Jordi Alba surprised by Spain snub

first_imgBarcelona full-back Jordi Alba admits that he was “surprised” by Luis Enrique’s decision to not call-up him up for SpainThe 29-year-old was in impressive form for Barcelona in Sunday night’s 8-2 demolition of Huesca, which saw Alba score and set up two goals.But, despite his continued strong showings, Alba’s former Barcelona manager Enrique chose to leave him out of Spain’s 24-man squad for the upcoming international break.“It surprised me not to be called and I would have like to do. Everyone knows it a decision by the manager, and I must respect it,” said Alba, according to AS.“I don’t know why I’m not going. When I am bad, I can tell, and when I’m good too. I feel happy with the game we played.”⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽ GOOAAAL BARÇA!! JORDI ALBA!! (7-2, min 82)?? #BarçaHuesca pic.twitter.com/GC7209iLs6— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 2, 2018Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.After scoring Barcelona’s seventh of the game, Alba covered his eyes and blew a kiss to the crowd.“I was dedicating it to my son, who is my happiness every day,” he said.“I’ve been at Barcelona for many seasons and like in the past, I have started well. It depends on him. My return to the national team doesn’t depend on me.”Alba had a difficult period working under Enrique at Barcelona.The left-back was left on the sidelines of Enrique’s final season in charge of the club after the coach switched his formation from a 4-3-3 system to a 3-4-3.Alba added: “I feel very good in every way and I don’t know what the manager will think. The same was I didn’t question when I went, I won’t question it not,”“I don’t have to call anyone to ask for explanations. I never spoke badly about Luis Enrique, nor did I have a bad relationship with him.“My comments in the past can be checked. I never said or thought he was a bad manager, to the contrary. I only said that I wanted to play more minutes.”last_img read more

Valverde expects Madrid to challenge until the end

first_imgBarcelona Coach Ernesto Valverde says Real Madrid are still in contention for the title despite their position on the LaLiga table. Valverde believes Real Madrid will be a major threat until the final game of the season even as they are seven points behind the league leaders. “We consider Real Madrid a candidate for the title for the rest of the season,” he told a news conference via FourFourTwo.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“I know that the differences seem great, but are not, just seven points. They are one of our rivals.”Barcelona will be heading to Getafe on Sunday while Real Madrid will host Real Sociedad in an encounter which will further define their position in the LaLiga. A win could push them closer to Barcelona if the Catalan club draws or loses to Getafe.last_img read more

BMW M850i First Edition brings limitededition looks to 400 cars

first_img 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. 71 Photos Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. BMW,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. Tags 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 68 Photos 0 69 Photos 10 Photos 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Coupes Luxury cars Sports Cars 18 Photos Share your voice Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. More From Roadshow 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck Comments 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness BMW Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 52 Photoscenter_img GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families More From Roadshow Share your voice 12 Photos 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado Enlarge ImageBMW’s “frozen” paints have a matte finish, but they aren’t as finicky about maintenance as they used to be. BMW These days, it feels like nearly every new car has some kind of “first edition” or “launch edition” with extra trimmings and a higher price tag. Ahead of the BMW 8 Series’ release, BMW hopped back on that bandwagon with the M850i First Edition.BMW unveiled the M850i xDrive Coupe First Edition on Monday. Offered on just 400 cars, this comprehensive upgrade covers interior and exterior aesthetics, with some additional flourishes by way of a couple optional packages available on other M850i models. That quantity is the worldwide limit, so each market will receive far fewer — the UK, for example, only gets 10 of these cars.On the outside, BMW’s in-house Individual program applied its Frozen Barcelona Blue paint to the body, a color developed just for this car. There’s also a set of 20-inch alloy wheels finished in black. From the options menu, the car ditches its chrome trim in favor of gloss-black bits, and carbon fiber adorns the roof and other various trim pieces.Inside, BMW Individual shows up once again, this time adding a two-tone interior made from blue and white Merino leather. That color combination extends to the steering wheel and the Alcantara suede headliner, both of which are finished in blue. The interior is finished off with piano black trim, unique badges, cut glass knobs and buttons, as well as a Bowers & Wilkins surround-sound system. The car also sports several optional packages to boost its complement of tech.Otherwise, it’s the same ol’ M850i as usual. Under the hood is a 523-horsepower, 553-pound-foot 4.4-liter turbocharged V8 engine. An eight-speed automatic transmission sends its power to all four wheels. While pricing has not yet been announced for the US, the M850i First Edition goes on sale in June. The regular M850i is already a pricey proposition, commandng a $111,900 window sticker. 4 49 Photos Car Industry Get exclusively fancy with the BMW M850i First Edition 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch Tags 26 Photos Post a comment 81 Photos 7 Photos 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acuralast_img read more

Louisville Falls at Virginia Tech

first_img Next Game: at Virginia Tech 3/31/2019 | 1:00 p.m. NOTES: The fourth inning brought five more runs for Virginia Tech who capitalized on four hits and an error to bring the score to 10-1. A walk and an error put runners on for Kelsey Bennett’s three-run homer. A double and a single set up Meredith Slaw’s two-run double. Story Links Preview Live Stats The University of Louisville softball team fell 10-1 in five innings to No. 24/19 Virginia Tech in the second game of an ACC series Saturday afternoon at Tech Softball Park. The teams will meet in the rubber game Sunday at 1 p.m. Senior Sidney Melton went 3-for-3 with a double and sophomore Kyra Snyder connected on a home run to lead the Cardinals 22-11, 4-4 ACC) at the plate, but errors combined with a powerful Hokie offense proved to be costly as Virginia Tech (29-5, 9-2) evened the series. Sophomore Kyra Snyder smashed a solo shot over the left field fence to put the Cardinals on the scoreboard in the fourth.  center_img Matchup History Virginia Tech 10 – Louisville 1 Watch Live Full Schedule Roster Senior Megan Hensley (9-1) took the loss after giving up five runs, one earned, on five hits in 1.1 innings of work. The series between Louisville and Virginia Tech is now tied at 7-7. Snyder pushed her hitting streak to five games and has reached safely via a hit or walk in eight straight contests. Melton is currently on a five-game hitting streak. Freshman Rebecca Chung leads the team with a .351 batting average and 23 RBIs. After a scoreless first inning, the Hokies used four hits and two errors to put up a five-spot in the second. Jayme Bailey’s leadoff home run put Virginia Tech on the scoreboard. A walk, an error and a hit loaded the bases to get the home half of the inning started. A defensive miscue, followed by a walk and back-to-back singles extended the lead to 5-0.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

New Sonos Satellite Speaker Pops Up in FCC Filing

first_img CREDIT: Courtesy of the FCC A list of the equipment used in testing the new device includes a mention of the company’s existing Playbar as a “master device,” and describes the S18 as a “wireless smart speaker (right).” The fact that the new device was tested in conjunction with the Playbar suggests that it is meant to be used as a satellite speaker in a home theater setup. Smart speaker maker Sonos seems to be readying a satellite speaker to bring true surround sound as well s voice control to its Playbar soundbar, if a new FCC filing is any indication.A Sonos spokesperson declined to comment on the filing.The heavily redacted filing, which was published by the FCC Monday, describes a new Sonos device with the model number S18, which has both Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity. Photos and other documents aren’t included in the public version of the filing, but one slip-up gives us a good idea of what S18 will be: Sonos first introduced the Playbar as its very first soundbar back in early 2013. The company followed up with a smaller and cheaper model, dubbed the Sonos Beam, earlier this year.Like all recent Sonos products, the Beam includes microphones for far-field voice control — something that the original Playbar doesn’t offer. By adding smart satellite speakers to its line-up, Sonos could allow Playbar owners to get surround sound as well as voice control to their home theater setups.Adding another product for Playbar owners to its line-up would also be a good match for the company’s business model, which relies heavily on repeat buyers. In its fiscal year of 2017, Sonos sold around 38% of its devices to consumers who already owned at least one of its products.Update: 10:53am: This post was updated with additional information on touch control for the S18 device. CREDIT: Courtesy of the FCC ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety The filing further illustrates this setup with the following schematics: The speaker also seems to have touch controls similar to the ones first introduced with the Sonos One (hat tip to Dave Zatz), which indicate the presence of a built-in microphone for far-field voice control.last_img read more

Emirates adds more routes to its global network

first_imgEmirates adds more routes to its global networkEmirates airline officially commenced daily direct flights from Dubai to Hanoi, Vietnam on 1st July, providing Emirates’ passengers from Dubai and other destinations across Europe another seamless route to Vietnam. Passengers travelling to Hanoi will no longer stop in Yangon, saving approximately 2hrs30mins of travel time.The first direct flight EK394 from Dubai departed at 03:30hrs and arrived at Noi Bai International Airport at 13:05hrs local time on 1st July 2017. The new non-stop service is operated with a two-class configured Boeing 777-300ER which offers 42 seats in Business Class, 386 seats in Economy Class and up to 20 tonnes of capacity for cargo, with generous free baggage allowance (up to 35kg in Economy Class and 40kg in Business Class).The return flight, EK395, departs from Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport at 01:30hrs and arrives in Dubai International Airport at 05:05hrs. Timings of the service have been scheduled to allow for seamless connections from and to many European and GCC destinations, via a convenient stopover in Dubai. Emirates provides its customers with a wide range of choices across its global network of more than 150 destinations in 84 countries and territories.As well as the Vietnam announcement, Emirates announced that it will introduce an additional daily flight to Brussels, complementing Emirates’ existing schedule and providing a double-daily service to customers from 29 October 2017.The new scheduled flight will be added to meet the growing demand for travel on the route – Emirates has carried over half a million passengers between Dubai and the Belgian capital since launching operations on 5 September 2014 – and continues to grow demand both inbound and outbound.As well as providing choice and convenience for both Belgian customers and inbound visitors, Emirates’ operations over recent years have made a positive impact on Belgium’s tourism, trade, investment and employment. Keen to build on its already significant economic contribution, Emirates is confident its analysis demonstrates that the high potential of the route more than justifies the addition of a second daily service between Dubai and Brussels, both to meet existing demand and to stimulate new growth.Inbound tourism is also expected to receive a significant boost, the new flight creating an anticipated 50,000 more tourist arrivals and generating over USD 110 million of tourist revenues for the Belgium economy annually.The second daily flight, offering additional cargo capacity in the belly hold of the wide-body Boeing 777-300ER, will enhance trade links between Brussels and Dubai, transporting pharmaceuticals, perishables such as chocolates and automotive parts from Belgium to the U.A.E. and beyond.The new year-round flight will enhance Belgium’s global long-haul connectivity, offering passengers travelling from Brussels the chance to reach over 70 Emirates’ destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australasia which are not currently served directly by any carrier operating out of Brussels.In its commitment to continue to redefine air travel, Emirates works closely with manufacturers and suppliers to ensure all aspects of the customer experience are second to none, and offers passengers the industry leading ice (Information, Communications and Entertainment) entertainment system with more than 2,500 channels of entertainment featuring over 400 movies from around the world, including Vietnamese content. Emirates has won the World’s Best Inflight Entertainment award for a record 13th year at the prestigious Skytrax World Airline Awards 2017.Source = Emirates Airlinelast_img read more

May 6 2005 Every Friday morning the workshop part

first_imgMay 6, 2005Every Friday morning the workshop participants from different departments get together for a group project, a synergy. This week the April workshop participants help to plant grape vines. Agriculture department manager Scott Dolan instructs how to plant. [Photo & text: Yuki Y]Every Friday morning the workshop participants from different departments get together for a group project, a synergy. This week the April workshop participants help to plant grape vines. Agriculture department manager Scott Dolan instructs how to plant. [Photo & text: Yuki Y] A planted grape vine. [left photo] Workshop participant Nicola Maggiaioli waters the grape vines. [right photo] [Photo & text: Yuki Y] For each vine cutting a hole has to be dug about ten inches deep. Christopher Brown and Andrew Woodard [left photo] [Photo & text: Yuki Y]last_img read more