Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers could sell Charlie Adam to Stoke to fund the signing of Clint Dempsey, the Daily Mirror say.Dempsey is keen to move to Anfield but Fulham are yet to receive a bid for the American.It is claimed that Rodgers wants to sign him before the transfer deadline and is looking to offload a number of players in order to raise cash.Meanwhile, the Daily Mail say Fulham have made a last-ditch bid to sign Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov, who is close to agreeing a move to Fiorentina.The Guardian report that Fulham are interested in Blackpool winger Matt Phillips and Wolfsburg’s Iranian-German midfielder Ashkan Dejagah.Robert Green is getting ready to quit QPR, according to The Sun.The goalkeeper, who joined Rangers on a Bosman free transfer from West Ham this summer, has played only three matches for his new club.But it is claimed Green will look to leave Loftus Road in January if, as expected, Julio Cesar takes his first-team place.This page is regularly updated.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Agnieszka Radwanska collected her 20th career WTA title after a dominant 6-4 6-2 victory over Britain’s Johanna Konta in the China Open final on Sunday.Third seed Radwanska, the 2011 champion, did not drop a set on her run to the title and closed out her win over Konta in an hour an 36 minutes.Konta, who is guaranteed a top-10 spot when the new rankings are released and is the first British woman to rise so high since Jo Durie in 1984, committed 34 unforced errors against Radwanska and struggled on serve.The Pole finished with just eight unforced errors and wrapped up victory with an ace. (Radwanska beats Wozniacki to reach China Open quarters)”It’s a very special moment; third final and second title here. It was a really special week for me and it couldn’t be any better,” Radwanska told reporters.”Every title means a lot, but especially here when you play against the best players in the world, in one of the biggest tournaments. It’s top players from the first round and I’ve been playing my best tennis all week.”Konta, who was 146th in the world 17 months ago, has continued a remarkable rise up the rankings despite her defeat. (Caroline Wozniacki ends Agnieszka Radwanska reign to reach Tokyo final)On her main draw debut at this year’s Australian Open, Konta became the first British woman into the last four of a grand slam in more than 30 years.She also earned her first WTA title at the Stanford Classic in July. (Agnieszka Radwanska rolls into US Open fourth round, hungry for more)advertisement”I’m very pleased with my progress over the past few years and hopefully many more places to climb. I’m just working hard towards playing matches like these, against players like Agnieszka,” Konta said.Radwanska, who bowed out in the fourth round of the U.S. Open last month, also won the Connecticut Open and Shenzhen Open earlier this year and has qualified for the WTA Finals in Singapore.
TORONTO – Blayne Lastman, the son of former Toronto mayor Mel Lastman, announced Thursday that he will not be seeking the city’s top job, ending weeks of speculation that he would try to follow in his father’s footsteps.In an early morning statement, Blayne Lastman said he decided not to run for mayor in the Oct. 22 municipal election after “careful consideration and consultation” with his family.“The last week has been an emotional roller-coaster,” Lastman said in the statement. “While I am overwhelmed by the support I have received, my decision not to run is in the best interest of my family, my business and of course, the great City of Toronto.”Lastman is best known for running the Bad Boy furniture and appliance empire his father started in 1955. He was expected to appear at city hall on Thursday and announce his candidacy, a day before the deadline to enter the race.His father served as mayor of North York, Ont., for more than 20 years before becoming the first mayor of the amalgamated city of Toronto in 1998.Lastman said he will now offer his full support to current Mayor John Tory, who is running for a second term in office.“The mayor’s job is not one that can be taken lightly,” Lastman said. “Our city faces many concerns including crime and gridlock. I am well aware of the commitment that John Tory has made to the city and I offer him my full support.”In the elder Lastman’s post-mayoral days, he could be seen in Bad Boy commercials alongside Blayne, who re-launched the chain in 1991, shouting its notorious slogan with an “OK” sign and an exaggerated wink: “Who’s better than Bad Boy? Noooooobody!”The 85-year-old Mel Lastman left politics in 2003 after serving six years as Toronto’s mayor. One of his defining moments came in 1999 when he called in the army after a fierce winter storm paralysed the city.So far, 21 candidates have entered the mayoral race, including Tory.
BET Networks has announced that Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson, Janelle Monae, Tamar Braxton, Smokey Robinson, Karen Clarke Sheard and Wayne Brady are set to bring down the house at the Warner Theatre with a series of powerful and magnetic performances for BET Honors 2014.Honoring distinguished African Americans performing at exceptional levels, this year’s show will celebrate the achievements of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, Motown Records founder and creator of the smash hit MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, Berry Gordy, American Express CEO & Chairman, Ken Chenault, visual artist, Carrie Mae Weems and entertainment trailblazer, Ice Cube.Hosted by actor and comedian, Wayne Brady, “BET Honors” will premiere during Black History Month on Monday, February 24 in the USA and around the world on BET’s international network on February 28, 2014 at 9:00pm GMT (check local listings).Esteemed gentlemen, Rev. Al Sharpton, Joe Morton, Ludacris and Mack Wilds are also scheduled to present at this year’s show. “BET Honors” has become a staple in BET history by celebrating extraordinary African-Americans including Cicely Tyson, Jamie Foxx, Iman, Herbie Hancock, Whitney Houston, Queen Latifah, Sean “Diddy” Combs along with memorable past performances by Trey Songz, Ne-Yo, Yolanda Adams, Keyshia Cole, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige and Patti LaBelle.Proceeds from “BET Honors” limited ticket sales will benefit the Women Veterans Interactive (WVI), an organization that helps restore hope as well as provides housing options and support for veterans and their families in need. WVI was created to address the unique, and often unrecognized, challenges facing our nation’s 1.8 million woman veterans as they return to civilian life.Stephen Hill, President of Music Programming and Specials, BET Networks, and Lynne Harris Taylor, Vice President of Specials, BET Networks are executive producers, along with Jesse Collins of Jesse Collins Entertainment.For more information on “BET Honors,” visit www.bet.com/bethonors. Also, join the conversation about the special on Twitter by using hashtags: #BETHonors; follow the show for all updates & special surprises @BET.Source:PR Newswire
Ohio State wrestling coach Tom Ryan addresses his team after the Buckeyes’ practice on Oct. 20. Credit: Jeff Helfrich | Lantern ReporterThe television outside of Tom Ryan’s office is often set to ESPN. Inevitably, he walks by a lot of College Football Playoff talk on the sports network. And every time he hears it, he can only think of one thing — a college wrestling playoff. This idea has been more than a thought in the mind of Ohio State’s wrestling coach. Ryan has pushed for a stand-alone, dual-meet championship tournament in the NCAA, among other things. He’s even a member of the Blue Ribbon Task Force committee, which is dedicated to developing a long-term plan for NCAA wrestling. The Blue Ribbon Task Force includes members such as North Carolina State Athletic Director Debbie Yow, NCAA executive vice president of regulatory affairs Oliver Luck and Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby. The task force was formed by the National Wrestling Coaches Association. “We’ve got some big dogs involved,” Ryan said. “And they all like the sport and they all see the value in wanting to move in this direction. And because they’re involved now, things can happen.”There is currently a proposal, unanimously approved by the committee, in the works that would change college wrestling to a one-semester sport that starts during December and would end about six weeks later than usual with a dual-meet tournament. The current individual championships would stay in March. The NCAA has yet to sign off on the proposal. Ryan’s reasoning for the change stems from the idea that dual meets are more fan-friendly than longer individual tournaments. He wants to attract more interest in his sport. “I think it’s spectator-friendly,” Ryan said. “An hour and a half, an hour and 45 minutes is way better than three days in a gym, or tournaments two days in a gym. I think it’s substantially more team-oriented. I think team sports are sports that our culture follows. I think it’s important for the sport of wrestling that we value the team aspect as much as the superstar aspect.”Ohio State has experience balancing individual success with team success. The Buckeyes won a team national championship in 2015 and their current roster is home to former individual national champions and an Olympic champion in heavyweight Kyle Snyder. Ryan said the proposed changes would place importance on more wrestlers in his program, due to the fact that dual-meet wins and losses would count more in preparation for a dual-meet tournament. “I think it would add more value to more people,” Ryan said. “Because, right now if you lose a dual meet, it doesn’t hurt your chance to win the national tournament. And because of that, you’re hesitant to put all your guys in when they may be banged up or not. So, because of that, it brings less value to your guys in the room.”Ryan said most of the opposition that the proposal faces involves the timing and scheduling of the hypothetical events. He said there also are differing viewpoints on how teams would be chosen for a dual-meet tournament and how many teams would be involved. The ability of wrestlers to maintain their peak performance for an entire season is also up for discussion. Redshirt senior Nathan Tomasello seemed to be all for the proposed changes. He placed value on the ability of dual meets to attract new, casual fans to the sport. “I think it’s important to make it more of a team sport and easier to follow,” Tomasello said. “If you don’t really know wrestling that well, it’s tough to follow how people get points at national tournaments.” Ryan said wrestling is one of the few collegiate sports that actually succeeds as a business model with ticket sales, and that gives the NCAA incentive to retool the sport and maximize profit. A dual meet at the Schottenstein Center between Ohio State and Penn State drew an attendance of 15,338 just last season. Ryan drew a comparison to Ohio State football fans tuning in to Saturday’s game between Penn State and Michigan because of a vested interest in the sport and the outcome of the game. That type of heightened interest is what he desires for the sport of wrestling. “We don’t have that in wrestling,” Ryan said. “And we need it. And until we get it, we’ll continue to be a sport that’s kind of status quo instead of one that’s thriving.”
Popular on Variety FuboTV, the sports-centric internet subscription-TV startup, has added two execs to its senior management ranks: David Yoon, formerly with Warner Bros. Digital Networks and DramaFever, and Erik Gerson, previously SVP of customer experience at Jay Z’s Tidal.Yoon has been hired to the newly created position of senior VP of design, reporting directly to David Gandler, co-founder and CEO. Gerson is FuboTV’s senior VP of engagement, also a newly created role, reporting to Alberto Horihuela, co-founder and chief marketing officer; Yoon.They join other recent hires at New York-based FuboTV, including technology veteran Geir Magnusson Jr. as chief technology officer and Yale Wang, a former DramaFever exec, as VP, head of North American marketing.“FuboTV is committed to raising the bar in user engagement and experience across our live TV streaming platform, and today’s appointments underscore this investment in our subscribers,” Gandler said in announcing the hires. “With the additions of Erik and David to our world-class executive team, we are in an even stronger position to build for the future.” At FuboTV, Yoon is tasked with managing all design and creative services. He most recently was VP of design at WB Digital Labs, the studio’s over-the-top platform service provider which owns and operates DramaFever and powers direct-to-consumer OTT services of AMC Networks, Boomerang, Warner Archive and DC Entertainment. Prior to WB Digital Labs, Yoon created interactive experiences for digital and ad agencies as well as entertainment companies for brands including Universal Motown Records Group, Island Def Jam, Sony Pictures Classics, Rockstar Games, Swarovski, Verizon and Procter & Gamble brands.Gerson is responsible for growing FuboTV’s user engagement across web, mobile and connected-TV platforms. He was most recently SVP of customer experience at music-streaming subscription service Tidal, where he led user acquisition, customer retention, direct marketing, and customer care and experience. Previously he held senior marketing and customer experience roles at Nestlé USA, Hearst Digital Marketing Services, Cricket Wireless, Atari, Gateway and Sony Electronics.FuboTV first launched as a U.S. streaming soccer service in January 2015 and has expanded its offerings to compete with other over-the-top TV providers, including Dish Network’s Sling TV, AT&T’s DirecTV Now, Google’s YouTube TV, Hulu With Live TV and Sony’s PlayStation Vue.To date, the company has raised more than $150 million in funding. It most recently closed a $75 million Series D round in April 2018 that included participation from 21st Century Fox, AMC Networks, Luminari Capital, Northzone, Sky and the former Scripps Networks Interactive (now owned by Discovery).Pictured above: David Yoon (l.) and Erik Gerson ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
Shahid Kapoor’s Haider with Vishal Bhardwaj is ready to come out, but that is not enough for the actor. His wish is that the filmmaker should make Kaminey 2 with him.While reports are doing the round that Shahid is, in fact, already a part of Kaminey 2, the actor said: ‘I would be very happy if Kaminey 2 happens.’ Released in 2009, Kaminey starred Shahid in a double role and he won accolades for his performance from all quarters. It also starred Priyanka Chopra and it brought out the news of the affair the two actors had, which lasted for a few months after the movie released. The actors, however, still maintain that they are in good terms with each other. Also Read – A fresh blend of fame‘I had an amazing experience with Vishal sir working on Kaminey and now Haider. I just hope he casts me in his next film and I hope that this film is Kaminey 2,’ the 33-year-old said here Wednesday on the sets of reality show Cine Stars Ki Khoj.In fact, Bhardwaj has already locked a story. ‘He has an amazing story and I think everyone should tell him to make it because he is difficult to convince. But he has a story and a romantic version of Dhan te nan also. I have been telling him he should do it, but he is a filmmaker and he has his own thoughts,’ he added.An adaptation of William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, Haider also stars Shraddha Kapoor. The film will hit theatres on 2 October.
Ghana’s Mega-Choice Digital Network has signed a 10-year contract with Eutelsat for distribution of its new direct-to-home (DTH) TV service.Mega-Choice, an associate company of Ghana’s first private television network Crystal TV, has taken capacity on the Eutelsat 16A satellite.It will initially offer its TV service to viewers in Ghana, but plans to extend to other West African markets as part of a second phase of growth.The new platform will offer a mix of free-to-air and pay channels with a particular focus on news and entertainment.Aljazeera English, Crystal TV Prime, Deutsche Welle, E TV Ghana, EWTN Africa and Asia, France 24 English, CGTN, Paradise Music Channel and Metro TV will be among the first free-to-air channels to be available.Its pay TV line-up will include a number of channels from SPI International/Filmbox Channels Group, such as Filmbox Africa, Filmbox Arthouse and Filmbox Action.
Sponsor Advertisement Reader Scott Pluschau has another blog posted on his website. This one is entitled “Gold is Coming to a Fork in the Road”…and the link is here.I have the usual number of stories for a mid-week column, so I hope you have the chance to read the ones that interest you.The banker must at all times conduct himself so as to justify the confidence of his clients in him. – J.P. Morgan Jr.It’s absolutely amazing how blatant the price management scheme in the precious metals is becoming. Even I was taken aback by how brazen JPMorgan et al were during the Comex trading session yesterday. They made no attempt to hide behind any sort of dollar rally, as they just sent in their high-frequency traders and ‘did the dirty’ in broad daylight in front of everyone.Of course the CFTC, CME…and the precious metal companies you own shares in…will do precisely nothing. They’ll just stand there as the usually do and watch while the public and the shareholders get raped again.How low we got from here, remains to be seen. But it’s entirely possible that we’ve already seen the lows, as there’s a limit to the number of short positions that the technical funds and small traders are prepared to sell…and when that point is reached, that will be the low.Here’s the 2-year gold chart.(Click on image to enlarge)I would be really surprised if they can get the price much lower than approximately $1,540 the ounce, as that seems to be a bottom-of-the-barrel price that goes all the way back to late September 2011…as every engineered price decline since then has never gone much lower than that…and if it has, it’s only lasted for a matter of hours, or maybe minutes. And if they do get it lower than that, it won’t gain them a lot of contracts, as we’re already pretty much all sold out to the downside right now.As an aside, if you lost money in MF Global…or with Bernie Madoff…or the new debacle over at PFGBest…I sort of feel sorry for you…with the emphasis on ‘sort of’. You should know better…and I hope you’ve learned your lesson by now. There appears to be little or no protection for you in the options and futures market if something goes sideways. So forget leverage…just buy the physical metal and sit tight.In overnight trading, all precious metals rallied in fits and starts during the Far East trading session on their Wednesday…and now that London has been open for a couple of hours, gold is up about twelve bucks…and silver is up just under 30 cents. Volume in both, as of 5:04 a.m. Eastern time is already pretty chunky, so it’s obvious that these rally attempts are not going unopposed. The dollar index has been declining all night long…and is currently down about 20 basis points, with most of that drop coming since the open of London trading earlier this morning.That’s all for today…and I’ll see you on Thursday…Friday west of the International Date Line. Aben Resources (TSX.V: ABN) is a Canadian gold and silver exploration company with a focus on developing properties in the Yukon. The Company’s flagship project is its 100% owned Justin Gold Project located 35 kilometres southeast of the Cantung Mine and has an all season road running through its claims. A phase one drill program was carried out in 2011 on the 18,314 acre Justin Project in which a significant new greenfields gold discovery was made at the property’s POW Zone. The Company intercepted 60 metres of 1.19 g/t gold in hole JN11009 at a vertical depth of 113 metres. Additionally, a new high grade silver-copper zone was discovered at the Kangas Zone with hole JN11003 returning 1.07 metres of 7320 g/t silver (234 oz/ton) and 3.52% copper near surface. As a result of these discoveries on the Justin Project, Aben acquired 14,274 additional acres of mineral tenure in the immediate vicinity of the project to facilitate a more aggressive work program this upcoming season. The Company has four other prospective Yukon and NWT projects in its portfolio along with a seasoned management and geological team. Aben’s chairman, Ron Netolitzky, is credited with exploration success on numerous properties including three Western Canadian gold and silver projects which became producing mines. Please visit our website to learn more about the company and request information. It’s absolutely amazing how blatant the price management scheme in the precious metals is becoming.The gold price traded flat on very light volume through the entire Far East trading day on Tuesday, but as I mentioned in ‘The Wrap’ yesterday, that all ended shortly after 9:00 a.m. in London.The rally that began at that point ended just minutes after 9:00 a.m. in New York when it broke through the $1,600 spot price. Gold’s high price tick…$1,603.00 spot…occurred at that point. Then ‘da boyz’ let loose their high-frequency traders…and by the time that the low price tick for gold occurred, gold was down to $1,563.70 spot…and intra-day move of almost forty bucks. The low came at 2:45 p.m. in electronic trading…and then traded sideways into the 5:15 p.m. New York close.Gold closed the Tuesday trading session at $1,566.50 spot…down $20.80 from Monday’s close. For such a price move, net volume wasn’t overly heavy…125,000 contracts, give or take. Hopefully all of the volume associated with the price decline up until the 1:30 p.m. Eastern time Comex close, will be in Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report.It was pretty much the same price action in silver, although the high tick of the day, somewhere north of $27.60 spot, occurred within a one hour time period around the London silver fix at noon local time.Silver’s secondary high occurred just minutes after the 9:00 a.m. Eastern time mark in New York…and then silver [along with platinum and palladium] suffered the same fate as gold, with the low tick [$26.66 spot] coming around the 2:35 price mark in electronic trading. From that point, silver also trade flat into the close.Silver closed at $26.81 spot…down 53 cents on the day…but had an intraday price move of just over a dollar. Considering the hit that silver took, the net volume was a rather subdued 30,000 contracts.The dollar index rallied about 15 basis points from its Tuesday open…with the Far East high coming around 2:00 p.m. Hong Kong time. From that point, it rolled over pretty hard, hitting its low of the day [82.98] about 8:30 a.m. local time in London. But from there, the dollar index rallied strongly, hitting its high tick [83.47] about 11:15 a.m. in New York.From its zenith, the dollar index slipped back about 10 basis points or so…and then traded flat into the close…finishing the Tuesday trading session around 83.40.It should have been obvious to any impartial observer of the dollar index, that it played no meaningful roll either before nor during the engineered price decline in all the precious metals yesterday.The gold stocks gapped down a bit at the open of the equity markets…and then followed the gold price lower all day long…with the low tick coming in the last half-hour of the New York trading day. The HUI finished down 2.89%. I thank reader Scott Pluschau for providing today’s chart once again, as the good folks over at yahoo.com still haven’t done a thing with their HUI chart problem.(Click on image to enlarge)All the silver stocks got it in the neck again yesterday…and Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index closed down a whopping 4.41%.(Click on image to enlarge)Well, the CME’s Daily Delivery Report was another yawner…as only 3 gold and 7 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Thursday. But there are still 1,791 silver contracts open in July…and one has to wonder how many of these long/stoppers will stand for delivery, and who the big short/issuers will be that will be forced to deliver the physical metal itself. The friendly bet I have with myself is Jefferies, but it isn’t big money.The GLD ETF reported that an authorized participant[s] withdrew 135,830 troy ounces of gold yesterday…and there were no changes in SLV.There was no sales report from the U.S. Mint.The Comex-approved depositories did not receive any silver on Monday…but Scotia Mocatta shipped 996,615 troy ounces of the stuff out the door…and the link to that action is here.The July Bank Participation Report didn’t show much change from the June report. The data for this report was taken from last Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report. In gold, it showed that 4 U.S. banks are net short 75,895 Comex Futures contracts…and the 19 non-U.S. that hold Comex futures contracts are net short another 49,949 contracts. Both the U.S and non-U.S. bank categories increased their net short position by about 5,000 Comex contracts from the June report…10,000 contracts in total.The four 4 U.S. banks are net short 7.59 million ounces of gold…and the 19 non-U.S. banks are net short an additional 4.99 million ounces. From last Friday’s COT report, the Commercial net short position was reported as 16.66 million ounces…so these 23 banks hold 75.5% of the entire Commercial net short position in gold.In silver, it’s an entirely different story, as it has been since JPMorgan took over Bear Stearns short position in silver back in the spring of 2008.Four  U.S. Banks are net short 18,272 Comex silver contracts…an insignificant decline of 600 contracts from their June position. I’d bet serious coin that about 80% of this amount is held by JPMorgan…and 19.99% is held by HSBC USA. The other 0.01 percent is held by Citigroup and one other bank…but are immaterial, regardless.The 11 non-U.S. banks that hold Comex silver contracts are net long 904 contracts…a minor drop of about 300 contracts from the June BPR.The net Commercial short position in silver in last Friday’s COT report was 17,354 Comex contracts. JPMorgan and HSBC hold over 100% of that amount in silver all by themselves. And as I pointed out in the previous paragraph, the 11 non-U.S. banks are actually net long the silver market.This is not rocket science, dear reader, as the silver price management scheme is obviously 100% ‘Made in America’. And with 4 U.S. banks holding just about 50% of the Commercial net short position in gold, they are a powerful force to be reckoned with in gold as well…especially since they collude in this price fixing scheme. When I say “JPMorgan et al“…or ‘da boyz’…that’s who I’m referring to. Most of the ‘et al‘s are not U.S. banks…but other Commercial traders that work together with JPMorgan.This is precisely the same way that the LIBOR scandal works/worked. I would guess that a lot of other markets work that was as well…and the dollar index and the New York equity markets would be two others that fall into that category.As GATA’s Chris Powell said…”The are no markets anymore…only interventions.”Of course, since the cut-off for both the BPR and COT reports from last Tuesday’s 1:30 p.m. Eastern time Comex close, the engineered price decline in all precious metals has changed both reports dramatically…and as Ted Butler so quaintly pointed out…both reports are now very much “yesterday’s news”.Here are two charts courtesy of Washington state reader S.A. that he borrowed from Monday’s edition of Casey’s Daily Dispatch…which is linked here. Both are self-explanatory…and neither of them require any further embellishment from me.