Five ties to watch in the Europa League

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Bruno Fernandes celebrating his first united goal last weekendParis, France | AFP |  Three English clubs and both Celtic and Rangers are hoping to secure places in the last 16 of the Europa League this week, while former European Cup winners Ajax and Inter Milan are bidding to qualify in adversity, for different reasons.AFP Sport picks five last-32, second-leg games to watch:– Manchester United v Club Brugge –Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side hold the upper hand following last week’s 1-1 draw in Belgium, but all is not lost for the visitors given the problems goalscorer Emmanuel Dennis repeatedly caused the United defence.United’s latest financial results revealed revenues fell by almost 12 percent in the six months to December, underlining the club’s need for a return to Champions League football next season.The arrival of Bruno Fernandes could provide just the spark required. The Portugal international scored his first United goal in a 3-0 win over Watford at the weekend. He also impressed in a brief cameo in the first leg.– Ajax v Getafe –After their memorable run to the Champions League semi-finals last year, Ajax are in serious danger of making a limp exit from Europe this season as they welcome Getafe to Amsterdam trailing 2-0 from the first leg.Only five members of the team that started last season’s second-leg loss to Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League were in the team for the defeat in the Madrid suburbs last week. One of those, midfielder Hakim Ziyech, has already agreed a transfer to Chelsea.Also beaten in the Dutch league by Heracles at the weekend, Erik ten Hag’s team are in the process of being broken up and overturning such a deficit against a Getafe side currently sitting fifth in La Liga is a big ask.In any case, the match may not even be the priority this week for Ajax, as they face AZ Alkmaar in a top-of-the-table clash in the Eredivisie on Sunday.– Porto v Bayer Leverkusen –A precious away goal by the Colombian Luis Diaz kept alive Porto’s hopes of progressing to the last 16 as they lost 2-1 to Bayer Leverkusen in Germany in the first leg last week.The Portuguese side have otherwise been in good form recently and will be hopeful of turning the tie around back at the Estadio do Dragao, especially as the Bundesliga outfit have lost top scorer Kevin Volland to an ankle injury which could rule him out for the rest of the season. The tie is a meeting of two former winners of the competition or its forerunner, the UEFA Cup — Leverkusen won it in 1988, while Porto lifted the trophy under Jose Mourinho in 2003 and again under Andre Villas-Boas in 2011. Both sides started the season in the Champions League, but Porto went out to Krasnodar in the third qualifying round and Leverkusen finished behind Juventus and Atletico Madrid in a difficult group.– Inter Milan v Ludogorets –The rising panic over coronavirus is overshadowing Inter’s simple looking second-leg clash with Ludogorets, who have little chance at the San Siro following their 2-0 defeat in Razgrad, as Italy grapples with an outbreak that has left 10 dead and over 300 people infected.The chaos caused to the country’s sporting calendar has hit Inter hard, with the weekend’s postponed Serie A match against Sampdoria set to be played at the end of the season and Thursday’s meeting to be played in front of empty stands.The lack of home support is another problem for Antonio Conte’s side as they try to bounce back from a defeat at Lazio 10 days ago that has left them six points off the pace at home.Conte still has to deal with the absence of goalkeeper Samir Handanovic, out since the start of the month with a little finger fracture.– Arsenal v Olympiakos –Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal host Olympiakos looking to extend a 10-match unbeaten run which has seen them unexpectedly launch bids to reach next season’s Champions League on two fronts.The Gunners started the year languishing 12th in the Premier League, 11 points off the top four.But they now sit just four points adrift of fifth-placed Manchester United, with a top-five finish potentially enough to qualify for the Champions League after Manchester City were handed a two-year ban by UEFA for financial fair-play breaches.A 1-0 victory over Olympiakos in Greece has also put last season’s Europa League runners-up in pole position to reach the last 16 as they bid for a first European trophy since lifting the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1994.last_img read more

Robin Uthappa reveals cricket was the only thing that probably kept him from ‘jumping…

first_imgImage Courtesy: IPL/PTIAdvertisement 4nhbNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs5xpWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ebj( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) l33Would you ever consider trying this?😱4pnCan your students do this? 🌚kyqRoller skating! Powered by Firework Depression is a mental health disorder that a many people suffer worldwide, and even some sportspersons are affected by it. Team India’s veteran Robin Uthappa, known for his hard hitting knocks and huge sixes, was fighting with depression during his career, and even developed suicidal tendencies. However, the only thing that prevented the wicket keeping batsman from ‘jumping off the balcony’ was the thing that he is best at- the gentleman’s game.Advertisement Image Courtesy: IPL/PTINow without any cricketing fixtures and the suspension of 2020 Indian Premier League, a number of franchises of the cash rich league have taken to live sessions on social media, where players talk about various topics ranging from their career to personal matters.In the latest episode of ‘Mind, Body and Soul’ a three part series discuss positivity, mental health, and happiness, hosted by Royal Rajasthan Foundation, Uthappa revealed a phase of his career when he was battling against depression.Advertisement “I remember around 2009 to 2011, it was constant and I would deal with that on a daily basis. There were times where I wasn’t even thinking about cricket, it was probably the farthest thing in my mind,” the 34 year old said in the session.While the negative thoughts clouded his mind during the times with no fixtures, heading to the 22 yards was the perfect remedy for Uthappa.Advertisement He continued: “I was thinking about how I would survive this day and move on to the next, what’s happening to my life and in which direction am I heading. Cricket kept my mind off of these thoughts but it became really difficult on non-match days and during the off-season.”“On days, I would just be sitting there and would think to myself on the count of three, I’m going to run and jump off of the balcony but something kind of just held me back,” the Kerala cricket team star added.Uthappa has made 46 ODI and 13 T20I appearances for the Men in Blue, his last one dating all the way back in July 2015 in an ODI against Zimbabwe. The former Kolkata Knight Riders icon was picked by Rajasthan Royals ahead of IPL 2020.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Ajinkya Rahane gives his thoughts about the Elephant-icide in Kerala Advertisementlast_img read more

Barry Commits To Dartmouth

first_imgOn Thursday mourning, Rumon-Fair Heaven basketball standout Brendan Barry is set to sign a national letter of intent to play Division 1 basketball in the Ivy league for Dartmouth. Barry made his commitment on Tuesday night via twitter. Barry finished his high school career as RFH’s all-time leading scorer with 1,812 points and 277 three pointers made.last_img

A’s stay hot via long ball, beat Cleveland for fourth straight

first_imgCLEVELAND — Bolstered by solo home runs by Jurickson Profar and Matt Olson and Matt Chapman’s ninth-inning two-run blast, the A’s topped the Indians, 6-4, on Monday for their fourth straight win.A’s left-handed starter Brett Anderson (5-3, 4.14) got the win, but left the game with a cervical strain in the bottom of the sixth. He was visited on the mound by manager Bob Melvin and trainer Nick Paparesta with one out and a runner on second, then walked off the field with Paparesta, as Melvin …last_img

“Europe’s First” GC43 GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – January 31, 2011

first_imgNear the “Europe’s First” geocacheIn June of 2000 geocaching reached Europe in the form of a plastic container hidden along the Irish coastline. It was only one month after the first geocache in the world was placed in the U.S.“Europe’s First” (GC43) is rated as a difficulty 1, terrain 3. It’s located south of Dublin and geocachers from around the world make this cache part of their holiday plans. One of the more than 500 logs from “Europe’s First” reads, “Our trip to Ireland would have not have been complete without a small diversion to pick up this very important landmark cache. Even the sun came out to give us a lovely stroll along the cliff path before a short scramble to the cache. I’m very pleased to have ticked this one off.”Geocachers who log this cache, also cross one of the Top Ten Oldest Active Caches off their list.A look at the geocache “Europe’s First”This traditional cache has 71 Favorite Points so far. Geocaching Favorites is a new feature on Geocaching.com.Continue your exploration with some of the most engaging geocaches from around the world. Explore all the Geocaches of the Week on our blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedThe top ten geocaches added to ListsSeptember 24, 2019In “Community”Connecting the World With Geocaching — Köln-Seattle Exchange Multicaches (GC1GWEV and GC1H38J) — Geocache of the WeekDecember 25, 2013In “Community”The Director’s Travel Bug Hotel (GC3MFAD) — Geocache of the WeekOctober 15, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”last_img read more

4 days agoMan Utd warned against signing Leicester ace James Maddison

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd warned against signing Leicester ace James Maddisonby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have been urged to avoid signing Leicester City ace James Maddison.That’s on the advice of former United midfielder Kleberson.”I don’t think it would be great for Maddison to join United,” the World Cup winner told US-Bookies.com.”They [Leicester] have had a good start to the season but when you do a big jump from a smaller club to United, it is mentally tough for these players.”They have to be able to learn to adapt to play at a big club. It will be interesting to see if they can, but I don’t know if he will be a good enough signing for United.” last_img read more

3 days agoMan City keeper Zack Steffen delighted with first Fortuna Dusseldorf clean sheet

first_imgTagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City keeper Zack Steffen delighted with first Fortuna Dusseldorf clean sheetby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveZack Steffen was delighted with a first clean sheet for Fortuna Dusseldorf on the weekend.On-loan from Manchester City, Steffen has been superb for Fortuna this season – but hadn’t managed a clean sheet.That is until the weekend’s 1-0 win over Mainz.Steffen said, “Sometimes I like that when I have nothing to do. I’ll take that with me. I’m just totally happy and overjoyed that I finally did not concede a goal. That’s really good for me. “This is the credit of our defence. The guys did a great job. We finally showed that we can defend our goal when we totally concentrate for 90 minutes.” last_img read more

Grains mostly higher Livestock mixed

first_imgCHICAGO — Grain futures were mostly higher Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for Mar. delivery rose 7.40 cents at $5.2140 a bushel; Mar. corn fell .80 cent at $3.7760 a bushel; Dec. oats was up 2.60 cents at $2.8920 a bushel; while Jan. soybeans gained 2.60 cents at 8.9960 a bushel.Beef was higher and pork was lower on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Feb. live cattle rose .38 cent at $1.2530 a pound; Jan. feeder cattle was up .20 cent at $1.47 a pound; Dec. lean hogs fell .76 cent at .6282 a pound.The Associated Presslast_img

LNG Canada awards construction contract to Japanese and US firms Nikkei Asian

first_imgStory courtesy Nikkei Asian Review: https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Business-Deals/Long-stalled-LNG-plant-revived-as-Asia-ditches-coal TOKYO, JAPAN — The Nikkei Asian Review is reporting that Japan-based JGC Corp and U.S. firm Fluor have won a contract to design and build the LNG Canada liquefied natural gas project for an estimated $14 billion.Nikkei has not named sources in its article, but says that LNG Canada should begin liquefying natural gas for shipments to China, South Korea and other Asian markets by roughly 2023. Transporting LNG to Asia takes just eight days from the B.C. North Coast, compared with 20 days from the Gulf of Mexico and 14 from the Middle East.China surpassed South Korea last year to become the second-largest importer by volume, a 50 percent from 2016. Japan ranks as the world’s largest importer, while demand is also growing in India and Southeast Asia.last_img read more