Month: December 2017

Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola calls for action over heavy tackles – The Guardian

“No, he is a player from Arsenal and I think he is going to stay there,” said the Catalan. “Now it’s just about recovering from injuries and in two days we have another game. We will discuss what is the best in internal meeting but my feeling now is Sánchez will remain an Arsenal player.”

“Wilf was very good. He puts in one excellent performance after another and the question for me with a bit of cynicism given how long I’ve been involved in the game is how long he can keep it going? It amazes me. I hope he can keep going.”

“We have mutual respect for each other. We talked about the game and what we thought about the season,” said Hodgson about his conversation with Guardiola. “We don’t often get that chance to talk after the game because we’re busy speaking to you lot.”

Guardiola confirmed Gabriel Jesus is out for at least a month with a knee injury he sustained early in the first half, and which reduced the Brazilian to tears, but said that did not mean City would make a move for Alexis Sánchez in January having come close to signing the Arsenal forward during the summer.

Pep Guardiola has suggested English football needs to act to protect players after a thrilling goalless draw at Crystal Palace was marred by some heavy challenges, most notably a tackle from Jason Puncheon on Kevin De Bruyne that resulted in the Premier League’s outstanding player this season being taken off on a stretcher.

“It’s frustrating but it was a good save. It’s better to concentrate on our performance and how well we played,” the manager said. “I have to give the players an enormous pat on the back for how they played. To be brutally honest with five minutes to go I was thinking make sure we don’t lose the game.”

Hodgson also had words of praise for Wilfried Zaha’s performance on both wings, which featured a fine and engrossing duel with Kyle Walker in the first half before Zaha switched to the right for a while: “Kyle is very fast so there was an element of them neutralising each other. We thought it was an idea to switch him over but it wasn’t exactly a masterstroke. It was the kind of tactical decision my wife would make.

De Bruyne may have been fortunate to escape serious injury, with suggestions he might miss only the home game against Watford on Tuesday night, but the Manchester City manager emphasised his issue is not with English football’s physicality but its policing of contact. “I admire the physicality of the league, but they [the FA] know exactly what they have to do,” Guardiola said. “People focus on diving and this kind of thing, and that’s OK.

“They don’t have to change the way they play here – that’s why it is so nice, they play in different ways in different countries. But there is a line and when you go beyond that it can be dangerous. The referee has to follow the rules but also protect the players.

Lions fail in big moments, could lead to Jim Caldwell’s ouster – (blog)

Key offseason questions: Caldwell’s future: This is the biggest question and the one that should be answered in the shortest amount of time. Does GM Bob Quinn choose to keep Caldwell for a fifth season or bring in his own head coach for the first time. Caldwell has done a decent job in Detroit, making the playoffs half the time he has been with the team, but his teams have had the same issues time and time again (slow starts, showing up flat in big games, not playing well against playoff-caliber opponents). Everything else Detroit does this offseason will be centered around whether Quinn retains Caldwell.

Biggest draft need: Some of this will depend on the coaching staff, but no matter who is in charge, the Lions need upgrades on the defensive line and running back. Detroit’s run game continued to be abysmal under Caldwell, averaging an NFL-worst 78 yards per game entering Week 17. The Lions haven’t had a 100-yard rusher in 67 games, either, so it’s a combination of the rusher and the blocking. The Lions need pass-rushers, too, considering they have struggled to reach quarterbacks for two seasons.

Season in review: The Lions couldn’t sustain the hot 3-1 start to the season — including a win over eventual NFC North champ Minnesota on the road — because the franchise failed in almost every big spot other than that game against the Vikings. Detroit lost key tiebreaker games to Atlanta, Carolina and New Orleans in the first half of the season. It lost a game that could have given them a shot at a division title on Thanksgiving at home against Minnesota and followed it up with a blowout loss at Baltimore. Then, in a must-win situation against Cincinnati on Christmas Eve, the Lions barely showed up, losing 26-17, and sealed a season in which Detroit never found any consistency. The Lions often started slow. They could never find a run game. After Haloti Ngata was lost for the season in Week 5, the defense struggled stopping the run, too. And the offensive line couldn’t protect Matthew Stafford. It led to big problems for the Lions and likely another offseason of change in Detroit.

He said it: “There hasn’t been anything across the board that we’ve been good at. The best way to probably … get an indication of where we are, the great thing about the National Football League is all you have to do is look at your record. And we’re just a little bit above average and a little bit above average is not good enough. You know, there are no bowl games in this league. And so, we got to get better. We got to get better in every area. It’s a team sport. There’s not anything that we just absolutely excelled at all across the board.” — Jim Caldwell

What to do with Ezekiel Ansah and Eric Ebron: These are the two biggest contract questions this offseason, and both could be shaped by the Caldwell question, too. With Ebron, the issue is whether to honor his 2018 option, worth $8.25 million. Ebron played well enough down the stretch to make it a tough question. Ansah, meanwhile, could end up being franchise tagged or sent to free agency. He hasn’t been healthy for most of the last two years, and the Lions might not want to pay the type of money Ansah can get on the open market. It’ll be a difficult one for Quinn, whose Lions desperately need pass-rushing options. Ansah finished with 12 sacks this season, but it’s a misleading number because nine of them came in three games – including six in the last two weeks of the season. Of course, the last two weeks of the year might have been when Ansah was the healthiest this season.

Free-agency targets: It’s too early to really decipher this since it’s not clear what the coaching staff or scheme will look like. Le’Veon Bell would be intriguing and solve Detroit’s run-game issues, but he is also likely going to be too pricey. Isaiah Crowell would be an intriguing option if Detroit wanted to bring in a vet with some talent. If Dallas’ DeMarcus Lawrence somehow hits free agency, he could be a high-level target for many teams because pass-rusher is going to be a need. New Orleans’ Alex Okafor could be a cheaper option to look at, too. So much of the defensive questions, though, come down to scheme.

Biggest play of season: It goes back to Week 3 against Atlanta, when Golden Tate appeared to score a touchdown with 10 seconds left on the clock — a touchdown that would have given the Lions a win. The play was then reviewed and it was determined Tate fell a half-yard short. In addition to that, because of the reversal, there was a 10-second runoff Detroit couldn’t stop because it had no timeouts, ending the game and giving the Falcons the win. Had the Lions won that game, they would have been 3-0 and had a tiebreaker against Atlanta. It also would have given Caldwell arguably the biggest win of his tenure. Instead, it will go down as another loss and started a stretch where the Lions lost four of five games against teams likely bound for the playoffs (Atlanta, Carolina, New Orleans and Pittsburgh).

NFL Nation reporters grade each eliminated team’s regular season, assess what position each should target in the 2018 draft and look ahead to the offseason. Full coverage »

Atlanta Peach Drop 2018: Weather, Location, Times, Performers – Patch.com

The Peach Drop will be conducted at the historic Flatiron Building — Atlanta’s oldest skyscraper, built in 1897. Festivities will be hosted by V-103 DJ and Atlanta Hawks public-address announcer Ryan Cameron and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is expected to be on hand.

Live entertainment is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

The low temperature in Atlanta is forecast to get down to a freezing 22 degrees Sunday night for the Peach Drop, with wind gusts as high as 15 m.p.h.

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He was the 2000 winner of the American Music Award for Favorite New R&B/Soul Artist and the 2012 Soul Train Music Awards winner for Song of the Year with “Stay.”

ATLANTA, GA — Atlanta’s traditional New Year’s Eve Peach Drop is set to go off in a new location this year on Sunday night. If you’re planning to attend, you’d best bundle up first.

Tragically, Lopes was killed in a car crash in 2002 in Honduras. Refusing to replace her, the group continued as a duo and, after a hiatus, reformed in 2015.

Tracking NFL playoff scenarios, draft order, teams that have clinched, more –

The race for the second wild card spot in the AFC is already tightening. And the Ravens’ spot is looking a little less secure, too.

The Patriots are the top seed in the AFC after Sunday’s victory over the Jets. Realistically, New England’s only major obstacle in rolling toward Super Bowl LII is the second-seeded Steelers — and at least some of Pittsburgh’s fortunes depend on whether the Steelers can get receiver Antonio Brown (calf) back in any semblance of his usual self.

Can the Browns avoid an 0-16 season?

The Patriots are on track to clinch home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.

Home-field advantage also remains up for grabs in the AFC, but the FPI gives the Steelers only a 7 percent chance of earning the No. 1 seed with Ben Roethlisberger not starting. The Patriots have a 93 percent chance of beating the Jets to wrap up the top seed.

It’s official. Linebacker James Harrison has gotten actual snaps in his first game with the Patriots. Harrison, as you can see, has remained his usual quirky self since leaving the Steelers.

The Chargers need a win and some help to reach the playoffs. ’s FPI gives them a 76 percent chance of defeating the Raiders today.

I’m dreaming of a lustrous mini ice age to give us a global warming time out – The Times

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I'm dreaming of a lustrous mini ice age to give us a global warming time out
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A new ice age to look forward to? Can it be true? This is the best news I have heard all year. I was half awake during the night this week, listening to the radio when the news item came on. I thought at first I was dreaming, but no. It turns out
A Mini Ice Age Could Happen Within The Next Few Decades, Might Affect Global WarmingBrinkwire (press release)
Global MINI ICE AGE lasting 30 years to cause 'devastating FAMINE on mass scale'Daily Star

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WhatsApp rings in the New Year with global outage – VentureBeat

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WhatsApp rings in the New Year with global outage
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WhatsApp went down in several parts of the world today including parts of Europe, Asia, and South America. The crowdsourced website DownDetector found the largest concentration of outages in portions of England, Germany, and virtually all of the
Is WhatsApp Down? Twitter Blasts App For Not Working Before New Year'sInternational Business Times
WhatsApp goes down as New Year revellers turn to other social media to vent frustrations they can't message friendsMirror.co.uk
WhatsApp apologises to users for New Year's Eve outageIndependent.ie
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Irish Cancer Society says healthy New Year’s resolutions can significantly reduce risk of cancer – Longford Leader

“Another way people can reduce their risk is by getting physically active in 2018. We would advise people to limit their time sitting and aim to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day. You could challenge yourself to get active in 2018 in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. Take on a trek, marathon, run or even an extreme challenge, and get fit while supporting people affected by cancer.”

View the European Code Against Cancer at www.cancer.ie/europeancode

“Being active and having a healthy diet also contributes to maintaining a healthy weight, which after not smoking, is the most important thing you can do for cancer prevention. Up to 40% of certain cancers are attributable to being overweight or obese and with most adults in Ireland now weighing more than they should, it is really important we do all we can to maintain a healthy weight  to lower the risk of cancer.

The Irish Cancer Society is urging people to make simple lifestyle changes in 2018, as part of their New Year’s resolutions, to significantly lower their risk of cancer. 

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“Quitting is really difficult but with the right preparation, support and attitude it can be achieved. We would encourage anyone who wants to give up to call the HSE Quit Team on 1800 201 203for lots of advice on quitting and information on Nicotine Replacement Therapies. We also run the ‘We Can Quit’ programme in Cork and Dublin, which encourages women to join forces and support each other to quit.”

The Society suggests people follow the European Code Against Cancer, which includes 12 simple steps to help reduce their risk of cancer. A recent survey by YouGov, on behalf of the Association of European Cancer Leagues, has revealed that Irish people (13 per cent) are more aware of the Code in comparison to their UK counterparts (2 per cent). The survey also revealed that 78 per cent of Irish people surveyed said they were likely to make changes to their lifestyle having read the Code. 65 per cent of those surveyed said they had learned something new about cancer prevention after reading the Code.

JVC to unveil wireless Android Auto receiver at CES 2018 – Digital Trends

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JVC to unveil wireless Android Auto receiver at CES 2018
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Last year, Google discussed the concept of a wireless Android Auto. Since then, the platform hasn't made too many strides to free itself from cords, but that may be changing. JVC has announced that it plans to show off devices which support “wireless
Kenwood may introduce premium wireless Android Auto and CarPlay unit at CES 2018Techaeris
Kenwood will be one of the first to offer wireless Android AutoEngadget
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Magic Kingdom at capacity, not admitting new guests – Orlando Sentinel

Magic Kingdom at capacity, not admitting new guests

Magic Kingdom is not admitting new guests, Walt Disney World said in a tweet at 11:30 a.m. on New Year's Eve. (Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda / Orlando Sentinel). Isabelle D'AntonioContact Reporter · Privacy Policy. Magic Kingdom is not admitting new guests

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Gentlemen’s Night For Widespread Panic In Atlanta – JamBase

For the encore, WSP finished the theme strong with three songs. First up was “Blue Indian” which was followed by two men: “Sleeping Man” and “Action Man.” Widespread Panic concludes their visit to the Fox tonight.

Widespread Panic began the evening’s second set with their prized version of “Papa Legba” by Talking Heads. “Gentlemen’s Night” rolled on with “Junior,” “Steven’s Cat” and a well-jammed “Tall Boy” that eventually gave way to the 2017 debut of Curtis Mayfield’s “Pusherman.” The jams continued as Panic slickly worked into a “Papa’s Home” that featured the usual “Drums” segment within. Panic then took it down a notch with the gorgeous “Jack” and presented “Saint Ex” ahead of a “Conrad” set-closer.

Set One: One Arm Steve, Henry Parsons Died, C Brown, Bear’s Gone Fishin’ > Hatfield, Papa Johnny Road, Space Wrangler, Dear Mr Fantasy > Mr Soul (73 mins)

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The sextet opened with a run of “One Arm Steve,” “Henry Parsons Died” and “C. Brown.” While “Bear’s Gone Fishin’” was a bit of a stretch for the theme, “Hatfield” then made the rain come before fans took a trip down “Papa Johny Road.” Next, a little “Space Wrangler” was born and the audience saw “him squirming in the saddle.” A 2017 bust out laid ahead in the form of Panic’s cover of Traffic’s “Dear Mr. Fantasy.” The band then closed out the frame with Neil Young’s “Mr. Soul.”