Chelsea striker Abraham breaks Hazard record with trebleby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea striker Tammy Abraham broke a record held by Eden Hazard in victory at Wolves.He is now the youngest player to score a hat-trick at the club.The 21-year-old was on fire against Wolves, netting his first on the 34-minute mark before bagging two more either side of the half time break.Hazard previously held the record for being the youngest player at Chelsea to score a hat-trick in a professional game against Newcastle back in 2014.But Hazard was 23 at the time in the 3-0 win, meaning Abraham has beaten the record by a staggering two years.Abraham has also become the first English player to score a hat-trick for Chelsea since Frank Lampard all the way back in 2011. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd midfielder Paul Pogba out of AZ tripby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has been ruled out of their Europa League trip to AZ Alkmaar.Pogba is out of the tie due to a recurrence of a foot injury he picked up in August.The Frenchman sustained the knock in the draw at Southampton at the start of the season and is yet to fully recover.He played 90 minutes in both the Carabao Cup win over Rochdale and the Premier League draw with Arsenal in the past week but will not travel to Holland for Thursday’s game. A United statement said: “Following a specialist’s opinion, Paul Pogba requires a period of further rest & conservative treatment for the foot injury he sustained in the game against Southampton in August.”
MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. has agreed to pay $3 million to resolve allegations that it violated rules of Massachusetts’ Medicaid program.Federal and Massachusetts authorities allege that Minneapolis-based Target violated federal and state False Claims Acts by automatically refilling Medicaid recipients’ prescriptions and seeking payment from Medicaid.Massachusetts is among several states that prohibit pharmacies from automatically refilling Medicaid prescriptions without the beneficiary’s explicit request. The policy is designed to prevent wasted or unnecessary prescriptions that would be reimbursed with taxpayer funds.Authorities say Target pharmacies knowingly and routinely enrolled MassHealth beneficiaries in the auto-refill program, then billed MassHealth. The practice continued until Target sold its pharmacy business to CVS Health in late 2015.Target didn’t reply to a message seeking comment, though authorities say the company denied wrongdoing. There has been no determination of liability.The Associated Press
CHETWYND, B.C. – Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for Highway 97 through the Pine Pass.The warning issued early Tuesday says an intense frontal system is moving through B.C. producing significant snowfall over the Northern Rockies.Environment Canada says the region could see 10 to 15 cm of snow Tuesday morning before the front moves southeast. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. ShiftIntoWinter.ca reminds drivers to know before you go. Adjust to winter driving behaviour and use winter tires and chains.Snowfall warnings are issued when significant snowfall is expected. Periods of snow rexpected to start around 10pm tonight throughout the #FortGeorge area. Slippery scts can be expected on #BCHwy16 & #BCHwy97 as 2-4 cms r expected to fall overnight. The precip is expected to turn to rain in the am around #CityofPG area, but is expected to stay as— YRB Fort George Ltd (@YRBFortGeorge) December 11, 2018In the North Peace, the forecast says we could see 2 to 4 cm of snow. For updates on highway conditions, visit www.drivebc.caSee the full warning below.Issued at 2018-12-11 14:27 UTC by Environment Canada:Snowfall warning issued for:Highway 97 – Pine Pass, B.C. (080030)Current details:Snowfall with total amounts of 10 to 15 cm is expected.An intense frontal system moving through BC is producing significant snowfall over the northern Rockies. 10 to 15 cm of snow is forecast this morning before the front moves southeast and weakens. Road conditions are available at www.drivebc.ca.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.
New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation has issued Look Out Circulars (LOC) against Sanjay Singal and wife Aarti Singal, both directors of debt-ridden Bhushan Power and Steel Ltd (BPSL), which is currently embroiled in a bank fraud case of Rs 2, 348 crore, sources here said.The agency had registered an FIR in the case against the company and its directors earlier this month, naming the couple along with several promoters and associates of the company. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe CBI had alleged that top-level officials of BPSL hatched a criminal conspiracy with unknown public servants to divert funds from loan accounts in a Chandigarh branch of Punjab National Bank and Kolkata branches of Oriental Bank of Commerce, IDBI Bank, and UCO Bank through several shell companies “without any obvious purpose”. The Singal couple is currently in India, and the LOCs against them is intended to prevent their escape. Moreover, it has also been alleged that BPSL was one of the companies to have paid kickbacks to companies owned and controlled by Deepak and Rajiv Kochhar, in exchange for loans from ICICI Bank, which was headed by Chanda Kochhar, Deepak’s wife, at the time. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayAccording to highly-placed sources, the Enforcement Directorate received a letter detailing these allegations sometime last month and confirmed that some of the allegations in the letter are ones the probe agency was not aware of. As per the CBI’s FIR against BPSL, ICICI Bank had sanctioned and disbursed loans of up to Rs 586.6 crore to BPSL between 2007 and 2014. Chanda Kochhar became Chairperson of the private lender in 2009. Adding to these allegations, the CBI has accused the Delhi-based steel manufacturer of defaulting on loans of up to Rs 47, 204 crores, borrowed from around 33 banks and financial institutions between 2007 and 2014.
New Delhi: In an effort to resume connectivity with Odisha’s Puri in the aftermath of the devastation wreaked by cyclone Fani, the Railways Wednesday said it will start normal services from the tourist town by May 12 but the complete restoration of the severely damaged railway station can take up to three months.Extremely severe cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ made landfall in the coastal town on May 3, unleashing copious rain and windstorm with speeds of up to 175 kmph, and left behind a trail of destruction in 18 districts of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. The Railways had cancelled 595 trains since the cyclone hit the state on May 3 and has so far managed to restore 141 of them, including 34 trains originating from Bhubaneshwar. “Today (Wednesday) we have restored three pairs of express trains from Puri and we will gradually increase the number. This decision has been taken by factoring in the repair work of the over-head wires, poles and the signalling system that needs to be done. By May 12, we will resume normal services of trains from Puri. However, repair work of the Puri railway station and the Puri coach maintenance complex will take up to three months as these have been severely damaged,” East Coast Railway (ECoR) chief spokesperson J P Mishra said. “Our nearby divisions and even the other zones have really cooperated and collaborated with us to ensure that we restore services quickly,” Mishra said. There are about 52 trains originating from Puri daily, of which 40 are express trains while 12 are passenger trains. The national transporter has also paid advance salary for the month of May to its staff of Puri and Khurda Road stations. The Railways has also deployed around 16,750 mandays for repair and restoration work across the state and funds to the tune of around Rs 15 crore have been released. The roofs of 825 staff quarters, 5,500 metre of boundary walls, 2,200 km of track (which have now been cleared), water supply at 60 stations, FOB shelters and the coaching and the maintenance depot in Puri had been badly affected by the cyclone.
Boston63.175.647.51.915.82.4<1<1<1 TEAMOVERALLOFF.DEF.WLTPLAYOFFSFINALSWIN Kansas City103.696.1113.26.08.35.7521 RATINGAVG. SIM. SEASONPLAYOFF CHANCES Chicago99.689.318.104.22.168.846167 Houston93.683.622.214.171.124.2521 W. New York120.3138.197.8126.96.36.1999%65%37% This year’s surprise standout, the Western New York Flash, has skyrocketed to the top of our table and now has the greatest chance of winning the NWSL championship — 37 percent — up from just a 5 percent chance before the season started. With the league’s top two goal scorers, Lynn Williams and Jessica McDonald (seven and six goals, respectively), the Flash are almost certain to earn a playoff spot. The Washington Spirit will likely grab another — our model gives them a 96 percent chance of making the playoffs.There’s a little less certainty for the third and fourth playoff spots. The Portland Thorns are currently in first place in the league, with 26 points, and have an 86 percent chance of making the postseason. But the team has lost their past two games, in part because several national team players have been absent as they prepare for the Olympics. So Portland may continue to fall in our rankings over the next month. The Chicago Red Stars’ chances of making the playoffs have remained about the same from our initial forecast — dropping to 46 percent from 47 percent — but a strong start to the season has given way to three losses in the past four games.The biggest shock this season, however, has undoubtedly been the rapid descent of the league’s top two teams, Seattle and Kansas City. Both teams were heavily favored in our initial predictions — with a 78 percent and 72 percent chance of making the playoffs, respectively — but at this point, it’s extremely unlikely that either team will earn a playoff berth. There are still six weeks of matches left, but both teams’ chances of winning the championship have plummeted more than 20 percentage points since the season started. Sky Blue97.299.4188.8.131.52.82073 Although our preseason forecast didn’t think it was impossible for both Seattle and Kansas City to miss the playoffs (it assigned roughly a 6 percent chance to that possibility), their drastic decline may indicate that we should re-evaluate some components of the model for next year’s NWSL season. As in many of our sports forecasts, each NWSL team’s rating is reverted toward the league average between seasons to account for factors such as changes in personnel and retirements. For the NWSL, two-thirds of a team’s rating from the previous season carries over into the new season; that amount is based on the first three seasons and is in line with other soccer leagues around the world (both men’s and women’s). This year’s results, however, may indicate that NWSL teams should be reverted further toward the league average each season. Or maybe this is just a crazy season. Only time (and more data) will tell. If at the start of the National Women’s Soccer League season you thought two-time defending champions FC Kansas City would be in third-to-last place just over halfway through the season or that two-time regular-season champions Seattle Reign FC would have almost as many losses as they did in their previous two seasons combined, you’re either psychic or your predictive abilities are far greater than ours.Before this year’s matches got underway, we built a model to forecast the league using the best information we had available: data from the three previous NWSL seasons. But because two of those years were dominated by Seattle and Kansas City, correctly predicting this year’s chaos in the league would have been very difficult. So with the table in tumult and the end of the regular season not far off, we thought this would be good time to update our initial predictions, see what’s changed and look ahead to which four teams are most likely to reach the playoffs this fall. Below is a table showing each team’s overall rating — made up of offensive and defensive components (higher is better for both) — as well as its projected win-loss-tie record and its chances of making the playoffs. Portland106.9110.9102.09.73.96.5863515 Orlando90.882.1184.108.40.206.82773 Seattle109.9101.6220.127.116.11.81785 Washington115.0123.5104.318.104.22.1685829
Even though Tottenham was the one that took the lead through Dele Alli, goals from Alexis Sanchez and Ander Herrera gave Manchester United a 2-1 victory and a place in the FA Cup final.All the players who were rested versus Bournemouth (Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez, Nemanja Matic, Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia) were in the starting lineup for this FA Cup semi-final. The rest of the starters for Manchester United were David de Gea, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera and Jesse Lingard. As for Tottenham, Dembele, Dier, Trippier, Alli and Davinson Sanchez didn’t feature in the draw at Brighton and were in the starting eleven today. They were joined by Kane, Son, Eriksen, Ben Davies and Vertonghen. Pochettino’s FA Cup goalkeeper Michel Vorm was on goal.The atmosphere at Wembley was terrific. The tempo at the beginning of the match was excellent. Tottenham had the early initiative and had two corners to show for it. Manchester responded with pressure and two corners of its own. In the 11th minute, Eriksen broke free on the right flank. Dele Alli followed his run and Eriksen found him with a great pass at the far post to give The Spurs a 1-0 lead. The game was open anyway. This just made it even more interesting. Tottenham was playing with great intensity, similar to its display in Juventus in the Champions League.Mourinho explains why Alexis Sanchez flopped at Man United Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes Alexis Sanchez failed miserably at Manchester United because he was a “sad man”, but hopes things will improve at Inter Milan.It took some time, but United eventually settled down after the goal. In the 24th minute, Dembele needlessly lost a ball in his third. Pogba was the one who took it away and sent a superb cross right onto the head of Alexis Sanchez, who guided the ball back across the other side of the net and the score was tied. A couple of minutes later, Valencia received the first yellow card of the game for a reckless two-footed challenge on Dele Alli. Not long after that, Son earned Tottenham’s first booking for a foul on Alexis Sanchez. In the 47th minute, Eric Dier decided to try his luck with a long-range shot. It deflected off Smalling and hit the post. We went to the locker room even at 1-1. The players barely took a breather in what was a gripping, absorbing first half.It was quiet a subdued second half, but Manchester United lit it up in the 62nd minute, when Ander Herrera flew in inside the box and fired a shot right in the middle of the goal. Vorm was caught on the wrong foot and it was 2-1 for The Red Devils. Lloris probably would’ve saved the shot. Pochettino had some problems to solve and the first attempt at a solution was sending Lucas Moura onto the pitch. Ben Davies was the player taken off. By going with a 3-man defense, Pochettino showed he wasn’t going to waste any time on tactics in the search for an equalizer.In the 75th minute, Vorm made a nice save on Pogba’s shot from the edge of Tottenham’s box. Later on, Wanyama came in for Moussa Dembele. Manchester had to withdraw its captain Antonio Valencia, who suffered from cramps. Mateo Darmian came in his stead. A few seconds later, Marcus Rashford replaced Jesse Lingard. Erik Lamela was Spurs’ last substitution. Tottenham failed to create a real chance until the end, as the match finished with a final score of 2-1. It was Hotspur’s 8th straight FA Cup semi-final defeat. Both Alexis Sanchez and Paul Pogba were wonderful today and that’s when Manchester United is at its best. Mourinho worked his magic once more, as The Red Devils booked their place in the final.
One of Real Madrid defenders Alvaro Odriozola is confident his club will replace Cristiano Ronaldo as they plan for a new season.Ronaldo shockingly departed Los Blancos for Juventus earlier this month, after having a smashing record for the Spanish giants which stands at an incredible 450 goals in 438 appearances in all competitions.It appears Madrid is on the lookout for a new star to replace Ronaldo having been linked with a move for Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani and Chelsea attacker Eden Hazard who is believed to be on the club’s list of targets.Odriozola who joined Real Madrid from Real Sociedad believes that Ronaldo will be replaced before this summer’s transfer window closes for business.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“I start to look at the squad and remember that this team won the Champions League just two months ago,” Odriozola told reporters as quoted in Sports Mole.“For me this is the best club in the world and I’m certain we are going to replace Cristiano.”Madrid will continue their preparations for the new campaign with a pre-season clash against Juventus on Saturday night.
Both teams will face off tonight in the Italian Lega Serie A and Cagliari’s coach believes his team can play well todayCagliari has had a regular start of the season.The Italian Lega Serie A club is on 12th place with four points, after one win, one draw and one defeat.And tonight, they will face AC Milan, a team with one less match than everybody else and a club that’s running on 15th place with one victory and one defeat.For Cagliari boss Rolando Maran, tonight match represents more than just one more fixture.“We are in a positive moment, but clearly when there’s a break for international duty, there are always going to be some question marks,” Maran said during the press conference attended by Football Italia.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“Milan is in good shape and we know they can cause us real problems if we don’t face them with the right attitude. Playing against them has to be motivating and not a reason to be timid or nervous.”“[Joao Pedro] has been training regularly, so the only issue is match fitness. The Brazilian has qualities and characteristics that are different to everyone else in the squad and his return is certainly an extra weapon in our armory. There’s no reason why he couldn’t start,” Maran concluded.#CagliariMilan verso il sold out ✅➡️ https://t.co/04HHf1bJiu pic.twitter.com/AFsmQauRQK— Cagliari Calcio (@CagliariCalcio) September 15, 2018