNike Mercurial Vapor 360 2018Nike’s sponsorship of the world’s best footballers is an ideal vehicle through which they can show off their latest equipment and football boots in particular.For example, back in 1998, Ronaldo’s status as the best player in the world was capitalised on as Nike launched a new boot design – the R9s – in time for that year’s World Cup.Since then, players have naturally been central to the promotion of new footwear and in February the latest designs were launched at a party featuring a cluster of their roster.The Mercurial range is arguably the most well known of Nike’s football boots and the latest offerings are the Mercurial Superfly 360 and the Mercurial Vapor 360, which became available to buy on Valentine’s Day.On the official Nike website, the Superfly 360 are priced at £229.95 ($275) and the Vapor 360 is slightly cheaper £209.95 ($250).Some of the other recent offerings include the Hypervenom, the Magista and the Tiempo ranges. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_imgLiverpool midfielder Fabinho: Alisson best goalkeeper in Englandby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFabinho says Liverpool teammate Alisson is the Premier League’s best goalkeeper.The Brazilian’s gaffe allowed Jesse Lingard to equalise during Liverpool’s 3-1 victory over the Red Devils on Sunday.But Fabinho has stuck by his compatriot.”When we entered the locker room, we even talked, but I did not even focus on that,” he added. “[Alisson] came to comment, but I said “no, bro, let it go”.”These plays will always happen. And what are we going to talk about Alisson? He was very important in our qualification for the last 16 of the Champions League, days before.”Without a doubt, he is the best goalkeeper of the English League. There is a lot of confidence.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgHouston: When Cardinal Daniel DiNardo first met Laura Pontikes in his wood-paneled conference room in December 2016, the leader of the US Catholic Church’s response to its sex abuse scandal said all the right things. He praised her for coming forward to report that his deputy in the Galveston-Houston archdiocese had manipulated her into a sexual relationship and declared her a “victim” of the priest, Pontikes said. Emails and other documents obtained by The Associated Press show the relationship had gone on for years even as the priest heard her confessions, counseled her husband on their marriage and pressed the couple for hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’She said the archdiocese assured her that the priest, Monsignor Frank Rossi, would never be a pastor or counsel women again. Months after that meeting, though, she found out DiNardo had allowed Rossi to take a new job as pastor of a parish two hours away in east Texas. When her husband confronted DiNardo, he said, the cardinal warned that the archdiocese would respond aggressively to any legal challenge and that the fallout would hurt their family and business. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaOn Tuesday, three years after the meeting with DiNardo and after written inquiries by the AP last week, the church temporarily removed Rossi, announcing in a statement from his new bishop that he was being placed on administrative leave. Laura Pontikes, a 55-year-old construction executive in Texas, had been at a low point in her life when she sought spiritual counseling from Rossi, the longtime No. 2 official in the Galveston-Houston archdiocese DiNardo heads. Instead, she said, Rossi preyed on her emotional vulnerability to draw her into a physical relationship that he called blessed by God. “He took a woman that went into a church truly looking for God, and he took me for himself,” she said. Rossi’s sexual relationship with Pontikes is now the subject of a previously undisclosed criminal investigation in Houston. Yet it is DiNardo’s handling of the case that poses far-reaching questions for the church in the #MeToo era, when powerful men and institutions are being called to account over sex abuse. As the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, DiNardo will lead a meeting next week in Baltimore to address the church’s credibility crisis over its failure to fully reckon with sexual abuse, 17 years after it committed to cleaning house. DiNardo is expected to present his brother bishops with new proposals to hold one another accountable for sexual misconduct or negligence in handling abuse cases. But Pontikes’ case lays bare that even leaders in the Catholic hierarchy who have vowed to do right by victims continue to fail them. Pontikes said DiNardo has been negligent by keeping in ministry a priest who, in the words of her therapist to prosecutors, “seduced, betrayed and ultimately sexually victimized” her. The June 11-14 meeting in Baltimore is part of the church’s effort to confront sexual abuse worldwide. In a little more than a year, Pope Francis admitted he made “grave errors” in Chile’s worst case of cover-up, an Australian cardinal was convicted of abuse and a French cardinal was convicted of failing to report a pedophile. In the US, a Pennsylvania grand jury blasted church leaders for following “a playbook for concealing the truth,” and attorneys general in at least 15 states are investigating sex abuse by Catholic clergy and its cover-up. The Galveston-Houston archdiocese acknowledged an inappropriate physical relationship between Rossi and Pontikes, but asserted that it was consensual and didn’t include sexual intercourse. In a statement to AP, it said Rossi was immediately placed on leave and went for counseling after Pontikes reported him. Rossi returned to active ministry, without restrictions, based on recommendations from an out-of-state “renewal” program for clergy he completed, the statement said. After the AP story ran, the archdiocese said a number of comments the Pontikeses attributed to DiNardo were “an absolute fabrication” but didn’t say which ones. It said that DiNardo had acted “swiftly and justly” in the case, and that Laura Pontikes had during an Aug. 1, 2017 meeting demanded 10 million. Pontikes acknowledged she suggested an unspecified amount of money in a spontaneous outburst. But she had been clear from the start that she wasn’t interested in a financial payoff a position articulated in April 2016 emails to the archdiocese and repeated as recently as this April in a letter to the Vatican. The Pontikeses and their lawyer told AP the details of mediation, including any financial negotiations, were confidential. Pontikes filed a police report in August. Under Texas criminal law, a member of the clergy can be charged with sexual assault of an adult if the priest exploited an emotional dependency in a spiritual relationship. Rossi’s attorney, Dan Cogdell, said Rossi is cooperating with the investigation and has met with police. He declined further comment. Pontikes’ allegations against DiNardo add to questions about how he has dealt with abuse in the past.last_img read more

first_imgStarting Sunday, Canadians will begin to see which third-party groups will be spending money to sway their votes in the upcoming federal election.As of June 30, groups that aren’t political parties but want a say in the fall campaign will need to register with Elections Canada if they spend more than $500 on political activities, and file interim disclosure forms once they raise or spend more than $10,000.Groups such as Engage Canada and Shaping Canada’s Future stole the spotlight earlier this month with duelling ads during the NBA Finals (Engage Canada attacked the Conservatives; Shaping Canada’s Future went after Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau), while groups such as Canada Proud will likely be spending big in the coming months.But more than half the more than $6 million directly spent on electioneering by third parties in the 2015 election was shelled out by the top 10 organizations, most of which are unions.Those tallies are just for the 78-day election period in 2015. Now, new rules on advertising disclosure will show how much groups are spending in the months before the campaign officially begins.Bill C-76, the election-reform law passed by Parliament in December, sets limits for third parties of just over $1 million in the “pre-writ period,” and about $500,000 in the election period. In any given electoral district though, those limits are $10,000 and $5,000.At least one union group will be trying to reach that limit, and has already spent on ads prior to the start of the pre-election period.“We’re all in,” said Jerry Dias, national president of Unifor, the country’s largest private-sector union.“We’re entitled to spend $511,000 in the writ period — we’re going to spend $511,000” he added. “There is no question, we will be very aggressive.”An outspoken critic of conservative politicians both federally and provincially, Dias said his focus will be on supporting Liberal or NDP candidates and incumbents in winnable ridings.Dias said Unifor will put more emphasis than ever on social-media spending. Digital advertising on platforms like Facebook and Twitter has, he said, greater reach than traditional means.But for some of 2015’s top spenders, the mood is more cautious.“We will be registering for the pre-writ period, and the post-writ period,” said Riccardo Filippone, director of communications at the Public Service Alliance of Canada, but said his union’s final amount of advertising spending isn’t certain.Filippone said the overall priority will be reminding members of the union, which is the biggest representing federal employees, why PSAC thinks they should oppose Conservative candidates.The exact tone of the messaging hadn’t yet been worked out, Filippone added, “but it won’t be gentle.”The United Steelworkers Union, which was the top direct spender in the last election with over $430,000 worth of advertising activities, has not yet committed itself to any spending.“One has to think about whether or not spending money on ad buys in media in July and August is money well spent,” said Mark Rowlinson, assistant to the union’s national director. The union’s elected leadership needs to approve a plan, he said, and that hasn’t happened yet.If the decision is made to run ads over the summer and into the writ period, he added, the spending needs to be carefully targeted so as not to exceed the prescribed limits, while still providing value.The limits on spending in any given electoral district were particularly notable, Rowlinson said, because it made buying ads in urban centres difficult.Daniel Bernhard, executive director of Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, an advocate for public broadcasting, said his organization will also wait to make major decisions.“We will be running some print ads, probably next week, to get the ball rolling,” he said. “And then we’ll see what happens in the summer and fall.”But, he added, the group is already out and active in 22 swing ridings.Bernhard also argued any conversation about third-party advertising in Canada needs to acknowledge the roles of platforms like Facebook and Twitter in allowing for “nefarious activity” and enabling groups to skirt limits or act anonymously, he said.He likened the dynamic to the relationship between the tax system in Canada and the offshore tax industry.Facebook has rolled out an ad library to meet the transparency requirements of Bill C-76, so people can see where political advertisements come from and how they’re targeted. Twitter is temporarily banning political ads on its platform in Canada as it builds its own tracking tool.But those actions weren’t enough for Bernhard.“All this talk of limits is almost a sideshow,” he said. “The people who are already reporting and complying with the limits are the least of our problems.”——Here are the top 10 third party spenders from 2015, and what they spent money on:10. Canadian Union of Postal Workers — $208,572.46The postal-workers’ union spent big in dozens of ridings across the country in 2015, with most of those dollars going to election merchandise like buttons and signs. Also, almost $7,000 went to wrapping an RV in a “Save Canada Post” ad during the writ period.9. Canadian Media Guild — $237,032.61The union representing workers at many of Canada’s major news agencies (including The Canadian Press) used its cash to produce lawn signs and buy ads in The Globe and Mail and on Facebook in a campaign to support the CBC.8. British Columbia Nurses’ Union — $256,871.81The nurses’ union launched a series of online media ads and newspaper advertising late in the campaign.7. Unifor — $299,901.77The bulk of direct spending from Canada’s largest private-sector union was in the form of newspaper and radio ads in major cities, particularly in Ontario. Notably, the group ran ads in Punjabi.6. Canadian Labour Congress — $306,518.02The national labour group did spent on newspaper ads, but differs from most of the other top spenders because of the proportion of its expenses that went to on-the-ground canvassing, as well as its emphasis on non-English language media.5. Friends of Canadian Broadcasting — $332,687.11The group advocates for a more vibrant public broadcaster, and did so last election through a series of TV ads and print advertisements in The Globe and Mail, as well as classic campaign materials like lawn signs and stickers.4. Public Service Alliance of Canada — $390,236.50The biggest union representing federal workers, PSAC ran a series of anti-Harper ads in 2015, with a focus on buses and bus shelters, as well as more standard online newspaper and print advertising.3. Canadians United for Change — $425,462.08Funded by Canadian units of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Canadians United for Change ran big national anti-Harper ad campaigns. 2. Let’s Build Canada — $428,974.88The coalition of construction unions spent enormous sums on print and online newspaper advertising, mostly in Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton and Winnipeg, along with posters in those areas. Notably, many of those ad dollars went to posts on The Weather Network’s website.1. United Steelworkers – $431,639.74The avowedly pro-NDP union spent most of its money in 2015 on radio, print and online ads in some of its key bases of support — London, Hamilton and Sudbury, as well as cities in south-central B.C.Christian Paas-Lang, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

“The Secretary-General urged [Mr.] Karzai to respect the constitutional process, and he was pleased to hear that the President will fully respect the constitutional order,” UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters in New York.Earlier today the UN-backed Election Complaints Commission (ECC) submitted its findings to the Independent Election Commission (IEC), which will now determine whether or not Mr. Karzai received more than 50 per cent of the votes, which would end the need for a run-off. The ECC was tasked with auditing suspicious ballot boxes and other complaints related to the 20 August presidential elections. Based on its findings, the Commission ordered the IEC – which organized the polls – to invalidate 210 polling stations around the country where the panel found clear and convincing evidence of fraud.The IEC is expected to announce the final certified results within the next few days.“It is for the Independent Electoral Commission to take the orders of the Election Complaints Commission and apply them to the preliminary results and draw a new tally and announce final certified results; that has not happened yet,” Ms. Montas noted.As to the possibility of a second round of voting, she said that no one underestimates the challenges faced in conducting a second round. However, she emphasized that the need for a second round cannot be dictated by the difficulties faced. “A credible government is needed,” said Ms. Montas. “If a second round is called for, we need to scrupulously abide by the law.” 19 October 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Afghan President Hamid Karzai today discussed the latest developments concerning the recent elections, as the United Nations-backed panel investigating claims of fraud submitted its findings to the country’s top electoral authority. read more

Vegas Liberace exhibit offers trove of glittery memorabilia, including rhinestone piano LAS VEGAS, Nev. – For years, Las Vegas tourists have had no place to pay their respects to one of the glitzy town’s founding fathers.The once wildly popular Liberace museum closed in 2010 after years of declining patronage, and the famously flamboyant entertainer’s shimmering artifacts have since languished in storage.This week, a Strip casino is bringing some of Liberace’s most decadent possessions back into the public eye.Visitors to the six-week exhibition at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas will be able to gaze upon Liberace’s glittering piano, trademark European candelabras and so-called Rhinestone Roadster, an old-time car decked out in faux gemstones.Also on display are the custom-made cowboy boots, sequined jumpsuits and jewel-and-ermine capes that powered Liberace’s catchphrase, “My clothes may look funny, but they’re making me the money.”The flashy pianist became the best-paid entertainer on the planet during his heyday from the 1950s to the 1970s. He was the forerunner to gender-bender entertainers like Elton John, David Bowie, and Madonna, though he never openly addressed his sexual orientation, and his fans never seemed to catch on to his private gay life.After his death in the 1980s, Liberace’s star faded faster than other Las Vegas fixtures like Frank Sinatra and Elvis. But this year has been good to his legacy.In August, a British businessman bought Liberace’s Las Vegas mansion for $500,000 and said he would work relentlessly to restore it to its former glory.In May, Michael Douglas played the entertainer in the HBO biopic “Behind the Candelabra.”The Cosmopolitan casino tends to attract a younger crowd, and the exhibit will be hard to miss, with artifacts scattered around the casino.The installation is titled “Too Much of a Good Thing Is Wonderful,” and like its subject, it will keep late hours. It will be open through Jan. 2. by The Associated Press Posted Nov 26, 2013 2:46 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

OSU cheerleaders lead OSU football players out of the field at Ohio Stadium prior to the annual Spring Game on April 18. Team Gray defeated Team Scarlet, 17-14. Credit: Muyao Shen / Lantern photographer With an unprecedented crowd on hand, the 2015 Ohio State football team got its first taste of live action.In front of an announced national Spring Game record crowd of 99,391, the Buckeyes held their annual intrasquad Spring Game at Ohio Stadium. The matchup — played between the Scarlet and Gray teams — was a back-and-forth affair, with Gray holding on for a 17-14 win.“Unbelievable,” senior defensive lineman Tommy Schutt said about the record crowd. “Obviously, we were expecting a really big crowd, but 100,000 is just, wow, Buckeye nation’s unbelievable, and having that many at the Spring Game is unbelievable.”Each of the two starting quarterbacks — redshirt-junior Cardale Jones of the Gray team and redshirt-freshman Stephen Collier of the Scarlet side — labored through the first half, which saw Gray hold a 10-7 lead.Jones went into the break completing 15 of 33 passes for 224 yards. Of those, 108 were pulled in by redshirt-senior wide receiver Corey Smith, who also scored Scarlet’s only first-half touchdown on a 58-yard reception.Collier, on the other hand, could not find any rhythm until the end of the half, when he found redshirt-freshman wide receiver Terry McLaurin for a 35-yard score with no time left on the clock.Collier, a product of Leesburg, Ga., ended the half just 7-of-19 for 81 yards. He was also responsible for four first-half turnovers, including a trio of interceptions and a lost fumble.Scarlet made a comeback in the third quarter, scoring its second unanswered touchdown to take a 14-10 lead after three periods.Collier led a 14-play, 55-yard drive that ended with a three-yard pass to redshirt-freshman wide receiver Parris Campbell as the quarter expired.However, Jones, last season’s national championship-winning quarterback, engineered a 55-yard, 50-second drive to put Gray back in front.Gray got the ball after a Scarlet turnover on downs, and needed just two passes to Smith — the latter of which was a 37-yard touchdown — to put his side up three.Smith finished the game with six receptions for 174 yards and each of Gray’s two touchdowns.Offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Ed Warinner said he believes Smith has the potential to play at that level on a regular basis, but he has work to do.“Consistency is his issue. He has some talent, and he shows it. Today he showed his talent. His deal, to be someone we talk about consistently, is to be consistent,” Warinner said. “When he does show up and looks locked in, he’s really good.”Collier had one final opportunity to go back in front, but a 25-yard pass to the end zone intended for redshirt-senior wide receiver Jeff Greene missed the mark as time expired, sealing the Gray victory.OSU coach Urban Meyer said while he sees several individual players who have taken steps forward since last season, the team still has a long way to go.“We did not improve as a team,” Meyer said. “That was not a good team out there.“That’s going to be interesting to watch for the Buckeyes this summer and how they handle themselves, how they behave, how they train and how they come together as a team, because that team has got to be better by the time (strength and conditioning) coach (Mickey Marotti) hands me the team like he does every summer.”Jones attempted 42 passes on the afternoon, completing 19 of them for 304 yards. He also threw two interceptions in the contest.Jones said the in-game experience did not feel like much, but he got a lot out of making his first-ever start at Ohio Stadium.“I felt like another practice, because that’s what we did almost every day in practice, as far as spring ball,” Jones said. “So, I mean, I think it was pretty much the atmosphere (that was the most important experience).”The Buckeyes are scheduled to open the 2015 regular season on the road against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. read more

first_imgNautilus Minerals has contracted Canyon Offshore, a member of the Helix Group and a leading service provider to the offshore oil and gas and telecommunications industries, to provide the vessel, remote operated vehicle (ROV), and drilling equipment for a major exploration, evaluation drilling and environmental base line study programme, commencing in March 2007, over its Solwara Projects in Papua New Guinea. The programme, which will involve between 160 and 210 days on the water, will commence with environmental baseline studies at the company’s Solwara 1 Prospect then move to geophysical target generation throughout the Bismarck and Solomon Seas where the Company will target further mineralized systems. Following this work, drilling is planned to commence on the Solwara 1 prospect in early June 2007 to generate information for mine planning purposes. This drilling will utilise two ROV drill units currently being built by Perry Slingsby Systems Inc (one of the world’s leading providers of ROVs) under contract to Canyon Offshore. David Heydon, President of Nautilus: “We are very excited about the extensive work programme that we have planned for this year which will significantly advance Nautilus towards our goal of being the first company to produce copper, zinc and gold from seafloor massive sulphide deposits. This work programme is aimed at completing the drilling and environmental studies required, subject to Papua New Guinea Government approval, to develop the Solwara 1 Prospect. We will also focus on the discovery of further mineralized systems within our extensive ground holdings in both the Bismarck and Solomon Seas.”  Nautilus is the first company to commercially explore the ocean floor for high grade gold-copper-zinc-silver seafloor massive sulphide deposits and looks like becoming a world leader in underwater mineral exploration. The Company’s main focus for 2007 is the Solwara 1 Project, located in the territorial waters of Papua New Guinea in the western Pacific Ocean. www.nautilusminerals.comlast_img read more

first_imgThe redesigned 2011 BMW 5 Series gives you most of the goodness of the 2010 BMW 7 Series that was our Digial Drive Car of the Year at the end of 2009, along much of the interior room of the 7 Series, and virtually all of the technology goodies that dazzled us a year ago, so we’re picking them both. With the 2010 redesign of the 5 Series, they look a lot alike, too. (As the Germans say, same sausage,different lengths.) Go for the 5 Series and you can use the $20,000 base price difference to make a sizeable dent in BMW’s technology-options list that supplements your driving skills, entertains you and the passengers, improves BMW’s already impressive handling, and keeps you in touch with the outside world. AdChoices广告Want even better handling? The dynamic handling package lets you adjust the ride (comfort, normal, sport, or auto-adjust) and engine response from a rocker switch on the console. Active roll stabilization counteracts body lean; it’s almost like an airplane banking in turns. Active steering translates a small turn of the wheel into a bigger turn of the front wheels at low speeds for ease in rounding corners or for the times when you deign to park the Bimmer yourself. Snowbelt residents can get an all-wheel-drive edition. Want electronic servants that share the workload? The driver assistance package includes lane departure warning, blind spot detection, and a semi-automatic parking assistant that finds suitable parallel parking spaces then backs and steers the car into place (you control the throttle and brake). Adaptive cruise control maintains a safe distance from the car ahead and, unlike cheaper (than BMW’s $2,400) ACC systems, this works all the way down to 0 mph and then back up to speed. The ConnectedDrive system reads aloud your smartphone e-mails and text messages while driving; when stopped you can see them on the LCD display. The all-wheel-drive version includes Integrated Chassis Management, a less complex version of the Dynamic Performance Control torque vectoring system of the BMW X6 sporty SUV / hatchback; they help maintain control cornering on slick roads. Want to supplement your own two eyes? You can get see-in-the-dark night vision, a rear view camera, front and rear parking sonar, and side and top view cameras. To put all that information in front of you, there’s a 10-inch transflective LCD display high up in the center stack and an optional head-up display. With such a large main LCD, BMW offers a split screen mode for the navigation system (with real time traffic) and for other information (trip computer or music info). Critics who harp on BMW’s iDrive controller (better now, not perfect) sometimes lose sight of how good the user interface is once you’re on the far side of the learning curve. The 7 Series offers all that and a choice of more legroom or lots more legroom in the stretch model, all at a price, starting at $70,000. For the 535i, BMW’s model with the same turbocharged six-cylinder engine as on the base 7 Series, it starts around $50,000, but the price tag can reach $83,700 if you order all the technology. Expensive as they are, BMW has high residual value on its side, so lease payments are less than with some competing cars. A very well equipped 5 Series will lease on the high side of $1,000 a month. 2010 Digital Drive Top Cars Chevrolet Volt – Car of the Year Audi A8BMW 5 Series & BMW 7 SeriesBuick LaCrosseFord EdgeHonda OdysseyHyundai ElantraHyundai SonataNissan LeafVolkswagen GolfDigital Drive 2010 Honorable MentionDigital Drive Technology of the Year: MyFord Touchlast_img read more

first_imgBank shares in Greece took a deep plunge last Wednesday diving by 8.78 per cent, amid investor fears over lenders’ needs and bad credit.Even though Greece exited capital controls the country’s banking sector lost 42 per cent of its value within just three months reflecting what analysts say is “Greece’s vulnerability to internal and external pressures”.The consensus during the the Athens Stock Exchange (ATHEX) for banking shares meeting, which included Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos, Minister of State Alekos Flambouraris and Deputy Prime Minister Yiannis Dragasakis, was that the pressures on bank stocks are not a reflection of their fundamental health and more a result of speculation.They insisted that banks are on firmer ground, citing the successful outcome of the stress tests in May, their high capital adequacy ratios, their success in surpassing targets to reduce nonperforming loans (NPLs) in the first half of 2018, an increase in bank deposits and the significant reduction of their dependence on emergency liquidity assistance (ELA).Speaking to Kathimerini, senior banking executives said the decline was unexpected and described the market’s reaction as “without logic”.Meanwhile, former finance minister and Bank of Greece (BoG) Governor Yannis Stournaras avoided addressing last week’s ‘Black Wednesday’ at the stock exchange meeting until now, attracting much negative criticism.Assessing that the recent crash of the banking index he agreed that it occurred likely due to the global hike in interest rates, rather than Greek lenders’ financial predicament.He was indirectly referring to turbulence in international money markets from developments in Italy and especially interest rates affecting neighboring countries’ bond yields. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_img NASA Captures ‘Red-Handed’ Avalanche on Mars in Mesmerizing PhotoBest Skywatching Events in September 2019 NASA’s Curiosity rover just took an epic selfie on Mars, and it’s ready to explore other areas of the Red Planet.On Monday, a NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) post shared Curiosity’s picture. The image, which was captured on Mars’ Vera Rubin Ridge on Jan. 15, is the last selfie the rover took in this area. The twisted ridge has been Curiosity’s home for over a year, where it provided scientists with new samples of Mars’ surface. Thank you, next@MarsCuriosity snapped another selfie and is roving to a new location on #Mars after drilling on Vera Rubin Ridge for over a year:— NASA JPL (@NASAJPL) January 28, 2019On Dec. 15, Curiosity drilled its 19th sample at a space on the Vera Rubin Ridge dubbed Rock Hall. A month later, the rover used its Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera, which is located on the end of its automated arm, to take 57 photos that were put together into the cool selfie.NASA’s JPL pointed out that the “Rock Hall’ drill hole is located on the lower left of the rover, and that the area was dusty due to a regional dust storm on Mars.Curiosity, which has explored the ridge since fall 2017, is ready for its next move: The rover is now traveling into the “clay bearing unit,” a space that’s located in a trough slightly south of the Vera Rubin Ridge. When it gets there, it will check out the unit’s clay minerals, which might provide key details on Mars’ ancient lakes.More on the People Who Plan to Colonize Mars in 2032Elon Musk Tweet Hints AI Could Be the First ‘Resident’ of MarsMars’ Mile-Deep Ice Crater Is an Extraterrestrial Winter Wonderlandcenter_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_imgSaturday afternoon around 3:30 the skies got dark as a brief, heavy rain shower moved through Salmon Creek. I was watching the rain on my deck and torrents running off rooftops. I bet even the frogs ran for cover on that one, but at least it washed the spiders out of the downspout.Then the sun came out. And so it goes with April, the month of sometimes intense shower activity. The main cold front Saturday morning brought little in the way of rain, generally a tenth of an inch or less here in the city and suburbs. It was those April showers that doubled or tripled that amount.But that was Saturday. Today, Easter Sunday promises sunshine and warm afternoon temperatures for the family gatherings. I wish I could take all the credit for the break in the weather pattern today.Looking ahead for the week, we see more April showers and cooler afternoons. The nights will not be as cold as Friday and Saturday, when they were in the 30s. I didn’t experience any frost, but I had a couple of reports in the far outlying areas of scattered frost on the rooftops Friday morning. My coldest here in Salmon Creek was 34 degrees Friday, plenty enough to see my breath out the door.Happy Easter!Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at read more

first_img $60 at Best Buy Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Tags TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Sprint $999 See it Boost Mobile Comments $999 Tags Rylo Angela Lang/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET $155 at Google Express Share your voice Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. See at Amazon The Cheapskate $999 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. null JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Read the Rylo camera preview Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) See at Turo Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) 0 Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Best Buy Read Lenovo Smart Clock review An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Chris Monroe/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Sarah Tew/CNET Apple iPhone XS Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) See It $520 at HP $59 at eBay Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $6 at Tidal Ja Rule is free from a class-action lawsuit. Scott Dudelson/Getty Images A federal court on Wednesday dismissed a class-action lawsuit against rapper Ja Rule that alleged he falsely promoted the doomed Fyre Festival. The rapper was a founder of the 2017 event, which promised a luxury experience but turned out to be a disaster. The suit was filed by festival attendees against both Ja Rule (whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins) and Fyre Festival Chief Marketing Officer Grant Margolin. It alleges that the men made false claims on social media about the festival’s amenities, performances and food. But a judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled that Ja Rule and Margolin didn’t know the event would be a disaster.”Atkins and Margolin were participants in organizing or promoting a large-scale event,” the judge wrote. “There is no assertion that the Festival when first conceived or introduced to the public was intended not to go forward or that defendants intended not to perform by organizing the advertised amenities and accommodation.”The court also ruled that the complaint didn’t specify when statements promoting the event were made or allege they were false at the time.   “The Court agrees that the subjective qualifiers of ‘FOMO-inducing’ and ‘Coachella x1000’ are too ‘exaggerated, blustering, and boasting’ for a reasonable consumer to rely on,” the judge ruled, discussing Ja Rule’s tweets, which reference “fear of missing out” and the annual Coachella music festival. Fyre Festival creator Billy McFarland was sentenced to six years in prison last year for wire fraud charges. Ja Rule has denied accountability for the festival. Earlier this year, Netflix and Hulu released competing documentaries about the debacle.  Turo $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Share your voice Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X See It Read DJI Osmo Action preview $210 at Best Buy Read the AirPods review See It Sarah Tew/CNET $299 at Amazon Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Culture,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. 7 HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Read Google Home Hub review Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $999 Amazonlast_img read more

first_imgKadapa: Eid al-Adha, which is popularly known as Bakrid, has been performed in a spiritual manner across the district on Monday. Muslims in large numbers have offered special prayers at the Mosques since morning. Addressing the gathering after performing prayers at mamilla palle Halima Sadia grounds, Deputy Chief Minister Amzadh Basha said Eid-al-Adha is meant to sacrifice. While wishing India to be in the top position in all fronts irrespective of religion, the deputy chief minister has called upon the Muslims to play a crucial role by sacrificing their lives in protecting the integrity of the nation. Also Read – AP Cabinet to meet on September 4 Advertise With Us The deputy chief minister has wished for timely rains and farmers to secure rich yielding in cultivation. He said that the government is keen on improving the living standards of Muslims by introducing various welfare schemes. He said that state is witnessing rampant development in all fronts under the guidance of Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy. Religious leaders and elders were present on the occasion.last_img read more

first_imgKoti: Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) national secretary and pramukh of national Goraksha, Khem Chand Sharma demanded more effective implementation of cow slaughter laws in India. He was speaking at a programme organised at VHP office here on Wednesday.Expressing his anguish at killing of large number of cows in Telugu states, he said that it was unfortunate that cows were being killed despite cow slaughter laws. He expressed his concern over decrease in number of cow varieties from 64 earlier to 32 now. He emphasised the need for protecting local varieties of cows as they were on the verge of extinction. Also Read – Techie strangled to death in Hyderabad Advertise With Us Khem Chand demanded that both the Telugu State governments implement effective cow slaughter laws. He urged unemployed youth to take up organic farming and focus on manufacture of organic products. Among those who were present were president of All India Goraksha, Jusraj, Goraksha representatives Yadagiri Rao, Venkanna, Tirupathi and others.last_img read more

first_imgPitt’s four representatives led all ACC squads. Senior right side hitter Nika Markovic, senior middle blocker Layne Van Buskirk, redshirt senior outside hitter Stephanie Williams and junior outside hitter Kayla Lund received the honor. University of Louisville senior outside hitter Melanie McHenry headlines the list of Preseason All-ACC volleyball stars and the Cardinals have been chosen third in the preseason poll of the ACC coaches. 2019 ACC Volleyball Preseason Coaches Poll Pitt (195 points, 13 First-Place Votes) Florida State (174, 2 First-Place Votes) Louisville (167) Notre Dame (164) North Carolina (120) Syracuse (118) Duke (113) Clemson (105) NC State (101) Miami (90) Georgia Tech (86) Boston College (52) Virginia Tech (39) Virginia (33) Wake Forest (18) Three student-athletes from Notre Dame made the team, with sophomore right side hitter Sydney Bent and sophomore outside hitter Charley Niego, in addition to sophomore setter Zoe Nunez. Clemson and Florida State each had two representatives, and Duke, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami, NC State, Syracuse and Virginia had one each. Story Links Fifteen of the 18 honorees on the 2019 Preseason All-ACC Volleyball Team earned 2018 All-ACC nods, with eight earning first team designations and two earning annual awards. The 2019 season begins on Friday, Aug. 30, with 14 league teams in action. The 2019 ACC volleyball champion will be determined by the final regular season standings, with that team receiving an automatic bid to the 2019 NCAA Division I Volleyball Championship. Pitt has been picked to win its third straight Atlantic Coast Conference volleyball title in a vote of the league’s 15 head coaches. The two-time reigning ACC Champion Panthers received 13 first-place votes and 195 points, as coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team. Florida State received two first-place votes and 174 points. Louisville (167 points), Notre Dame (164) and North Carolina (120) were slated third, fourth and fifth, respectively. Syracuse was picked sixth with 118 points, followed by Duke (113), Clemson (105), NC State (101) and Miami with 90. Georgia Tech (86 points), Boston College (52), Virginia Tech (39), Virginia (33) and Wake Forest (18) round out the league. 2019 ACC Volleyball Preseason All-Conference TeamBrooke Bailey, OH, R-Jr., ClemsonKaylin Korte, OH, R-Jr., ClemsonPayton Schwantz, OH, Jr., DukePayton Caffrey, OH, Sr., Florida StateTaryn Knuth, MB, Jr., Florida StateMikaila Dowd, OH, So., Georgia TechMelanie McHenry, OH, Sr., LouisvilleElizaveta Lukianova, OH, R-Jr., MiamiMelissa Evans, OPP, Jr., NC StateSydney Bent, RS, So., Notre DameCharley Niego, OH, So., Notre DameZoe Nunez, S, So., Notre DameKayla Lund, OH, Jr., PittNika Markovic, RS, Sr., PittLayne Van Buskirk, MB, Sr., PittStephanie Williams, OH, R-Sr., PittPolina Shemanova, OH, So., SyracuseSarah Billiard, OH/RS, Jr., Virginia Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

first_imgStay on target In case you didn’t know, Monster Hunter: World is huge. As in, Capcom’s best-selling game ever huge. There are many reasons to love MHW, but one of our favorite things is the cameos! We’ve already seen Street Fighter’s Ryu and Horizon Zero Dawn’s Aloy appear in the game. Even Devil May Cry’s Dante will soon join the monster-slaying party. Capcom seems to want as many cameo characters as possible and we’re okay with that.Since we’re likely to have more characters cross over to Monster Hunter: World, we thought it’d be fun to create a wish-list of who we’d like to see. Aside from choosing characters who use weapons and slay monsters in their own games, we pretty much let our imaginations go wild with this one. Check out our picks, and please feel free to leave us your suggestions in the comments. Anyway, let’s get started!Strider HiryuStrider already appeared in Monster Hunter: Generations so having him in Monster Hunter: World makes total sense. Strider’s fighting style was a variant on Dual Blades in Generations and it’s a smart move to retain that in MHW. Strider is a close-range fighter, after all. Given his speed, Strider can overwhelm monsters with a flurry of quick attacks. The fact he can jump off walls (in this case, trees and other environmental objects) will make him even more fun to play as.Ryu HayabusaWe haven’t seen a new Ninja Gaiden game in forever so it’d be great to have Ryu Hayabusa make his current-gen debut in Monster Hunter: World. Hayabusa is a weapons master which means he doesn’t have to be confined to being a sword user. Like Strider, Hayabusa can also use the environment to help him kill monsters. Toss in Hayabusa’s super moves, and he’d be a force to be reckoned with.KratosSince Monster Hunter: World already has Aloy, why not introduce another PlayStation character? In this case, the one and only Kratos. The former god of war is in the business of taking down giant beasts so he’s a natural for MHW. There are no weapons like Kratos’ Blades of Chaos in Monster Hunter: World. Thankfully, Kratos from the upcoming God of War uses an axe; which is a perfect weapon for MHW. A Switch Axe or Charge Blade should suit Kratos.BayonettaIf you’re going to have Dante in the game, you need to have Bayonetta. Bayonetta is all about style and grace. With that being the case, the Longsword is for her. It would be awesome if players could use her demon abilities against monsters. Imagine using her demon hair attack against some of the creatures! This could make her somewhat overpowered, but that’s something for the developers to worry about. We just want Bayonetta in the game!Lara CroftLara Croft is hot stuff now thanks to a movie and the announcement of a new Tomb Raider game. This makes it an ideal time to have her appear in Monster Hunter: World. Lara isn’t much of a melee fighter, but she’d kick serious ass with any of the game’s ranged weapons. Having Lara take out an Anjanath with the Light Bowgun would certainly bring back memories of the first Tomb Raider where she faced off against an angry T-Rex.KilikTo be honest, most characters in the Soul Calibur franchise would fit nicely in Monster Hunter: World. However, we’re going to go with Kilik on this one since he is a staff user. This makes him a perfect for the Insect Glaive. Beating monsters in the face with the glaive would be a blast, as would leaping above them to deal additional damage. Kilik also kind of looks like a Monster Hunter character so he definitely wouldn’t be out of place while hanging out in Astera.Geralt of RiviaThis selection is easy considering how Geralt is a literal monster hunter. Sword and Shield, Longsword, Bow and Arrow, Geralt will bring the pain no matter what weapon he uses. Like Bayonetta, Geralt’s magic-based attacks might overwhelm most monsters. But I suppose that’s the whole point of even having him in the game. This cameo is practically screaming to happen.Bayek of SiwaBayek from Assassin’s Creed: Origins is a complete badass and he needs to be in more games. Like many characters on this list, Bayek is proficient with a large number of weapons. Seeing him with an Insect Glaive, a Switch Axe, or Longsword wouldn’t be out of character. With that said, I can see him maining a Sword and Shield since those are his primary weapons in Origins. Also, Bayek does fight against giant gods in his game’s DLC, so he should be fine going up against any massive monster.Hunter (Bloodborne)Bloodborne has gotten a new lease on life thanks to being a free PlayStation Plus game this month. Since that’s the case, why not toss in that game’s Hunter? The Hunter specializes in fighting all manner of giant monsters. On top of that, most of the weapons he uses have different forms. This makes the Charge Blade or Switch Axe ideal weapons. Monster Hunter: World even has an outfit that looks almost identical to the Hunter (the Giros armor). I suppose you can just wear that armor set and use a Charge Blade, but why pretend when this could be official?Cloud StrifeI can’t be the only person who thought of Cloud Strife when they saw the Buster Sword in Monster Hunter: World. He is, after all, the most famous Buster Sword user in video games. As funny as it would be to have the polygonal Cloud from the original Final Fantasy VII, it’d be better to get the cool looking Cloud from the Dissidia games. Now that I think about it, you could have other Final Fantasy characters like Squall as a Gunlance user too. But Squall is annoying, so we’ll stick with Cloud. Everyone likes him.LinkYou didn’t think we’d forget about our boy Link, did you? Back before Monster Hunter even existed, Link was out there slaying the biggest, baddest monsters around. Link can slay creatures like Rathalos, Diablos, and Nergigante without breaking a sweat. As for what weapon Link would main, it would definitely be the Sword and Shield. Seeing the Master Sword and Hylian Shield in Monster Hunter would be a sight to behold. However, Link can whip butt with any weapon you give him. If Monster Hunter: World ever comes to Switch, this is a cameo that needs to happen. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img ‘God Eater 3’ on Switch Brings Franchise Back to Its RootsHands-On: ‘Monster Hunter World: Iceborne’ Beta Left Us Hung… last_img read more