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‘Nobody will leave Leicester City – Rodgers

first_imgBrendan Rodgers says no player who he wants to keep will leave Leicester City in the January transfer window. Loading… Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year10 Of The Best Places Around The World To Go Stargazing20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World ‘If I don’t sign anyone I’m so happy to work with the players I have. ‘That’s because I know there’s still a lot of improvement to make and that the right player hasn’t been available to us. ‘So I don’t worry about that because we put our focus into the team and the players that are here.’ Leicester will be without top scorer Jamie Vardy against Wigan on Saturday as the former England striker continues to nurse a calf complaint. Vardy will return to training on Sunday and is expected to be fit for the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final against Aston Villa on Wednesday. Rodgers says he will rotate his squad after playing six games in 18 days either side of Christmas. But he insists that Sky Bet Championship strugglers Wigan, fresh from recording a first win in 14 games at Birmingham on Saturday, will not be underestimated. ‘We’ll make some changes, but we’ll pick a team that’s aggressive,’ Rodgers said. ‘For me, there’s no change in terms of mentality. Read Also:Rodgers proud of Leicester show after making nine changes ‘We know we have to attack the game, because they have enough good players to punish us. ‘You’ve seen our players have professionalism and we respect the opposition.’ FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Rodgers is determined to keep intact a squad who have taken Leicester to second place in the Premier League, and who have a real prospect of playing in the Champions League next season. But playmaker James Maddison has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United, while fellow England international Ben Chilwell is also reportedly attracting interest from rival clubs. ‘Nobody will leave here that we don’t want to go,’ Leicester manager Rodgers said ahead of the FA Cup third-round tie with Wigan. ‘I think we’ve had a couple of enquiries in terms of loans and for some of our younger players. ‘But the players that are always talked about and mentioned, there will be nobody going.’ ‘We know if we’re going to be playing European football next season then we’re going to need the depth, but January is a very difficult month.’ Leicester are in the market to strengthen over the next few weeks, with Rodgers keen to build on an excellent first half of the season. But the Northern Irishman says he is happy to work with the players he has if no new faces are brought in. ‘I think we’ll see if we can improve the squad, and if we don’t then we’ll have to wait until the summer,’ Rodgers said. ‘But as I’ve said before we’re in a really good place and we don’t want to stockpile. ‘They have to be players that are going to improve the squad.last_img read more

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Baseball Rule Changes

first_imgI will try to explain rule changes that go into effect in major league baseball within the next couple seasons.  The first one is the 3 batter rule.  A manager will no longer be able to use relief pitchers for just a single batter unless it ends an inning.  A relief pitcher must face a minimum of 3 batters.A second change involves one trade deadline.  That will be July 31.  As I understand it, what used to be a trade deadline in August will now just be a roster expansion beyond the 25-player limit.A third rule change reduces the time allowed for commercials between innings.  It may seem insignificant, but even a small change is welcome.  There will be a 5 second reduction in normal games and a 15 second reduction in nationally televised games.A final one that I am going to list deals with allowing a computer to call balls and strikes.  It is not going to be an automatic rule change.  It is being tried out in an Eastern Independent League.  If it is successful, it might become a reality a few years down the road.  I suppose the one we will really notice this year is the relief pitcher rule.last_img read more

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Northern Ireland denied in Belfast

first_img McAuley and Lafferty were obvious targets but Norwood instead picked out Chris Brunt on the edge of the area. It was a neat routine but required a cleaner volley than the West Brom man could muster on the occasion of his 50th cap. The remainder of the half took on a frenetic quality. Torje slalomed his way through a handful of non-committal tackles but getting lost on the way to goal, Lafferty snatched at a shot from 20 yards and Mihai Pintilii earned an injury and a booking for a crude challenge on Conor McLaughlin. Jamie Ward, currently a free agent following his release from Derby, was doing his best to bring some quality to the right wing but there was little else to please the purist. Northern Ireland almost nipped in front in the 43rd minute, when Brunt’s corner was glanced across goal by Chris Baird. Evans was quickest to react, stooping to head toward the roof of the net only for Tatarusanu to make the save. Northern Ireland made the running after the interval, Dallas firing wide after collecting a half-cleared corner and Lafferty heading over from Brunt’s hanging cross. But there were also lapses in concentration. Ward and McAuley both gave the ball up carelessly in dangerous territory and could easily have cost their side a goal. Chipchiu botched the first chance by going to ground too easily in the box but Torje went much closer in the 64th minute. He raced into space after McAuley’s error and saw his effort squirm agonisingly wide after Evans managed to get a divert the ball with an outstretched leg. Northern Ireland continued knocking on the door to no avail – Brunt sending a well-placed free-kick into the stands and Norwood lashing a hopeful effort off-target from 25 yards. There was a worrying moment when Evans went down with cramp while play continued, creating a vacuum in defence. Romania gladly swarmed into it as Evans three times attempted to jog back only to collapse. That was the end of his day, Craig Cathcart replacing him for the last 11 minutes while Corry Evans took over from Ward. As the decibel level spiked in the closing stages, the hosts responded. First McAuley’s knockdown allowed Lafferty the chance to poach another winner but for the first time in the campaign his final touch was off. Norwood could have struck his 30-yard free-kick any better, dipping it at pace only for Tatarusanu to beat it clear. Lafferty, whose deadly form has brought him five goals in the campaign, this time snatched at his big 83rd-minute chance, Ciprian Tatarusanu making the save before pawing clear Oliver Norwood’s goalbound free-kick moments later. Victory would have seen Michael O’Neill’s side leapfrog their opponents at the top of Group F, but Tatarusanu’s ensured they must make do with the second automatic spot with four games to go. For a side who have not featured at a major tournament in 30 years and entered the draw for France among the fifth seeds, that must still be a source of immense pride. Jonny Evans was also a central figure, going closest to opening the scoring in the first half with a smart header then deflecting Romania’s best chance, by Gabriel Torje, fractionally wide. Michael O’Neill handed two men their first competitive starts, with Michael McGovern deputising for the ill Roy Carroll in goal and Stuart Dallas given the nod ahead of Niall McGinn on the left flank. It was also all change around the ground, with the beloved West Stand reduced to rubble and just two operational stands due to ongoing redevelopment work. Northern Ireland were attacking what used to be the Kop in the first half, with a solitary cameraman taking the place of the country’s most raucous supporters. The 10,000 fans who did have seats ensured a fine atmosphere before kick-off but Claudiu Keseru almost played spoilsport in the second minute when he fizzed a free-kick narrowly wide from 35 yards. Alexandru Chipchiu also came close to giving the visitors an early lead, catching Gareth McAuley out of position only for Steven Davis to track back and conjure a perfectly-timed challenge in the box. The hosts took their time settling but Lafferty hustled a corner that allowed the green shirts to push forward. Kyle Lafferty and Oliver Norwood were denied in a tense finale as Northern Ireland’s crunch Euro 2016 qualifier against Romania ended in stalemate at Windsor Park. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Another oil discovery offshore Guyana

first_imgThe US based oil giant, ExxonMobil has announced the discovery of approximately 197 feet (60 meters) of high-quality, oil-bearing sandstone reservoir at the Hammerhead-1  – the ninth discovery of oil in the Stabroek Block and the fifth within the last year.President of ExxonMobil, Steve Greenlee says the Hammerhead-1 discovery reinforces the potential of the Guyana basin, where ExxonMobil is already maximizing value for all stakeholders through rapid phased developments and accelerated exploration plans. Four billion oil-equivalent barrelsDiscoveries of approximately four billion oil-equivalent barrels were made prior on the Stabroek Block at Liza, Liza Deep, Payara, Snoek, Turbot, Ranger, Pacora and Longtail with the potential for up to five floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels producing more than 750,000 barrels per day by 2025. To accelerate explorationA second exploration vessel, the Noble Tom Madden, is due to arrive in Guyana in October to accelerate exploration of high potential opportunities and will commence drilling at the Pluma prospect, approximately 17 miles (27 kilometers) from Turbot.The Stabroek Block is 6.6 million acres.ExxonMobil affiliate, Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited, is the operator and holds 45 percent interest in the Stabroek Block. Hess Guyana Exploration Limited holds 30 percent interest and CNOOC Nexen Petroleum Guyana Limited holds 25 per cent interest.First oil is expected to be produced in the first quarter of 2020.last_img read more

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