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Wilder vs Fury 2 PPV buys estimated between 800-850k in North America, eclipsing Lewis vs Tyson in 2002 but falling short of Bob Arum’s hopes

Wilder vs Fury 2 PPV buys estimated between 800-850k in North America, eclipsing Lewis vs Tyson in 2002 but falling short of Bob Arum’s hopes

Tyson Fury’s victory over Deontay Wilder on Saturday night was watched by an audience of between 800,000-850,000 paying customers in North America, according to reports.

If these figures prove to be accurate, the main event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena would have generated between $64m-$68million just through American PPV alone.

Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder will get handsomely paid for their efforts on Saturday night

The ‘Gypsy King’ officially reclaimed his throne in Las Vegas by toppling long-standing WBC champion Wilder via seventh-round stoppage.

Despite hopes from Top Rank supremo Bob Arum, who said he would be ‘disappointed’ if PPV buys in the US was less than two million, it appears as though the official number will fall just short of one million.

According to The Athletic (as verified by Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix) the official figures will land in the region of 800,000-850,000 buys.

Privately, the senior figures of ESPN and Fox Sports hoped to achieve around 1 to 1.1 million PPV buys to just break even.

The Gypsy King dropped Wilder

However, they can take some solace in the fact the ESPN+ and Fox Sports apps over performed, while traditional cable did not.

The PPV figure was $79.99 in America, meaning 800k buys would equal roughly $64m. And if it is closer to the 850k mark, this equals around $68m.

Both fighters were reportedly set to pocket $25m each from the fight, regardless of PPV figures and would then get a percentage of the total accrued later on.

— Read on talksport.com/sport/boxing/675344/wilder-vs-fury-2-ppv-buys-north-america-bob-arum-lewis-vs-tyson-2002/

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‘I never thought Harry Kane would be this good’, says former teammate Andros Townsend, as Tottenham striker aims for EARLY injury return

‘I never thought Harry Kane would be this good’, says former teammate Andros Townsend, as Tottenham striker aims for EARLY injury return

Andros Townsend has admitted he never expected former Tottenham teammate Harry Kane to become the world-class striker he is now, amid reports he could be back sooner than expected from injury.

Spurs have been without their talisman since New Year’s Day when he suffered a hamstring injury in a 1-0 defeat to Southampton.

Kane had an operation earlier this year on his injured hamstring

The 26-year-old needed an operation and Jose Mourinho feared he would be without his key frontman for the rest of the season.

However, according to The Sun, Kane could be back playing in just SIX WEEKS as he eyes a return in early April, which would be a huge boost for Tottenham and England.

Kane has been a huge miss for Spurs, who have won just three league games since losing the vice-captain, who before his injury scored had 17 goals in 25 games.

And Townsend, who came through Tottenham’s academy with the England skipper, conceded to talkSPORT he ‘didn’t see it coming’ that his old friend would become one of the world’s best players.

Harry Kane is one of the world’s most lethal finishers

Harry Kane and Andros Townsend go way back to their days in Spurs’ youth ranks

“Harry is one of the best strikers in the world and I didn’t see it coming, but he always had the foundations to do it,” the Crystal Palace winger said on the White and Sawyer show.

“From the first time I saw him he’s always had an incredible ability to score goals.

“Maybe he didn’t have the mobility he does now, or maybe he was half a yard slower, but he always possessed that ability to score left foot, right foot, from any position on the pitch.

“And in the last three or four years he’s been in the gym, he’s bulked up, he’s got quicker, he’s got stronger, he can head the ball, he can run.

“He’s pretty much an all-round player now and one of the best in the world, and rightly so.”

— Read on talksport.com/football/675364/harry-kane-andros-townsend-tottenham-injury/

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Man Utd ‘to rebuild’ as Champions League absence proves costly…

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Feb 25 (Reuters)  Manchester United MANU.N are in “rebuild” mode as the English soccer club chases a return to the European Champions League, Executive Vice-Chairman Ed Woodward said after financial results were dented by the team’s absence from this season’s tournament.

Woodward has been backing United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to forge a team that mixes top talent from around the world with young players from its academy.

“We are pushing for a strong finish in the Premier League, the Europa League and the FA Cup as we enter the final third of the season,” Woodward said in a statement.

“The foundation for delivering the long-term success that we are all working towards is in place as we implement our plan and our footballing vision with Ole.”

— Read on www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.nasdaq.com/articles/man-utd-rebuild-as-champions-league-absence-proves-costly-2020-02-25?amp

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Liverpool announce £533m turnover and £42m profit last year – despite spending a record £223m on players

Liverpool announce £533m turnover and £42m profit last year – despite spending a record £223m on players

Liverpool have announced a pre-tax profit of £42million last year, despite a record £223m investment on players.

The Reds also achieved a turnover of £533m for the financial year of 2018/19, which did not take into account their Champions League win over Tottenham Hotspur in June.

Liverpool are about to become a financial powerhouse in world football once again

While the figure of £42m is well below the record £125m profit for the year ending May 2018, the rewards are being felt on the pitch with the club four victories away from winning their first league title in 30 years.

Figures released on Thursday for the financial year to May 31, 2019 incorporate the purchases of Alisson Becker (£65m), Naby Keita (£52.75m), Fabinho (£43.7m) and Xherdan Shaqiri (£13m).

It also includes the increased costs of new contracts for 11 players, including captain Jordan Henderson, Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold – who have all played a key role in helping Jurgen Klopp’s champions-elect establish a 22-point lead at the top of the table.

Some of that cost was offset by sales including Danny Ward (£12.5m), Danny Ings (£20m) and Dominic Solanke (£19m).

Dominic Solanke joined Bournemouth in January 2019 for £19m.

Income was also boosted by Champions League success, although as victory in the final in Madrid came in June the prize money from winning a sixth European Cup will be counted in the current financial year.

“This continued strengthening of the underlying financial sustainability of the club is enabling us to make significant investments both in player recruitment and infrastructure,” said chief operating officer Andy Hughes.

“Being able to reinvest over £220m on players during this financial period is a result of a successful business strategy, particularly the significant uplift in commercial revenues.

“The cost of football, however, does continue to rise in transfers and associated fees but what’s critical for us is the consistency of our financial position, enabling us to live within our means and continue to run a sustainable football club.”

The Reds lifted the European Cup for a sixth time last June

Turnover increased during the period by £78m to £533m with media revenue increasing by £41m to £261m, commercial revenue increasing by £34m to £188m and match revenue increasing by £3.5m to £84m.

The rise is a result of a new Champions League broadcasting deal which began during this period, finishing a close second to Manchester City in the Premier League and higher partnership and merchandising value, with Liverpool signing their first training kit sponsorship deal with AXA.

“What we’re seeing is sustained growth across all areas of the club which is aligned to the recent performance on the pitch,” added Hughes.

“Since this reporting period we have continued to reinvest in the club’s infrastructure, and we look forward to the opening of our new (£50m) training base at Kirkby ahead of the new season which will provide first-class facilities for our players and staff.

“We have also just completed a second-phase consultation on a proposed expansion of the Anfield Road stand which could see an increase in the stadium’s capacity.

“These financial results and this sustained period of solid growth is testament to our ownership, Fenway Sport Group, who continue to support the club’s ambitions and continue to reinvest revenues both in strengthening the playing squad and the club’s infrastructure to build for the future.”

— Read on talksport.com/football/675375/liverpool-turnover-profit-transfers-spending-record-players/

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Barcelona would have to pay more than £200m to sign Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mane from Liverpool due to ‘Coutinho clause’

Barcelona would have to pay more than £200m to sign Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mane from Liverpool due to ‘Coutinho clause’

Barcelona would have to pay Liverpool more than £200m to sign Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mane due to a ‘Coutinho clause’.

The last time Liverpool did business with Barcelona was in January 2017 when Philippe Coutinho swapped Anfield for the Camp Nou in a £142m deal.

It looks unlikely that Salah or Mane will join Barcelona

Liverpool spent that money on Virgil van Dijk and Alisson who shored up their defence as Jurgen Klopp’s side won the Champions League and are now just four wins away from their first Premier League title.

After losing players such as Javier Mascherano and Luis Suarez to Barcelona, the Reds negotiated a deal during the sale of Coutinho that would force the Catalan giants to pay a premium over any other club hopeful of signing their star players, according to the Mirror.

Reports in Spain suggest the premium stands at £89m, meaning Barcelona would have to pay this on top of the agreed transfer fee.

Salah and Mane are in fine form so far this season, with the pair netting 28 goals between them and Transfermarkt estimates the value of them at £135m each, making them Liverpool’s two most expensive players.

So Barcelona would have to pay £225m with the premium applied to sign either one of Liverpool’s most prolific goal scorers who were part of a three-way tie for the Premier League golden boot last season with Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Mane has been linked with Bayern Munich and Real Madrid but speaking to Norwegian broadcaster TV2 he revealed he loves life at Anfield.

He said: “I am very happy to be part of this great club and I enjoy it.m

“Hopefully I stay here forever. I’ve been to some clubs around the world, but Liverpool is unique. It’s like a family.

The clause is in play until the end of 2021, after which normal rules will apply and Barcelona will be looking to tempt Liverpool’s players to the Camp Nou again.

— Read on talksport.com/football/675212/barcelona-mohamed-salah-sadio-mane-liverpool/

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Premier League launch Hall of Fame to recognise legends of the league who have shown ‘exceptional skill and talent’

Premier League launch Hall of Fame to recognise legends of the league who have shown ‘exceptional skill and talent’

The Premier League has revealed plans to launch an official Hall of Fame, with the first two players to be inducted next month.

The Hall of Fame aims to recognise and celebrate the ‘exceptional’ skill and talent of those who have graced the Premier League since its inception in 1992.

The Premier League began in 1992, becoming a global phenomenon

A shortlist of further nominees will be announced the same time the two initial players are inducted, with fans invited to help select the next group of former stars to join the 2020 class.

The only stipulations for inclusion are candidates must have retired and only a player’s Premier League career is considered.

“Since 1992, the Premier League has been home to world-class players who have defined generations and provided us with compelling football season after season,” said Premier League chief executive Richard Masters.

“A place in the Premier League Hall of Fame is reserved for the very best. It will be an occasion for our fans around the world to look back over the years and help us celebrate some truly exceptional playing careers.”

There are no hints regarding who the first two inductees will be, though Alan Shearer, the Newcastle legend, is one of the favourites to enter the Hall of Fame next month.

Alan Shearer is surely a candidate to be the first ever Premier League Hall of Fame inductee

Shearer retired in 2006 and remains the Premier League’s all-time leading scorer, having netted 260 goals for Southampton, Blackburn and the Magpies

Other contenders to be initially inducted are considered to include the likes of Thierry Henry, the ex-Arsenal forward, as well as former Manchester United duo Roy Keane and Eric Cantona.

Each inductee will receive a personalised medallion, engraved with the year of their induction.

— Read on talksport.com/football/675394/premier-league-hall-of-fame-legends-league-skill-talent/

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Steven Gerrard jokes he’s ‘on the next penalty’ as Rangers’ spot-kick woes continue in Europa League win

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Steven Gerrard jokes he’s ‘on the next penalty’ as Rangers’ spot-kick woes continue in Europa League win

Steven Gerrard joked he would take Rangers’ next penalty after watching his side fail to convert from the spot during their Europa League match on Wednesday.

It didn’t affect the result of their round-of-32 tie, though, as Ryan Kent’s second-half strike saw Gers win 1-0 at Portuguese side Braga and go through 4-2 on aggregate.

Kent’s left-footed strike puts Rangers into the round-of-16

The penalty, taken by Ianis Hagi, was saved by Braga keeper Matheus but was the only negative part of the evening for Gers.

It does raise more concerns going forward as that was Rangers’ sixth penalty failure in ten attempts this season and their fourth miss in their last five.

The misses have come from a variety of players, too – captain James Tavernier was taken off penalty duties after his third miss of the season, then Alfredo Morelos in the Betfred Cup final, Scott Arfield and now Hagi have failed to score. Jermain Defoe is their only successful scorer.

Hagi is the latest Rangers player to fluff his lines from the spot

After the game, Gerrard, who scored 82 per cent of his 57 penalties at Liverpool, joked he may need to show the Rangers players how it’s done.

He told BT Sport: “I’m on the next one!

“We are trying to find a solution in that area, penalties are tough especially in pressure situations.

“We have some younger players but we will try to find the next solution … and if all else fails I take them myself!”

Rangers are through in the Europa League but their form from the spot will be a worry

Rangers now must wait to learn who their round-of-16 opponents are and they could be pitted against long-time rivals Celtic if the Hoops get through their tie against FC Copenhagen on Thursday.

And Gerrard says he and his players will be “ready for whatever comes our way.”

He added: “This is a team who finished top of the group and hadn’t lost to anyone else under this manager.

“Over the course of the match, the players deserve this, this is no fluke. It is something that has been earned with sheer hard graft.

“I am proud of the players – to a man they were outstanding.

“It is one thing giving a team a game plan, but you have got to trust them to carry it out. I thought they were faultless, certainly out of possession.

“The game plan was to go out and soak it up at times but also carry a threat.

“What we need to do is enjoy tonight.

“We will be really proud when we sit there and we’ll be ready for whatever comes out way.”

— Read on talksport.com/football/675337/steven-gerrard-jokes-next-penalty-rangers-europa-league/

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Steven Gerrard challenges Ryan Kent Rangers as he locates his unknown Braga hero

Steven Gerrard challenges Ryan Kent Rangers as he locates his unknown Braga hero

Overjoyed Steven Gerrard threw a paternal arm around his players and told them that they made him proud.

The Rangers boss has amassed praise on his team for their heroes in Braga as they secured an extraordinary 1-0 victory and passage in the last 16 of the Europa League.

Ryan Kent’s second half gave the Light Blues a 4-2 aggregate victory when they became the first Scots since Celtic against Blackburn in 2002 won both stages of a knockout round in Europe.

The Rangers are tied in Nyon, although Gerrard refuses to consider taking on Neil Lennon’s team at this stage if they see Copenhagen tonight.

Gerrard has taken a verbal stick for his players in the past few weeks as internal waste has almost cost them a chance to win the Premiership this season.

But he has done nothing but pay tributes on them in Portugal for an extraordinary victory and performance of immense tactical nous, even if Ianis Hagi has missed his sixth free kick from the 10 assigned this season.

Gerrard said: “The players made the game plan and gave it to the fans and the club.

“For now, it’s about enjoying the win against Braga. We look forward to the draw on Friday and will be proud of whoever we run into.

“The players deserve all the praise that comes to them as they have taken a little in the past few weeks.

“It was a big change for a man out of control. They also went out and injured a really good team on the ball, so the job is done.

“I am very happy. The players had to make the maximum effort.

“We have played against

a high-level opposition, which is probably the best form in which it has been present for some time.

“They have a really bright young manager who knows what he’s doing while he overtook their group in the Europa League and was the top scorer.

“However, my players have been exceptional for a man in both games. I am really proud of them. “

Gerrard took one of the biggest bets of his nascent managerial career when he dropped Niko Katic and replaced rookie George Edmundson.

He was rewarded with an exceptional defensive performance when the 21-year-old hooked up with Connor Goldson and just smelled the guests.

Gerrard added: “Everyone has committed themselves to the defensive form and what was needed tonight. Against the best players and one of the best teams, you can’t do it with one unit.

“Allan McGregor was a great artist for us – I wouldn’t have sat here in this competition if it wasn’t for him.

“The collaboration of the two central backrests was also impeccable. George has been deeply involved but there is a way to experience Europe.

“At some point a manager has to trust you, whatever the challenge is. He came forward and imagined it and delivered with the help of Connor, who played as a captain, a leader.

“He’s someone who has had a bit of a stick since the weekend in St Johnstone, along with all of us, so going back and publishing that kind of performance was great.

“Connor was exceptional and he and George were supported by two full-backs on both sides who clashed with some really dangerous and first-class operators.

“The rear five were exceptional, shielded from the three in front of them. From a defensive point of view the game plan was delivered by them, so they deserve credit. “

Kent scored his first goal in Europe for the Rangers, giving them a victory that will increase the country’s UEFA coefficient and cash in his club with around £ 3 million in revenue.

In the first half he lost a team, but remained composed to win the winner in a game in which Flo Kamberi also shone on his first start in Europe.

Gerrard added: “We need that level of Ryan contribution. Recently there have been many opinions about Ryan about what kind of shape it is on.

“But it offered a great time for us and he could have had two.

“People do not give him the merit he deserves in terms of the amount of race he does for us, but he came great and scored the important goal.

“Hopefully this will make his trust in the world of good because there will be times when people are not happy with him and he is a bit up and down.

“It’s part of being a footballer in a high-level club, but some of the opinions I read recently about Ryan are ridiculous. He is the best player.

“Flo also did a really disinterested job for the team.

“Sometimes when you’re alone in Europe you have to sacrifice yourself. You have to run hard and lift the ball for us to create dangerous situations.

“That was probably the biggest game Flo played and I was really happy for him. He came in to replace Alfredo and he deserved to play. “

Kent, Kamberi and Hagi took all the super opportunities to score in the first half, but the Rangers remained composed after the break and the former

Liverpool star Kent collected the reward.

Gerrard added: “Worried about missed opportunities? When you have such moments, you will always think of going halfway.

“But the game came out exactly as we thought in terms of Braga playing five and moving the ball very quickly.

“What I was really happy with was that we were carrying a threat when the ball was shot. I was still confident that more opportunities would come.

“Braga beat Porto in a cup final, beat Sporting Lisbon, Benfica and Wolves. They are a high class opposition and we have beaten them twice in a week. “

Gerrard’s mind is already fixed on the complicated Scottish Cup tie at Tynecastle on Saturday night.

He said: “The most important thing now is that we have to back up this performance and go to Hearts and qualify for another competition. This is the priority. “

— Read on www.newsarchyuk.com/steven-gerrard-challenges-ryan-kent-rangers-as-he-locates-his-unknown-braga-hero/

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Vistry plans 100 job cuts in post-merger rationalisation

Vistry plans 100 job cuts in post-merger rationalisation

Operations have already been simplified from 17 regional business units to 13, with most of the approximately 100 planned cuts foreseen by the central services.

Announcing a 12% increase in pre-tax profit to £ 188 million last year, CEO Greg Fitzgerald said that the integration of Bovis, Linden Homes and Galliford Partnerships’ business was already well advanced.

Earnings growth occurred against the backdrop of downward pressure on house prices in the second half of 2019.

This was partially mitigated by the combination of group building cost savings initiatives and the lack of cost inflation.

During 2019, construction costs decreased by 2% per square foot, driven by cost base reductions and specification changes.

After the £ 1 billion merger, Galliford Try aims to achieve £ 35 million savings by 2021.

At least £ 15 million is expected from savings on purchases and optimization of specifications in its three ranges of homes: the Phoenix Collection, the Linden Collection and the Partnership homes.

Fitzgerald said that the extended group is also making good progress in renegotiating supply contracts.

He added that Galliford Try Partnerships, which is the least affected by the integration process, will grow strongly in 2020, targeting 6,000 homes per year and an operating margin of over 10% from revenues of at least £ 1 billion.

Vistry Partnerships aims to accelerate revenue growth through enhanced land-driven development with higher margins.

This year, Vistry Partnerships entered into a £ 95 million development with the residential association, Citizen Housing Group, for the delivery of 360 homes to the former Lea Castle hospital site in Kidderminster.

In London, Vistry Partnerships has entered into a contract with Red Door Ventures, a newly established subsidiary of the Newham Council for the delivery of rental homes in Plaistow.

This £ 63m program will provide 182 homes and associated business units and expand the group’s track record in delivering houses to build to private rental and rental sectors.

— Read on www.newsarchyuk.com/vistry-plans-100-job-cuts-in-post-merger-rationalization/

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Brits are still deeply divided over artificial intelligence, survey suggests

Brits are still deeply divided over artificial intelligence, survey suggests

How do you feel about artificial intelligence?

Artificial intelligence (AI) is seeping its way into the likes of finance, medicine and retail but many of us still aren’t sure how we feel about it.

More than a fifth of Britons would trust AI to better handle political negotiations – including Brexit – over human politicians, according to a new survey.

The poll of 2,000 people in the UK also found nearly a third would follow financial advice given to them by AI and 22% said they would trust an AI program over politicians.

However, the research, carried out by AI firm Foundtech.ai, also found that 32% of those asked saying they consider AI to be a danger to society.

More than half (57%) also said they were concerned it would steal more human jobs than it would create. But 28% of those asked said they would trust it to provide in-home care for an elderly relative, while 16% said they would trust it to make a ruling in a court of law.

Nikolas Kairinos, chief executive of Fountech.ai said: ‘These results are somewhat conflicting.

‘On the one hand, consumers appear willing to trust the ruthless rationality and efficiency of AI when it comes to certain tasks. However, the fear of AI ‘taking over’ remains rife.

‘There is still an evident knowledge gap surrounding AI. After all, the majority of consumers assume how AI is represented in films and television series is accurate.’

‘AI will inevitably change the world as we know it, but it will not be in the threatening way that so many people currently assume. In reality, AI is a useful tool that offers countless benefits to humans. We must remember that AI’s full potential can only be achieved in collaboration with humans.

‘That’s why I’m optimistic that by entering into a partnership, humans and AI will be able to move forward and forge a productive partnership.’

Earlier this month, a report by The Committee on Standards in Public Life said greater transparency was needed around AI and its potential use in the public sector in order to gain the trust of the public and reassure them over its use.

It called for the Government and regulators to establish a set of ethical principles about the use of AI and make its guidance easier to use.

— Read on metro.co.uk/2020/02/27/brits-still-deeply-divided-artificial-intelligence-survey-suggests-12312970/

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Pep Guardiola has most Champions League knockout wins as a manager as he overtakes Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho

Pep Guardiola has most Champions League knockout wins as a manager as he overtakes Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho

PEP GUARDIOLA became the most successful manager in the history of the Champions League knockout stages thanks to Manchester City’s win over Real Madrid.

The victory was his 28th in the latter rounds of the competition, meaning he moves out in front on his own.

Pep Guardiola moved in front of Sir Alex Ferguson, Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti on 28 Champions League knockout wins

Going into the game, he was tied on 27 with Sir Alex Ferguson, Carlo Ancelotti and Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho squandered the chance to take the lead when his Spurs side lost 1-0 at home to RB Leipzig last week.

With Ferguson retired and Ancelotti’s Everton not in the tournament, Guardiola took full advantage to take the lead.

Sir Alex still boasts the most matches managed in the Champions League (190) and most wins (114) in the history of the European Cup and Champions League.

Ancelotti, meanwhile, is level with Bob Paisley and Zinedine Zidane with three winner’s medals, while Guardiola remains the youngest coach to lift the Big Ears trophy at 38 years and 129 days in 2009.

Pep – who won the tournament for a second time with Barcelona in 2011 – also became the most successful manager against Real Madrid in the 21st century.

Wednesday’s win was his tenth win over Los Blancos in all competitions, moving his ahead of Ernesto Valverde and Diego Simeone.

Guardiola joined Ottmar Hitzfeld as only the second manager to win two Champions League away games at Real Madrid and the first to do so with two different clubs.

And it took the Spaniard’s tally to a total of six away wins at the Bernabeu, the most of any away manager.

— Read on www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/11051855/pep-guardiola-most-champions-league-knockout-wins-manager/

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Real Madrid 1-2 Man City: How Pep Guardiola’s plan clinched landmark Champions League win – BBC Sport

Real Madrid 1-2 Man City: How Pep Guardiola’s plan clinched landmark Champions League win – BBC Sport
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Walmart in discussions to sell their stake in Asda

Walmart in discussions to sell the stake in Asda

Walmart says it could sell a majority stake in Asda, its UK supermarket, after “incoming interest” in the idea.

The US retail giant said it spoke to a “small number of stakeholders” about a possible investment.

It comes after UK regulators blocked Walmart’s plan to merge Asda with Sainsbury last year for fear that it would raise prices for consumers.

Walmart said it would likely keep a stake in Asda if the plan goes ahead.

“No decisions have been made and we will not comment on these discussions further,” he said.

“If or when we decide to pursue this opportunity further, our first priority will be to share more detailed information with our colleagues.”

Walmart purchased Yorkshire-based Asda in 1999. The company is among the top three UK supermarkets, with an estimated 15% of the market.

However, in recent years, it has seen competition from low-priced German competitors such as Aldi and Lidl increase.

“Clear strategy”

After regulators blocked the Sainsbury merger, Walmart said it was considering a stock exchange listing for Asda.

On Wednesday, the company said it remained “an attractive long-term goal”.

“Asda is a large company with a clear strategy for the future and Walmart is committed to ensuring that it has the resources and support it needs to accomplish this strategy,” Walmart said in a statement.

Walmart has reviewed its international strategy in recent years, downsizing its business in countries such as Brazil and collaborating with local companies in the markets in which it sees growth.

In 2018, it acquired a majority stake in the Indian online retailer, Flipkart. He also has collaborations with the Chinese JD.com and the Japanese Rakuten.

“Walmart has a clear international strategy around” strong local businesses, powered by Walmart “, which involves a number of different proprietary agreements, depending on the needs of its different markets,” said the company.

A potential third-party investment in Asda would be intended to “support and accelerate the implementation of Asda’s strategy and position Asda for long-term success,” he said.

John Colley, associate dean of Warwick Business School, said: “Having put all their hopes into a merger with Sainsbury’s, Asda’s bosses struggled to find a plan B for the company.

“The company is clearly not desired by Walmart, which is faced with greater challenges such as Amazon’s threat.”

He said that a flotation had “always seemed unlikely”, but the idea suggested that Walmart had “struggled to find potential buyers at a price he found attractive”.

— Read on www.newsarchyuk.com/walmart-in-discussions-to-sell-the-stake-in-asda/

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Alexandre Lacazette: the forward will not push to leave if Arsenal fails to reach the Champions League

Alexandre Lacazette: the forward will not push to leave if Arsenal fails to reach the Champions League

Alexandre Lacazette has scored 33 Premier League goals in 86 appearances for Arsenal since arriving from Lyon in 2017

Alexandre Lacazette will not push to leave Arsenal if they do not qualify for the next Champions League season.

When asked if his contract had a safeguard clause for such a scenario, the France striker said he didn’t know.

“I have a contract with the club, so I don’t make sense to leave,” he said. “Everyone is happy with me at the club.”

Lacazette, 28, joined Lyon’s Arsenal in 2017 and has never played in the Champions League for the Gunners.

Arsenal are ninth in the Premier League, seven points behind Chelsea in fourth.

They could also qualify for the next Champions League if they win the Europa League, and take the lead 1-0 in Thursday night’s home game with Olympiakos at the Emirates Stadium thanks to the Lacazette winner in Greece.

Lacazette has only scored twice in ten appearances with new manager Mikel Arteta and has been a substitute in the last two league games.

“Many people can talk,” said Lacazette, whose current contract expires in 2022. “There’s always something to say, so I don’t really think about it.

“If the manager, the coach, my teammates are happy with me, that’s the most important thing.”

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World of Cruising Magazine – Inside the luxurious Butler Service Suites on Britannia by P&O Cruises

World of Cruising Magazine – Inside the luxurious Butler Service Suites on Britannia by P&O Cruises

Brit can be loved by British cruisers, but P&O Cruises has not always been synonymous with luxury. Today, however, it offers some opulence on board.

The P&O Cruises ship Britannia recently embarked on its 2019/20 winter season in the Caribbean, refreshed and better than ever after emerging from its first refurbishment.

Britannia suites feature contemporary and original works of art

The British ship has always dominated the waves in the Caribbean and Mediterranean, and it’s a real treat to stay in – especially if you book one of the 74 butler service suites, designed for those guests who want to travel in style.

All suites offer a large living room, a superior quality bathroom and a large private balcony with sun beds, chairs and table, perfect for admiring glorious views.

For those of you who are inclined to pack the kitchen sink while traveling, there is also a useful walk-in closet and a hairdryer, in case guests forget to pack.

The bathrooms boast a whirlpool tub, ideal for diving after a long day of shore excursions, as well as a shower, a luxurious premier package, bathrobe and slippers.

The suites are spacious and have a separate seating area.

There are original works of art on the walls – all commissioned by British artists, of course – and since it is a proudly British ship, you will find adequate tea and coffee making facilities in your suite.

Did you make friends on board? Entertain them in your living room or order room service for an elegant private dinner.

What we love

Every day fresh fruit and canapés, free binoculars, exclusive access to breakfast in the Epicurean restaurant, priority cards, a large balcony with sun loungers and deck chairs.

Enjoy a long and luxurious bathroom in the marble-tiled bathroom

You will also receive …

Double bed, desk, large TV, ample storage space, separate wardrobe, marble bathroom with White Company products, whirlpool bath, butler service, champagne and chocolates on arrival.

Fantasy of being in a Britannia suite? Visit pocruises.com for more information and reservations.

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Celtic reportedly back proposal for Champions League reform – #Championsleague

CELTIC have given their backing to a new proposal that would require fewer matches to qualify for the group stages of the Champions League, according to reports.

The “Copenhagen Access Model” – named after the Danish club who have submitted the plan – would still see the top four leagues of England, Spain, Germany and Italy retain their four places in Europe’s top club competition, but would likely strip some clubs of a guaranteed place in the group stage.

Under the proposed format, as reported by The Athletic, all 79 clubs that have qualified from the tournament would be ranked in an “entry list” based on European results over the previous 10 years, with the top 20 qualifying directly for the 32-team group stage.

The following 12 clubs would enter in the play-off round, the next dozen in the third qualifying round, the next 13 in the second and the remaining 22 would enter at the first round of qualifiers.

Celtic have reportedly shown their support to the revised model alongside Dutch champions Ajax, who reached the semi-finals last season.

Had the suggested shake-up to the format been implemented this season, Neil Lennon’s side would have entered the qualification process at the third round – the same point where they were knocked out by Cluj earlier in the campaign.

In such a scenario, five clubs who had to compete in the play-off round – Ajax, Dynamo Kiev, Olympiakos, Porto and PSV Eindhoven – would have been guaranteed a group-stage berth. Of the quintet, only Ajax and Olympiakos qualified for the Champions League proper.

— Read on www.heraldscotland.com/sport/18261033.celtic-reportedly-back-proposal-champions-league-reform/

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Chelsea XI vs Bayern Munich: Confirmed team news, predicted lineup and latest injuries |

Chelsea XI vs Bayern Munich: Confirmed team news, predicted lineup and latest injuries | Chelsea boss Frank Lampardwill be without N’Golo Kante for their Champions League last-16 first leg clash against Bayern Munich this evening.

The French midfielder suffered an adductor injury early in the 2-0 defeat against Manchester United and the 28-year-old has been ruled out of action for three weeks.

— Read on www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/chelsea-xi-vs-bayern-munich-confirmed-teams-predicted-lineup-latest-injuries-a4371301.html?amp

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Cardiff City v Nottingham Forest

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Cardiff City will be without midfielder Lee Tomlin when they welcome Nottingham Forest in the Championship on Tuesday.

Tomlin missed their defeat by Stoke City on Saturday due to a knee injury that he picked up in training and is now out for at least six weeks.

Nottingham Forest have fitness concerns over top scorer Lewis Grabban and midfielders Samba Sow and Sammy Ameobi.

Grabban and Sow have knee injuries and Ameobi has a hip problem, while striker Nuna Da Costa (groin) is out.

Match facts

Cardiff City have won nine of their previous 10 league matches against Nottingham Forest, drawing the other in December 2015.
Nottingham Forest have won one of their past 11 away league visits to Cardiff (W1 D3 L7), a 2-0 victory in November 2010.
Despite drawing five of their previous six home matches (W1), Cardiff have lost fewer home games than any other Championship side on home soil this season (W8 D7 L1), a 0-1 defeat by Bristol City in November.
In the 13 Championship games this season when Nottingham Forest have had the larger share of possession, they have managed just one victory (7.7% – D5 L7), compared to winning 14 of the other 21 matches in which the Reds have surrendered the higher share to their opponents (66.7% – D6 L1).
Nottingham Forest have lost on seven on their previous 10 trips to Welsh sides in all competitions (W1 D2), though following their victory at Swansea in September, the Reds are looking to win back-to-back games in Wales for the first time since November 2010 (1-0 v Swansea, 2-0 v Cardiff).
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Toby Booth appointed new head coach at the Ospreys

The Ospreys have appointed Toby Booth as their new head coach on a three-year contract.

Booth enjoyed four successful seasons as head coach of London Irish before coaching at both Bath and Harlequins respectively. The 50-year-old comes to the Ospreys with a reputation as a deep rugby thinker, good communicator and as a charismatic coach who has a reputation for player and coach development.

“When the opportunity was presented to join such an iconic Welsh team, based in an area that has a deep passion for the game, it made it an extremely attractive proposition,” said Booth.

“The Ospreys is a side full of rich talent and international experience. It is an ambitious group and has good potential to improve.

“Having developed players throughout my career, I look forward to adding value to this squad of players and developing their performances on the pitch. This rich rugby region has always produced young talent.

“The ability to help players reach their potential was a contributing factor in wanting this role.  A team that has high numbers of home-grown talent is exciting for coaches and supporters.

“It helps achieve greater levels of consistency in effort as they are emotionally connected to the team.”  A common theme throughout his career has been player development.

Over his 15 years coaching, Booth has helped produce over 20 international players. Many of which have been home-grown from the club’s Academy. He has a degree in Sports Science and is accredited in Coaching Mind-set and Performance Profiling.

“We are pleased to announce Toby Booth as the Head Coach of the Ospreys,” said Ospreys Performance Director Mike Ruddock. “Toby is a vastly experienced coach who has proven himself over many years in the English Premiership with London Irish, Bath and Harlequins.

“He is an excellent communicator and an innovative coach. His track record of developing a high performance rugby programme impressed the interview panel and the senior players that met with him during the recruitment process.

“There were a number of outstanding candidates on our short list however Toby’s ability to outline his impressive coaching philosophy and his rugby specific knowledge marked him out as a stand out coach. The Ospreys Board would like to thank the WRU for their involvement and support for our recruitment process and we look forward to Toby taking charge next season.”

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Josh Adams will see no more Six Nations 2020 action following Saturdays Ankle Injury 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🏉📰

Josh Adams will play no further part in the 2020 Guinness Six Nations following an ankle injury sustained in the 3rd round narrow defeat against France.

The in form Welsh Rugby and Blues winger is likely to be out for up to 3 months.

He is due to have surgery this week and it is envisaged that he could return in 12 weeks for the latter stages of the Guinness PRO14.​

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How Wales Could Still Win The Six Nations – as per Wales Online…

According to a recent Article on Wales Online – Here how Wales could still Win the Six Nations title in 2020, although it’s a bit unlikely…

Wales v England

The first thing Wales need to do is win their remaining games, preferably with maximum points, starting with England at Twickenham.

Yes, it’s a tough ask, but this is England v Wales. Anything could happen, Pivac’s attacking game-plan might click and Wales run in four tries for a bonus point in a thrilling clash with England not getting anything.

They would, of course, need other results to then go their way too.

Scotland v France

That means Scotland to triumph over France at Murrayfield. Yes, some might view that as a little unlikely we accept, but if Gregor Townsend’s men click anything can happen.

Italy v Ireland

The other result Wales need would be more seismic, Italy beating Ireland.

On the surface that may look nigh on impossible, but Italy troubled France in Paris, are desperate to end their losing streak in the Six Nations and won’t travel without hope.

Also, this is an Ireland team who have been heavily criticised by former players, the media and the public on the Emerald Isle with calls for wholesale changes, in Dublin. Conor Murray and skipper Johnny Sexton, key figures for so many years, are under fire.

The pressure is on.

Sport is a funny game. If Ireland get a player sent off early on, or a couple in the bin, who knows?

Buster Douglas, Wimbledon FA Cup final v Liverpool, Leicester winning the Premier League… sporting shocks do happen.

Such a sequence of results would mean France remaining on 13 points, and England and Ireland on nine.

The big movers would be Wales with a maximum points haul in a smash and grab raid on their neighbours taking them to 11, just two points behind the French.

Scotland could be on the same number, or a point behind, if they beat France without securing a bonus.

That would leave a situation of their top five being covered by just four points, each retaining hopes of the title, and setting up a truly Super Saturday.

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Wales v Scotland

Again, Wales have to take care of their own business. They are first up, at home to Scotland, and can pile the pressure on the other teams with a bonus point victory which would take them to 16 points.

Wales have the wood over the Scots in Cardiff, so a bonus point haul from this one is certainly not unfeasible.

Italy v England

England could only get 14 points if, as expected, they run up four tries and beat Italy.

That match is due to take place in Rome but emergency measures taken by the Italian government to combat the outbreak of the coronavirus in the country have already caused sports events to to postponed or cancelled and could put it in doubt.

There is also a question-mark over Ireland’s previous round fixture with the Azzurri, with the Irish government monitoring the situation. It hasn’t ruled out postponing the fixture.

France v Ireland

An Irish triumph, with a bonus point, could only take them to a maximum of 14 points.

France could still finish on 16 points if that match finished in a draw and they scored four tries to pick up a bonus point.

But if they lose, the title would be Wales’.

Wales could even still win the title if they fail to pick up a bonus point in one of the games against England or Scotland and finish the Championship with 15 points.

That would be enough for them to finish above England and Ireland with only France able to match or better it through one or two draws, or losing bonus points.

Wales could even still win the title if they fail to pick up a bonus point in one of the games against England or Scotland and finish the Championship with 15 points.


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Deontay Wilder blames Tyson Fury defeat on ring walk COSTUME as he triggers rematch clause

Deontay Wilder blames Tyson Fury defeat on ring walk COSTUME as he triggers rematch clause.

  • Deontay Wilder lost his WBC heavyweight title to Tyson Fury on Saturday night
  • American was outclassed with his team throwing in the towel in round seven
  • He claims his 45-pound ring walk outfit played a significant role in the defeat
  • The former champion has also activated his rematch clause for a summer trilogy 

Deontay Wilder has laughably claimed the weight of his ring walk costume played a big role in his defeat by Tyson Fury – as he confirmed he will be triggering his rematch clause.

The American wore a black and red armoured body suit with a matching mask and crown as he made his way to the squared circle for his second bout with Fury at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

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Gary Neville: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is world class | Football News

Gary Neville: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is world class | Football News

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang deserves to be considered world class, according to Gary Neville – with the Sky Sports pundit admitting he is among the doubters who have been won over by the Arsenal striker.

Aubameyang’s double against Everton in the Gunners’ 3-2 victory over Everton propelled the 30-year-old joint-top of the Premier League goalscoring charts with Mikel Arteta afterwards hailing his captain as “our most important player.”

— Read on www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.skysports.com/amp/football/news/30965/11942019/gary-neville-pierre-emerick-aubameyang-is-world-class

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