City strength to be tested

first_img “It’s what I do. Part of my game. Contributing to the team, creating goals – it’s pleasing to be able to do that. “For me, it’s the team that comes first, either creating a goal or being part of the goal that’s the main thing. I want to be part of the team and contribute as much as I can. “The amount of games we’ve played this year and the amount of games we’ll hopefully continue playing towards the end of the season still being in every trophy, it’s important you need everyone to perform when you get that chance.” Another man taking his opportunity against Leicester was striker Edin Dzeko, who scored twice and will hope he has earned his chance in the Premier League in Aguero’s absence. Summer signing Alvaro Negredo has been Pellegrini’s partner of choice for Aguero, but Dzeko told several national newspapers: ”’I am a striker that has scored goals all my life, and I love to do it. “When I get a chance I try to do my best. We have a superb squad and recently have scored a lot of goals.” Manager Manuel Pellegrini already knows he will be without top scorer Sergio Aguero for up to two months with a calf injury suffered in last weekend’s 6-3 victory over Arsenal. And Aguero’s fellow Argentinian Pablo Zabaleta limped out of City’s 3-1 win over Leicester in the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup on Tuesday after suffering a hamstring injury. With Micah Richards also sidelined, Pellegrini has a decision to make about who to field at right-back for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League trip to Fulham. Dedryck Boyata took Zabaleta’s place on Wednesday, but there has also been a suggestion that James Milner could drop back into defence. The midfielder told the Manchester Evening News: “I hope that’s not the case but, if I’m asked to do it, I’ll do that. “Dedryck has come in, he’s a great young player. He’s got everything, he can defend well, he’s quick, he’s good on the ball. “It’s down to the manager. If he gets the nod, I’ve got every confidence in him. I think he’s a really good young player and he’s got a massive future ahead of him.” It has been a good 10 days for Milner, who scored the winner in City’s shock Champions League victory over Bayern Munich, won a penalty against Arsenal and played a key role in two of the goals against Leicester. The England midfielder has been in and out of the City side this season and is happy to be playing his part. “I think I’ve had spells in the team before and played well as well,” he said. Manchester City’s depth of squad looks set to be put to the test over the busy Christmas period. Press Associationlast_img read more

Remi Garde looks to Villa talks to help club make progress

first_img Press Association Boss Remi Garde hopes crunch talks between the Aston Villa hierarchy will begin to resolve the club’s problems. “I understand the fans’ frustration but if you look at every cup round in every country there is always at least one big surprise,” he said. “There has been in this country last weekend. I think we played in a way that probably didn’t deserve a better result. But to be fair I don’t think we need to apologise. “The best apology we could give is to win the next game and give a better performance.” Garde has already lost out on players because of Villa’s position at the bottom of the league and knows the squad needs another overhaul in the summer, despite the club signing 13 new players last year. He added: ” In the long term, for sure. But during this transfer window as I have said, January is not the best time to do things because it is very difficult for many reasons.” “The support that I need to make things better for the team,” he said, when asked what he hoped would come from the meeting. “To be fair I feel the total support from the board and Randy Lerner for a long time now. It’s more about the players now.” Garde has asked Lerner to address Villa’s desperate situation with the owner having barely spoken to the press since 2010 as he has only been at the crisis club since replacing Tim Sherwood in November. He said: “This is something I asked from them (Lerner and Fox) a fortnight ago, or something like that. Not to take the pressure off me – if I didn’t want the pressure I wouldn’t have this job.” Villa are 11 points from safety and have not won in the league since the opening day of the season – a club record run of 19 games. Garde and the squad were abused by fans after their 1-1 FA Cup draw at Wycombe as they boarded the team bus with videos appearing on social media. Micah Richards also spoke to supporters during the game to ease tensions while substitutes Brad Guzan and Joleon Lescott were accused of playing a game with chewing gum on the bench. And Garde – who is yet to win in 10 games as Villa boss – believes victory against Palace would be the best way to react. Chief executive Tom Fox and sporting director Hendrik Almstadt flew to America to hold talks with owner Randy Lerner on Monday over Villa’s transfer plans. Villa host Crystal Palace on Tuesday rock bottom of the Barclays Premier League and while Garde hopes to be given financial backing he also wants the discussions to help the club overall. last_img read more

What channel is Tony Harrison vs. Jermell Charlo 2 on today? Time, TV schedule for rematch fight

first_imgAnthony Flagg vs. Jamarcus WarrenLight Heavyweight What channel is Tony Harrison vs. Jermell Charlo 2 on today?TV channel: Fox, FS1 (undercard)Live stream: Fox Sports Go app, fuboTV (7-day free trial)The Harrison vs. Charlo 2 fight card is on Fox as part of the PBC Fight Night broadcast. The featured preliminary bouts will be aired on FS1 before the main event on Fox. Both the undercard and main card are available to stream on the Fox Sports Go app and fuboTV, which offers a 7-day free trial.Harrison vs. Charlo 2: What time is the fight?Date: Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019Time: 8 p.m. ETMain event: 9:30 p.m. ET (approximate)The featured preliminary bouts get underway at 6 p.m. ET. Then at 8 p.m. ET, the main event begins. Charlo and Harrison are expected to take their ring walks about 9:30 p.m. ET.This marks Harrison’s first title defense, as his last fight had him defeating Charlo to win the title back in December 2018. Meanwhile, Charlo delivered a riveting third-round KO of Jorge Cota on June 23 — the date he was supposed to fight Harrison before the champ postponed the rematch due to an ankle injury.Harrison vs. Charlo 2 fight cardMatchupClassBeltTony Harrison vs. Jermell CharloJr. MiddleweightWBCEfe Ajagba vs. Iago KiladzeHeavyweight Andre Dirrell vs. Juan Ubaldo CabreraSuper Middleweight Petr Khamukov vs. Maceo CrowderMiddleweight Adrian Taylor vs. German PerezHeavyweight Hugo Centeno Jr. vs. Juan Macias MontielMiddleweightcenter_img The fight marks a rematch nearly an exact year since the Dec. 22, 2018 night that had Harrison score a controversial unanimous decision over Charlo to take the WBC strap. The rematch was supposed to take place in June, but it had to be postponed after Harrison suffered an ankle injury. Charlo, though, alleges that Harrison was knocked out during a sparring session and purposely faked the ankle injury just to withdraw from their fight.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearThat allegation infuriates Harrison, who will look to prove that he’s the better fighter.“It bothers me that people can’t see real from fake,” Harrison told DAZN News. “Everything he says is phony and fake as s—, but it’s overshadowed because he has been on top longer than me, has the jewelry to prove it and is hanging around all the big stars. It’s easier for people to favor him because of who he knows and what he has over just the pure truth of what’s going on.”Harrison (28-2, 21 KOs) vows that he’s never “felt better for a fight mentally.” While he looks to defend the title, Charlo (32-1, 16 KOs) will be aiming to take back the hardware he feels he was robbed out of.Will Harrison prove that his victory last December was far from a fluke, or will Charlo regain his title and head into 2020 as the arguable best junior middleweight in boxing?Here’s a guide to the Harrison vs. Charlo 2 fight, with the time, channel and card. There’s no need to lay it on thick to manufacture heat for the Tony Harrison vs. Jermell Charlo rematch. The hate between the two is thick enough and has been that way for about a year.Harrison will defend his WBC junior middleweight title against Charlo in a nationally televised bout Saturday night at the Toyota Arena in Ontario, Calif. Jhack Tepora vs. Oscar EscandonJr. Lightweight Eimantas Stanionis vs. Julio Cesar SanchezWelterweightlast_img read more

Filip Petrusev’s decision to turn pro in Serbia won’t crush Gonzaga’s NCAA championship dreams

first_imgThey have reached the 30-victory mark in four consecutive years and six of the past eight. They were the only program that had reached four consecutive NCAA Tournament Sweet 16s from 2016 to 2019; they missed their chance to extend that run when the 2020 championship was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The uncertainty regarding the 2020-21 season might have been a reason Petrusev chose to play professionally now.He’ll get a chance to start his pro career close to home but will miss the chance to be part of another great Zags team. With or without him, the Zags figure to keep marching forward. Gonzaga’s Filip Petrusev isn’t waiting around for the NBA Draft withdrawal deadline — or even for the NBA Draft. He is going pro. Now.It is the kind of news that could dismantle an ordinary program’s championship ambitions. Gonzaga is not ordinary, as you probably know by now.If the Zags lose no players to NBA draft early entry — guard Joel Ayayi and wing Corey Kispert still have until Aug. 3 to withdraw — they will be placed among the top 5 teams in the Sporting News preseason rankings.An All-American as a sophomore and the leading scorer for Gonzaga’s West Coast Conference champions in 2019-20, Petrusev decided to accept an offer from KK Mega Bemax in his home country, Serbia.MORE: UConn’s return to Big East becomes a family affairThe Zags will miss his offensive production, maybe, but they have 6-10 sophomore Drew Timme, who averaged 9.8 points his first season, and 6-8 Anton Watson, who averaged 4.9 points in 15 minutes per game but missed much of the season with a shoulder injury. They have two other big men, Pavel Zakarov (6-11) and Oumar Ballo (6-10).It’s not entirely out of the question that Timme could do more with Petrusev’s minutes than Petrusev was. Petrusev managed only 26 blocks all season. Timme beat that total in nearly 200 fewer minutes, and he shot a higher percentage from the field.With the start of the college basketball season itself a moving target, and with the rosters teams will have in place whenever that season may start still fluid, attempting to identify the team most likely to win the 2020-21 NCAA championship is more daunting than ever.Gonzaga has been one of the most obvious candidates, because it was expected to return all but three of its most important players and will be adding elite high school point Jalen Suggs and grad transfer Aaron Cook, a 6-2 guard who averaged 15 points and 3.3 assists before a broken hand ended his final season at Southern Illinois.Petrusev was an important part of that optimism. He was a third-team Sporting News All-American as a sophomore, averaging 17.5 points and 7.9 rebounds.He expressed excitement about his new venture Monday on his Twitter account, saying he “can’t wait” to get started with his new team.New Beginnings…👀💪🏻 can’t wait!!! @KKMegaBemax— Filip Petrušev (@PetrusevFilip) July 20, 2020The Zags are positioned to manage his departure, though, as they have the loss of so many terrific players — both on schedule and ahead of it — during Mark Few’s two decades as the program’s head coach.last_img read more

Restaurant Review: Café 28

first_img Goulash, a phyllo dough “pocket” containing a tasty mix of cheese, spinach and lightly sautéed leeks, was real comfort food. Labneh ($6) was impressive. Homemade yogurt simply seasonedwith fresh mint, garlic, and olive oil, was cool and creamy. This, and theother appetizers above, are all meant to be eaten with that excellent pitabread. By Bob Sacks A special of Lamb Shank ($31) was falling-off-the-bonetender, in a richly flavored sauce with carrots, celery and Middle-Easternspices. What wines to take to this BYOB restaurant? As a rule, drywhites with some acidity (Italians or Sauvignon Blancs), or off-dry styles(German or Alsatian Rieslings) also pair well. We enjoyed a fruity and spicySicilian white: 2016 Planeta Etna Blanco paired with those complex flavors ofthe vegetable-based dishes. Want red? Avoid high alcohol, tannic, fruit bombs,like Zinfandel and Cali Cabs, and look to Barberas or Sangiovese-based winesfrom Italy, or Spanish reds. Our choice? 2015 Passopisciaro Contrada P., aSicilian, made from Nerello Mascalese grapes, which displayed red fruits andrefreshing acidity; a bit like a Nebbiolo or Burgundy in style. We led off with Classic Hummus ($6), the chickpeas renderedsmooth and creamy, mixed with tahini (sesame paste), seasoned with fresh limejuice, garlic and olive oil. Served with soft, fresh pita triangles, this washeads above any hummus I have had before. Dessert anyone? The Baklava ($10) was a splendid rendition…crispy, buttery, and flaky.  Kanafeh ($9), crunchy, shredded phyllo dough, layered with acreamy sweet cheese filling and drizzled with rose water syrup, was light andairy, and had great texture. Roz Bel Haleeb (rice pudding baked with bechamelsauce, and topped with pistachios) ($9) was a satisfying riff on thetraditional version.  Likewise, the Baba Ganoush ($7), Char-grilled eggplant,mashed to a fine texture with tahini, fresh lime juice and garlic. Yum! I thought the Goulash with Cheese, Spinach and Leek ($6),wrapped in incredibly flaky phyllo was truly special. Not to be missed. Don’t be concerned about ordering multiple dishes based onthe humble eggplant. Here it is elevated to gourmet status, and every preparationwe ate displayed a unique flavor profile, so each one always tasted fresh andnew. For example, Moussaka ($16) featured thin slices of smoky roastedeggplant, with a tangy tomato sauce and pine nuts, which made for a pleasingcrunch; while the Eggplant Fattah ($22), a delicious mix of grilled eggplant,in a bechamel sauce, and topped with toasted almonds was totally different… awhole other taste sensation. Highly recommended. One bite of his Falafel or Foul, and you’ll feel that love,too! His first restaurant in Red Bank was there for six years, before being relocatedto its present site in Cobblestone Village in Ocean Township about two yearsago. The large dinner and lunch menus, based on fresh ingredients cooked toorder, has something for everyone. Since we were not familiar with all of thedishes, we asked for, and received, expert guidance in ordering from the chef’sson, Karim, our gracious and engaging server. We also enjoyed Koshari ($16), a classic dish of rice,ditalini pasta, lentils, chickpeas and tomato sauce, garnished with a tangle offried onions. center_img Just when I was sure the meal had peaked, out came Foul ($12),stewed fava beans, in a tomato-based sauce, with onion and parsley, and toppedwith hard-boiled egg halves. The subtle seasonings and great mouthfeel madethis memorable.  This dish, as well asalmost all the others, displayed a level of finesse and complexity generallyseen in fine French cooking. Who knew that Egyptian food could be this nuanced,sophisticated, and multidimensional? Falafel ($12); instead of the usual chickpea, or mixed chickpea/favaversion, Mohamed uses all fava beans. Deep fried, greaseless spheres, werecrunchy on the outside, and lush, soft, and creamy inside. My dish of thenight! Another cold appetizer, Mohamara ($6), roasted red peppersblended with onion, breadcrumbs, mixed nuts, and enough chili pepper to give ita kick without being overly hot, was very enjoyable. From the Hot Appetizer section of the menu, Baby Sausage(Suguk) ($8), made from ground lamb, and served in a savory tomato garlicsauce, somewhat reminiscent of a rich marinara sauce, was notable. Rich and creamy on the inside, and crusty on the outside, the Fava Bean Falafel was superb. It must be love! Love of introducing diners to authenticEgyptian cuisine; love of preparing creative food with skill and care; and loveof sharing the story of his journey, that drives Mohamed Elbery to be at Café28 12 hours a day, seven days a week. Much of that time is spent in thekitchen, where this chef/owner handles all the cooking and baking, mostly byhimself. A dish of the night, Foul (Ful) elevated simple stewed fava beans in a deftly seasoned tomato sauce, topped with hard-boiled eggs, to gourmet status. Café 28 is in a class by itself. Thepassion and love that Chef Mohamed puts into his food is readily apparent inevery dish. Be adventurous, go for a meal, experience the food, and feel thevibe…you might just fall in love, too! Café 28 835 W. Park Ave. Ocean Township, NJ 07712 (732) 933-1400 Bob Sacks, longtime food and wine buff, reviews restaurants in this bimonthly column. Read more reviews here. Follow him on Instagram @dinnerwithboblast_img read more


first_imgA Donegal mum-of-three who was raped and sexually abused as a child by her godfather has launched an action for damages.Marcella Breslin (31), Emerald Drive, Killybegs is suing Patrick Gillespie (54), her godfather and uncle-in-law of Carrrickmagrath, Ballbofey.Gillespie was in 2008 jailed for ten years with three years suspended after being convicted of rape and sexual assault of Ms Breslin when she was aged between 12 and 16. Ms Breslin has claimed that between 1993-1997, he deliberately and knowingly perpetrated acts of sexual assault and sexual abuse on her in his home and also once in her grandmother’s house at Athayvooge, Killybegs and in forest areas in the county.It is claimed the instances of abuse began as touching in an intimate manner and graduated to full sexual intercourse and while Ms Breslin did what she could to prevent rape, Gillespie overpowered her physically and psychologically and it continued for upwards of four years.As a result, ,it is claimed Ms Breslin suffered personal injuries, loss and damage.Ms Breslin’s Counsel Sasha Gayer said Gillespie was Ms Brelsin’s godfather and uncle law and in a position of trust and she would stay in Gillespie’s house and was close to his wife, her aunt.The assaults began when Ms Breslin was twelve years of age. Gillespie also brought her a local forest area where he would rape her.“It had a profound and lasting effect on her. She tried to take her own life when she was 16 years of age,” counsel said.The criminal case, Counsel said, caused a rift in the extended family. Gillespie’s sentence was upheld by the Court of Criminal Appeal.In evidence Ms Breslin said on Friday nights when her friends were thinking about what to wear going out she would go home because Gillespie called between 6.30 to 7pm and would take her to a forest and rape her, before dropping her home again.“I would meet my friend after and she would be trying to decide what to wear. I was thinking I wish that was all of my problems,” she said.“I was absolutely frightened to death to be followed to America,” she said.The case before Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne and a jury continues.DONEGAL WOMAN LAUNCHES CASE AGAINST UNCLE WHO ABUSED HER was last modified: November 15th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:HIGH COURTMARCELLA BRESLINPATRICK GILLESPIElast_img read more

A’s opener strategy works well to set highest win total since 2002 in win over Angels

first_imgClick HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.ANAHEIM — It’s always sweet when a plan comes together. The A’s “opener” method, the same strategy they might utilize in next week’s wild-card game at New York, has failed at times, but it worked to perfection in its final test run of the regular season.Liam Hendriks opened up the game with a scoreless first inning for the A’s and was followed by four solid innings of work from regular starter Trevor Cahill, the …last_img read more

Venus Flytrap Is Snappy-Fast

first_imgOne tenth of a second is all the time the fly gets.  The traps of the Venus flytrap, an insectivorous plant Charles Darwin called “one of the most wonderful in the world,” somehow responds to stimuli quickly without muscles.  The entire mechanism is still largely unknown.  A team of French, UK and American scientists set out to study how it works so fast.  Their research, published in Nature,1, describes how the leaves are flexed into an outward curvature along two axes.  The trigger hairs inside the leaves propagate a signal that causes a rapid turnover, something like turning a half tennis ball inside out.  The closure has three phases: an initial slow action, a fast close, followed by a slow tightening of its grip around the prey.  See also the write-up by New Scientist, which ends, “Our study still leaves us baffled about one question that motivated him [Darwin] – how did this mechanism evolve?” (emphasis added).1Forterre et al., “How the Venus flytrap snaps,” Nature 433, 421 – 425 (27 January 2005); doi:10.1038/nature03185.Maybe it didn’t evolve; did you ever consider that possibility?    With all our lab technology we still cannot understand how a brainless, eyeless plant managed to invent an exquisite, functioning trap.  Actually, the question these scientists investigated (the fast action) is one of the simplest aspects of this wonderful organism.  How does the plant keep from springing its traps when only one trigger hair is touched?  (This keeps it from responding unnecessarily to wind-blown particles.)  How does the signal get propagated at the cellular level?  How does it maintain the curvature of the leaves?  How did trigger hairs form at just the right positions?  How do the spines along the trap edges grow and overlap, to form a secure prison the fly can’t wiggle out of?  How does the trap close even more tightly after the prey is captured, so as to squeeze the juice out of the bug?  How does a plant digest animal tissue, and why does it need to, when it can apparently survive without it?  How does the trap know to stay closed until digestion is finished, and how does it reopen like new?  Where are the transitional forms for this amazing plant?  How can evolutionists believe it arose by chance?    The Venus flytrap makes a wonderful object lesson for the family.  Pick one up at the nursery and let your kids experiment with it.  It’s a good way to have them learn to ask questions, try to figure out how things work, and develop a sense of wonder about natural phenomena.  Follow it up with a showing of the Moody Institute of Science classic The Prior Claim, a fun film that shows the plant in action.  It also shows a “simpler” plant – a fungus – that has a microscopic trap that is so fast, you can’t see the action even if you avoid blinking.  One moment the bug is outside, and within a split second it’s inside.  Amazing.  There are wonders everywhere that almost seem designed to create headaches for unbelievers.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Beauty7 1 Bundle/pack High Quality 5AAAAA Grade Unprocessed Virgin Brazilian Human Hair Extension Deep Wave Hair Style Natural Hair Color 8 inch-30 inch No Tangling No Shedding 100g – Four Stars

first_imgthis came loved it but it is very short I pay the I like the hair, though it is shorter than it appears in the picture. Very good quality, arrived in good time. I will be ordering more and telling friends about this. Hello can exchange the product for a longer ?this came loved it but it is very short i pay the difference without problems. Here are the specifications for the Beauty7 1 Bundle/pack High Quality 5AAAAA Grade Unprocessed Virgin Brazilian Human Hair Extension Deep Wave Hair Style Natural Hair Color 8 inch-30 inch No Tangling No Shedding 100g:Condition:brand new. Hair life:3-12 Months (Depending on Care and Usage)Weight:100g.Color:Natural black color.Length:8 inch-30 inch are availableHair type:weaving weft hair extension.Hair style:deep wave.Length of the hair is the same.High Quality, Tangle Free, Silky Softy Smooth Gorgeous Straight hair. 100% human hair, no fiber, no synthetic.Package:1 bundle/pack.Usually recommend 2-3 bundles for full head.Note: Please be reminded that due to lighting effects, monitor’s brightness / contrast settings etc, there could be some slight differences in the color tone of the pictures and the actual item. SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2019-05-29 10:04:39Reviewed Item 1 Bundle/pack High Quality 5AAAAA Grade Unprocessed Virgin Brazilian Human Hair Extension Deep Wave Hair Style Natural Black Hair Color 8 inch-30 inch No Tangling No Shedding 100g (8inch 21cm)Rating 4.7 / 5  stars, based on  6  reviews Posted on May 29, 2019Author Nathalie DuboisCategories Hair ExtensionsTags Beauty7 Hair is good but cannot be straightened, the hair is coming from china so make sure you order this in advance to when you need it as it can take up to 3 weeks to arrive. Its not 100 grams either it was about 86 when i weighed it however it was still thick all the way down to the bottom even though it was 28 inches, you will need about 3 packs for weave. Reviews from purchasers :Four Starslast_img read more

21 days agoChelsea hero Hasselbaink: Abraham should target Kane’s England place

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea hero Hasselbaink: Abraham should target Kane’s England placeby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea hero Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink says Tammy Abraham should push to replace Tottenham ace Harry Kane as England’s No9.The in-form 22-year-old, who has scored seven goals in seven games for Frank Lampard’s side, was named in the England squad on Thursday for the European Qualifiers against Czech Republic and Bulgaria.”As a young boy when you dream of being a footballer you want to play at the highest level and the highest level is England,” Hasselbaink told Sky Sports News.”He has been called up. He is going to get the chance and he has to compare himself with the best [striker] and that is Kane at the moment.”He has to try to get Kane’s position. It is not easy but that is going to be the next step. He has been invited for the England national squad. Now can you make that place yours?”The only way is to do well for Chelsea, keep on scoring and when you go with England show that you can do it on that level as well.” last_img read more