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Trump’s funding request for U.S. border wall hits snag among some Republicans

WASHINGTON ( ) – President Donald Trump’s call for $1.5 billion this year to help build a wall along the border with Mexico could be in jeopardy as fellow Republicans in Congress weigh delaying a decision on the request.

Republican Senator Roy Blunt, a member of his party’s leadership, told reporters on Tuesday that money for the wall likely would not be coupled with a spending bill that must pass by April 28 to avoid shutting down federal agencies whose funding expires then.

Blunt said the must-do funding “comes together better” without Trump’s additional request for the border wall and military programs and could be considered “at a later time.”

Democrats are threatening to block the bill funding federal agencies from April 29 to Sept. 30, the end of the current fiscal year, if money for the border 上海夜网wall is included.

They object to one of Trump’s premier 2016 campaign promises, saying it is poorly planned and that there are other border security measures already constructed or under consideration.

When he ran for president, Trump pledged Mexico would pay to build the wall, designed to keep illegal immigrants and drugs from entering the United States. The Mexican government has said it will not do so.

The initiative has also faced resistance among Republicans, including lawmakers representing some border towns. The federal government would have to purchase land in many locations in order to construct the edifice, which could make construction costs soar.

reported the wall could end up costing as much as $21.6 billion, far more than the $12 billion Trump cited.

Representative Mario Diaz-Balart also expressed skepticism about Congress’ ability to approve funds for the wall, given the super-majority vote needed in the Senate for most major legislation.

Asked about the wall, Diaz-Balart, a senior member of the House of Representatives’ Appropriations Committee and a leading voice on immigration policy, said: “I’m always willing to look at other things we can do to try to get that 60-vote threshold” on border and interior security.

Lawmakers said progress was being made on legislation to keep the government running beyond April 28.

House Speaker Paul Ryan removed another potential land mine on Tuesday when he said a Republican drive to end federal funding for women’s healthcare provider Planned Parenthood would be best accomplished on legislation other than the upcoming funding bill.

Democrats have vowed to stop the must-do money bill if it ended Planned Parenthood’s federal funds.

Democrats face uphill fight if Trump gets second U.S. high court pick

WASHINGTON ( ) – If Democrats thought it was hard to stop President Donald Trump’s first U.S. Supreme Court nominee, it promises to be even tougher for them if he gets to fill another vacancy, potentially to replace the most influential justice, Anthony Kennedy.

Kennedy, a conservative who sometimes sides with the court’s liberals in key cases such as on gay rights and abortion, is one of three justices 78 or older. Justice Stephen Breyer is 78 and fellow liberal Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 84.

Former Kennedy Supreme Court clerks said the justice, who turns 81 in July上海夜网, may be pondering retirement either this year or in 2018.

That would give Trump a further chance to shape the court after his first nominee, Neil Gorsuch, was sworn in on Monday for the lifetime job to replace the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia after overcoming fierce Democratic opposition in the Senate confirmation process.

Kennedy administered Gorsuch’s judicial oath at a White House ceremony, and Trump heaped praise on a justice who has spent nearly three decades on America’s top court, calling him “a great man of outstanding accomplishment.”

Gorsuch is one of Kennedy former clerks. Kennedy is planning a reunion of his clerks in June rather than next year as had been expected. Kennedy, through a court spokesman, declined to comment on his plans.

The implications for the court if Kennedy were to step down are enormous. For the past decade he been its swing vote in major cases. Gorsuch’s confirmation restored the court’s 5-4 conservative majority. If whenever Kennedy leaves the bench he is replaced by a stalwart conservative, that would move the court further to the right.

Republicans possess a 52-48 majority in the Senate. In order to secure Gorsuch’s confirmation, they voted to prohibit a procedural roadblock called a filibuster that had required a super-majority of 60 votes to allow a confirmation vote for Supreme Court nominees, leaving the minority Democrats with little ammunition for the next nomination fight.

“I think it will be very hard for Democrats to get much traction to derail a future Trump nominee without the threat of a filibuster,” George Washington University political scientist Sarah Binder said.

But Democrats and Republicans still are predicting a fierce fight over the next court vacancy.

‘I EXPECT ARMAGEDDON ‘

“For the life of me I don’t understand why the Democrats made such a fuss about this one. They look stupid,” Republican Senator Orrin Hatch said last week of Gorsuch’s nomination. “I expect Armageddon on the next one because that’s going to change, assuming Trump gets another one, the direction of the court. It would certainly keep the court in a more conservative mode for a long time.”

A Democratic congressional aide added, “The opposition to Gorsuch could look weak compared to what a similarly conservative nominee would face, if it would tip the balance on the court.”

Kennedy is the longest-serving of the nine justices. He was nominated by Republican President Ronald Reagan in 1987 and confirmed by the Senate in 1988 after Democrats thwarted Reagan’s first choice, outspoken conservative Robert Bork, and his second pick, Douglas Ginsburg, withdrew from consideration.

Although he has sided with his conservative colleagues on many issues, Kennedy has supported liberal causes such as gay rights, culminating in writing the landmark 2015 ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.

He also joined the liberals in upholding abortion rights. In 2016, Kennedy joined the court’s four liberal justices in a ruling striking down a Texas abortion law imposing strict regulations on doctors and facilities in the strongest endorsement of U.S. abortion rights in more than two decades.

He also authored a 2016 ruling upholding the consideration of race in college admissions, joined by the court’s liberals.

University of Georgia School of Law professor Lori Ringhand said Republicans may be wary of defending an extremely conservative court nominee with the midterm congressional elections coming up in 2018, if another vacancy arises.

“It’s not clear it would be to the electoral advantage to Republicans to have a hotly contested Supreme Court nomination right before the midterms that highlighted a nominee’s extremely conservative positions on social issues that the majority of the public have actually accepted,” Ringhand said.

MONEY MARKETS-U.S.-China trade war lifts bets on U.S. rate cut

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By Richard Leong

NEW YORK, May 13 ( ) – Interest rate traders increased their bets the U.S. Federal Reserve would lower interest rates by year-end to counter a domestic economic slowdown stemming from an escalation in the trade war between China and the United States.

The expectations of a rate decrease in December returned to the highest levels that were seen in March after Fed policy-makers signaled they would not raise rates in 2019.

On Monday, Beijing said it planned to set import tariffs ranging from 5% to 25% on 5,140 U.S. products on a revised $60-billion target list. It said the tariffs would take effect on June 1.

China’s retaliatory measure followed Washington’s tariff increase on $200 billion of Chinese imports on Friday as talks between the world’s biggest economies unexpectedly broke down. U.S. President Donald Trump has said the Chinese government backtracked on commitments it made during months of negotiations.

Analysts worry the tension between the two parties will spiral into a trade war that would harm the global economy.

“If growth concerns were coupled with a major correction in equity markets the Fed would certainly be pushed closer to cutting interest rates,” Andrew Hollenhorst, chief U.S. economist with Citigroup, wrote in a research note.

Boston Federal Reserve President Eric Rosengren told on Monday that the Fed would be able to respond to any slowdown from the U.S.-China trade dispute.

“If the impact of the tariffs – and whatever financial market reaction to those tariffs is – causes more of a slowdown, then we do have the tools available to us, including lower interest rates, not that I’m necessarily expecting this will generate the need to do that,” said Rosengren, who is a voter on the Fed’s rate-setting committee this year.

At 3:44 p.m. (1944 GMT), federal funds futures implied traders saw about a 74% chance the U.S. central bank would lower the target range on short-term rates by a quarter point to 2.00%-2.25% at its Dec. 10-11 policy meeting. This compared with a 64% implied likelihood late on Friday, according to CME Group’s FedWatch program.

A month ago, futures 上海夜生活网prices suggested traders saw a 40% likelihood of a quarter-point rate decrease.

Boeing 737 MAX jets could be grounded for weeks as black box probe to start on Ethiopia crash

WASHINGTON/PARIS/ADDIS ABABA ( ) – Boeing Co’s 737 MAX 8 and 9 planes will be grounded for weeks if not longer until a software upgrade can be tested and installed, U.S. lawmakers said on Thursday, as officials in France prepare to begin analyzing the black boxes from a jet that crashed in Ethiopia.

Boeing said it had paused deliveries of its fastest-selling 737 MAX aircraft built at its factory near Seattle but continues to produce its single-aisle jets at full speed while dealing with the worldwide fleet’s grounding.

Investigators in France will be seeking clues into Sunday’s deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash after take-off from Addis Ababa killed 157 people from 35 nations in the second such calamity involving Boeing’s plane since October.

Possible links between the accidents have rocked the aviation industry, scared passengers, and left the world上海夜生活’s biggest planemaker scrambling to prove the safety of a money-spinning model intended to be the standard for decades.

U.S. Representative Rick Larsen said after a briefing with U.S. aviation officials the software upgrade would take a few weeks to complete, and installing it on all aircraft would take “at least through April.” He said additional training would also have to take place.

Boeing has said it would roll out the software improvement “across the 737 MAX fleet in the coming weeks.”

Relatives of the dead stormed out of a meeting with Ethiopian Airlines on Thursday, decrying a lack of transparency, while others made the painful trip to the crash scene.

“I can’t find you! Where are you?” said one Ethiopian woman, draped in traditional white mourning shawl, as she held a framed portrait of her brother in the charred and debris-strewn field.

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After an apparent tussle over where the investigation should be held, the flight data and cockpit voice recorders were handed over to France’s Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety (BEA).

Technical analysis would begin on Friday and the first conclusions could take several days, the BEA said, posting a picture of the partly crumpled, orange-cased box.

Nations around the world, including an initially reluctant United States, have suspended the 371 MAX models in operation, though airlines are largely coping by switching planes.

Nearly 5,000 MAXs are on order, meaning the financial implications are huge for the industry. Moody’s rating agency said the fallout from the crash would not immediately affect Boeing’s credit rating.

“We continue to build 737 MAX airplanes while assessing how the situation, including potential capacity constraints, will impact our production system,” Boeing spokesman Chaz Bickers said.

Boeing would maintain its production rate of 52 aircraft per month, and its newest version, the MAX, represents the lion’s share, although Boeing declined to break out exact numbers.

CONNECTION TO INDONESIA CRASH?

The investigation of Sunday’s crash has added urgency since the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Wednesday grounded the 737 MAX aircraft, citing satellite data and evidence from the scene that indicated some similarities and “the possibility of a shared cause” with October’s crash in Indonesia that killed 189 people.

Though it maintains the planes are safe, Boeing has supported the FAA move. Its stock is down about 11 percent since the crash, wiping more than $26 billion off its market value. It fell 1 percent on Thursday.

U.S. and Canadian carriers wrestled with customer calls and flight cancellations and Southwest Airlines Co and American Airlines Group Inc, the largest U.S. operators of the 737 MAX, said they had started flying empty MAX aircraft to be parked elsewhere during the ban.

U.S. President Donald Trump, an aviation enthusiast with deep ties to Boeing, said he hoped the suspensions would be short. “They have to figure it out fast,” Trump told reporters at the White House.

A software fix for the 737 MAX that Boeing has been working on since the Lion Air crash in October in Indonesia will take months to complete, the FAA said on Wednesday.

And in what may presage a raft of claims, Norwegian Air has said it will seek compensation from Boeing for costs and lost revenue after grounding its fleet of 737 MAX.

Japan became the latest nation to suspend the 737 MAX planes on Thursday. And airline Garuda Indonesia said there was a possibility it would cancel its 20-strong order of 737 MAXs.

WHAT HAPPENED?

Under international rules, Ethiopians are leading the investigation but France’s BEA will conduct black box analysis as an adviser. The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) was also sending three investigators to assist.

Only France and the United States have the experience gleaned from being present at almost every crash involving an Airbus or Boeing respectively.

The cause of the Indonesian crash is still being investigated. A November preliminary report, before the retrieval of the cockpit voice recorder, focused on maintenance and training and the response of a Boeing anti-stall system to a recently replaced sensor, but gave no reason for the crash.

The pilot of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 had reported internal control problems and received permission to return, before the plane came down and burst into a fireball on arid farmland.

Chamberlain disappointed in himself

The E上海夜生活论坛ngland international scored a goal as Liverpool won 5-0 against Swansea Cityon Tuesday, but he was not happy with his performance.

Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain admitted he felt really disappointed with the way he played regardless of the goal he scored against the Swans.

The former Arsenal player scored the last goal of the game in front of the KOP, but noted he expects more of himself and will not rest until he gets where he wants to be.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the final whistle of the game, Chamberlain stated: “We got the three points but personally I was quite disappointed with myself today.

“I’m happy I managed to get the goal in the end but I just tried to work hard through the 90 minutes and when the chance came at the end I was happy to put that away. It made it a bit better.Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers relishing Liverpool return Andrew Smyth – Brendan Rodgers is relishing Leicester City’s trip to his old club Liverpool, whom he described as a “privilege” to work for during his three-year stint.

“I just want more from myself and there were a few moments where I could have done better with my end product.”

The 24-year-old knows that good chances do not come often in the English top-flight and criticised his wastefulness, insisting he should have done better at certain situations.

“We train every day and when you get into certain situations you work hard to get into those positions and in this league they don’t come too often. There are a few times today when I could have done better.

“But 5-0 for the boys, I’m really happy with that. I just want to keep pushing myself.”

Tottenham made a mistake by selling Walker

Jamie Redknapp couldn’t understand Tottenham’s decision to sell Kyle Walker to Manchester City and he claims that it was “a huge mistake” which just showed that Tottenham is “still a small club”.

Spurs have been struggling this season so far as they are, basically said, out from the title race and Jamie Redknapp thinks that the decision not to raise Walker’s salary showed that Tottenham still has got a “small-club上海夜网 mentality”. He also warned the club that the other players might have similar thoughts as Walker and they will probably want to leave as well.

The former Spurs man spoke about the situation in his old club as he said, according to Sky Sports: “Letting Kyle Walker go in the summer looks like a huge mistake. I thought it was good business at the time but now what it’s has done is set a precedent in the dressing room. It looks to me that the players know what the going rate is.”Opinion: Martin Odegaard is perfect for the Premier League Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – Given how much he’s been rejected by Real Madrid, we are convinced that Martin Odegaard is perfect for the Premier League.Martin Odegaard is finally…

He continued by adding that there could be a problem with the other players: “Toby Alderweireld is one of the best centre-backs in the world – why has he not signed? Go and give him whatever he deserves. Tottenham have got players anyone in the world would want, but things can quickly slip through your fingers. Once one leaves, then another one. It gives every player an out. They’ve still got a small club mentality there. It’s not changed since I was there.”

Jamie Redknapp, in the end, claimed that he understands that thinking: “These players are well aware of what the going rate is. It’s about going into the England dressing room and seeing a player that plays in your position, knowing he’s getting two or three times what you’re getting a week. It shouldn’t be like that.”

Messi backs Higuain and his importance for the national team

Lionel Messi, the Argentina captain, defended Gonzalo Higuain as he spoke about his importance for the team and that he fully deserves to be part of the team for the upcoming World Cup.

Gonzalo Higuain was criticized multiple times for being unable to perform properly in the major international tournaments – and he was blamed as the biggest reason of Argentina not winning the la上海夜网st World Cup final against Germany. But Lionel Messi, his side’s captain, insisted that there is no reason why to blame Higuain for that and he deserves to be given another chance to prove himself.

The Barcelona star spoke about Higuain making the final cut as he said, according to Goal: “Pipa has suffered a lot from criticism and we have talked about it a lot of times. But I think that this time away from the national team has done him good, now he is seeing things in a different light. He has to be [in the team] because he is vital, he is one of the best forwards in the world and he always shows it.” Messi made Di Maria cry during the last Copa America Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – During an interview with ESPN Argentina, Angel Di Maria revealed when Messi made him and the Albiceleste players cry with a speech.Lionel Messi was…

Messi also showed his support towards his national team’s coach, Jorge Sampaoli: “Argentina is a big step up. At Chile, [Sampaoli] was not obliged to win every game, here he is. Jorge was judged even before he came to Argentina, a lot of people had written him off before he started working. He has told me on many occasions I am the best player in history.”

In the end, the Argentina international also spoke about his possible comeback to his childhood club, Newell’s: “I have said many times that my dream is to play for Newell’s but I don’t know what will happen; part of that doubt is because of the situation in my country. I have a family and my children come first. I want them to grow up in peace, enjoying a safe life. It is horrible to see the things happening in Argentina, to go out on the street and be killed in an attempted robbery.”

Reus desperate to stay fit

The Borussia Dortmund star is still on the recovery path to full fitness following a serious knee injury.

Marco Reus is certainly one of the most misfortunate footballers when it comes to health. The forward has had his career completely plagued with injuries and he insists he would gladly give up all of his wealth if that would make his career injury free in the future.

The 28-year-old spent a serious amount of time on the sidelines only to return and tear his cruciate ligament, which will force him off the pitch until the early part of 2018.

Reus has revealed that it has been really difficult to keep a positive attitude after all those injuries, insisting that his girlfriend has been the most important person, who has helped him with his recovery and keeping the right state of mind.Report: Hakimi brace gets the victory for Dortmund George Patchias – Achraf Hakimi scored a goal in either half to secure the victory for Borussia Dortmund.After a draw in the opening game of the Champions…

“The tears came again two or three days later when I went through it again in my mind,” he told GQ

“To be alone, working your way back is the most demanding par上海夜生活网t. I was really fed up after three weeks. It’s a brutal mental test because you always have to work on your own.

“As top players, we earn a lot of money, but sometimes we pay a hefty price with our health. I would give away all the money to be healthy again, to be able to do my job. To do what I love: to play football.”

Dembele pushing hard for ‘El Clasico’

Ousmane Dembele is determined to get back to action in time for this year’s ‘El Clasico’.

The French forward has set himself the very ambitious goal of returning to the pitch for the Real Madrid – Barcelona match scheduled on the 23rd of December. Dembele would like to at least be on the bench for the derby, if not to start it.

The ex-Borussia Dortmund forward suffered a serious injury during his La Liga debut as a starting player for Barcelona, in the match against Getafe, in September. Initially, the medical team ruled him out for the rest of the year, but the young forward has big chances of returning before the end of the year.Valverde cools down controversies at the club Nedim Maric – Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde spoke at the press conference ahead of Barca’s Inter clash in the second fixture of the Champions League.While Barcelona started…

Dembele cannot hit the ball yet, but it’s just a matter of days until the player will return to individual training sessions. At the moment, he is working on the physical recovery and has impressed the medical staff of Barcelona with his ambition.

Sport.es wrote about the player’s recovery: “The people working with Dembele towards his return are impressed with the player’s attitude and positive mentality, a very important aspect when going through a recovery period”.

Barcelona paid €105m for the transfer of Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund. The transfer deal also includes another €45m in different bonuses上海夜生活论坛. The French forward is seen as the perfect replacement for Neymar, who left Barcelona for PSG this summer, in a world record deal of €222m.

Klopp happy that his team did “extremely well”

After a disappointing part of the season, Liverpool managed to win three times in just one week and Jürgen Klopp hopes that it shows that his side are back on the right track.

Liverpool now have got the same amount of points as fourth-placed Chelsea after beating West Ham United 4-1 away from home – and it was their third consecutive win. Jürgen Klopp’s team beat Huddersfield in the Premier League last weekend and they were able to grab a win also against Maribor in the UEFA Champions League. And the biggest star of the last match? Mohamed Salah, who scored twice and he proves himself to be a good signing.

The former coach of Borussia Dortmund and FSV Mainz was, of course, happy with this week as he said, according to ESPN: “It’s a fantastic week. I’m not sure how far Wembley is away from here, but I felt quite different. Now we’ve responded from that really well. We knew after that game at Tottenham that we were上海夜网 bad. Tottenham is always good, but we were the main reason for this result. We wanted to strike back and the boys did that with really nice results.”Wijnaldum looking to repeat Champions League success Nedim Maric – Liverpool are the reigning winners of the Champions League. However, this isn’t stopping them for aiming to get the glory once again.After a perfect…

He decided to give a chance to Saido Mané who was injured for a while: “I decided after one [training] session, but he had another yesterday. Sadio is a naturally fit player — he’s a little machine. When we trained after Maribor — the first session on Thursday — he was a little bit stiff in the beginning and then you could see how he starts enjoying the intensity. That’s why we decided we should try it.”

Jürgen Klopp had only words of praise for his summer signing, Mohamed Salah: “We watched Salah so often, saw him so often. The scouting department was really behind me and wanted to do it even earlier. He was a decision of all of us. We are glad to have him in our team. He’s a real goal threat, an offensive midfield player who plays more as a second striker. Today he had a different position, but he liked it.”

Gabriel Jesus: “I live for goals”

The striker has had no trouble finding the back of the net for both club and country in recent games as he warns there will be many more to come.

Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus has made a statement that he will not be contained as he ‘lives for goals’. The youngster had a run of four matches without scoring a goal, but this run is now over as he rediscovered his goal-scoring form with Brazil and Manchester City. The 20-year-old has 14 goals in 21 appearances for the Citizens, but insists he will get even better in the future.

Speaking to Manchester Evening News following yet another remarkable display for City against Stoke, Jesus stated: “I live for goals and just want to score as many as possible. It’s great to score goals in the Brazil national team shirt, but I also love doing it in City colours, too.Neville: Pep Guardiola knows Man City aren’t good enough And上海夜生活网rew Smyth – Gary Neville has quashed Pep Guardiola’s claims that Manchester City won’t buy in January as they can’t challenge for trophies without defensive cover.

“I am enjoying this great moment in my life. I had an injury last season but that didn’t stop me. My team and management really helped me, and they have been great for me in my time in England.

“I learn a lot from Sergio [Aguero] every day, but not just him – I learn from all the team. We learn with each other – I pass on my knowledge to them, and they give theirs to me, so it’s an exchange.”

Manchester United holds Liverpool and remains unbeaten

Even though the Reds from Anfield dominated the game for the most part, the Red Devils clinched a 0-0 draw.

The 199th edition of one of the greatest derbies in English football between Liverpool and Manchester United showed no winner. This was the first game of the Merseyside clu上海夜生活论坛b in front of their new “Kenny Dalglish Stand” and to the disappointment of all the home fans, Klopp’s team could not find the back of the net.

Liverpool’s starting XI.

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The game started as expected with Liverpool dominating and taking the initiative from early on. United were defending deep and playing on the counter-attack, but many were surprised to see Mourinho’s team letting Liverpool take complete control over the game. Despite being disciplined and well-positioned in the back, the Red Devils were lucky to not conceive a goal after a beautiful cross by Firmino who passed it to Matip, but the defender’s effort was brilliantly saved by David de Gea. The ball went straight to Salah, but the Egypt international shot the ball wide on the follow up, wasting the Reds’ best chance to score in the first half. United’s only good chance to score a goal during the first half came after a combination between Lukaku and Martial, which left the Red Devils No. 9 in a great position as he forced a great save by his fellow countryman Mignolet. In fact, this was the only shot on target by Mourinho’s side for the first half.

The second half was no different from the first one. Klopp’s men were trying their best to find a goal, while United were comfortable playing on the back. The home team struggled to create a good chance due to United’s organized defense. However, in the 57th minute Emre Can had a great opportunity to open the score after a chip ball from Gomez, but the midfielder sent the ball over the crossbar from only a few meters away from the goal. Liverpool kept pushing until the last minute, but Mourinho’s side managed to fend off their attempts, sealing a hard fought point an remaining on top of the table as of now.

Manchester City, who are playing later today, have the chance to become the leaders of the table as they take on Stoke City at home today.

You can find live commentary and full statistics of the game below.

Barcelona ready to pay huge sign-on fee for Messi

The Catalans want to make sure that their star man will sign a new deal with the club and are prepared to pay him a huge amount.

Besides the €550k/week wages that Barcelona are proposing to Messi, they are also ready to pay a €90m bonus to the Argentinian for the signing of a new deal, according to Daily Mail. This would be a record breaking signing-on fee.

Barcelona are thought to be lookin上海夜生活网g to sell the naming rights of their stadium, Camp Nou, which is set to undergo major renovations. The Catalans are looking to rename the stadium as early as next season, hoping that the funds attracted will help ease the burden of the wages. Reports suggest that Barcelona would be looking to raise around €200m for selling the naming rights of the stadium for the next 25 years.Pique sends a warning message to the board after Barcelona scrape the win against… Nedim Maric – The turmoil at the beginning of the season caused a lot of concerns at Barcelona.Shaky start of the season for Barca saw them get…

In a report published by L’Ara, it was claimed that Barcelona’s current wage expenditure of €450m represents a staggering 84% of the total revenue of the club.

In addition to the naming rights, Barcelona would also like to make use of their situation with the kit supplier. Nike are set to make the Catalans a new offer to extend the current deal and a new agreement could be announced next year.

With Barcelona having achieved direct qualification to next year’s World Cup in Russia, Messi’s schedule will now allow space for a potential official announcement about his new deal with the Catalans.

Klopp confident in his squad

The German tactician believes Liverpool will be able to challenge for the title this year.

Jürgen Klopp thinks Liverpool will play for the championship in the upcoming 2017-18 as they seek to end a period of 27 years with no English title.

Since Liverpool last won the league, they have been completely overtaken by Manchester United as English football’s most successful club.

Ahead of the Audi Cup in Munich, Klopp told reporters about the ambition of his men:

“We will be playing for the championship. We don’t start a season by not having any ambitions.” the German said, according to Goal.Jurgen Klopp rates Pep Guardiola as his greatest rival Andrew Smyth – Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp revealed that his Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola is the best manager that he’s ever coached against.

“We have to have our goals. That’s what we did last season. We aimed for the top, and we finished fourth. But I think we have a very good team now.

“We did have a bit of bad luck last season. I think we can play a little bit better.

“Let’s hope everything will work very well and that there isn’t much more to improve. We have to work very har上海夜生活论坛d on it and we’re doing that.”

The Reds were one of the title contenders last year, after a dip in their form packed with a number of injuries saw the club from Anfield take the fourth spot, 17 points behind Chelsea.

Barcelona won the ICC in a 3-2 win over Real Madrid

The Catalans won the trophy in a spectacular El Clásico.

Valverde’s team came out as winner in his first El Clásico as Barcelona head coach. The game took place in Hard Rock Stadium and it served as ‘repetition’ for the upcoming El Clásicos in August for the Supercopa de España.

The last time the two clubs met in a friendly outside of Spain was in 1982, when Real Madrid won 1-0 in Venezuela.

The game was packed with action and could not have started better for Catalan fans. By the 7th minute mark, Barca were already leading 2-0. The first to score was Lionel Messi who dribbled past Modrić and tried his luck with a shot. The ball hit Varan and the lucky ricochet left Navas helpless as the ball hit the back of the net.

It was not long after before Barcelona made it 2-0. After a combination between Neymar and Suarez, the Uruguayan passed to Rakitić, who finished the attack with a powerful shot to increase the lead. The Catalans’ offensive playstyle was too much for Real Madrid’s defense, which seemed rat上海夜生活her unprepared for Barca’s push.

However, Zidane’s men took advantage of their first dangerous situation. Kovačić was given too much freedom in front of the box as he fired an accurate shot into the bottom left corner of the goal. Valverde’s men were still the more active side as they missed dozens of chances to end the game early. In the 36th minute, Asensio finished a fast counter-attack from Los Blancos as he had no trouble equalizing against Cillessen.Higuain happy to be reunited with Ronaldo at Juve George Patchias – Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo have been reunited at Juventus after playing at Real Madrid together six years ago, and Higuain is happy about…

At the start of the second half, Zidane substituted both Ramos and Varan with Fernández and Vallejo. Luka Modrić and Asensio also left the pitch for Isco and Vázquez. Barca’s only substitution was Sergi Roberto for Iniesta.

The change in Real’s defense caused confusion in their ranks, which could be seen in the 50th minute. After a free-kick ball from Neymar, Gerard Piqué was left completely unmarked and comfortably scored to make it 3-2 for Barca.

The rest of the game was packed with action in front of both goals, but none of them were successful.

You can see highlights from the game below.

https://youtu.be/yE0BJMwGkRI

Leicester City sign Harry Maguire from Hull City

The central defender is the club’s first summer signing for undisclosed feeWritten by – Nikolay Nikolov, June 15, 2017.

Leicester City have announced their first summer signing- the central defender Harry Maguire from Hull City.

He has agreed on a five-year deal, joining the Foxes for an undisclosed fee (rumored to be in the region of £17m).

Maguire will stay for at least one more season in the Premier League after his former club was relegated and will play in the Championship next season.

“Once I had my eyes on this club, I always wanted to join,” Maguire told lcfc.com.”Kane: Spurs out of excuses after shock Carabao Cup exit Andrew Smyth – Harry Kane concedes that Tottenham only have themselves to blame following a shock Carabao Cup exit at the hands of Colchester Un上海夜生活ited.

”Thankfully I’m here so I can’t wait to get the season started and kick on.”

The 24-year-old made 29 appearances in the Premier League last season, scoring two goals and providing 2 assists. He also made 6 appearances in the League Cup, scoring once.

Besides from being a centre-back, Maguire can also play at the right-back position.

He becomes Craig Shakespeare’s first signing as Leicester manager as he also signed a new three-year contract last week.

Maguire could play his first game for Leicester in the Premier League Asia Trophy. The tournament will take place in Hong Kong, starting on 19th of July. Leicester will meet West Bromwich and one of Crystal Palace or Liverpool three days later.

Denis Suarez objectives for next season: To play the maximum possible minutes and be at the World Cup

The youngster talks about his professional career and the determination to succeed at BarcelonaWritten by – Nikolay Nikolov, June 13, 2017.

Denis Suarez isn’t about to let his dream of playing for Barcelona slip away.

Having played already for major teams, such as Manchester City and Villarreal, the Spaniard admits that he had to train hard, in order to find a path to the top.

“[It’s been] very complicated, when I left Celta Vigo for City it was to succeed in football and after two years in Manchester, I moved to Barcelona,” said the midfielder to MARCA.

“I was given two years in which I tried to win a first-team spot. It was only when I did well at Sevilla and Villarreal that they took me back to Barcelona. Now that I’m there, no one is going to push me out. I will fight to the death for many years of success in Barcelona.”

Things were going great for the 23-year-old, until the beginning of 2017 when little by little, he stopped entering the line-ups.

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“I started playing quite a lot and having more prominence. After the Christmas break I returned to a great level, scoring goals and giving assists, but then my progression was cut back a little,” he said.

“I stopped entering the line-ups”, he continued.

“In the middle of the park there were people of a very high level, but I always look for the positive side of things. I’m at a big club like Barcelona, I see it as the first year of learning and next season I’m going to fight to the death.”

The youngster is currently with the U21 Spanish team for the European Championship in Poland but hopes to be included in the senior team for the World Cup in 2018.

“The objective of next year is to have a good season, play the maximum possible minutes, start at Barcelona and thus be at the World Cup,” he said.

“In Spain, the most difficult position to be selected in is the center of midfield, there are great players and we have many who want to be there. I will do everything in my power.”

Kante wins PFA Players’ Player of the Year

In a ceremony that took place Sunday evening at the Grosvenor Hotel in London, Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante has been presented with the Player of the Year award by the Professional Footballers Association.Written by Cosmin Mihalescu. April 24, 2017.

Competing against the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez, Harry Kane, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and team-mate Eden Hazard, Kante received the most votes from his fellow players.

After helping his former team, Leicester, to win an historical title last season, the French midfielder joined Chelsea for £32m last summer and is about to win his second consecutive Premier League title. He would become the first player to have achieved this (winning consecutive English titles with two different teams), after Eric Cantona in 1992 and 1993.Inter Milan V Lazio: Players to Watch Taimoor Khan – Inter Milan are set to host Lazio at the San Siro on Thursday and the game is definitely going to be an exciting affair…

On being presented with the award, Kante said: “To be chosen by the p上海夜生活layers to be player of the year mean a lot to me. It means the world to be chosen and it’s been two beautiful seasons, one with Leicester, and we are in good form with Chelsea. To be player of the year, it’s a great honour.”

Kante also discussed the ongoing season with Chelsea and his manager, Antonio Conte: “He [Conte] knows what he wants from the players. He wants to win, and we work very, very, very hard in training for him. He put a winning mentality into the squad, and everyone wants to give their best for the team, and to make Chelsea win titles. We have to fight for six more games. We’re going to fight like a final for every game, and hopefully we can win the league at the end of the season.”

Hundreds rally at U.S. Supreme Court, calling state abortion bans as step backward

WASHINGTON ( ) – Abortion-rights campaigners, including Democrats seeking their party’s 2020 presidential nomination, rallied at the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to protest new restrictions on abortion passed by Republican-dominated legislatures in eight states.

Many of the restrictions are intended to draw legal challenges, which religious conservatives hope will lead the nation’s top court to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that established a woman’s right to terminate her pregnancy.

“We are not going to allow them to move our country backward,” U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, one of the two dozen Democrats running for president, told the crowd through a megaphone.

Another candidate, Senator Cory Booker, urged the crowd to “wake up more men to join this fight.”

The rally is one of scores scheduled for Tuesday around the country by the American Civil Liberties Union, NARAL Pro-Choice America, Planned Parenthood Action Fund and other abortion rights group. The protests are a response to laws passed recently by Republican state legislatures that amount to the tightest restrictions on abortion in the United States in decades.

Alabama passed an outright ban last week, including for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest, unless the woman’s life is in danger. Other states, including Ohio and Georgia, have banned abortions absent a medical emergency after six weeks of pregnancy or after the fetus’s heartbeat can be detected, which can occur before a woman even realizes she is pregnant.

Protesters outside the Supreme Court waved signs saying “We won’t be punished” and “Protect Safe, Legal Abortion” and were joined by Pete Buttigieg, the South Bend, Indiana, mayor who also is vying for the 2020 nomination.

“My entire campaign is about freedom,” he said in a brief interview.

U.S. President Donald Trump, a Republican who opposes abortion, has seized on the issue as one likely to fire up his core supporters, although he considers the Alabama ban上海夜网 too restrictive because it does not make exceptions for incest and rape.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, another Democratic 2020 candidate, blamed what she called “outrageous bans” on Trump.

“This is the beginning of President Trump’s war on women,” she told the rally. “If he wants his war, he will have his war, and he will lose.”

The restrictive new laws are contrary to the Roe v. Wade ruling, which affords a woman the right to an abortion up to the moment the fetus would be viable outside the womb, which is usually placed at about seven months, or 28 weeks, but may occur earlier.

The bans have been championed by conservatives, many of them Christian, who say fetuses should have rights comparable to those of infants and view abortion as tantamount to murder. The Supreme Court now has a 5-4 conservative majority following two judicial appointments by Trump.

“This is probably one of the first times I’ve ever felt like it’s real that things could actually be overturned,” Tracy Leaman, 43, an event planner from the Washington area, said at Tuesday’s rally. “The Supreme Court is stacked against us for the first time in my lifetime. I feel like it’s scarier than ever before.”

A federal judge in Mississippi on Tuesday heard arguments in a lawsuit challenging the state’s new fetal-heartbeart abortion law. District Judge Carlton Reeves asked questions suggesting he thought the new law to be even more unconstitutional than the state’s 15-week abortion ban he struck down last year, USA Today reported.

Georgia Democrat Abrams rules out U.S. Senate run, says not ‘best’ role

( ) – Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams, a rising Democratic Party star who narrowly fell short of becoming the first female black U.S. governor, said on Tuesday she would not run for the U.S. Senate in 2020 because it was not “the best role” for her.

“The fights to be waged require a deep commitment to the job and I do not see the U.S. Senate as the best role for me in this battle for our nation’s future,” Abrams said in a video posted on Twitter, adding she would work to ensure the state elected a Democrat to the seat.

Abrams stands at the forefront of a diverse and younger generatio上海夜生活网n of Democratic Party leaders catapulted onto the national stage in last year’s midterm elections, and has been discussed as a possible 2020 White House candidate.

Her profile continued to climb when party officials picked her in February to deliver their response to Republican President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech.

The 45-year-old former Georgia state legislative leader, demonstrated how Democrats could compete in a Southern state that had been voting reliably Republican. She came closer than any Democrat in years by rallying African-American voters, while drawing stronger support from white voters than Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016, according to exit polls.

Abrams lost the governor’s race by about one percent of nearly 4 million votes cast in a Nov. 6, 2018 election that drew national scrutiny for voter suppression amid widespread complaints of ballot box irregularities, which Abrams blamed for eroding her margins.

“There’s been a lot of doubt about Georgia’s competitiveness that I think has now evaporated,” Lauren Groh-Warren, who managed Abrams’ 2018 campaign, said in an interview with prior to Tuesday’s announcement.

After her defeat, Abrams founded the voting rights nonprofit, Fair Fight Action, which aims to end state practices that have drawn criticism from national voting rights advocates. These practices range from purges of the voter rolls and stringent rules requiring signatures on mail-in ballots, to exact-match official records.

Such requirements can disproportionately affect minority voters who often favor Democratic candidates.

“Bad policies are a direct result of people not being heard because their votes were not counted,” Abrams said in the video, adding she would continue to fight voter suppression.

Abram’s 2018 opponent, Republican Brian Kemp, ignited further controversy for overseeing the election as Georgia’s then secretary of state. Kemp, who has denied nefarious action, stepped down from his post only after winning the governorship.

Despite her loss, Abrams’ candidacy is widely credited with helping to turn out Democratic voters who enabled the party to pick up a congressional seat in the Atlanta suburbs and come close to wresting a second seat away from the Republican Party.