By Iain RogersReal Madrid have blamed Manchester United for their failure to sign Spain goalkeeper David De Gea before Monday’s midnight transfer deadline and said they did everything needed to complete the transaction.De Gea faces an uncertain future after the deal to join Real, which included Costa Rica keeper Keylor Navas moving to the English club, was scuppered when the paperwork did not arrive at the Spanish league in time and the data was not entered into FIFA’s Transfer Matching System (TMS) as required.Real said in a statement on their website (www.realmadrid.com) on Tuesday the bureaucratic snafu, which prompted widespread ridicule on social media, was not their fault and detailed exhaustively how and why the necessary documents were not ready until it was too late.United had not initiated talks on a possible De Gea transfer until Monday morning, the statement said.After initial agreement was reached, Real said they sent the contracts to United at 1:39 p.m. Spanish time (11:39 GMT).Eight hours later they were sent back with “small modifications”, which Real said they immediately accepted.Real then sent the contracts signed by De Gea and Navas back to United for their signature at 21:32 GMT, 28 minutes before the deadline.United entered the details of De Gea’s transfer into TMS at exactly midnight Spanish time but did not register the Navas deal and by then it was too late for Real to access the system.TMS gave them a last chance to register the deal around half an hour later and Real also sent the documents to the Spanish league even though they knew the deadline had passed.“Real Madrid did everything necessary, and at all times, to complete these two transfers,” Real’s statement concluded.The Spanish league did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A spokesman for United said they had no immediate response to Real’s statement.FIFA rules state that players can be registered only during one of two annual transfer periods – the other is in January – with the exception being if their contract has expired before the end of a registration period.For a player to transfer to another country, their new club and his previous club have to submit certain information and documentation to the TMS.The system then generates an International Transfer Certificate (ITC) which allows the player’s registration to be switched from one country to another.Asked on Tuesday about the failed transfer, a FIFA spokesperson said: “Up until now, we do not appear to have been contacted by either of the parties in this matter.“Please understand that as a result we cannot comment on a hypothetical scenario.”As things stand, De Gea, whose deal with United expires at the end of the season when he can leave for free, could find himself out in the cold, at least until the end of the year when the market opens again.As the transfer saga rumbled on, United coach Louis van Gaal left the 24-year-old former Atletico Madrid keeper out of the squad for the Premier League club’s opening games of the season, with Argentina international Sergio Romero playing instead.Real want De Gea as a long-term replacement for his Spain team-mate Iker Casillas, the former club captain who joined Porto in July.De Gea was selected last week for Spain’s forthcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers against Slovakia and Macedonia although coach Vicente del Bosque hinted that he could lose his place in the squad if his club situation remained unresolved.
LONDON, England:World record holder in the 110m hurdles, Aries Merritt, has praised the Jamaican pair of Omar McLeod and Ronald Levy, but insists that he is not overly concerned with their form.With the Jamaican duo impressing all season, the American is aware that he will likely have to get through the two if he is to get to the top of the podium at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics in London next month, but insists that he is not paying too much attention to what his rivals are doing.”I feel like hurdling as a whole has gotten a lot better for everyone. Ever since I ran the world record in 2012, the standard for hurdles has shifted and so you see a lot of people running 13.0 seconds and under in the event,” said Merritt. “It’s a new era of hurdling and training, and a lot of persons are running well.”Merritt clocked 12.80 to set a new mark at the Brussels Diamond League meet in September 2012 but since then, has had to come back from several injuries, including a kidney transplant. His fastest time since then is 13.04 seconds done in Beijing in 2015. He won the event yesterday at the Muller Anniversary Games in the London Stadium in a season-best 13.09 seconds.McLeod, the Olympic champion, has recorded the fastest time in the event since Merritt’s world-record mark; the 12.90 national record, which he posted at the National Senior Championships last month, and now has the fastest three times this year, including two marks below 13 seconds – 12.90 and 12.96.Levy burst onto the scene this year and with a season and personal best time of 13.05 to his credit, only McLeod and Sergey Shubenkov (13.01) have gone faster. Levy showed that he was ready to compete with the world’s best, taking down a big field at the Paris Diamond League a few days ago and is now considered as a medal prospect heading into the World Championships.FOCUSING ON SELFMerritt acknowledged the form shown by the Jamaicans but says his focus will be on his own targets when they face off at the August 4-13 championships.”Omar is an Olympic champion and has already run sub-13 twice this year, and that’s really great. Levy is running very well, but when I am running at a major championships or Diamond League, I can’t focus on what everyone is doing, I have to focus on myself, because at the end of the day, someone can go out and break a world record or something, but it doesn’t matter, because I have to focus on what I am doing,” Merritt said.”In a championships setting I am aware that they are there, but I am not focused on them. I am just focused on me, because there are 10 barriers and they are your biggest enemy,” he added.Merritt, who won bronze at the last World Championships, also claimed gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
This year’s staging of the Jamaica National (JN) Foundation Heroes in Act!on Run/Walk will take place with the aim of benefiting the Trelawny Infirmary in Falmouth. This year’s staging takes place on October 15 and starts at the Falmouth Pier with a warm-up at 6:30 a.m. before the race at 7 o’clock. Race marshal Alfred ‘Franno’ Francis said that this year’s race will not only give participants the option of walking or running, but also choices between a 4K and 10K distance. He added that the course has been improved this year to lift the safety of competitors. “Your Worship (Trelawny Mayor Councillor Collin Gager) and the JCF (Jamaica Constabulary Force) have provided escort and control for the past two runnings,” Francis said. “This year, we will have an additional set of marshals whom I consider my elite marshals. “We will have a special set of volunteers from JN and we are also going to use cones, especially on the highway. We will cone the soft shoulder and we’ll have our marshals there to escort and control, along with the JCF to ensure the continued safety of our participants. I say continued because we have had the run two years with no negative incidents.” Francis said that ambulances and medical personnel will be what he describes as “strategically placed” along the route, but he asked competitors to properly prepare themselves ahead of the race to prevent any emergencies. The JN Foundation will be partnering with the Usain Bolt (UB) Foundation, as Trelawny is Bolt’s parish of birth. The Usain Bolt Foundation CEO Winsome Wilkins said that the Trelawny Infirmary should be a world-class facility for its residents. A WONDERFUL EVENT Partnership and development manager at the JN Foundation, Onyka Barrett-Scott, said that they are partnering with the infirmary this year because they recognise the importance to take care of the needs of Jamaica’s elders, whom she said have “paved the way for many of the nation’s successes.” JN Foundation general manager Saffrey Brown is expecting the number of participants to continue to increase this year. “We think it’s important that we continue to support rural development,” she told The Gleaner. “We’re looking for 3,000 runners this year. First year we had 1,000, second year we had 2,000, so we’re happy to grow at about a thousand. We wouldn’t want the run to get too big because it takes away from the overall experience. It’s a really wonderful event. You want to ensure that the numbers continue to support the environment, which is a really wonderful historical town.” Brown said that although 100 per cent of funds raised will go towards the charity, the organisers have not set a specific target in mind. However, she said that the aim is just to create an event where participants can enjoy themselves and whatever is raised from it goes to a good cause.
HOUSTON (AP): Tilman Fertitta, a billionaire restaurant and casino owner from Houston, agreed to buy the Houston Rockets from Leslie Alexander yesterday. Terms were not released and must be approved by the NBA Board of Governors. In the two most recent sales of NBA teams, the Los Angeles Clippers sold for $2 billion and the Atlanta Hawks for $850 million. “This is a lifelong dream come true,” said Fertitta, who will be the sole owner of one of the NBA’s elite teams. “Leslie Alexander has been one of the best owners in all of sports, and I thank him immensely for this opportunity. … I am overwhelmed with emotion to have this opportunity in my beloved city of Houston.” The deal includes Clutch City Sports and Entertainment, which puts on shows and concerts at the Toyota Center. Alexander announced the team was for sale in July. He became owner in 1993, and the Rockets won titles in 1994 and 1995 behind Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler. In 24 seasons under Alexander, the Rockets have won 57 percent of their games, fifth highest in the league. The 60-year-old Fertitta owns the Landry’s restaurant chain and Golden Nugget casino and hotels. He was born in Galveston, Texas, and has lived in Houston his entire adult life. Fertitta is the chairman of the board of regents of the University of Houston System and star of the reality show “Billion Dollar Buyer” on CNBC. The 74-year-old Alexander says he wants to spend more time with family and work on his charitable projects.
Story Links HOW IT HAPPENED: Fourth-year right side hitter Alina Dormann led all players with 23 points off of 20 kills, two blocks and one ace, while also adding a team-high 11 digs in the narrow loss. Veteran middle Anna Licht added 14.5 points off of 13 kills and 1.5 blocks, while Brianna Patrick also reached double digits with 10 points off of eight kills and two aces. First-year setter Hayley Goodwin tallied 47 assists and nine digs in the loss. UP NEXT: The Blues host the McMaster Marauders in their final pre-season game tomorrow (Oct. 14). Game time is set for 12 p.m., at the Athletic Centre Sports Gym. For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics.Print Friendly Version Box ScoreThe University of Toronto Varsity Blues women’s volleyball team fell 3-2 (26-24, 15-25, 25-20, 19-25, 17-19) to the OUA and U SPORTS defending champion Ryerson Rams in pre-season action on Saturday, October 13 at Athletic Centre Sports Gym.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – Consumers were feeling confident in January: The job market was chugging along and oil prices were down. Their optimism may dwindle, however, on concerns that job and wage growth might slow. The Conference Board, a private research group, said Tuesday that its Consumer Confidence Index edged up to 110.3 in January from a revised 110.0 in December. Analysts had expected a reading between 110.0 and 110.5. The January index was the highest in five years, suggesting that consumers will continue to be the engine behind the nation’s economic growth in coming months. At the same time, a measure of consumer expectations for the next six months dropped to 94.5 in January from 96.3 the month before. Lynn Franco, director of the board’s consumer research center, said that “looking ahead … consumers are not as optimistic as they were in December.” As a result, the index suggests just “moderate improvement” in economic growth in early 2007. This should ease fears at the Federal Reserve, which is meeting to review its economic policy, said Anthony Chan, managing director and chief economist with JPMorgan Private Client Services in New York. “At the central bank, they’re mainly concerned about the economy overheating,” Chan said. “I think this report says they can sit and watch.” Still, he said, the economy will benefit in the short run from continued consumer spending because the latest figures “tell us that at the moment, the consumer is in a sweet spot thanks to improved labor market conditions and lower oil prices.” The Dow Jones industrial average rose 32.53, or 0.26 percent, to 12,523.31 on Tuesday. The S&P 500 index advanced 8.20, or 0.58 percent, to 1,428.82, while the Nasdaq composite index increased 7.55, or 0.31 percent, to 2,448.64.
Chris Smalling and Phil Jones could form a partnership as good as Steve Bruce and Gary Pallister for Manchester United, talkSPORT has been told.Ahead of the new season, Louis van Gaal has revealed that Daley Blind is his first-choice central defender and, if fit, will start the Premier League opener against Tottenham, with Smalling and Jones fighting it out to play alongside the Dutchman.But, according to Sun reporter Neil Custis, who has been closely following United on their pre-season tour of the US, Van Gaal should forget about playing Blind in that position and put his trust in the England duo.He told The Sports Bar: “I think Smalling and Jones, if given the time together, would make a very good partnership.“They played together only about eight times last season but they were developing a good partnership.“He [Van Gaal] seems to think Blind is the man to go alongside one of the other. I don’t necessarily agree because I think those two playing together for a decent stretch of time could form a Pallister, Bruce type of partnership. People might snigger at that but I think they are good enough if given the chance.”
getty 7 getty 7 Chile missed out on the last-16 by the width of the crossbar getty 7 Janine Beckie of Canada battles for possession with Desiree Van Lunteren Lindsey Horan of the USA scores and runs off to celebrate Christine Sinclair of Canada celebrates with teammates after scoring But as Sinclair lined up to take the spot-kick, a VAR review that took almost three minutes to reach a conclusion, led to Frappart awarding a free-kick three yards outside the area that Sinclair tamely struck into the wall.Despite the Dutch dominating, Canada had the ball in the back of the net in the 22nd minute, only for Jordyn Huitema to be adjudged offside after slotting home underneath the advancing Sari Van Veenendaal.It was Holland who came closest to making the breakthrough in the first half, with Arsenal striker Vivianne Miedema striking the base of a post with an angled shot on the turn, followed by Gunners team-mate Danielle Van de Donk’s stunning 16-yard bicycle kick landing on the roof of the net.Nine minutes after the break Holland then deservedly took the lead, with Montpellier midfielder Dekker heading home an inswinging free-kick from Sherida Spitse from seven yards.But just six minutes later Canada were on level terms, with Sinclair superbly turning home at the far post a teasing low ball into the six-yard box from Ashley Lawrence. However, 15 minutes from time Holland sealed the three points with Beerensteyn, on as a substitute five minutes earlier, starting and finishing an incisive move by sliding home a Van Lunteren cross from three yards.Holland will now face 2015 runner-up Japan in Rennes next Tuesday, while Canada take on USA after they won Group F, in Paris on Monday.CAMEROON 2-1 NEW ZEALANDAjara Nchout scored two brilliant goals, including an injury-time winner, as Cameroon dramatically beat New Zealand 2-1 to reach the last 16 of the World Cup as a best third-placed team.Nchout turned inside Ria Percival in the 95th minute and superbly curled in the winner to put Cameroon through. getty USA broke a Women’s World Cup record in their game against Sweden by scoring the most goals in group stage history with an astonishing 18.Both sides were already assured of their places in the last 16, but the USA added to their 13-0 and 3-0 wins over Thailand and Chile with another strong performance in Le Havre.Unmarked midfielder Lindsey Horan poked in the opener from an early corner, before Tobin Heath’s strike deflected in off Chelsea defender Jonna Andersson as the USA added a controversial second after the break.Jill Ellis’ side face Spain in the next round while Sweden meet Canada, with both of those matches to be played on Monday.Andersson’s own goal came amid yet another debatable intervention involving VAR at this tournament, eventually being given despite USA substitute Carli Lloyd being in an offside position in the middle when the cross was played in. However, Francisca Lara stepped up and struck her effort against the bar.They took the lead when Boonsing inadvertently fired into her own net before Urrutia’s header made it 2-0.So the last 16 games are:Germany v NigeriaNorway v AustraliaEngland v CameroonFrance v BrazilSpain v USASweden v CanadaItaly v ChinaNetherlands v Japan 7 NETHERLANDS 2-1 CANADAReigning European champions Holland secured top spot in Group E at the Women’s World Cup, maintaining their 100 per cent record with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Canada in Reins.Bayern Munich striker Lineth Beerensteyn grabbed the winner 15 minutes from time after Christine Sinclair had scored in her fifth successive World Cup to quickly cancel out Anouk Dekker’s 54th-minute opener.Both sides went into the game knowing they had qualified for the last 16 after winning their opening two games against Cameroon and New Zealand, with the match settling who would top the group and finish runner-up.The game started in controversial fashion as inside two minutes referee Stephanie Frappart awarded Canada a penalty when Janine Beckie was fouled on the edge of the area by Desiree Van Lunteren. getty Alex Morgan of the USA battles for possession with Julia Zigiotti Ajara Nchout of Cameroon scores her team’s first goal Lloyd did not touch the ball, so was deemed not to have been interfering with play after a lengthy stoppage for the review, but her presence clearly affected Linda Sembrant’s attempt to hook the cross clear, which diverted the ball towards Heath.THAILAND 0-2 CHILEChile missed out on a Women’s World Cup last-16 tie against England by the width of the woodwork in their dramatic 2-0 win over Thailand.Needing a three-goal win to advance, Chile were 2-0 up when they were awarded a penalty after keeper Waraporn Boonsing fouled Maria Jose Urrutia. 7 7 They were heading out after Aurelle Awona sliced a volley into her own net with 10 minutes remaining for 1-1.Nchout had put her side ahead in the second half with a lovely, dinked goal.Although Cameroon finished on three points, the same as Nigeria from Group A, they went through courtesy of having scored just a single goal more (3) than their African counterparts.The Netherlands finished top of Group E with a 100% record after a 2-1 victory over Canada, who finish in second place.SWEDEN 0-2 USA getty The Women’s World Cup has provided fans across the world with moments of magic and madness in equal measure.Be it Scotland’s chaotic exit at the hands of Argentina or Alex Morgan’s clinical finishing against Thailand, thrills and spills have not been in short supply.On Thursday night, fans were treated to another round of thrilling games in France as the round of 16 beckons. Check out what happened below! getty Waraporn Boonsing of Thailand scores an own goal, Chile’s first 7
audrey watters Tags:#mobile#web Research in Motion has just held its earnings call for the first quarter of fiscal 2012, and the news doesn’t look too great.“Fiscal 2012 has gotten off to a challenging start,” said Jim Balsillie, RIM’s Co-CEO. “The slowdown we saw in the first quarter is continuing into Q2, and delays in new product introductions into the very late part of August is leading to a lower than expected outlook in the second quarter.”The delay in production of new products doesn’t bode well as RIM faces still competition from Google, Apple and Microsoft in the smartphone market, and form numerous competitors in the tablet market.During the call, RIM confirmed that it shipped 500,000 units of its new PlayBook and 13.2 million BlackBerries. That last figure might not seem too bad, but here’s a figure to offer in comparison: 18.65 million iPhones sold, according to Apple’s recent quarterly earnings call.And note the difference there. BlackBerries shipped. iPhones sold. It seems likely that many of the devices that RIM reported today are still sitting on store shelves. As RIM didn’t meet its projections, the company says it’s announcing a “cost optimization program” that will include an undisclosed number of layoffs. It also revised projections downwards for the rest of the year and earnings per share for the full year fiscal 2012 are now expected to be between $5.25 and $6.00. Upon word of the report, RIM stocks fell sharply today. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
Will.I.Am and Cody Wise Philly, set your DVRs for tomorrow night! South Philly native, rising star Cody Wise and global phenom will.i.am will be premiering their single ”It’s My Birthday” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon tomorrow, and the duo will be in some good company with Philly’s own and Tonight Show house band The Legendary Roots Crew. We. Are. Hype. Wise, who is signed with Interscope Records and Will.i.am Music Group, has been crafting his album over the past year which is set to come out in the fall. “It’s My Birthday” has been dominating the charts in the UK at No. 1 since debuting in early July and the song just landed in the top position on the charts in Australia since debuting last week. The pair are set to bring the popular song home to the States beginning tomorrow night on The Tonight Show. Get a little taste of “It’s My Birthday” with the music video below. And, look out for some behind the scenes footage of Cody on our Instagram @philly360.