Real Madrid v Barcelona Kroos: No extra motivation needed for Clasico Allen Ramsey 06:04 12/17/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Real Madrid v Barcelona Real Madrid v Grêmio Real Madrid Grêmio Barcelona FIFA Club World Cup Primera División The midfielder was thrilled to be a world champion once again, but says what happens before the Clasico matters little Toni Kroos and Real Madrid are world champions once again after the club took a 1-0 win over Gremio in the Club World Cup final, but the club will have little time to celebrate. A Clasico clash with Barcelona looms in less than a week, and Los Blancos can’t afford a loss to their bitter rivals, who have already opened up an eight-point gap on Madrid in the league table. While the German midfielder was pleased to have another title on his resume, he claimed the win over the South American champions would add little for his side ahead of their crucial La Liga clash. 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 “For this game [against Barcelona] you don’t need anything special before or any motivation or anything,” he told reporters. “It’s better to go with a good feeling back to Madrid but this game is special whatever happens before.”Cristiano Ronaldo was crucial to Madrid’s triumph in Abu Dhabi, scoring the game’s only goal after also netting in the semi-final to help his club reach the title game.And Kroos believes Ronaldo’s greatness now goes without saying. “We know if he is on the pitch he tries to help us,” the German said.”He tries to score and he did it again in both matches. We don’t need to speak about how important he is to us.”While the Clasico will take all the headlines over the next week, Real Madrid have also picked up a tricky draw in the Champions League round of 16, with Neymar and Paris Saint-Germain on tap for the defending champions. The matchup pits two of the top sides in Europe against each other, but Kroos is looking forward to the challenge of facing Ligue 1’s top team. “The experience from the last year is that you have to beat the best to win this competition,” he said. “We did last year. We beat Bayern, we beat Atletico Madrid. We played Juventus, they put out Barcelona before.”You need to beat the best and it’s a great challenge and I like that.”
Sarri declares Fabregas should leave Chelseaby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has backed Cesc Fabregas’ departure from the club. The 31-year-old is on the verge of joining Monaco, managed by his former teammate Thierry Henry.Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final against Tottenham, Sarri said: “I can say only my opinion, I don’t know the decision of the club. [And] in my opinion he needs to go.”At this club there’s a rule, the renewal of players over 30 is for one year. I don’t want a player as important as Cesc unhappy.”I don’t know, yesterday he had a free day for the injury, so I don’t know.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Top British celebrities have today criticised the UK Government for failing to resettle more refugees from Syria.The stars, including British Oscar winner Emma Thompson, Michael Palin, Dame Vivienne Westwood, Vanessa Redgrave and musician Sting, have written an open letter to David Cameron in support of a joint Refugee Council, Amnesty International and Oxfam call for Britain to do more to help Syria’s refugees find safety in the UK.On 29 January 2014, the Government announced it was setting up a special resettlement scheme for Syrian refugees following considerable public pressure. However, one year on, the latest figures show that just 90 people have arrived.Meanwhile, the humanitarian catastrophe unfolding Syria and the surrounding region continues to worsen, with the number of refugees swelling to over 3.7 million; many of whom are struggling to survive in the region’s severe winter conditions.As Syria’s refugees struggle to survive snow and freezing temperatures in makeshift shelters, the stars’ letter says they are ‘ashamed’ of the size of Britain’s resettlement scheme, issuing a stern reminder to David Cameron that helping those in need chimes with Britain’s most cherished values.The celebrities say in their letter:“In a climate where children are sent to work in order to help their parents survive, where young girls are sold off as child brides and where torture victims are unable to rebuild their lives, every resettlement place countries like Britain provide is a lifeline.“Resettling ‘several hundred people’ just isn’t good enough for a global leader. This issue isn’t about migration statistics or party politics, it’s about people. It’s about the values that we in Britain hold dear; compassion and humanity.“Your choice is simple, yet historic. You are in a position to offer some of the most vulnerable people in the world safety in Britain. You can offer hope. You can offer a future.”The UN’s Refugee Agency UNHCR is calling on governments from around the world to offer 100,000 resettlement places for Syria’s refugees in 2015/2016.So far, the British Government has said it anticipates resettling just ‘several hundred people’ over a three year period and has resisted calls to resettle more people. Other countries, including Germany and the USA, have promised to resettle thousands. In early January, Canada announced it would open its doors to 10,000 Syrian refugees.Refugee Council Chief Executive Maurice Wren said: “The Syrian crisis presents us with one of the greatest refugee crises of our time and, arguably, one of the greatest moral questions of our time.“The UK’s commitment to the relief effort has been laudable but it’s not enough. The question is, does David Cameron want to go down in history as the Prime Minister who rationed his compassion to a few hundred people when there was the opportunity to offer safety to so many more?”Amnesty International UK Director Kate Allen added: “The UK often prides itself on its history of offering sanctuary to refugees but this government can’t hold its head high when it comes to the most vulnerable refugees from the conflict in Syria. Millions are living in extremely precarious conditions in neighbouring countries. Given the numbers, it is shocking that the UK has only taken in 90 refugees since it agreed to a resettlement programme a year ago. ”The international community must urgently step up its efforts to take the pressure off Syria’s neighbours and resettle the most vulnerable of these refugees for whom protection here could literally be a matter of life or death.”Oxfam Chief Executive Mark Goldring said: “This is about Britain standing side by side with a region in crisis and offering to improve the lives of some the most desperate Syrian refugees. Our aid contribution has been highly generous, but we can no longer continue to treat this problem solely at arms length. For some refugees, life in camps or makeshift shelters is not just hard, it is impossible. A year ago we promised to reach out to these most vulnerable people, but so far Britain has not done enough to live up to that promise.”The celebrities’ letter follows a call made by over 30 leading aid and refugee agencies for the British Government to resettle up to 10,000 refugees from Syria by the end of 2015.Source:Refugee Council
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A freezing rain warning remains in place for the B.C. Peace and has been expanded into Alberta.The warning says freezing rain is possible Sunday morning due to a Pacific disturbance crossing the B.C. Peace River region. A few mm of ice accumulation is possible before the system passes through late Sunday morning.An area of freezing rain has moved into west-central Alberta. Freezing rain will end late Sunday morning.For current road conditions visit www.drivebc.ca and in Alberta, visit 511.alberta.caSee the full warning for both regions below. Freezing rain warnings are issued when rain falling in sub-zero temperatures creates ice build-up and icy surfaces.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to [email protected] or tweet reports using #BCStorm.Warnings7:12 AM MST Sunday 13 January 2019Freezing rain warning in effect for:Co. of Grande Prairie near Beaverlodge Hythe and DemmittCo. of Grande Prairie near Grande Prairie and WembleyCo. of Grande Prairie near Sexsmith and La GlaceM.D. of Greenview near DeBoltM.D. of Greenview near Little SmokyM.D. of Greenview near O’Brien Prov. Park and Big Mtn CreekM.D. of Greenview near Sturgeon LakeM.D. of Greenview near Valleyview and New Fish CreekM.D. of Greenview near Wapiti and Shuttler Flats Rec. AreaFreezing rain is expected or occurring.An area of freezing rain has moved into west-central Alberta.Freezing rain will end later this morning.Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery. Slow down driving in slippery conditions. Watch for taillights ahead and maintain a safe following distance. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to [email protected] or tweet reports using #ABStorm. UPDATE #3 – The freezing rain warning has ended in the B.C. North PeaceUPDATE #2 – As of 8:30 a.m. – Grande Prairie RCMP are warning motorists of extremely icy road conditions in Grande Prairie and on Highway 40. Grande Prairie Rural members are currently responding to a multi-vehicle collision South of Grande Prairie on Highway 40 at the correction line. Travel in the Grande Prairie area is not recommended unless necessary at this time.UPDATE – The freezing rain warning has ended for the B.C. South Peace but remains in place for the North Peace and Alberta Peace. Warnings3:34 AM PST Sunday 13 January 2019Freezing rain warning in effect for:B.C. North Peace RiverB.C. South Peace RiverFreezing rain is expected or occurring.A Pacific disturbance crossing the BC Peace River region has spread freezing rain to the area, as warm, moist air overruns subfreezing air near the surface. A few mm of ice accretion is possible before the system passes through later this morning.Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery. Take extra care when walking or driving in affected areas.
Los Angeles: Scientists have created a virtual vocal tract — completes with lips, jaw and tongue — that can generate natural-sounding synthetic speech by using brain signals. The brain-machine interface created by neuroscientists at University of California, San Francisco in the US could one day restore the voices of people who have lost the ability to speak due to paralysis and other forms of neurological damage. Stroke, traumatic brain injury, and neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease) often result in an irreversible loss of the ability to speak. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USSome people with severe speech disabilities learn to spell out their thoughts letter-by-letter using assistive devices that track very small eye or facial muscle movements. However, producing text or synthesised speech with such devices is laborious, error-prone, and painfully slow, typically permitting a maximum of 10 words per minute, compared to the 100-150 words per minute of natural speech. The system, described in the journal Nature, demonstrates that it is possible to create a synthesised version of a person’s voice that can be controlled by the activity of their brain’s speech centres. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsIn the future, this approach could not only restore fluent communication to individuals with severe speech disability, researchers said, but could also reproduce some of the musicality of the human voice that conveys the speaker’s emotions and personality. “For the first time, this study demonstrates that we can generate entire spoken sentences based on an individual’s brain activity,” said Edward Chang, a professor at University of California, San Francisco. “The relationship between the movements of the vocal tract and the speech sounds that are produced is a complicated one,” said Gopala Anumanchipalli, a speech scientist who led the study. “We reasoned that if these speech centers in the brain are encoding movements rather than sounds, we should try to do the same in decoding those signals,” Anumanchipalli said. Researchers asked five volunteers with intact speech who had electrodes temporarily implanted in their brains to map the source of their seizures in preparation for neurosurgery to treat epilepsy — to read several hundred sentences aloud while the researchers recorded activity from a brain region known to be involved in language production. Based on the audio recordings of participants’ voices, the researchers used linguistic principles to reverse engineer the vocal tract movements needed to produce those sounds: pressing the lips together here, tightening vocal cords there, shifting the tip of the tongue to the roof of the mouth, then relaxing it, and so on. This detailed mapping of sound to anatomy allowed the scientists to create a realistic virtual vocal tract for each participant that could be controlled by their brain activity. This comprised two “neural network” machine learning algorithms: a decoder that transforms brain activity patterns produced during speech into movements of the virtual vocal tract, and a synthesiser that converts these vocal tract movements into a synthetic approximation of the participant’s voice. The synthetic speech produced by these algorithms was significantly better than synthetic speech directly decoded from participants’ brain activity without the inclusion of simulations of the speakers’ vocal tracts, the researchers found. The algorithms produced sentences that were understandable to hundreds of human listeners in crowdsourced transcription tests.
Pratapgarh (UP): Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday accused the Samajwadi Party of going soft on the Congress, implying a rift in the SP-BSP opposition alliance against the BJP in Uttar Pradesh.Addressing a BJP rally here, Modi said while the Bahujan Samaj Party leader Mayawati is attacking the Congress, a Congress leader is sharing the stage with the SP. The apparent reference was to Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s presence at a Samajwadi Party meeting in Rae Bareli on Thursday. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”The SP is going soft on the Congress, but its alliance partner BSP chief Mayawati is attacking the Congress,” he said. Modi said the Congress has been reduced to the status of ‘vote katwa’ party for cutting the votes of other parties and it will soon witness its downfall. Attempting to draw a wedge in the SP-BSP-RLD alliance, Modi claimed that BSP chief Mayawati has understood that the SP and the Congress are playing a “big game” with her. “Now, this is clear that the SP has derived mileage from Mayawati through the gathbandhan. She was kept in dark. There were talks about respect. It was said that you (Mayawati) will be made the prime minister, but now Behenji has understood that the SP and the Congress are playing a big game with her,” he said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadModi said there are dangers of corruption, opportunism, casteism, dynastic politics and non-governance from this alliance. “The panja (hand) of mahamilaawat is very dangerous,” he added. Accusing the Congress and its president of attempting to tarnish his image over the Rafale issue, he took a jibe at former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. “Your father was termed ‘Mr Clean’ by his courtiers, but his life ended as ‘Bhrastachari number 1’ (corrupt number 1),” Modi said. He claimed that the Congress chief had admitted in a interview that his only aim is to tarnish the image of Modi. “By hurling abuses, you cannot dissolve the 50-long year of Modi’s tapasya (struggle) in dust,” the prime minister said. “By tarnishing my image and by making me small, these people want to make an unstable and a weak government in the country,” he added. Modi said “only the BJP can give a stable government ” as he led the gathering chanting “phir ek baar…Modi sarkar (once again, Modi government)”.
OSU sophomore offensive lineman Isaiah Prince (59) fights back tears after the Buckeyes 24-21 loss to Penn State on Oct. 22. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorAlthough the Ohio State football team has sustained losses to unranked opponents in previous years, the 24-21 loss on Saturday to the Penn State Nittany Lions is a tough one to take for fans. For players like freshman starting guard Michael Jordan and freshman defensive end Nick Bosa, the defeat is their first in their collegiate careers, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.Going through a tough loss early in a career can be a motivation for improving upon the mistakes. Presenting a young team against Virginia Tech in 2014, OSU suffered a potentially season-ruining loss to the Hokies.After starting the year 1-1, the Buckeyes responded with 13-straight wins by an average margin of victory of just over 26 points. A youthful team responded to adversity with open arms, allowing themselves to grow from the loss to a team deemed subpar to OSU.OSU coach Urban Meyer said on Monday that the loss is not season ending, and needs to be a lesson for the young members of the team.“Move forward,” he said. “Let it hurt for awhile.”The feeling of losing is new to more than one of the team members, but slip ups from the unit were expected. The fact the Buckeyes are still within the top 10, and have the chance to still make the playoffs with a team full of young players serves as a beacon of hope. Both veterans and underclassmen were visibly upset as they left the field. Sophomore right tackle Isaiah Prince was fighting back tears while walking off, along with redshirt senior center Pat Elflein, who spoke to the media with a heavy voice. A fifth-year player, Elflein has been through all five of Meyer’s loses while at OSU. Even though the loss stings, he said it is something the young members of the team need to experience and use to keep playoff hopes alive.“Something you don’t want to feel, but you got to remember that feeling,” Elflein said. “That’s what has got to power you through, that feeling right there. You never want to feel that again.”Unlike the team’s only loss of 2015, the Buckeyes dropped their first game of the year at the midway point. With time still left on the clock, OSU can easily regroup and get back on the right path.The youth of the team might have caused OSU problems, but can also help the team down the road. The team understood there would be growing pains, and there would be times the young players would need to step up when faced with a challenge. Against Oklahoma, most fans felt the team had it’s largest moment of growth. In retrospect, the loss to Penn State should serve as a coming of age moment for the Buckeyes.Redshirt junior guard Billy Price, who played against Penn State in 2014 in Beaver Stadium, said he understood the feelings the young players were going through. However, he said the youth of the team is not the problem.“We are young, we are young. There are a lot of young guys in there. They’re playing well,” Price said. “They have to play for us and they have to execute. If we don’t execute that’s where we have issues like this.”Rather than singling out the poor play of specific players, Price said the loss was on the team as a whole, and its inability to execute the gameplan to perfection. He, like other Buckeyes, said this is a growing moment.Like in 2014, the team will be attempting to regroup from a loss at the hands of a non-ranked opponent. But, the loss was expected in some regards, due to the young nature of the team. Just like two years ago when the team went on a rampage after losing, OSU will have to prove the legitimacy of the team by winning games in convincing fashion. And, just like the national championship season, young players and new starters will have to give it their all.And giving it all was a sentiment redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett expressed explicitly on Monday. “We’re gonna find out what we’re made of,” he said. “I think that’s how you really see people. Anybody can be doing fine when we’re winning games, but when your back is against the wall, things are going against us, that shows your true character and true colors.”
Seven members of the Ohio State men’s track and field team qualified for the NCAA championships over the weekend at preliminaries in Bloomington, Ind. All-American junior Michael Hartfield added to an already successful year and qualified in the long jump by placing fifth with a jump of 7.74 meters. “Making nationals is a great feeling because it gives you recognition as being one of the best in your event,” Hartfield said. “I’m just trying to stay humble and hopeful.” With a season-high jump of 7.95 meters at the Drake Relays earlier in the season, Hartfield has the potential to advance further in the NCAA championships. Junior Thomas Murdaugh qualified for NCAA championships in both the 400-meter dash and the 4-by-400-meter relay. In the 400-meter dash, Murdaugh finished 11th overall with a time of 46.34 seconds. Murdaugh, along with senior Aaron Roberts, sophomore Korbin Smith and sophomore Marvel Brooks, finished eighth in the 4-by-400-meter relay with a time of 3:06.5. For Roberts, the relay team’s Big Ten championship and NCAA qualification have capped off an incredible senior season. “It’s an undescribable joy to finally make it to nationals my senior year,” Roberts said. “I’ve been training for 10 years for this opportunity, and I’m blessed and thankful that I have a chance to compete at NCAAs.” In the distance field, junior Jake Edwards qualified for the NCAA championships with a 12th-place finish in the 1,500 meter run with a time of 3:48.23. Junior Cory Leslie posted a career-best 8:40.49 in the 3,000 meter steeplechase, nearly five seconds faster than his previous career high, which he posted at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships. “It feels great, and I’m excited,” Leslie said. “I’m looking forward to getting there and competing against the best in the country.” The NCAA championships will take place June 8–11 in Des Moines, Iowa.
Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone confessed that he would never give his son Giovani a spot on his squad while he is the manager.After striker Giovanni Simeone’s first ever match for Argentina in a big match last week in which he scored a goal, the rumors about Atletico Madrid getting the player due to Diego Simeone’s desire to coach his son started spreading like wildfire. But this Monday the Argentine manager spoke about the possibility for the first time since his son started playing as a professional, he denied that Giovanni playing for Atletico under him in the near future was a possibility. Situations like this in which nepotism can become a very dangerous subject, are something that straight arrows like Diego Simeone will always try to avoid during their career. ‘Cholo’ has always been proud to play by the book, always living by the rules and never taking advantage of his position in any shape or form during his time as the manager for Atletico Madrid. Giovanni Simeone does look like the perfect fit for Atletico Madrid, he plays in a very similar manner to Diego Costa for example.#PartidazoSimeone https://t.co/juu15vNi0h— El Partidazo de COPE (@partidazocope) September 10, 2018Contrary to popular belief, Diego Simeone just confessed that he wouldn’t be on board with the idea of him coaching his son in any of his teams at such an early age. There were rumors that suggested that Diego Simeone desperately wanted to sign his son Giovanni, the striker has every single attribute that the boss looks for in his favorite type of striker as a potential signing for the Colchoneros. But contrary to what the general idea was about ‘Cholo’ having his son on the squad, he didn’t want this because he feels like it would be too complicated for the relationship given that he would be even more strict than he usually is with the rest of his pupils. The eldest Simeone recently spoke to Cadena Copa about many different topics, but he was very adamant to deny his son’s possible arrival to the Colchoneros and didn’t close the door for that chance but after he leaves the club.?️?Simeone en el Partidazo de COPE: “Griezmann este año fue sin ninguna duda el mejor jugador del mundo. Sin duda”#PartidazoSimeone pic.twitter.com/gA1KAvnjtl— El Partidazo de COPE (@partidazocope) September 10, 2018La Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“Watching him play in the national team gives me chills. He knows exactly what we feel for the national team, he has it in his blood like me. I think he did a very good job but I don’t like talking about him from a father perspective, but I do like talking about him from a manager’s perspective. He is a lad who has all the characteristics to play for one of my teams, but I will unfortunately never bring him to Atletico while I manage the club. I don’t want to say never but… It’s very difficult having a son in the dressing room. It would be difficult for him, as well as the relationship… Maybe 5 or 6 years from now he becomes an even more important player than he is today, maybe we can discuss something. If he becomes an even bigger start and he plays for me it would be easier for everyone because he would be more protected. He is going through the stages of his career in the perfect manner. Maybe someday when I’m no longer the Atletico Manager, maybe then he could come and play here,” said Diego to Cadena Cope.#SelecciónMayor @Argentina comienza su entrenamiento en el centro deportivo de @NYCFC. pic.twitter.com/IDSZgKLBDu— Selección Argentina ?? (@Argentina) September 9, 2018Giovanni’s great performance for Argentina.Diego Simeone was incredibly proud after his son scored the first ever goal for the National Team, this was during the 3-0 victory against the Guatemala side last Thursday and he celebrated with a lot of excitement. This goal marks a great historic moment because there are not many Argentina players who can presume to have more than one generation playing for the National Team in history, Giovanni looks like he could potentially become a great player like his father but with very different abilities. Because as we all know, Diego Simeone was a defensive midfielder in every club he played and Giovanni is a striker with very different skills. It’s a bummer we are not going to see Diego Simeone coaching his son this early in his career, but we are confident that they will meet as manager and player down the line when the young striker becomes a world-class star.#SelecciónMayor Tras la victoria ante Guatemala, el técnico Lionel Scaloni y los jugadores dialogaron con los medios de comunicación ➡ https://t.co/eYublPG2Y3 pic.twitter.com/Rj33w6anpC— Selección Argentina ?? (@Argentina) September 8, 2018How long do you think Giovani will take to become manageable for Diego Simeone? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.