For Tata Motors, the 89th Geneva International Motor Show has been nothing short of spectacular. On March 5, the company premiered five products — Altroz, Altroz EV, Buzzard, Buzzard Sport and H2X Concept. Talking about the hatchbacks, while Altroz will be commercially launched in mid-2019, Altroz EV is expected to be introduced in less than two years.Tata Altroz EV has been engineered on the ALFA (Agile Light Flexible Advanced) Architecture. With lightweight, modular and flexible characteristics, the new platform allows the manufacturing of multiple body styles with a choice of powertrains, including gasoline, diesel or full electric.Several reports have claimed that Tata Altroz EV will be priced over Rs 10 lakh. However, these are only claims. Everything will be clear only when the company comes out with an official announcement. As of now, Tata Motors has revealed the technical specifications of Altroz EV. Below are the important details. Tata Altroz EVTechnical SpecificationsMotor and gearboxPermanent magnet AC motor with single speed gearboxCharging time60 minutesTargeted range250-300 kmsLength (mm)3,988Width (mm)1,754Height (mm)1,505Wheelbase (mm)2,501Tata Motors is claiming that Altroz EV will have an energy efficient powertrain unit along with a high energy density battery pack offering a superior range. It will get a sporty silhoutte, athletic stance and aerodynamic lines. There will be signature humanity line accentuated by dual ultra slim LED headlamps and digitally inspired lower grille.The side profile of Tata Altroz EV will feature a unique arrowhead forming at the intersection of the A pillar with the front door flowing into the one of a kind comet tail like swoosh element along the window line.advertisementThe interiors of Tata Altroz EV have been laid out like a modern aero command center with a seamless cockpit-like theme connected from end-to-end. There will be use of large coloured displays, enhanced haptics and premium material.ALSO READ | Foundation stone for Rs 90,000 crore Delhi-Vadodara-Mumbai Expressway laidALSO READ | Triumph Tiger 800 XCA launched in India at a starting price of Rs 15.16 lakhALSO READ | Yamaha launches Fascino Darknight edition in India, price starts at Rs 56,793
Ireland’s No.11 batsman Tim Murtagh created a new record during Day 3 of the historic Test against Afghanistan in Dehradun on Sunday as he became the first 11th batsman to score more than 25 runs in each innings of a Test match. At stumps on Day 3, Ireland were all out for 288 and Afghanistan were 29 for 1, needing 118 runs to win the match.Murtagh, who had scored a defying 54 not out for Ireland in the first innings, playing a 27-run innings on Sunday to get the record in the history of Test cricket spanning 142 years.The match is tilted in favour of Afghanistan at the moment with the hosts needing 118 runs in two days to win their first Test match. Since attaining the Test status, both the teams are playing only their second match.Afghanistan had played their first Test against India last year, where they lost by an innings and 262 runs. Ireland, on the other hand, had played their first Test against Pakistan that they lost by five wickets.Ireland had got bowled out for just 172 runs in the first innings and then they bowled out Afghanistan for 314.In the second innings for Ireland, Andrew Balbirnie was the highest scorer with 82 off 149 runs while Kevin O Brien put up the second-highest score of 56.Afghanistan, who had a solid first innings where Rahmat Shah (98), Hashmatullah Shahidi (61) and Asghar Afghan (67) shone, lost Mohammad Shahzad for 2 in the second innings.At stumps they were 29 for 1 with Ihsanullah Janat (16 not out) and Rahmat Shah (11 not out) on the crease.advertisement
The hunt for a foreign coach to take charge of the men’s hockey team will be over by the end of March. Mail Today has learnt from sources that Hockey India has gone through the bio-datas of applicants and in the next 10 days it will prepare a shortlist.The final decision on who gets the coach’s job will be held after consultations and discussions with the Sports Authority of India, who are officially the employers and pay salary.Since the time India lost in the quarter-finals of the FIH World Cup in December in Bhubaneswar, there was a huge doubt over the continuance of Harendra Singh.Once Hockey India held its review meeting in January and decided the performance of the team under Harendra was not good enough at the Asian Games in Jakarta and the World Cup, going back to a foreign coach became the obvious choice.Hockey India had on its website advertised for the coach’s job and various applications have been received. It is learnt two of the three short-listed coaches are from Europe and Australia. Names are being kept as confidential as there is no point in upsetting the current employers of these coaches.When the Indian team left for the Azlan Shah tournament in Malaysia recently, with no coach in charge, it looked a bit strange. David John, the high performance director is virtually in command, though his hockey acumen is questionable.However, this time around, Hockey India has not been in a rush to find a foreign coach as they need someone who can be of huge help to the team. At stake are the Olympic qualifiers later this year and hopefully preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.advertisementWord has it that good coaches are willing to come and work in India as the salaries paid are quite handsome.
Virat Kohli led-Team India will try to test its bench strength and hope to register a clean sweep when they take on West Indies in the final match at the Providence Stadium here on Tuesday.Team India have put in a dominant show in both the T20Is, as they secured a 22-run win by the DLS method in the second T20I in Florida after registering a four-wicket win in the first T20I.After Sunday’s win, skipper Virat Kohli hinted that he might experiment with the line-up in Tuesday’s game.Chahar brothers, Deepak and Rahul, and Shreyas Iyer who till now haven’t got a chance to play are likely to get a place in the playing XI in Guyana.With wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant failing in the first two matches, it might be possible that K.L. Rahul could be roped in his place. Also, Bhuvneshwar Kumar could be rested to give Deepak a crack while Rahul could replace either Krunal Pandya or Washington Sundar.Dream XI Predictions – India vs West Indies, 3rd T20IBatsmenRohit Sharma, given his match-winning 67 off 51 balls in the 2nd T20I, should be your first name on the sheet. West Indies opener Evin Lewis with his firepower can be a great addition as well.T20 specialists Shreyas Iyer and Shimron Hetmyer can be good picks in the middle-order. India captain Virat Kohli will be keen on getting the big runs after two good starts in the first two T20I matches.advertisementWicketkeeperIndia’s wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant has failed to impress in both the T20Is and that forces you to replace him with Windies’ Nicolas Pooran.All-roundersWest Indies veteran Kieron Pollard and India’s bowling all-rounder Krunal Pandya are automatic choice in any T20 side.BowlersNavdeep Saini and Oshane Thomas have certainly lived upto the expectations and considering their current form, you can bring them in. Ravindra Jadeja can play as a specialist bowler also.Dream 11 team, WI vs IND 3rd T20I: Rohit Sharma (captain), Evin Lewis, Virat Kohli, Shimron Hetmyer, Shreyas Iyer, Nicolas Pooran (wicketkeeper), Kieron Pollard, Ravindra Jadeja, Krunal Pandya, Oshane Thomas, Navdeep Saini.India squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wk), Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Rahul Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep SainiWest Indies squad: Carlos Brathwaite (C), Anthony Bramble, John Campbell, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis, Sunil Narine, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Oshane Thomas.Also Read | All-rounder Fabian Allen replaces Khary Pierre in West Indies squad for 3rd T20I vs IndiaAlso Read | 3rd T20I: India look to test bench strength after clinching series vs West IndiesAlso See:
There’s a lot to do in Sioux City and you can have fun experiencing some of the sights and activities and maybe earn a free vacation.Enzo Carranante of Spectra says it’s time again for the annual “Tourist In Your Own Town” program, presented by Palmer’s Olde Tyme Candy Shoppe:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/TOURIST.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..free entertainment. ;15Once participants receive 8 stamps, they can turn in the contact information sheet inside the booklet at any location to be eligible to win prizes:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/TOURIST2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……throughout the summer. :14The program runs now through July 31st. A list of the locations is below:Palmer’s Olde Tyme Candy Shoppe405 Wesley Parkway – 712-258-7790LaunchPAD Children’s Museum623 Pearl Street – 712-224-2542Sioux City Farmer’s MarketTyson Events Center Suite Parking LotSgt. Floyd River Museum & Welcome Center1000 Larsen Park Road – 712-279-0198Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center4500 Sioux River Road – 712-258-0838Sioux City Art Center225 Nebraska Street – 712-279-6272Sioux City Convention Center801 4th Street – 712-279-4800Sioux City Public Museum607 4th Street – 712-279-6174Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center / Betty Strong Encounter Center900 Larsen Park Road – 712-224-5242IBP Ice Center3808 Stadium Drive – 712-279-4880Sioux City Public Library529 Pierce Street – 712-255-2933 x2231The Railroad Museum – Sioux City3400 Sioux River Road – 712-233-6996Mid America Museum of Aviation & Transportation2600 Expedition Court – 712-252-5300Long Lines Family Rec Center401 Gordon Drive – 712-279-6126Trinity Heights / Queen of Peace33rd Street – 712-239-8670Sioux City Public Pools:Leif Erikson Pool – 31st & Court StreetLewis Pool – 1621 Sioux TrailRiverside Family Aquatics Center – 1301 Riverside BoulevardTyson Events Center / Gateway Arena401 Gordon Drive – 712-279-4850
With news of a tentative trade deal between the U-S and China, Iowa U-S Senator Chuck Grassley says he welcomes progress — but with a healthy amount of caution.Grassley says he has some hope that the partial deal can be turned into a “full deal.”Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/CHINA4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….. “based on trust” :11Grassley says any agreement must have “enforcement mechanisms” which would bind China into compliance.He notes, China has made similar deals in the past to purchase U-S ag products, deals from which that nation eventually backed away.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/CHINA5.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….”currency manipulation” :17Under the tentative deal, China has reportedly agreed to purchase between 40 and 50-billion dollars in U-S agricultural goods, but did not offer a timeline for the purchase.One recent study says Iowa farmers and businesses have faced 343-million dollars in retaliatory tariffs since the trade war began in February of 2018.
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Argentina Wasteful Argentina and Messi staring at catastrophic World Cup elimination Daniel Edwards Last updated 2 years ago 09:55 10/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(46) EITAN ABRAMOVICH Argentina WC Qualification South America Primera División Lionel Messi Argentina v Peru Peru Despite the switch to the vociferous Bombonera, Thursday yielded a familiarly frustrating 90 goalless minutes for Lionel Messi and his charges When you can no longer change the players on the pitch, try and change the fans. Argentina brought a must-win World Cup qualifying clash against Peru to Boca Juniors’ infamous Bombonera on Thursday, in an attempt to up the ante at the end of a spluttering campaign for Russia 2018. The more intimate, vociferous atmosphere in the stadium, it was argued, would push the Albiceleste on to a win that was desperately needed in order to avoid a potentially catastrophic failure to make the finals. The fans were there, in full voice throughout – but the situation on the pitch was depressingly familiar as Lionel Messi and his charges limped to another draw that could have catastrophic consequences. Jorge Sampaoli’s quest to find a working Argentina team continued again in just his third competitive game on the bench. Local Boca hero Dario Benedetto started up front, while Messi dropped back to a more traditional No. 10 role and Alejandro Gomez was rewarded for his fine form in Serie A with a start. Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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. It was all to no avail, however. Argentina once more dominated possession throughout the 90 minutes, but could not find away through a Peru side also playing for their lives with the tantalising prize of the World Cup looming just over the horizon. On the few occasions they did, the Albiceleste once more came up against a goalkeeper apparently channelling the spirit of an entire nation in order to keep the hosts at bay. Pedro Gallese came up with top-drawer saves to deny Benedetto, Lucas Biglia and Gomez, with Messi additionally striking the post. Three of those attempts came within a frenetic one-minute spell right at the start of the second half, Argentina’s best spell of a game which was on the whole far below what one would expect of a team so packed with talent. It was all bark but no bite from the home team. The rotten fortune that afflicted the nation on Thursday can be summed up in a five-minute cameo from Fernando Gago, who entered in the second half to a standing ovation from his adoring Bombonera but was soon going back down the tunnel after turning awkwardly.”It’s my cruciates,” the midfielder could be heard telling Messi as he waited to be helped off, and his exit so soon after promising to lift Argentina with his incisive passing was another body blow on a night that bordered on the bizarre. You would have bet your house on Messi scoring this pic.twitter.com/Y0maIV0cVC— Goal (@goal) October 6, 2017Sampaoli may point to that setback, as well as an admittedly ample number of chances squandered, in his bid to explain just what went wrong at the Bombonera. It is true that in losing Gago the coach was robbed of a substitution that surely would have seen Mauro Icardi replace Benedetto, whose lack of polish was palpable across the 90 minutes. But the ex-Sevilla man also must shoulder his part of the blame for playing Benedetto in the first place when in the Inter man and Gonzalo Higuain, not even picked for the squad, he had two international-class finishers clicking their heels from the outside. Messi, too, will rue a performance that ranked far from his best. As a provider he will feel more than aggrieved that fine passes into Benedetto and Gomez were not converted, but La Pulga was equally guilty in turning onto the post a rebound that nine times out of 10 one would expect him to bury. Perhaps the anxiety that has gripped an entire nation in this tortuous qualifying campaign has finally caught up with the maestro: as the minutes went on he turned skittish, losing the clockwork precision that is his trademark and failing to beat a Peru defence that gnawed at his ankles like a pack of rabid pitbull terriers. Desperate times for Messi and Argentina pic.twitter.com/3LiXxk19OW— Goal (@goal) October 6, 2017Now as well as football aficionados, Argentina fans must turn to amateur mathematics. Thursday’s 0-0 draw leaves the Albiceleste in sixth place, behind Peru on goals scored and out of the World Cup going into the last game. That decider is in Quito against Ecuador, a daunting prospect at altitude at any time but more so with so much at stake. A draw could still see them take a play-off spot, provided Paraguay drop points and the Inca come unstuck at home against Colombia or Chile lose heavily against a Brazil that, if Thursday’s evidence in Bolivia is anything to go by, are coasting serenely through the rest of this campaign. But realistically only a win will do, and that will not happen unless they break a goal drought that is inexplicable however you wish to look at it. No less than 456 minutes have now passed since an Argentina player scored a competitive goal from open play. There is no excuse for a run like that, when a team boasts the finest player on the planet and a more than accomplished supporting cast. Thursday showed plenty of bark from the Bombonera terraces, but if Messi and Co. cannot add bite and killer instinct in Quito they can forget about Russia.
Transfers Merino will attract Real Madrid and Barcelona, says Newcastle team-mate Goal Last updated 2 years ago 15:44 10/23/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Transfers Real Madrid Newcastle United v Crystal Palace Newcastle United Crystal Palace Barcelona Premier League Primera División The 21-year-old midfielder has impressed since joining from Borussia Dortmund, but the Magpies may not be able to hold on to him for long Newcastle star Mikel Merino will attract the interest of teams like Real Madrid and Barcelona, team-mate Rob Elliot believes.Merino, 21, has played in every Premier League game for Rafael Benitez since they brought the midfielder in on loan from Borussia Dortmund with an option to buy at the end of the season.Newcastle 1/2 to be top promoted club 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 However, his starring role as Rafa Benitez’s side enjoyed a bright start to the season prompted the Magpies to make him a permanent signing on a five-year deal in October.Merino was decisive on Saturday as Newcastle beat Crystal Palace 1-0 thanks to his 86th minute goal.Elliot is delighted to have the Spain Under-21 international as a full member of the squad, but expects him to attract big offers if he stays on his current form.”It’s brilliant news he’s signed permanently – it’s great for the club that such a talented young player has committed himself,” he told Chronicle Live.“He’s very, very good. You can see from his performances the talent he has. There’s no reason why he can’t go on to play at the very top. I certainly see no reason why not.“At the moment he is our player and we have to make sure he takes us to the top. We’ve now got a brilliant bunch of midfielders and one of them is having to miss out every week.“I certainly see [Merino] in a bracket where clubs like that [Real and Barcelona] come into it, considering his age.“It’s only a matter of time before the very top clubs come looking at him, but we want to be a top club, too.“We want him to stay here, we don’t want to see any of our top players up for sale again. That is the mentality now. We bring them through, the manager is here.“He’s a fantastic signing from the manager and the scouting department and hopefully we’ll just see him develop as a player and he fulfils all that potential at Newcastle.”Newcastle are currently seventh in the English top-flight and pay a visit to Burnley in their next game.
Barcelona Messi’s decision to stay at Barcelona ensures he’ll never be considered the greatest ever Ronan Murphy Last updated 1 year ago 17:00 11/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(246) Getty Barcelona Lionel Messi Barcelona v Celta de Vigo Primera División Opinion The 30-year-old will spend another three seasons at Camp Nou, and his unwillingness to prove himself abroad will taint his legacy In 1959, Pele scored what is considered the greatest goal of his career, and perhaps the best goal of all time. From a career of 1,283 goals, a header against Juventus is praised above the rest due to the outstanding technique in the build-up.As no video evidence of the goal exists, computer simulations based on eye-witnesses and Pele himself were used to show how the then-18-year-old chipped the ball over three players and then the goalkeeper before heading it home – all in one fluid movement in which the ball never touched the ground.There is no doubting that the virtual goal is spectacular. But it is one that comes with asterisks and disclaimers when being discussed as the greatest ever. The simulation is partly based on how Pele described it – and the Brazilian is not a man known for his humility, as he told FIFA.com in 2012 that “I was born to play football, just like Beethoven was born to write music and Michelangelo was born to paint.” 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 The opposition, Juventus, were not the one known to European audiences, either, but rather a local Brazilian side that Santos easily defeated with Pele scoring five times in a 10-1 rout.Lots of Pele’s goals were scored against inferior opposition, with the Brazilian only leaving Santos to join New York Cosmos at the end of his career, and never plying his trade in Europe.Whenever an argument about the greatest player of all time comes up, Pele is one of the first names on everyone’s lips. But his lack of success outside of Brazil is always cited as a reason why he cannot be considered alongside Diego Maradona, who transformed Napoli into the champions of Italy, or Johan Cruyff, a three-time European Cup winner with Ajax who also claimed domestic titles with Barcelona and Feyenoord.On Saturday, Lionel Messi signed a new contract with Barcelona, keeping him at Camp Nou until 2021. By that time, the Argentine will be just about to turn 34, having spent 20 years with the Spanish club.Messi arrived at La Masia as a 13-year-old, and has achieved everything he could ever have hoped at Barcelona. To date, he has won eight La Liga titles, four Champions Leagues and five Ballons d’Or.Messi loves Barcelona and Barcelona loves Messi. It is unsurprising that he has decided to spend another three seasons with the club that he has made his own.However, by signing a new deal at Camp Nou, he is also ensuring that his legacy as the world’s greatest player will come with an asterisk like Pele’s repeated challenge to successors: “When Messi’s scored 1,283 goals like me, when he’s won three World Cups, we’ll talk about it,” Pele told Le Monde in 2012.The 30-year-old helped Argentina secure qualification for the 2018 World Cup with a tremendous hat-trick in their final qualifying game against Ecuador, but he will never match Pele’s record of three World Cups – and is also unlikely to even equal Maradona’s single World Cup triumph thanks to a lack of strength in the current Albiceleste squad.”I like Messi a lot, he’s a great player. Technically, we’re practically at the same level,” Pele said. “He’s a great player for Barcelona, but when he plays for Argentina, he doesn’t have the same success. People always ask me: ‘When is the new Pele going to be born?’ Never. My father and mother have closed the factory.”At Barcelona, Messi has been surrounded by some of the greatest players of the current generation. For the past 11 years, he has been chosen in the FIFPro World XI, which has featured at least two other Barca stars every year in support of the Argentine, including the likes of Ronaldinho, Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique and Neymar.When he lifted the Ballon d’Or in 2011, Messi dedicated the trophy to Xavi: “I want to share this with my friend; he deserves it.”Before signing the new three-year deal with Barcelona, Messi was linked with clubs across Europe, including a potential world-record €300 million transfer to Manchester City.Mino Raiola, the agent responsible for superstars like Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, urged Messi to move away from Camp Nou, telling Marca: “A player like Messi must try another experience with a different club and prove how great he is.”Because of the decision to stay at Barcelona, football fans will be filled with doubt. Could Messi really have done it on a wet Tuesday night in Stoke? The talent around him at Barca and the lack of success with Argentina will surely lead to people wondering if he is truly eligible for the greatest-ever discussion.It is a little too easy to say Messi cannot be the greatest ever because he has only played for one club. But it will definitely be a topic of conversation, especially by supporters of great rival Cristiano Ronaldo, who won everything in England before moving to Real Madrid.By signing a new Barcelona deal, Messi has ensured his legacy will be tainted by questions of ‘what if?’
Arsenal Wenger won’t sell players to increase their World Cup hopes Seth Vertelney Last updated 1 year ago 13:55 12/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Arsenal UEFA Europa League Arsenal v BATE BATE The Arsenal manager is only concerned with his team’s fate, not providing more minutes to players hoping to be in Russia this summer Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has ruled out the possibility of selling players in January to boost their World Cup hopes. A number of Gunners players could be axed from their countries’ rosters for Russia if they aren’t given more playing time. Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott (England) and Olivier Giroud (France) are just three examples of Arsenal players who could boost their World Cup chances with more game time. 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 France assistant Guy Stephane warned Giroud earlier in the week that he needed to find more playing time to assure himself a spot on Les Bleus’ roster this summer. “It’s clear that he is not getting enough playing time and Didier (France manager Didier Deschamps) has already spoken to him about it,” Stephan told TF1. “He has to find a solution in the coming weeks.”But Wenger says he can’t allow individual players’ World Cup hopes to dictate his transfer strategy. “I want to keep the squad. We qualified now for the Europa League and that means we do not want to reduce the squad,” Wenger said.”We have the League Cup, still we are in it. The FA Cup still to come, the Europa League to come, we have the Premier League where we have a big fight to be in the top four. You do not want to become weaker.”I have to consider the interest of the player but dominant of that will be the interests of the club and if you can combine the two it is even better, but first is what is important for the club.”They have to make their decisions, I have to make mine. I cannot consider too much the interest of the national team.”‘ Wilshere, Walcott and Giroud have all been linked with a January move away from Arsenal, and all three are likely to start in the Europa League against BATE on Thursday.
Mexico Paul Aguilar still holding out hope for El Tri recall Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon 07:20 12/16/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Victor Cruz Mexico World Cup The Club America right back says the decision is up to coach Juan Carlos Osorio but believes he could be in Russia despite a long absence Paul Aguilar hasn’t had a call from Mexico manager Juan Carlos Osorio since 2016, but the Club America right back is holding out hope a recall will come.A regular for Mexico under previous manager Miguel Herrera, Aguilar was injured when Osorio arrived on the scene in the fall of 2015. He was given his first minutes under Osorio in the fourth round of World Cup qualification and then played in the Copa America Centenario with Mexico but hasn’t worn the green shirt of El Tri since. Aguilar also was injured throughout the latter half of 2016, but even after getting back on the field and once again taking a place in the Club America starting XI, the defender still hasn’t been brought into a Mexico camp by the current coach since the catastrophic defeat to Chile in the 2016 Copa America Centenario a year and a half ago.Despite that, the 31-year-old still thinks there’s a chance he could break into the squad and head to the World Cup for the third consecutive tournament. 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 “The hope is always there, and the decision of who gets selected is Osorio’s responsibility. I’m going to keep working and giving my best,” Aguilar told reporters at Club America training Friday. “At the end of the day, soccer is about different tastes and the manager decides who is suitable to be there or not. Meanwhile, I’ll keep fighting, the possibility I can help is still there. I’m going to work to be there, and it will be his decision if I go or don’t go.”Right back is a particular position of weakness for Mexico. El Tri started Carlos Salcedo and Diego Reyes at right back in this summer’s Confederations Cup. Both players usually play center back, as does Aguilar’s club teammate Edson Alvarez. Alvarez played right back for Mexico during the Gold Cup and looks to be in Osorio’s plans for Russia, though the versatile 20-year-old also could line up in the midfield.A successful club campaign would boost both players’ cases, but even after a busy day in Wednesday’s draft, success is far from guaranteed for Las Aguilas. Northern clubs Tigres and Monterrey have been outpacing other Mexican teams in terms of spending for the past several offseasons, and it paid off with a ‘Final Regia’ between the two teams earlier this month with Tigres winning their sixth championship. For Aguilar, though, economic reasons don’t factor into America’s push for a 13th crown.”There’s no pressure like there is here. Here it’s always the same (goal), the title. Here, whoever comes, whoever is here, this institution always asks you for the title,” Aguilar said of America. “It’s beyond them making large investments, that’s a topic that doesn’t concern us.”America opens its Clausura campaign Sunday, Jan. 7, with a visit to Queretaro.
The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Grid penalties for new car components to be a thing of past after Monza’s near farce Valtteri Bottas has signed a new one year deal to race for Mercedes in the 2018 Formula One season. The Finn has impressed alongside Lewis Hamilton at the team that has won the last three drivers’ and constructors’ championships. He has won twice this year and although expected to maintain his drive, the team had held off confirming the deal while the 2017 driver market remained fluid.The one-year deal allows Mercedes to keep their options open, with Daniel Ricciardo contracted at Red Bull until the end of 2018 and Max Verstappen contracted with the same team until the end of 2019. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Formula One Motor sport Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content Read more His contribution to the title run-in, in which he is likely to be expected to support Hamilton’s attempt to take a fourth championship, may prove vital for the British driver.“We gave Valtteri a big challenge this year: joining the team at the eleventh hour, stepping up to the forefront of F1 and pairing with the sport’s best driver as his team-mate,” said the Mercedes executive director, Toto Wolff. “With that in mind, his results have been probably even more impressive.“For our team, the bonus factors are the respect and sportsmanship that have grown between our two drivers. The chemistry and dynamic between Valtteri and Lewis work and are what we need to take the fight to our competitors.” Share on LinkedIn Valtteri Bottas Share on Twitter Support The Guardian news Topics Share via Email Read more Giles Richards Share on Facebook Mercedes GP Share on Pinterest The 28-year-old joined Mercedes at short notice at the start of this year, after the current world champion, Nico Rosberg, shocked the team by announcing his retirement after taking the title in 2016.Bottas, who had raced in F1 for four years for Williams, had little time to acclimatise to running with a top team but has proved capable of stepping up and most importantly has struck up a new, successful partnership with his team-mate. He has won twice this year, in Russia and Austria, scored two pole positions in Bahrain and Austria and nine podium places. He has 197 points from 13 races and is third in the drivers’ championship.“As a driver, I’ve been able to learn and grow massively, and we have already enjoyed some really good moments this season that I will never forget,” he said. “I’ve been very impressed by the mentality, commitment and the team spirit this team holds. Partnering Lewis has also been really good, and I’m enjoying the respect we have and the will to push this team forward together.”Hamilton, whose relationship with Rosberg became increasingly fraught by the end of last season, has enjoyed a much improved dynamic with Bottas. At the Hungarian Grand Prix Bottas allowed Hamilton past as the British driver attempted to catch the leaders but, when that bid failed, Hamilton gave back the place to the Finn.Mercedes have allowed the two drivers to race this season and Bottas has proved to be a strong team player, which will have been a major part in their decision to retain him. Crucially in a championship fight in which Hamilton leads Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel by three points with seven races remaining, Bottas has proved more adept at denying Ferrari points than Vettel’s team-mate Kimi Raikkonen has been against Mercedes. Share on Messenger Since you’re here…
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Agent confirms Arsenal midfielder Ramsey wanted by Real Madrid, Juventusby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAgents for Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey have confirmed interest from Europe’s biggest clubs.Arsenal celeb fan and journalist Piers Morgan invited the confirmation when he tweeted: “Could every single person in the world who genuinely believes Aaron Ramsey is currently being ‘hotly pursued’ by Real Madrid, Juventus, PSG, Bayern Munich, Inter Milan & Barcelona please raise their right hand?”That elicited a brief response from the account of Ramsey’s representatives Avid Sports & Entertainment Group. The Welsh midfielder’s representative David Baldwin is known to use the account.A simple emoji of a waving hand was posted by Avid in response, seemingly indicating that the sextet are indeed keen on signing Ramsey.
DONE DEAL: Bristol City sign Chelsea midfielder Palmerby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder Kasey Palmer has joined Bristol City on loan until the end of the season.The 22-year-old spent the first season on loan at Blackburn, but struggled for playing time under Tony Mowbray.City boss Johnson told the club’s website: “I’m delighted we have been able to sign Kasey Palmer on loan from Chelsea until the end of the season and it’s great to get this done so early in the window.”Kasey is a very good player who can play through the middle and out wide; he can create openings as well as score goals and I’m excited about what he can bring to our squad.”We’ve got 20 scheduled league games left, plus the FA Cup, and Kasey will be able to help us continue the momentum we have built.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Agent of Celta Vigo midfielder Lobotka waiting for Napoli to get seriousby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Celta Vigo midfielder Stanislav Lobotka says they’re still waiting for Napoli to firm up their interest.Branislav Jasurek admits he’s had talks with Napoli chief Cristiano Giuntoli about the midfielder.He told Radio Marte: “The situation is the same as before, Stanislav is a player for Celta Vigo and he will continue to do his best with Celta. We know that before last summer, there was frequent contact with Giuntoli, but there is nothing in the moment. “As I have always said, Stan is an ideal for Napoli, we would be happy to see him play there, but to be honest, we are not that close. It is therefore difficult to make the hypothesis of a boost in this month of January. “Can anything change in June? Many clubs are following him closely, we are open to all the opportunities that allow him to play in Europe.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Mourinho rules out return to Real Madrid – for nowby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has ruled out a return to Real Madrid – for now.Mourinho insists he won’t tout for the job while Zinedine Zidane is in position.He told Cuatro: “I do not want to come back, because Real Madrid already has a coach and I can not run a team that already has a coach. “We can talk about respect for the club, but also about a coach who is not just anyone. “I am apart from all that. I do not want to sell wind. I would like things to go well and everything gets better.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton boss Marco Silva: West Ham clash criticalby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva sees their next clash with West Ham as critical.Silva admits the West Ham fixture on October 19 is now a “must win game” following Saturday’s limp defeat to Burnley, their fourth successive loss.They have picked up just seven points from eight games.Silva said: “When I say to you it is a must-win game, it is a must-win game, we should win that game, we must win that game to get the three points and get a better position on the table and grow our confidence. “It’s important for the fans to keep the faith. Of course they want more and they deserve more. Our players are sticking together.”
Liverpool eyeing Brighton centre-back Ben Whiteby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool are eyeing a £20m move for Brighton centre-back Ben White as a replacement for Dejan Lovren.The Reds are on the look out for a new centre-back, as they prepare to sell Lovren and have been impressed with White’s performances during his loan spell at Leeds. The centre-back has emerged as one of the stars of the new Championship season and was voted player of the month for August by supporters with a commanding 44 per cent of the vote. The Sun says White moved to Elland Road on a season-long loan deal this summer and has made 11 appearances for the club so far this season, but he could soon be a Liverpool player. Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip are currently Jurgen Klopp’s first choice centre-backs but it is an area of the pitch where the club currently lack depth. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say