Groves weighs in ahead of title showdown

first_imgGeorge Groves weighed in a shade under the 12-stone super-middleweight limit ahead of his British and Commonwealth title defence against Paul Smith at Wembley Arena.Smith, 29, was a fraction lighter at 11st 13lb 3oz when the pair met for the final time before they will face each other in the ring.Groves is unbeaten in 13 pro fightsThe fight will be Groves’ first since his points victory over bitter rival and fellow West Londoner James DeGale in May.He was given a great reception at the O2 Arena that night and the Hammersmith fighter is sure to receive similar support from the near sell-out crowd on Saturday.Liverpudlian Smith, who was British champion before being outclassed by DeGale in December last year, knows that beating Groves would propel him back into the frame for a world title shot.But Groves, 23, is confident he will keep his titles and his unbeaten record despite many believing that Smith’s aggressive style could pose a threat.Groves said: “I see Paul has got himself into great shape and I’m looking forward to a good test, but I will keep hold of my belts.”last_img read more

Tesla’s Solar Slowdown

first_imgSunrun is closing in on Tesla’s SolarCity as the nation’s top residential solar installer, all but erasing a huge advantage that SolarCity had just three years ago. The New York Times reports that SolarCity is currently installing 9.3% of the new residential photovoltaic (PV) systems in the U.S., followed by Sunrun with 9%. In 2015, SolarCity had a third of the market and Sunrun could claim 5%. SolarCity was founded in 2006 by brothers Peter and Lyndon Rive. It was acquired two years ago by Tesla, which is run by their cousin Elon Musk. Both SolarCity and Sunrun are headquartered in California.RELATED ARTICLESProduction of Tesla’s Solar Roof Tiles Bogs DownTesla Reported Closer to Solar Panel LaunchTesla Begins Solar Roof ProductionAn Introduction to Photovoltaic Systems Tesla’s non-car battery business is booming, The Times said, but its solar installations have declined sharply. Allison Mond, a senior analyst at Wood Mackenzie, said, “Tesla’s residential solar business is in rapid decline as the company has cut many sales channels.” Tesla has other issues. Separately, Bloomberg reported that Tesla has acknowledged another delay in producing large numbers of its glass-topped solar roofing tiles. Three months after saying that Tesla would ramp up production of the tiles by the end of the year, Musk cited the “complexity” of the project and said the company would increase production “more quickly during the first half of 2019.” Musk announced the launch of the “solar shingle” project almost two years ago. Unlike conventionally racked solar panels, the building-integrated photovoltaic tiles take the place of roofing shingles. Solar cells are covered by a sheet of tempered glass that can be manufactured to look like another material — clay roofing tiles, for example, or slate. The tiles aren’t cheap — more than twice the cost of an asphalt roof with solar panels, according to Bloomberg’s estimate — but they also are much less obtrusive. In a call to discuss third-quarter earnings last week, Musk said the company is still tinkering with the design and installation process for the tiles. “That’s quite a long development cycle because anything that’s roof has got to last 30 years,” Musk said, according to Bloomberg. “There’s a lot of engineering — not just in the tile, but in the way it’s done.” Still, the company reported a third-quarter profit of $311.5 million, compared with a loss of $619.4 million a year ago. Tesla was able to report that sales of its electric cars were better than expected. That sent the price of its stock up sharply.last_img read more

Maoists kill Congress leader in Dantewada

first_imgMaoists killed a Congress party leader in the Dantewada district of south Chhattisgarh on Tuesday. Mr. Chhannuram Mandavi, the former block president of the Kuwakonda block of Dantewada, and a Congress member considered close to the family of Salwa Judum founder Mahendra Karma, was accused of being a “police informer” by the Maoists.He was killed at his home in the Cholnar village on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday.“Around 20 to 25 Maoists entered his house late last night and killed him. The Maoists also left some letters in which they accused him of helping the police in setting up a camp in his area and constructing roads. The Maoists also claimed to have warned Mr. Mandavi many times since 2004, and accused him of not listening to their repeated warnings,” Dantewada district Superintendent of Police (SP) Mr. Kamlochan Kashyap told The Hindu, while adding that this was not a “political killing”last_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool’s two goal Shaqiri: I always try to make an impact

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool’s two goal Shaqiri: I always try to make an impactby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool’s two goal Xherdan Shaqiri was delighted with his role after their 3-1 win over Manchester United.Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com after the final whistle, the Switzerland international explained how he used his natural disappointment with being a substitute as motivation to influence the outcome when he got a chance.“Every player is not happy when he is on the bench, that’s pretty normal. But only 11 players can play – the coach decides,” said Shaqiri to liverpoolfc.com.“I always try to make an impact when I come on or play from the beginning. Today was a very good impact with the two goals, I’m delighted.”He added: “It was an amazing win and important, too. We played very well. In the second half, we did more than Manchester United – we tried and tried. In the end, we fully deserved to win this game.“When you see the statistics, we did everything in this game to win. It was very intense and we kept the high intensity in this game. It was an important win and a nice win against Manchester United.” last_img read more

10 months ago​Robertson deflects praise to Liverpool teammate Clyne

first_img​Robertson deflects praise to Liverpool teammate Clyneby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool full back Andy Robertson is not one to have an inflated ego.And despite praise from then Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho after Liverpool’s 3-1 win over the Red Devils, Roberston was in a graceful mood.He preferred to talk up his teammates for their impressive performances in the league win.He said of Mourinho’s comments after the game that he ran all day: “It is just part and parcel of my game, I will keep on going until the end.”I got a bit of space, particularly second half and the gaffer is always banging on to me and Trent, more so this season, that we have to be more involved and I was just tried to do that.”Special mention goes to Clyney today, being out for so long and my God, he done brilliant. He has had his struggles with injury but he put in a first-class performance and that just sums up our squad at the minute.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer delighted with Rashford, Lukaku for Bournemouth rout

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Solskjaer delighted with Rashford, Lukaku for Bournemouth routby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was delighted with his goalscorers for victory over Bournemouth.A cavalier display in the first half at Old Trafford saw United score three times, with Paul Pogba netting his second double in successive matches and Marcus Rashford grabbing the other.Solskjaer’s side conceded their third goal in as many games when Nathan Ake headed in before substitute Romelu Lukaku fired home a fourth.The manager said, “I think Marcus has been different class since I have come in. He has scored two goals now in three games. His work rate is unbelievable. He closes down, chases, runs in behind and his skill for the first goal for Paul today was [brilliant]. The first thing is he holds up the ball up and hasn’t got the right to go past the first defender, but then to go past the second defender… he has got all the potential in the world to be a top, top striker.”On Lukaku, he also stated: “He is a good, good target man, but if you tell him to be a target man he will never face the goal. Today he was side on, so he could go in behind or go towards the ball and he has got the attributes of a top striker, but we need to work on his fitness because he has had a few days off, but I am delighted for him even though he was half a yard offside, but it was still a good finish.” last_img read more

10 months agoSkriniar? Godin? Why Man Utd owe Solskjaer a defensive deal

first_imgSkriniar? Godin? Why Man Utd owe Solskjaer a defensive dealby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: So blank it? Let this transfer window pass? No chance. Manchester United will be active this month. Indeed, they already are. Though whether it’s a ruse for a longer term target. Or one to get in immediately. Only Ed Woodward can tell us that…The idea that United’s vice-chairman exec is going to sit this one out. That he’ll wait until the summer. Wait until Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been discarded for the more acceptable, marketable name. Well, given his history, that just doesn’t stack up.Louis van Gaal never asked for Angel di Maria nor Radamel Falcao. Jose Mourinho had no idea about Eric Bailly until they were being introduced at Carrington. If there is a deal to be done, then Woodward – and to be fair, in consultation with Jim Lawlor – will pull the trigger. From Italy, it’s broke in the last 48 hours. They’re in for him. Diego Godin. Turned down once in August after a beat the deadline offer. Woodward has moved late – again – with an attempt to rumble Inter Milan’s month-long negotiations with the Uruguayan’s minders.The latest is Woodward has matched Inter’s contract offer of around £2m-a-year. And with his current deal to expire in June, both clubs believe Atletico Madrid will sell for a bargain basement £3m.For the moment, those in the know – specifically in Milan – believe Godin is ready to commit to the Nerazzurri. The great irony being, it was Woodward who set this whole thing in motion six months ago. Need an explanation? Well, let’s turn to the defender’s biographer Jose Navarro, who declared on Saturday night: “Godin has not closed any deal with Inter. But the reality is that Atletico made some promises to the player, after the Manchester United bid, and they never respected it. And then they made no effort to renew Godin’s contract.”So promises broken and a deal still alive. Woodward could be in here. We know – sans Jose – United still want that cheap, experienced centre-half signing. The enquiries after Andreas Granqvist, the Helsingborgs captain, had Lawlor’s finger prints all over it. With the opportunity again raised, Inter’s intermediaries can’t be surprised by United’s eleventh hour attempt.But there’s another factor to be considered. Another player in this mix. Milan Skriniar. Inter Milan’s Slovakian centre-half. Admired by Jose Mourinho. Approved by Woodward. Before Godin, a bid of €70m was lodged for Skriniar and flatly rejected by the Italians. The player stating at the time: “I’m happy about the interest in me, but Inter decided how they decided, so I cannot say anything more about it.”And the same source making that €70m revelation is now insisting Inter’s move for Godin would be to replace Skriniar, not complement him. Further strengthening United’s hand is Barcelona – their nearest rivals for the defender – taking Jeison Murillo on-loan from Valencia just last week. Find that €70m and Woodward could have his man – so long as he steps aside for Inter to take Godin.So where does this leave Solskjaer? Well, simply in the same place as all those before him. Van Gaal, Mourinho, David Moyes… even Ryan Giggs. They had their say. Sure. But they didn’t really have power of veto. For his part, Solskjaer will surely welcome a defensive signing. He didn’t make light of having to move Matteo Darmian inside for Saturday’s FA Cup win over Reading. Just as Mourinho suffered before him, the Norwegian has found the squad short at the back. Whether it’s Godin, Skriniar or some equivalent, Solskjaer will appreciate the show of support.And he deserves it. Even battling through a labourious 2-0 win over the Royals, the manager still found a way to lift the crowd. Two five goal results. The revival of Paul Pogba. The confirmation of Marcus Rashford. Solskjaer has been delivering way beyond his brief. And he read the mood superbly on Saturday, spying the chance to give everyone inside Old Trafford a lift with the debut of Tahith Chong.It could’ve been just a ho-hum win. Expected. Forgettable. Instead, Solskjaer gave those attending something special. An ‘I was there’ moment as he gave Chong a first home appearance.Any of those ex-teammates warning against business this month. That making a major signing for Solskjaer would be wrong given he’ll be gone by June. They need to consider recent history.No matter whom is in the home dugout, Woodward will buy regardless. And if it’s to be a defender who can make an instant impact all the better. It’s the least the current manager deserves for what he’s done for Manchester United in these three short weeks. TagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

22 days agoLeicester boss Rodgers: Henderson suspension cost Liverpool title

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Leicester boss Rodgers: Henderson suspension cost Liverpool titleby Freddie Taylor22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Brendan Rodgers has suggested it was Jordan Henderson’s suspension and not a slip from Steven Gerrard that cost Liverpool the 2013/14 Premier League title.Rodgers’ Liverpool side won 12 of their last 14 Premier League games at the end of the 2013-14 season.But a loss to Chelsea – in which the infamous Gerrard slip occurred – and a draw at Crystal Palace saw Manchester City claim the title.Speaking ahead of a reunion with his former club this weekend, Rodgers says it was the loss of Henderson which caused them to drop points.”The story that went unnoticed was Jordan [Henderson] was unavailable for three of the last four games because of a last-minute sending off against City,'” he told The Telegraph.”He was a huge miss for us that day (against Chelsea). “But as time goes on and you see the images and you realise how well we played that season so I don’t lose sleep about it.” last_img read more

13 days agoHyypia says Liverpool can be proud outshining Man City

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Hyypia says Liverpool can be proud outshining Man Cityby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool Champions League title winner Sami Hyypia says the club can be proud outshining Manchester City.With Pep Guardiola’s City stars certain to fight until the end this season, Hyypia believes, if ­Liverpool do win the Premier League title, it will make victory even more remarkable.“If someone creates a great team like City, you can’t stop that,” he said. “We lost one game and City won the title, so you have to hold up your hands as we did all we could to win it.“They even gave us credit for pushing them to the very end. That’s why, if we win, it’ll be even better as City are just so good .“To win in an era where your rival is so good merely heightens the achievement.” last_img read more

8 days agoEx-Wolves stalwart Edwards lauds strong leader Coady

first_imgEx-Wolves stalwart Edwards lauds strong leader Coadyby Ansser Sadiq8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Wolves stalwart Dave Edwards has praised Conor Coady for his leadership skills.The former Liverpool man has been a mainstay for Wolves since Nuno took over the dugout.Edwards said: “Conor has always been a leader. He’s so vocal – such a big talker.”He’s like that every single day in the dressing room, and such a happy guy as well, always having a smile on his face.”That raises the energy in training and around the place, even when you’ve lost a game.”Conor was the natural choice for Nuno, and he has revelled in the centre of defence.”It was a natural option. He can see the pitch from there and organise.”He has been a leader since he was a teenager, captaining England at youth level. I just hope he gets a chance at senior level with England now.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more