GOSSIP: Liverpool plot Mbappe bid, Arsenal in Lacazette talks, Aguero to PSG?

first_imgHere are the top football headlines and transfer-related stories in Saturday’s newspapers…Liverpool will submit a bid for Monaco’s in-demand 18-year-old striker Kylian Mbappe, if they believe the Frenchman would be keen to move to England. (The Times)Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has spoken to Mbappe to discuss a move to the Gunners and the teenager’s career plans. (L’Equipe)Meanwhile, Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has reportedly told Mbappe he will sell one of his strikers if the France international joins the Spanish club. (L’Equipe)Arsenal are ready to sell Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool, with the 23-year-old midfielder likely to be one of seven players to leave the Gunners this summer. (The Independent)The Gunners have held further talks with Lyon over a club-record move for striker Alexandre Lacazette. The 26-year-old could cost the Gunners £49million, according to reports. (Daily Telegraph)Meanwhile, other reports claim Arsenal have made a £44m bid for the France international, and his arrival could mean compatriot Olivier Giroud leaving the Emirates Stadium. (The Guardian)Paris Saint-Germain are thought to be preparing a £60m bid for Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero. (The Times)Meanwhile, City will insist on a buy-back clause in any deal for 20-year-old striker Kelechi Iheanacho, who is a target for West Ham and Leicester City. (Daily Telegraph)Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is struggling to find a new club, with suitors unwilling to meet his transfer fee or salary demands. (Daily Mirror)The Red Devils are making progress in their pursuit of 24-year-old striker Alvaro Morata, but have yet to agree a fee with Real Madrid. (ESPN)United are also interested in Barcelona’s 28-year-old left-back Jordi Alba, but a deal will be difficult to complete this summer. (ESPN)Chelsea have agreed a deal in principle with Monaco for 22-year-old midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, with the transfer fee thought to be £35m. (Evening Standard)Stoke City have warned Arsenal not to pursue 24-year-old goalkeeper Jack Butland. (Stoke Sentinel)Everton’s 23-year-old winger Gerard Deulofeu is a target for Italian side Roma, as they look to replace new Liverpool signing Mohamed Salah. (Romanews)Watford have refused to meet Arsenal’s £15m asking price for left-back Kieran Gibbs. The Hornets have instead switched their attentions to 29-year-old Middlesbrough defender George Friend. (Evening Standard)Newcastle are close to completing an £8.7m deal for Eibar’s 26-year-old defender Florian Lejeune. FULL STORY HEREPremier League new boys Huddersfield are prepared to offer a club-record £11.5m for 22-year-old Montpellier striker Steve Mounie. (Daily Mirror)Here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines:?Arsenal legend Robert Pires has urged the club to do all they can to keep Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil at the Emirates Stadium this seasonRonald de Boer has confirmed to talkSPORT that his brother, Frank de Boer, is close to being appointed the new manager of Crystal PalaceMonaco star says Manchester United approach would be ‘a tempting invitation’Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has been offered to Fenerbahce, according to reports in TurkeyJuventus have opened talks about a deal for Southampton defender Cedric Soares, according to reports in his native PortugalLyon agree £16.75m fee for Chelsea striker Bertrand Traore despite interest from Everton and West Ham Transfer rumours and paper review 1last_img read more

Outside threats

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Dan Armitage, host of Buckeye Sportsman, Ohio’s longest running outdoor radio showWith our son off to college, wife Maria has been my deer hunting buddy this season. She is a somewhat reluctant hunter who I tempt into the blind with all manner of hunting baubles like portable ozone dispensers, heated booties, laser range-finders, Red Dot scopes, trail cameras, lighted arrow nocks and camo touch screen gloves so that she can while away the hours between deer sightings playing Candy Crush. Let’s just say she responds to technology and I’m playing every card in the deck to maintain her interest.Maria shares word of her weekend adventures in the wilds with her urban co-workers at the metropolitan library, who find it odd that their fashion-conscious co-worker is spending so much time camo’d-up in the deep woods.“Heck,” commented one. “I don’t even like being outside.”Yikes. New Public Land Deer Regulations Take EffectSpeaking of whitetail hunting, from Dec. 3 through the end of the statewide whitetail hunting season on Feb. 3, only antlered deer may be taken from specific public hunting areas. Antlerless deer include deer without antlers and deer with antlers less than three inches in length. Antlered deer are those with at least one antler measuring three inches or longer.Ohio’s deer firearms season continues until Dec. 2 followed the bonus firearms weekend Dec. 15 and 16 and the muzzleloader deer season Jan. 5-8. Deer hunters must possess the proper permits and regardless of zone, method of taking or season, can harvest only one antlered deer during the 2018-2019 season. Legal hunting hours are one-half hour before sunrise until one-half hour after sunset. Visit wildohio.gov for details. Boat registration renewals beginExpiring watercraft registrations can be renewed online through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources web site at ohiodnr.com. Renewal letters are sent out each December to watercraft owners whose boat registrations expire March 1. Address changes to registrations may be made online; inaccurate and outdated information must be corrected by visiting a watercraft registration agent. A listing of watercraft registration agents is available at ohiodnr.com or by calling the Division of Watercraft toll-free at 877-4BOATER (877-426-2837). River of fire to net trout?In recent years, Ohio Division of Wildlife (ODOW) has stocked nearly a half-million steelhead each spring in six Ohio tributaries and harbors, rainbow trout raised in the Castalia Fish Hatchery from eggs provided by Michigan and Wisconsin departments of natural resources. The steelhead are thriving in Lake Erie and returning annually to provide river and near-shore fishing opportunities for anglers who can count on hooking steelhead weighing from three to 12 pounds. Conneaut Creek received 75,000 Ohio steelhead and another 75,000 from Pennsylvania in 2018. Other 2018 stockings were done in the Ashtabula River (70,000), Chagrin, Grand and Rocky rivers, 90,000 each; and the Vermilion River received some 63,000 8 inch “yearling” trout this fall.Now, another river is under consideration to receive the annual stocking of the popular gamefish.ODOW fisheries biologist Kevin Kayle recently acknowledged that the Cuyahoga River is under consideration. A decision to proceed with stocking the flow would be made based on improving water quality and the availability of enough fish to justify the effort. As with other northeast Ohio tributaries that are not stocked with trout, the urban Cleveland waterway does experience a steelhead run each fall and winter, as ‘lost’ fish that haven’t homed in on the rivers where they were stocked wander upstream from Lake Erie. Along the Cuyahoga, there are a dozen public access areas where steelhead fishing could be available all the way upstream to Gorge Dam in Cuyahoga Falls, according to Kayle. Buckeye Lake project completedConstruction has finished on the 4.1-mile dam at Buckeye Lake State Park, a project completed nearly two years earlier than initially expected and more than $40 million under the projected cost, according to the ODNR. After the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a report in March 2015 that detailed the threat Buckeye Lake dam posed to the community due to its deteriorated condition, Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich instructed ODNR to pursue replacement of the nearly 200-year-old, 4.1-mile earthen dam.The new dam at Buckeye Lake State Park provides visitors with a new access path that extends the entire length of the 4.1-mile structure, and residents living along the lake have a new separate private sidewalk in front of their homes. Water levels will be allowed to reach normal pool and the fishing, which has continued to be productive at the lake through the construction process, as well as the boating opportunities, will return to normal next season.last_img read more

Dehydration can lower cognitive abilities: Study

first_imgWashington, Jul 21 (PTI) Just two hours of vigorous work in the summer sun without drinking fluids could be enough to blunt concentration, say scientists who found that cognitive functions often deteriorate as the body gets dehydrated. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the US analysed data from multiple research papers on dehydration and cognitive ability. The data pointed to functions like attention, coordination and complex problem solving suffering the most, and activities like reacting quickly when prompted not diminishing much. “The simplest reaction time tasks were least impacted, even as dehydration got worse, but tasks that require attention were quite impacted,” said Mindy Millard-Stafford, a professor at Georgia Tech. As the bodies of test subjects in various studies lost water, the majority of participants increasingly made errors during attention-related tasks that were mostly repetitive and unexciting, such as punching a button in varying patterns for quite a few minutes. There are situations in life that challenge attentiveness in a similar manner, and when it lapses, snafus can happen. “Maintaining focus in a long meeting, driving a car, a monotonous job in a hot factory that requires you to stay alert are some of them,” said Millard-Stafford, a principal investigator of the study published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. “Higher-order functions like doing math or applying logic also dropped off,” said Millard-Stafford. The researchers have been concerned that dehydration could raise the risk of an accident, particularly in scenarios that combine heavy sweating and dangerous machinery or military hardware.advertisement There’s no hard and fast rule about when exactly such lapses can pop up, but the researchers examined studies with one to six per cent loss of body mass due to dehydration and found more severe impairments started at two per cent. That level has been a significant benchmark in related studies.”There’s already a lot of quantitative documentation that if you lose 2 percent in water it affects physical abilities like muscle endurance or sports tasks and your ability to regulate your body temperature,” said Millard-Stafford. “We wanted to see if that was similar for cognitive function,” she said.The researchers looked at 6,591 relevant studies for their comparison, then narrowed them down to 33 papers with scientific criteria and data comparable enough to do metadata analysis. They focused on acute dehydration, which anyone could experience during exertion, heat and/or not drinking as opposed to chronic dehydration, which can be caused by a disease or disorder.”If you weigh 200 pounds and you go work out for a few of hours, you drop four pounds, and that’s 2 per cent body mass,” Millard-Stafford said. “With an hour of moderately intense activity, with a temperature in the mid-80s, and moderate humidity, it’s not uncommon to lose a little over 2 pounds of water,” she said.”If you do 12-hour fluid restriction, nothing by mouth, for medical tests, you’ll go down about 1.5 per cent. Twenty-four hours fluid restriction takes most people about 3 per cent down,” she said. Older people can dry out more easily because they often lose their sensation of thirst and also, their kidneys are less able to concentrate urine, which makes them retain less fluid. People with high body fat content also have lower relative water reserves than lean folks. PTI MHN MRJMRJlast_img read more

BlackBerry to launch a new phone at IFA, could be the KEY2 LE

first_imgBlackBerry has announced its IFA event date for August 30. The IFA event is scheduled to take place in Berlin, where BlackBerry is expected to launch a new phone. Although the company is yet to announce the name of the upcoming handset, it is most likely that BlackBerry KEY2 LE is coming. Rumours about the KEY2 LE have already started surfacing the internet and it is said to be a souped down version of the recently announced KEY2. The upcoming KEY2 LE is said to be an affordable smartphone.According to reports, BlackBerry has sent out a press invite for its August 30 IFA event. The invite, as already mentioned, doesn’t include the name of the device that is incoming. It only mentions, “Save the date”, meaning something big will be happening on the slated date. Now that rumours and leaked about the BlackBerry KEY2 LE have already started flooding the internet, we can expect the phone to go official at the IFA event.A new leak suggests that the KEY2 LE isn’t a “mini” version of the KEY2, but a lighter version of it. Last week, first renders of the BlackBerry KEY2 LE leaked revealing the complete design and specs of the phone. The leaked renders revealed that the KEY2 LE will sport the similar design pattern as the KeyOne, especially the design of the QWERTY keypad. Besides the KeyOne, BlackBerry is also expected to borrow some features from the KEY2 too. The KEY2 LE is said to come with a shortcut button as found in the KEY2 as well.advertisementAs far as the specs are concerned, the BlackBerry KEY2 LE is expected to sport a 4.5-inch full-HD+ display with 1080×1620 pixels resolution. On the hardware front, the KEY2 LE is said to be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 636 chipset that powers a lot of mid-range phones. The KEY2 LE is expected to come in one RAM model with 4GB, and two storage variants with — 32GB and 64GB.ALSO READ: BlackBerry KEY2 LE leaked in renders, key specs and design details revealedOn the camera front, the KEY2 LE is expected to come with a dual camera set up on the rear panel, consisting of 13-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor. Front camera details are yet to be revealed for now. The BlackBerry KEY2 LE is said to be backed by a 3000mAh battery.last_img read more