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Alexis Sanchez in training ground clash with Manchester United teammate Mason Greenwood: Report

first_imgManchester United forward was involved in a heated exchange with teenager Mason Greenwood during a training session on his return from hamstring injury.Alexis Sanchez was at the receiving end of a rough tackle by Mason Greenwood, Manchester United’s academy graduate. The Chilean forward wasn’t happy with the tackle and angry words were exchanged between the pair, according to The Sun.Sanchez was signed by Manchester United from Arsenal ahead of in January 2018 in a swap deal as Henrikh Mkhitaryan moved in the opposite direction. The Chilean star has struggled to live up to expectations as he made only 9 appearances for the Red Devils in the last league season.Sanchez’s woes compounded when he suffered a hamstring injury during Chile’s Copa America campaign. However, Sanchez was back in the training ground and is expected to be available for selection soon.Despite concerns surrounding his future at Old Trafford, manager Ole Gunnar Solkskjaer maintained that he expects Alexis Sanchez to stay and contribute to the team’s campaign in the ongoing season.”Alexis has come in and trained well. He’s four or five weeks behind the boys and has not played apart from the one behind closed doors here, so I think he’ll see this as an opportunity as well to make his mark,” Solskjaer said ahead of Manchester United’s Premier League opener.”I do expect him to stay, there’s a striker there we think is going to be able to score some goals.”Manchester United, who offloaded Romelu Lukaku on the deadline day, opened their Premier League campaign with a resounding 4-0 win over Chelsea on Sunday. While the likes of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and new signing Daniel James got onto the scoresheet, 17-year-old Greenwood came off the bench during their big win.advertisementAlso Read | Argentina World Cup winner Jose Luis Brown dies at 62Also see:last_img read more

Legia Warsaw vs Rangers: TV, live & preview

first_imgRangers travel to Legia Warsaw on Thursday for the latest instalment of their quest to reach the Europa League group stage for the second year in succession.Steven Gerrard’s side have won their last five competitive matches and have negotiated their way impressively past St Joseph’s, Progres and Midtjylland to reach the play-off round.They will face their sternest challenge to date in Poland, where they tackle a Legia outfit that has not conceded a goal in their last five outings but is hardly prolific. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Can the Gers keep their fine run going? Game Legia Warsaw vs Rangers Date Thursday, August 22 Time 7pm BST / 2pm ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game will be available for streaming on Rangers TV. US TV channel Online stream N/A Rangers TV In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will not be broadcast on television but can be streamed via Rangers TV. UK TV channel Online stream N/A Rangers TV Squads & Team News Position Legia Warsaw squad Goalkeepers Majecki, Muzyk, Cierzniak Defenders Wieteska, Lewczuk, Luis Rocha, Vesovic, Inaki Astiz, Stolarski, Jedrzejczyk Midfielders Jodlowiec, Antolic, Gvilia, Niezgoda, Karbownik, Novikovas, Nagy, Andre Martins, Cafu, Praszelik Forwards Carlitos, Kante, Rosolek, Luquinhas, Kulenovic Legia Warsaw have seen Arvydas Novikovas and Vamara Sanogo both ruled out in attack. Midfielder Domagoj Antolic is set to miss out but Ivan Obradovic should be fit to take up a spot on the bench at the very least.Possible Legia Warsaw starting XI: Majecki; Stolarski, Lewczuk, Jedrzejczyk, Rocha; Martins, Cafu; Vesovic, Gvilia, Luquinhas; Kulenovic Position Rangers squad Goalkeepers McGregor, Foderingham, Firth Defenders Tavernier, Edmundson, Goldson, Katic, Polster, Barisic, Halliday, Flanagan Midfielders Jack, Davis, Ojo, Kamara, King, Barker, Aribo, Arfield Forwards Stewart, Morelos, Defoe, Jones, Hastie Jamie Murphy and Graham Dorrans are back playing for the development side but are not included in the European squad at this juncture, while Filip Helander and Greg Docherty have dropped out of the Europa League group to be replaced by new additions Brandon Barker and Andy King.After making extensive changes for the match against East Fife on Sunday, Gerrard will revert to his strongest XI, although Glen Kamara may drop out.Possible Rangers starting XI: McGregor; Tavernier, Goldson, Katic, Flanagan; Jack, Davis, Aribo; Ojo, Morelos, ArfieldBetting & Match OddsRangers are 13/10 favourites to win this match at bet365. Steven Gerrard’s men can be backed at 11/5 to get a draw, while a Legia Warsaw victory is on offer at 11/5.Click here to see all of bet365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more .Match Preview Alfredo Morelos, RangersIt has been an impressive start to the season for Steven Gerrard’s Rangers side, yet they travel to Legia Warsaw in the Europa League with much on the line.A £7 million ($8.5m) windfall for qualifying for the group stage represents significant money to the Glasgow outfit, and while they flexed their muscles as they dispatched Midtjylland 7-3 on aggregate, the trip to Poland is expected to be a very different experience.If the Danes were a stronger side on paper, the unique atmosphere that the Gers will face when they travel to the Polish Army Stadium will pose a fresh challenge to Gerrard’s men.Nevertheless, former Motherwell defender Tom Hately, who plays for the Piast Gliwice that stunningly won the Polish league last season, believes that the Ibrox side will have too much for their hosts over two legs.“I expect that Rangers will be too strong for Legia, and that’s the way the tie is being viewed over here too,” he told the Evening Times.“Legia are expected to be the side winning trophies over here and they expect to win the league, so it was a real shock to them when we won it. It is a little like a Hearts, maybe, winning the title in Scotland, so you can imagine how that would go down in Glasgow. It would have been the same in Warsaw after we won it.“With the strikers Rangers have, I just think they can outscore Legia and I expect them to go through.”The Scottish side’s attack is set to have its work cut out, though. Legia boast five successive cleansheets, although they have scored only three times themselves during these fixtures.In the previous round of the Europa League, they edged Atromitos 2-0 on aggregate, while they struggled past Finnish side KuPS 1-0 over two legs and were unimpressive as they defeated Gibralta outfit Europa 3-0, having drawn the first leg 0-0 away from home.Rangers, who have won all of their last five games, scoring 18 goals in the process, should be quietly confident of successfully negotiating this tie before the big Old Firm game against Celtic on September 1.last_img read more

Old Messi tweets come back to haunt new Barca recruit

first_imgNew Barcelona signing Junior Firpo has very quickly been quizzed about disparaging tweets he sent out about Lionel Messi in 2012. Just 15 at the time, Firpo has admitted to saying “ugly things” about the Argentine star on the social media platform but believes Messi isn’t too worried about it. Firpo tweeted at the time that he could “probably break both of Lionel Messi’s legs” with “one kick” and called the Argentine a “son of a b**ch” among other things. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Since signing from Real Betis for €18 million (£16.3m/$20m) , Firpo, now 23, regularly crosses paths with Messi and stressed there’s no bad blood between them.”I see him every day in the changing room,” Firpo told SPORT .”I know you’re asking this because of the old tweets I made but that’s in the past and we’ve squashed that. It isn’t something I want to make a bigger deal out of.”I don’t think he even knew. I was a kid who came through the academy at Betis and I don’t think Messi is going to care about that.”Firpo, who was born in the Dominican Republic before moving to Spain as a child, has vowed to continue using Twitter despite his past coming back to haunt him to some degree at Camp Nou. The left-back has declared that the old tweets were done without proper foresight and happily apologised. “It’s something that doesn’t matter and that I can explain without problem,” Firpo told  Mundo Deportivo . “They are things that are done at 15 when nobody knows you and when you cannot think that this will have an impact years later.”I have to apologise and I do it humbly and without problems.” Left on the bench for Barcelona’s La Liga opener against Athletic Bilbao last weekend, Firpo will be hoping to make his competitive debut for the club against Betis on Sunday. It will be a match of extra significance for the defender, considering he began his professional career with Real Betis in 2015. Firpo made 24 La Liga appearances for the club last season with his three goals and strong defensive displays enough to catch the Catalans’ eye. Incidentally, Messi is also in line for his first match of the season after overcoming an injury that kept him out of Barcelona’s 1-0 loss to Athletic.last_img read more

Top Travel Insurance Myths and Trends for Sellers to Know in 2017 –

first_imgWritten By: Robert Gallagher, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, AIG Travel  It should come as no surprise to sellers of travel that over the past several decades, the travel industry has become of one of the most universally dynamic industries in the world. In fact, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council, 284 million people – or about 10 percent of the global job market – are in some way employed by the travel industry. Those who aren’t selling travel, are consuming it, taking full advantage of the affordability and  the increase in air, cruise and hotel capacity.  Air traffic has reached record heights of late. For many experts, 2016 underscores the staying power of this trend as travelers around the world demonstrate their resilience and a continued commitment to travel despite a heightened perception of challenges to travel affecting a variety of destinations, including terrorist activity, outbreaks of infectious disease and instances of social unrest. Accompanying the explosive growth in travel are an ever-increasing number of new destination, accommodation and technology options for a new breed of travelers.  Adventurous travelers are enjoying changes in government policies and now visiting destinations, such as Cuba and Myanmar, which were previously more difficult to visit.  The sharing economy has provided travelers the means to “live like a local” and venture “off the beaten path” at their destinations of choice. While exciting, these developments have also introduced unprecedented “unknowns” into the travel equation; for which many travelers, are inadequately if not entirely unprepared to manage. According to the U.S. Travel Insurance Association, one in six travelers will have their travel plans adversely affected by medical situations, natural disasters, severe weather occurrences or transportation delays and cancellations; however, less than 25 percent of those travelers will have purchased travel insurance to help them deal with the financial and logistical impact of unexpected events. Those without travel insurance are left to fend for themselves, at risk of the smallest mishap or significant event, all of which can dampen if not ruin their long-awaited trip. One can attribute this relatively low adoption of travel insurance in large part to a general lack of awareness about the value of travel insurance.   Many travelers don’t necessarily think about the multitude of things that can go wrong.  In addition to interrupted or cancelled trips and lost or delayed luggage, many travel insurance policies include coverage for medical emergencies caused by sudden illness or an accident, and medical evacuations (which internationally can cost upwards of $50,000).  Many travel insurance plans also offer travel related services such as 24/7 travel assistance to help with the re-booking of flights, hotel accommodations and more.  Even those travelers who do appreciate that an endless number of circumstances could trigger a need for travel insurance benefits and related services, may have other misconceptions that prevent them from purchasing a travel insurance policy. Sometimes, exposing and dispelling “myths,” such as those listed below, is all that’s needed for a travel seller to convince a reluctant customer of the significant benefits to travel insurance and ensure that customer is well positioned to get the most out of their travel plans: Their credit card covers them: Many consumers don’t purchase travel insurance because they believe coverage from other sources fully protects them in the event of a travel emergency or mishap. For example, credit cards, which often promote their travel protection benefits, typically offer more limited coverage. While they may offer base coverage for lost or stolen items or trip cancellation (assuming your customer purchased their travel with the card in question), many have low coverage limits, and very few offer any sort of coverage for medical emergencies or evacuations abroad (often, the priciest contingencies travelers may face).Their medical coverage travels with them: Many consumers don’t realize that while they may have great health insurance here in the U.S., many or all of those benefits may not apply the moment they leave the country. Even plans that offer some level of coverage abroad are unlikely to cover emergency evacuations in the case of a catastrophic event. Passengers who think coverage for this scenario is only necessary when undertaking some risky activity, such as mountain hiking or zip lining, should think again.  Travelers may need to be evacuated for even relatively minor issues if proper medical staff isn’t readily available.A basic travel insurance plan will cover everything: Many travelers don’t realize that not all insurance programs are created equal.  Many basic plans don’t include a full range of benefits which cover extraordinary instances.  In addition, some basic plans may carry exclusions that would surprise travelers.  Travel sellers should encourage their customers to read and review their policies, and if additional protection is desired, encourage them to consider upgrading their coverage.  For example, a “Cancel for Any Reason” plan, as the name suggests, allows travelers to cancel their trip for any reason that is not otherwise covered by a basic plan.Travel insurance is expensive: For many consumers, travel may already be an expensive proposition and tacking on added expenses like travel insurance can feel prohibitive. While the cost of travel insurance can vary significantly depending on the provider, the desired coverages and services, and the cost of the trip, there is one common element of travel planning in that accidents and unforeseen events happen, and for the one in six travelers who experience them, travel insurance may very well pay for itself. Those lucky enough to not need their travel insurance coverage, may still experience added benefits, such as 24/7 concierge services, offered by some providers, as well as the freedom of knowing that, if the worst were to happen, they’d have financial protection and the guidance and expertise of someone who’s likely dealt with the situation before. While dispelling travel insurance “myths” is a key to successful selling, smart travel professionals may also want to look ahead to the following four travel trends, and consider how they – applied to a strong existing sales strategy – may have the potential to boost their revenues and selling power in 2017: Limited Lines Travel Insurance Model Act: In 2012, a coalition including the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA), the U.S. Travel Insurance Association (UStiA), and insurance regulators and legislators introduced the Limited Lines Travel Insurance Model Act, designed to reduce the licensing barriers travel sellers must overcome in order to offer travel insurance to their customers – for example, the act would remove the requirement that agents who sell travel insurance must be licensed in the state in which the policy is sold. The law has been passed in a majority of jurisdictions, enabling more travel sellers to offer travel insurance to their customers, albeit subject to a number of limitations. Travel sellers should weigh the pros and cons of full licensure versus this easier but more limited option and make the best decision for themselves and their customers.Travel Risk Management: While travel risk management has long been a widely-discussed trend in the business travel sphere – where globalization has spurred companies to send more and more of their employees overseas, often for long periods of time and to potentially risky locations – the concept is now also making its way to the leisure space. On the business side, the general idea is that businesses have a “duty to care” for their traveling employees by offering value-added benefits, such as travel accident and assistance insurance, to minimize their personal risk. This translates to the consumer side via the thought that travel sellers have a duty to inform their clients both of potential risks they may face abroad and of ways to mitigate those risks. Not only is this thought of as the right thing to do, but it’s also increasingly necessary to minimize potential legal liability resulting from not making such options clear enough to customers. In 2017, travel sellers should be aware of this evolving trend, and consider value-added services – such as pre-trip advisories, real-time incident tracking and other alerts offered by travel insurance partners to minimize their clients’ risk.One-Stop Solutions: It’s no secret that rapidly evolving online and mobile platforms have – for better or for worse – forever changed the travel selling landscape. What it’s also done, however, is accustom customers to immediate and integrated solutions for just about everything. When evaluating potential travel insurance providers, travel sellers and their customers should be looking for a service that “does it all.” Some important items on the check list include: Knowledge and expertise in the “business” of travel insurance – a consultative partner who can structure your travel insurance program.A full range of trip types and travel styles.A track record of service excellence (after all, the service your partners provide your customers is an extension of your own).Universal capacity to pay claims.Global infrastructure to take care of your clients anywhere in the world.Sustainable travel: Otherwise referred to as Ecotourism or Green travel. Whatever term you use to describe it, travelers are increasingly expressing an interest in making sure their travels have a neutral to favorable impact on the cultures, economies and geopolitical structures of the places they visit. However, according to a recent AIG Travel poll, while 52 percent of travelers say it’s important to travel sustainably, more than one third (35 percent) report difficulty doing so. In response, AIG Travel recently partnered with Tourism Cares to help travel sellers respond to this trend.  The new online training and certification program for travel agents, launched at the ASTA Global Convention in Reno, Nevada on September 26, educates travel sellers to “help travelers give and volunteer better, creating powerful experiences and connections while improving the impact of their contributions.” Similar to an offer of travel insurance, knowledge from this course when shared elevates the travel seller’s value proposition and in turn, strengthens their relationships with their clients. Robert Gallagher is Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of AIG Travel. In his role, Robert assists with the development and execution of AIG Travel’s global business plan. He also manages AIG Travel’s relationships with Travel industry organizations and serves as the business leader for Travel acquisitions, joint ventures and other corporate development matters.last_img read more

Ottawa moves to lift alcohol trade restrictions urges provinces to do the

OTTAWA — The federal government has introduced legislation that it says will remove a final federal barrier to the easier flow of beer, wine and spirits across provincial and territorial boundaries.Now, it says, it’s up to the provinces and territories to enact changes of their own that would allow for direct-to-consumer sales of alcohol across Canada.Internal Trade Minister Dominic LeBlanc says the legislation, once passed, will remove the federal requirement that alcohol moving from one province to another go through a provincial liquor authority.The issue has rankled consumers for decades and was forced under a media spotlight a year ago when a New Brunswick man lost a five-year court battle to buy cheap beer in neighbouring Quebec.The Supreme Court of Canada unanimously ruled last April that provincial and territorial governments have the authority to restrict imports of goods from other jurisdictions and that Canadians do not have a constitutional right to buy and freely transport alcohol across provincial and territorial borders.LeBlanc said Tuesday that Canadians have been frustrated by provincial and territorial trade restrictions for too long.He has proposed changes to the federal Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act that would aid lower levels of government in lifting those restrictions on the sale of Canadian beer, wine and spirits between provinces and territories. The changes are in the bill implementing the federal budget.“The proposed legislative amendments would remove the only remaining federal barrier to trade in alcohol, and the onus will be on provincial and territorial governments to change their own regulations, paving the way for direct-to-consumer alcohol sales from across Canada,” LeBlanc said in a statement.“Removing barriers to trade between provinces and territories fosters economic growth, reduces the regulatory burden on our small and medium-sized businesses, and creates good, middle-class jobs across the country.”Andrea Stairs, who manages eBay in Canada and Latin America, welcomed the federal move but said “the hard work now turns to provincial governments.”“Interprovincial trade of alcohol is an opportunity to unlock economic prosperity by enabling Canada’s (small and medium-sized businesses) to trade more freely,” she said in a statement.Shortly after last year’s Supreme Court ruling, the New Brunswick government indicated changes could be coming to the province’s liquor laws.But the province’s treasury-board president Roger Melanson, who is also the minister responsible for trade policy, also noted that regulation of the alcohol trade in New Brunswick brings tens of millions of dollars into provincial coffers annually — money that is redistributed to services including health care, education and infrastructure.The country’s premiers last summer announced an agreement in principle to lift limits on how much alcohol residents can buy for personal consumption and transport across boundaries.Alberta and Manitoba have eliminated cross-border alcohol sales limits entirely.The Canadian Press read more

Edmunds Best allinone vehicles for summer camping

The vehicle you drive every day can be a platform for the exploration of the nation’s campsites if you consider factors such as space, appropriate on- and off-road capability, and general comfort. Some auto manufacturers now also offer specific features that make their vehicles particularly camping-friendly.Edmunds has picked five of its favourite models based on the above qualities and listed a recommended trim level for each, along with its listed manufacturer suggested retail pricing (MSRP), including destination fees. Make sure to research discounts or current incentives that might be available in your area.TWO-ROW CROSSOVER SUV: 2019 SUBARU FORESTERSubaru owners have been installing rooftop tents for years, and now Subaru has finally given them an official weight rating to go by. The current Forester has an in-motion maximum weight of 176 pounds on the roof rack and a static rating (when you’re parked) of 700 pounds. This information will help in your search for the right rooftop tent and bolster your confidence on the road while it’s up there. Plus, the Forester has plenty of interior space for other campers and camping gear and standard all-wheel drive to help get you off the beaten path.Forester Sport starting MSRP: $29,770THREE-ROW CROSSOVER SUV: 2020 KIA TELLURIDEThe new Telluride is one of Edmunds’ favourite three-row crossover SUVs. It’s got a rugged exterior look to go along with its available all-wheel-drive system. And if you opt for the top-level SX, you can get it with a towing package and a 110-volt power inverter, which is great for charging devices at the campsite. What’s more, it’s one of the most comfortable vehicles in its class. So getting to the campsite will be a breeze no matter how far away it is.Telluride SX AWD starting MSRP: $45,535MIDSIZE PICKUP: 2019 HONDA RIDGELINEThe Honda Ridgeline has some neat tricks that make it an ideal campsite companion. For instance, the cargo bed has a lockable underfloor trunk that can be used for storing gear or even ice and drinks ? and a drain plug lets you to get rid of the water when you’re done. There’s even a dealer-accessory tent that Honda will sell you. It’s perfectly sized for the bed and allows for a full-size mattress and off-the-ground sleeping. The Ridgeline is also roomy and comfortable, which helps during those long trips to the campsite.Ridgeline RTL-T AWD starting MSRP: $39,945MINIVAN: 2019 TOYOTA SIENNADon’t want to sleep outside in a tent? The Sienna, like other minivans, offers enough interior space for lie-down sleeping as long as you fold down the rear seats and remove the second-row seats. On top of that, the Sienna is the only minivan that offers all-wheel drive, which can help provide extra traction in poor weather or road conditions. If you’re looking for a versatile mix of passenger capacity, storage space, protection from the elements, and respectable fuel economy and power, take a closer look at the Sienna.Sienna SE AWD starting MSRP: $40,165FULL-SIZE VAN: 2019 MERCEDES-BENZ SPRINTERThe Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is one of the most customizable vehicles on the road. It’s available with multiple lengths, seating configurations and engines. The Sprinter can also be optioned with a roof so tall that someone who’s 6-foot-4 can stand up inside. Few vehicles on the road offer as much usable interior space as the Sprinter. Then there’s an endless list of available aftermarket options that allow you to customize it for your outdoor needs. This Mercedes is also available with four-wheel drive.Sprinter 2500 Diesel Cargo 4WD (170-inch wheelbase, high roof) starting MSRP: $53,985EDMUNDS SAYS: Whether you’re setting up shop in a parking lot with a nice view or travelling off the beaten path for a few weeks, there are lots of vehicles to choose from. Figure out the size and capability you need first, and once you do, go see the best North America has to offer.___This story was provided to The Associated Press by the automotive website Edmunds. Travis Langness is a reviews editor at Edmunds. Twitter: @travislangness.Related links:— Edmunds Review: https://www.edmunds.com/subaru/forester— Edmunds Review: https://www.edmunds.com/honda/ridgeline— Edmunds Review: https://www.edmunds.com/mercedes-benz/sprinter— Edmunds Review: https://www.edmunds.com/toyota/sienna— Edmunds Review: https://www.edmunds.com/kia/telluride/Travis Langness, The Associated Press read more