Groves confirms move to Matchroom

first_imgGeorge Groves has confirmed his move to Matchroom Sport – and will fight at Wembley Arena this Saturday. The unbeaten Commonwealth super-middleweight champion was due to face Mohamed Ali Ndiaye for the vacant European title at the same venue the following weekend.But the bout was scrapped after Groves opted to split from promoter Frank Warren.Instead he will face Dario German Balmaceda of Argentina in his first contest under Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom umbrella.Groves, from Hammersmith, is also scheduled to appear as chief support to the world title clash between Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler at the O2 Arena on 25 May.Nottingham’s IBF champion Froch, who is also promoted by Matchroom, has been touted as a possible future opponent for Groves.“I’m very excited to be working with Eddie and Matchroom. This is an opportunity I couldn’t turn down,” Groves declared.“It’s a step in the right direction for me to become a world champion. That’s what we’re looking towards this year.“With the backing of Matchroom, it’s going to be exciting times for sure.”Groves’ fights will be screened on Sky Sports and there are also plans for him to headline a show in London in September.He will continue to be trained and managed by Adam Booth.“He’s someone we see as one of the future stars of British boxing. There’s plenty of opportunities for him,” said Hearn.“It’s exciting. What’s happened [with Warren] has happened and is really none of my business.“This is a chance for George to move forward at a great pace and all the people at Sky are excited about having him on the channel.“We’re really looking forward to the job ahead. We’re going to put everything into this and give George every opportunity to succeed.”See also:Groves splits from promoter WarrenGroves insists he is ready to take on FrochGroves weighs in ahead of Wembley 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Follow India as one nation to make country powerful: VP

first_imgHisar (Haryana), Oct 31 (PTI) Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today urged the people to follow the idea of India as one nation, irrespective of caste, creed, sex and religion, and asked them to move together to make the country powerful.Naidu also stressed the need for good governance to take the benefits of development to the people.”…Irrespective of caste, creed, sex and religion, India is one nation, one country. It should be our target and it should be our culture,” Naidu said at the closing ceremony of the year-long golden jubilee celebrations of the formation of Haryana state at the Mahabir Stadium here.He said the idea of vasudhaiva kutumbakam (the world is one family) was part of the Indian tradition.”Therefore, we should come together and stay away from caste, disturbance taking place in the name of religion, corruption and eliminate oppression. We should move together and then the country will become a powerful India. And then also Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas will be meaningful,” he said.The vice president said younger generations had to be made aware of the countrys religion and culture.”Our culture and tradition should always be preserved which we have inherited from our ancestors and that religion, tradition, Bhartiyata, Hindutva, Indianness should be preserved. We should always follow the same in our lives. We should always make the new generation aware of our religion and culture,” he said.Naidu described Haryana as “pious” and said the country was aware of the states prosperous culture and tradition and that this land had given the gift of the Bhagwad Gita to the world.advertisementHe also said President Ram Nath Kovind would inaugurate the International Gita Mahotsav in Kurukshetra, Haryana, on November 25.Talking about information technology (IT), he said the country was exhibiting its might to the world in the sector, and praised Haryana in its efforts at promoting IT.”IT and if you do your duty then our country will be mighty,” he said in his inimitable style of using rhymes.The vice president also said development was necessary along with good governance.”The prime minister always says that development is necessary. Even after 70 years of Independence, there are some deficiencies in the county. Therefore development is a must. Along with development, good governance is also necessary to take the benefits of development to the people,” Naidu said.IT would also help in ensuring good governance, he said.The vice president also said everybody should learn and know about the Hindi language.”I belonged to southern India and I did not study Hindi in my childhood. In our area at that time, a campaign against Hindi language was going on. I also participated in it. Later I came to know that it was not possible to move ahead without knowing Hindi. Everybody should learn and know about Hindi,” he said.Naidu also urged all Indians to contribute towards the prime ministers dream project, the Swachh Bharat campaign.Praising the people of Haryana for making an immense contribution to every sector, Naidu said Haryana was traditionally known for agriculture and milk production.”The state government is promoting this occupation through new, modern technology and scientific methods. Haryanas foodgrain production has grown manifold since 1966,” he said.Though the state comprises only 1.5 per cent of the countrys total area, it contributes 15 per cent towards foodgrain production, he pointed out.”It is a great achievement and I salute the farmers of Haryana for this great job,” he said.Naidu also appreciated the efforts of the Haryana government in promoting sports and giving facilities to sportspersons who performed well.”Sports should be an integral part of our life. It is a must,” he said.Naidu also hailed steps taken by the state government for womens empowerment, education and skill development. PTI CHS VSD BDSlast_img read more

Champions League? Europa League? Who can still get what and how

first_imgfeatures Europa League Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Premier League: 10 things to look out for on the final day Share via Email Twitter Share on Facebook Was this helpful? Share on WhatsApp Gonzalo Higuaín seals victory over Watford and a top-four place for Chelsea. Watford can reach the Europa League by winning the FA Cup final against Manchester City on 18 May. Photograph: Matt Dunham/AP Facebook Read more Can the fourth-placed team end up in the Europa League?In theory, yes, but not this season. It happened to Tottenham in 2012 because Chelsea won the Champions League, guaranteeing a place, and finished outside the top four at a time when England had a maximum of four spots. Now the Premier League gets up to five berths and the fourth-placed team miss out only if English clubs win the Champions League and Europa League but neither finish in the top four. That cant be the case this season. With the 38th and final round of matches left to play in the Premier League season, the unthinkable prospect of an extra 39th outing remains on the table.The sensible permutations are simple. A win for Manchester City and the trophy will continue to adorn sky blue ribbons for another year. Any mistake, and Jurgen Klopp’s side can grab a first title in 29 years. Guardiola will be expecting a routine win away at Brighton and Klopp will equally anticipate three points against Wolves at Anfield, but what about that elusive 39th match?The 2018-2019 Premier League handbook states that in the case that the title “cannot be determined because two or more clubs are equal on points, goal difference and goals scored, the clubs concerned shall play off one or more deciding league matches on neutral grounds, the format, timing and venue of which shall be determined by the Board.”For everything to be equal on Sunday evening Manchester City will need to lose 4-0 at the Amex coupled with a 4-4 draw at Anfield. Both teams would finish on 95 points, with a goal difference of +65, and 91 goals scored.There is a precedent for this absurdly fantastical turn of events. Sort of. Guardiola hasn’t been immune to a hammering as City boss, overseeing the club’s 4-0 defeat to Everton in January 2017, while a trip back to the winter of 1983 would find an FA Cup occasion that did, in fact, see Brighton demolish City by a scoreline of 4-0.For Liverpool, meanwhile, the mere mention of “4-4” conjures up memories of a Premier League classic in which the Rafa Benitez-led Reds were on the receiving end of Andrei Arshavin’s brief dalliance with genius.Last month Klopp declared the 2018-2019 season as being “absolutely crazy”. Well, Jurgen, we’re about to find out just how crazy. Benji Nurick What happens if Arsenal finish outside the top four and win the Europa League?They go into the Champions League group stage and Manchester United go into the Europa League group stage. The second Europa League spot will go to Wolves or Watford depending on the outcome of the FA Cup final.What happens if Chelsea win the Europa League?They are in the Champions League anyway, so unless Spurs finish fifth and win the Champions League, there will be three English teams in the Europa League.What if Watford win the FA Cup?Beating City would earn them a spot in next season’s Europa League group stage. Seventh-placed Wolves would miss out on European football because only seven teams can qualify and Watford have finished outside the top seven.A win for Watford would also see the Premier League’s highest-placed side who have not qualified for the Champions League begin their Europa League campaign in the second qualifying round, which starts on 25 July. Manchester United are scheduled to play a friendly against Milan in Cardiff on the same day.And if Manchester City win the FA Cup?Seventh-placed Wolves will go into the Europa League second qualifying round. Who have qualified for the 2019-20 Champions League?Manchester City, Liverpool, and Chelsea have secured their places in the group stage by virtue of confirmed top-four finishes. Tottenham hold the final top-four spot and will confirm their qualification – also for the group stage – as long as they avoid defeat by Everton. Even if they lose, Arsenal would need to win at Burnley and overturn an eight-goal deficit in goal difference to overhaul them. Premier League Champions League Thank you for your feedback. Show Hide Pinterest Can five teams go into the Champions League?Yes. If Arsenal finish outside the top four but win the Europa League they will be in the Champions League. If Chelsea win the Europa League only four English clubs will be in the Champions League, other than in the unlikely event that Tottenham end up fifth, and then win the Champions League.How many clubs qualify for the Europa League?That depends. Ordinarily it is three, with the Premier League’s fifth-placed finishers and the FA Cup winners going into the group stage and the Carabao Cup victors starting in the second qualifying round. But that drops to two if an English team win the Europa League but finish outside the top four because the Premier League gets a maximum of seven places in Europe.So can any club say for certain they will be in the Europa League?Only Manchester United. If they finish fifth they go into the group stage. If they finish sixth – which gets a Europa League place because Manchester City won the Carabao Cup but will be in the Champions League – their entry date will depend on who wins the FA Cup. Arsenal are guaranteed a Europa League place if they do not end up in the Champions League. Share on LinkedIn Topics Quick guide What would it take to force a play-off for the Premier League title? Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

24 days agoLiverpool boss Klopp: Van Dijk world’s best centre-back

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp: Van Dijk world’s best centre-backby Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says Virgil van Dijk is the best centre-back in world football.The Dutchman recently finished second behind Lionel Messi in the FIFA Best Men’s Player of the Season award.Despite making a crucial mistake in the loss to Napoli two weeks ago, Klopp still has faith in his defensive stalwart.”Yep, I think so. I’m really happy with all my other defenders but yeah, he is the best at the moment,” Klopp said on Tuesday when asked if he felt Van Dijk was the best in the world.”We conceded in Napoli… which country are you from? Italy? I thought so… I still think it was not a penalty!”Napoli have to come to Liverpool, so it’s not decided yet, but we lost the game, that’s a fact as well and we have to start winning.”We don’t even have a little bit of a feeling that this game tomorrow is half done. It’s not. They will surprise a lot of people. But if there is anybody in the world who knows most about how they do what they do, it’s me.”I have a pretty good side as well and we want to be the most uncomfortable opponent in world football and if we are that tomorrow it’s not easy for Salzburg.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Anthony Weiner Gave Us Ten Minutes At The DNC To Talk Hockey

The Democratic National Convention hosted a who’s-who of prominent Democratic figures. Thursday I met with former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, who represented New York’s 9th congressional district from 1999 through 2011 and recently ran for mayor of New York. Weiner is a lifelong hockey fan and currently plays goalie for a recreational league team, so we talked about the state of hockey analytics, the Subban-Weber trade, and what he’s been watching this offseason.Walt Hickey: How long have you been a hockey fan?Anthony Weiner: My first good memories of being a hockey fan [were when] I started following the Islanders when they came into the league. It was probably like the mid-1970s I was old enough to get into sports. I’m not like a lot of your readers. I’m not someone who can tell you the 1984 Pittsburgh Penguins lineup, but, yeah.WH: What do you make of the offseason so far?AW: The Las Vegas expansion is interesting to me. I want to see if that’s going to work. I always assumed growing up that the reason you don’t expand to Las Vegas was the influence of gambling, but now that gaming is so pervasive everywhere, they’re like football; they want to get a piece of the action. I have emotional connection to teams like the Nordiques [a defunct Quebec professional team], and so it’s kind of interesting watching that. I’m obviously interested in seeing what the Islanders do.WH: You think they make the playoffs next year?AW: Oh, they’ll make the playoffs. In fairness, it was the Saturday before the season began last year where they got [Nick] Leddy and [Johnny] Boychuk, they’ve done some things late that have been pretty dramatic, so maybe they’ll do something late here. The trades that they made — not the literal trades, but the trading that they’ve done when we lost [Kyle] Okposo and [Frans] Nielsen, we lost in those trades, so I imagine they’re going to do something more. But they’ll make the playoffs. Even though that East is tough, the Rangers are much worse too.WH: What do you make of the deplorable state of advanced hockey analytics compared to other professional sports?AW: I’m one of the few people that thinks CORSI analytics, that stuff, is actually interesting to me. I think it’s additional information. In the summers we play four on four with no icing, and so my goals against average goes up in the summer maybe 10 percent. One player on the ice that’s 10 percent better than his opposite number can wreck havoc.Things that talk about possession and how many net shots are being shot as a way of understanding what’s going on, it’s helpful. I mean it’s not a substitute for watching the games. But they give you something more. These things also give you something to argue about and talk about, which is half the fun. Like when people argue about salaries, it’s not their money, but still it doesn’t make it any less of something you want to argue about and how it affects the cap, and is Bobby Bonilla still on the Mets’ payroll, stuff like that. These analytics do give us something else to argue about. Hockey by definition is harder to reduce to zeros and ones and put into a big spreadsheet than other sports are.WH: Do you think Sidney Crosby could be the greatest ever?AW: I just don’t think you can compare across eras. You look at the old film of hockey when I was growing up watching in the ’70s and ’80s. And you got these tiny goalies who had this bad equipment, so they never developed certain moves that the goalies today do all the time. There’s a reason why goalies didn’t do a slide from post to post then. They didn’t have the pads that have the protection and landing gear that allow them to do it. If Glenn Resch had that stuff? I think it’s really hard to do.The other thing is you develop tools to analyze stuff as you grow up. No one was more dominant from moment to moment as a pure goal scorer than Mike Bossy was. But it was a different kind of weird era. Wayne Gretzky was a great player that never got checked. Crosby, he’s playing in a league at a time when you’re going to get checked. So I don’t know how you do it is my way of not answering that question.WH: Who do you think the best goalie in the league is right now?AW: There’s different kind of styles. [Carey] Price, I think, if he comes back and he’s healthy, is just a great tactical goalie, almost flawless. He competes on every shot.By the way, I wrote about this for Business Insider. I wrote a column for them. The Kings were playing the Rangers in the Stanley Cup, and I was living a block away from the Garden, and I was like, “I’ll cover the Stanley Cup for you. You don’t have to pay me a dime.” Plus, I was going to the West Coast for one of the games, so I figured I’d get press credentials or something. I’d go to the games. No dice! So I’m stuck writing these effing columns.So I did this one column about how [Henrik] Lundqvist and [Jonathan] Quick were the most highly evolved goalies of their different styles — Lundqvist being the positional blocking goalie, Quick being the low-to-the-ice reacting goalie. A lot of folks think Quick is overrated, and he had a rough playoffs; I still think physically he’s amazing. To be that low to the ice and that powerful from side to side, that’s superhuman the stuff he does. But Lundqvist, his ability to play so deep in the crease and be so large, and have his angles so perfectly that he never seems to be out of position, you’ve got to give it to him.You basically only get beaten in the modern NHL on deflections and screens, and one goalie, Quick, is as fast at responding and seeing through a screen as anyone else, and the other goalie has just found ways to be positionally really deep so that extra split second he’s in a position that stops. In the evolution of goalies, those are the two highest evolved goalies I’ve seen.WH: What did you make of the continued reluctance to extend the Zadroga Act1The James L. Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Act was a signature achievement for Weiner in Congress, but last year a campaign to extend the benefits to 9/11 first responders was met with substantial resistance from some members of Congress. from some parts of Congress?AW: To some degree it’s a reflection of what’s gone wrong in the days since I went to Washington in the ’80s as a staffer, got elected in 1998, and to when I left, in that there was a merit argument that you can make on things that transcended. Not always. Sometimes there were philosophical problems. But now there’s not. If it’s a Democratic thing, the Republicans don’t want to do it by and large, and if it’s a Republican thing, the Democrats don’t want to do it by and large. Much more the former than the latter in my view. And there’s no better example in the modern times than the Zadroga Act. No one can make a merit argument against it. It was basically, “We don’t want to do it because we don’t want to give you guys any new government program without respect to how good it is or whether it’s been vetted or whatever.” WH: Wrapping it up, who’s your sleeper pick to win the cup this year?AW: I still think the Predators are due to break through.WH: Because of the trade? [Montreal traded P.K. Subban to the Predators in exchange for Shea Weber in June.]AW: They won that trade.WH: They won it?AW: No doubt about it. [Subban]’s basically two years younger, much more of an impact kind of a guy. It was basically they were getting rid of his attitude problem or whatever the hell they had. So the Predators have always been — I always get burned on the Predators. I picked them to go far. They had a weird year this year. Their goaltending was off the first quarter, third of the year. I think Pekka Rinne is one of my favorite goalies. I think he’s amazing. But I don’t know. The East is super strong. 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Magnetic Microchips Replaces Electronic Semiconductor

first_img Magnetic fields created using nanotechnology could make computers up to 500 times faster This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further This development evidently offers a potentially economical and simpler way of computing for the future, which could also be put to new and useful purposes. This research follows the team’s groundbreaking first step in 2002 at Durham, when they managed to create a basic computer operation or ‘logic gate’ using a magnetic microchip. Since 2002 the team has created a number of further ‘logic gates’ and created interconnecting structures using magnetic ‘nanowires ‘, which can now reproduce the logic functions of a conventional computer empowered by semiconductor electronics. Dr Del Atkinson of Durham University comments on this success are: “This new technology offers a number of advantages over conventional computers. Electronic microchips generate a lot of heat, which creates the need for fans in PC units, whereas these magnetic microchips do not generate this heat. . The magnetic microchips that have been created are also simpler and potentially cheaper to produce than the electronic chips. They are economical insofar as they use simple metals layers.This would also imply that the computers being economical would become still more disposable. “ This means that they could be used for cheap and therefore disposable simple computers in the future., “ Dr. Atkinson further commented: “These developments are important and exciting and while there is still some way to go, the potential is there to create a whole new technology based on magnetism rather than electricity.”This use of magnetism, rather than that of electricity has potential of being exploited further .The team is working in the rapidly growing field of nanotechnology, harnessing the magnetic properties of electrons, rather than their electrical charge on which conventional electronics is based. Nanotechnology involves working with materials at an extremely microscopic level. A nanometre is one thousand millionth of a metre – about the width of five atoms.This harnessing the capability of magnetic properties of electrons could mean a sea-change in the field of Dr. Bikram Lamba, Copyright 2005 Dr. Bikram Lamba, an international management consultant, is Chairman & Managing Director of Tormacon Limited- a multi-disciplinary consultancy organization. He can be contacted at 905 848 4205. email: [email protected] , last_img read more