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Di Matteo “excited” at prospect of facing Barcelona in the Champions League

first_imgChelsea’s interim boss Roberto Di Matteo said he was “excited” by the prospect of a Champions League semi-final showdown with Barcelona.His team struggled to overcome 10-man Benfica but Di Matteo insisted he expected the Portuguese side to put up a real fight.“We knew before that we would face a difficult game and so it proved,” he told ITV.“They (Benfica) are a good side. They’ve shown it many times before. It was just the second goal that was missing for us. We missed a lot of chances.”Di Matteo added: “Barcelona are probably one of the best teams in the world, if not the best. They have great players. We’re happy and excited to be able to play a semi-final against them.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

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New smart jacket promises to get you past velvet rope lines

first_imgVelvet ropes and bouncers wielding clipboards adorned with lists that only the elite of the elite are privileged enough to be on are common associations with high-brow nightlife. This is especially true in major metropolitan cities like New York. Skipping the line is a privilege held by the few, but there is a new jacket being made that promises to give its wearer almost-magical access to these exclusive events.The Rochambeau Bright BMBR smart jacket is not only a fashion-forward jacket, but a skeleton key to exclusive events that are hard to get into for all but the most well-connected. The jacket itself is adorned with digital tags that enable you access to exclusive events including a personal tour at New Release gallery, tasting menu for two at Toro, and line-skipping access to some of New York’s most exclusive nightclubs.Only 15 of these jackets are expected to be produced in December. The small run, brand appeal, and access they give comes at a price. They’re expected to be available exclusively from The New Stand at a price of $630.The promotional video Rochambeau made promoting the upcoming jacket hints at a world where the wearer can walk into a store and walk out with high-end merchandise after tapping their phone to their sleeve, revealing their secret pass. Need help getting past the velvet ropes? All you need is a Bright BMBR smart jacket and a smartphone and you’re there.Lex Kendall, COO and co-founder of The New Stand, said to Forbes: “The future of [the] IoT is awe-inspiring and fashion is one of the relatable early expressions of how the digital lives of inanimate objects can truly help both consumer and producers alike… The New Stand aims to provide customers with the essentials needed to make their days easier, and with new discoveries to make them better. The Bright BMBR is an interesting mix of these two concepts.”Indeed, we are looking at world that is infinitely more connected. Smart clothing is becoming an increasingly popular avenue for wearable technology. It looks natural, disappears rather than disrupts, and can serve a variety of useful applications.Good technology is functional, great technology is invisible. For owners of the Rochambeau Bright BMBR smart jacket, it is one fashion accessory you wouldn’t want to leave home without. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Puck Related Posts Ryan Matthew Piersoncenter_img Tags:#bmbr jacket#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#Rochambeau#Smart Jacket#top Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

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World Cup fever still raging in Rohingya refugee camps

first_img\R Kutupalong (Bangladesh), Jul 20 (AFP) The World Cup may be over but passion for the game burns bright in the world’s largest refugee camp, where Brazil and Argentina flags still flutter alongside the red and green of Bangladesh, which hosts nearly a million Rohingya Muslims forced out of Myanmar. For many young refugees in Bangladesh’s southeast this World Cup was their first, and the excitement of last Sunday’s final shows no sign of abating any time soon. Rohingya boys paraded a miniature replica of the World Cup through the dirt alleyways of the refugee camp, the smallest football fans staring dewy-eyed at the modest golden trophy as if it were the real thing. “My favourite was Argentina. I watched the final. It was between Croatia and France, and France won,” said six-year-old Mohammad Reza, proudly sporting the blue-and-white jersey of firm local favourite Lionel Messi. One of the youngest boys jostling for a glimpse of the miniature cup in its small glass case was five-year-old Nurul Afsar in his Brazil top. “My favourite player is Neymar,” he said shyly, clutching a rubber football. Many fans crowded around one television to watch the final, said 18-year-old Nurul Abser, pointing to a tarpaulin shack just beyond a dirt clearing where football fans had congregated for an afternoon’s play. Dozens of barefoot boys played under threatening monsoon clouds, dodging muddy potholes to shoot at a goal demarcated with twigs. An errant strike sent a ball soaring into the huts surrounding the pitch, as a referee blew his whistle at older players contesting the main match.advertisement Apart from the odd Spanish flag or top European club jersey, football loyalties in the remote but overcrowded Kutupalong camp are mainly divided — fiercely — between Brazil and Argentina, mirroring a somewhat peculiar obsession among football fans across Bangladesh. The South American rivalry has been traced back to broadcasts of the 1986 World Cup, when Diego Maradona’s brilliance helped Argentina win the trophy — and legions of fans in Bangladesh, where Brazilian legend Pele was already a household name. Among the many boys of all ages giving their name as Neymar, one stood out: with his hair bleached in the superstar’s signature style, Jahangir Alam bore the closest resemblance to the Brazilian striker, at least in this corner of the camp. “I like Neymar a lot. That’s why I got this hairstyle like him. I enjoyed the tournament,” the 17-year-old said, juggling a football in his Brazil jersey. (AFP) ATKATKlast_img read more

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“SIXTY SECONDS IN TOUCH”

first_imgWelcome to the post-Easter addition of 60 seconds in Touch… * Well, taking a break from delving my way through the mountain loads of chocolate I received over Easter, we’re back for another edition of 60 seconds in Touch. (If only writing this burnt off what I’m eating, I’d have no problems.) With the long weekend bringing too many tragedies on the road, I hope that everyone within our sport has had a safe and happy weekend, celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus. * The Senior sides have been chosen and the letters of offer sent out…the phone is already ringing hot with acceptances and deposits due by April 20th, the sides will be announced on the ATA website on April 29th so make sure you keep up to date on what’s happening via the ATA website. * Congratulations to ATA Media Manager Rachel Moyle and boyfriend Duncan Grant, who have just announced their engagement! Stay tuned for an October wedding! * NSW Touch have bid farewell to Matt Kenny who has resigned from the role of Northern NSW Development Officer. Jarrat Wood has been given the position and ATA would also like to offer their thanks to Matt for the work he has put in and wish Jarrat luck in his position. Development Officers Australia-wide work long and hard hours for the sport, often without recognition and reward. Thank you to all! * There’s a new poll on the ATA website, launched this morning and asking what you think was the most memorable team performance from the 2005 NTL. There are 5 different options, could easily be more in what was the most hotly contested NTL ever, but the poll is limited to five possible answers! Make sure you check it out and get your vote in for your favourite. * The Queensland 2005 Country Cup has been postponed due to teams and officials being unavailable following events such as NTL and the Easter break, in addition the drought is playing havoc with the fields. The event will be held in September/October at a date to be advised. * The 2005 Victorian Touch Team Titles at Stephenson Reserve, Sale (April 2 & 3), are now just a couple weeks away. Interest is mounting for what promises to be another fantastic weekend of Touch footy and socializing hosted by Sale Touch Association. The VTA website has all the info for anyone interested in the event. * For a complete list of where all sides finished at the 2005 NTL and all award winners for both players and referees, check out the following story: http://www.austouch.com.au/index.cgi?sID=20&intArticleID=1173&det=1 For a complete list of all the player and referee awards for 2005, check out this story: http://www.austouch.com.au/index.cgi?sID=20&intArticleID=1174&det=1 * ATA is launching a new online newsletter, run by Lisa Plummer and Rachel Moyle, we’re looking for a name! There’s a $50 merchandise voucher up for grabs, make sure you think of a name and email it to [email protected] * The ATA is calling for nominations for the National Referees Panel, the nomination form is found on the ATA website, with nominations due in by the 13th April. You will find the form on the ATA website from this afternoon. * Remember if you need any help with media or stories written for your local press, please contact Rachel Moyle [email protected]last_img read more

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17 days agoFerguson declares ex-Arsenal boss Wenger ‘an absolute legend’

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ferguson declares ex-Arsenal boss Wenger ‘an absolute legend’by Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United icon Sir Alex Ferguson has declared Arsene Wenger “an absolute legend” as the former Arsenal boss enjoyed a special night in his honour.On Monday night, Wenger was named a ‘Legend of Football’ at the annual Nordoff Robbins charity award dinner.Addressing his old adversary via video, Ferguson said: “The career you had as a manager at Arsenal was absolutely fantastic – an absolute legend.”I loved the competition against you. We had some great times and it’s wonderful you’re getting this award tonight. So good luck, my blessing with you.”Ferguson himself has been a past recipient of the ‘Legends of Football’ award, which has been handed out since 1996. last_img read more

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4 days agoThiago Motta confirms he’s taking charge of Genoa

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Thiago Motta confirms he’s taking charge of Genoaby Carlos Volcano4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThiago Motta has confirmed he’s taking charge of Genoa.Motta has accepted Genoa’s offer to become their new coach, replacing Aurelio Andreazzoli.The 37-year-old former midfielder played for the Rossoblu during the 2008-09 campaign.He retired from professional football at the end of 2017-18 and spent last season coaching PSG’s Under-19 team.TMW caught up with Motta as he arrived in the Ligurian capital and told its correspondent he was “ready to get going”. last_img

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Video: Tim Tebow Hung Out With Manny Pacquiao This Week Ahead Of Tonight’s Big Fight

first_imgTim Tebow and Manny Pacquiao pose for picture.IG/espnmicheleEven with the Kentucky Derby, NFL Draft, NBA and NHL playoffs, and plenty of early season baseball action, the marquee sporting event of the weekend is the long-awaited Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight, which will take place tonight around 11:30 p.m. One of college football’s recent superstars, Florida great Tim Tebow, is in Las Vegas for the bout, and spent time at Pacquiao camp during training this week.Pacquiao and Tebow first met in March, and BehindTheGloves.com caught up with the two stars, who have a lot in common, including their strong faith, and connections to the Phillipines. Pacquiao is a national hero in his home country, and Tebow was born in the city of Makati and spent five years living in the country.Much of the sports world appears to be split over tonight’s fight, but it seems like Tebow is all in on Pacquiao.last_img read more

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Womens volleyball Two top25 teams await No 14 Buckeyes in Michigan

Senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe (left) embraces senior middle blocker Kylie Randall after OSU’s 3-0 win over Northwestern at St. John Arena on Sept. 28, 2016. Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Assistant News DirectorThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team took down the No. 1 team in the country last weekend — but that doesn’t mean its conference schedule will be getting any easier.The No. 14 Buckeyes will play two more teams ranked in the Top 25 this weekend – No. 21 Michigan State on Friday and OSU rival No. 23 Michigan, on Sunday.On Saturday, OSU stunned fans as it took down undefeated, No. 1 Nebraska in four sets. This was the first time that OSU has won against a top-ranked team on the road and the third consecutive time the Buckeyes have been victorious on the Husker home court. Junior outside hitter Ashley Wenz said the team’s performance in Lincoln, Nebraska, was a great opportunity for people to see what Buckeye volleyball is all about.“The Nebraska match really gave us a chance to prove ourselves, and really bring us together as a team and show what we’re capable of,” she said. Wenz feels that if the team can channel its energy from the match against the Huskers into the rest of its play, the team will be able to have repeated success. “I think that bottling up the feeling and the unity we had during that match, (we’re) trying to replicate it against every opponent,” she said.First, the Buckeyes will have to battle the Spartans on Friday. Over the past two seasons, the series is split between the two teams. Currently, Michigan State holds a 13-3 record. OSU coach Geoff Carlston gave credit to the Spartans for being what he considers one of the most physically dominant teams in the nation.He added that his team’s ability to slow down Michigan State hitters will be key to OSU’s success.“They just hit the ball hard,” he said. “So our ability to slow them down with our block is going to be important.”Currently, both Michigan State and Michigan are ranked above the Buckeyes in blocks for the Big Ten conference.A player that will be imperative to the Buckeyes’ blocking game is senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe. She is averaging 1.05 blocks per set, and has combined for 61 total blocks this season. Sandbothe ranks second in most career blocks in OSU history with 481. Sandbothe received both conference and national recognition this week: Big Ten Player of the Week and the American Volleyball Coaches’ Association’s National Player of the Week. She was joined by fellow senior, libero Valeria León, who won the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week and sophomore setter Taylor Hughes, who clinched the espnW National Player of the Week. After their bout with the Spartans, the Buckeyes will have a day off before visiting the Michigan Wolverines. Members of OSU’s team noted that this match always comes with a little extra motivation behind it.“The seniors always talk about it. You can feel it. There’s always a little edge to the match, a little more so than all of the other ones,” Carlston said.One of the members of Carlston’s senior leadership, León, added that she loves the environment of playing at Michigan. “We go out there — you have so many fans against you — and it’s all blue and yellow,” she said.The Wolverines are also carrying a 13-3 record this season. In 2015, OSU was able to pull off a 3-1 win while in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but the Scarlet and Gray were swept by the Wolverines at St. John Arena in the next matchup. Wenz, who hails from Springboro, Ohio, is hopeful that her team can keep their victory train rolling with a win over “That Team Up North.”“Being from Ohio, it’s always great to beat them,” she said. “So hopefully we can continue that streak.”The Buckeyes will first play Michigan State at 7 p.m. on Friday in East Lansing, Michigan, followed by the match against Michigan at 1 p.m. on Sunday in Ann Arbor. read more

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Sage Gardner a steady calm influence for Ohio State mens soccer

Senior defender Sage Gardner (5) heads the ball during a match against Northwestern Oct. 20 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The teams tied, 0-0.Credit: Eric Seger / Sports editorOhio State captain, Columbus Crew Soccer Academy captain, Worthington Kilbourne captain. Each experience for Sage Gardner has helped him progress as the leader he is today.Gardner, a senior defender for the men’s soccer team, has been a captain for the last two seasons. He said learning by example is what taught him the most.“Freshman year coming in I saw (former Buckeyes) Matt Gold, Konrad (Warzycha), and (Sam) Scales lead a successful team that went to the sweet sixteen,” Gardner said.Gardner attributed much of his growing up to the fact that he was one of three team captains last season. His ability to watch and learn helped developed his leadership.“Last year I got a learning experience being a tri-captain with two other seniors (Chris Gomez and Austin McAnena),” Gardner said. “I got to lead by example but it wasn’t necessarily my captaincy. I got to learn with the other two captains and it just evolved from there. Each year, I’ve progressed as a leader.”Gardner’s definition of leadership is geared toward inspiring his fellow teammates to achieve success.“I strive to come here and really gear myself towards the next level. Even if that doesn’t happen, I think that helps portray that I’m serious, but I also have fun while playing,” Gardner said. “Just showing a lot of confidence and passion, that’ll trickle down to everybody else.”Coach John Bluem noted Gardner has the qualities to be a good leader and has done well at it.“There is nobody on the team that works harder at his game, tries to get better every day and is consistent in his performance,” Bluem said. “Those traits and qualities are good in a leader.”Gardner was a four year letter winner in high school at Worthington Kilbourne, as well as captain his senior season. He also was captain of his U-18, U-19 and U-20 teams for the Columbus Crew Soccer Academy. He led his academy teams to the playoffs each year and to back to back national championships in his U-19 and U-20 seasons.Gardner said there is no difference between each level’s captaincy and the job does not change.“I would say it’s pretty much the same, same responsibilities,” Gardner said. “I’d say this (season) is a little different because it’s a more adverse situation in terms of our record (2-6-5, 0-2-2).”Bluem said he has noticed Gardner’s progression as a leader.“A year ago, he was a leader on the team, but only through his work,” Bluem said. “He’s been a very steady, calm influence on the team this year. He leads by example certainly more than anything else.”Redshirt-senior defender Ben Killian attributes Gardner’s leadership skills to his passion, ability to care for individuals and his communication.“His passion for the game shows he is always trying to get better,” Killian said. “He cares about each individual on the team – I think that’s huge. It’s easy to over look younger guys on the team, and he does a really good job of talking with them and communicating.”Killian said Gardner’s leadership carries off the field as well.“He communicates with everyone. He talks with you not just about soccer,” Killian said. “If you have any issues, he’s easy to approach and he’ll give you some good advice.”Gardner has started all 71 games of his Ohio State career. In his collegiate career, he has tallied three goals and two assists. He has also been a part of 22 shutouts thus far.One word came to mind when Bluem and Killian spoke about Gardner’s soccer abilities: “consistency.”“He plays hard every single game, trains hard every single practice and he is an intelligent player,” Bluem said.Killian agreed.“It is hard to be consistent at this level, especially since he’s been starting since he was a freshman,” Killian said.Gardner is a finance major, but hopes to continue his soccer career into major league play.OSU has four regular season games remaining until the Big Ten tournament begins in Columbus. The Buckeyes are slated to play Oakland Wednesday at 7 p.m. read more

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Salah escapes FA punishment for penalty incident

first_imgThe English Football Association (FA) have decided to not take action against Mohamed Salah for the way he won a penalty in Liverpool’s 4-0 winThe Egyptian forward seemingly fell down too easily when Newcastle’s Paul Dummett tugged his arm at Anfield with Liverpool already 1-0 up.Referee Graham Scott awarded the hosts a spot-kick with Salah stepping up to score their second of the game.Magpies boss Rafael Benitez, who earlier this week labelled Salah one of the world’s best players, called the penalty call a “soft” one.He told Sky Sports: “The soft penalty in the game made the difference, we were in the game 1-0 at half-time, but when we conceded the second goal it was more difficult for us to react against a very good team.But now the FA confirmed on Sky Sports that Salah will not be investigated as the second-half incident didn’t reach the threshold for “attempting to deceive the referee”.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.This means Salah will face no match bans and can start in Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Arsenal on Saturday.Dejan Lovren, Xherdan Shaqiri and substitute Fabinho were the other scorers for Liverpool in a 4-0 win over Newcastle on Wednesday.🙄 Mohamed Salah will not face action from the FA for the incident which led to a penalty against Newcastle.*Pretends to be shocked* pic.twitter.com/JJBLy46xhc— The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) December 27, 2018last_img read more