European football is a double-edged sword: on the one hand, you get to play the finest club sides in the world; on the other, they might humiliate you. Yes, you’re generally safe from humiliation by your domestic rivals; yes, they’re generally safe from humiliation by you. And on those rare occasions you meet, if you win it’s even worse for them; but if you lose it’s even worse for you. Is the upside worth the downside? Why, it’s exactly like life!Liverpool and Manchester United have played 194 competitive fixtures and racked up combined 79 seasons in European football, contesting the same trophy on ten occasions. In that time, they have yet to be drawn together – until now. There will be pennants, and there will be team photos.The recent past has seen a couple of near things, first in the Champions League of 2002 when a semi-final actually seemed likely. Liverpool were” ten games from greatness” in their bid to win the double and United were going to Glasgow, but then Liverpool met Bayer Leverkusen and were surprisingly beaten, and then United met Bayer Leverkusen and were surprisingly beaten. In those days, you see, most people in the world weren’t world experts on German football, so Lucio meant some larrikin girl and Ballack was the Moabite king found in the book of Numbers.In any event, the prize for victory would have been a final against Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid, at the far too small Hampden Park. Both clubs were fairly well out of that one.The other potential encounter, in the final of 2008, would have been something else entirely: a game for a trophy, bookended by both sets of supporters and the Russian police charging around Moscow in the pissing rain. The human brain is capable of some ludicrous thoughts, but respect if yours can conceive more so than that.A last-16 UEFA Cup tie does not have quite that resonance, though the haughtiness with which English clubs treat the competition shames their sense of morality and practicality. But no-one at Liverpool or United is bitching about it now. The two teams have not played under lights at Anfield since 1999, and this is probably the first and last chance for the United squad to experience a “famous European night”. Luckily for them, the relevant suits have attempted to dilute the atmosphere on their behalf, snidely inferring that a difference can be made to it if all away fans … wear the same clothing! As such, a group whose regular attire spans the full spectrum of dark to light black has been given free white Chevrolet shirts, delivered by DHL, to be seen on television in a high-profile, historic fixture; oh, the humanity! Away end tickets remain competitively priced at £38.Quite what’ll happen in the two games is not at all easy to predict, and it’s much easier to make a case against each side than it is for it. Van Gaal has no idea of his best eleven, his substitutions generally make things worse, and his only consistent player, the only one on either side with any serious status in the game, is a goalkeeper. No team in the Premier League top seven has scored fewer goals or entertained less; Van Gaal could not be getting less from his squad and his squad could not be getting less from itself. Roughly, they are a joke.And Liverpool are even worse. Without the players to play how Jurgen Klopp would like them to, they lack craft, class and a defence. Of the teams in the top 10, only Chelsea, in 10th, have conceded as many times, and things might even get worse now that Lucas – Lucas – is injured.Both teams, though, have a fair few half-decent players, which is why both teams occasionally produce passages of half-decency, before predictably yet abruptly regressing to the mean. They are fragile, but pathetically, not beautifully so.Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp celebrates with Dejan Lovren at the end of the match – ReutersThe current upswing is with Liverpool. After losing the League Cup final to Manchester City, they beat them well a few days later before contriving a last-minuter at Crystal Palace; yes, that is really significant enough to constitute an upswing, itself significant. United, meanwhile, recently powered past a murderers’ row of Shrewsbury, Midtjylland and Arsenal. But then Van Gaal felt compelled to interfere with the team he had previously been compelled to pick, and as such, the cycle of subsidence was reset at West Brom.Van Gaal has, though, done fairly well in the “big games” – he’s just made a mess of the piddling games that take place every time people pay to watch his team. The Liverpool players will know that they’ve lost four out of four against him, but with home and philosophical advantage in their favour, it won’t matter at the start; they’ll fly at United as best they can, looking to control the tie from the off, while United do nothing, looking to “control” the tie from the off.The likelihood is that the tie will be one we might politely term a “slow-burner” – except this is football where there is no polite, so instead let’s expect a “disgusting shambles of inane ineptitude and arm-waving entitlement”, compelling in the worst possible way – which is the best thing about it. Enjoy!–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. 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XFL commissioner Oliver Luck told Sporting News in February that scouts were “watching these games closely.”MORE: XFL players with the best chances to make NFL rosters in 2020 “A lot of these guys have spent time in the league, so these NFL teams will know them relatively well,” Luck said. “But there’s a brisk interest in a lot of players in our league from other professional leagues.”We’ve already gone over some players that should get an opportunity, but below we’ll simply be tracking the players that have secured deals. Expect a few of the XFL’s standout players like P.J. Walker, Cam Phillips and Storm Norton to get deals early on. But while some players may sign deals with team early on, there’s no guarantee they last past training camp. NFL rosters expand to 90 at this time of year and have to shrink all the way down to 53 before the season starts.XFL players to sign with NFL teams Name Position XFL team NFL team P.J. Walker QB Houston Roughnecks Carolina Panthers Deatrick NicholsCB/SHouston RoughnecksNew Orleans SaintsJordan Ta’amuQBSt. Louis BattleHawksKansas City ChiefsDravon Askew-HenryCB/SNew York GuardiansNew York GiantsDonald ParhamTEDallas RenegadesLos Angeles ChargersDeMarquis GatesLBHouston RoughnecksMinnesota VikingsCavon WalkerDTNew York GuardiansPittsburgh SteelersKhari LeeTED.C. DefendersAtlanta FalconsJarron JonesOLNew York GuardiansPittsburgh SteelersTyree KinnelDBD.C. DefendersPittsburgh SteelersNick MooreLSTampa Bay VipersBaltimore RavensChristian KuntzLB/LSDallas RenegadesPittsburgh SteelersEdmond RobinsonLBHouston RoughnecksAtlanta FalconsDewayne HendrixDLSt. Louis BattleHawksPittsburgh Steelers———— The XFL unfortunately had to cancel its first season midway through due to the coronavirus pandemic, which means its players are now free to sign in the NFL.Several players in the XFL have already had NFL jobs at one point, whether it be on a practice squad, in training camp or in actual games. For one reason or another, they couldn’t stick in the big leagues and had to prove themselves in the XFL. But with more game tape, it’s likely that NFL teams will take another look at a number of players because of their XFL experience.
As the Guyana Trade and Investment Exhibitions (GUYTIE) continued at the Guyana Marriott Hotel, several companies have introduced new products to the market. Comfort Sleep introduced a wide range of mattresses and Massy Technologies Guyana, introduced their alternative energy initiative.Director and General Manger at Massy Technologies Guyana, Jason Sahai, is quoted by the Department of Public Information highlighting the company’s new alternative solar energy initiative. It includes inverters, a solar panel, charge controllers and charge regulators were included. Director Sahai highlighted that the Massy company has intention of working with small-scale to medium-scale contractors to deploy the solar and wind energy countrywide. In addition, Sahai said the new product line has already drawn interest from several international investors and contractors who can help to deploy the company’s solutions. He added that individuals can save money on electricity costs.Comfort Sleep has been operating for over 13 years with its unique brand of sleep technology. The Managing Director of Comfort Sleep, Director Dennis Charran said his company is focused on innovation with the introduction of the new products. He added that the new mattress is the company’s eighth line of mattresses which is their highest foam line launched. Charran highlighted that the international standard mattress has high-density foam with 300 grams of fabric which has a 10-year life span on it.Charran expressed that the purpose of launching this new product at GUYTIE, seeks to attract international buyers. Cuban and Korean buyers have already been attracted to Comfort Sleep’s new product.GUYTIE is a business-to-business event intended to create a platform for local export-ready businesses to captivate foreign buyers and other potential partners. Potential investors from the United States, Canada and Europe are attending the event. The exhibition ended on Saturday.
That’s the area where Larry Bigbie presently finds himself. Eight years after being drafted in the first round (21st overall) by Baltimore and at a point when he has spent parts of six seasons in the majors, Bigbie finds himself, by his own admission, starting over. VERO BEACH, Fla. – In the caste system that is the Dodgers’ spring-training clubhouse, one end of the room is occupied by the establishment, those well-compensated veterans who have nothing to worry about over the next five weeks except getting themselves ready for Opening Day. The other end, appropriately the one closest to the exit door, is populated by guys who cross their fingers and hold their breath every time cuts are announced. As it is, he isn’t entirely sure he is ready for spring training. Bigbie’s minor-league contract with the Dodgers has an escape clause, which he won’t exercise unless he receives a major-league offer from another club. But Bigbie says he’ll have to play a few Grapefruit League games before knowing if he has fully recovered. If he hasn’t, he has no problem completing his comeback at Triple-A LasVegas. “I just want to get back to doing things the way I used to do them,” Bigbie said. “That starts with staying healthy.” Penned in: Dodgers manager Grady Little was asked why veteran Elmer Dessens, who has 135 career starts, isn’t part of the long list of candidates for the vacant fifth spot in the rotation. Little gave a political answer, saying he simply had forgotten to mention Dessens when naming the candidates earlier this spring. But that was a dubious explanation at best. The fact is, Dessens’ only shot at the job is for all of the other seven candidates to fail miserably. Barring that, the right-hander will return to the unglamorous middle relief role he had all last season, when he made a combined 62 appearances and posted a 4.56 ERA for the Dodgers and Kansas City. “They have a lot of pitchers here,” a resigned Dessens said. “I will do whatever they want me to do. Of course I want to start. That’s why I went to winter ball (Hermosillo of the Mexican League), to build up my innings. They haven’t told me what my (relief) role will be, so I’ll just wait until the (Grapefruit League) games start and see what happens.” Dessens, 36, is entering the final season of a two-year, $3.4 million contract. Logic would suggest the Dodgers will lose him to free agency if they don’t have a rotation spot for him, but he also could be used as trade bait later in camp. Field day: Former Dodgers third baseman Bill Mueller, forced into retirement last season by a knee injury and now serving as a special assistant to general manager Ned Colletti, will don a uniform today and begin a five-day stint as a special spring-training instructor. Among other things, he is expected to work closely with third-base prospect Andy La Roche. “If they think I can help some of the guys by giving my input, I’m willing,” Mueller said. He also is expected to address the team at today’s morning meeting. email@example.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! For that, he can thank the hernia that ended his 2006 season four months early, forcing him to watch his St. Louis Cardinals teammates win the World Series without him. “It’s just unfortunate,” Bigbie said. “After 2004, I felt like my career was in a pretty good position. Now, I’m pretty much back to square one, where I have to re-establish myself.” It was two springs ago, during his routine physical with the Orioles, that a doctor told Bigbie he had the beginnings of a hernia that needed to be monitored even though he was cleared to play. But Bigbie never really thought about it again, at least not until he returned last May from a broken foot and found that his energy level had plummeted. The hernia was surgically repaired, after which Bigbie was given a recovery time of eight-to-12 weeks. But when he suddenly felt much better after six weeks, he grabbed a bat and went to the cage. That fateful decision would lead to an abdominal strain, a lost season and a winter of uncertainty before Bigbie finally hooked on with the Dodgers on Jan. 30. “It set me back a little bit,” he said. “If I had waited another month, I could have been ready for the playoffs.”
“Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen was originally released in 1975 and it quickly became one of the world’s most famous rock anthems. Today, in the U.K. alone, “Bohemian Rhapsody” is the third-highest selling single of all times, following Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind” and runner up Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” The success for Queen happened despite their record label’s initial assumption that “Bohemian Rhapsody” would be a failure.The bandmates were told their single was too long, too complicated, and something that radio stations would never add to playlists. Yet they did. It was also the first track that combined operatic elements in its composition.Freddie Mercury singing, 1977. Photo by Carl Lender CC BY-SA 3.0Enter “Hey Jude” by the Beatles; though very different in sound, it shares a few intriguing similarities with Queen’s masterpiece. Originally released in 1968, with a “na na na” outro lasting four minutes within the single’s seven minutes and 11 seconds (“Bohemian Rhapsody” is five minutes and 55 seconds) it was at the time the longest single to have ever been released.AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsHowever, radio stations settled for it without many discussions. In the U.S. alone, “Hey Jude” became the fourth-best selling hit of the Beatles, though it just may be their best earning one considering the prices of other of their records.Queen on stage at the Oakland Arena, Oakland, California, July 1980. Photo by Mark James Miller CC BY-SA 3.0Both “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Hey Jude” were songs about relationships, though, in the case of the latter, it’s all the more clear. Paul McCartney dedicated “Hey Jude” to Julian, then the five-year-old son of Cynthia and John Lennon, as the pair was splitting up following John Lennon’s affair with Yoko Ono.Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” was also “about relationships” although beyond that, when asked on the song’s meaning, Freddie himself had always remained quite reserved with providing more substantial answers.What’s certainly known is that the melody had him haunted, perhaps just like his sexuality, since the late 1960s. It was there in his mind and he would occasionally play bits from the Rhapsody on the piano, a moment depicted in the recent Queen biopic.Paul McCartney. Photo by Oli Gill CC BY-SA 2.0More than that, when it finally came for “Bohemian Rhapsody” to see the light of the day — be recorded in a studio — Mercury reportedly used the same piano which McCartney used for “Hey Jude” seven years prior to that. In fact, the piano in question has famously served an array of top-notch performers of the era, including David Bowie, Supertramp, Nilsson, and the Rolling Stones.Described as a century-old Bechstein Grand Piano, a bit difficult to play but which produced a really genuine and clear sound, the instrument lured famous performers of the day to come to the Trident Studios in London’s Soho district, where it stayed since the mid-1960s.Bechstein Art Nouveau grand piano, 1902. Photo by Count de money CC BY-SA 3.0According to LiveAuctioneers, the Piano was purchased by the studios only in 1986, as “they had previously rented it from Samuels from the mid-1960s.”It was not just “Hey Jude” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” that were recorded with its help, but wholesome albums that changed the fabric of the music industry such as the Beatles’ “White Album”, David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” and George Harrison’s solo album “All Things Must Pass” so to name just three. Other top-selling singles that used the legendary Bechstein include Mary Hopkins’ “Those Were the Days” and Lou Reed’s smash hit “Perfect Day”.Bechstein advertisement poster“The sheer quantity, quality, and diversity of the hit songs that the piano has been used on, must qualify it as being the most historical instrument of modern times,” and its value today has been estimated at at least $400,000, writes LiveAuctioneers.Read another story from us: Mary Austin – The Woman Freddie Mercury Loved and Left Most of his Fortune ToFinally, while for the Beatles all that needed was four takes to have the final version of “Hey Jude,” the four bandmates of Queen practiced and played a lot before recording the Rhapsody in a studio.They would spend a month locked in a house in the English courtyard so as to perfect playing their greatest hit and those fierce, extravagant vocals. It was the summer of 1975, and things were just about to really change for the band.