Man Utd set to break bank, sacrifice two players for Messi swoop

first_img Loading… Promoted ContentA Little Cafe For Animal Lovers That You Will Never Want To Leave6 TV Characters Whose Departures Have Made The Shows BetterTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MorePortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiWorld’s Most Delicious Foods6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art Manchester United are willing to offer £110million and “one or two players” should Lionel Messi decide to leave Barcelona this summer. Reports claim Messi’s relationship with Barca is under strain this season, after a seemingly unsuccessful defence of the La Liga title. Indeed, Messi took issue with Eric Abidal in February after the sporting director’s criticism of players’ commitment under former boss Luis Enrique. What’s more, public criticism of Antoione Griezmann has reportedly frustrated the forward further. As such, Messi has reportedly decided to call off contract talks with Barca, with his current deal expiring next summer. According to Argentina-based Varsky Sports, United are willing to make a serious bid for the 33-year-old. The Red Devils are reportedly considering offering €120million and one or two players. However, the report does not make clear which stars United could offload. Paris Saint-Germain are also in the hunt, the source says, and they would also offer one or two stars in a deal. However, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has banished claims that Messi could cut ties with Barca.center_img He told Movistar (via BBC Sport): “We are negotiating with many players but Messi has explained to us he wants to stay. “And so we’re going to enjoy him for much longer.” Messi has enjoyed another impressive season in front of goal, scoring 24 goals and assisting 27 others. Overall, he has netted 630 times in 725 Barca appearances. read also:Here’s why Messi could complete a stunning switch to Inter Milan Elsewhere, reports in the past several months have claimed United are keen on Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho. The 20-year-old England international recently finished his most productive season to date, scoring 20 times and notching 20 further assists. United are reportedly only willing to pay a maximum of £50million for Sancho. Dortmund, however, are holding out for £100million despite a sharp fall in revenues due to the pandemic. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Florida’s University System Fights Lawsuit Seeking Refunds

first_imgThe State University System of Florida is asking a Leon County circuit judge to throw out a potential class-action lawsuit in which students are asking for partial refunds of fees they paid for the spring semester.Their lawsuit, which was filed in May, results from the public universities shutting down their campuses and shifting to online classes due to the coronavirus pandemic.In the complaint, the plaintiffs argue that they should receive partial refunds of expenses including activities fees, athletics fees and transportation fees.However, in a motion to dismiss the case which was filed last week, attorneys for the university system’s Board of Governors argued that the system’s fee structure is established in state law.“Importantly, nowhere in the fees rubric established by the Legislature is there any provision that sets out a prorated refund of fees if an enrolled student contends they have not used a particular service or engaged in a particular activity because they are not physically on campus,” the motion says.The Board is currently considering approval of the State University System of Florida Blueprint for Reopening Campuses. Tune in to listen live via or visit our website for more information.— Board of Governors (@FLBOG) May 28, 2020 It continues, “Student fees are used for the benefit of all students throughout a particular institution. In addition to being totally unworkable, it would defeat the statutory framework … if students could select which fees they want to pay based on which facilities, activities or services they may or may not use during their enrollment at a university.”The lawsuit is one of several cases filed here and in other states seeking refunds for students.The named plaintiffs in this case are University of Florida graduate student Anthony Rojas, Florida Atlantic University undergraduate Amanda Heine and Florida Atlantic graduate student Jordan Sperling.“FBOG’s (the Florida Board of Governors’) decision to transition to online classes and to request or encourage students to leave campus were responsible decisions to make, but it is unfair and unlawful for FBOG to retain fees and to pass the losses on to the students and their families,” the lawsuit adds.last_img read more

Florida man buys $140,000 Porsche with check printed from home computer

first_imgOnce the jeweler discovered the check was fake, he reported it.Deputies said, upon Kelley’s arrest, he told them he didn’t get the cashier’s checks from his bank but printed them out from his home computer.Kelley now faces charges of grand theft and uttering a false banknote. Detectives said the next day, Kelley presented a check for $61,521 to a jeweler in Miramar Beach when he tried to buy three Rolex watches. However, the jeweler kept the watches until they could determine if the check would cash. A Florida man is facing charges after he used a fake check to buy himself a luxurious car, police say.The Walton County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of 42-year-old Casey William Kelley, this past Thursday. Kelley bought a Porsche 911 Turbo from a dealership in Destin using a fake check written for $139,203.05 on July 27. The vehicle was later reported stolen to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.last_img read more

USC cruises, punches ticket to title game

first_imgIt wasn’t supposed to be this easy.The USC women’s basketball team rolled into the championship game of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament by recording its fourth straight double-digit win, a 63-36 victory over Illinois State.Leading the way · Senior guard Jacki Gemelos, pictured here against Oregon, led the Women of Troy with 15 points and seven rebounds in USC’s 63-36 rout of Illinois State. With the win, USC is in the WNIT title game for the first time in the program’s history. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan “We’re not surprised,” said senior guard Jacki Gemelos. “It was going to click at some point, and for us it clicked in the tournament.”After escaping the first round of the WNIT with a three-point win over UC Santa Barbara, the Women of Troy (25-12) have been nearly untouchable. Against the Redbirds, USC corrected the only problem — slow starts — that plagued the team in earlier rounds.“We were excited to play in front of such a big crowd,” said junior guard Ashley Corral. “We had to come out strong and kind of shut them up in a sense.”Illinois State (24-12), which went undefeated at home this season, dug an early hole by missing its first 11 shots of the game.USC, meanwhile, jumped out to a quick start behind hot shooting from Gemelos.Midway through the first half, the Women of Troy held a 16-1 lead, the crowd was silent and the rout was on. Illinois State only drew within single digits twice after that for a total of 21 seconds, and never seriously challenged USC’s march to the WNIT championship.“Everything is clicking right now for everybody, as a team and as individuals,” Gemelos said. “Winning is contagious. It gives us a swagger coming into each game.”Gemelos led the Women of Troy with 11 points in the first half. Corral continued her torrid outside shooting by knocking down 2-of-3 three-point attempts in the half. Entering the game, Corral had connected on 17-of-22 three-pointers in the tournament.“When Ashley’s hot, she’s hot,” Gemelos said. “You know the ball’s going in as soon as it comes off her hand.”Illinois State finally got on track offensively midway through the first half, connecting on five straight outside shots to momentarily draw within single digits.But USC weathered the run and took a 30-22 lead into the break.“We knew they were going to come at us,” Corral said.  “We had to take the punch and accept it.”The second half was more of the same, with the Redbirds unable to find any kind of rhythm.Illinois State missed eight of its first nine shots to open the half, allowing the Women of Troy to extend their lead to 43-24 with 13 minutes remaining.USC’s defense took care of the rest, never letting Illinois State draw closer than 17 points the rest of the way, and holding the Redbirds to less than 20 percent shooting in the second half.   The Women of Troy led by as many as 27 points in the commanding performance. For the game, the Redbirds made just 16 of their 60 field goal attempts.  USC connected on 24 of its 52 attempts.Gemelos led USC with 15 points and seven rebounds. Corral added 14 points off the bench, and junior guard Briana Gilbreath chipped in 11 points and three steals for the Women of Troy.No Illinois State player scored in double figures.“We’re on a great roll,” Corral said.  “We’re winning by a lot.”Next up is a road game against Toledo University for the WNIT championship.The Rockets cruised into the championship game with a 20-point drubbing of their own, taking down Charlotte 83-60.“I don’t know much about [the Rockets] yet, but clearly they are doing something right,” Corral said.”Tipoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday.last_img read more

USC falls in championship of ITA National Indoors

first_imgThe Trojans defeated several ranked opponents, including crosstown rival UCLA, to reach the championship match, but eventually lost 4-2 to the Cavaliers, who were hungry for revenge after losing to the Trojans in last year’s national championship.In the first round of the tournament, the Trojans swept the No. 15 Texas A&M Aggies 4-0. The next day, the Trojans took down the No. 7 Kentucky Wildcats 4-1 in the quarterfinals. The win against Kentucky set up a semifinal battle between USC and UCLA, ranked just behind the Trojans at No. 3 in the nation.USC opened up the match by dropping the doubles point for the first time all season. After UCLA’s No. 2 duo defeated sophomore Roberto Quiroz and freshman Max de Vroome 8-3, USC’s No. 3 pair, junior Emilio Gomez and sophomore Eric Johnson, who are ranked No. 49, evened the score with an 8-4 win over their opponents. The Trojans lost the doubles point when junior Ray Sarmiento and sophomore Yannick Hanfmann, ranked No. 48, fell to UCLA’s No. 1 pair 8-4.USC faced a unique challenge in playing from behind for the first time this season, but some hotly contested wins in singles helped the team secure a dramatic 4-3 victory over the Bruins. Hanfmann, ranked No. 94 in the country, was the only Trojan to win in straight sets, upsetting his opponent, No. 55 Dennis Mkrtchian, 6-4, 6-2 to even the score at 1-1. The five remaining singles matches all went to three sets.The Bruins regained the lead when Dennis Novikov, ranked No. 58 nationally, upset No. 12 Sarmiento 1-6, 6-3, 6-4. To tie the score up again, No. 46 Johnson defeated Karue Sell 1-6, 7-5, 6-4. Then, No. 10 Gomez beat Marcos Giron, ranked No. 13 nationally, 2-6, 7-5, 6-2 to put USC ahead again. To keep things close, UCLA’s Clay Thompson upset   No. 109 de Vroome 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.With the score tied at 3-3, the fate of the match lay in the hands of No. 23 Quiroz. After dropping the first set to Adrien Puget, who is ranked No. 42 nationally, Quiroz came back and won the second set to force a third, which went to a tiebreaker. To the delight of his teammates, Quiroz emerged victorious by a score of 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4) to put USC through to the finals of the tournament.“Any time a player can be in that moment and be successful in that moment, it’s great for them to draw upon,” USC head coach Peter Smith said. “[Quiroz] is a very talented kid and he’s coming of age.”After winning three matches in three days, USC faced No. 1 Virginia in the finals of the tournament. For the second match in a row and only the second time all season, the Trojans fell behind when they conceded the doubles point to the Cavaliers. Virginia’s No. 15 doubles team of Justin Shane and Ian Uriguen defeated de Vroome and Quiroz 8-3. Then, Gomez and Johnson fell 8-4 to another pair from Virginia, suspending play at the No. 3 spot, where Sarmiento and Hanfmann were about to pull off an upset against a pair from Virginia that was ranked No. 4 nationally.This time, the Trojans were unable to come back from their early deficit and ended up falling by a 4-2 score. To open up singles play, Gomez fell to the top-ranked player in the nation, Alex Domijan, 6-3, 6-2. Then, Johnson gave the Trojans their first point of the day with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Justin Shane.Virginia responded by extending its lead when No. 7 Jarmere Jenkins handed Sarmiento his third loss in as many days by a score of 6-2, 6-4. De Vroome was able to overcome No. 25 Ryan Shane, 7-6 (4), 6-3, but the Cavaliers secured their victory soon after, with Mitchell Frank pulling off the upset over Quiroz, 6-3, 7-5.“Virginia outplayed us,” Smith said. “They were just a better team today.”Despite the loss, Smith remained optimistic. After all, the Trojans didn’t go undefeated last season either, and they still ended up winning the national championship. Smith merely sees this as an early test for his team.“To me, this is all just studying for the final,” Smith said. “We have finals in May … and we didn’t do so well on one of the tests.”The Trojans look to bounce back from their first loss in a home match against UCLA on Friday at 3 p.m. The No. 2 USC men’s tennis team suffered its first loss of the season this weekend, falling to No. 1 Virginia in the finals of the ITA National Team Indoor championships in Seattle, Wash.Setting the pace ·Sophomore Yannick Hanfmann was named the Pac-12 player of the week thanks to his efforts at the ITA National Indoors. — Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojanlast_img read more

Tipp Schools in Harty Cup Quarter Finals

first_imgLast year’s beaten finalists Our Lady’s Templemore and Thurles CBS clash in The Ragg.The other school from the Premier in the quarter-finals – Nenagh CBS – meet De La Salle College Waterford at Leahy Park, Cashel.Both matches begin at 1.30pm.last_img

Rob Ripley: Bringing the Twin buzz to life in Malta

first_img Submit Share StumbleUpon Share Rob Ripley is ready to bring “more and more amazing people” on board at Twin, after becoming the Malta-based casino’s new Talent Acquisition & HR Manager.We caught up with Ripley to find out what convinced him to make the move, how he will draw on previous experiences in his new role, what he sees as the biggest HR challenges in the iGaming sector, and maintaining the Twin buzz around the office.SBC: What was it about Twin that convinced you to make the move?RR: What can I say, I had the pleasure of working with Twin prior to the official launch of the brand when I was at iGaming Elite and working on another cool brand under their umbrella. I have always had a solid working relationship with Head of HR Aleksandra, who told me all about the company’s plans. It was at that point, I knew Twin was going to be something different, something I wanted to be involved in!After 18 months of recruiting skilled individuals across the business, the opportunity came up for me to move internal and officially become part of this awesome brand. I used to joke about going internal, but when you find a set up like we have here and get the trust of everyone you work with, you really can magic happened and that exactly what we are going to do!I am now settled, and ready to continue where I left off and bring more and more amazing people to our incredible brand that is Twin! We are a truly unique company, where we have fun, work hard and really get to enjoy this little rock we live on… Malta!SBC: Have you been guaranteed the resources to put your own stamp on the company?RR: As always, Aleksandra and everyone else has trusted that I know who we are looking for here, not just with the skill set required to do a fantastic job, but also with the Twinning personality, which I think is just as important. I have access to all the tools I need, and Twin are very much about supporting our guys, so if I was ever in need of something more, I can simply just ask.SBC: What do you see as your key objectives at Twin?RR: My main objective is to ensure that our work force is happy and has everything they need in terms of support, personal and professional development, and the tools to get their work done. I also want to bring in more quality all-rounder’s as our team grows and take care of in-house team building and fun events. Finally, to maintain the Twin buzz around the office and keep everyone updated on the company.SBC: What can you draw from your previous experiences in the iGaming industry?RR: I feel that with the experience, network and personal connections I have gained over the years within iGaming, I can continue to find exactly who we need to keep growing. I worked with some fantastic people since I first got into recruitment and can happily say that I have learnt some vital skills from everyone and not just from the iGaming industry.SBC: What are the biggest challenges for a HR manager in this sector?RR: As I am new to the internal HR function, I am fast picking it up and starting to realize just how important it is to ensure people and teams from several different backgrounds and cultures are happy and supported whilst under my watch.We have some real personalities in here and what is amazing is how everyone is here to help each other, making my job that little bit easier too. I have a mission and that is to make sure we stay as a unit and all my guys are appreciated for the great work they ALL do day in day out. I look forward to learning more myself, and I know my team want the same as me when it comes to OUR brand Twin!last_img read more

Wayne Rooney: Despite our differences, Sir Alex Ferguson is the greatest

first_imgWayne Rooney has hailed Sir Alex Ferguson as the greatest manager of all time, despite admitting to having “differences” with his former boss.Ferguson and Rooney fell out in the final season of the Scot’s incredible Manchester United career, with Ferguson claiming Rooney had asked to leave the club for a second time – something the player denies.But despite going through a difficult period in terms of his relationship with the man who brought him to Old Trafford in 2004, Rooney says he is of no doubt that Ferguson is the greatest of all time.”I don’t know if anyone knows how things ended [between us],” Rooney told national newspapers.”We had differences [of opinion]. That’s normal. Ask Roy [Hodgson, the England manager] — he’s had differences with other players. That’s part of football.  ” I’m not the only person who had differences with Sir Alex Ferguson, but I can still sit here and say he was the greatest manager of all time.” “I still see Sir Alex quite a bit at games and he travels away to European games with us. It’s not that we don’t like each other. We just had differences. That’s normal.”–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

UCL Review: Allegri’s disappointment, Pep and Enrique’s delight, Wenger’s admiration

first_imgBarcelona eased past Arsenal 5-1 while Bayern needed extra time to see of Juventus’ threat. What did the managers say after?ALLEGRI DISAPPOINTED AFTER NEARING QUALIFICATION”It’s a shame to be eliminated after a performance like this, against a Bayern who have extraordinary players.” One minute before the half-time whistle, [Juan] Cuadrado could have scored the 3-0, [Alvaro] Morata got some chances and [Stephan] Lichtsteiner could have scored.”We had to be more clinical in front of goal. We could have done better in some situations. We had to be more calm.”It was not easy to be 2-0 up after 45 minutes. We showed character. We had to defend better with those last two balls.”They were unable to create anything and were not dangerous. But then from the 70th minute on everything changed. That’s football.”LUIS ENRIQUE EXPECTED MORE CONTROL AGAINST ARSENAL”They are not getting results you might think, for the signings they make,” he said. “It’s something to analyse.””The only team I would not like to get is Barca. Obviously we have unique players but in the end the great thing about this team is they work collectively – in both attack and defence.”We are delighted that Messi, Suarez and Neymar are our forwards.”This tie meant one of the two possible candidates for the title would go out, which is good for us. Now we wait for the draw.” ARSENE WENGER IN AWE OF BARCA TRIO”We created plenty of dangerous situations where we couldn’t take the chances we created, but I must say Barcelona’s accuracy in the final third and the quality of the creativity, especially Messi, is absolutely exceptional,” he said.”You go through 90 minutes and you come out of a game, he didn’t miss one first touch.”At some stage in our sport you have to admire art and they have two or three players who transform normal life into art. I respect that.”Of course, for me it’s suffering but for a guy who just loves football, it’s exceptional.””I felt from the bench they were wobbling a bit and a bit insecure,” Wenger said. “We could not take our chances to score the second goal that would have put us in a strong position. “When they scored to make it 2-1 you could see we lost a bit of our edge and belief, but there were moments at 1-1 where you could see that we had our chances.””I’m pleased with the performance we put in,” the Frenchman added. “The quality of our game was good.”I’m disappointed with the result but overall we played against a team with the best strikers I’ve seen.”The three together are absolutely exceptional and from nothing they can create a chance. Well done Barca. They are an exceptional side.”PEP PRAISES BAYERN SPIRIT “To score four times against an Italian team when you trail 2-0 is a big deal.”It was a great game for everyone. We played last season’s finalists and we knew they are a great team.””It was important to see that everyone, everyone on the bench was pushing us. We need the whole squad, every player of the team if we are to be successful.” “The Alvaro Morata disallowed goal would’ve changed the face of the match. “Juventus are too big a club to complain about this.” “When you lose, you shake hands and go home. You compliment the opposition.”They had chances and scored twice. Perhaps the goal was not offside, but these things happen in football.”–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

“Enhanced Risk” of severe weather late this afternoon, evening across listening area

first_imgThe Storm Prediction Center outlook for Tuesday, September 24th For the latest update from the Storm Prediction Center, click hereFor the latest Hazardous Weather Outlook from the National Weather Service in Des Moines, click here Storm Prediction Center outlook for tornado activitylast_img