Chelsea and Spurs hoping to be drawn in lucky Champions League Group F

first_imgCLUBS hoping to win the Champions League will want to be draw in Group F — after stats showed it is the competition’s luckiest group.Defending winners Liverpool, as well as Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City all head to Monaco for this season’s draw this evening.4 The Champions League’s lucky teams have all won the competition from Group FCredit: Sun Graphics4 Manchester United’s victory in 2007-08 came after Sir Alex Ferguson’s side won Group FCredit: Getty – Contributor4 Both Jose Mourinho’s wins in the competition have come from Group FCredit: Getty ImagesAnd they will be pleased to know that being drawn in Group F has thrown up the most winners in the competition’s history.According to Opta, six of the 16 winners since the current format kicked in in 2003-04 have come from the fifth group of eight.That equates to a 38 per cent chance of winning the competition.Given there are four English teams, there is a 50 per cent chance of a Premier League side being drawn in the group.Real Madrid were the last team to win the competition from Group F, with their victory in Cardiff in 2016-17 coming after Zinedine Zidane’s side came second in the group behind Borussia Dortmund.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneJOSE’S LUCKY GROUPOther sides to win the tournament from the lucky group include Manchester United in 2007-08.And Jose Mourinho has clinched both his Champions League victories from Group F with Porto in 2003-04 and Inter Milan in 2009-10.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himNICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’4 The coefficient at the end of last season determines this year’s draw potsBarcelona also lifted Old Big Ears in 2014-15 from the same group, while Bayern Munich’s stunning Treble under Jupp Heynckes was the same.However, there is one side who would not like to dwell on playing in Group F — because for them it will feel cursed.AC Milan could have upped the ratio if they had managed to beat Liverpool in the 2005 Champions League final, but we all know what happened there.When is Champions League group stage draw? Live stream, TV channel, start time and potslast_img read more

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​U18 men crush Cairns Stingers

first_imgThis was on the first game of their international exhibition Australian tour.The PNG side has proven their skills in a stunning basketball match with Liam Wright, who led the way for PNG with 19-points while Moses Kairi totaled 18 points at the Early Settler Stadium in Cairns.Despite a massive challenge against the extremely talented Queensland State junior representative’s side, the inexperienced Papua New Guineans played with great enthusiasm to hoop out the Stingers.The boys will face the U18 Cairns Marlins today at 5.30pm in their game 2 before returning to the country.last_img

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No repercussions for Jamaica – IAAF CEO

first_imgIAAF CEO Olivier Gers said the body holds no hard feelings towards the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) for its decision to abstain from votes towards reforms in the sport. Gers, who is currently in the island as a guest speaker for tonight’s RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards ceremony, said that the association has nothing to fear regarding sanctions for its decision. “There’s no change (in the relationship), there won’t be any repercussions and there won’t be any impact,” Gers said. “Don’t get me wrong, we were disappointed because of the amazing ranking and amazing weight that Jamaica has in our sport so I think President Coe and all of us on the council were disappointed not to get the full support of Jamaica but it doesn’t mean that there will be any repercussions. We’re working together already, we’ve been talking since then and we’ll be working to hear Dr. (Warren) Blake’s (JAAA’s President) concerns.” Gers’ visit will not just be delivering tonight’s main address at the awards ceremony, but also to assess the growth of Track and Field in Jamaica and this suggests that the working relationship he mentions with Dr. Warren Blake has already started. He said he is also here to have a look at two developmental meets taking place tomorrow – the JAAA/Puma Development meet at the Kirkvine Sports Club, in Manchester, and the Douglas Forrest Invitational Meet at the GC Foster College in St. Catherine. There, he said, he hopes to have a good conversation with Blake regarding the state of affairs in the sport. “One of my objectives is to learn from what you’re doing so that we can figure out what you do so well and hopefully do it in other countries as well,” Gers said. “With Dr. Blake, I hope we can have a general catch up and understand his concerns. I’m sure he has things that he wants to share with me and we want to work together and collaborate. We (the IAAF) want to hear his ideas on improving our constitution and improving our sport.”last_img read more

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Man dies, woman hospitalised following WCB accident

first_imgTraffic Chief Linden IslesA pedestrian was killed on Thursday morning, while a female pedal cyclist remains hospitalised after they were struck down by one of two speeding motorcars that were allegedly “racing” along the Number 42 Village Public Road, West Coast Berbice (WCB).The dead man has been identified as 54-year-old Gregory Stanley, also called ‘Backtoe’, of the Number 42 Village, WCB. The identity of the injured woman is unknown.Based on reports received, at about 6:30h on the morning in question, Stanley had been standing in the corner of the Public Road waiting to cross when the two motorcars were heading in his direction at a fast rate.Guyana Times understands that one of the drivers attempted to overtake the other car but forced himself back into his lane after another car was coming from the opposite direction. As a result, one of the drivers allegedly lost control, skidded off the roadway, and slammed into a parked car before hitting Stanley and the female cyclist who was close to him.Stanley and the injured female were both rushed to the Fort Wellington Hospital, but upon his arrival at the health facility, Stanley was pronounced dead.Meanwhile, the female was immediately admitted to that hospital for emergency treatment as a result of the severity of her injuries, but was subsequently transferred to the New Amsterdam Hospital.Traffic Chief Linden Isles, when contacted, confirmed that the two drivers of the motorcars who were involved in the fatal accident were said to have been racing with each other on the roadway.“Both drivers are in Police custody as investigations into this accident continue. The pedestrian who died, he was trying to cross the road when the accident took place, he died on the spot. Breathalyzer tests were conducted on both drivers and it revealed that they both were above the prescribed limit of alcohol consumption,” the Chief added.He reiterated that persons should desist from imbibing and operating vehicles on the roadways since it is a traffic offence and an action that could lead to the deaths of innocent persons also.“Be responsible when using the road. Get a designated driver if you have to imbibe. Alcohol and speed don’t mix, they are a bad combination always”.last_img read more

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Fog Advisory issued for the North Peace and Grande Prairie

first_imgStatements4:02 AM PST Thursday 13 November 2014Fog Advisory in effect for:B.C. North Peace RiverNear zero visiblity in fog is expected or occurring.Dense fog is expected this morning.- Advertisement -Visibility may be significantly and suddenly reduced to near zero. If travelling, be prepared for areas of near zero visibility.Weather Advisories for fog are issued when near zero visibilities in fog are expected or occurring.Environment Canada meteorologists will update alerts as required. Please monitor local media or Weatheradio. Email reports of severe weather to pacificstorm@ec.gc.ca or tweet with the hashtag #BCStorm.Advertisement Environment Canada meteorologists will update alerts as required. Please continue to monitor your local media or Weatheradio for further updates. If you would like to report severe weather, you can call 1-800-239-0484 or send an email to storm@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports to #ABStorm. Statements4:35 AM MST Thursday 13 November 2014Fog Advisory in effect for:Co. of Grande Prairie near Beaverlodge Hythe and DemmittCo. of Grande Prairie near Grande Prairie and WembleyCo. of Grande Prairie near Sexsmith and La GlaceM.D. of Greenview near DeBoltM.D. of Greenview near Little SmokyM.D. of Greenview near O’Brien Prov. Park and Big Mtn CreekM.D. of Greenview near Sturgeon LakeM.D. of Greenview near Valleyview and New Fish CreekM.D. of Greenview near Wapiti and Shuttler Flats Rec. AreaDense fog is occurring in some locations and is expected to dissipate late this morning.Travel is expected to be hazardous due to reduced visibility in some locations.Weather Advisories for fog are issued when near zero visibilities in fog are expected or occurring.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Trump wields presidential power on energy projects such as stalled Keystone XL

first_imgWASHINGTON – U.S. President Donald Trump is eager to jump-start energy projects such as the TransCanada Keystone XL oil pipeline, and he’s taken action to assert executive power over such infrastructure.The president last month issued a new permit for the stalled Keystone project, which would move Alberta crude to U.S. refineries, insisting it’s an exercise of presidential authority that’s not subject to judicial review.And Trump has now signed another order clarifying the president alone has authority to issue permits for cross-border projects such as pipelines.- Advertisement -A third order makes it harder for states to block pipelines and other energy projects on the basis of environmental concerns.Taken together, the actions are a broad assertion of presidential authority that reverses more than 50 years of practice.Pipeline opponents have already asked a federal court to strike down Trump’s new permit.Advertisement William Buzbee, a constitutional scholar and professor at Georgetown University Law Center, noted the action came after another judge ruled against Trump.“This is somewhat dumbfounding, the idea that a president would claim he can just say, ‘Never mind, I unilaterally call a do-over,”’ said Buzbee.In November, U.S. District Judge Brian Morris ruled the Trump administration did not fully consider potential oil spills and other impacts when it approved the pipeline in 2017.last_img read more

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Nikica Jelavic arrives for West Ham medical

first_imgNikica Jelavic is set to seal a return to the Premier League with West Ham before Tuesday’s transfer deadline, with the Hull striker arriving at Upton Park for a medical on Monday, according to reports.The Croatia international has been strongly linked with an exit from the KC Stadium following the Tigers’ relegation from the Premier League.West Ham, meanwhile, are still hunting for options to boost their limited strike force.Jelavic was left out of the squad that beat Preston 2-0 on Saturday, and manager Steve Bruce admitted following the home clash that his exit is likely.“I had a conversation with Jelavic, which was only right,” said the Hull boss. “How could he play when his head was elsewhere?“Now let’s see if the two clubs get to the valuation. He has a buy-out clause but they have got nowhere near that. Come Tuesday, I would still expect him to leave.”And it now appears West Ham have beaten an unnamed oversees club – thought to be Turkish side Trabzonspor – to the former Everton frontman, and could land him for around £4million. Hull striker Nikica Jelavic 1last_img read more

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Forgotten Stoke midfielder set for January exit

first_img1 Steve Sidwell Stoke City are preparing themselves for offers for out-of-favour midfielder Steve Sidwell next month.The Englishman has been a victim of Mark Hughes’ successful rebuilding of the squad and has fallen down the pecking order at the Britannia.The former Chelsea man has played just 12 minutes of Premier League football this season as summer imports Marco van Ginkel, Ibrahim Afellay and Xherdan Shaqiri have all featured ahead of him.Sidwell has winners’ medals from the Premier League, Championship and FA Cup and is unlikely to be willing to sit out his days on the Potteries’ periphery.The 33-year-old is out of contract in the summer so would be available for a nominal fee in January.The Arsenal academy graduate would undoubtedly be able to offer both relegation-fighting and promotion-chasing clubs plenty of experience for the final half of the season and beyond.last_img read more

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Teacher unions supply big money

first_img“The board does approve (the contract), but it is worked out between the district and the teachers,” Elbling said. Some say the endorsement by the teacher unions is as important as they money provided. “When you’re a long-term incumbent, it’s tantamount to getting the Good Housekeeping seal of approval,” said Pacheco. “It shows that teachers respect the work you’re doing.” But the money is nice to get, Pacheco said. “There were no tear stains on that check,” he said. Candidates who don’t get that endorsement or money can still win, said La Mirada Councilman Hal Malkin who has observed many school elections. “Definitely, there can be a backlash,” Malkin said, referring to concerns about too strong of a presence by the union. Harry Jacobs, another contender for the Whittier Union High School District board who didn’t receive teacher union money, agrees with Malkin. “I have a growing base of support outside of that particular interest group,” said Jacobs, who has raised nearly as much money as Pacheco and three times as much as Schneider in the race. Jacobs said he isn’t bothered he didn’t receive the teacher union endorsement, and said if elected he wouldn’t hold it against teachers. “There will be no ill feelings,” he said. “When I get elected, I’ll work with the board. What happened in the campaign happened in the campaign.” mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityAnd it’s why the teacher unions are the only regular group that gives in school board elections, he said. In the Whittier area, Montebello Unified School District incumbent Marcella Calderon has received $9,000. David Vela, a challenger in the district, was given $4,000. The Whittier Union High School District’s teacher union gave $2,000 to incumbent Ralph Pacheco and challenger Tim Schneider. The East Whittier School District’s teacher union gave $3,000 to challenger Dimitri Elbling. Some might say the donations are a conflict of interest when it comes to contract negotiations, but Elbling doesn’t see it as a problem. NORWALK – Whittier-area teacher unions again are the top source for campaign money in the Nov. 6 school board elections. So far, local unions have donated a total of $21,000 to five candidates running in three separate elections, according to campaign finance reports filed with the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s Office. That’s nothing new, said Whittier Councilman Owen Newcomer, also a retired professor of political science from Rio Hondo College. “The teachers have a direct personal, professional and economic interest in school board policy,” Newcomer said. “They’re close to it as classroom teachers.” last_img read more

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CONFIRMED: Middlesbrough sign former Manchester United defender

first_imgMiddlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka has made Cardiff full-back Fabio da Silva his 10th summer signing.The 26-year-old has signed a two-year deal after the clubs agreed an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of £2million. The move was announced on Boro’s official website.Fabio – the twin brother of Lyon’s Rafael – has made more than 100 senior appearances in English football, with Manchester United, QPR and Cardiff. 1 Fabio da Silva in action for Cardiff last_img

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