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Premier League team of the season including Leicester, Spurs and Arsenal stars

first_img Striker: Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) – It’s the fairytale that is going to be turned into a film – we just hope it’s better than the Goal Trilogy. Forget beetroot factory worker Rickie Lambert’s rags to riches story, Vardy could be about to go from Stocksbridge Park Steels to Premier League title winner in just six seasons. His incredible work rate, combined with his ability to hit the back of the net with almost ever larruped shot he takes has fired the Foxes to within touching distance of glory – and possibly an Oscar. Defensive midfield: N’Golo Kante (Leicester City) – This one is fairly obvious. Having gone from underrated to rated in about 10 games, the midfielder has now earned himself a call up to the France squad following a sensational season with the Foxes. More interceptions than any other central midfielder, more successful tackles, and a plethora of other statistics make him one of the hardest working players in the Premier League. Striker: Harry Kane (Tottenham) – The ‘one season wonder’ is now sitting pretty atop the Premier League’s goalscoring charts with 21 strikes to his name for Spurs this season. His all-round play has been one of several reasons the Lilywhites have gone from top four hopefuls to title challengers. At times a little selfish, Kane could add a few more assists to his game but that doesn’t take away from his stunning showings at White Hart Lane. Attacking midfield: Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) – King of the assist, the German’s form has faded – just like his team’s – but was exceptional for most of the campaign. According to WhoScored, Ozil has made the sixth most passes (1712) in the Premier League this season, but, from this number, 117 have been ‘key’ – 24 more than nearest rival Christian Eriksen and 31 more than Dimitri Payet. He may get labelled lazy but he provides a pivotal role for the Gunners. 11 11 11 Left back: Christian Fuchs (Leicester City) – A free transfer from Schalke, Fuchs was one of the most inspired signings of the summer. Once he’d got to grips with the pace of the Premier League the Austrian showed exactly what he had to offer. He’s made 82 successful tackles, 75 interceptions and 92 clearances, while also, as his side attack on the counter, making more accurate long passes than any other left-back. Chuck in three assists, including his peach of a pass to Jamie Vardy against Manchester United in November and his corner to Robert Huth in the Foxes’ 1-0 victory over Tottenham, and you have a key player. Centre back: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham) – If you’re looking for a reason behind Spurs’ sudden defensive improvements, the Belgian is one of the biggest, for sure. Alderweireld’s stunning showings at the back were undoubtedly aided by the fact he was teaming up with former Ajax partner Jan Vertonghen but even alongside his compatriot’s deputy, Kevin Wimmer, the 27-year-old has been a rock in Mauricio Pochettino’s backline, a leader and the provider of some exquisite long passes, with two leading to goals for Dele Alli against West Brom and Everton. 11 11 11 With just seven games to go in the Premier League season, stars around the country are voting for team of the season.As well as choosing the Player and Young Player of the Year, PFA members are attempting to pick an XI of the best top-flight entertainers.It’s to be expected a number of Leicester City’s men will make the side, while we imagine Spurs stars could also be a major fixture.So, with the international break upon us, here at talkSPORT we’ve decide to take a stab at naming our side – and it was pretty darn difficult.Click the right arrow above to see our Premier League Team of the Season… Left midfield: Dimitri Payet (West Ham) – Able to create something out of nothing, the Hammers’ top four tilt has largely been based around the brilliance of France star Payet. Eight goals and eight assists show his importance to Slaven Bilic’s side but numbers can’t fully give you an appreciation of his skill, eye for a pass and excellent set-piece delivery. A fee of £10.75m was a snip. Right midfield: Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) – The Algerian’s direct running and quick feet make him a menacing prospect for defences and with the end product he’s added to his game this year he has been in, quite frankly, astonishing form. His 16 goals and 11 assists mean he’s been involved in more goals than any other Premier League player, but his defensive contribution is also excellent as Claudio Ranieri’s hard to break down side sit top of the table. 11 Goalkeeper: Jack Butland (Stoke) – Click the right arrow above to see our Premier League Team of the Season (so far) in full… – The young English shot stopper stepped up to replace Asmir Begovic this season and Mark Hughes’ faith was well placed. Butland has, according to WhoScored, made 103 saves, more than any other goalkeeper in the Premier League. He certainly gives the Potters a solid base as they battle it out for a Europa League spot. 11 11 Centre back: Virgil van Dijk (Southampton) – Ronald Koeman has admitted he was worried how the Dutchman would adapt to life in the Premier League after two seasons in Scotland with Celtic. It turns out he didn’t have to. After an iffy start, including a poor showing against Manchester United, Van Dijk has proved not only to be an aerial ace, winning headers left, right and centre, but an excellent tackler too – he’s only made SIX unsuccessful tackles. 11 Right back: Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) – Quick as a flash, the marauding Gunner can turn defence into attack. He’s laid on four assists from full-back and has only committed 13 fouls, resulting in just two cautions. His defending could do with some improvements but, generally, his pace gets him out of trouble and having made more successful dribbles than any other right-back (46) he makes it into our XI. 11last_img read more

Rodale Strikes Licensing Deal to Market Branded Workout Kits

first_imgEmmaus, Pennsylvania-based Rodale Inc. has struck a licensing agreement and marketing partnership with EB Brands, parent company of the EB Sport Group, to sell Men’s Health- and Women’s Health-branded workout kits and other products.The Men’s Health “Ultimate Total-Body Workout,” designed by the magazine’s editors, includes select equipment and a customized workout poster for a six-week exercise program. Also included is a free one-year subscription to the digital edition of the magazine and a free three-month trial offer to Men’s Health “Personal Trainer,” a customized fitness and nutrition premium content Web site. Women’s Health will offer a similar editor-developed program, “Lean Body Workout,” as well as an identical trial offer of customized content for readers (instead of “Personal Trainer,” the Women’s Health premium content site will be “Fit Coach.”) The branded workout kits will retail for $49.99 and be available in mid-October at major sporting goods retailers and specialty stores nationwide and at GetFitKit.com in late October. According to Tamra Knepfer, Rodale’s senior vice president of licensing and business development, by combining “EB’s knowledge of the fitness product market and their leadership in product innovation with Rodale’s editorial expertise and brand strength, we are creating products that help consumers achieve their fitness goals.”Rodale’s Prevention and Runner’s World will also debut products in the fitness accessory and fitness monitor categories. The promotional license also enables EB Sport Group to feature special Rodale added-value on-pack offers, which include digital magazine subscriptions and online subscription services on EB Sport’s products, Rodale said.last_img read more

Get an Echo Dot for 2999 or a refurb for 2499

first_img Amazon Now playing: Watch this: 2 See It CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Tags Best Buy $29 The Cheapskate See it $49 Crutchfield Amazon Echo Dot Review • Amazon Echo Dot 3 review: Alexa’s best Dot yet plays defense See Itcenter_img $29 Adorama Mentioned Above Amazon Echo Dot (third-generation, Charcoal) Share your voice The new Amazon Echo Dot: Does it sound better than before? Preview • Amazon’s third Echo Dot takes a few cues from the Google Home Mini Smart Speakers & Displays News • Amazon Echo Dot deal: 3 for $70 $49 Comments Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. CNET This post is for you, Last Person in America Who Doesn’t Own a Smart Speaker.The current-generation Amazon Echo Dot normally sells for $49.99, but it’s once again on sale for 40% off. That gets you out the door for just $29.99.See it at AmazonStill too much? Try this: Today only, and while supplies last, Woot has the refurbished third-gen Echo Dot for $24.99, with free shipping for Amazon Prime subscribers. (Non-subscribers will pay $5 for shipping, at which point it’s obviously better to go new.)See it at WootSure, that’s only a $5 savings, but if you consider the regular price, it’s a 50% savings. Your color options there are Charcoal and Heather Gray. Amazon’s selection adds Sandstone to the mix.CNET’s Echo Dot review tells you everything you need to know about the little puck. I’ll add my two cents to that: It’s an excellent nightstand companion for things like alarms, weather reports and guided meditations.Will Amazon Prime Day bring an even lower price on the Echo Dot? Perhaps. It did dip to $25 around Black Friday last year. But I think at $30 it’s already a sweet deal. 1:54 See Itlast_img read more

French president considers trip to Iran after Rouhani invite

first_imgFrench president Emmnauel Macron talks with French minister for the Armed Forces Florence Parly during a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, on 13 October 2017. Photo ReutersFrench President Emmanuel Macron is considering visiting Iran after speaking by phone with his Iranian counterpart as US president said he was “decertifying” the nuclear deal with Tehran, the Elysee presidential office said Friday.Macron told Iranian president Hassan Rouhani that France remained committed to the 2015 nuclear agreement which, besides the USA, was also negotiated with Britain, China, Russia and Germany.“A trip to Iran by the president, at the invitation of president Rouhani, has been considered,” the Elysee said, while the Iranian presidential website said the visit would happen next year.Macron said the US decision “will not put an end to the Iranian nuclear accord and that together all the parties in France and its European partners will continue to meet their commitments.”Rouhani assured Macron that Iran in turn “will continue to carry out its commitments” in the nuclear accord, the Elysee said.The French leader added that it was also necessary to have a dialogue with Iran on other strategic issues including Tehran’s ballistic missile programme and stability in the region.Macron also spoke to Rouhani of his “wish to work with Iran for a lasting political solution to the Syrian crisis.” Tehran is a supporter of president Bashar al-Assad’s regime.Macron’s visit to Iran would be the first by a French head of state or government since 1976. French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian is set to travel to the Islamic Republic in the next few weeks.Earlier on Friday, the leaders of France, Germany and Britain issued a joint statement saying they were “concerned” about Trump’s decision while reiterating their commitment to the deal.last_img read more

Texas Strong Harvey Relief Concert Will Feature Willie Nelson Paul Simon

first_img Share On the heels of Tuesday’s “Hand in Hand: Texas” concert and telethon to help those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, plans for a new relief concert to be headlined by Willie Nelson and other greats were announced Wednesday morning.Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, Bonnie Raitt and more plan Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas benefit concert this month https://t.co/Eimr3qvLfN pic.twitter.com/llGPMCLC3O— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) September 13, 2017Scheduled for Sept. 22 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, “Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas: A Benefit Concert For Hurricane Harvey Relief” will include performances by Nelson, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Paul Simon and others. An hour-long special will be broadcast on TEGNA’s 11 Texas stations, including KHOU, and the first hour of the concert will air live on YouTube.com/TexasStrong.“We got lucky when Hurricane Harvey avoided Austin, but though it missed us, it hit our neighbors hard. Every time I’ve asked you to help our neighbors you’ve risen to the challenge,” Austin Mayor Steve Adler said in a statement. “Now we have an opportunity to do good by being our best, and that means putting on a show and having a good time.”Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Rebuild Texas Fund, a project of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and the OneStar Foundation. Google will match the first $500,000 in donations.last_img read more

Political Roundup Trump Fires Tillerson And Inside The Texas Congressional Runoffs

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Listen X From Pres. Trump firing Rex Tillerson from his post as Secretary of State, to the prospects for a meeting between Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, to the runoff election campaigns in Texas Congressional Districts 2 and 7 — Houston Matters’ political experts discuss the latest national, state, and local political stories with an eye for how they might affect Houston and Texas.Our panel of experts this week includes Jay Aiyer from Texas Southern University and co-host of Houston Public Media’s Party Politics podcast, and David Branham, professor of political science at the University of Houston-Downtown. 00:00 /28:27 last_img read more


first_imgNew Penguin Chicks. (Photo – Screenshot from Maryland Zoo/YouTube video)BALTIMORE, MD – The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is happy to announce the hatching of two African penguin chicks – the first to be hatched at the Zoo’s new Penguin Coast exhibit!   “We hoped that moving the penguin colony in the beginning of breeding season would not impact egg laying this year, so we are delighted to welcome these first two chicks,” said Jen Kottyan, avian collection and conservation manager. “These chicks are not only the first to hatch this season; they are also being raised as part of our Animal Ambassador program. That means they will be traveling far and wide in the Zoomobile on education outreach programs.”The female chicks hatched on October 4 and October 9, and now they need names!  “The chicks are very healthy and are thriving under the care of the Animal Embassy staff,” continued Kottyan. “They now have their juvenile feathers, and they are very vocal chicks. We are looking for names to compliment the penguins already in the program – Tails, Winnie and Lilly.”The names, selected by a variety of Zoo staff are:–Shelly and Sandy – for the variety of beaches where they live in South AfricaNellie and Mandie – for Nelson MandelaDaisy and Rose – flower names to compliment current penguin LillyDawn and Hope –  Dawn for the dishwashing detergent that is used to clean wild penguins caught in oil spills and Hope for the Cape of Good Hope, home to the Boulders Penguin Colony.The Maryland Zoo has been a leader in breeding African penguins for over 40 years, winning the prestigious Edward H. Bean Award for the “African Penguin Long-term Propagation Program” from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) in 1996.   The Zoo has one of the largest colonies of the birds in North America, with over 60 birds currently residing in the new Penguin Coast exhibit.  “Our penguins are bred according to recommendations from the AZA African Penguin Species Survival Plan (SSP) which helps maintain their genetic diversity,” said Kottyan.  “Many of the African penguins previously bred at the Zoo now inhabit zoo and aquarium exhibits around the world.”Penguin chicks take 38-42 days to hatch out of their eggs after they are laid. Zoo keepers monitor development of the eggs by candling them about a week after they are laid to see if they are fertile and developing.  The eggs are then placed back with the parents.  “Both the male and the female take turns sitting on the eggs,” said Kottyan. “Once the eggs hatch, parents take turns caring for their offspring; they each protect, feed, and keep the chick warm for 2-3 days and then switch off.”At Penguin Coast, chicks stay with their parents for about three weeks after they hatch and are fed regurgitated fish from their parents. During this time, zoo keepers and vets keep a close eye on the development of the chicks, weighing and measuring them daily for the first week to make sure that the parents are properly caring for each chick.  When a chick is three-weeks-old, the keepers remove it from the nest, and start to teach the chick that they are the source of food. This step is critical as it will allow staff to provide long term care for the birds including daily feeding, regular health exams and both routine and emergency medical care.  “For these chicks, hand rearing is especially important as they will be an important part of our education program and will need to get used to any number of different situations,” continued Kottyan.  “We’d like to make sure they have family friendly names so they can take their place with our other penguin Animal Ambassadors like Tails, Winnie and Lilly.”Visit the Maryland Zoo website at  http://www.marylandzoo.org/Penguinnames for video, photos and the chance to vote on your favorite names!  Voting is open from Friday, December 5th thru Saturday, December 20th.  You can vote once per day, so visit often to make sure your voice is heard.  The winning names will be announced on December 21st.About The Maryland Zoo in BaltimoreFounded in 1876, The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is the third oldest zoo in the United States and is internationally known for its contributions in conservation and research. More than 1,500 animals are represented in the Zoo’s varied natural habitat exhibits in areas such as Polar Bear Watch, the Maryland Wilderness, African Journey and the award-winning Children’s Zoo. Situated in Druid Hill Park near downtown Baltimore, the Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. For more information, visit www.marylandzoo.org.last_img read more