Barcelona remain the best team in the world on their day despite unconvincing displays this season, coach Luis Enrique said on Friday ahead of their clash with La Liga leaders and arch-rivals Real Madrid.Barcelona trail Zinedine Zidane’s unbeaten side by six points going into Saturday’s Clasico at the Nou Camp having failed to beat the likes of Malaga and Real Sociedad and losing to Celta Vigo and Alaves in their worst start to a season since 2004-05.The champions have produced blistering displays this season, however, beating Real Betis 6-2 on the opening day and hammering Celtic 7-0 and Manchester City 4-0 in the Champions League. (La Liga to telecast ‘El Clasico’ live in Delhi and Mumbai)”I feel optimistic when I see my team train and compete every day. There are many great teams around but no-one is better than us,” Luis Enrique told a news conference.The coach was echoing the words of Barca’s Turkey international Arda Turan.”Barca are the best team around and when we play as we know how we are unstoppable,” he told the club website.Luis Enrique also predicted that Real would come to the Nou Camp with a defensive approach. (Barcelona’s injured Jordi Alba a doubt for El Clasico)”They’ll have no problem with giving the ball to us and that suits us as we need it. They’ll try and take advantage of set pieces, quick transitions and try to be effective in the final third. We want to have more control, create and take advantage of space and create chances,” the coach said.advertisementMidfield maestro and captain Andres Iniesta returns to the side after six weeks out with a knee injury, meaning Barca could have their first choice starting 11 if full back Jordi Alba recovers from a knock sustained against Real Sociedad. (Real Madrid look to stamp authority on title race with Clasico victory)”Iniesta is our captain and the reference point for our style but I don’t think our style will change because of one player, although it’s great news to have our captain back,” Luis Enrique said.”We have the chance to put ourselves at a more comfortable distance from Real Madrid, but it will not determine the outcome of the title.”
Strasbourg v PSG ‘We deserved to win’ – Emery claims dominant performance despite PSG’s shock loss Sacha Pisani 08:38 12/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Strasbourg v PSG Strasbourg PSG Ligue 1 Videos The PSG boss lamented Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Strasbourg after he felt his team created plenty of chances to come away with a victory A disappointed Unai Emery said Paris Saint-Germain deserved to win after the Ligue 1 leaders crashed to a surprise loss at Strasbourg.PSG’s unbeaten season came to a shock end Saturday when they were upstaged 2-1 by Strasbourg at Stade de la Meinau.Kylian Mbappe cancelled out Nuno da Costa’s opener before half-time but PSG came unstuck for the first time since April 30 – a run of 25 matches in all competitions – after Stephane Bahoken restored Strasbourg’s lead past the hour. 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 “We’re disappointed. The team did what they had to to win,” Emery said.”We deserved to win, but that’s football. It’s difficult to keep winning games, to win all the time. During each match, we try to play well and win.”Today, the team created a lot of chances, dominated the game. But with two opportunities, we gave Strasbourg the chance to beat us.”When you look at all the chances we created, you could say that it wasn’t our day.”Is this the goal to end PSG’s unbeaten run?! pic.twitter.com/Ycdl0FNkuB— Goal (@goal) December 2, 2017PSG are nine points clear of reigning champions Monaco atop the table, though Marseille are third and a point further back ahead of their trip to Montpellier Sunday.Brazilian full-back Dani Alves added: “There isn’t much to explain. I think it was a tough day, we were jagged during the match and we paid an expensive price for it.”We didn’t make the goal right away, but it’s things that happen, accidents and some warnings that we can’t think that everything is flowers, sometimes there are road accidents, we’re not going to change anything, just try to improve even more.”
The Federal Communications Commission repealed the Obama-era “net neutrality” rules Thursday, giving internet service providers like Verizon, Comcast and AT&T a free hand to slow or block websites and apps as they see fit or charge more for faster speeds.In a straight party-line vote of 3-2, the Republican-controlled FCC junked the longtime principle that said all web traffic must be treated equally. The move represents a radical departure from more than a decade of federal oversight.The big telecommunications companies had lobbied hard to overturn the rules, contending they are heavy-handed and discourage investment in broadband networks.“What is the FCC doing today?” asked FCC chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican. “Quite simply, we are restoring the light-touch framework that has governed the internet for most of its existence.”The push to eliminate net neutrality has stirred fears among consumer advocates, Democrats, many web companies and ordinary Americans afraid that the cable and phone giants will be able to control what people see and do online. But the broadband industry has promised that the internet experience for the public isn’t going to change.The FCC vote is unlikely to be the last word. Net neutrality supporters threatened legal challenges, with New York’s attorney general vowing to lead a multistate lawsuit. Some Democrats want to overturn the FCC action in Congress.“The fact that Chairman Pai went through with this, a policy that is so unpopular, is somewhat shocking,” said Mark Stanley, a spokesman for the civil liberties organization Demand Progress. “Unfortunately, not surprising.”On Thursday, about 60 demonstrators gathered in the bitter chill of Washington to protest the FCC’s expected decision. Just before the vote, the hearing room was briefly evacuated and searched for unspecified security reasons.The FCC subscribed to the principle of net neutrality for over a decade and enshrined it in rules adopted in 2015.Under the new rules approved Thursday, the Comcasts and AT&Ts of the world could slow down or block access to services they don’t like or happen to be in competition with. They could also charge higher fees of rivals and make them pay up for higher transmission speeds. They just have to post their policies online or tell the FCC.Such things have happened before. In 2007, for example, The Associated Press found that Comcast was blocking or throttling some file-sharing. And AT&T blocked Skype and other internet calling services on the iPhone until 2009.Thursday’s rule change also eliminates certain federal consumer protections, bars state laws that contradict the FCC’s approach, and largely transfers oversight of internet service to another agency altogether, the Federal Trade Commission.Angelo Zino, an analyst at CFRA Research, said he expects AT&T and Verizon to be the biggest beneficiaries because the two internet giants can now give priority to the movies, TV shows and other videos or music they provide to viewers. That could hurt rivals such as Sling TV, Amazon, YouTube or startups yet to be born.However, AT&T senior executive vice-president Bob Quinn said in a blog post that the internet “will continue to work tomorrow just as it always has.” He said the company won’t block websites and won’t throttle or degrade online traffic based on content.Internet companies such as Google, Twitter and Facebook have strongly backed net neutrality.Netflix said in a tweet it is “disappointed in the decision to gut #NetNeutrality protections that ushered in an unprecedented era of innovation, creativity & civic engagement. This is the beginning of a longer legal battle.”White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the Trump administration “supports the FCC’s effort to roll back burdensome regulations. But as we have always done and will continue to do, we certainly support a free and fair Internet.”FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, a Democrat appointed by President Barack Obama, lambasted the “preordained outcome” of the vote that she said hurts small and large businesses and ordinary people. She said the end of net neutrality hands over the keys to the internet to a “handful of multibillion-dollar corporations.”With their vote, she added, the FCC’s Republican commissioners are abandoning the pledge they took to make a rapid, efficient communications service available to all people in the U.S., without discrimination.But Michael O’Rielly, a GOP commissioner appointed by Obama, called the FCC’s approach a “well-reasoned and soundly justified order.”The internet, he said, “has functioned without net neutrality rules for far longer than it has with them.” The decision “will not break the internet.”New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a Democrat, has been investigating what appear to be large numbers of fake public comments submitted to the FCC during the net neutrality comment period. He said 2 million comments were submitted under stolen identities, including those of children and dead people.___Associated Press Writer Chris Rugaber in Washington contributed to this story.
TORONTO – A controversial fast food company that is known as much for its role in U.S. politics as it is for its chicken announced Wednesday that it will expand its Canadian presence over the next five years.Chick-fil-A Inc., which currently has a single Canadian location at Calgary International Airport, said it will open a restaurant in Toronto next year and has plans to establish about 15 locations around the Greater Toronto Area over the next five years.The Atlanta-based company’s expansion comes as a handful of foreign fast food chains are proving that they’re no chickens when it comes to Canada. In recent years, Filipino brand Jollibee and American chains Five Guys Burger and Fries, the Halal Guys, Wahlburgers and Blaze Pizza have entered the already-crowded Canadian market.Foreign brands are likely attracted to the country and Toronto because of the large population, international reputation and close proximity to the U.S., said food industry expert Robert Carter, who expects other large companies will watch Chick-fil-A’s expansion to guide whether they should head to Canada too.“Toronto is considered one of the more multicultural cities in North America, if not the world, so it is a great platform for brands expanding international to test out the Canadian market and then start to fine-tune some of the differences from the U.S. business model,” said Carter.“Chick-fil-A is a very beloved brand down in the U.S. with strong consumer loyalty and I think some of that brands’s awareness will translate for Canadians as well… When you look at loyalty, it is almost on par with a brand like Tim Hortons in Canada.”However, Chick-fil-A is unlike most of the homegrown fast-food brands or foreign ones that have come to Canada because it’s known for its religious and conservative values.The company is owned by the Cathy family, a billionaire evangelical Southern Baptist clan, which attracted plenty of attention in 2012, when its president Dan Cathy said he believes in the “the biblical definition of the family unit” and said those who “have the audacity to define what marriage is about” were “inviting God’s judgment on our nation”.When the Supreme Court chose to support same-sex marriages in the U.S. a year later, Cathy posted on Twitter that the “founding fathers would be ashamed of our generation” and pronounced it a “sad day for our nation.”His remarks caused politicians to call for the chain to boycotted, but Carter suspects the furor will be a “non-issue” for Canadians because he said once issues like these “fall out of the consciousness of consumers, it is business as usual.”He thinks Canadians will find it “curious” if the company sticks to its U.S. policy of keeping its locations closed on Sundays as a way of giving staff time off, but he doesn’t believe it will bother customers too much because he said there are many smaller restaurants that also don’t open that day of the week.To resonate with Canadian audiences, Carter mused that Chick-fil-A could make some changes to its menu items, perhaps rolling out a coffee program or more breakfast offerings, which have proved to be a boon for McDonald’s and Tim Hortons in Canada.Breakfast is the fastest-growing part of the day for restaurants since 2012, according to research companies NPD Group and Nielsen, and breakfast sandwiches make up a third of all orders placed during that time of day.Chick-fil-A will only boost the competition for morning meal dollars in Canada, Carter said, because the company offers a chicken breakfast sandwich, which he hasn’t seen other restaurants in the country roll out.He also considers Chick-fil-A’s expansion to come at an advantageous time because he has seen chicken recently become a “hot” and “go-to” menu item for Canadians.Chick-fil-A offers chicken nuggets, wraps and strips at its 2,300 restaurants in the U.S., which collectively brought the company more than $9 billion in revenue in 2017.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version claimed that Chick-fil-A would open its first Canadian restaurant in Toronto in 2019.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is restoring federal recognition of an accrediting group that oversees dozens of for-profit colleges but was shut down by the Obama administration.Her decision released Wednesday says the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools passed muster in 19 of 21 areas reviewed. DeVos says she is restoring the group’s recognition and giving it a year to fix lingering problems.The group, known as ACICS, was responsible for ensuring the quality of 250 institutions before the Obama administration cut ties with it in 2016, alleging poor oversight.It had previously certified now-defunct for-profit chains including Corinthian Colleges and ITT Technical Institute.A judge ordered DeVos to revisit the case in March after ACICS sued, saying the previous administration failed to consider thousands of pages of evidence.Collin Binkley, The Associated Press
Dubai: India retained the ICC Test Championship Mace and won the purse of USD one million for a third year running after a memorable season that saw them winning their maiden series in Australia. India finished at the top of the ICC Test team rankings on the cut-off date of April 1 while New Zealand have ensured second place, the world body said in a statement on Monday. “Retaining the ICC Test Championship Mace once again is something we are all really proud of. Our team has been doing well across formats but it gives us extra pleasure to come out on top of the Test rankings,” India captain Virat Kohli said reiterating his love for Test cricket. “We all know of the importance of Test cricket and of how only the best can prosper in the format,” he added. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhA top place finish was never in doubt for India, while New Zealand’s consistent performances over the past year saw them climb from third position, needing them to only avoid losing the home series against Bangladesh last month to finish at the same position. The Kane Williamson-led side, who also had the satisfaction of seeing their captain get the ICC Spirit of Cricket award for 2018, earned USD 500,000 after finishing with 108 points, eight behind India. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterSouth Africa, who had finished second the previous two times, will now get a prize money of USD 200,000 for finishing third with 105 points while Australia who edged out Engalnd on decimal points at 104 points bag USD 100,000. “Our team has a lot of depth and I am sure this will stand us in good stead once the ICC World Test Championship commences later this year. That is again something we are really looking forward to as it adds more context to Test match cricket,” Kohli said. New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said it was an “awesome” achievement for his side to finish second in the ICC Test Team Rankings “…as a team we should be very proud. It’s come off the back of a lot of hard work and perseverance; not just by the eleven guys on the field, but the entire squad and support staff. “It’s been especially pleasing to see the consistency we’ve shown in the longest form of the game over a decent period of time.” ICC chief executive Manu Sawhney congratulated the Indian team while reiterating the importance of Test cricket and looking forward to the start of the World Test Championship after the World Cup in May-July. “I congratulate India on retaining the ICC Test Championship Mace and appreciate the passion Virat Kohli’s team has shown across formats over the past few years. Test cricket has been enjoying a purple patch over the last couple of years with more positive results than ever and a genuine competitive balance between nations,” he said. Nine Test nations will compete across 27 series and 71 Test matches to reach the World Test Championship Final in 2021 where the champions will be crowned.
New Delhi: The Delhi government on Wednesday sought before a court here a month’s time to decide whether to grant sanction to prosecute former JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar and others in the 2016 JNU sedition case. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Deepak Sherawat directed the AAP government to file a “proper reply”, citing a definite time-frame. DCP of Special Cell of Delhi Police, Pramod Kushwaha, had earlier told the court that the agency has already sent a request to the Delhi government seeking sanction and added that sanction was an administrative action and the charge sheet can be filed without Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderthat. The Delhi Police had earlier told the court that authorities were yet to give requisite sanctions to prosecute Kumar and others in the case, and it would take two to three months to procure sanctions. The court had earlier also directed police to ask the authorities concerned to expedite the process while granting it three weeks to procure the sanction needed to prosecute Kumar and other accused, including former JNU students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, in the case. They have been charged under IPC 124 A (sedition), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 465 (forgery), 471 (using as genuine, forged document), 143 (punishment for unlawful assembly), 149 (unlawful assembly with common object), 147 (rioting) and 120B. The three students, who were arrested on February 11, 2016, are out on bail.
New Liverpool signing Alisson Becker trains with his teammates for the first time.The shot-stopper was seen training at Melwood, the club’s training base for the first time since signing from AS Roma. Alisson joined Liverpool for £67million this summer, a deal which has made him the most expensive goalkeeper in the planet.Liverpool made signing a new player between the goal posts a priority this summer and are hoping the Brazil international will provide much-needed improvement in that department after they saw off competition from Chelsea and Real Madrid.The reds posted videos of training on social media today and fans quickly revealed their happiness in seeing the new goalkeeper in training.With one fan posting, according to Mirror Football: “for the first time in years, a Liverpool goalkeeper catches the ball at first attempt.”Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.Alisson has revealed his joy about playing for the reds and can’t wait to get started.“It’s a dream come true for me, to be able to put on the shirt of such a prestigious team that’s used to winning,” Alisson told the club’s official website.Liverpool manager also revealed his excitement about having the player join his team.“When I heard about the opportunity to sign of the best young goalkeepers in the game, I know we had to make it happen,” Klopp said.“I spoke to the owners and they were also excited about bringing him here.”
Brazil legend Rivaldo believes that Vinicius Junior hasn’t played yet because the coach doesn’t think he’s readyExpectations are high for the 18-year-old following his €40m arrival from Brazilian side Flamengo earlier this summer.But, despite an impressive pre-season with Los Blancos in their US tour, Vinicius was left as an unused substitute in the club’s UEFA Super Cup defeat to Atletico Madrid and last Sunday’s opening day win over Getafe in La Liga.Reports have suggested that head coach Julen Lopetegui is trying to protect the teenage winger.But Rivaldo, who spent five years at Barcelona, believes that Vinicius’ absence means that he has not earned a spot in the team yet.“If Vinicius doesn’t play then it’s the coach’s decision, but not one to protect the player,” he explained in an interview with BRT News, via Marca.“If he has been included in the squad then it’s because he’s ready to play.“He shouldn’t lose any more game time.”Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Real president Florentino Perez is hopeful that the young Brazilian will develop in a similar way to Neymar when he was at Barcelona.“The beginning of the season is the best moment to hand a player his debut,” continued Rivaldo.“When the big matches arrive then it’s more complicated to play a debutant.”La Liga have recently announced that they will be hosting some of their domestic fixture in the United States.“It seems to be a financial issue,” speculated Rivaldo.“It doesn’t take into account the supporters of the Spanish teams.”Rivaldo scored 130 goals in 235 games for Barcelona and won La Liga twice during his five-year spell at Catalonia.
Manchester United captain Antonio Valencia has echoed the sentiments at the club stating that nobody is giving up on the chase for a top-four place in the League.United’s next game is at home against Huddersfield Town on Boxing Day, and the former Wigan man urged the squad to develop a consistent run in the bid to secure a top-four spot.”Absolutely,” he replied when asked by MUTV if the top-four scrap remains alive, prior to Saturday’s 5-1 win over Cardiff City.“Nobody is giving up at all. You know there is half a season left to play so it’s all about working hard, battling and playing well.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.”We know we have got the quality within the squad to be able to do that. It is all about being focused and the aim is still to get into those top four places. We also want to go as far as we can in the Champions League – why not get to the final? Why not try to win the two cup competitions we are still involved in?”Wagner’s men are on a relegation fight but the fact the festive fixture is at home is of a benefit to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.”I think it is good,” explained Valencia. “The main thing is to get everyone together at Old Trafford after Christmas and it is a great fact we don’t have to travel as it’s on our doorstep. Playing in front of our fans is always a special occasion.”We are getting the chance to make them happy and hopefully put any recent bad results behind us to get into good form again. We need to start putting a string of wins together and putting in a good performance to make the fans happy.”