Is the IAG share price a bargain?

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Image source: Getty Images I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Is the IAG share price a bargain? Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee.center_img See all posts by Rupert Hargreaves The coronavirus crisis has shattered investor confidence, and many FTSE 100 stocks have plunged as a result. The IAG (LSE: IAG) share price has been hit harder than most.Shares in the airline group have slumped by around two-thirds since the beginning of the year. Following this decline, the IAG share price is now trading at one of its lowest levels in history, which makes the stock look cheap.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…But with the group facing a prolonged period of disruption, there could be further pain ahead for the business.Is the IAG share price a bargain?Owner of the British Airways, Iberia and Aer Lingus brands, IAG is one of the world’s largest airline groups.Before the coronavirus crisis, City analysts were expecting the business to earn nearly €3bn in profits this year, enough to support a €0.23 per share dividend and group growth plans.However, the company has now had to put these plans on ice. Last week, the organisation announced job cuts equivalent to 30% of its workforce after grounding 90% of its fleet in May and April, as well as cancelling it its final dividend.These actions should help the business weather the storm. It also has plenty of capital available to keep the lights on for the foreseeable future. At the end of the first quarter, IAG had total cash and financing facilities of €9.5bn.A long period of disruptionThe company is hunkering down for an extended period of disruption. Management believes passenger demand will not to return to 2019 levels for several years, which could weigh on the IAG share price.Other aircraft executives have the same opinion. And even when passenger demand does begin to grow again, analysts are expecting a wave of discounts. This will likely result in depressed profit margins for the industry for many years.Therefore, it’s unlikely IAG will return to 2019 levels of profitability for the next two or three years. With this being the case, investors should prepare for a long period of disruption and volatility in the IAG share price.Uncertainty prevailsAt this point, IAG appears to have plenty of funding available to keep the airline group ticking over until some normality returns.That suggests the business is unlikely to collapse. But it’s difficult to place a value on the IAG share price with losses set to continue. If the coronavirus crisis lasts for more than a year, the firm’s financial position could start to look shaky.From one perspective, however, the IAG share price does look cheap. It’s dealing at a price-to-book (P/B) value of 0.7. This implies the IAG share price offers a wide margin of safety at current levels.So, for bargain-seeking investors with a long-term outlook, now could be an excellent time to buy a share in this leading aviation business. However, it could be years before the IAG share price returns to its all-time high of 707p. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Rupert Hargreaves | Friday, 8th May, 2020 | More on: IAG Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.last_img read more

Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2009

first_imgA heated winter jacket. Avoid-grip trekking poles. Gummy athletic gel. These are a few of the innovative products coming to market later in 2009 in the outdoors industry. Last week, at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market trade show in Salt Lake City, I got a peek into this future of outdoors gear and apparel. Here’s the rundown on five items that caught my eye.Mountain Hardwear Refugium Trifecta jacket — Stay dry. Heat your core. Charge your electronics. Those are the features Mountain Hardwear promises with its new “jacket system,” a waterproof shell jacket with a battery-powered, heated liner. Plug in the Ardica battery pack and the liner pumps heat via receptors embedded in the fabric. Or, use a cable connector to charge your cell phone or music player as it sits cozy in warmth in the Trifecta’s inside pocket. All these tricks don’t come cheap, however. The jacket, available later this year, will cost $550.mthardwareLeki AERGON Grip — A rounded grip atop a trekking pole that sits nice in the palm, especially for descents, was the big new from Leki. The AERGON grip incorporates an ovoid shape that can be palmed or held traditionally for several grip options. Its handle has a rubberized and dimpled top for texture, and the company’s proprietary strap-adjustment system for quick tweaks for fit. The AERGON will be come on 11 new trekking poles, including women-specific designs.Leki - Aergon grip copyTREW outerwear — This small outfit from Hood River, Ore., adds the performance of top-end outerwear to a line of ski and snowboarding jackets and pants that look most at home in a terrain park. But take the company’s jackets, pants, and bibs into the backcountry for some ski touring and the products perform with waterproof-breathable fabric, high collars (no neck gaiter required), expandable chest pockets that can accommodate climbing skins, and other neat design touches.TREWAdventure Medical Kits Women’s Edition Travel kit — As its name implies, this is a first-aid kit for women, and it includes all the usual medical supplies — wound care implements, medications, instructional materials — plus components for women-only like tampons and meds for menstrual cramps. For international trips, a “visual card tool” can help you communicate a medical issue when a language barrier is present by simply pointing to diagrams and pictures on a card. Available in March for $60.AMK Women's First Aid KitGU Chomps Performance Energy Chews — GU Energy Labs’ latest athletic enhancer comes in the form of a gummy chew. GU Chomps cost $2.20 per packet and are made to address an athlete’s craving for solid food during training or racing while delivering nutrients and electrolytes. The company will ship Chomps in March in Blueberry Pomegranate, Orange, Cran Apple, and Strawberry flavors. Nutritionally, the chews contain complex carbohydrates from maltodextrin and simple carbs from tapioca syrup and cane sugar, as well as antioxidants in the form of vitamins C and E (to accelerate recovery from hard workouts, according to the company).Gu - Chomps— Stephen Regenold writes a daily blog on outdoors gear at read more

Woman records brother after confronting him about raping her

first_imgA woman secretly recorded a family meeting at which she confronted her brother about raping her when they were children, a court has heard.Excerpts of the audio recording on the woman’s phone were played to a Central Criminal Court jury during the 43-year-old man’s trial last month. In the recording, he expressed apologies to his sister but did not make admissions.The Donegal man, who cannot be named to protect the woman’s anonymity, had pleaded not guilty to four charges of anal rape, one of oral rape and one of sexual assault at the family home in the north-west between May 1991 and June 1993.The Irish Examiner reports that after a trial in March a jury returned unanimous guilty verdicts on all charges. The man has no previous convictions.Defence counsel Michael O’Higgins SC submitted that though the man accepted the jury had returned verdicts and that he must live by them, he was making no admissions to the crimes.A local garda told Pauline Walley SC, prosecuting, that the man abused his sister when he was in his mid-teens and she was aged between ten and 12 years. He committed the crimes in the family home while their parents were out working.The garda said the woman made her garda statement in 2015 after tensions between her brother and other family members went unresolved.The garda said the family found out about the allegations following a confrontation between the woman, her brother and his wife in early 2013.For full story see records brother after confronting him about raping her was last modified: April 15th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtdonegalrapelast_img read more

Historic schools to be restored

first_imgNelson Mandela, fifth from the right in theback row, with his classmates at Healdtown school. (Image: Nelson Mandela Foundation) The run-down buildings of HealdtownComprehensive School are to be the firstto benefit from the Historic Schools Restoration Project. (Image: Historic Schools Restoration) President Thabo Mbeki and Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane at Healdtown.(Image: Historic Schools Restoration)Janine ErasmusMany historically significant South African schools, a number of which can boast the distinction of producing leaders such as Nelson Mandela, Robert Sobukwe, Ellen Khuzwayo, Chris Hani and Govan Mbeki, have fallen into disrepair for various reasons. Now the Historic Schools Restoration Project (HSRP) aims to restore these hallowed educational institutions to their former glory, and their former purpose.Established in 2006 by the national Department of Arts and Culture, the HSRP aims to recapture the legacy of South Africa’s historic schools and rebuild them into African institutions of educational and cultural excellence – with the ultimate purpose of once more producing those forward-thinking leaders who gained the respect and admiration of the nation, and the world.The nineteenth-century Christian prophet Ntsikana, who worked extensively among the Xhosa people, teaching them hymns he composed himself, provided the impetus for the HSRP. It is the prophet’s steadfast desire to educate his people that motivated Arts and Culture Minister Pallo Jordan to ask Njongonkulu Ndungane, the former Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, to spearhead a new nation-building project.With Ndungane as Executive Director, HSRP has now been registered as a non-profit company, and a number of stakeholders have pledged their support for the project, including the South African Reserve Bank which will contribute R6 million (about $800 000) over the next four years.Early Christian schools played an important role in the development of South Africa because they instilled important values and morals, encouraged free thinking, and provided a means of education for black South Africans of the time. They were the breeding grounds of the progressive African thinkers who were to play an important role in shaping the country.This was to be their downfall, however, as in later years the apartheid government perceived them to be subversive. Consequently many of them were closed down or deprived of vital assistance, and these historic institutions are now in urgent need of restoration. Many of them are still in operation and trying to maintain their high standards of education despite their dilapidated condition.First restoration is underwayTo date 12 schools have been identified for inclusion in the project: Healdtown, St Matthew’s, St John’s College and Lovedale in the Eastern Cape; Moroka High School in the Free State; St Martin’s School and Wilberforce Community College in Gauteng; St Francis College, Inanda Seminary, Ohlange High School and Adams College in KwaZulu-Natal; and Zonnebloem in the Western CapeThe first school to be restored is Healdtown which numbers former president Nelson Mandela and Govan Mbeki, the father of South Africa’s current president, among its former scholars. The president himself attended Lovedale School in Alice, Eastern Cape, as did Archbishop Ndungane.Healdtown was established in 1855 as a Methodist mission and served the community in a vocational and academic capacity until it was closed in 1976, when the countrywide student riots broke out. The school re-opened in 1994 after three years of restoration. Currently the school attends to the educational needs of 150 scholars, and also has an adult education centre.At a ceremony in June 2008 marking the initiation of Healdtown’s restoration, President Thabo Mbeki said that the government takes great interest in seeing these schools restored to their former glory so that they may once again become centres of excellence. “Today we must unite to combine the best of our past with the best of our present in order to secure our destiny,” said the president.“I spent a good five years of my life here at Healdtown. I am where I am today because of the seeds that were sown in this institution,” said Justice Thembile Skweyiya of the Constitutional Court, who is chairperson of the HSRP board. Also on the board are Archbishop Ndungane, Arts and Culture Director-General Themba Wakashe, Dr Phil Mjwara, Director-General of the Department of Science and Technology, and Duncan Hindle, Director-General of the Department of Education, among others.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected] linksHistoric Schools Restoration ProjectDepartment of Arts and CultureDepartment of EducationDepartment of Science and TechnologyEastern Cape Department of EducationSouth African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA)last_img read more

Iraq, ‘own save’ hold Bafana to a draw

first_imgAnd when South Africa did pry open the Iraqi defence – with only six minutes of regulation time left – luck was not with Joel Santana’s charges. Kagiso Dikgacio’s header was goalbound, with the goalkeeper beaten, only to hit striker Bernard Parker, who ran into the way of the ball for an “own save” he won’t forget in a hurry. The rest of the half played out in what became a familiar pattern as South Africa attacked, pushed Iraq deep into their half, and then seemed to run out of ideas, hoping that one-touch passes would find a way through the Iraqi defence. Parker was denied by the Iraqi netminder, and then his block of Dikgacoi’s header followed. Shortly after the restart, Fanteni set up Parker for a shot on goal, but his effort, from an angle, was straight at Kassid in the Iraqi goal. Fanteni was then narrowly wide with a header from a corner. ‘I just wanted to drop dead’ “When the ball hit me, I just wanted to drop dead on the spot. It happens. It’s football,” Parker said afterwards. Thembinkosi “Terror” Fanteni picked up a yellow card in only the second minute of the match, evidence of the nervousness of the hosts, who were feeling the pressure of living up to the fans’ expectations on home soil. South Africa’s best moment of the half came three minutes later when Siboniso Gaxa picked out MacBeth Sibaya on the right. On the run, Sibaya let rip with a shot across the face of goal. Kassid got his fingertips to the ball and steered it wide of the right hand post for a Bafana Bafana corner. Mashego comes close It looked as if Bafana Bafana might create something after 10 minutes when Fareed Majeed was caught in possession. Parker’s left-footed shot from outside the box was, however, tame and easily gathered by goalkeeper Mohammed Kassid. 15 June 2009 Liverpool striker Fernando Torres decided the outcome of the match with the fastest hat-trick in the history of the Confederations Cup, netting in the sixth, 14th and 17th minutes to set Spain on their way to their 33rd match on the trot without defeat. Spain thrash New Zealand With a record lead as Fifa’s number one ranked team, Spain are looking like the team to beat in South Africa. Cesc Fabregas added a fourth only four minutes later, and the rout was well and truly on. Santana sent on Orlando Pirates’ marksman Katlego Mashego, and his change was almost immediately rewarded, but Kassid denied Mashego in a one-on-one. Iraq managed only one shot on goal in the game, which underlines just how much emphasis the Asian champions placed on getting defenders behind the ball. Sibaya lets rip He said Bafana Bafana had expected to win the game, and having shared the points means the pressure is now on South Africa. Iraq’s sole shot of the game followed shortly after that. In the more than 85 minutes that remained, they failed to test SA goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune. Steven Pienaar, who came on as a substitute with only five minutes remaining, after having been ill in the lead-up to the contest, admitted to being disappointed by the outcome. The Kiwis showed some heart and fought back to share possession, but a blunder just after half-time by defender Andy Boyens, who missed the ball while trying to clear, left striker David Villa with a simple tap-in for Spain’s fifth goal. A lively crowd packed Johannesburg’s Ellis Park for the opening match of the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup, their plentiful vuvuzelas welcoming the world to a South African football experience. The goal-feast they were hoping for wasn’t forthcoming, however, as South Africa and Iraq played to a goalless draw. The size of the challenge awaiting the hosts in their remaining two matches was made clear in the opening day’s second match between world number one Spain and New Zealand in Rustenburg. The European champions were in scintillating form, crushing the All Whites 5-0. Coach Santana said he was not satisfied with the outcome. He had expected Iraq to show more attacking intent, but instead found, he said, that were trying only to capitalise on South African mistakes and looking for free kicks. Bafana Bafana did most of the pressing but, with Iraq defending in numbers, the passing in the final third of the field was often off target. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Cape Town to offer free wifi on buses

first_imgCape Town commuters will soon be able to connect to the internet – for free – while on the go.“The city has issued a tender for a service provider to install and operate a wifi internet access service on all MyCiTi buses,” Pierrinne Leukes, spokesperson for Mayor Patricia de Lille, said on 9 July.The plan was for passengers to be able to connect their own devices to the internet using the wifi on MyCiTi buses.“We want the service to be available on every operating MyCiTi bus at all times while in service,” she said.Basic use of the service will be free. Each passenger will have use of a limited amount of data for a limited amount of time each day at no charge. The minimum no charge data allowance per day per passenger will be 50MB.“We anticipate that the tender process will be completed in the latter part of the year. Thereafter, it is our hope that the successful service provider will operate the wifi access service on a pilot basis for six months, after which wifi will progressively become available on all MyCiTi routes and buses over the following six months.”Solid evidence from many sources worldwide showed there was a positive correlation between the availability of internet access and the social and economic upliftment of communities, she said in explaining the motivation for the step. Internet access and digital literacy were widely recognised as enablers of economic participation and improved educational outcomes.“This initiative also forms part of our efforts to incentivise residents to get out of their cars and into MyCiTi buses.”Having wifi on the bus, allowing a commuter to be productive, read the news or contact friends while travelling, was expected to make public transport more attractive.Transport for Cape Town manages about 300 MyCiTi buses, to be increased by 80 buses this year. MyCiti has three trunk routes with 35 stations, serviced by 22 feeder routes with 322 stops. On average, 75 000 individual passenger trips are undertaken on weekdays.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

‘No favorite, no underdog’ in Ginebra-Meralco series, says Tenorio

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “There’s no favorite and underdog in this series. It’s going to be 50-50,” Tenorio told“There are no injuries to either team and they’ve also added firepower in Ranidel,” he said, singling out the veteran forward Ranidel de Ocampo, who has been a perfect fit for the Bolts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 33-year-old Tenorio said both teams present a difficult matchup to each other.The Gin Kings have the size advantage with the 7-foot Slaughter and 6-foot-9 Japeth Aguilar upfront while the Bolts flaunt a versatile roster led by the do-it-all import Allen Durham. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “It’s gonna be a really, really tough matchup for both teams. Not only for us. Of course, we’re going to make things hard for them and definitely, they will also make it difficult for us,” Tenorio said.Both Grand Slam coaches Tim Cone and Norman Black acknowledged the other team’s edge heading into Game 1 on Friday in Lucena.“I think Meralco is probably the most balanced team out there. It’s going to be hard for us to dictate match-ups with them because of their versatility,” said Cone, the only coach to win two Grand Slams. “Durham changes things.”“They are the biggest team in the league. They’ve shown this conference that they can overpower teams. We have Durham, we can go big or small but whatever we do, we’re never going to be big as them,” Black said.Ginebra won last year’s finals on a buzzer-beating triple by Justin Brownlee in Game 6.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBarangay Ginebra point guard LA Tenorio sees the finals rematch against Meralco as dead even ahead of tipoff.Tenorio has a point. Both teams are healthy and the Bolts have brought in additional firepower to level the return of Greg Slaughter to the Gin Kings and the acquisition of Kevin Ferrer from the draft.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Read Next MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Meralco has been on a redemption tour ever since that painful loss and Tenorio thinks the Gin Kings have very little room for error.“We just have to be ready, we just have to be composed and focused every possession this series. We cannot blink our eye, it’s like one blink and we’re dead.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mavs take tempered expectations into Nowitzki’s 20th seasonlast_img read more

Last OSU womens lacrosse player set to leave hospital

The last of six Ohio State women’s lacrosse players hospitalized for a rare but potentially dangerous muscle disorder is set to be released from the hospital at noon Wednesday, Christopher Kaeding, the head team physician for OSU’s athletic department, told The Lantern in an email.  OSU assistant director of athletic communication Alissa Clendenen was not sure whether the six athletes would play in the team’s next game, scheduled for Sunday, but she did say in an email, “once released, players are not expected to miss any time because of their condition.”  On Friday, six OSU women’s lacrosse players were admitted to the Wexner Medical Center at OSU to be evaluated after showing symptoms of rhabdomyolysis, OSU assistant director of athletics communication Alissa Clendenen confirmed to The Lantern. Rhabdomyolysis, a muscle disorder that causes a breakdown of muscle fibers and releases a protein called myoglobin into the bloodstream, can cause kidney damage and in extreme cases, kidney failure. Trainers evaluated the team for symptoms after one athlete complained of not feeling well, according to the release. None has kidney damage, according to media reports. The names of the six players have not been released. In January 2011, 13 football players at the University of Iowa developed the disorder after overexertion during a squat-lifting workout. A report cleared coaches, players, physicians and trainers for wrongdoing but recommended the strenuous workout that contributed to the hospitalizations be dropped from training. All 13 players made full recoveries. The women’s lacrosse team did not have games this past weekend. They next play at Canisius in Buffalo, N.Y., Sunday at 1 p.m. read more

Big changes to Big Ten divisions

The Ohio State Buckeyes and Michigan Wolverines, two of college football’s fiercest rivals, could meet one another in the Big Ten Football Championship Game at the conclusion of the 2013 regular season. That will no longer be a possibility in 2014, when OSU and Michigan will be realigned to the same division of the Big Ten, according to a report from ESPN. ESPN reported that the conference plans to vote this week to approve a new divisional alignment when the conference expands to 14 teams from 12 in 2014, along with new division names and an expansion of the conference schedule. Under the reported alignment, the often-criticized Legends and Leaders division names will be replaced by geographic designations East and West. OSU and Michigan will both be placed in the East division along with Michigan State, Penn State, Indiana and the conference’s two new additions, Maryland and Rutgers. The West division will consist of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin, according to the report. Brett McMurphy, one of the reporters who broke the story for ESPN, told The Lantern in an email that “it’s not surprising” the conference plans to change the names of its divisions because of negative feedback to those names. “(With) the fact you could split the league in half geographically, it was a fairly easy decision,” McMurphy said. “I think it’s a great long-term decision to split the divisions into East and West.” McMurphy said he does not believe rivalries or competitive balance played a role in the restructuring of the Big Ten but was simply based upon geography. “Some would argue that East is much stronger than West (in college football), but in all conferences one division is usually stronger than the other,” McMurphy said. During a February interview with The Lantern, OSU athletic director Gene Smith said there was a “real lean toward geography” in realigning the conference for 14 teams but added that both he and Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon thought it would be “beneficial to the conference” to have both teams in the same division. The Big Ten did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s request for comment. OSU football historian Jack Park said in February he thought it would be a positive for the Big Ten to have OSU and Michigan in the same division. “I really think it would be good to do that,” Park said. “I think you’re going to have enough balance with the other good teams that wouldn’t be a problem, although maybe some of the other teams that are in that particular division wouldn’t like that (playing in the same division as both OSU and Michigan).” Not all fans are in favor of OSU and Michigan being on the same side of the conference. “If we (OSU) had a chance to be in a (Big Ten) championship game against them, that would be probably the ultimate game,” said Alex Davidson, a second-year in agricultural engineering. ESPN also reports that the Big Ten plans to expand its conference football game schedule to nine games from eight, which would allow each team to play all six teams in its division plus three from the opposite division each year. Smith said in February that the conference was considering expansion to either a nine- or 10-game conference schedule, but a nine-game schedule was more realistic for the purposes of scheduling stronger non-conference opponents. “We have to have seven home games for our local budget, so there’s a management issue there if you go to 10,” Smith said. “Nine gives us that flexibility to do that, and schedule up, which is what we were doing. Under the proposed schedule expansion, Big Ten teams would alternate between playing five conference games at home and four conference games on the road, and five on the road and four at home, each year. By limiting the schedule expansion to only nine games, Big Ten teams can still schedule a non-conference game on the road in years when they have five conference games and still have seven home games. read more

Payet hailed Griezmanns impact

first_imgMarseille and Atletico Madrid are about to face in the Europa League final and Dimitri Payet praised his national team teammate Antoine Griezmann as he is the key man for the Spanish side.Griezmann has scored 27 goals this season so far and he helped his team to climb to the second place in the domestic league and to reach the Europa League final – and Payet knows that his team will have to stop him somehow.The former West Ham player spoke about Griezmann’s qualities as he said, according to Sports Keeda:“Grizou is their mister plus. He scores goals and creates them.”Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“He’s capable of making the difference at any given moment and we’ll have to keep an eye on him the way you would on your milk if you were boiling it.”“They have the experience but we’ve studied our opponents and we’ll know how to take them on.”“We might not be able to play beautiful football throughout but the main thing is to score one more goal than them.”last_img read more