first_img “First I have to agree with the club what the conditions would be for leaving,” he told reporters in his homeland ahead of the European Championship qualifier against Iceland on Friday. “Next week we will have a meeting with Chelsea. “At the moment it is with my agent. When it is clearer and all the cards are on the table, we will decide. “I believe that for what I have done for the club and what the club has done for me, we can arrange it so we are all happy.” He added: “I keep all options open, regardless of the country. I will decide based on what is best for me and my family. It does not matter whether it is England, Germany, France or Spain. “If I move, it brings difficulties. It must change everything, looking for housing, a school for children and so on. “Therefore, the sooner I know what to do the better. I can plan everything and even rest before the new season.” The 33-year-old has a year left on his contract at Stamford Bridge but was demoted to the role of back-up to Thibaut Courtois last season as the Belgian enjoyed an impressive campaign. Blues boss Jose Mourinho has stressed on several occasions he is eager for the Czech stopper to stay and Cech is keen to resolve the issue sooner rather than later. Petr Cech will hold talks with Chelsea next week, with the goalkeeper eager to sort out where he will be playing next season.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgMedical marijuana has become a “smoking” business in Florida since it was legalized here four years ago.Now, the drug is about to be available in edible versions, too.State health officials this week quietly issued what’s being called an “emergency rule,” while allows for the manufacturing and consumption of edible marijuana items.That means operators statewide will soon be able to offer THC-infused cookies, cakes and candies, and other products.The Department of Health outlined the new rule on its website Wednesday. The agency is requiring the edible products to be without toppings, and to have a unique look to distinguish them as including marijuana, among other restrictions.Emergency rules are usually only valid for 90 days.Health officials and the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services must authorize operators to sell any of the items.So far, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried has allowed Parallel Florida LLC, Curaleaf, VidaCann and Trulieve to begin making the edible marijuana products.She explains, “Every single patient is different, as far as how their body reacts to this medicine. Some patients can’t swallow pills. Some may have lung cancer and can’t use flower. So, this is another alternative to so many patients who may need their medicine but need it in alternative forms.”last_img read more

first_imgTrevor Denton | Daily TrojanA year ago, the hapless Rams finished 4-12 in their first season back in Los Angeles. Worse than their record, the team was downright dreadful to watch. Under then-head coach Jeff Fisher, rookie quarterback Jared Goff threw more interceptions than touchdowns, while running back Todd Gurley was limited to a dismal 3.2 yards per carry, after ripping through the league as a rookie in 2015. The offense possessed plenty of talent, but the coaching staff had no idea how to use it. It was more frustrating than watching your grandparents try to use an iPad. But sometimes a coaching change can make all the difference. Before this season, 31-year-old Sean McVay was hired to re-energize the Rams’ dormant offense, and he somehow accomplished much more. The Rams led the league in scoring in 2017 (29.9 points per game), after finishing last in that category in 2016. Gurley ended his sophomore slump with a 2,093 total yard, MVP-worthy campaign, while Goff looked like a potential franchise quarterback. The Rams made leaps and bounds in 2017, but they’ve managed to get even better this off-season. After acquiring elite defensive backs Marcus Peters and Aquib Talib a couple of weeks ago, Los Angeles inked All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamakung Suh to a one-year, $14 million deal on Monday. Under venerated coordinator Wade Phillips, the Rams’ defense was already among the league’s best. Now it’s downright terrifying for opposing offenses. With Suh, Talib and Peters, the team has an elite defense to complement its historically prolific offense. Phillips will be able to place line up Suh alongside reigning Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald, creating one of the best defensive fronts in history (at least in theory). Suh and Donald have similar skill sets — they can both stuff the run and also terrorize passers from the interior (the duo would have combined for 15.5 sacks in 2017), and both still have plenty of gas in the tank (Suh is 31, Donald is a spry 26). Being able to field both future Hall of Famers in the prime of their careers is borderline unfair. One of Suh’s major considerations when choosing a team in free agency, was going somewhere he could avoid being double-teamed every play. Therefore, it makes sense why he took a pay cut to join the Rams. By playing next to a fellow human wrecking crew in Donald, Suh will have a better chance of avoiding L.A. traffic than ever seeing a double-team from an opposing offensive line (NFC West quarterbacks Jimmy Garapolo’s and Russell Wilson’s lives just got a lot more complicated). Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh joined the Los Angeles Rams on Monday after spending three seasons with the Miami Dolphins. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.The Suh signing will understandably draw the most attention, but don’t underestimate the impact of Talib and Peters. Los Angeles fielded a middle of the pack secondary in 2017, giving up 217.2 yards per game through the air (12th in the league) and 54 completions over 20 yards (seventh most in the league). Their best defensive back Trumaine Johnson was set to become a free agent this offseason. Instead of resigning Johnson to a mega-deal, they let him walk and still managed to upgrade their secondary in stunning fashion. Talib is a 10-year veteran with five-straight Pro Bowl appearances, while Peters brings unmatched ball-hawking, upside at the position. He’s snagged an incredible 19 interceptions since joining the league in 2015, to go along with six forced fumbles and five recoveries. With Talib’s experience, you know exactly what you’re getting — with Peters, 25, the sky is the limit. The Rams are already having the best off-season of any team, but they may not even be finished just yet. Reports indicate L.A. could be in the runningmix to acquire Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., one of the best young players in the league. If that trade does indeed happen, all bets are off. The Rams would be fielding one of the most talented teams in league history, a year removed from finishing 11-5 and winning the NFC West by a wide margin. On paper, the team will be stacked with or without Beckham Jr. The only major question will be if McVay can handle so many polarizing personalities on one roster. Talib, Peters, Suh and Beckham Jr. (if they land him) are all controversial figures for different reasons. Having all four in the same locker room could be magical or destructive — just don’t expect much of a middle ground. Either way, the Rams enter the 2018 season as one of the most talented and exciting teams in recent memory. Not bad for a franchise that terribly fumbled its debut season in Los Angeles just two years ago. Trevor Denton is a sophomore majoring in journalism. He is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “T-Time,” runs Wednesdays.last_img read more

first_img Submit Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 Share StumbleUpon TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Share Related Articles In The World Cup’s Finest we ask various individuals to delve into their own personal history of football’s quadrennial showpiece extravaganza, selecting a number of favourites as well as revealing what is their very first World Cup memory.Relive the 1998-2010 World Cup era with Pinnacle’s Content and Social Media Manager Benjamin Cronin, who goes on a journey from his first World Cup memory at France 1998, via Brazilian dominance in 2002 and onto a Giovanni Van Bronckhorst screamer and Luis Suarez antics in South Africa 2010. First World Cup memory10 June – 12 July 1998 (World Cup, France). France 1998 was the first World Cup where I actually knew what was going on. While the English media made it hard for people to remember anything but David Beckham’s red card against Argentina, it’s Michael Owen’s wonder goal and the “real” Ronaldo’s dominance (and disappearance) that has always stuck with me.Favourite World Cup:GoalGiovanni Van Bronckhorst (Netherlands v Uruguay, 2010). I think you can tell a lot about someone by the type of goal they choose when posed this kind of question. Although I have a lot of admiration for Argentina’s 24-pass goal vs. Serbia and Montenegro in 2006, Bergkamp’s control and finish against Argentina in 1998 and Maradona’s graceful dribble against England in 1986, you just can’t beat a thunderbolt screamer. I feel like Giovanni Van Bronckhorst’s 35-yard effort against Uruguay in 2010 doesn’t get as much credit as it deserves. It was the cleanest connection I think I’ve ever seen on a strike, as close to the top corner as you can get and it resulted in a hefty dose of karma for Uruguay and Luis Suarez in particular (see below). PlayerZinedine Zidane. There aren’t many players (if any at all) who moved around the soccer pitch with as much grace as Zinedine Zidane. Throughout his career, I watched in awe as Zidane controlled games with as much ease as he controlled the ball. His effortless skill, ability to pick a pass and eye for goal made him the complete package and he proved time and time again he could do it on the big stage. France’s success in 1998 was built on a solid defence but Zidane was undoubtedly the key man (not least because of his two goals in the final). It’s no coincidence that France struggled in 2002 without Zidane (he was injured for the first two games) but by 2006 he was back to his best. We’ll all remember the Frenchman’s headbutt in the final against Italy but his performance against Brazil in the quarterfinal was arguably the greatest individual performance at a World Cup. A moment of madness meant his country finished as runners-up but Zidane ended the tournament as the joint- second highest goal scorer and won the Golden Ball (best player at the tournament).TeamBrazil, 2002. The question of the best team in World Cup history sparked plenty of debate throughout Pinnacle’s offices in the build-up to this year’s tournament in Russia. We even ran The Pinnacle World Cup on Twitter to find out what the consensus was. Funnily enough, my favourite team actually won – the Brazil team from 2002. Despite a poor qualification campaign, Brazil won the 2002 World Cup with relative ease. The return of Ronaldo (he notched an impressive eight goals in the tournament) helped Brazil become only the third team in history to win every game at a World Cup (and the first in the extended format). They had a front line of Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho. What more do I need to say? GameUruguay v Ghana, 2010. Everyone has seen the highlight reels and most of us probably own a VHS or DVD of “The Greatest World Cup Games of All Time” and although there are plenty to choose from, I wanted to pick one that I vividly remember. It was by no means a game of high quality soccer and I’m not a fan of Luis Suarez’s gamesmanship but purely based on the drama I’ve gone for Uruguay vs. Ghana in 2010. After 120 minutes of tense quarterfinal action and almost unbearable vuvuzela-blowing, the match was level at 1-1 and destined to go to penalties. Ghana created one final chance that Suarez did well to initially block on the line but he decided to save the rebound effort with his hands and was sent off (Jorge Fucile was just in front of Suarez and also tried the same thing but missed). Of course, Asamoah Gyan missed the penalty that followed and Ghana lost the penalty shoot-out 4-2.KitCameroon, 2002. I think the 1980’s through to the late 90’s was a great period for international kits (and that’s why we’ve seen a lot of teams this year favouring a retro style design). I do really like Germany’s away strip for this year’s tournament, but I’ll have to pick Cameroon’s 2002 home kit for reasons beyond aesthetics. I remember being shocked at seeing Cameroon in a sleeveless basketball jersey-like top prior to the 2002 World Cup. When they lined up for their first game, the kit looked similar to the sleeveless one but actually had black sleeves (after being banned from wearing a sleeveless kit by FIFA, it was Cameroon’s creative way of protesting against the decision).The World Cup’s Finest is to be a regular feature during the Russia World Cup, profiling a different individual each week day, if you would like to be involved please email read more

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The League of Municipalities is hosting a “Homedown Showdown” on its Facebook business page – and Wellington and Caldwell are participating in a Round 6 tournament bracket. It’s important to bring the victory home for your favorite community!The winning town will be featured on the cover of the Kansas Government Journal. To vote for a city just “like” the photos that is submitted at this website here: This is the photo for Wellington:The direct link to “like” is here. This is the photo for Caldwell:The direct link to “like” is here. The winner advances to the second round.This is part of an overall bracket. Currently there are 64 or so towns. The winners will advance to the round of 32 just like the NCAA basketball tournament. The bracket is below. Click on here for a larger version of the bracket.Right now, Wellington is leading Egerton 157 to 75. But we need to not allow Edgerton to make a comeback.Caldwell is currently battling Garden City. It’s a tough race. Garden City has 309. Caldwell has 392. Wellington people help Caldwell out and allow them to move on!The contest ends this Sunday. So log onto the site above, and “like” those pictures to get Sumner County teams into the second round.On Tuesday, Round 2 will start a new album with 32 cities with the “likes” resetting to zero for this new round.As for the other communities, according to the moderator of the League of Municipalities business page, there was an open call for cities to submit their photos, and it was limited to the first 64 participants.So go Wellington! Go Caldwell! Remember, “like” before Sunday.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down CaldwellProud · 285 weeks ago Tracy, thank you for the support & helping spread the word!!! =) Report Reply 0 replies · active 285 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 9, 2017)–The 50th annual Santa Anita Jockeys vs. Holy Angels Elementary School Charity Basketball Game will be played Thursday, Feb. 23 at La Salle High School in Pasadena, with proceeds to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF), Holy Angels athletic program and the Eye on Jacob Foundation.Given the historic nature of the game, individual jockey sponsors, representing a wide array of racing industry stakeholders, will lend financial support to this worthy cause.  Tip off is scheduled for 7:15 p.m., with admission doors opening at 6:15 p.m.Hall of Fame jockeys Kent Desormeaux, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Mike Smith, Alex Solis and Gary Stevens will all be available at center court for an autograph session beginning at 6:30 p.m.The following jockeys, with individual sponsors have committed to the Feb. 23 event: GAME TO BE PLAYED AT LA SALLE HIGH SCHOOL IN PASADENA & WILL FEATURE BROAD BASED INDIVIDUAL JOCKEY SPONSORSHIP                 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.                                     Richard Baltas                Tyler Baze                                                           Dennis O’Neill Racing                Rafael Bejarano                                               Eclipse Racing                Brice Blanc                                                          Ruis Racing                Mario Gutierrez                                               J. Paul Reddam, Cash Call                Chad Lindsay                                                     Phil D’Amato                Corey Nakatani                                               M. Auerbach, LLC.                Flavien Prat                                                       LNJ Foxwoods                Mike Smith                                                        West Point Thoroughbreds                Austin Solis                                                        Solis Bloodstock                Joe Talamo                                                         KM Racing, Inc.                Jamie Theriot                                                    ERJ Racingcenter_img                 TVG’s Kurt Hoover will be coaching the jockey squad for the 16th consecutive year and Hoover, himself a cager of note at Arcadia High School, circa 1980, likes the way his lineup looks with the recent addition of Corey Nakatani.“Corey’s such a great competitor, and I really mean that,” said Hoover.  “We don’t expect him to score a lot of points, but he comes to play and he helps set the tone for the other guys.  He was riding in Arkansas last year, so it’s great to have him back.  With Drayden (Van Dyke) out (due to injury) this year, we’re missing our best shooter, so we’re going to be getting Kent (Desormeaux) the ball quite a bit more.  It’s always fun!”The PDJF helps assist permanently disabled jockeys nationwide, while the Eye on Jacob Foundation, named for Jacob Desormeaux, who is the 18-year-old son of Hall of Fame jockey, Kent, benefits those suffering from Usher’s Syndrome.  An extremely rare neurological disorder, Usher’s Syndrome causes progressive loss of hearing, imbalance, and eventual loss of sight in approximately 14,000 children in the United States.Tickets are five dollars per person, and for every two tickets purchased, individuals receive one free admission ticket to The Great Race Place.La Salle High School is located at the southwest corner of Sierra Madre Blvd. in Pasadena, approximately four miles from Santa Anita.  Admission tickets and promotional tee shirts are on sale now at Champions! Gifts and Apparel in Santa Anita’s East Paddock Gardens, or through Holy Angels Elementary School in Arcadia.last_img read more