Iwobi: Arsenal Nearly Released me as a Teenager

first_imgAlex Iwobi has lifted the lid on just how close he was to being released by Arsenal as a teenager, revealing he was “almost” let go at 14.Iwobi joined Arsenal’s youth ranks in 2004, spending nine years in the set-up before appearing on the first-team’s bench in 2013. However it wasn’t until last season that the 20-year-old made his breakthrough under Arsene Wenger, featuring in eight of their last nine Premier League games, making 13 appearances in total.Such was his impact, Iwobi has now established himself in the Gunners’ squad, looking to continue his development at the club for the long-term. His journey to the first-team was a perilous one though, as the Nigerian international admitted he could’ve been released on a couple of occasions in the past. “I was almost released at 14, again at 16 and just about got a professional contract after that,” Iwobi told the London Evening Standard. “Especially at 14, I thought I was very close to not making it. It was stressful as I was going through school, trying to balance that and make sure I was still signed for Arsenal.“It was really difficult for me. We usually found out in December who might be kept on but I kept on getting the question ‘is he good enough?’ So they extended it to see if I could do something and it went to March and then April. Luckily I did enough.“At 16 I got the option to leave but I always felt at home at Arsenal and that was where I wanted to be. At 16, there were a lot of good players, a few internationals in the team at a young age so it was difficult for me to stand out in the games. They always want the best and I wasn’t really up there at that age.“The fact that I kept getting chances makes me feel lucky,” he disclosed to Papilonews.com yesterday.Iwobi has created six chances and won 58% of his average duels in four Premier League appearances this season, with a shot accuracy of 100%, as Arsenal sit third on 13 points from their opening six fixtures, one behind Tottenham Hotspur in second and five adrift of leaders Manchester City.Next up for them is an away clash at Burnley this weekend, before taking on Swansea City following the international break.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

So close for Viljoen, Semenya on song

first_imgSpotakova, by far the most consistent and impressive thrower on the night, captured gold with a mighty heave of 69.55m in the fourth round. Obergfoll and Stahl claimed the other two podium places for Germany. In the final event, the 1 500m, Coertzen was second in his heat in the third best time of all, clocking 4:26.52. Pistorius wrote: “Thank you Lord! Emotional roller coaster!” South African canoeist Bridgitte Hartley won a bronze medal, Sunette Viljoen narrowly missed out on one, Caster Semenya showed off her best form of the season, and Willem Coertzen proved himself one of the best all-round athletes in the world at the Olympic Games in London on Thursday. Viljoen gathered herself up for one final, huge effort in the sixth round, but it still came up short of a medal at 62.61m. 4 by 400m relay dramaThere was drama in the men’s 4 by 400 metres relay heats for South Africa. Decathlete Willem Coertzen shone on day two of the decathlon. He won his 110m hurdles heat in a personal best time of 14.15 seconds and followed that up with another personal best, throwing the discus 43.58m. Mightily impressiveCaster Semenya was mightily impressive in her 800m semi-final heat. Distances droppedUnfortunately, after that Viljoen’s night failed to get better as her marks dropped to 62.71m in round two, a lowly 57.30m and 57.05m in rounds two and three, and 60.93m in round five. That result should not take away from his achievement of reaching the final of the event in his first visit to the Olympic Games. His performances were somewhat surprising, but very welcome. Next, in the pole vault, he cleared 4.50m. His distance of 64.79m with the javelin was sixth best among the decathletes. Mogawane injured his left shoulder in the fall and had to be helped from the track. Meanwhile, third leg runner Oscar Pistorius, realising his dream of possibly winning an Olympic medal was over, put his hands to his head and left the track. The team’s last leg runner, Willem de Beer tweeted: “Appeal successful!! 4x400m relay will run in lane 1 out of the 9 lanes. Nobody is taken out. Grace alone!! I will get to run in the Games!!” Running in the first of two heats, the team, which had won a silver medal at the World Championships in 2011, failed to finish following a collision between second leg runner Ofentse Mogawane and Kenya’s Vincent Mumo Kiilu, which sent the South African crashing to the ground. The South African sprinter, who turned 20 on 30 July, had an unfavourable lane draw, right on the outside, and unfortunately he failed to reproduce the form that had earned him a spot in the final as he came home in eighth place in 20.59 seconds. For javelin ace Viljoen, the result was a big disappointment; she had entered the Olympics with the year’s best throw of 69.35 metres. Then, she topped her qualifying group, needing only one throw to better the required automatic qualifier mark, with a distance of 65.92m. There was some zip missing from the two-time World Championship silver medallist’s form and he chose to play it a little too safe, which cost him in the end. Victory went to Bolt, who completed back-to-back Olympic sprint doubles by winning, in a time of 19.32 seconds. Blake was second in a very fast 19.44 and Warren Weir finished third to complete a Jamaican 1-2-3. By then the South African star had also fallen behind Germany’s Linda Stahl, who had thrown a season’s best 64.91m in the fourth round. In Thursday evening’s competition, Viljoen started off promisingly with an opening throw of 64.63m. Defending champion Barbora Spotakova responded with a distance of 66.90, while the German, Christina Obergfoll, posted a mark of 65.16 metres. That left him on 8 173 points, in ninth place. American athletes finished one-two as world record holder Ashton Eaton took victory ahead of Trey Hardee. Cuba’s Leonel Suarez finished third. Appeal upheldTheir appeal was upheld when the referee ruled that Kiilu had cut across Mogawane, causing him to fall. A decision was then made to put South Africa through to the final. Decathlon Anaso Jobodwana faced a massive challenge in the final of the men’s 200 metres, going up against a field that included Usain Bolt, the world record holder at 19.19 seconds, and Yohan Blake, who ran 19.26 in Brussels last year. Semenya commented afterwards: “I’m very happy to get through to the finals. It was very hard, but I tried my best. I just have to go to my bed.” Trinidad and Tobago went on to win the heat ahead of Great Britain, Cuba and Belgium. The South African team’s management, not happy with the collision that had taken the team out of the race, protested. He told the South African Press Association: “I just managed to stay safe, but this weekend staying safe isn’t enough.” 200 metres She stayed within touch of the leading runners through the first 400 metres and when she made her move she convincingly eased into the lead to win going away in a season’s best time of 1:57.67. LJ van Zyl will replace the injured Mogawane in the final. He ran the anchor leg in Daegu when South African won the silver medal at the World Championships. BMXSifiso Nhlapo failed to make the semi-finals of the BMX competition after he finished fifth three times and sixth twice in his quarterfinals races. 10 August 2012 It was the best that South Africa’s flag bearer has looked in some time and it was also the fastest time of the semi-finals. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Good, but inadequate, provisions in new proposals: Goa-based NGO

first_imgThe proposed Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018 has some good provisions, but may not address the demands of the victims and survivors of commercial sexual exploitation, says a Goa-based social work organization, ARZ, committed to combating such trafficking across the country.Speaking to The Hindu here on Tuesday, Director of ARZ, Mr. Arunendra Pandey asks, “Undoubtedly, the Bill has some good provisions but can that be the only reason for demanding it’s passage in Parliament?Mr. Pandey, who recently documented views of such survivors and victims from across the country, said that most of the victims and survivors feel that only prosecuting traffickers is not enough.“During our interactions with victims of commercial sexual exploitation and sex workers, both have shared that they want protection from prosecution, non-shelter-based rehabilitation, livelihood alternative/job, house, and pension,” said Mr. Pandey. But the Bill does not address most of these demands, he added.As a major stakeholder in combating this crime, that collaborates with law enforcement agencies and also undertakes rehabilitation work in a big way, NGOs working towards this cause should have been consulted in a comprehensive and a transparent exercise, Mr. Pandey said.“Have the NGOs supporting this Bill informed the beneficiaries that in the name of “right to rehabilitation” they have been provided the option of choosing between a “Protective Home” and a “Rehabilitation home”. I wonder if they know that even if they are victims they can be prosecuted for soliciting, indulging in commercial sexual activity in a public place, lack of proper documents, etc.,” Mr. Pandey said.“Should the NGOs in the best interest of the victims, be demanding the passage of the Bill in its present form or to send it to the Parliament select committee for review?” he asked.ARZ has rehabilitated many women from the erstwhile red-light area of Baina in the port town of Vasco in south Goa, through an alternate livelihood option provided by “Swift Wash,” a mechanised laundry unit.On the occasion of “World day Against Trafficking in Persons” on July 30, ARZ will release a documentary series “Mandi” which will kick off a # MeToo victim of sex trafficking campaign to create awareness, in Panaji, Mr. Pandey said.“Mandi” consists of four movies highlighting experiences of victims of trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation at different stages. Of these, “Helpless” emphasises reasons for entry, “Commodity,” the truth about life in commercial sexual activity, “Opportunities,”about demands and experiences around exiting, and “Misconceptions,” which details how society misunderstands these victims.“The voices in these documentaries are of victims from red light areas of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Goa,” said Mr. Pandey.For this initiative, ARZ is collaborating with the Mumbai-based Centre for Criminology and Justice, Tata Institute Of Social Sciences.last_img read more

Four of family injured in Aligarh railway station attack

first_imgFour of a Muslim family were injured when a mob of 10-12 unidentified people attacked them at the Aligarh railway station on Sunday afternoon allegedly because of their ‘religious’ identity.According to an FIR registered by the Government Railway Police (GRP), Sahim Khan, a resident of a village near Kannauj, was travelling on the Kanpur-Anand Vihar Express with his family and had got down at the Aligarh junction at 4.30 p.m. when the group of 10-12 attacked them on the platform. Mr. Khan’s nephew, Taufeeq Khan, suffered a head injury. Their wives were also beaten up. The victims were admitted to the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College of the Aligarh Muslim University.The family had come for the treatment of their children at JN Medical College, Muqarram Ali, a relative of Mr. Khan, at whose house the family was supposed to stay, told The Hindu. “Sahim’s daughter has a psychiatric condition, while the son has a liver ailment. Taufeeq was attacked with a stone, causing a head injury. Sahim and the women were punched. During the attack, the daughter fainted on the platform.”Mr. Ali claimed that the people who attacked them came from outside and were not travelling on the train. “They didn’t board the train either. They came, targeted the family whose women were wearing burqas and ran away when the police chased them.” Mr. Ali maintained that Mr. Khan was a simple farmer and the family did not get into any argument with fellow passengers during the journey. “It was Taufeeq’s first visit to the city, and this was how he was welcomed,” added Mr. Ali, refusing to blame any particular political or religious outfit.He alleged that the police responded late. Otherwise, the attackers could have been arrested, he said.Station House Officer Yashpal Singh said the FIR was registered against unidentified people under Sections 147, 352 and 394 of the IPC. “CCTV footage is being looked into to identify the culprits. Prima facie, it seems like a case of altercation, leading to an attack.”last_img read more

French Open 2019: Stan Wawrinka advances to the quarters first time in 2 years

first_imgThis is why Stan Wawrinka went through two operations on his left knee in the span of a month. Why he dealt with the rigors of rehabilitating that joint.Why he did all the work, on and off the court, required to get back on the grind, to raise his ranking from outside the top 250, to matter again in the sport he loves.So he could participate in, and win, matches like the 5-hour, 9-minute test of excellence, endurance and emotions that the 34-year-old Wawrinka barely claimed against the 20-year-old, caked-in-clay Stefanos Tsitsipas by a 7-6 (6), 5-7, 6-4, 3-6, 8-6 score Sunday at the French Open to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal for the first time in two years.And so he could advance to what comes now: a matchup Tuesday against his friend and countryman Roger Federer, who hasn’t dropped a set so far in the tournament.”That’s the reason why came back. … I love and enjoy to play in front of people, to play in the biggest tournaments you can play. Today was something really special,” said Wawrinka, who won the 2015 championship at Roland Garros for one of his three major trophies. “For sure, when I’m on the court, I try to enjoy and remember, also, everything I have done to be here.”Exhausted as he was by a match finally decided by a backhand that floated past Tsitsipas and landed on the outside edge of a line, Wawrinka still possessed the energy to joke about facing Federer, who has won 22 of their previous 25 meetings.advertisementWhen a reporter, perhaps trying to offer some hope, pointed out that Federer, 37, is the older man, Wawrinka smiled and responded: “Yeah, but he is much better than me, also. So never forget that.”The No. 6-seeded Tsitsipas was not in any mood to laugh: He said this close-as-can-be loss he accumulated more total points, 195-194 caused him to shed post-match tears for the first time in a long time.”Never experienced something like this in my life. I feel very disappointed,” said Tsitsipas, who upset Federer at the Australian Open in January en route to his first Grand Slam semifinal. “Emotionally, wasn’t easy to handle. I will try to learn from it as much as I can.”Asked moments later what lessons he might have gleaned, Tsitsipas looked blankly ahead and answered in a monotone: “I have no idea. My mind is so empty right now. I cannot even think, so I don’t know.”As the sun blazed, unobstructed by clouds, and the temperature soared toward 85 degrees Fahrenheit (30 Celsius), Wawrinka and the diving-for-volleys Tsitsipas provided by far the best theater around the grounds.Spectators at Court Suzanne Lenglen cheered wildly for Wawrinka when he egged them on, cupping his ear or flapping his arms or even blowing a kiss. Tsitsipas’ electric, net-rushing style earned support, too, although he chastised himself early on for playing “like a freaking zombie!”The key, ultimately, was this: Wawrinka saved 22 of 27 break points, including 8 of 8 in the fifth set.”I was so close. So close. I gave him room to do whatever he likes, all those break points,” Tsitsipas said, pausing frequently between words. “So many break points. So many.”Nothing quite so riveting earlier, when Federer beat 68th-ranked Leonardo Mayer of Argentina 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 to become the oldest men’s singles quarterfinalist in Paris since 1971.Federer is back at Roland Garros for the first time since 2015, when he lost to Wawrinka in the quarterfinals. They’ve known each other forever, basically, and paired up to win a doubles gold medal for Switzerland at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.”I’m just happy for the guy that he’s back after his knee problems. They were severe, and that’s why I think he’s really happy he got sort of a second life on tour. Because I think for a while there, he wasn’t sure if he was ever going to come back again. It’s nice to see him pain-free and playing well,” said Federer, who didn’t face so much as a single break point Sunday. “I hope he’s not at the level of ’15, but we’ll find out, because there, he was crushing the ball. It was unbelievable.”Joining Federer in the quarterfinals, oddly enough by the same score, was 11-time champion Rafael Nadal, who was never troubled by 78th-ranked Juan Ignacio Londero of Argentina. Nadal next meets No. 7 Kei Nishikori or Benoit Paire, whose match was suspended because of darkness with Nishikori leading two sets to one.The two women’s quarterfinals established Sunday: 2017 U.S. Open champion and 2018 French Open runner-up Sloane Stephens vs. No. 26 seed Johanna Konta, and No. 31 Petra Martic vs. 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova .advertisementWawrinka had elbowed his way into the upper echelon of the sport no easy feat in this era of Federer, Nadal and Novak Djokovic with his trio of majors and a career-best ranking of No. 3, when he needed knee surgery in August 2017, a few months after losing in the French Open final.He then needed another procedure, and the path back has been arduous, including a first-round loss a year ago in Paris, shortly before his ranking slumped to 263rd. But he has climbed enough to be seeded No. 24.”It’s never sacrifice when you love what you’re doing. For sure, last two years were tough, but again, I have been here before,” Wawrinka said. “I think I know exactly what I’m doing.”Also Read | French Open 2019: Federer, Nadal storm into quarter-finalsAlso Read | French Open: Djokovic eases into fourth round with straight-set winAlso Seelast_img read more

The Oakland As Have Managed To Exceed Expectations … Again

The Oakland A’s don’t spend much time in the spotlight. They have few household names on their roster, and they’re the No. 2 team in a West Coast market in a stadium that they’re trying to leave as soon as possible. Even as the A’s have climbed to rank as the fourth-best team in the majors by FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings, in recent weeks the club might be most known for the G-shaped beard of Mike Fiers that captured the public’s attention. But Oakland should be able to keep baseball’s attention now, as it is again on the cusp of securing an American League wild-card spot, one of the few unsettled postseason races in the majors. Despite owning just the sport’s 25th-ranked payroll, Oakland has a 96 percent chance of making the playoffs.Prior to last season, we saw the A’s as a 76-win team, FanGraphs had the A’s at 78 wins, and Vegas placed the over-under at 74.5 wins. The A’s would win 97 games. This spring, we pegged the A’s as an 83-win team, FanGraphs made an 85-win call, and Las Vegas placed the club’s over-under win total at 83.5. The A’s are on track for another 97-win season. How are they again exceeding expectations? It’s a formula similar to last year’s — with a few different players leading the charge and a new unconventional strategy.The A’s have already changed baseball once: In the early 2000s, they helped accelerate the embrace of analytics in baseball by exploiting market inefficiencies. And now, they’re arguably at the forefront of major shifts in the sport once again. Last season, they got ahead of other teams in keeping balls off the ground on offense and leaned on a strong bullpen that combined for the second-most innings in the majors. This year, the A’s again have a strong bullpen and an offensive lineup with one of the lowest ground-ball rates in baseball.The A’s position players are again excellent, ranking fifth in the majors in wins above replacement1By the FanGraphs version of the metric. and offensive efficiency (107 weighted runs created plus)2Where 100 WRC+ is considered average. entering Wednesday. The team has already set a franchise record for home runs in a season, but they’re also fourth in baseball in defensive efficiency, which is the share of balls put in play by opponents that are turned into outs.After five A’s players posted at least 3 WAR last year, they’ve already matched that this season. The A’s have five of the 66 players who have produced at least 3 WAR this year; only the division rival Astros have more, with six.Sluggers Matt Chapman and Matt Olson have been standouts for multiple years, but the best player on the A’s this season has been shortstop Marcus Semien, who has broken out for 6.8 WAR. He ranks seventh among the most improved players by WAR this season. He’s reduced his strikeouts while adding power, and he’s also gone from being a below-average defender earlier in his career to an above-average one, according to advanced metrics like ultimate zone rating. Outfielder Mark Canha is another unlikely star — acquired by the A’s with a Rule V draft selection — who has become a middle-of-the-order slugger, and outfielder Ramón Laureano is yet another improved hitter who also boasts a tremendous throwing arm.3And might have made the throw of the year.The A’s pitchers are also zigging in another area where clubs have zagged. Teams are favoring four-seam fastballs up in the zone, and the league, as a whole, has moved away from throwing sinkers. But the A’s lead baseball in sinker usage, which has perhaps helped them sport the lowest home run-to-fly ball ratio in the majors, as well as the fourth-best differential in home runs hit versus allowed (55), through Sunday.4They also get the effects of playing in a favorable pitcher’s park.And while the A’s have dominated this season without a rotation ace, they did recently welcome back Sean Manaea, perhaps their most talented arm, who has been excellent in his return from shoulder surgery. Maybe Manaea and the rest of the relative unknowns can keep up momentum going into where A’s haven’t exceeded expectations: the playoffs.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

Twin suicide bombings kill at least 13 in Nigeria

first_imgAt least 13 people were killed and more than 50 wounded in a dual suicide bomb attack at a busy morning market in northeast Nigeria on Saturday, according to local sources.The attacks occurred in the town of Biu, about 185 kilometres (115 miles) south of the Borno State capital, Maiduguri, which has been at the epicentre of Boko Haram’s Islamist insurgency.”Two female suicide bombers infiltrated and gained entry into Biu,” a local police spokesman said.”One of the bombers detonated an IED (improvised explosive device) strapped to her body within Biu’s main market, while the other one detonated outside the market square,” the spokesman said.The police said 13 people were killed, while a spokesman for a local civilian militia, Ibrahim Saidu Maniya, said the death toll was as high as 18.No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Boko Haram group, led by Abubakar Shekau, has previously used women and adolescent suicide bombers to carry out attacks in the area.”They were powerful blasts which were heard all over the town,” Biu resident Ahmad Babagana, who lost a friend in the attack, told AFP.”I heard huge blasts that came in succession and saw plumes of black smoke coming from the direction of the market,” said another resident, Zakari Tiko.”I instantly knew the market had been attacked,” Tiko said.Biu and neighbouring villages have been repeatedly hit by suicide and bomb attacks blamed on Boko Haram over the last eight years. In August 2015, a suicide bomber killed at least 50 people at a market in a nearby village.Despite increased military success in the fight to dislodge Boko Haram, the group continues to launch deadly attacks in the country.At least 20,000 people have been killed and more than 2.6 million others made homeless in its quest to establish a hardline Islamic state in northeast Nigeria.last_img read more

World Cup Broadcasters Offer Added Kick to Return on Pricey Rights Fees

first_imgVirtual reality is another fancy new addition, with France’s TF1 and Britain’s BBC offering VR experiences through a dedicated app. TF1 will beam matches in 4K, as will beIN Sports, which is dedicating six channels to the tournament. The BBC is rolling out ultra-HD coverage for the first time, plus highlights on YouTube and stories on Snapchat.In soccer powerhouse Brazil, Globo is planning public viewings of some matches transmitted in 8K, in partnership with FIFA and Japan’s NHK. Globo will use augmented reality and artistic effects to enhance its coverage, building on its innovations for the 2016 Rio Olympics.But the big draw remains the matches themselves and the immediacy of live sports, says Florent Houzot, editorial director at beIN Sports.“All the technological, digital stuff is just the icing on the cake, because when it comes to big tournaments like the World Cup, it’s still all about watching it live and on a linear channel,” Houzot says. “Some things never change.”Leo Barraclough, Stewart Clarke, Patrick Frater, John Hopewell, Jamie Lang, Todd Spangler and Nick Vivarelli contributed to this report. “For a free- or pay-TV channel, soccer is great to consolidate leadership, boost prestige and bolster the brand,” says Jean-Baptiste Sergeant, an analyst at MainFirst. “But it’s always a money loser, because even if audiences are huge, it’s mission impossible to recoup the investment with advertising money unless the national team makes it to the final.”In France, where soccer is practically a religion, the 2014 World Cup drew an average of 9 million viewers on TF1, a number that rocketed to 15 million for matches played by the French team, says François Pellissier, head of sports at TF1 Group. “It’s increasingly difficult for linear channels to draw more than 10 million viewers for a show of any kind, but soccer, especially the World Cup, still does it and is able to garner broad audiences well beyond sports fans,” Pellissier says.In spite of the exceptional ratings, TF1 reportedly lost at least €20 million ($23.5 million) on the 2014 World Cup after spending $153 million for the rights. BeIN Sports acquired all World Cup rights for France for 2018 and 2022, and sold 28 of this year’s games on to TF1 for about $82 million, Sergeant says.In Spain, where the World Cup also generates huge ratings, Mediaset España picked up rights to the 24 primetime matches offered by FIFA, whose initial asking price was $41 million, according to Spanish press reports. But no pay-TV linear channel in Spain bought any World Cup rights. In Italy, whose national team failed to qualify for the first time in 60 years, Mediaset reportedly paid $92 million for the rights — less than half of what they usually go for.Even in host country Russia, where an estimated 43% of residents are planning to watch the tournament, the rights were sold to a consortium for $32 million, well below FIFA’s rumored goal of $110 million, according to business daily Vedomosti.“It’s always a money loser, because even if audiences are huge, it’s mission impossible to recoup the investment with advertising money unless the national team makes it to the final.”Jean-Baptiste Sergeant, MainFirst analystChina, the world’s most populous country, has set its sights on becoming a force in global soccer. CCTV has rights to all 64 matches and is partnering with Alibaba-owned Youku to stream games online. The state broadcaster estimates that more than 1 billion viewers will tune in throughout the monthlong tournament.Since the last World Cup, rights holders have been developing technological innovations and star-driven editorial content to try to attract and engage more viewers, including women and millennials. Fox has enlisted David Beckham, Ryan Reynolds and Evander Holyfield, among others, to promote the tournament in the U.S., which remains far less soccer crazy than many other nations and did not qualify for this year’s contest. Fox plans to air more matches on U.S. network television (38) than it did the last four World Cups combined. Fox Sports will also offer five bonus feeds: Team Channels, Match 360, Tactical View, Cable Cam View and Highlights. Even if rights auctions proved underwhelming in many countries, the World Cup, which kicks off June 14 in Russia, remains the second-biggest global TV event outside of the Olympics and a brand booster for broadcasters in most parts of the world.But competition from less costlyprogramming and shifting viewing habits pose challenges for those who splurged for rights to the quadrennial soccer tournament. Outlets are banking on digital innovation, cross-platform coverage and more commentary — often celebrity-led — to maximize ratings, broaden their audience base and lure more advertisers.In Europe, soccer is still a ratings champion, but TV outlets in key territories such as France, Italy and Spain managed to pay less for rights this time than they did for the previous tournaments.last_img read more

Bridge closed due to stranded trailer carrying boat

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailUPDATE: This has now cleared A road bridge is shut due to a stranded trailer carrying a boat. The bridge, on Mill Lane, is currently shut in Acton Trussell. Police are advising motorists to find alternative routes. The closure was first reported shortly before 2pm. A Staffordshire Police spokesman said:  “No access in and out of Acton Trussell by the canal bridge on Mill lane. Boat run a ground on the bridge.” Read MoreMan, 42, still in custody as 27 migrants – including ‘four children’ – found after lorry stopped on M6 near Stoke-on-Trent   Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us  @SOTLive or message us on  our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at  StokeonTrentLive .last_img read more