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first_imgPoints standingP W D L GF GA GD Pts1. Leicester City 17 11 5 1 37 24 13 382. Arsenal 17 11 3 3 31 14 17 363. Man City 17 10 2 5 33 19 14 324. Tottenham 17 7 8 2 28 14 14 295. Man United 17 8 5 4 22 14 8 296. Crystal Palace 17 9 2 6 23 16 7 297. Watford 17 8 4 5 21 16 5 288. West Ham 17 6 7 4 25 21 4 259. Liverpool 17 6 6 5 20 22 -2 2410. Everton 17 5 8 4 31 24 7 2311. Stoke City 17 6 5 6 14 16 -2 2312. Southampton 17 5 6 6 21 21 0 2113. West Brom 17 5 5 7 17 23 -6 2014. Bournemouth 17 5 4 8 22 32 -10 1915. Chelsea 17 5 3 9 21 27 -6 1816. Norwich City 17 4 5 8 20 29 -9 1717. Newcastle 17 4 5 8 19 32 -13 1718. Swansea City 17 3 6 8 15 24 -9 1519. Sunderland 17 3 3 11 18 33 -15 1220. Aston Villa 17 1 4 12 14 31 -17 7last_img read more

Jahlil Okafor excited about fresh start with Nets

first_imgRussell also had problems on and off the court with the team that drafted him. He was criticized for recording a video of former Lakers teammate Nick Young that aired sordid details about Young’s private life. The Lakers gave up on Russell and drafted Lonzo Ball as his replacement.“I feel like we’re similar in that we have a lot to prove,” Okafor said. “I know he’s working his (butt) off as well. Right now he’s rehabbing, trying to get back on the court. I think we both have a chip on our shoulder and we have a lot to prove. We’re definitely similar in that regard.”Okafor understands he has areas to improve, mainly defense and rebounding.“I’m not a perfect player,” Okafor said. “I’m 21. There are things that I need to work on, that I have worked on and that I’ll continue to work on.”He’s excited about fulfilling his potential with a new team.“I feel really motivated right now, but I’ve always been motivated,” Okafor said. “This is the first time where people are against me in a sense because I’ve always been the hyped-up guy. It’s something new for me to experience, so I’m glad that I am experiencing it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Then things changed drastically.Okafor struggled with injuries and a logjam at his position in his second season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense“When I first got drafted there, we already had Nerlens (Noel) there, Joel (Embiid) was there, so we’re trying to have three starting centers on the same team,” Okafor said Monday at his introductory news conference with his new team, the Brooklyn Nets.“It just never really was the right fit.” FILE – In this Dec. 29, 2016, file photo, Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor (8) drives to the basket as Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) defends in the first half during an NBA basketball game in Salt Lake City. A person familiar with the deal says 76ers are set to trade beleaguered center Okafor to the Brooklyn Nets. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)NEW YORK — Jahlil Okafor finally got the fresh start he wanted.Okafor was the consensus No. 1 high school player in his class, won a national championship at Duke, and averaged 17.5 points and seven rebounds in his rookie campaign for the Philadelphia 76ers.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny View comments Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set NBA: Irving out of Celtics-Bulls clash OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The 76ers traded Okafor along with seldom-used guard Nik Stauskas and two draft picks to the Nets on Thursday. Philadelphia got forward Trevor Booker from Brooklyn.Okafor also had off-court problems during his time in Philadelphia. He got a speeding ticket for driving 108 miles per hour and was suspended by the 76ers for two games after in an altercation outside of a Boston nightclub with a heckler.“Speeding obviously is illegal,” Okafor said. “I know that’s not what you’re supposed to do. I guess you just learn how the page can turn on you and how everything can flip. I can’t really say I learned anything, because you know going in that’s not right. You just learn from your mistakes, but (it was) a tough thing that I went through, I got past, and I’m looking to better times now.”Okafor, the third overall pick in the 2015 draft, joins D’Angelo Russell, the second overall pick in the same draft class, on the Nets.“We’re just very excited to get on the court together,” Okafor said. “You never would’ve thought the number two and number three picks would be playing on the same team a few years after, but like I said, everything happens for a reason and I’m really excited.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Lyon calls “fake news” on Fekir move to Liverpool

first_imgLyon categorically denied as “fake new” media reports suggesting that a transfer would take place within hours which would bring 24-year-old Fekir to Anfield once he has finished duty for France at the World Cup in Russia.Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas told AFP in a statement that “no deal has been done, and certainly not at the price” of 70 million euro ($82 million) given by the French sports newspaper L’Equipe.Fekir, who can play in both midfield or attack, is wanted by Liverpool to fill the creative void left by the January departure of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona.The Merseysiders were reported to be keen to close the deal before Fekir jets off to Russia following France’s final warm-up friendly against the United States in Lyon on Saturday.Fekir scored 24 goals this season to help qualify Lyon for the Champions League by finishing third in Ligue 1.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Next one in: Nabil Fekir looks set to become already Liverpool’s third summer signing © AFP / FRANCK FIFELONDON, United Kingdom, Jun 8 – French club Lyon denounced “fake news” Friday amid reports that captain Nabil Fekir’s signature for Liverpool in a £53 million ($71 million, 60 million euro) deal was imminent.“In this period of transfers when the slightest rumour is often presented as reality, Lyon would like to underline that only information released on the club’s website is reliable,” the club said in a statement.last_img read more

Ronaldo beats Messi and Neuer to Ballon d’Or crown

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo has been named world footballer of the year for the second year running after winning the 2014 FIFA Ballon d’Or.The Portugal superstar beat fellow finalists Lionel Messi and Manuel Neuer to the award after a season which saw him score 57 goals for club and country and win four trophies with Real Madrid, including their historic Champions League ‘La Decima’.Ronaldo had finished runner-up behind Messi in 2011 and 2012 before pipping the Argentinian in 2013 – and said at the glittering ceremony in Zurich that he hopes there will be more to come.The winner said: “It has been an unforgettable year and win a trophy of this kind is something unique.“I want to continue working as I have so far to go on to win more titles as an individual and in a team.“Of course this is something that is always with me. I want to become one of the greatest players of all time and this requires a lot of effort but I hope to get there.”Ronaldo was a clear winner with 37.66 per cent of total votes cast by a panel made up of international captains and coaches as well as the world’s top journalists. Messi narrowly pipped Neuer to second place with 15.76 per cent, with the Bayern Munich goalkeeper on 15.72.Meanwhile, England manager Roy Hodgson left both Ronaldo and Messi out of his own top three, voting instead for Argentina’s Javier Mascherano for the top prize ahead of Germany pair Philipp Lahm and Neuer.Ronaldo’s Real Madrid team-mate James Rodriguez was earlier handed the Puskas Award for the best goal of the year for his volley against Uruguay in the summer’s World Cup.The Colombian narrowly beat Ireland’s Stephanie Roche, who missed out on becoming the first woman to win the coveted award for her sensational Peamount United goal, which went viral last year with over six million video views online.Full list of winners at 2014 Ballon d’Or Gala:Ballon d’Or: Cristiano RonaldoWomen’s World Player of the Year: Nadine KesslerPuskas Award: James RodriguezMen’s Football World Coach of the Year: Joachim LowWomen’s Football World Coach of the Year: Ralf KellermannWorld XI: Neuer; Lahm, Ramos, David Luiz, Thiago Silva; Di Maria, Iniesta, Kroos; Messi, Ronaldo, Robben 1 Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo last_img read more

Newcastle to make £14m Dutch star their first summer signing

first_img Georginio Wijnaldum Newcastle are close to completing the signing of PSV Eindhoven captain Georginio Wijnaldum, talkSPORT understands.The PSV skipper is expected in Newcastle on Friday afternoon for a medical and to complete the formalities of his move after the Magpies matched the Dutch club’s valuation of around £14m.Wijnaldum, 24, is well known to Steve McClaren following his time in Holland as boss of FC Twente and he will be his first signing since taking over at St James’ Park.Wijnaldum, who has been capped 18 times by the Netherlands, scored 16 goals last season to help his side win the Eredivisie.He will link up with compatriots Tim Krul, Daryl Janmaat, Vurnon Anita and Siem de Jong on Tyneside once the move is completed. 1last_img read more


first_imgDonegal boxing fans could get a chance to see Jason Quigley box professionaly for the first time on Irish soil next month.Jason Quigley could box in Dublin next month.The Twin Towns man is in talks to possibly appear on a massive itish fight nigh at the 3 Arena in Dublin on November 15th.The 23 year old Ballybofey boxer fights in Boston later this month in his third professional bout. But promoter Eddie Hearn is trying to get Jason to appear on his card which also includes John Joe Nevin and Matthew Macklin. DONEGAL BOXER QUIGLEY COULD BOX IN DUBLIN NEXT MONTH was last modified: October 15th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:3 ArenadublinJason Quigleylast_img read more

Women’s Tennis Receives ITA All-Academic Team Award

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s tennis team was awarded the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Team Award on Monday, while Mariel Ante, Summer Brills, Tess Herder, and Maddie Johnson were recipients of the ITA Scholar-Athlete Award.The recognition is bestowed on squads maintaining a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale) for the 2015-16 academic year. Johnson boasted a perfect 4.0 GPA in psychology, while senior Ante and sophomore Brills and Herder maintained 3.46, 3.70, 3.94 GPA’s in biology, journalism and elementary education, respectively.In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must meet the following criteria: 1.) be a varsity letter winner, 2.) have a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year, and 3.) have been enrolled at their present school for at least 2 semesters (including freshman through senior year).Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Man crashed car into pole after row with father

first_imgA man who got into his car after having a row with his father and then crashed it into a telegraph pole in Killygordon has been fined.Brian Cassells was found by Gardai at the scene of a single-vehicle accident Carricknamana, Killygordon at 6.30am. Inspector Goretti Sheridan told Letterkenny District Court that Cassells’ white Berlingo van had struck the pole after he had been “driving around.”He didn’t have insurance for the van or a driving license and failed to produce it at a Garda station in the specified time.Cassells, of Melmount Road, Sion Mills, had no previous convictions.Judge Paul Kelly fined the accused €250 for having no insurance and disqualified him from driving for two years.He fined him a further €300 for not having a driving license and failing to produce.Man crashed car into pole after row with father was last modified: November 10th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtFatherGardaiLiam Cassellsrowlast_img read more

Swindon v Chelsea line-ups: Blues youngsters get chance to impress, QPR loanee starts

first_imgChelsea Under-23s make their bow in the EFL Trophy at Swindon tonight, with many of their FA Youth Cup-winning side on show.Fikayo Tomori, who made his senior debut as a substitute against Leicester on the final day of last season, is the only member of the side with first-team experience.Nathaniel Chalobah’s younger brother Trevor is named in the starting line-up.Swindon have made six changes to their line-up, although QPR loanee Darnell Furlong, playing at right wing-back, is one of the five survivors from the defeat by Oxford on Saturday.Michael Doughty, also on loan from Rangers, is not included in the squad.Swindon: Henry; Sendles-White, Rossi-Branco, Jones; Furlong, Smith, Goddard, Murray, Ormonde-Ottewill; Hylton, Norris. Subs: Vigouroux, Brophy, Barry, Evans, Iandolo, Obika, Delfouneso.Chelsea: Collins; Sterling, T. Chalobah, Tomori, J. Dasilva; Quintero, Scott; Wakefield, Mount, Christie-Davies; Ugbo.Subs: Ali, Muheim, Sammut, Colley, St Clair, Thompson, Taylor-Crossdale.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Does Spray Foam Insulation Off-Gas Poisonous Fumes?

first_imgSpray Foam Jobs With Lingering Odor ProblemsCan Houses be “Too Insulated” or “Too Tight”?Houses Need to Breathe … Right? VentilationSpray Foam Insulation: Open and Closed CellQ&A: Odor problem in attic after spray foam appliedQ&A: Chemical smell continues after Demilec installation Q&A: High humidity issues in a spray foam attic Pro/Con: Open-Cell or Closed-Cell Foam? GREEN PRODUCT GUIDE Spray-foam insulation has become a weapon of choice for many builders and homeowners trying to build tight, energy efficient houses. And with its long list of attributes, that’s no wonder. It fills tiny cracks and fissures in walls and roofs to form an effective air seal. The high R-values of closed-cell foam pack a lot of punch in a small space, and closed-cell versions can block the movement of moisture into wall and roof cavities. Expensive as it may be, it’s at the top of its class.But does this miracle material have a darker side? Dan Fette’s question about the potential hazards of spray foam launched an extended thread containing enough anecdotal information to give a few readers pause for thought and dissuaded others from using foam at all.Polyurethane foam is a two-part compound mixed at the job site as it’s sprayed from a high-pressure gun. Although some of its ingredients are nasty at the time of application, when it cures the foam becomes an inert material that should not off-gas any harmful chemicals. That, at least, is our common understanding and the word from manufacturers and installers. RELATED ARTICLES Spray Foam InsulationAir Cleaning DevicesEnergy Recovery VentilationBathroom Vent FansTypical are these words of assurance from Foam-Tech:: “Urethanes are non-toxic and only require protection for our operators during installations, but the finished product is completely safe and has no formaldehydes.”Some dissent from the fieldBut that sunny expectation doesn’t always pan out. An anonymous poster reported developing a serious chemical sensitivity while building an “uber-green” house, which included non-toxic wood finishes and closed-cell polyurethane foam.“I became ill after moving into the house two years ago, and had to move out,” Anonymous wrote. “Any exposure to the indoor air induces neurological symptoms…I never had these sorts of problems before that I know of.”Not far behind was Marlene, who said her 66-year-old brother had experienced a “very dire situation” after Icynene (a brand of open-cell foam) was sprayed in his house. Marlene said her brother was told he would probably have to sell his half-completed home after investing his life savings in the project.David Posada said a strong odor persisted two months after Demilec Sealection 500 foam was sprayed into a 95-year-old house in Oregon during a retrofit. Julia, who suffers from chemical sensitivities, says her building materials consultant “won’t allow her clients to use spray foam insulation of any kind.”More study is neededWilliam Swietlik, who identified himself as a member of the Federal Interagency Spray Polyurethane Foam Worksgroup and co-chair of the EPA’s workgroup on spray foam, said that both open- and closed-cell foams are made with diisocyanates, among other ingredients, a leading cause of workplace asthma and a “well-known sensitizing toxicant to humans.” He added: “Once an individual becomes sensitized to diisocyanates there may be no safe exposure level.”Swietlik said this is why occupational health authorities recommend personal protective equipment for installers, and that any unprotected workers or occupants leave the building while the foam is being sprayed and not return until “all residual vapors are ventilated and all dust particles (from shaving the finished foam) are cleaned up to safe levels.”Just what is “safe?” That’s not clear. Swietlik had this to say: “The exact timing of this is not known for each specific building application as this depends on the amount of vapors and particles generated to begin with, the amount and type of ventilation, the size and configuration of the building, the foam curing factors and the installation and clean up techniques of the workers.”More reserach is needed, he said, not only on the problems posed at the time the foam is applied, but also on “whether or not there remains off-gasing from the finished foam that was applied days or months earlier that could affect sensitive, or sensitized individuals who occupy the building.” Are Spray Foam’s Benefits Worth The Risk?(answers)Application is the wild cardIf spray foam is designed chemically to morph into an inert material after it cures, could the problem be the installation itself, an improper balance of Part A and Part B? This, at least, was the suggestion of David Posada, who raised the question after following two threads at sprayfoam.com.There was no unanimity on this question, but Posada added this: “Much of the published information regarding low density spray foams addresses the low- or non- toxicity of ‘properly cured’ or ‘properly installed’ foams; little seems to be said about what constitutes a improper curing or installation, what chemicals can be released, what hazards (if any) may be present, and what remedies are appropriate.”A bad mix may be only one potential problem. A poster named B. Kolodziej recounted his experience with BASF Comfort Foam during a remodel of his California home. The installer exceeded the 2-inch per-pass maximum set by the manufacturer, which causes the foam to overheat as it cures. The result is a discolored insulation layer of insufficient density that just happens to smell like rotten fish. Although Kolodziej believes the product will work as advertised if installed correctly, he now regrets he used the stuff in the first place. Further, because the foam sticks tenaciously to whatever it’s applied to, removing it will be a nightmare.Tracy Nelson summed up the dilemma this way: “Here is the simple truth of spray foam in an existing building: Mixing this material in the field can be inconsistent and as mentioned many times above, completely depends on the skill level of the installer (don’t confuse the actual person who shows up at the property with the company who sells you the product and promotes themselves as experts).”An anonymous poster said a variety of factors affect the reaction of parts A and B on application, making it “very difficult, if not impossible, to get a full and complete reaction…so A+B seldom ever equals C.”The poster included a link to an American Chemistry Council site with information on spray foam for consumers.Making a case for natural materialsJust what were you expecting when you chose a petrochemical over a natural insulation, like cellulose, wondered Robert Riversong?“As I’ve stated more times than anyone here cares to remember, there is nothing either ‘green’ or healthy about petrochemical foams, or any of the 80,000 petrochemicals that never existed on earth before we created them.“Unfortunately, most of American society is brainwashed into believing in the ‘magic’ of chemistry, as the advertisers and marketers have impressed on us for generations. Every product produced since the start of the petrochemical age is toxic, either to people or the environment or both.”Riversong points to studies suggesting that not enough is known of the impact on health by spray foam insulation. Moreover, he adds that the foam creates a sealed building that can’t breathe, making humidity control more difficult and raising the potential for mold.“I would suggest considering environmentally-friendly, non-toxic, fire-resistant, insect-proof, rodent-resistant, and mold-resistant cellulose, which is also significantly hygroscopic and assists with natural moisture management (as long as the thermal envelope can breath – i.e. no vapor barriers),” Riversong writes.Where does this leave us?The many performance benefits of spray-in polyurethane foam no doubt will continue to make it popular, particularly as the cost of energy goes up. Canadian insulation installer Dwaine doesn’t dispute the problems cited elsewhere in the thread, but he also admits he is “completely in awe” of what spray foam can do.“The blame is being laid in the wrong places,” he writes. “When someone like myself sits back and reads these various comments, it is easy to see they are all for the most part human error. The biggest problem reputable companies are having right now in the foam industry is companies who are trying to make a quick buck and not follow proper manufacturer guidelines and installation instructions. I blame the governing agencies.”Dwaine thinks there are lessons to be learned from the Canadian Urethane Foam Contractors Association. Although it’s not a perfect approach, it could help consumers feel confident in using foam.last_img read more