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Inter Snatch Real Madrid’s Hakimi on Five-year Deal

first_imgCrowds had gathered outside Inter’s headquarters to catch a glimpse of their new signing ahead of the defender sealing his move.Born in Madrid, Hakimi opted to represent the country of his parents at international level and to date has won 28 caps as well as representing Morocco at the 2018 World Cup.His performances for Dortmund this year, with 10 assists across 25 games, had put top European clubs on alert after he failed to agree a new deal with his parent club.Inter sit third in Serie A after the resumption of action and next host Brescia as they aim to closee the gap to the top.They are currently eight points from leaders Juventus with 10 games to play following an encouraging debut season for Antonio Conte.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Inter Milan have reportedly sealed the signing of Real Madridfull-back Achraf Hakimi on a five-year contract for an initial fee of £36million.The Moroccan international was spotted arriving in Milan to complete his medical ahead of sealing a move to Antonio Conte’s Serie A side amid interest from Premier League clubs including Chelsea and Manchester City.Hakimi, 21, made 17 appearances for Real Madrid but shot to prominence during a two-year loan spell with Borussia Dortmundthat brought 13 goals in 72 games.last_img read more

Digital journalism class focuses on virtual reality

first_imgProfessor Robert Hernandez’s classroom is a unique, innovative space where digital journalism comes to life, immersing students and audiences alike with technologies like 360-degree video and augmented reality.“Hands on Disruption: Experimenting with Emerging Technologies” is a course at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism taught by Hernandez that creates an innovative and collaborative space for students to engage with one of the newest journalism technologies: virtual reality. To abbreviate, the group of students enrolled in the class call themselves the JOVRNALISM Team. “For this class, I needed students to know and be comfortable with trying to figure out what the unknown is, where the professor doesn’t have all the answers and no one does because it’s brand new,” Hernandez said. “What you need is that curiosity and that commitment, that work ethic, to work with a team of folks who are as dedicated and passionate as you are, to figuring this stuff out.”The Salton Sea Project, the JOVRNALISM team’s third and largest production to date, was nominated this summer as one of the finalists for the 2017 Online Journalism Awards under the Pro-Am Student Award category.  In 2016, Hernandez’s class created an interactive project on Houston’s vulnerability to coastal storms, foreshadowing the destruction of  an event like Tropical Storm Harvey.  Every year, students are assigned a collaborative project with a media partner. Their nominated Salton Sea Project was produced and finalized in May 2017 in partnership with The Desert Sun. Students were divided into multiple video teams to create a seven-part series that virtually displayed the history, environmental disasters, visuals and possible future of California’s Salton Sea. “The goal visually was ‘How do you capture this beautiful, breathtaking place and capture the story in 360 video?’” Hernandez said. “We also incorporated drones because it’s just breathtaking to view it from above. We put a camera underwater to do a background for an infographic to explain the environmental issues that are happening in the water.”Hernandez explained that the Salton Sea Project’s goal was to fully immerse the audience into the setting, allowing viewers to understand the stories of those affected by the dying sea.Photo courtesy of Robert HernandezPrior to working at USC and creating this course, Hernandez’s professional career revolved around discovering how digital technology and other forms of media can advance today’s media coverage. He was interested in experimenting with 360-degree videos, mobile devices and coding.In 2013, Hernandez started off by introducing augmented reality and Google Glass courses to Annenberg and eventually created the VR class in 2015. He originally formed the JOVRNALISM team to prepare students for the professional world by providing opportunities to work with developers, designers and storytellers.As an elective, Hernandez welcomes any student — regardless of their major — who wants to practice and have a hands-on experience with different journalism platforms. For the 15-week instructional period, Hernandez created a basic framework focused around stories, technology and partner-based media projects. “We’ve covered the Women’s March on Washington, done work for The New York Times, the Trump inauguration,” Hernandez said. “We’ve done work with ProPublica and The Texas Tribune — two amazing, award-winning investigative journalism organizations.” The students work with a basic guideline, pitching and creating ideas on how to use technology for storytelling. Throughout the semester, a variety of technological skills and methods such as video production, computer graphics and game development are taught. “Robert really teaches the class like a startup where he really lets the students run the class with our ideas,” Cameron Quon, former JOVRNALISM student and USC graduate, said. “Every class, we start off with a blank slate, and he asks us what we want to talk about and we throw out ideas. He tries to adjust the class to our interests so that’s pretty different compared to other campus courses.”Because the class is not restricted to students within the journalism major, the JOVRNALISM team has a range of people from different grade levels and colleges. “It’s diverse in every sense of the word,” Hernandez said. “While Viterbi may skew more male or Annenberg may skew more female, my classes are about 50-50. I would lean back and see how a student from Viterbi was joking with an Annenberg student, giving each other nicknames … just respecting each other’s craft and trying to develop how this [VR] could work for journalism.”Kaitlyn Mullin, a former JOVRNALISM student and USC graduate, emphasized the importance of the class, as there is always new technology being integrated into newsrooms. “Visual journalism is expanding rapidly to include AR and VR as part of the everyday reporting process,” Mullin said. “Students should take advantage of the resources and knowledge Robert has at his disposal to experiment in these fields … and start pushing the boundaries of what developing technology could mean for the future of journalism.”In addition to his goal of informing the USC community of the advantages of VR in today’s journalism, Hernandez hopes that his course will teach his former and future students how to work with others of diverse backgrounds and talents in their respective career fields.last_img read more

Sarkisian, Kiffin respond to controversial remarks

first_imgDespite a rare Monday practice for No. 18 USC, the most pertinent story that emerged wasn’t even something that happened on the practice field. For the first time this season, an opponent has provided some highly-publicized bulletin-board material.Friendly rivals · Washington coach Steve Sarkisian served as USC’s quarterbacks coach when Lane Kiffin was the offensive coordinator. – Photo courtesy of The Daily of the University of WashingtonFollowing his team’s 34-17 loss to No. 7 Oregon on Saturday, Washington defensive coordinator Nick Holt was asked by reporters about the Huskies’ matchup with the Trojans this Saturday at the Coliseum.“We’ll be OK against these guys,” Holt said. “I’d rather play against USC than Oregon quite honestly.”Statistically, that makes enough sense. Oregon ranks seventh nationally in total offense; USC is 26th. The Ducks rack up 46 points-per-game — good for sixth nationally. USC is 32nd in the country, scoring at a 33.4 points per game clip.“You could ask every defensive coordinator in our conference the same question and they’d tell you the same thing: Oregon is hard to prepare for because of how unique they are,” Washington coach Steve Sarkisian said. “That doesn’t mean ’SC is not very good. They’re a tremendous offensive football team and I think [Holt] would agree with that.”Holt is a former USC linebackers coach and defensive coordinator who headed to Washington along with Sarkisian in 2009.Holt’s quote was posted all around Heritage Hall on Monday, along with an added message that is slightly paraphrased: “I know how to stop them.”At the bottom there’s an asterisk, making it known that “[By the way] — Washington gave up 484 (yards) including 298 rushing last (year) to USC.”It is unknown who posted the sign, and USC, for now, isn’t speaking out on the issue.“I don’t make much of it,” USC coach Lane Kiffin said. “We have great respect for those guys and their staff and their players. They can say whatever they want. They beat us, two years in a row. So they can say whatever they want.”For Kiffin, playing the Huskies could be construed as personal. He and Sarkisian were the top offensive assistants during former USC coach Pete Carroll’s tenure, and the two have maintained a close friendship since Kiffin’s departure to the NFL in 2007.Kiffin, however, did not explicitly admit to a personal rivalry.“This isn’t about Sarkisian or Kiffin. We want to beat Washington because they beat us,” Kiffin said. “We want to win every game that we play, especially when you feel like you had a game that we could have won. Like the Notre Dame game, you do have a sense from your players that you’d like to get those back because you felt you could have won them with so many opportunities and you have to wait a whole year to have a chance again.”Sarkisian, by and large, echoed similar sentiments.“It’s a healthy friendship and a healthy rivalry,” he said. “We’re both competitive guys who like to win not for us individually but for our teams, our kids and our coaches.”—Senior middle linebacker Chris Galippo will again not start against the Huskies on Saturday, his spot having been usurped by true freshman Lamar Dawson.“[This is] just another something else that I kind of have to deal with in my career now,” Galippo said. “I’m not going to feel sorry for myself. I’m going to come out here every day and prove what type of linebacker I am.”According to Kiffin and linebackers coach Joe Barry, Galippo was understandably upset when he was informed of his demotion to second-string.“He wasn’t happy with it,” Barry said. “[But] I was happy [about that]. We’d have a big problem if he was OK with it. He struggled early on last week after we told him about it. But he came out and had a great practice on Wednesday and a great practice on Thursday and played well on Friday.”Barry said the depth chart isn’t “set in stone,” but “written in dry-erase marker,” meaning it is subject to change at any time.“Lamar is still the starter, Chris is still the backup,” Barry said. “They’re both going to play, they’re both going to rotate. We’re going to go week to week.”—Senior defensive tackle DaJohn Harris did not practice Monday, junior safety Jawanza Starling and freshmen linebackers Dion Bailey and Hayes Pullard “did not do much,” according to Kiffin.Freshman receiver Marqise Lee and sophomore receiver Robert Woods were also limited, as was senior tailback Marc Tyler.“The only good thing is we are a day ahead,” Kiffin said. “As we go throughout the week, hopefully they all will be back.” Trevor Wong contributed to this report.last_img read more

Will Serena Williams Reign Again at Roland Garros?

first_img A couple of weeks ago, you would be able to find more than a few willing to back another woman to raise the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen, named for the French legend who won six Roland Garros crowns. After all, Williams had not won a title since last August and had only played three events due to spells of illness in the 2016 season so far. Moreover, she had actually suffered defeats at all three – to Angelique Kerber in the Australian Open final, Victoria Azarenka at the final of Indian Wells and Svetlana Kuznetsova in the fourth round of her ‘home’ event in Miami. Were age and nerves finally beginning to catch up to Serena? And could she really find her form on clay in time for the French Open with just one tournament, the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, left to do so?The answers, naturally, were no and yes respectively. Although she was not immune from lapses in her first two matches at the Foro Italico, by the time Williams faced Kuznetsova in the quarterfinals she was in good enough nick to inflict a crushing defeat on her fellow former French Open champion and the American went on to claim the 70th title of her glittering career when she defeated Madison Keys in the final, effectively silencing those who doubted that she could and would be the woman to beat once more in Paris. The world no. 1 still has to overcome the rest of the field and her biggest opponent, herself, at Roland Garros, however – and if she slips up, any woman could take advantage. In the absence of two-time French Open champion Maria Sharapova, who can usually be relied upon to make hay when Williams loses, the women’s field in Paris could be more excitingly unpredictable than ever.That’s especially the case when two of the top three seeds do not have a good record at the French Open. World no. 2 Agnieszka Radwanska and Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber both struggle on outdoors red clay (both performed well in Stuttgart, Radwanska reaching the semifinals and Kerber successfully defending her title, but the conditions at the indoor event are very different from those in Paris). Radwanska lost her only match this season played on outdoor red clay while Kerber went 0-2 in Rome and Madrid, and both women have only made one quarterfinal at the French Open in nine attempts each. Kerber’s confidence and level of play this season does not mean we should rule her out, but there are other women in the field whose chances of a good run look better. Unfortunately we cannot necessarily include Victoria Azarenka, probably the best player of the first quarter of the season after winning Brisbane, Indian Wells and Miami, in that list. The world no. 5, a semifinalist at Roland Garros in 2013, sustained a back injury in Madrid, forced to withdraw from that event and her attempt to play in Rome did not go well. Even if she is well enough to play at the French Open, the injury casts a serious cloud over her chances. World no. 8 Belinda Bencic is also on the injured list.Who is looking good? World no. 4 Garbine Muguruza has made the quarterfinals of the French Open for the past two years and her powerful game works beautifully on clay; she has also proved she’s capable of deep Grand Slam runs with her runner-up finish at Wimbledon in 2015 and although it’s not been a great season for her so far, Muguruza suggested she might be rounding into form with a run to the semifinals of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, boosting her confidence heading into the French Open. Runner-up at Roland Garros in 2014, Simona Halep might also be peaking at the right time, shaking off an injury-hit off-season and first quarter of 2016 to claim the Mutua Madrid Open title for the loss of just one set.Italian veterans and Grand Slam runners-up Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani can never be disregarded, and 2015 French Open semifinalist Timea Bacsinszky – back in the top 10 – is in good form as well, with a red-clay title in Rabat and a quarterfinal finish in Rome to her name. Doha champion Carla Suarez Navarro was sidelined by illness in Madrid but is not a player anyone will want to face in Paris, and 2015 runner-up Lucie Safarova claimed a clay title in Prague in the run-up to end a miserable stretch after a severe bacterial infection at the end of last year. Katowice Open champion Dominika Cibulkova has been racking up the big wins so far this season, finished runner-up in Madrid and has Roland Garros pedigree, making the semifinals there in the past; she is a player no one will want to face. And a pair of young Americans, Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys, are also worth keeping an eye on: Stephens has won a trio of titles already in 2016 and playing on clay, while the powerful Keys has suddenly found her feet on the surface with a quality run to the Internazionali BNL d’Italia final. Some of the top seeds and usual suspects might be struggling, in other words, but Serena Williams looks in magnificent form, Simona Halep and Garbine Muguruza have both given reason to anticipate exciting runs, and players with proven Grand Slam pedigree hover lower down in the seedings, ready to break out and make a challenge for the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen. Expect the unexpected when the 2016 French Open begins on Sunday 22 May.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram All eyes will be on Serena Williams as the WTA descend on the red clay of Roland Garros. The defending champion has won the event for two of the last three years, during a period of several seasons in which her domination of the tennis tour has swelled beyond beliefHer no. 1 status unchallenged and her game showing no signs of deterioration, Serena – with her passion, will, drive and hunger – is the most lethal opponent anyone could face in Paris. At one stage – before 2013, when the younger Williams sister possessed a lone French Open title – the opposition held out the hope that her clay-court inconsistency harboured an area of weakness. But right now, there are no areas of weakness in the Williams game. Multiple times she has suggested that clay is now her favourite surface. And if her lethal, overpowering game was not enough, Serena proved last year that she has more that one way in which to win a Grand Slam title. Weighed down by illness and struggling for form, the 34-year-old dragged herself to the 2015 title by sheer willpower – pulling herself from the brink of defeat time after time, with a competitive spirit that verged on scary.last_img read more

Adverse conditions see Paddy Power Betfair report tough opening to 2018

first_img Tabcorp double burdened by covid and group impairment charges August 19, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Share Submit FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Publishing its Q1 trading update (period ending 31 March), FTSE100 betting group Paddy Power Betfair (PPB) has reported a tough opening for 2018, as the firm’s corporate performance was impacted by several factors.Updating the market, PPB reports a 2% decline in group revenues to £408 million (Q1 2017: £416 million).The betting group detailed that its punters had been discouraged by a ‘series of sustained bookmaker friendly sports results recorded from November to February’.Furthermore, PPB’s racing markets had suffered from a number of event cancellations due to Q1 2018’s extreme UK weather conditions.Abroad, PPB details that the solid underlying growth of its Australia division has been offset by adverse sporting results, combined with a tougher regulatory environment in which the division operates.These adverse factors would see PPB report an 8% decline in underlying EBITDA to £102 million (Q1 2017: £111 million).Closing Q1 2018 trading, PPB governance would declare group underlying profits of £80 million, down 12% on corresponding Q1 2017’s £91 million.At present, PPB governance expects its full-year 2018 underlying group EBITDA to be between £470-495 million range, in-line with its 2017 performance. Corporate governance details that it will move to increase investment within its Australian division, whilst also exploring US market opportunities, should regulatory conditions change.Closing its trading update, PPB would confirm a £500 million cash return to its investors, as part of the betting group adopting a ‘more efficient capital structure’.Presenting his first trading update, as Paddy Power Betfair Group CEO, Peter Jackson commented on corporate performance:“We have made good progress against our strategic priorities. In Europe, the successful completion of our platform integration has resulted in a meaningful improvement to the Paddy Power product. This has seen the brand’s gaming revenue returning to growth from February and a significant uplift in Cash Out usage and in-running betting during the Cheltenham Festival.In Australia, Sportsbet continues to perform well and is targeting further market share growth, with additional investment planned to take advantage of any disruption arising from market consolidation and the introduction of increased taxes.In the USA, TVG and have good momentum and we are continuing to make preparations for any positive regulatory changes. Notwithstanding lower profits in the first quarter, we expect full year underlying EBITDA of between £470m and £495m.We are today announcing that we intend to return £500m of cash to shareholders, representing a step towards a more efficient capital structure, whilst retaining substantial strategic flexibility.”last_img read more

Week #8 football scores of interest

first_imgSumner County scores and others of interest: Ulysses 57, Rose Hill 7Mulvane 42, Wellington 30Conway Springs 50, Belle Plaine 16 (See stats here).Cheney 35, Chaparral 28West Elk 54, Oxford 0Caldwell 66, South Haven 20Attica-Argonia 56, Norwich 0Pretty Prairie at South Barber.last_img

Rudisha returns, Ugandans Chemutai and Chelangat run in Shanghai

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Uganda’s Peruth Chemutai (2L) compete in the Women’s 3000m Steeplechase at last year’s Olympics.SHANGHAI Diamond League2.40pm800mRudisha2.45pm3000m SteeplechasePeruth Chemutai3.20pm5000mMercyline Chelangat Share on: WhatsApp Double Olympic champion David Rudisha is one of four Kenyan track stars set to take centre stage at the Shanghai Diamond League meeting Saturday May 13, when many of the greatest distance runners in the world will be stretching their legs in pursuit of early season points.Rudisha was fifth on his Shanghai debut 12 months ago and the 800m world record holder is relishing the chance to make amends as he takes on fellow-Kenyan Olympic finalists Ferguson Cheruiyot and Alfred Kipketer, plus Polish pair Adam Kszczot and Marcin Lewandowski.Shanghai is the second leg of the athletics Diamond League, following the opening Doha Diamond League on May 5, where Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo featured and finished 7th in the 3000m.Two Ugandans will compete in Shangahi.Seventeen-year-old Peruth Chemutai, who finished 7th in the junior women’s race of the World Cross Country Championships, renews her 3000m steeplechase rivalry with several Kenyans and Ethiopians who did well in Kampala.Top on the list in Shanghai is Olympic 3000m steeplechase champion Ruth Jebet of Bahrain and silver medalist Hyvin Kiyeng from Kenya. The race is however a Shanghai event, and does not count to  the Diamond League points.Mercyline Chelangat will run the 5000m that has a star field  that includes Kenya Olympic 5,000m silver medallist Hellen Obiri.last_img read more

Messi ends Chelsea drought to give Barcelona last-16 edge

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Chelsea manager Antonio Conte rued one costly mistake as Lionel Messi gave Barcelona the upper hand from the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie by salvaging a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.Messi struck for the first time in nine games against Chelsea 15 minutes from the end, as Andres Iniesta punished the English champions once more when he intercepted Andreas Christensen’s slack pass across his own box to tee up the five-time World Player of the Year.Willian’s fine strike just after the hour mark had put Chelsea in command after he had hit both posts in the first half. Chelsea must now score when they travel to the Camp Nou on March 14 to have any chance of making the last eight.“Against this opponent, this type of player like Messi, (Luis) Suarez, Iniesta, if you make a mistake you pay,” said Conte. “We failed to create clear-cut chances despite having domination of the game. In the end it came from an error from them and we took advantage,” said Barca coach Ernesto Valverde.“It is a good score given we were behind and clearly there is everything left to decide in the second leg.”Conte sprang a surprise before kick-off by leaving out both Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata with Eden Hazard instead operating in the middle of a front three.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2center_img “There is a bit of disappointment. But at the same time this game must give us a lot of confidence to trust that in the second leg the qualification is open.”Nine years on from combining for a stoppage-time equaliser in a highly controversial semi-final at Stamford Bridge to send Barca to the final, Iniesta and Messi swapped roles as this time the Spaniard provided the pass and Messi the finish.last_img read more

Koke is still on the sidelines and it seems difficult to play against Levante

first_imgNor did Lemar exercise, who also continues to recover from the injury he has suffered this week. French has “An injury to the hamstring musculature of the right thigh” and is ruled out to be measured in the Levant. For his part, Trippier did work in the gym. Atlético will return to work tomorrow Thursday with a view to preparing the first league clash of the year. Atlético has trained this afternoon in Majadahonda in the first training of 2020. The rojiblanco team continues to prepare this weekend’s match against Levante (Saturday, 6:30 p.m.) and Simeone still cannot count on one of its important players. Koke continues to recover from the injury which prevented him from being in the last league match against Betis. And it seems complicated that he could be against Levante, so his contest would already be in the Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona. Koke suffers a “elongation in the hamstring musculature of the right thigh”. last_img read more

Hinds must go! … Ramdin tells WIPA boss to resign

first_imgWest Indies wicketkeeper and batsman Denesh Ramdin has called for West Indies Players Association (WIPA) President and Chief Executive Officer Wavell Hinds to resign amid the latter’s handling of recent West Indies players salary negotiations. Commenting via his Twitter account @shotta8080, Ramdin said Hinds, through his salary negotiations with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), had let down “everyone”, and as such should step aside. “Is this man for real. It’s like he never play the game. By the way there is no one in the team with A+ contract,” Ramdin said in response to media statements made by Hinds earlier this week in relation to the new payment structures for West Indies players. “Hinds u (you) need to go, big man thing, you have let down everyone, sorry to say, jump on your bike. Too much friend thing going on in our cricket. “Represent players behind there (their) back an (and) saying is best interest after LOL (laugh out loud) joking,” added Ramdin. Hinds, in responding to recent claims made by top West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels that players are being paid less in comparison to previous years, stated that this was not necessarily the case. The WIPA boss, who has been in the post for four years, said what obtains instead was a virtual redistribution of player incomes to West Indies players to reflect the changing global cricket landscape. “He (Samuels) said he was getting US$17,500 before his salary was cut to US$5,000. Marlon is a retained player and gets a monthly salary and then match fees. If he doesn’t play cricket, he (still) gets a salary each month,” said Hinds. The former West Indies batsman went on to further explain that what Samuels was referring to with regards to receiving US$17,500 was based on the WICB paying players directly from what it gained from team sponsorship. Instead, Hinds explained that what the board had done was to increase the threshold of retainer contracts, as well as pay first-class players for their participation in the recently introduced WICB Professional League. “What the WICB did was to move the US$35,000 into the retainer fee, which has been ramped up. The match fees right now are as follows; Test Match – US$5,750, ODI US$2,300, and T20I US$1,750,” remarked Hinds. The former big-hitting left-hander, who also shares executive positions with WICB President Dave Cameron at Kensington Cricket Club in Jamaican, also went on to explain the current annual retainer fee structure for the 15 contracted West Indies players. He said that US$150,000 was now offered for A+ contracted player, US$135,000 for A, US$120,000 for B+, US$115,000 for B, and US$100,000 for category C. This original contract categories, Hinds pointed out, used to see players receiving US$105,000 for a A+ contract, US$80,000 for A, US$53,000 for a B, and US$30,000 for C. The 31-year-old Ramdin’s comments also come in wake of Instagram posts by West Indies’ talismanic opener Chris Gayle, who, last week, called for a “shake-up” at WIPA. PLAYERS GETTING LESS PAYlast_img read more