Premier League round-up: Chelsea surge seven points clear as Costa strikes again

first_imgChelsea maintained their unbeaten start to the season and moved seven points clear at the top of the Premier League with a 2-0 win over ten-man West Brom.With second-placed Southampton not playing until Monday night, Jose Mourinho’s men took the opportunity to extend their lead at the summit as they coasted to victory against the Baggies at Stamford Bridge.Diego Costa was afforded too much space in the box to fire home his 11th goal of the season with just over ten minutes on the clock, before Eden Hazard capitalised on more lax defending to add a second inside 25 minutes.West Brom’s afternoon went from bad to worse just a few minutes later as they were reduced to ten men, with Claudio Yacob’s two-footed lunge towards Costa deemed worthy of a straight red card despite the defender appearing to make contact with the ball.It was a case of damage limitation for the visitors from that moment on and they did well to stop Chelsea from adding to their tally in the second half, although the home side appeared happy to keep possession and see the game out.Chelsea remain eight points ahead of third-placed Manchester City, who came from behind to beat Swansea 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium.City boss Manuel Pellegrini warned his side they could not afford to lose any more games in 2014 on the eve of the clash with the Welsh club.His players did not appear to get the message, though, as Wilfried Bony celebrated signing a new contract earlier this week by giving Swansea a shock lead inside ten minutes.But City fought back to level through Stevan Jovetic on 19 minutes, before Yaya Toure clinched a much-needed victory for the champions with a well-taken strike midway through the second half.Newcastle’s remarkable run continues, meanwhile, as they secured a fifth successive victory by beating QPR 1-0.The Magpies couldn’t buy a win at the start of the season and supporters loudly called for manager Alan Pardew’s dismissal.But Pardew has overseen a remarkable turnaround in recent weeks, and they are now up to fourth in the Premier League as Moussa Sissoko’s strike 12 minutes from time earned them all three points against QPR.The Hoops are now propping up the table, as Burnley beat Stoke 2-1 at the Britannia Stadium to move off the bottom.The newly-promoted Clarets had failed to win any of their opening ten games of the season but it is now back-to-back victories for Sean Dyche’s side.Danny Ings’ quick fire double early in the first half earned them the win, with Jonathan Walters’ strike proving a mere consolation for the hosts.Burnley are now level on points with 17th-placed Leicester, who remain without a victory since September after being held to a goalless draw at home to Sunderland.And finally, West Ham’s five-match unbeaten run was brought to an end by Everton at Goodison Park.Mauro Zarate had cancelled out Romelu Lukaku’s fifth goal of the season to level for the Hammers but Leon Osman marked his 400th Everton appearance with the winning goal for the home side.Premier League results:Chelsea 2 – 0 West BromEverton 2 – 1 West HamLeicester 0 – 0 SunderlandMan City 2 – 1 SwanseaNewcastle 1 – 0 QPRStoke 1 – 2 Burnley Diego Costa celebrates scoring for Chelsea against West Brom 1last_img read more

How Rich Are the Companies of DEMO 2011?

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… mike melanson Tags:#conferences#DEMO 2011#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Over the next two days at the DEMO conference in Palm Springs, California, more than 50 companies will take the stage and introduce their product in six minutes flat. It’s a format that has become an industry standard, with conferences like TechCrunch 50, TechCrunch Disrupt and LAUNCH following in its footsteps.A continual criticism of DEMO over the years, however, has been that the price of entry is simply too high. At nearly $20,000, the cost of getting on stage at one of the world’s pre-eminent tech conferences can be prohibitive to say the least, so we decided to take a look at how funding broke down for the $1,000,000 in presentations we’re seeing over the 48-hours.To examine the funding of the 52 companies crossing the stage this week, we used DIY database tool Needlebase to quickly scrape the DEMO website of all the funding disclosures and then sort the numbers. Of the 52 companies, we found data for 46 companies. Here are the numbers: 52% of companies that disclosed funding disclosed $1m in funding or less.  85% less than $5 million.  32% disclosed between $1m and $5m, the most popular category.  10% disclosed $10m in funding or more.  The most funded of the group is content security firm WebSense, which reported more than $50m in funding.How does this compare to the Launch conference last week, which argued DEMO was too pricey for bootstrapped startups to launch at? Though the data is incomplete (we could only find funding data for 7 of 37 companies at Launch), it’s worth at least a passing mention that the Launch companies that disclosed any funding on Crunchbase have raised an average of $2m each.  That’s roughly in the same sweet spot as DEMO. last_img read more

AT&T, DirecTV, And The Future Of Video

first_imgOver the weekend, AT&T struck a deal to buy DirecTV, the satellite pay-TV company, for $65 billion.At first blush, it seems like a bet on the past: Satellite broadcasting is a one-way service in a two-way era. It’s only capable of providing what the industry calls “linear” programming—the traditional channel arrangement, broadcast according to a schedule, not according to a viewer’s whims.Internet Killed The Satellite Star—Or Did It?The future of video is on-demand, delivered over the Internet. The buzzword for this is “over the top”—in other words, delivered over infrastructure like a cable hookup that itself already delivers video. Most people believe that “over the top” services like Netflix and Hulu are the future of how we’ll consume video.See also: With Time Warner, Comcast Wants Complete Control Of The Internet PipesBut some programming is best delivered in linear fashion—particularly live sports programming, where DirecTV is particularly strong. In its announcement, AT&T highlighted DirecTV’s exclusive deal for NFL’s Sunday Ticket program, which delivers football games both via satellite and Internet.So the best way to think about this deal is less about delivery mechanisms and more about the kind of video DirecTV offers today. AT&T can leverage those viewers and those deals with movie studios and sports leagues to power its own video efforts. (One might see AT&T drop its nascent U-Verse brand in favor of the better-known DirecTV brand.)While consolidation’s always cause for concern, a stronger AT&T seems better poised to take on the likes of Comcast, which owns both a large cable plant—larger if it’s allowed to buy Time Warner Cable—and the NBC Universal video empire.Photo by Gregory Strakos 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Related Posts owen thomascenter_img 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Tags:#AT&T#DirecTV#NFL#online video#Sports#video last_img read more

After nearly giving up on basketball, Herndon is ready to chase his dream

first_imgStronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Robredo to gov’t, after accepting anti drug post: Are you ready for me? PLAY LIST 01:29Robredo to gov’t, after accepting anti drug post: Are you ready for me?00:50Trending Articles03:06‘Pamana’: Mausoleum caretaker cherishes humble work for family01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Read Next MOST READ “I got my degree just to make my dad proud. My dad is a police officer but I really did not want to be a policeman. Maybe, I would have been a fireman and the degree in criminal justice would’ve helped, but I’ve decided to just focus on basketball, get back to the Philippines, and try to make it here,” Herndon said, whose father Robert Sr. traces his roots to Mactan, Cebu.“The decision to move here was tough but I love the country and I love the basketball even more.”A virtual unknown when he made the leap of fate, it didn’t take long before Herndon started making his mark, ruling the Philippine leg of the 2016 Red Bull King of the Rock tournament at the expense of two-time PBA MVP Willie Miller, before joining the PBA D-League where he saw action for Victoria Sports-MLQU, Wangs Basketball, and finally, Marinerong Pilipino.Of the three teams he suited up for, Herndon takes the most pride playing for the Couriers, which he led to contend for a playoff spot this past PBA D-League season.“It’s good basketball and I learned a lot there. And that’s just the D-League. For sure, the PBA will be better. There’s just a lot of good players here, good teams, great coaches here,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Robbie Herndon. PBA IMAGESIn just a span of two years, Robbie Herndon went from dousing flames as an aspiring fireman in San Francisco to torching hoops here in the Philippines.And as the Fil-Am swingman embarks on this new chapter of his life as he enters the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, he hopes to get the chance to showcase his deadly game in the pros.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 PBA Board to back Narvasa on controversial SMB-Kia trade Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP “I’ve been waiting for two years for this moment. I’m just glad that I’m eligible because I’ve put a lot of hard work into this. I’m ready to get it going,” said the 24-year-old.Herndon had shelved his hoop dreams to focus on his education at San Francisco State and almost gave up on basketball a few years back.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I played two years there and then, I wanted to just focus on my studies,” he said. “That was humbling for me because basketball was the only thing I wanted to do my whole life. In college, I went through a phase when it was hard juggling school and sports. I wanted to get my degree so losing my passion for basketball, I stopped playing after my second year.”But after getting his criminal justice degree much to the delight of his family, the 6-foot-3 guard felt that it was time for him to take the chance and fly to his father’s homeland. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC But Herndon is not just an offensive-minded player as he also takes pride in his playmaking and defensive capabilities, something which he displayed in the two-day 2017 Gatorade PBA Draft Combine and earned him a spot in the pre-draft workout’s Mythical Five.“The scoring just comes, but I think I really do well when it comes to rebounding because I like to rebound a lot. I also feel like I can get my teammates going, make the right pass, and also defense. It’s not just the scoring that I can do. I like to take it inside and bang bodies. I can shoot but I can also go with the drive and bang down low. I feel like I’m a good two-way player,” he said.Looking back, Herndon couldn’t help but feel emotional over the path he took to make it this far on his journey.“I think about the draft every day and I wanted this for a long time. I’m nervous, I’m excited, but most of all, I’m ready,” he said.last_img read more

Sohail among 14 Pak stars to sign up for Hockey India League

first_imgFourteen Pakistan hockey players, including star penalty corner specialist Sohail Abbas, have signed up for the inaugural Hockey India League to be held from January 5 to February 3 next year.The 14 Pakistani players will be among the pool of about 80 overseas players for the HIL Players Auction to be held next month, Hockey India said in a release. Rated among the world’s best drag-flick exponents, Abbas is the most prolific scorer in the game’s history with 349 goals. He was the captain of the Pakistan squad that finished seventh in the London Olympic Games earlier this year. Apart from the 19-year-old forward Ali Shan, the other 13 players were in Pakistan’s London Olympics squad. Ali Shan was among the final 20 probables for the Olympic Games. “We are delighted that the cream of Pakistan’s Olympic Games squad has made itself available to play in the Hockey India League,” Hockey India Secretary-General and HIL Chairman Narinder Batra said. “We know that the Indian fans will love to watch these stars as part of the six teams that will vie for honours in the exciting tournament that will raise the profile of the sport,” he said. Pakistan Hockey Federation President Qasim Zia and Secretary Muhammad Asif Bajwa said they were happy that the 14 players would be part of the HIL Players Auction. “Our players are excited to be among those considered for the inaugural Hockey India League,” Bajwa said. “We are sure that the event will be a huge success, drawing the best talent from around the world.” The Players: Goalkeepers: Imran Shah, Imran Butt Defenders: Muhammed Irfan, Sohail Abbas, Muhammad Imran, Syed Kashif Shah Midfielders: Muhammad Rizwan Jr, Fareed Ahmed, Rashid Mehmood, Muhammad Tousiq Forwards: Muhammad Rizwan Sr, Shafqat Rasool, Waqas Muhammad, Ali Shan.advertisementlast_img read more

Lionel Messi and Liverpool Shine in the Champions League

first_imgROME (AP) — Lionel Messi and titleholder Liverpool were in top form in the Champions League on Wednesday.Messi scored one goal and set up another as Barcelona beat Slavia Prague 2-1 to take control of Group F at the group stage’s midpoint.Liverpool overwhelmed Genk 4-1 to end a four-game losing streak away from home in the group phase.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made the most of a rare start to score twice and Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah also got on the scoresheet for last season’s champion.Still, Liverpool remained one point behind Napoli in Group E after the Italian club won 3-2 at Salzburg with a brace from Dries Mertens, who surpassed Diego Maradona for second spot on the team’s all-time scoring list.Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, right, vies for the ball with Genk’s Jhon Lucumi, left, and Carlos Cuesta during a Champions League group E soccer match between Genk and Liverpool at the KRC Genk Arena in Genk, Belgium, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)Inter Milan and Borussia Dortmund trail Barcelona by three points in a group where three heavyweights are vying for two spots in the knockout stage.Inter beat Dortmund 2-0 in the other Group F game with goals from Lautaro Martinez and Antonio Candreva.Messi floated a free kick to Luis Suárez at the far post and the Uruguayan’s shot was deflected in by Slavia forward Peter Olayinka for Barcelona’s winner.Earlier, Messi finished off a fast move he had started.It was the first goal for the Argentine in the campaign, taking his overall tally in Europe’s top club competition to 113.TREMENDOUS TEENAGERSalzburg’s 19-year-old forward Erling Haaland scored twice in the loss to Napoli, giving him six goals in three matches.Salzburg’s Erling Braut Haaland, left, celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Champions League Group E soccer match between FC Red Bull Salzburg and Napoli in Salzburg, Austria, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)That makes him only the second teenager in Champions League history to score in each of his first three appearances in the competition, after current Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema achieved the feat with Lyon. And he’s the first player to score six goals in his first three Champions League appearances.Haaland now has 20 goals in all competitions for the Austrian club this season.Haaland’s first goal came with a penalty, then he made it 2-2 by taking advantage of his 6-foot-4 (1.94 meter) frame for a precise header.He also had a score disallowed early on by the VAR for offside.SUPER SUBSMichy Batshuayi came off the bench and scored a late winner as Chelsea rode its luck to beat Ajax 1-0 and throw Group H wide open.The Belgium striker fired in off the underside of the bar from close range in the 86th, 15 minutes after coming on. United States international Christian Pulisic, another of coach Frank Lampard’s subs, provided the cross.“It’s what you want from subs,” Lampard said. “Sometimes the toughest part of management is leaving out players that really want to play week in, week out, and you rely on them being positive, coming on and making an impact and they both did. Delighted for them both.”The result left both teams on six points after three matches. Valencia, which drew 1-1 with Lille, is next with four points.It was another late Champions League stinger at the hands of a London team for Ajax, which lost the semifinal last season to Tottenham thanks to a Lucas Moura goal deep in stoppage time.LEIPZIG LEADSLeipzig leads Group G following a 2-1 comeback win over Zenit St. Petersburg and is in position to advance to the knockout rounds for the first time.Marcel Sabitzer scored with a sublime volley for the winner near the hour mark“It’s without doubt one of the best goals of my career,” Sabitzer said.Sabitzer also set up the equalizer for Konrad Laimer after Ukrainian defender Yaroslav Rakitskiy opened the scoring for Zenit.Leipzig has six points, two more than Zenit and Lyon, which lost 2-1 at last-place Benfica.___By ANDREW DAMPF AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

10 months agoHiguain agent arrives in London for Chelsea talks

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Higuain agent arrives in London for Chelsea talksby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus striker Gonzalo Higuain’s mooted transfer to Chelsea has taken another switch, with his agent having flown to London on Thursday morning.The Argentine is believed to be keen on a move to Stamford Bridge by cutting short his current loan spell with AC Milan.Nicolas Higuain, the 31-year-old’s brother and agent, was in the English capital on Thursday in order to sound out Chelsea’s interest, according to the London Evening Standard.The deal is made complicated with three parties involved. AC Milan has an option to purchase Higuain for £32m at the end of the season, and Juventus would want Chelsea to adhere to the same deal.However, the Blues are not keen to spend a large sum of money of an ageing striker.Higuain thrived in his one season under Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri at Napoli, when he scored 38 goals. last_img read more