Liverpool goalkeeper Mignolet: I don’t want to do this; it’s mentally difficultby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet admits playing second fiddle to Alisson Becker this season has been tough.Mignolet is due to start in tonight’s FA Cup tie with Wolves.”Of course it isn’t easy. I’ve spoken about it before – it’s not something that you want to be doing, but the team is doing so well and you just try to help the team as best as you can,” Mignolet told Liverpoolfc.com.“I’m behind Alisson, who is a really good goalkeeper – probably within the best five goalkeepers in the world, if not the best – and you can accept and understand it.“We try to work hard and we get along really well as well, the both of us. I can learn from him, he can learn from me and we just try to work as hard as we can.“Not only between the goalkeepers, but I also know that I have to be ready for if anything happens or the team needs me, and therefore I have to be working hard on a daily basis for when the chance comes along or I get called upon. “It’s not easy, mentally especially, but I try to keep the focus as best as I can. That’s the only thing I can do really.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
CLEMSON, SC – OCTOBER 3: A general view of the Clemson flag during the Tigerwalk prior to the game between the at Clemson Memorial Stadium on October 3, 2015 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Tyler Smith/Getty Images)Clemson meets Auburn for their season opener on Sept. 3, and this new Clemson hype-video makes clear that the Tigers are coming out strong.Created by Tigers fan Son of Clemson, “Sound The Alarm” sets the stage with dramatic music from the the Star Wars:Rogue One trailer, emphasizing the great anticipating and expectations of the 2016 football season. Will the Tigers be as powerful as the science fiction characters? Check out this Clemson hype-video, and decide for yourself.You can watch the hype-video below:The Tigers went 14–1 and 8–0 in ACC games in 2015, winning the 2015 ACC Championship Game against the North Carolina Tar Heels, 45–37. The 2015 season marked their first undefeated regular season since winning the national title in 1981.After defeating the Oklahoma Sooners in the Orange Bowl, No. 1 Clemson lost to No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2016 national championship, 45–40. Both Clemson and Alabama finished the season 14–1. Will the Tigers get revenge in 2016?
VANCOUVER – Teck Resources Ltd. (TSX:TECK.B) saw its third-quarter profit more than double compared with a year ago, boosted by its steelmaking coal business.The mining company says it earned $600 million attributable to shareholders or $1.02 per diluted share for the quarter ended Sept. 30.That compared with a profit of $234 million or 40 cents per diluted share in the same quarter last year.Revenue grew to $3.13 billion, up from $2.31 billion a year ago.Teck says its steelmaking coal business was helped by strong operational performance and substantially higher prices and increased sales volumes, partly offset by higher costs.It also says it benefited from higher copper, zinc and lead prices, partly offset by the strengthening loonie and copper sales volumes lagging production levels due to timing of vessel loadings.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Retailers worked hard to attract shoppers to stores on Black Friday, offering in-person deals meant to counter the ease of shopping by phone on Amazon.A better economy and colder weather helped, to be sure. But stores have also tried to improve the store experience and offer better service. They’ve also made a big push toward offering store pickup for online orders, hoping to get people to pick up more items. But they’re fighting a circumstance in which online leader Amazon is the first and only stop for many shoppers.So they’re getting creative with the deals.Victor Moore said he arrived about two hours ahead of Best Buy’s 8 a.m. opening in Nashville and scored one of the about 14 “doorbuster” deals on a 55-inch Toshiba smart TV for $280, a $220 savings. Moore said he’s done some online shopping, but the allure of in-store-only deals drew him out from behind the computer.“This is the first successful doorbuster that I’ve ever been a part of,” Moore said. “I’ve been in lines before, but never actually got the items that I was waiting for.”Annette Peluffo usually avoids Black Friday and buys online. But a $250 gift card reward for buying an iPhone 8 plus at a Target store in Miami was hard to resist. She plans to use the money to buy toys for her nephews and nieces in the coming weeks. “I just came here for the iPhone. I am not going to any other store,” she said.Still, Black Friday isn’t what it used to be. It has morphed from a single day when people got up early to score doorbusters into a whole month of deals. That has thinned out the crowds. And brick-and-mortar stores face plenty of challenges.With the jobless rate at a 17-year-low of 4.1 per cent and consumer confidence stronger than a year ago, analysts project healthy sales increases for November and December. The National Retail Federation trade group expects sales for that period to at least match last year’s rise of 3.6 per cent and estimates online spending and other non-store sales will rise 11 to 15 per cent.But analysts at Bain say Amazon is expected to take half of the holiday season’s sales growth.Amazon said Friday that Thanksgiving continued to be one of its busiest shopping days, with orders through its app up over 50 per cent from a year ago. Overall, online sales on Black Friday rose 18. 4 per cent to $640 million, from a year ago, as of Friday morning, says Adobe Analytics. Thanksgiving generated a total of $2.87 billion in online spending, up 18.3 per cent from a year ago, the data firm said.About 69 per cent of Americans, or 164 million people, intend to shop at some point during the five-day period from Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday, according to a survey released by the NRF. It expected Black Friday to remain the busiest day, with about 115 million people planning to shop then.“The consumer still likes to go to the stores,” said Charles O’Shea, Moody’s lead retail analyst. “I’ve seen a lot of traffic. Yes. There’s going to be a lot of online shopping. But I think the brick and mortar stores have done a nice job so far in attracting shoppers.”That’s true of Karre Wagner, a 20-year-old University of Minnesota student from St. Paul, Minnesota, who was shopping at Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, with her boyfriend. She bought a Blue-Ray player at the mall’s Best Buy store. She says she started holiday shopping on Black Friday, but she likes to go to the mall to shop.“I like to see what I’m buying. I like to touch it, feel it, know exactly what I’m getting and part of it is the experience,” she said. “I mean, sitting online is fine, but there’s just something about starting the holiday season with Black Friday.”The shift to online buying is a major factor as industry analysts watch how the nation’s malls fare this holiday shopping season. The Mall of America in Minnesota says that 2,500 people were in line at the 5 a.m. opening Friday, in line with a year ago. Shoppers started queuing up as early as 5:45 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Jill Renslow, Mall of America’s executive vice-president of business development, said stores like Nordstrom, Macy’s and Best Buy were crowded. She said the items that caught shoppers’ attention included were voice-activated devices like Amazon Echo, nostalgic toys, clothing and shoes.Macy’s CEO Jeff Gennette said customer counts are higher and business was better in the North and Northeast even with fewer promotions from a year ago.But much depends on whether people are buying or just looking, and if they’re buying things that aren’t on sale as well.Chuck Boyd said he and his son arrived at 4 a.m. as one of the first five or six in line at Best Buy in Nashville to get one each of about 14 “doorbuster” deals on a 55-inch Toshiba smart TV for $280, a $220 savings. Boyd said he never goes out for Black Friday deals and prefers online shopping. But his son wanted a TV for his apartment at school, so Boyd came along to get one too.“I’d much rather do online,” Boyd said. “But this was the deal you could only do in the store.”____Associated Press reporters Adriana Gomez Licon in Miami, Jonathan Mattise in Nashville and Jeff Baenen in Minneapolis contributed to this report.___Follow Anne D’Innocenzio at http://www.Twitter.com/adinnocenzio
OTTAWA, ONT – Stricter Laws are now in effect for alcohol-impaired driving offences in Canada.With Bill C-46 being passed in June and taking effect on December 19th, 2018, these new changes include stricter penalties for impaired drivers and police officers now have the authority to demand breathalyzer tests from any driver they pull over. ‘A reasonable suspicion of impaired’ is no longer required for officers to ask for a breath sample. Drivers that refuse to take a breathalyzer test can be charged.Maximum penalties for many alcohol-impaired driving offences have increased in their monetary penalties and required prison terms. Mandatory minimum fines used to be;$1,000 for the first offence30 days imprisonment for the second offence120 days in jail for a third offence.Penalties now are;First offence, with a blood alcohol content of 80-119 mg – mandatory min. $1,000 fineFirst offence, with a blood alcohol content of 120-159 mg – mandatory min. $1,500 fineFirst offence, with a blood alcohol content of 160 mg or more – mandatory min. $2,500 fineFirst offence, but refuse to be tested – mandatory min. $2,000 fineSecond offence – mandatory min. 30 days imprisonmentThird or more offence – mandatory min. 120 days imprisonmentMaximum penalties for impaired driving causing no bodily harm or death – summary conviction carries two years less a-day imprisonment, indictment carries 10 years imprisonmentMaximum penalties for impaired driving causing bodily harm – Summary conviction for less severe injuries carries two years less a-day imprisonment, indictment carries 14 years imprisonmentMaximum penalty impaired driving causing death – life imprisonmentMothers Against Drunk Driving has welcomed the change and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association has expressed concern that racial minorities will be disproportionately affected.
The International League leading Columbus Clippers split a pair of seven inning games with the visiting Lehigh Valley IronPigs on Sunday in what turned out to be two very different contests. Columbus’ David Huff took his previously unblemished record to the mound in the first game of the afternoon, but the IronPigs were swinging hot bats from the start. Five of the first six Lehigh Valley batters reached base safely, including a run scoring single from Ronnie Belliard and a run scoring ground-rule double by Josh Barfield to build a 2-0 advantage before the Clippers even stepped to the plate. And that would be all the help IronPigs’ starter Eddie Bonine would need. “I think the first game you’ve got to give credit to their starter, Bonine,” said Clippers manager Mike Sarbaugh. “I think it’s not so much about what we didn’t do, it was more about what he did.” What he did was go five innings on the hill giving up just one run on five hits before making way for his bullpen to close out the game perfectly with two innings of no hit baseball. The IronPigs offense added a run in both the third and fourth innings to secure the 4-1 victory. Huff dropped his first game of the season falling to 3-1 with Bonine improving to 3-3. The afternoon’s second contest saw plenty of early offense once again, however, this time it was the home squad doing the damage from the batter’s box. “I thought it was key the way we came out in game two, especially after struggling a little bit offensively in game one,” Sarbaugh said. The Clippers got on the board in the first thanks to a Cord Phelps run scoring double before a power surge ensued over the next two innings. Jerad Head and Luke Carlin belted home runs of the solo and two-run variety respectively in the bottom of the second before Wes Hodges and Phelps added three and two run blasts of their own in the third. Second baseman Jason Kipnis and first basemen Hodges led the way offensively for the Clippers with three hits apiece and combined for five runs batted in between them. Kipnis credited the team’s boost in production from game one to two to their change in mindset. “I think everyone started to loosen up on the day and it kind of clicked in that we had to go back to our approaches,” he said. “We just had to step back, look at our pitch selection that we were swinging at and I think once guys started to do that you started to see better at bats, harder contact and more runs scored.” That they did. The Clippers ran IronPigs’ starter Brian Bass from the mound after just two innings in which they tagged him for eight earned runs on nine hits. After the Clippers cooled off, the IronPigs took a run at the 10-0 Columbus lead with two runs in the fourth, three runs in the fifth and one in the sixth, but ultimately fell short as the Clippers took game two by a score of 12-6. Scott Barnes got the job done on the mound for Columbus giving up 5 runs on 7 hits in 5 innings of work to earn his second victory of the year. “He ran into a little bit of trouble in some innings where he wasn’t getting ahead of hitters,” Sarbaugh said of Barnes’ performance. “It was a good game for him and I think it is definitely something he can build off of…there were a lot of positives from Scott today.” With the split of the doubleheader, the Clippers move to 23-7 on the year and Lehigh Valley is now 16-14. The two squads split the four game series with two wins a piece. The Clippers will return to action on Monday night as they welcome the Charlotte Knights to town for a 6:35 p.m. first pitch.
Rangers Football Club manager Steven Gerrard has criticized West Brom manager Darren Moore for his public praise of James Tavernier.Gerrard insists he wants Tavernier to remain at the Ibrox despite a late interest in his services for Sky Bet Championship side West Brom.The defender was the subject of a transfer bid from West Brom earlier this week but the Scottish side have rejected the offer after club manager Steven Gerrard had a chat with the player.Tavernier was named as Rangers captain by Gerrard upon his appointment as new head coach back in June and his performance against Maribor in the first-leg of their UEFA Europa League qualifier proves the decision was the right one.“James was fantastic for us tonight,” Gerrard said, according to Daily Record.Owen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“Good players get attention from other clubs all the time but I didn’t like the attention he got from Darren Moore 24 hours before a huge game for us.”“I spoke to him (Moore) about it. James knows how I feel about his footballing abilities. It was a big decision to make him club captain and I know how much he relishes the opportunity.”“I want him to stay here with us for as long as I’m here.”Gers were without Declan John and Josh Windass for the game against Maribor after both players joined Swansea and Wigan Athletic respectively.Rangers take a 3-1 advantage into the second-leg next week with the club knowing a draw would see them advance to the next stage.
The Liverpool goalkeeper is being pressured to be the perfect footballer after his £66.8 million transfer from Roma in the summerAfter Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Juventus, the transfer of Alisson Becker from Roma to Liverpool was the biggest of the summer transfer window.The Brazilian goalkeeper moved to the English Premier League for £66.8 million.And now he’s working on being the perfect player everybody is expecting.“I came here for a high price and some people expect to me to be perfect,” said Alisson to the BBC.Neymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.“It is not easy but I’m trying. I’m working to be better.”“It is really early to say if I’m satisfied with how I’m playing but I’m working to be perfect,” he added.“I am really happy with my move to the Premier League. I’m working really hard to help Liverpool to achieve their goals.”“The Premier League has great intensity, you have to be really focused all the time,” he explained.“One thing that is important here is the concentration and focus. They are asking me to be really mentally strong.”
Newcastle United left-back Paul Dummett was gutted to concede a late goal at Watford in their 1-1 draw but says he’s optimistic of facing United in the next game.Newcastle United were well on their way to their third away victory in the Premier League this season after Rondon Salomon gave them the lead in the 29th minute.But eight minutes from time, substitute Abdoulaye Doucouré scored to salvage a point for Watford.The Magpies face Manchester United next on Wednesday, and Dummett fancies their chances against the Red Devils as they look to put the disappointment of the Watford game behind them.“After leading for so much of the game, working hard as a team and defending well, for them to score in the 82nd minute is really disappointing,” Dummett told nufc.co.uk.“The manager said before that every game is a cup final – we wanted three points, but every point we take is another point on the board.“They had a lot of the ball in the first half before we scored our goal. They had a lot of possession in the second half, as well, but they didn’t really cause us much of a threat until their man got free in the box and they scored.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“It’s disappointing not to hold out and pick up the three points, but we have to be positive and move on to the next game.“Last season, we beat Manchester United and went on a bit of a run after that, and hopefully we can achieve the same as that this season.“They’ve got a new manager and they’ve won a few games, so their confidence will be high coming to play against us.“But, I think Manchester United have always found it hard playing at St. James’ Park against us.“We’ll be doing our best to try and take points off them – hopefully three – and hopefully kick on the same as we did last season.”