Klopp back in Germany in UCL play-offs

first_imgA fourth-place finish in the Premier League last season exposed them to a complicated draw in the play-offs and a pairing with the Bundesliga outfit means a trip to the Rhein Neckar Arena in the first leg on Tuesday.Klopp has been to his home country with Liverpool before, overseeing victories against Augsburg and old club Borussia Dortmund en route to the Europa League final two seasons ago.They were also in Germany during pre-season, beating both Hertha Berlin and Bayern Munich.The Reds, who began their Premier League campaign with a 3-3 draw at Watford on Saturday, are without Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne at the moment but Roberto Firmino is fit. The Brazilian is set to face the club for whom he starred for four years before being sold to Liverpool in 2015.Hoffenheim, from a village of just over 3,000 souls in south-western Germany, finished fourth in the Bundesliga last season to qualify for Europe for the first time.The match against Liverpool comes four days before they face Werder Bremen in the first match of their 10th Bundesliga campaign.“We’ll do everything in our power to get through. Liverpool are a phenomenal side, but I already have an idea how we can snatch a result,” their coach Julian Nagelsmann, just 30, said after the draw.Hoffenheim have been weakened since last season, losing German international duo Sebastian Rudy and Niklas Suele to Bayern Munich.– Striker woes for Celtic –Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is hoping to take the Scottish giants into the group stage for the second season runningBrendan Rodgers was the last manager to lead Liverpool into the Champions League. The Northern Irishman is currently hoping to take Scottish champions Celtic into the group stage for the second season running.The Glasgow giants have beaten Linfield and Rosenborg to make it to a play-off against Astana of Kazakhstan, who visit Celtic Park for the first leg on Wednesday.Celtic beat Astana 3-2 on aggregate in the third qualifying round last season with Leigh Griffiths scoring twice in the tie and Moussa Dembele’s late penalty in the second leg taking them through.But Dembele misses this tie with a knee injury and Griffiths has been struggling too, giving Rodgers a headache with Celtic needing a good result before the near 4,000-mile trip to Kazakhstan for the return.“It’s going to be a tough game for us,” Rodgers told The Scotsman. “The first game is important. At home, the atmosphere has been absolutely incredible in the Champions League games in particular so we’ll need that on Wednesday night.”Elsewhere, Sevilla are hoping to make it back to the group stage but must overcome Turkish upstarts Istanbul Basaksehir, whose side features the likes of Gael Clichy and Emmanuel Adebayor.The standout fixture could be in Italy, where Napoli face Nice, third in France last season and who beat Ajax in the third qualifying round.Lucien Favre’s side have lost their first two Ligue 1 matches though, and they also travel without Mario Balotelli or new signing Wesley Sneijder.“We won’t get them back for the San Paolo. They are not ready,” said Favre.“Wesley still needs a few days or weeks to fine-tune his preparation. All he did before joining us was work with a fitness coach in Holland.“Mario is coming back from a hamstring injury. At best he could be on the bench.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool will face Hoffenheim in a tough Champions League play-offPARIS, France, Aug 14- Jurgen Klopp takes his Liverpool side to his native Germany this week to face Hoffenheim as they target a return to the group stage of the Champions League.It is three years since the Anfield outfit, five times European champions, last graced the group stage of the continent’s elite club competition.last_img read more

New freephone voting option for local elections for visually impaired

first_imgA new freephone service will be available to assist visually impaired voters in next week’s local elections. This service can be used in conjunction with ballot paper templates, which will be employed for the first time in local elections on Friday 24 May.The freephone number 1800 400 150 will list candidates in alphabetical order for each electoral area. Voters with a vision impairment can call the number when they go to cast their ballots.They are then given an option to select the electoral area in which they are registered to vote, after which a recorded announcement lists each candidate, their political affiliation and their occupation.The user then uses a ballot template – a transparent plastic device placed on top of the ballot paper – to indicate their voting preferences in order of choice.Vision-impaired voters can use the freephone facility as often as they wish in the run-up to polling day to familiarise themselves with the arrangements and to firm up their voting intentions. Voters who are visionally-impaired will also continue to have the option of marking their ballot papers with the assistance of a companion or Presiding Officer, as provided for in the Electoral Acts, at all elections and referendums.New freephone voting option for local elections for visually impaired was last modified: May 18th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Chelsea v Sunderland: Terry starts

first_imgJohn Terry starts for Chelsea in the Blues captain’s farewell at Stamford Bridge.Terry, who is leaving at the end of the season, is partnered at the back by David Luiz and Cesar Azpilicueta for the newly-crowned champions’ final home match of the campaign..Gary Cahill is on the bench, as are Pedro and Nemanja Matic. Diego Costa is among those returning to the starting line-up.There is no Jermain Defoe for relegated Sunderland, who are without 11 injured players and make a number of changes.Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Terry; Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Willian, Costa, HazardSubs: Begovic, Zouma, Cahill, Chalobah, Matic, Pedro, Batshuayi.Sunderland: Pickford, Jones, Manquillo, Rodwell, Oviedo, Lescott, Larsson, Cattermole, Januzaj, Borini.Subs: Mannone, Asoro, Love, Maja, Embleton, Gibson, Gooch.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Bryant Young on current 49ers despite Ravens loss: ‘Excitement in the air’

first_imgBryant Young was a stud. Probably still is.He stood 6-foot-3 and weighed an immovable 291 pounds during his years as an awe-inspiring defensive lineman for the 49ers.He was as pleasant as a summer breeze off the field. He quietly commanded total respect on the field.For decades the 49ers’ most prestigious honor has been the Len Eshmont Award, which exemplifies the “inspiration and courageous play” of an original 49er who died before his time. B.Y. won the award. Eight times. In 12 years. …last_img read more

Video: Africa’s first electric car

first_imgThe zero-emission Joule was designed by Cape Town-based Optimal Energy in association with legendary South African-born automotive designer Keith Helfet. The Joule was unveiled in Cape Town in September 2008 – when this video was made – and at the 2008 Paris Motor Show. It’s clean, it’s mean – and it’s good-looking, to boot! Click arrow to play video.last_img

The Value of Lurking

first_imgIn typical contexts, the word “lurk” carries unsavory connotations, of both stalking and voyeurism. But in the online world of social media, lurking, or hanging out and tuning in to a social network without actively participating, is a primary and popular activity that can benefit the lurker, the active contributors and the network itself.No-risk learningMany  people lurk on a social network long before they decide to participate. It’s a no-risk way to climb the learning curve, learn the ropes, the features and the special lingo. Lurking allows people to learn more about the individuals who participate actively, and to discover the common threads and interests that animate the conversation.In short, many people use lurking as their primary way to become comfortable with the tools, topics, culture and talkers before joining the conversation. Some lurkers never participate.Other reasons to lurkPeople lurk for many reasons. Depending on the nature of the network, they may lurk to study trends, download resources suggested by active contributors, search for informed opinions or varied perspectives on a topic, or to look for like-minded partners in disciplines outside their own.Lurkers fall into several broad classifications. Long-term lurkers visit the blog, discussion group, wiki, or support network regularly for months or years without joining the conversation. Serial lurkers come and go from time to time on a schedule that fits their needs or curiosity. Transient lurkers drop in once or twice to check out the network, but don’t come back.Lurkers also add value to the network and its active contributorsIn serving their own needs, lurkers can add value to the network itself. For example:They may recommend the network to others, broadening the network’s reach. (A recommendation from a trusted source is more likely to produce a loyal network member or follower than one from an unknown source.)They may follow a link or download a paper and share the information with others, broadening the influence of the linked site or downloaded information.They may learn about, and attend a face-to-face meeting or webinar, or pass the information about the event along to others they think might have an interest in attending.What people learn while lurking may correct misinformation they’ve picked up elsewhere, increase their awareness, expose an unexamined assumption, or make them more generally informed about a particular topic.They may contact one or more of the active participants directly, creating new relationships or partnerships outside the network.They may visit a community support blog and pick up answers to their questions, reducing traffic to the phone support system.Finally, site managers can track traffic to various features of the network to learn about lurkers’ interests and values, then try to reconfigure the conversation and/or features to reach a wider following.Lurking is a logical, perhaps even vital, first step in engaging with an online network. Lurkers will come to understand the social mores and norms of a particular network, enabling them to join in the conversation appropriately when they feel ready. Most of us don’t enter a crowded room and start talking right away; we listen to the conversations going on around us, gravitate to those we find most interesting, and start talking when we feel we have something to contribute. Online networks are no different. Author: Peg Boyles (@ethnobot) (The photo, ‘Lurking in the Zambezi’ by Kristen Laas is made available under a Attribution-Noncommercial license.)This work (excluding the photograph – Lurking in the Zambezi) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.last_img read more

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The Thunder Are Falling Apart Without Andre Roberson

In a typical year, the NBA’s All-Star break offers the league’s most dysfunctional contenders a chance to reset, take inventory and right what ails them heading into the final stretch before the playoffs. This season, thanks to Cleveland’s moves at the trade deadline, the post-All-Star watch likely will fall to the Oklahoma City Thunder and how it weathers the loss of Andre Roberson, the beating heart of its defense.After an offseason that included acquiring Paul George and Carmelo Anthony to combine with reigning MVP Russell Westbrook, the Thunder expected to compete at the highest levels. It hasn’t worked out that way. The team is 33-26 at the break and has lost six of its last nine games. There are all manner of reasons for this, from the obvious difficulties of integrating three high-usage stars to the decline of key players on an already-thin squad. (Offseason acquisition Patrick Patterson, who was a reliable stretch 4 for years in Toronto, has disappointed and tanked the offense while he’s been on the court.) Despite all that, the team seemed to have figured something out by January, when it ran off eight straight wins on the strength of its defense and a newly thriving offense. But late in that stretch, Roberson went down with a ruptured patellar tendon. He was lost for the season, and the Thunder had a whole new sort of crisis.Roberson is a singular player in the NBA. He is one of the best perimeter defenders in the league, and at 6-foot-7, he has the size and quickness to guard four positions. Roberson’s effect on the Thunder defense is tremendous. He can switch practically any matchup, cover opposing stars and not only challenge their shots but also dissuade them from even attempting them. His defensive Real Plus-Minus — a stat that heavily favors big men — ranks fourth in the league. Overall, the defense was 12.5 points worse per 100 possessions when he left the floor. His effect doesn’t grade out at quite the same level of Golden State’s Draymond Green or Utah’s Rudy Gobert, but he just about maximizes the impact a perimeter defender can have on a game.Or as Westbrook put it: “I think people outside our building, people across the world always complained about different things Andre didn’t do instead of embracing all the great things he did do. I’ve always embraced Andre and I was always very, very happy he was on my team because of things he did on both sides of the ball. Setting screens, cutting, running the floor. A lot of things that you can’t teach.”Those “things Andre didn’t do,” of course, refer to Roberson being one of the worst regular offensive players in the league. Roberson is a notoriously inept and unwilling shooter. He is shooting 22 percent from the 3-point line this season on a diet of wide-open shots the opposing defense is thrilled to see him take. And yet, his overall effect on the offense doesn’t seem to have been as dire as advertised.Since Roberson went out, Oklahoma City’s defensive rating has been 112.3, which would rank 27th in the league, ahead of only the Cleveland Cavaliers, Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns. That’s extreme though not unexpected with Roberson no longer there to cover for weaker defenders like Westbrook or Anthony. But here’s the kick in the head: The team’s offensive ratings has barely budged despite losing one of the worst offensive players in the league, going from 110.9 before Roberson’s injury to 111.8 after it. This is much harder to explain.Roberson didn’t simply deprive his offense of a player who could do a better job of shooting, passing or dribbling. He shrank the court, allowing defenders to roam guilt-free, to harass ballhandlers and make life difficult for anyone establishing post position or running around off-ball screens.So clearly the team would be expected to show more improvement than it has in his absence. But while the overall offense has been flat, the individual stars have thrived with Roberson out. With Roberson on the floor, the Thunder pick and roll barely worked at all, producing just 87 points per 100 chances, according to data from Second Spectrum. It didn’t much matter if it was Westbrook handling the ball (90 points per 100 chances), George (73), Raymond Felton (91) or Carmelo Anthony (94). Without Roberson there, the team’s pick-and-roll points jump to 95. Westbrook and George see especially large jumps without Roberson, landing at 100 and 91 points per 100 chances created on the pick and roll, respectively.It gets stranger: George produced only 77 points per 100 chances on drives with Roberson on the floor; without him, that shot up to 96 — on a significant number of shots. Westbrook, too, goes from 98 points per 100 chances to 105, or the difference between Ish Smith and Victor Oladipo this season. And while Roberson didn’t actually affect the team’s effective field goal percentage overall, both Westbrook and George suffered large drop-offs in their shooting numbers when they shared the court with him.But the Thunder have yet to capitalize on the additional space available with Roberson out. Westbrook has played well in some ways, creating at James Harden/Chris Paul levels on the pick and roll, and poorly in others, shooting just 43 percent from the field and 18 percent from the three in the games since Roberson’s injury. George has been hot from the three — he’s hit at least five 3-pointers in four consecutive games — and has averaged 29.6 points on a 62 effective field goal percentage through those 10 games. But Anthony has gone absolutely dormant, and both he and Westbrook missed two games to injury.There’s plenty to be encouraged by over these past few games. George looks like a different player without Roberson, and all may be right if he and Westbrook are both firing at close to optimal levels by the playoffs. Further, second-year shooter Alex Abrines, seeing increased minutes with Roberson out, has run hot and cold, shooting 35 percent on threes overall since the injury. That should improve over time.But even so, the offense taking a dip despite subtracting a guy who may be the single worst offensive player who’s actually allowed to play s troubling, and Oklahoma City doesn’t have an obvious source of those unteachable qualities Westbrook mentioned — the cutting, the running, the screens. The Thunder’s stars may finally have the room to operate as stars, but its problems are now ones not solved easily by star power.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Ohio State extends win streak to 19 beats Iowa 3424

Senior wide receiver, Corey Brown (10), reaches for the end zone for the first Ohio State touchdown of the game. OSU won against Iowa, 34-24, Oct. 19 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editor It took just over three quarters, but the Ohio State football team finally managed to put Iowa away, winning 34-24 and extending the nation’s longest winning streak to 19 games.The Hawkeyes (4-2, 1-2)  were in control of the game from the outset, as senior tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz caught a two-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Jake Rudock to end a 12 play, 80-yard drive to open the game.OSU (7-0, 3-0) cut the lead to 7-3 after Drew Basil’s 27-yard field goal on the ensuing drive, but Iowa made it 10-3 when Mike Meyer connected on a 28-yard kick of his own.Junior quarterback Braxton Miller then hit senior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown on a 58-yard strike on the next drive to tie the game. It was Brown’s sixth touchdown reception of the season.OSU coach Urban Meyer said he was proud of the way that Brown played, citing how he has become more of a leader on the team since senior safety Christian Bryant went down with an injury.“When you lose a Christian Bryant-I keep looking for that next guy and I found him, I think,” Meyer said. “It’s No. 10, Philly Brown. The emotional guy that’s in the locker room and the kickoff team. He was outstanding.”Iowa fired back, though, as Rudock found junior wideout Kevonte Martin-Manley from six yards out to put Iowa ahead at halftime, 17-10.OSU knotted the score again after Carlos Hyde ran for a one yard score to open the second half. The Buckeyes took their first lead of the game at 24-17, when Miller found junior wide receiver Devin Smith for a 14-yard score with a little over three minutes to play in the third.Miller, who ran for 102 yards in the win, said he has not physically felt this good since the beginning of the season.“I had a knee injury and it set me back a little bit, but (I) felt pretty good out there, good week of preparation,” Miller said. “And the O-line did a hell of a job and coaching and it showed it on the field.”Iowa again fought back, as Rudock found sophomore tight end Jake Duzey for an 85-yard score down the right sideline.Meyer said he was “very concerned” about the defense after giving up a play like that.Hyde gave OSU the lead for good when he ran for his second score of the game, this one from 19 yards out. The Buckeyes’ running back broke numerous tackles on the play, leaping over two defenders for the score.“I never had a run like that (before),” Hyde said. “I was just trying to catch my balance and once I did I turned around and I see Philly Brown with an unbelievable block…I got so excited and I hadn’t even scored yet when I saw the block. And then I just went in for a touchdown.”Basil kicked another field goal that put OSU up by 10, and redshirt-freshman Tyvis Powell recorded his first interception of his career when he picked off Rudock just over four minutes to play. The Buckeyes were able to run out the clock to preserve the 10-point victory and stay unbeaten.OSU had to play most of the game without their top cornerback, redshirt-junior Bradley Roby, who was ejected from the game for targeting a defenseless receiver in the first quarter. It is the first time an OSU player has been called for targeting this season.“I’m curious to find out the rule and the replay official,” Meyer said of the play. “That’s supposed to be all replay. If that’s not true, then I need an answer.”Miller finished the game 22 of 27 passing for 222 yards and two touchdowns, and Hyde carried the ball 24 times for 149 yards and two more scores.The win tied OSU for the second longest winning streak in school history, at 19 games, with the 2002-03 Buckeyes.Junior tight end Jeff Heuerman said the team as a whole team has great confidence in itself to keep the streak alive.“That’s something really special about this team is there’s never any doubt that we’re not going to win that game,” Heuerman said. “No matter what the score is, no matter if the offense is getting stopped or defense is getting run through, there’s never any doubt and we always know we’re going to win the game.”OSU is scheduled to take on Penn State next weekend at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. read more