Real Madrid – the perfect team for @Real_Liam_Payne
If there’s one thing One Direction love (apart from really tight trousers and hair products) it’s playing football. In fact, it feels as though barely a day goes by without some new photos of the boys messing around with various balls cropping up. IT’S GREAT.
Today is no exception either, because Louis, Niall and Liam headed down to the training ground of Spanish team Real Madrid for a meet and greet with the players, before enjoying a bit of a kickabout.
Here they are with the whole team, looking mighty pleased about the whole thing.
As for where Harry and Zayn were, well, we can only speculate.
Perhaps they were helping each other practise their hair flicks – or were busy making up a dance routine to The Saturdays new song Gentleman to show to the others upon their return.
Niall, Liam and Louis were presented with their own team shirts by this man in a tracksuit (we think it might be Jose Mourinio but we don’t want to get it wrong because all our male friends will shout at us) which prompted Luigi to get his biceps out – something we will be forever thankful for.
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Cliff Lee: Impressive game shutout Cliff Lee hurled a complete-game shutout to help the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Miami Marlins 3-0.
Lee allowed three hits, striking out five and walking two for the 12th shutout of his career, while also claiming two hits of his own.
Delmon Young homered for the second straight night and scored twice, while Domonic Brown and Freddy Galvis each drove in a run.
Francisco Liriano pitched seven scoreless frames as the Pittsburgh Pirates edged out the Chicago Cubs 1-0.
Liriano allowed two hits, fanning nine and walking one, for his third win of the season having made his debut just two weeks ago.
Garrett Jones drove in Andrew McCutchen in the first for the game’s only run.
Jose Bautista had four hits, homering twice and driving in all of Toronto’s runs as the Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 in 10 innings.
Bautista’s ninth-inning solo shot, his second of the night, sent the game into extras, then he gave the Jays a walk-off win by singling in Colby Rasmus with two outs in the bottom of the 10th Clay Buchholz threw seven innings of one-run ball as he improved his record to 7-0 in the Boston Red Sox’s 6-2 win over the Chicago White Sox.
Buchholz allowed five hits as he lowered his American League-leading ERA to 1.73, while David Ortiz and Daniel Nava each drove in a pair.
Grand slam Rookie Evan Gattis hit his first grand slam as the Atlanta Braves beat the Minnesota Twins 8-3.
The Braves, who won their sixth straight, also got homers from BJ Upton and Ramiro Pena.
Ramon Hernandez homered as the Los Angeles Dodgers responded to coach Don Mattingly’s criticisms with a 9-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.
Mattingly dropped Andre Ethier after questioning his side’s attitude, and it paid off his replacement Scott Van Slyke drove in two on a pair of hits.
Bryce Harper homered in the sixth and scored in the 10th as the Washington Nationals beat the San Francisco Giants 2-1.
Chris Davis crushed his American League-leading 14th homer as part of a four-hit night in the the Baltimore Orioles’ 6-3 win over the New York Yankees.
David Murphy and Adrian Beltre both homered as the Texas Rangers got all their runs on the board in the first inning in a 3-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics.
CJ Wilson pitched eight innings of one-run ball, striking out 10, as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Seattle Mariners 7-1.
Miguel Cabrera homered for the 13th time this season and drove in three as the Detroit Tigers beat the Cleveland Inndians 11-7, while Carlos Gonzalez went yard in the Colorado Rockies’ 4-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Cincinnati Reds beat the New York Mets 7-4 to complete a three-game sweep, the Houston Astros saw off the Kansas City Royals 3-1 and the St Louis Cardinals were 5-3 winners over the San Diego Padres.
Gone are the days when all you wanted from a pair of sneakers or cleats was a little protection and traction. Today’s shoes claim to do all kinds of wonderful things like give you more spring in your jump, protect you from every leg injury ever diagnosed and grab at every type of terrain we have on Earth. The new adidas Nitrocharge soccer cleat (or football boot, if you prefer) takes over from where predecessors like the F501 left off.
The Nitrocharge is filled with catchily named technologies that adidas is happy to have you believe will revolutionize your soccer game.
That little yellow strip on the forefoot is what adidas calls an ENERGYSLING a high-elastic upper element for extra agility, providing snap in your sidecuts and turning motions. Down under, the ENERGYPULSE is an elastic portion of the forefoot sole that adidas says improves push-off and gives you greater energy return for distance runs.
Outside of those energetic technologies, which we suggest taking with as much salt as you would an air-filled sole that makes you jump like Jordan, the Nitrocharge uses more simple elements like the Sprintframe outsole with TRAXION 2.0 stud placement, which balances traction, stability and light weight. A synthetic-leather hybrid upper seeks to promote snug fit and superior ball handling.
Protection pads on the toes and heels absorb contact, and a Kevlar mesh grid along the sides provides durability and flank protection.
Like the F502, the Nitrocharge also includes a dedicated space in the midsole for adidas’ miCoach speed cell a fitness-tracking chip integrated that keeps tabs on speed, distance, number of sprints and other data.
The chip pairs wirelessly with an iPhone or iPod to upload that data for analysis and sharing.
Adidas introduced the Nitrocharge last week and has launched a marketing campaign encouraging folks to look out for the cleats on professional soccer players around the world.
The boots are available now in a wide variety of colors and styles.
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The UK Leader of the Opposition, Ed Miliband plans on running head long into Eric Schmidt today during a conference in which he will clearly point out that he doesn t agree with Google Inc. s lack of fair play. It s just not cricket, Eric!
In an interview given to The Observer he said that Google wasn t living up to their responsibilities . He went on to add that if everybody went around flouting HM Treasury laws and using loopholes to get around paying tax then the British Health Service wouldn t exist. Has somebody actually told him that the British Health Service doesn t exist already and that was long before Google was around and we turned it into the search engine on everyone s lips?
Tax havens cost the world something in the region of $100 billion a year.
Google Inc. has been using the loophole in the double Irish as it has become known. Around 88% of sales go through Google Ireland and Google Ireland Holdings.
Tax dodgers? Or just using the loopholes that we allowed to be set up around the world? In just three years, Google Inc.
has managed to exploit the rules and avoid taxation to the tune of $6 billion.
Miliband plans on telling Schmidt face to face in a conference today in London that Google is being unethical. He will go on to add that when (and if) he gets into number 10, he ll clamp down on them. David Cameron, the Prime Minister, and current President of the G8 summit will be bringing tax avoidance to the top of the agenda at the next summit meeting.
The Don t be evil slogan coined by Google might have been quietly dropped, but it looks like it s living up to part of that according to some in politics. But, just how effective will Cameron be at the G8 summit? Will Britain go it alone in tax reforms?
It seems unlikely that they will. Out on a limb, alone, fighting against tax avoidance loopholes means that they will suffer heavy losses as companies go elsewhere. In these troubled economic times.
It s not the politicians that are calling the tune. Of course companies are going to avoid tax and if we aren t good enough to get lawmakers to stop them doing that, then that s hardly their fault.
But, yes, it is questionable today. Many businesses are going under.
Many are struggling to keep their heads above water. Forty five companies are going bankrupt every day in the UK at the moment and households are struggling to make ends meet. But international tax-hopping is big business.
Revenue from income tax and VAT returns in the UK alone rose by over 6% compared with last year. But, corporate tax fell by 10%. Something s amiss!
But, Ed, listen up, it s not only Google, you know.
Starbucks only paid tax once in the past 15 years and Amazon wrote off all its tax in the UK (despite making over $3 billion in sales). Starbucks goes through what s known as the Dutch sandwich . Amazon uses the Luxembourg sandwich .
But, if we carry on like this, there won t be any more dough to make the bread, will there?
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Mike Trout is soaked after hitting for the cycle Mike Trout hit for the cycle and Jerome Williams pitched eight scoreless innings as the Los Angeles Angels cruised to a 12-0 win over the Seattle Mariners.
Trout, who drove in five and scored twice, singled in the third, tripled in the fourth doubled in the sixth and homered in the eighth off Seattle reliever Lucas Luetge to complete the sixth cycle in Angels history.
Trout’s big day, which got off to an unpromising start when he struck out in the first, overshadowed a stellar outing from Williams, who scattered six hits, striking out six and walking two for his third win of the year.
Nate McLouth homered to lead off the bottom of the 10th, giving the Baltimore Orioles a 3-2 walk-off win over the New York Yankees.
Chris Dickerson went yard twice for the Orioles, who used three solo shots to snap their losing streak at six games.
Travis Hafner drove in both the Yankees’ runs.
Jose Quintana pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings as the Chicago White Sox beat the Boston Red Sox 3-1, while Max Scherzer hurled eight stellar innings, including a run of retiring 22 straight batters after giving up a first-inning run, to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 5-1 win over the Cleveland Indians.
Travis Snider pinch hit a grand slam as the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied for a 5-4 win over the Chicago Cubs, while rookie Dan Straily pitched seven scoreless innings and Yoenis Cespedes homered as the Oakland Athletics beat the Texas Rangers 1-0.
The Atlanta Braves claimed their fifth straight win, walking off on Freddie Freeman’s RBI bloop single in the 10th for a 5-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins.
Evan Gattis had homered in the ninth to send the game into extras.
The Colorado Rockies also claimed a 10-inning 5-4 walk-off win as Wilin Rosario’s RBI single killed off the Arizona Diamondbacks, while Mike Leake tossed seven shutout frames and Devin Mesoraco homered to help the Cincinnati Reds beat the New York Mets 4-0.
Daniel Descalso crushed a grand slam in the eighth as the St Louis Cardinals beat the San Diego Padres 10-2, while Kelly Johnson and Desmond Jennings both went yard in the Tampa Bay Rays’ 4-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays and the Philadelphia Phillies were 7-3 winners over the Miami Marlins.
The Kansas City Royals claimed their first win in five, beating the Houston Astros 7-3, the Milwaukee Brewers overcame the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-2, while the San Francisco Giants edged out the Washington Nationals 4-2 in the 10th inning.
Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter argues an out call at first base with umpire Eric Cooper.
Photograph: Doug Kapustin/Reuters A tense American League East duel between the New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles revealed the strengths and weaknesses of each team on Monday night, as the Yankees won 6-4 in 10 innings.
The result extended Baltimore’s losing streak to six games, and it became apparent why New York leads the division and the Orioles are mired in their longest skid in nearly a year.
Both showed their hitting prowess.
Both played solid defense.
The difference was that the Orioles got another poor performance from the back end of their bullpen, and New York got a typically strong outing from closer Mariano Rivera.
New York trailed 4-3 in the ninth before Travis Hafner homered with one out on a 3-1 pitch from Jim Johnson, who has blown three straight save opportunities after converting a club-record 35 in a row.
All three of those botched saves have come during Baltimore’s current slide.
Pedro Strop then gave up two runs in the 10th to complete the collapse.
After that, Rivera breezed through a 1-2-3 inning for his 17th save in 17 tries.
“Believe me, I don’t take him for granted,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of Rivera.
“It’s hard to do it year after year after year.
You’re going to see guys go through some ups and downs, but Mo doesn’t go through a lot.” Neither did Johnson until last week, when he blew ninth-inning leads against San Diego and Tampa Bay before collapsing against the Yankees.
Ryan Vogelsong broke his throwing hand on a swing after pitching himself toward his first win in seven starts as the San Francisco Giants returned from a terrible road trip to beat the Washington Nationals 8-0.
The right-hander fouled a ball off his right hand in the bottom of the fifth and grimaced in pain while grabbing the hand.
He was quickly examined near the batter’s box and left the game.
The Giants later announced the injury.
Yan Gomes hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning as the Cleveland Indians , twice revived by Seattle Mariners fielding errors, won 10-8 to complete a four-game sweep.
Gomes drove a 3-2 pitch from Charlie Furbush (0-3) over the wall in left, giving the Indians their fifth straight win and third walk-off over the Mariners in four days.
As Gomes reached the plate he was mobbed by his teammates following an improbable win that came after Cleveland’s bullpen gave up homers in three consecutive innings.
It was the Indians’ first four-game sweep of Seattle since 1981, and the comeback gave Cleveland its 18th win in 22 games.
In other AL Games, Edwin Encarnacion hit a tiebreaking, bases-loaded double in the seventh inning as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-5, the Chicago White Sox beat the Boston Red Sox 6-4 at Chicago, the Houston Astros edged the Kansas City Royals 6-5 at Houston and Seth Smith homered and scored three times as the Oakland Athletics beat the Texas Rangers 9-2.
In the National League, Clayton Kershaw scattered three singles in his second complete game of the year and Matt Kemp hit his first home run since April 24, lifting the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 3-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers .
The Cincinnati Reds edged the New York Mets 4-3 in New York when Jay Bruce hit a tiebreaking homer and an RBI double to back Johnny Cueto’s wild but effective return from the disabled list.
The Miami Marlins had a 5-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Colorado Rockies by the same margin, with Patrick Corbin tossing a three-hitter for his first complete game and striking out a career-high 10.
In interleague play, Julio Teheran pitched into the ninth inning and Dan Uggla hit a three-run homer in the first as the Atlanta Braves beat the struggling Minnesota Twins 5-1 for its fourth straight victory.
Illegal fishing is a big problem facing the global fishing industry. A report1 by the ocean conservation group, Oceana2, released earlier this month, found that illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing accounts for 20 percent (11 to 25 million metric tons of fish) of the global catch. IUU fishing contributes to economic losses of $10 to $23 billion, and threatens the 260 million global jobs that are dependent on marine fisheries.
Released during the 2013 Managing Our Nation s Fisheries Conference in Washington, D.C., the report calls IUU fishing a major threat to the oceans, consumers and seafood businesses around the world.
The sheer size of the problem of IUU fishing becomes clear when you look at some of the examples cited in the report:
- Three to four times more sharks are killed than official reports claim, as the shark fin trade in Hong Kong suggests, which yields $292 to $476 million in shark fin sales.
- Illegally caught Russian sockeye salmon is estimated to be 60 to 90 percent above report levels, which represents economic losses of $40 to $74 million.
- Illegal catches of Chilean sea bass are estimated to be 5 to 10 times greater than is officially reported.
- Half of the swordfish in Greece and cod in the UK are estimated to be illegally caught.
- Black market bluefin tuna may reach $4 billion annually, and the amount of illegally caught fish is estimated to be 5 to 10 times greater than the official catch.
- Illegal catches of skipjack, yellowfin and bigeye tunas are estimated to be $548 million a year.
Why is the amount of IUU fishing so much more than officials realize?
The main culprit, the report finds, is weak enforcement. There is both a lack of government oversight and insufficient regulation. One example clearly illustrates the lack of enforcement: Vessels that have been blacklisted for illegal fishing activities by international organizations are only intercepted at port 25 percent of the time.
Seafood traceability would deter illegal fishing.
Although the EU is currently implementing seafood traceability regulations, the U.S. has no traceability requirements for either domestic or imported seafood and there are few regulations for imports or catch documentation. The majority of U.S.
seafood imports are not inspected or labeled with basic information about when, where and how the fish was caught.
What are needed, according to the report, are centralized data and surveillance systems, online documents and advance notification of landings to allow inspectors to verify the catch. The report recommends that full traceability measures be implemented, plus global information systems need to be created and authorities need to cooperate with each other, particularly the U.S. government and member countries of regional fishery management organizations.
If we want to fight pirate fishing, we need to be able to track our seafood supply from boat to plate so we can keep illegally caught fish out of our markets and off of our dinner plates.
Congress introduced several bills addressing IUU fishing and seafood fraud, which include the Safety and Fraud Enforcement for Seafood (SAFE) Act, the International Fisheries Stewardship and Enforcement Act, and the Pirate Fishing Elimination Act.
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Adam Dunn: Hit a three-run homer in the first innings Adam Dunn’s three-run homer in the first innings proved key as the Chicago White Sox beat the Boston Red Sox 6-4.
Led by Dunn’s long ball, the White Sox jumped into a 5-0 after two innings to hand Boston starter Jon Lester his first loss of the year, getting all their runs with two outs.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a two-run homer in the third for Boston and Will Middlebrooks pulled them within two with a two-run double in the seventh, but it was not enough to stop their winning streak ending at five matches.
Vernon Wells and Travis Hafner each drove in a run in the 10th to give the New York Yankees a 6-4 win over the Baltimore Orioles.
Hafner had hit one of the Yankees’ four solo homers in the ninth to take the game to extras, with the others coming from Robinson Cano, Lyle Overbay and, with his first in the majors, David Adams.
Chris Davis went yard for the Orioles.
Clayton Kershaw allowed just three hits as he pitched a complete game in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 3-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.
Scattered Kershaw struck out five and walked one in his second complete game of the season, while Andre Ethier homered and tripled.
Patrick Corbin fanned 10 in the first complete game of his career to lift the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 5-1 win over the Colorado Rockies.
Corbin scattered three hits and walked one for his seventh win of the season, while Didi Gregorius drove in a pair on three hits.
Yan Gomes’ three-run homer in the 10th saw the Cleveland Indians to a 10-8 win over the Seattle Mariners – their third walk-off victory in a four-game sweep.
Ryan Raburn also connected for a three-run shot for the Indians, while Kyle Seager, pinch hitter Endy Chavez and, in the top of the 10th, Justin Smoak all went yard for the Mariners.
RA Dickey went a season-high eight innings, allowing three runs – two earned – for his second straight win as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-5, while Julio Teheran allowed one run in 8 1/3 innings and Dan Uggla smashed a three-run homer in the Atlanta Braves’ 5-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins.
Matt Dominguez belted a three-run shot in the Houston Astros’ 6-5 win over the Kansas City Royals, Will Venable homered as the San Diego Padres’ beat the St Louis Cardinals 4-2 and the San Francisco Giants routed the Washington Nationals 8-0.
The Oakland Athletics were 9-2 winners over the Texas Rangers, the Cincinnati Reds edged out the New York Mets 4-3 and the Miami Marlins overcame the Philadelphia Phillies 5-1.