Benteke’s back? Liverpool line up vs Bordeaux in the Europa League


first_img 9. Christian Benteke (striker) 11 11 11 Liverpool will be looking to secure progression to the knockout stages of the Europa League with a victory over FC Girondins de Bordeaux at Anfield on Thursday night.Jurgen Klopp’s side will be high in confidence after their 4-1 drubbing of Manchester City at the weekend, and the German manager will be hoping for a similar performance infront of the home supporters.The Reds haven’t really got going in Europe, having clinched just the one win and three draws, but three points is all that’s needed to book their place in the last 32.Daniel Sturridge and Christian Benteke could return to action against Bordeaux, but there may be a few key players missing from the team-sheet – including Philippe Coutinho.Take a look at talkSPORT’s predicted Liverpool XI by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 6. Dejan Lovren (centre back) 11 11 23. Emre Can (centre midfield) 22. Simon Mignolet (goalkeeper) 11 11 11 11 2. Nathaniel Clyne (right back) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 18. Alberto Moreno (left back) 24. Joe Allen (left midfield) 11. Roberto Firmino (left wing) 7. James Milner (right midfield) 4. Kolo Toure (centre back) 11 11 33. Jordan Ibe (right wing)last_img read more

Tennis stars take in South Africa


first_img6 February 2009French-born tennis star Jo-Wilfried Tsonga left no doubt that African blood runs through his veins when he paid a visit to the sprawling township of Soweto outside Johannesburg on Wednesday.Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis, also in Johannesburg for the South African Tennis Open, took time off to get a taste of what it would have felt like living under apartheid.Tsonga, who lies seventh in the ATP world rankings and is in Johannesburg for the South African Tennis Open, held a coaching clinic at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Centre in White City, Jabavu.At the end of the clinic, youngsters from Jabavu and neighbouring areas broke out in song in appreciation for Tsonga’s efforts, and moments later the broad-smiling Muhammad Ali look-alike tennis pro started dancing, even throwing in the odd Ali-shuffle in his routine.African heritageTsonga, whose father was born in Pointe Noire, Congo, has always been proud of his African heritage, and prior to his arrival in Johannesburg had been at pains to make the point that he has long had an emotional attachment to the continent.He was clearly at home among the children, many of whom did not know that he is one of the world’s top tennis players. And it seemed Tsonga’s enjoyment was at its greatest when he was putting the smallest toddlers through their paces with basic drills.“As a kid I never had a chance to go to clinics which were conducted by the world’s top players,” Tsonga said. “It’s really great for them, although I think many of them do not know the players here.‘They’ve got to be able to dream about it’“But I would like them to go home and dream about becoming professional tennis players one day. They’ve got to be able to dream about it, because that could be the start of great things for them.”Tsonga was accompanied by South African Davis Cup players Jeff Coetzee and Wesley Moodie, who worked with the older children on adjacent courts. The clinic was organised by the South African Tennis Association along with the ATP World Tour.Baghdatis at the Apartheid MuseumCypriot Marcos Baghdatis, meanwhile, took time off from the tennis to get a taste of how it felt living in the former apartheid South Africa.Baghdatis, his coach Oliver Sounes and agent Jean-Phillipe Bernard were all labelled either “white” or “non-white” and required to enter Johannesburg’s Apartheid Museum through separate doorways.“It’s weird, you know, knowing that they separated people for everything,” Baghdatis said. “They had different toilets, black people had toilets, white people had other toilets, but it was not only that, it was everything – beaches, houses, taxi queues, entrances, bus stops – and mainly the black people suffered a lot.“I also watched some videos which showed how they were treated, and … it hurt a lot to see that,” said Baghdatis, clearly moved by the experience.Understanding MandelaThe South African Tennis Open eighth seed was taken through a visual and physical explanation of the life of Nelson Mandala, after which he said: “I can understand now why he is a hero to so many people.”Taking the museum’s “walk of freedom”, Baghdatis chose a series of coloured sticks – red for loyalty, white for courage, green for forgiveness – to represent characteristics of Mandela’s life as he saw it.The tour finished with Baghdatis signing the museum’s visitor book – the same book Mandela signed when the museum opened in 2001.“It’s a bit shocking when you’re in there and watching that,” Baghdatis said afterwards. “But it’s also nice to see because it is a small wakeup call – and it does wake you up, you see life a bit differently and people a bit differently.”SAinfo reporter. Sources: South African Tennis Association and ATP World Tourlast_img read more

The Tangent Ripple: Does It Live Up to the Hype?


first_imgNed Soltz of RedShark News also got his hands on the Tangent Ripple. In his review, he notes that setting up the control surface isn’t that easy. There aren’t many step-by-step directions, and only on the Tangent website will you find a manual and configuration instructions. Users will first need to install the Tangent Hub utility, which has all the drivers and files for “mapping keyboard, detecting attached devices, software update and uninstall.”Image via RedShark NewsRipple connects to any PC or Mac USB port with sufficient power. I have connected it to a garden-variety powered USB hub and the computer recognizes immediately. Supported applications include DaVinci Resolve 12.5, Premiere Pro 2015.3, Final Cut Pro 7 and X, Logic Pro, and Apple Motion.[Regarding Premiere Pro] The balls and knobs work in both Editing and Lumetri modes. Opening the Lumetri panel in Premiere Pro is the first step. Tangent has a default configuration for each of the Lumetri parameter groups. Select Creative, for example, and the controls are mapped to shadow tint and highlight tint. Select Color and then the color wheels with the mouse and then the controls are mapped to the color wheels.Overall, Soltz finds the Tangent Ripple “very straightforward – a wonderful investment for the non-colorist.” The Tangent Ripple is well worth the money and eases the more casual color grader’s workflow with a basic but powerful product.You can read his entire review here.The demand for the unit is certainly there, as Tangent in frantically trying to keep up with demand. Nearly every single outlet and retailer is on backorder as pre-orders are still being fulfilled.We’re extremely happy to say that demand for the Ripple panel has been fantastic and we are doing everything that we can to ship product out to our reseller channel as quickly as possible. However there has been a very large number of pre-orders accepted which does mean that it will take a while longer for these to all be satisfied. So please be assured that the Ripple is indeed now shipping but it will take a few more weeks before supply catches up with demand. — TangentFor the editor-turned-colorist (and really for any non-pro that only dabbles in color correction and grading), the Tangent Ripple seems the be the affordable and simple solution that many of us had anticipated it would be. Surely professional colorists will find that the Ripple doesn’t satisfy their needs, but it wan’t really designed for them. This device is for beginners and amateurs — and at $350, it’s perfectly priced to be the simple tool it is.Pricing and AvailabilityThe Tangent Ripple is currently retailing for $350. They are currently on backorder.Have you received your Tangent Ripple? What are your thoughts? Sound off in the comments below. The Tangent Ripple Color Grading Surface is one of the most anticipated devices of 2016 — and now the user reviews are pouring in. So, what’s the word?Top image via TangentAt $350, the Tangent Ripple comes in at a fraction of the cost of all the other major color grading control panels, so you can only complain so much about its missing features. In these reviews, there seems to be plenty of good news, and some okay news.Note: With the device on backorder, I haven’t yet experienced the Ripple firsthand. Here’s what members of the community have to say.Image via TangentCasey Faris has one of the best early reviews of the final consumer model. He does praise some features, yet his complaints are well founded. In regards to the Tangent Ripple control surface itself, he finds the overall build satisfactory, even though some knobs have a very toy-like, plastic feel. The bigger downsides were how easy it was for your hand to slip off of the top knobs and how easily the track balls come out of the controller.Faris goes on to test the Tangent Ripple in both DaVinci Resolve and Premiere Pro. Perhaps the most noteworthy point: Only one button works in DaVinci Resolve. The Blackmagic product does not integrate with the Ripple that well, so users will still find themselves using the mouse to adjust things like saturation. It does speed up simple controls, but it doesn’t appear that Blackmagic is in any rush to update to program to work with the Ripple — perhaps because the company sells its own professional color grading panel.While not perfect for DaVinci users, the Tangent Ripple is rather stellar in Premiere Pro. Using the Lumetri color panel, the surface can control the three-way color corrector, and both the A and B buttons can be mapped for just about anything. In fact, the integration works so well, there are nearly countless options. Here’s Faris’s full review.last_img read more

Ravena makes up for miscues with ‘lucky’ clutch 3


first_imgLATEST STORIES Ateneo escaped with an 80-78 victory over the Green Archers in the 2017 Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup behind Ravena’s clutch heroics.READ: Ravena’s late three lifts Ateneo past La SalleFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut things didn’t go the younger Ravena’s way early. He even got pulled out of the court in the second half after failing to follow coach Tab Baldwin’s defensive instructions.The 20-year-old knew what he did wrong and bide his time to make up for his mistakes. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Smith unstoppable as TNT clips Ginebra, takes Game 1 “I did exactly what coach Tab told us not to do, and I understood why I was benched. Coach told us to be composed, but I was rushing and that’s when La Salle trapped us more. But when he told me to contribute on defense, I just made it a point to do my job,” he said.READ: Thirdy admits there’s no escaping comparisons to dad, brotherHe was stellar on the defensive end when he finally returned on the court, but Ravena’s biggest moment came on offense, when he received a pass from Tyler Tio on the left corner and drilled the go-ahead trey with 9.2 seconds remaining to put Ateneo up, 76-74.“The opportunity just presented itself. Seeing how hard my teammates worked, I was thinking that I didn’t want to let them down. We have already went though a lot of hardships. So whatever I needed to do, whether I got the ball or not, I have to grab the opportunity,” he said. “Tyler (Tio) followed coach Tab’s play and he did it very well, drawing my defender in and kicking it out to me. I was just lucky to get the three points because I came off the bench cold and I wasn’t really warmed up.”That basket steered the Blue Eagles to the tight victory where Ravena finished with nine points and five rebounds in the win, much to the delight of his older brother.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAs if Thirdy Ravena needed any more pressure to deliver for Ateneo against La Salle on Sunday, his older brother Kiefer had to remind about it.Thirdy said the his older brother told him to “perform well” because he will be at the Arena for the first meeting of the rivals in the pre-season.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken READ: Dream Ateneo-La Salle UAAP showdown looms“Again, I’m just lucky,” he said.It may have been just a pre-season win but the Blue Eagles are happy to get one against their archrivals.“Of course, Ateneo-La Salle rivalry goes very, very deep. If you’re an Atenean or a Lasallian, playing in the game is enough motivation. Of course, La Salle was La Salle and they were very intense offensively and defensively. But although it’s just the summer league, we’re happy to get the win. But we know that we still have lots to work on. La Salle is still a strong team and we have to continue working on our game and keep working as a team,” he said.center_img What ‘missteps’? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Gameslast_img read more

The Samsung Galaxy A5 is touted to have a unique material body


first_imgWith the leaks on design and specs of the Samsung Galaxy A5 on Sam Mobile, what is catching the curiosity of gadget geeks is the kind of body the upcoming smartphone would have.Having used metal-frame devices in Galaxy Alpha and Galaxy Note, Samsung is trying to maintain a premium look for its next,without actually using metal, as reported in the blog dedicated to the coverage of Samsung devices, Sam Mobile.The blog claims that the smartphone will be made of a unique material, neither metal nor plastic, that would feel cold in the hands?? of the user. It would cut down the cost and yet keep up to the luxe design.However, what it appears to from the leaked images is that the Galaxy A5 does have a metal ,as suggested by the visible metallic edges.As per the leaked reports, Galaxy A5 will be a mid-ranged phone featuring a 5-inch HD Super AMOLED display. It may come with a Snapdragon 400 processor which has been used in older smartphones like HTC One Mini. It will sport a 13MP rear camera, 5 megapixel front camera, 16 GB storage and 2330 mAh battery along with the latest version of TouchWiz, as supposed by the blog.The release date for the phone is yet to be announced while the rumour mills remain abuzz.last_img read more

Serena Williams Reveals When She Plans On Retiring


Besides getting treatment for her back injury, Williams said she also received therapy since giving birth, and it was after she lost the 2018 U.S. Open to Naomi Osaka. The mother of one said she sent an apology letter to Osaka, and it took her some time to return to tennis. Serena Williams talked about when she plans to retire during a recent panel discussion. (Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Sport via Getty Images) For example, she had to drop out of the Rogers Cup and the Cincinnati Masters due to a back injury, and despite making it to four Grand Slam finals since giving birth, she hasn’t won a title yet. Osaka then responded to Williams and wrote: “People can misunderstand anger for strength because they can’t differentiate between the two,” she wrote. “No one has stood up for themselves the way you have and you need to continue trailblazing.” “[I plan to] transfer out, you know, in 20 years,” said Williams about retirement, according to Yahoo. Her words were met with cheers. Serena Williams has faced some on-the-court challenges since she delivered her daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. on Sept. 1, 2017. Williams was hit with violations on that day, after she argued with the umpire’s call and broke her racket. And during the trophy ceremony, the crowd booed Osaka since they seemed to be on Williams’ side. It’s something she revealed Wednesday during a panel discussion for Advertising Week New York, and reportedly Williams wants to win her 24th Grand Slam title, which would tie a record established by Australian tennis player Margaret Court. “Days passed, and I still couldn’t find peace,” wrote Williams in an essay for Harper’s Bazaar. “I started seeing a therapist. I was searching for answers, and although I felt like I was making progress, I still wasn’t ready to pick up a racket.” But that hasn’t seemed to discourage Williams, and at 38 she said retirement isn’t in her immediate plans. read more