PSG Get Mbappe Boost, Jet into Lisbon for Atalanta Clash

first_imgBut despite initially being ruled out for three weeks, the Franceinternational has been included in Thomas Tuchel’s 28-man travelling squad for the game.However, Tuchel struck a note of caution about expecting Mbappe, who has scored 30 goals this season, to start against the Italian club.“The deadline is short, super short,” Tuchel said this week. “We spoke with the doctor and we decided to meet again on Saturday to see what phase he is in and if it is possible that he is on the bench against Atalanta. But I do not expect too much.”Tuchel was also worried that Italian midfielder Verratti may not be fit enough after missing a friendly against Sochaux last Wednesday with a calf injury.But he too made the squad for the Champions League quarter-final.Neymar, Marquinhos, Angel Di Maria, Thiago Silva, Mauro Icardi, Thilo Kehrer and Presnel Kimpembe also made the squad having not featured against Sochaux.However, Layvin Kurzawa will not be fit to face Atalanta because of a thigh problem.The PSG squad were given a send-off by dozen of fans at Paris-Le Bourget Airport as they flew to Portugal on Saturday morning.PSG will face either RB Leipzig or Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals if they can overcome the free-scoring Italian club at the Estadio da Luz.PSG squad in full for Champions League quarter-finalGoalkeepers: Keylor Navas, Sergio Rico, Marcin Bulka, Garissone InnocentDefenders: Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Presnel Kimpembe, Thilo Kehrer, Layvin Kurzawa, Colin Dagba, Juan Bernat, Mitchel Bakker, Abdou Diallo, Loic Mbe Soh, Timothee PembeleMidfielders: Leandro Paredes, Idrissa Gueye, Julian Draxler, Ander Herrera, Marco Verratti, Kays Ruiz-AtilForwards: Pablo Sarabia, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Angel Di Maria, Mauro Icardi, Arnaud KalimuendoShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram CHAMPIONS LEAGUEParis Saint-Germainhave been handed a major boost after both Kylian Mbappeand Marco Verratti made their travelling squad for Wednesday’s Champions Leaguequarter-final with Atalanta.The French club were worried striker Mbappe wouldn’t be fit enough for the match in Lisbon after suffering a horror ankle sprain in the French Cup final against Saint-Etienne on July 24.last_img read more

Trojans finish season on the road at BYU

first_imgThe men’s volleyball team (7-17, 5-15 MPSF) will conclude their regular season this Friday and Saturday as they head to Utah to face No. 1 BYU (21-3, 17-3 MPSF), which is coming off two wins over then-No. 1 UCLA on the road last Friday and Saturday.The Trojans are coming off of a split weekend at home. Last Friday night, USC swept UC San Diego (25-20, 25-17, 25-13) but lost to No. 15 UC Irvine in straight sets (21-25, 15-25, 23-25).Junior outside hitter Lucas Yoder led the Trojans with 17 kills on the weekend. Senior middle blocker Josh Kirchner was second on the team with 13 kills.Going to BYU is always unpredictable for the Trojans. When the two schools meet, just like with USC and Hawaii, the teams play back-to-back matches.“[Traveling is] a learning experience for the younger guys,” head coach Jeff Nygaard said. “It’s a great chance to educate them on what it takes to go on that trip and play in that environment.”Playing at BYU is a challenge all of its own. Provo, Utah is just above 4,500 feet in elevation. Los Angeles is just over 200 feet in elevation. The difference in elevation alone is a difficult adjustment for teams to make, not to mention the fact that BYU is a mecca for men’s volleyball.“It’s hostile in that it’s an extremely favorable BYU crowd,” Nygaard said.“Favorable” would be an understatement. In their 10 home matches this season, BYU has averaged about 4,000 fans in attendance. In USC’s 13 home matches this season, they’ve averaged about 400 fans.BYU has a home record of 8-2 this season. Their losses were courtesy of No. 3 Stanford in mid-January and No. 6 Pepperdine in mid-March. USC has an opposite away record of 2-8. They’ve struggled this season, but especially on the road.Despite the daunting conditions, Nygaard isn’t afraid of the challenge ahead of the Trojans.“I would expect them to win,” Nygaard said. “I don’t see any reason otherwise.”Nygaard, a former UCLA men’s volleyball standout, has experience playing in BYU and knows what it’s like to head into that “hostile environment.”“I think it’s a great environment for volleyball,” Nygaard said. “I love going there and I love competing there.”As the season is drawing to a close, Nygaard shared his belief that all of the ups and downs of the season will help transition the team for next year.“Everything we’ve done this year is helping us transition for next year,” Nygaard said. “Regardless of what happens, it’s always going to transition to the next year.”The adversities of this season will aid the Trojans in becoming a more weathered, toughened team. Pair that with a longer time under Nygaard’s direction and plan, and the Trojans look to come out firing for next season.But before they can move on to any of that, they’ll have to take on the Cougars.last_img read more

House votes for Frederick plan to give high school students advanced education

first_img The state House today approved state Rep. Ben Frederick’s legislation to better inform Michigan’s high school students on college level courses and testing options.The plan calls more information to be shared with students on the eligibility and registration for college level equivalent credit examinations and courses. Frederick developed the bill from his own experience, completing 10 examinations to help speed his pursuit of a bachelor’s degree.“There are many paths to a college degree and we should let our high school students know what their opportunities are,” said Frederick, chair of the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee. “Advanced placement coursework and the College Level Examination Testing and Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) programs are great options. If students can achieve their goals faster with less cost, why not let them know of these opportunities?”During committee testimony, Frederick invited Ty Krauss, a member of the Owosso Public Schools Board of Education and a business services manager with Michigan Works, to speak on the plan. He described the bill as a path to start a college education quickly, while allowing students to pursue advanced courses immediately after arriving on campus.“If we can help students get into their major coursework faster and complete their degree in four years or even less, it’s better for the student’s career and their wallet,” Frederick said. “Approximately 52 percent of college students in 2016 received their degree in four years. This bill has the benefit of giving students a jumpstart on their education after high school, while also having the chance to limit any personal debt as student debt nears $1.5 trillion nationally.”House Bill 5907, which received unanimous support in committee, advances to the Senate for consideration.##### 30May House votes for Frederick plan to give high school students advanced education options Categories: Frederick News,Newslast_img read more

Polish pay and free TV broadcaster Polsat Group ha

first_imgPolish pay and free TV broadcaster Polsat Group has selected the first four film and TV original projects to come out of its Cyfrowa Strefa Twórców (Digital Zone) project.Polsat said it that over 250 pitches for films and TV series had been made under the Cyfrowa Strefa Twórców initiative, a digital platform designed and launched four months ago for content creators and producers to pitch projects – including for cinema release as well as TV – that Polsat Group would support, alone or in partnership with co-producers. The broadcaster committed to provide financial backing for development and longer-term support in the shape of joint sales activities, including international sales, as well as looking after copyright protection.The first projects selected for Polsat’s support under the scheme are Podwójny Ironman, a film based on the life of triathlete Jerzy Górski, directed by Łukasz Palkowski, which will be released in the fourth quarter of next year, Brawo My!, a romantic comedy to be released in 2018, directed by Bartosz Prokopowicz, Gwiazda, a biography of actress Anna Przybylska directed by Radosław Piwowarski, and Wilq Superbohater, a 13-episode animated TV series based on the cult comic book of the same name, directed by Bartosz Minkiewicz and Leszek Nowicki, which will be distributed via TV and online in 2017.Aleksander Myszka, member of the supervisory board of pay TV unit Cyfrowy Polsat, mobile arm Polkomtel and Polsat, said that the group intended to use the platform to invest in further projects of interest, adding that the Cyfrowa Strefa Twórców project would enable fast and efficient selection of projects based on criteria set by the broadcaster to the mutual benefit of all parties.Agnieszka Odorowicz, member of the board of Cyfrowy Polsat, said that more titles would be announced in December, which will be developed over the course of next year and produced in 2018.last_img read more

Japanbased patent licensing pool ULDAGE has annou

first_imgJapan-based patent licensing pool ULDAGE has announced terms and begun licensing patents that it says are essential for UHD TV satellite broadcast.The pool comprises 16 companies and other entities with patents that the Japan Intellectual Property Arbitration Centre holds to be essential to meeting UHD TV satellite broadcasting standards.The group comprises Dolby Laboratories, Fujitsu, Hitachi Maxell, JVC Kenwood Corporation, LG Electronics., Masproh Denkoh, Mitsubishi Electric, NEC, NHK, Orange, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony, Columbia University, Thomson and Toshiba.ULDAGE currently licenses patents for high-definition terrestrial digital broadcasting, high definition satellite digital broadcasting, and high definition digital cable broadcasting.Broadcasters are receiver manufacturers will now receive a licence for a bundle of UHD TV patents at what ULDAGE describes as “very reasonable conditions”. Makers of narrowband CS UHD TV receivers will pay ¥100 per unit, while wideband UHD TV receiver manufacturers will pay ¥200.A combined licence for both narrowband CS UHD TV units and wideband units will cost ¥300.For UHD TV satellite broadcasting services, royalties will be charged as a rate of 1% of revenues.According to the group, the terms will take into account the development of the market going forward.The group plans to hold discussions about the licensing terms and conditions for cable and terrestrial UHD TV broadcasting “once the holders of those patents have been determined”.last_img read more