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Return of the Giants

first_imgA closeup of a leaf on a potentially blight-resistant American chestnut hybrid showing the leaf’s distinctive canoe shape and curved teeth. Photo Courtesy of The American Chestnut Foundation.  Scientists are Restoring Appalachia’s Most Important Tree: The Chestnut.  A wild landscape repopulated with cultivated or genetically engineered versions of these species would necessarily be less wild. But if scientists and the public accept this as the price of revival it means the Foundation is not just fighting for American chestnuts but creating a model to fight for American forests. The idea: Cross Chinese-American hybrids with successive generations of American chestnuts that still grow wild and that, though doomed to die of blight, sometimes live long enough to produce nuts. Repeatedly crossing these trees with one another should concentrate resistance, Burnham said, producing a new perfect tree for a permanently infected landscape. The blight—accidentally imported in Asian chestnut trees—was first identified in a New York City park in 1904, and its devastation of southern forests coincided with the economic collapse of the Great Depression. It’s a devotion inspired by the magnificence of the chestnut—so numerous, productive and beautiful that it was sometimes called the “perfect tree”—and by the tragedy of its destruction. “The chestnut has a great story,” Sisco said. Meanwhile, scientists are working on another controversial approach—the creation of a genetically modified American chestnut. The blight works by emitting an acid that kills chestnut tissue, making it easier for the fungus to consume. By borrowing a gene from wheat that neutralizes this acid, Powell and Maynard (who recently retired), have produced a pure-bred American tree as resistant as most Chinese chestnuts. Which is what drives Powell to expand his project’s reach to other species. “I’m trying to get a center set up for tree restoration,” he said, adding that establishing methods to fight other invasive pests, “is a very big deal to us.” But this sense of mission also comes from the knowledge that chestnuts are not alone. American forests, said Stacy Clark, a research forester with the U.S. Forest Service, “are under siege from invasive exotoics.” It sometimes seems, she added, that the most spectacular trees—Fraser firs, hemlocks, elms, ashes and dogwoods—are the most vulnerable. This has helped satisfy many critics who didn’t like the idea of introducing an engineered tree into forests, Powell said, including some members of the Foundation. It also may include researchers at the Forest Restoration Alliance, based in Waynesville, N.C., and modeled after the Chestnut Foundation. This group is seeking resistance to both the balsam wooly adelgid, an insect that wiped out historic stands of mature Fraser firs and continues to plague the Christmas tree industry, and the hemlock wooly adelgid, which has devastated that tree’s population through most of the East. Farm families earned much-needed cash gathering nuts for shipment to Eastern cities. They built cabins, coffins, fences and furniture from the tree’s straight-grained, rot-resistant wood. They worked for timber companies that realized so much profit from extracting the tree’s tannic acid that earnings from pulp and timber sales were gravy. The trees grew largest here—more than a dozen feet wide at the base and ten times that high—and most abundantly. In some swaths of forest, chestnuts accounted for one in every four mature hardwood. At six years old, it is already more than 20 feet tall, with a straight, stout trunk. The bark shows the merest ripple at the point where Sisco tested the tree by injecting it with Cryphonectria Parasitica, also known as chestnut blight. “It’s a very long-term project,” Sisco said. “There’s been some friendly competition with us over the years because we were going on two different tracks and they wanted to make sure their efforts weren’t wasted,” Powell said. “But now they are fully behind it.” “I’m blessed, or cursed, with a one-track mind,” he said, and he is encouraged by the recent successes in chestnut breeding. “After 33 years on this thing,” he said, “it makes me happy that I feel like I didn’t waste my life.” Select the most resistant specimens from each crossing. The result, he predicted, would be trees that look just like American chestnuts—that are just as tall and straight, just as loaded with flowers and nuts—yet are able to fight off blight like their distant Chinese ancestors. This gave Burnham stock to work with. He advocated a method of breeding called backcrossing that he had used with corn and that has been the driving strategy of the Foundation’s work since its founding in 1983. It’s a goal that Sisco, working with trees that are 15/16ths American chestnut, is now closing in on. So are scientists at the Foundation’s national research farm in Meadowview Va., and at orchards run by several of its state chapters, most notably Pennsylvania’s. “Pennsylvania is by far the farthest along,” Jarrett said. “Double whammy,” Jarrett said. Early restoration efforts ended after several decades of frustration and dwindling public support—but not before scientists developed a few promising strains by crossing American chestnuts with their Chinese counterparts, which are at least partly resistant because they evolved with the blight. And then another step: allowing this stock to produce the two or three billion chestnuts needed for it to reclaim its dominant place in Eastern forests. U.S. Forest Service has established 13 plots of 15/16ths American chestnuts in National Forests in the South. And though the point of this research is to test conditions for replanting, not to begin reforestation, the performance of these trees has been encouraging, said the Forest Service researcher Clark. In the oldest of these plots, planted in 2009, between 50 and 80 percent of the trees have escaped infection and the tallest are now nearly 40 feet tall. But another big step remains: producing enough highly resistant trees, with enough genetic diversity, that they can fill seed orchards and interbreed freely. The small mound of pollen that Paul Sisco pours from a pill vial comes from an American chestnut hybrid that he calls “my lucky tree,” “my trophy,” “my champion.” The Ozark chinquapin is a relative of the American chestnut, he said, and its restoration is “something we can almost immediately step into.” His team has also made progress on altering elms to resist Dutch elm disease. “We know how to get the gene in the elm,” he said. “All we have to do is pick the right gene.” In the fall, they carpeted the woods with starchy, protein-rich nuts that sustained wildlife, livestock and people. One elderly mountain resident told Freinkel that chestnut harvest season was the only time of the year he wasn’t hungry. So far, the Alliance has focused on building breeding stocks from naturally resistant specimens, said the group’s director, Fred Hain, a retired N.C. State University professor. But he has an open mind about genetic modification, he said. “I think it has more potential than just about any approach out there.” The hope is that the Hershey Kiss-shaped nuts produced by this crossing will grow into trees with even greater resistance than their parents, and that they will emerge as prime stock for the repopulation of chestnuts in Appalachian forests. It’s a goal Sisco has been pursuing for more than 20 years. Although they must still receive approval from three federal agencies, which is expected to take at least two years, they have prepared for the approval process with tests that have so far revealed no potential negative impacts to surrounding trees and no changes to the nuts and flowers. Even if researchers do not borrow his team’s methods, Powell said, they can follow the regulatory path that they have created. Chestnut blight, a misfortune throughout its range, was a calamity in the southern Appalachians, where the species was a keystone of the ecosystem, culture and economy, Susan Freinkel wrote in her 2007 book, American Chestnut: The Life, Death and Rebirth of the Perfect Tree. “The trees are performing very well in terms of height and survival,” Clark said. “If we can show we can save a single species at a time, and that species has a great impact, I think it leads to scientists studying other species seeing that there are feasible solutions out there,” said Ben Jarrett, the Foundation’s Southeast regional science coordinator. Powell said his work can also be applied to other vulnerable tree species. This includes a Forest Service scientist in Indiana who is working to develop a genetically modified ash tree with built-in resistance to the emerald ash borer, an invasive insect that has killed millions of trees in the eastern United States. Sisco, on the other hand, is focused strictly on the chestnut. The blight’s destruction of roughly 4 billion American chestnuts in the early 20th century has been called the country’s greatest ecological disaster. The breeding of Sisco’s star tree at an American Chestnut Foundation orchard south of Asheville may turn out to be a milestone in its reversal.last_img read more

Evra: Critics want us to fail

first_img The France full-back added: “In the seven years I have been here, it has always been the same. When you lose one game it is like the end of the world. If you don’t accept this pressure, you can’t play for Manchester United.” What irritates Evra more is that United’s critics prefer to ignore the positive aspects of their play. For instance, at the start of the season, when they were continually hauling themselves back from losing positions, few looked at the battling qualities shown, preferring instead to concentrate on their leaky defence. More recently, questions have been asked why the Red Devils have been so lacklustre, rather than focus on the 22 points collected from 27 since Gary Neville singled out David de Gea for criticism at Tottenham. Even after their Champions League exit to Real Madrid, the hangover from which still appears to be lingering, United have collected 10 points from five games. “It is right,” said Evra. “In the beginning of the season, Manchester United was not doing well, we always had to come back. “But we did keep winning. People forget we are a marathon team. The league is not a sprint. People just want to see us playing well in a big game against City, or Liverpool. “This is not the way to win a league. Of course you want to win against the big teams. But it is about how many games you win. I thought why are people talking. We are 12 or 15 points clear but they keep saying Manchester United this or that. If that is what they want to do, OK. But in the end, if we get to lift the trophy we will see who is right.” Patrice Evra accepts Manchester United will never get true recognition for their achievements because so many critics want them to fail. United are closing in on a record 20th league title which they can secure on Monday following Manchester City’s 3-1 defeat at Tottenham. Victory against Aston Villa at Old Trafford will also set them up for a four match run-in where maximum points would allow them to overhaul Chelsea’s record Premier League total of 95 points. Yet it seems destined to be a championship collected with caveats. For few think this is one of Sir Alex Ferguson’s best teams, let alone the finest since the league was changed in 1992. It is not something particularly understood within the Red Devils camp – but then Evra is not that bothered about it, saying: “People want to see Manchester United fall down.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Liverpool in Champions League action tonight

first_imgLiverpool will be determined to secure their place in the Champions League group stages, for only the second time in 8 years tonight.The Reds bring a 2-1 lead into the home leg of their play off against Hoffenheim.Manager Jurgen Klopp insists Hoffenheim can’t be taken lightly. Kick off at Anfield is 7.45.last_img

Cassini Shines in the Light of Saturn

first_imgSince its arrival at Saturn last June (see 07/01/2004 entry), the Cassini orbiter has achieved a string of phenomenal successes, and these just 15% of the way into its tour of Saturn’s rings, moons and magnetosphere (see JPL press release).  The prize has been publication of initial science results in Nature1 and Science2 – the cover stories in both.  A few of the more surprising and significant results are listed here.  These papers focus on Saturn’s atmosphere and rings, and the moons Phoebe and Iapetus.  We’ll have to wait for official scientific results from the Huygens probe (see 01/21/2005 entry) and the flybys of Titan.Aurora varialous:  Saturn’s auroras (picture) show unique spiral structures and persist unusually long.  Unexpectedly, they do not appear intermediate between those on Earth and Jupiter (see EurekAlert for summary).  Saturn’s aurora can brighten by a factor of 4, depending on solar wind activity.  Like the roar of a campfire in the wind, Saturn’s radio emissions increase when the solar wind blows harder (see explanation on EurekAlert).Ring spokes (picture) that were discovered by Voyager and detected by Hubble have not yet been seen by Cassini.  Apparently the phenomenon is a function of low sun angle.  If so, it may be a couple of years before Cassini can detect them.Ring irregularities:  At closest approach, Cassini was able to get the highest resolution scans across the rings ever taken (pictures).  These show unexplained irregularities in some narrow and broad rings.  Some may be due to non-Keplerian and non-resonance forces, such as shear stresses or undulations caused by meteoroid impacts (picture).Click here to continue—(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Google Launches App to Let Users Share Open Parking Spots

first_imgWe’ve all been there. You’re driving around a crowded city looking for a place to park and having terrible luck. Well next time, instead of forking over several dollars to park in a garage, just pull out your Android phone and look for a helping hand from a kindly spot sharer. At least that’s what Google wants you to do. The company has just added a new application to GoogleLabs that will help drivers find open parking spots shared with them by fellow app users.The app, named OpenSpot, is very straightforward. If you are looking for parking, simply pull up the app to see a map of nearby openings. Right now, since the application is brand new, there’s not likely to be much to find, but eventually over time as more people use the app, it could prove to be a useful parking tool.If you are leaving a parking space and feel the urge to generously attempt to share your empty space with fellow Android users, you can place a pin on the map where your spot can be found. The app automatically color codes the pins based on how long they’ve been active, and removes spots that are older than 20 minutes. chris cameron Tags:#Google#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts The application also has some game mechanics to motivate people to advertise their open space. Each time you share a space you earn what Google is calling “Karma Points.” If there’s anything to be learned about location-based apps, it’s that earning points, badges and mayorships is a fun way to boost usage.This is a great solution for busy cities and an obvious evolution of location-based technology. Eventually as technologies like geofencing allow people to check in and out of locations automatically, determining the availability of parking spots could become more easily automated. Better yet, an application could tap into Internet enabled parking meters that have publicly accessible APIs to show open parking spots.There are a few other applications already on the Android Market and the AppStore that help users share parking information. PrimoSpot helps both Android and iPhone users find nearby public parking locations, and iSpotSwap has the same basic functionality as OpenSpot but for the iPhone. Google’s advantage is it can leverage its existing user base to quickly grow the service. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Nash Racela throws shade at ‘perfectly officiated ball game’

first_imgNonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTNT head coach Nash Racela isn’t the one to shy away from controversial statements directed at the PBA and its game officials.He was fined P10,000 back in August for in-game statements directed at PBA Commissioner Chito Narvasa, and he often voices out his displeasure over calls or the lack to the referees.ADVERTISEMENT The technical foul wasn’t the end for Racela as he exchanged choice words with Ginebra governor Alfrancis Chua in the tunnel of the Big Dome at halftime.READ: TNT pulls even, turns back Ginebra in semis game 2 And as for Racela’s “perfectly officiated ball game,” his KaTropa were called for 35 fouls, 11 more than Ginebra received. TNT also had 14 free throws, 29 fewer than the Gin Kings attempted.“The referees did their part, did their best, in calling the game,” said Racela. “They made the right decisions. I don’t really question that and I’m happy our players did their best and gave ourselves a chance.”ADVERTISEMENT And even though Racela took a different approach Friday after TNT’s 106-103 loss to Ginebra in game 3 of the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals, his message was still filled with resentment.READ: Ginebra nears finals, nips TNT in game 3FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Obviously, it was a perfectly officiated ball game, you can’t really question the obvious,” said Racela with a straight face but with a heavy tone of sarcasm after the KaTropa moved on the brink of elimination in the semis.Racela was called with a technical foul in the second quarter when his import Glen Rice Jr. got into several scuffles with Ginebra rookie Kevin Ferrer. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citycenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ambohot returns for Letran but still groping for form Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  View comments LATEST STORIES Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gameslast_img read more

Ohio State womens ice hockey swept by Minnesota Duluth to close out

OSU then-junior defenseman Cara Zubko (2) passes the puck during a game against Minnesota on Nov. 15 at the OSU Ice Rink. OSU lost, 5-3. Credit: Ed Momot / For The LanternThe Ohio State women’s ice hockey team recorded its fifth series-losing sweep of the season in its 2015 finale to drop its record to 6-12-0 on the season.The first period of both games ended with OSU trailing 2-1, and both were close, low-shot affairs dominated by special teams play. OSU was on the penalty kill 11 times on the weekend, including the final 10 minutes of the third period on Saturday. Eventually, frustration boiled over and OSU took a combined 27 minutes in penalties.“Just the team being undisciplined, and that’s not how I run my team, so we’ve got to show more discipline, even when you’re frustrated,” coach Jenny Potter said. “Being undisciplined definitely hurts your team.”Game notesOn Friday, OSU fell 4-2 despite outshooting the Bulldogs 25-23. Senior forward Melani Moylan scored her first goal of the season just three minutes into the game, but Minnesota Duluth would tie it at 1-1 six minutes later off of junior Ashleigh Brykaliuk’s ninth goal of the season.Sophomore Lauren Spring would score for OSU in the period’s closing minute to give the Buckeyes a 2-1 lead after the first.The second period was mostly quiet for both teams except for Minnesota Duluth’s game-tying goal at 2:36 into the frame. Brykaliuk assisted on sophomore Catherine Daoust’s fourth goal of the season.The third period would remain tied until the eighth minute, when Brykaliuk recorded her third point of the game, an assist on junior Sidney Morin’s first goal of the season. With redshirt freshman goaltender Alex LaMere on the bench in favor of a sixth attacker, Brykaliuk would record her second goal and fourth point of the game, as Minnesota Duluth dashed OSU’s hopes of a comeback.On Saturday, with redshirt senior Stacy Danczak now starting in goal, Minnesota Duluth scored first from senior Michela Cava’s ninth goal of the season. Junior forward Claudia Kepler would score to tie it at 1-1 for OSU.“I don’t know how the puck got down low but (Moylan) had it pinned against the boards,” Kepler said. “I kind of pulled it from her feet and took it around the goalie and put it over her shoulder.”After scoring just four goals in two games, the team was not satisfied with the number of chances it generated against Minnesota Duluth.“Not really, we didn’t create enough,” junior defender Alexa Ranahan said. “But I know the girls worked as hard as we can, and I’m proud of the team.”After the game, OSU sounded as if it plans to work on the offense in the next three weeks before its first game of the 2016 calendar year.“Obviously, it doesn’t take too many chances, you got to bury the ones you get,” Potter said.However, Potter was sure to credit her alma mater for its performance in limiting the Buckeyes’ attack in the two games.“I think they competed all weekend,” she said. “It’s just a couple of breakdowns, so we’ve got to regroup and move forward.”Despite the team’s level of competition, the weekend was defined by the final 10 minutes of the third period. While on the power play with just over eight minutes remaining in the game, freshman defender Lauren Boyle was called for interference. Before the resumption of play, freshman forward Maddy Field was assessed a 10-minute misconduct penalty.With a four-to-three man advantage, senior defender Cara Zubko was given a five-minute penalty for contact to the head of an opponent and was assessed a game misconduct penalty, ejecting her from the contest. “It was definitely chaotic,” Ranahan said. “It’s unfortunate that penalties ruined the momentum of the period. It’s hard as a player having so many stops, it’s frustrating, but that’s hockey.”With three skaters in the penalty box and one in the dressing room, Minnesota Duluth was able to score its fifth goal of the game with six minutes remaining, leaving a bad taste in the mouth of the skaters.“Penalties at the end don’t help,” Kepler said. “Whether we agree with them or not, it makes it way harder to come back and win hockey games.”OSU will be off until Jan. 2, when it welcomes Penn State to Columbus for two games. Puck is scheduled to drop at 2:07 p.m. on Jan. 2, as well as the next day. Stat broadcastOSU scored first on Friday for the first time in three weeks, going back to the first period of its Nov. 20 game against St. Cloud State.In addition to her first goal of the season, Moylan also recorded her first assist of the season on Kepler’s first-period goal.With Danczak in goal, LaMere watched the game from the bench, ending her games-started streak at 10.With two assists on Friday, Boyle has 10 points so far this season, moving her into a three-way tie for third. read more

Mens Basketball No 22 Ohio State travels to face struggling Northwestern in

Ohio State sophomore guard Andre Wesson (24) looks to complete a pass in the second half of the game against Maryland on Jan. 11 in the Schottenstein Center. Dakich made three of four three point attempts in the first half aiding Ohio State to a 91-69 win. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNo. 22 Ohio State (15-4, 6-0 Big Ten) will take to the court for the first time as a ranked opponent Wednesday in Rosemont, Illinois, when it faces Northwestern (11-8, 2-4 Big Ten). The Buckeyes had not been ranked since the 2014-15 season and also are at No. 16 by KenPom.com and No. 23 according to RPI.The first chance to defend those rankings will come at 9 p.m. Wednesday.Adjusting to being rankedThis is not the first time a Chris Holtmann-coached team has been ranked. However for many of the players on the roster, it is the first time there is a number next to their team’s name. Only senior forward Jae’Sean Tate, redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop and redshirt senior Kam Williams were on the team the last time Ohio State was ranked. Holtmann said he has not discussed the rankings with his players and does not plan on talking about it with them, but sophomore forward Andre Wesson said he couldn’t help but feel excited about being ranked. “I can’t really put it into words,” Wesson said. “Just growing up in Columbus, just always hearing about Ohio State and just the down years that we had, people talking bad about us … It’s just good to be ranked again and people talking about us again.”But as Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo said after the Buckeyes upset the then-No. 1 Spartans, teams are going to start to view Ohio State a little differently. This team that began the season as an underdog will now see Ohio State as one of the top 25 teams in the nation. Holtmann said his team is going to need to be ready because teams will no longer sleep on his squad, and opponents will now start to look at a matchup with the Buckeyes as a chance fortheir respective programs to earn a marquee win.“I think probably there is an added energy in a lot of ways,” Holtmann said. “And I think our guys are going to need to be prepared and ready for that. We’ll see if they can handle that. Obviously, we’ve got a really, really full week ahead of us, but given where we’re at, I think that’s to be expected. We’re going to get a lot of people’s best shot.”Projected StartersNorthwestern:G — Scottie Lindsey — Senior, 6-foot-5, 210 lbs., 14.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.8 apgG — Bryant McIntosh — Senior, 6-foot-3, 200 lbs., 13.1 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 5.8 apgF — Vic Law — Redshirt junior, 6-foot-7, 200 lbs., 12.2 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.1 apgF — Aaron Falzon — Redshirt sophomore, 6-foot-8, 225 lbs., 7.0 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 0.6 apgC — Dererk Pardon — Junior, 6-foot-8, 235 lbs., 11.8 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.1 apgOhio State: G — C.J. Jackson — Junior, 6-foot-1, 175 lbs., 13.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 4.4 apgG — Kam Williams — Redshirt senior, 6-foot-2 185 lbs., 8.5 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 0.6 apgF — Keita Bates-Diop — Redshirt junior, 6-foot-7, 235 lbs., 20.3 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.3 apgF — Jae’Sean Tate — Senior, 6-foot-4, 230 lbs., 12.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.8 apgC — Kaleb Wesson — Freshman, 6-foot-9, 270 lbs., 11.2 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.2 apgScouting NorthwesternOhio State has thrived throughout the 2017-18 season, but the same cannot be said of Northwestern. The Wildcats have just two Big Ten wins, their only victories against opponents ranked inside advanced statistics website KenPom.com top 100 best teams. Northwestern comes into this game with wins in only two of its past six games. Northwestern has struggled the most in conference games. It ranks 13th with a 45 percent effective field goal percentage and has the fourth-highest offensive turnover rate at 19.2 percent. Its offense lives and dies by the 3-pointer. It is 125th in the country in 3-point accuracy at 36.1 percent and has generated 35.1 percent of its total points from beyond the arc (86th-highest rate in the nation). The Wildcats’ offense has been inconsistent this season, but it has almost always relied on point guard Bryant McIntosh to run the offense. Northwestern’s floor general has one of the highest assist rates of any guard in the nation, assisting on 36.4 percent of his team’s points while he is on the court. McIntosh also has produced the second-most points of any player for the Wildcats, scoring in double-figures in 11 of the team’s 19 games and more than 20 points three times.“McIntosh is a great passer. Great vision,” Holtmann said. “He can make shots. He’s great at making plays in kind of the midrange too. Floater, mid-range, kind of reversing his course and using a shot fake. He can be really effective.” read more

How will Liverpool keep Mo Salah

first_imgThere have been numerous rumours going around lately of a possible Salah transfer, most of them pointing at Real Madrid and some at Barca. However, Liverpool do not plan on giving up on their Egyptian star so easy.Salah has been able to score 36 goals in total while playing at home this season, which leads Real Madrid to believe he is going to be more than a precious addition to their squad as they are planning on rebuilding the team during the summer transfer window. They might be able to offer him a deal of the likes of 200,000 pounds per week, according to BirminghamLive.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…However, a report states that “Salah, unlike Philippe Coutinho who was desperate to join Barcelona, will not be tempted to join the Brazilian in La Liga,” the Egyptian himself has confirmed earlier this season that the Premier League is enjoyable for him and it suits his playstyle.Salah has also shared to his friends that he wants to prove himself in the Premier League, which leads Liverpool to believe that nothing really special needs to be done to keep their star – he wants to stay by himself.last_img read more

Arthur explains how he got Iniestas number 8

first_imgBrazilian midfielder Arthur Melo revealed how he was given Andres Iniesta’s number ‘8’ shirt at Barcelona, he didn’t pick it as many would think.Now that Arthur Melo is one of the hottest topics in football after his stellar performance for FC Barcelona on Wednesday, more revealing information about the midfielder has surfaced.The player did an interview with The Players’ Tribune where he spoke about many different topics, but it was the story about how he got his number ‘8’ at Barcelona what caught our attention.As you all know, that number was Andres Iniesta’s before the Spanish midfielder left to play in Japan during the final stages of his career, we were all wondering who would inherit his number and a Brazilian newcomer got it to our surprise.We didn’t know the story until Arthur revealed it, he got the number out of sheer luck.“When I arrived here they asked me what number I wanted to wear. To be honest I never cared too much about it.”“At Gremio I played with the No. 29 nothing special, it wasn’t like playing with 10, 8, 7, 11.”David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.“I never really cared about it. So I replied ‘that’s OK you can give me any number you want to I’m already very happy and proud to play at Barcelona’. But coincidentally I ended up with 8!”“When they announced my name, just like Number 8, Arthur. The fans applauded me, I got goosebumps man!” Said Arthur during the interview.Video: Next Up – Arthur https://t.co/hzxPqRL21S [the players tribune]— Barça Centre (@barcacentre) October 4, 2018last_img read more