Inter Milan have identified Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva as their next transfer target, according to reports in the Italian media.The Nerazzurri missed out on their top target Marseille’s Giannelli Imbula, as they look to strengthen their midfield options after failing to secure European football last season.According to Tuttosport, the 28-year-old Brazilian is now top of the Serie A club’s wanted list and they have already made contact with Liverpool, although no bid has been submitted.He has become a priority for Inter, as he is from Italian descent and holds an Italian passport and therefore will not take up a non-EU transfer spot as Italian clubs are only allowed to make two non-EU signings per season.Lucas was used sparingly by Brendan Rodgers last season, only making 20 Premier League appearances in total and is thought to be in search of more regular football. 1
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Deere & Company has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue River Technology, a calfornia-based leader in applying machine learning to agriculture.“We welcome the opportunity to work with a Blue River Technology team that is highly skilled and intensely dedicated to rapidly advancing the implementation of machine learning in agriculture,” said John May, President, Agricultural Solutions, and Chief Information Officer at Deere. “As a leader in precision agriculture, John Deere recognizes the importance of technology to our customers. Machine learning is an important capability for Deere’s future.”Blue River has designed and integrated computer vision and machine learning technology that will enable growers to reduce the use of herbicides by spraying only where weeds are present, optimizing the use of inputs in farming – a key objective of precision agriculture.“Blue River is advancing precision agriculture by moving farm management decisions from the field level to the plant level,” said Jorge Heraud, co-founder and CEO of Blue River Technology. “We are using computer vision, robotics, and machine learning to help smart machines detect, identify, and make management decisions about every single plant in the field.”Already in 2017, Blue River Technology has been listed among Inc. Magazine’s 25 Most Disruptive Companies, Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, CB Insights 100 Most Promising Artificial Intelligence Companies in the World, and the Top 50 Agricultural Innovations by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.Deere said it will invest $305 million to fully acquire Blue River Technology. Deere plans to have the 60-person firm remain in Sunnyvale with an objective to continue its rapid growth and innovation with the same entrepreneurial spirit that has led to its success. The transaction is expected to close in September.May said the investment in Blue River Technology is similar to Deere’s acquisition of NavCom Technology in 1999 that established Deere as a leader in the use of GPS technology for agriculture and accelerated machine connectivity and optimization.
Fifty-two years is by no means a short span of time. So when Krishna Poonia broke the jinx in athletics and brought India a gold in the Commonwealth Games after Milkha Singh’s feat in the 440 yards in the 1958 Games, it made every Indian proud. I am no different.Having predicted a clean sweep as far as the women’s discus throw was concerned, I wasn’t surprised with the performances of Krishna, Harwant Kaur and Seema Antil. But what astonished me was the kind of dominance shown by them.It felt as if they were the only three athletes taking part and the rest were mere dummies. Competing in Ukraine before the Games seems to have kept the trio in good stead. Things are slowly but surely falling into place as far as the future of Indian athletics is concerned.While the world is looking up and taking note of the commendable achievements, including that of Vikas Gowda and Prajusha Maliakkal, on Sunday, I am not surprised. I had emphasised on Day One that we will bag a record number of medals as far as track and field events are concerned.I have been monitoring their performance closely and commented only after having assessed their training schedule in the lead-up to the Games. Vikas and Prajusha have been divergent in their own ways. Vikas is an epitome of consistency, hitting the 62m-mark consistently.Prajusha worked hard and even though she failed to achieve her personal best mark, she did enough to win a silver. I am pleased with Prajusha’s achievement because her journey hasn’t been easy.advertisementComing from a poor family, she has had to struggle to help her father (a cook) run the family and also chase her dream of becoming an athlete. On the women’s 100m winner Osayemi Oludamola testing positive for methylhexaneamine, I feel it’s foolish on her part to even try using a banned substance.With Indian athletes winning quite a few medals, fans have started imagining a rosy scene in November’s Asian Games. But let me warn you, this is the beginning and it’s too early to comment on the Asiad. (The writer has been an athletics finalist in Olympics for India).
NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 16: A member of the Oklahoma Sooners spirit squad waves a flag after a touchdown against the Iowa State Cyclones November 16, 2013 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Iowa State 48-10. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)It’s been a solid November for Oklahoma, which, after a Big 12 title, now finds itself very likely to be part of this year’s College Football Playoff. Monday, it got even better.Bennett Powers, a JUCO offensive lineman who plays for Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kansas, has committed to play for the Sooners. According to 247Sports, Powers is 6-foot-5, 315 pounds and had other offers from Texas Tech, TCU and Kansas State.I am honored to announce that I have committed to the University of Oklahoma. Boomer Soooner! #OUDNA pic.twitter.com/NC6SEdo1fh— Bennett Powers (@BenThrDunThat) November 30, 2015You can see Powers’ mid-season highlight reel over at Hudl.Oklahoma currently has the 39th-best class for 2016, according to 247Sports. We imagine that with the team’s success this year, that’ll rise in the coming months.
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OSU freshman Emily Clark (20) during a game against Penn State on April 6 at Buckeye Field. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe Ohio State-Michigan rivalry continued this weekend, but this time, the Wolverines came out on top. The OSU softball team (25-11-1, 9-4-1) suffered its first sweep of the year at the hands No. 2 Michigan (33-4, 11-2), with three lopsided games in Ann Arbor, Michigan.OSU junior Shelby Hursh pitched 11 innings with 10 strikeouts over the three games, taking her record to 13-5. For the Wolverines, junior Megan Betsa dominated in the circle with two complete games and 25 strikeouts.At the plate, freshman Emily Clark continued her confident approach, hitting .500, and senior Cammi Prantl hit .333 with a double in the final game, which brought her within three of tying the program’s all-time record.Game 1The Buckeyes opened their tough weekend with an equally tough loss, an 8-0 shutout in six innings.Clark went 2-for-2 and redshirt senior shortstop Maddy McIntyre went 2-for-3. The pair were the only batters to record hits, as OSU struggled against Michigan junior Megan Betsa, who struck out 13.McIntyre started the game with a single through the left side and a stolen base, but the Buckeyes left her stranded. In the bottom of the first, Michigan earned two bases after Hursh hit two batters, but she recorded two strikeouts to keep the game even.The game remained this way until the bottom of the fourth, when the Wolverines grabbed a one-run lead after junior Abby Ramirez singled to left field to bring in junior outfielder Kelly Christner, who had reached first base on a throwing error. Despite loading the bases on Clark’s single and two walks in the next inning, OSU could not tie the game.Michigan stretched its lead to four on sophomore Aidan Falk’s three-run shot to center field in the bottom of the fifth and pushed the margin to 5-0 on a deep triple by senior Kelsey Susalla in the following inning. The Wolverines continued to dominate at the plate with leadoff hits from sophomore Tera Blanco and junior Lindsay Montemarano and a walkoff single by Falk to end the game after six innings.Game 2In Saturday’s matchup, the Buckeyes were able to score their first run of the weekend, but once again were overwhelmed by the home team in a 5-1 loss.OSU left six runners stranded throughout the game, and Michigan took control of the fifth inning to score three runs with two outs. However, for the first time this season, no Buckeye struck out at the plate, which is somewhat of silver lining amid a tough three-game sweep. Both redshirt junior Alex Bayne and sophomore Taylor White went 2-for-3 with pairs of singles, and sophomore Becca Gavin earned an RBI on a single through the left side. OSU junior Lena Springer and sophomore Shelby McCombs managed to strike out only one batter and gave up seven hits.Like Friday’s game, Michigan scored first on a solo home run by Christner in the bottom of the second. The Wolverines took their lead to two on Susalla’s outfield single to bring in Romero.The Buckeyes briefly responded on Gavin’s hit but could not stop Michigan’s bats from adding three more runs to the scoreboard. Freshman Faith Canfield, on her second homer of the year, senior Sierra Lawrence and senior slugger Sierra Romero recorded big hits to maintain the Wolverines’ hold on the game.The final three innings were unsuccessful for both dugouts, especially for OSU, as its last nine batters of the game went down in order.Game 3Michigan, once again, scored first on a throwing error from behind the plate by Gavin. In the bottom of the third inning, a sacrifice fly to right field by Blanco brought in Lawrence to make the game a 2-0 battle.While OSU got runners aboard, it could not send them around the bases to score. Through the first three innings, the Buckeyes left four stranded with only one hit. White brought the Wolverines’ lead to one with a leadoff inside-the-park home run in the fourth inning, but Gavin, junior Anna Kirk and Leonard went down in order to stifle the rally.The Buckeyes took their first lead of the weekend on Prantl’s double up the middle to bring in freshman Bri Betschel and Bayne in the fifth inning. This lead did not last long, though, after Michigan’s Blanco sent a booming three-run homer over the center-field fence.Heading into the final two innings behind two runs, OSU could not jumpstart a late rally, handing Michigan a 3-0 weekend and another notch in the rivalry history.Up nextOSU is scheduled to take on the Ohio Bobcats in another midweek, intrastate doubleheader Tuesday before returning home for a series with Purdue from Friday to Sunday. The first game against the Bobcats is set to begin at 4:30 p.m. in Athens, Ohio.
Ohio State sophomore offensive lineman Thayer Munford (75) prepares for a play in the third quarter of the game against Michigan State on Nov. 10. Ohio State won 26-6. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOhio State sophomore offensive tackle Thayer Munford and junior safety Jordan Fuller will miss spring practice due to injury, as confirmed by an Ohio State spokesman.Munford was a four-star prospect out of high school and played in 13 games this past season, and has played in 25 total throughout his first two years on the offensive line with the Buckeyes.A 2017 third-team All-Big Ten member, Fuller finished the 2018 season with 81 total tackles, two fumble recoveries and an interception.There is no confirmed information about the extent of the injuries to either player.Ohio State will begin spring practice on Wednesday, with the 2019 Spring Game scheduled for April 13.
Unibet, the sponsor of Aston Villa’s kit last season, will continue in their partnership with Villa only that this time their logo will be emblazoned on the training kit.An exact date is yet to be revealed for the launch of the new kit, designed by Villa fan Luke Roper, of Luke 1977, but the club have explained it will be in ‘early July’. New Principal Partner: We’re delighted to welcome back @32Red for the 2018/19 season! #PartOfThePride #AVFC pic.twitter.com/Wst5jQY7IW— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) June 13, 2018Aston Villa explains why they spent so much money on players Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Aston Villa’s chief executive, the team needed to spend £144.5 million on 12 players in order to stay competitive.Aston Villa’s chief commercial officer, Luke Organ, according to Birmingham Mail said:“We are thrilled to be partnered with Kindred Group once again this season in a wider and more targeted partnership.“This season we will welcome back 32Red (a subsidiary of Kindred Group), a previous partner of the club, whilst we see a continuation of the great work with Unibet.“Throughout the first year of our relationship, Unibet successfully delivered multiple ‘bettor experiences’ for Aston Villa’s loyal supporters, ensuring at every opportunity they provided a unique and exciting engagement for our fans. The last 12 months has seen a fruitful relationship develop and we very much look forward to building on that for the seasons ahead.”
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he ready to make changes after his team labour to a 1-0 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.The Reds boss bemoans his side’s struggle to maintain their level of intensity during the second half. Klopp named unchanged starting XI for the third consecutive game but has told his fringe players to be primed for action as he prepares to test Liverpool’s squad strength.And he has hinted there could be changes for Saturday’s trip to Leicester City, the last game before the forthcoming international break.“I know how it looks at the moment – we played three times now with the same line-up,” said Klopp, according to Liverpool Echo.Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“Leicester we will see what we can do and then hopefully they all come back healthy (from the international break).”“But we have to use all of them and we will do. Then the games are really coming, it is an intense time and it looks like ‘How can you leave out him or him or him?”“Don’t forget Divock Origi and Dom Solanke trained really, really good and are not in the squad (on Saturday). That is really hard but they will be used as well and they will have a part to play.”
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has called on supporters to kill racism while stressing it is the responsibility of everyone to stamp it out of football.The issue of racism was became a huge topic in sports and the world as a whole last week following the alleged racial abuse directed at Raheem Sterling during Manchester City’s 2-0 to Chelsea.A week prior to that, Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a banana skin thrown at him by a Tottenham fan during the North London derby.The fan, who has been charged by the Police and banned by Spurs, insists his actions were not racist.Mauricio Pochettino’s men meet the Gunners again on Wednesday in the English League Cup and, speaking to reporters after his side’s game against Burnley on Saturday, Pochettino said, according to Goal:“Our fans, Arsenal fans, Chelsea fans, around the world – we need to celebrate for us.”“I don’t care if it is Arsenal fans, Argentina fans, Tottenham fans, Espanyol or Barcelona fans – I am against this type of situation.”Pochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“For me it [racism] is the worst thing in the world and that is why I am completely against this behaviour. I don’t want to be populist – I don’t care whether it is our fans or other fans, I want to kill [the bad behaviour and racism]. For me it is like this. Our responsibility is to behave like this.”Tottenham picked up a point on Tuesday night against Barcelona to secure qualification to the UEFA Champions League last 16, and Hugo Lloris believes the effects of the game at the Camp Nou showed on Saturday.“You have a bit less energy, you play with less intensity,” said Lloris.“I think we made a good performance – not fantastic, but really professional.”