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Trump may discuss secretary of state job with critic Romney: source

NEW YORK ( ) – U.S. President-elect Donald Trump planned a Saturday meeting with Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee and fierce Trump critic, and may discuss whether he should be a candidate for secretary of state, a source familiar with the meeting said on Thursday.

Trump already has a lengthy list of potential candidates for the post of top U.S. diplomat, including former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, U.S. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, who met Trump on Thursday.

Trump, a former reality TV star, has shown a flair for the dramatic in his deliberations over his Cabinet, saying only he knows who “the finalists” are.

Corker told CNN on Wednesday he was “in the mix” for the position but that Trump might pick someone who was closer to him during the presidential campaign. He met on Thursday in Washington with Vice President-elect Mike Pence.

Trump’s expected meeting with Romney amounts to an olive branch of sorts to one of his sharpest critics. Romney, who in a speech in March called Trump “a phony, a fraud,” urged Republicans to vote for anyone but the New York real estate magnate while the party was picking its presidential nominee.

Trump, in turn, used harsh rhetoric at times during his campaign to dismiss Romney as a failure who blew a chance in 2012 to defeat Democratic President Barack Obama, whom Trump felt was a w上海夜网eak opponent.

The source told that a broad discussion was expected during the meeting and that discussion about the secretary of state position was possible. The source had said earlier his understanding was that the meeting would occur on Sunday.

Asked about the meeting, Trump senior adviser Kellyanne Conway suggested it was still being arranged. “We’re working on it,” she said.

‘TRUMP WILL MAKE DECISION’

“I think it’s good that the president-elect is meeting with people like Mr. Romney,” U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, one of Trump’s closest confidants and a potential nominee for defense secretary, told reporters at Manhattan’s Trump Tower.

Sessions sounded far from certain Romney would be offered a job.

“There are a lot of talented people that he (Trump) needs good relationships with. And I think Mr. Romney would be quite capable of doing a number of things. But he will be one of those, I am sure, that’s reviewed. Donald Trump will make that decision,” Sessions said.

When Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, opted out of running for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, people close to him suggested that serving as secretary of state might be appealing to him if a Republican won the presidency.

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A steady stream of potential Trump administration hires made their way through the lobby of Trump Tower to meet with either Trump or officials close to him.

All indicated a willingness to serve, such as Jeb Hensarling, a Texas Republican who is chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee. He is a potential treasury secretary in the Trump administration.

“I stand ready to help the president in any capacity possible. I’ve got a great position in public policy today, if he wants to talk to me obviously, about serving somewhere else, we’ll look at serving somewhere else,” he told reporters.

UPDATE 1-Speculators cut bullish bets on U.S. dollar – CFTC and

(Adds dollar, yen and yuan details)

By Kate Duguid

NEW YORK, May 10 ( ) – Speculators cut their net long bets on the U.S. dollar in the latest week, according to calculations by and Commodity Futures Trading Commission data released on Friday.

The value of the net long dollar position was $38.08 billion in the week ended May 7, down from $38.88 billion the prior week.

To be long a currency means traders believe it will rise in value, while being short points to a bearish bias. The speculative market has been long on the dollar since mid-June last year.

U.S. dollar positioning was derived from net contracts of International Monetary Market speculators in the yen, euro, British pound, Swiss franc, and Canadian and Australian dollars.

In a broader measure of dollar positioning that includes net contracts on the New Zealand dollar, Mexican peso, Brazilian real and Russian ruble, the U.S. dollar posted a net long position of $34.34 billion in the week to May 7, compared with $34.92 billion the previous week.

Speculators cut their bullish positions a上海夜生活网s the dollar index fell after U.S. President Donald Trump on May 5 said he would increase tariffs on up to $200 billion worth of imports from China – a policy which went into effect Friday. The ratcheting up of trade tensions also drove the offshore Chinese yuan to four-month lows.

In the latest week, speculators cut short bets on the Japanese yen for the first time since mid-February . The Japanese yen is a safe-haven currency and has benefited from increasing trade tensions between the United States and China.

Congress should act on ‘scandalous’ fantasy betting: Reid

WASHINGTON ( ) – The top Democrat in the U.S. Senate called on Congress to examine fantasy-sports betting services on Tuesday after reports that an employee with access to insider information placed bets in the unregulated multi-billion-dollar industry.

“There’s absolutely scandalous conduct taking place through those programs, fantasy sports,” Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid told reporters.

“I think it also should be a warning-shot to everybody that online gaming is a real scary thing and we ought to look at all of it,” said Reid, who is a former Gaming Commission head in Nevada, a hub of the industry.

Reid’s statement raises the prospect of congressional scrutiny and possibly new regulations for websites such as DraftKings and FanDuel that have drawn millions of users who pay a fee to compete for daily prizes by assembling teams that accumulate points based on how the players did in actual games.

Meanwhile, Representative Frank Pallone and Senator Bob Menendez, both New Jersey Democrats, asked the Federal Trade Commission to look into the fantasy scandal.

Both companies confirmed on Monday that a DraftKings employee won $350,000 from a $25 entry fee in an American football contest. According to a trade group, the employee inadvertently released player data – a practice that experts liken to insider-trading.

The two privately held companies say they temporarily banned employees from playing daily fantasy sports.

The House of Representatives could hold hearings this fall, said Pallone, the top Democrat on the Energy and Commerce Committee. The Republican-controlled committee is looking into the issue, a spokesman said.

The issue could draw the attention of conservatives like House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, who has pushed to outlaw other forms of online gambling.

Critics say daily fantasy sports services allow fans to bet with a frequency akin to gambling and led to the rise of the two industry leaders.

So far, fantasy sports services have escaped the restrictions that have outlawed sports betting in most states.

The Fantasy Sports Trade Association has spent $80,000 over the past year to defend its interests in Washington, lobbying records show. The group declined to comment.

Online gambling foes who are pushing for a nationwide ban on casino-style Internet gambling are not yet targeting fantasy sports services. But they may raise th上海夜生活网e DraftKings incident as another example of perils of online betting as they make their case, according to a former congressional aide now working to ban online gambling.

Saudi stocks set to receive $20 bln windfall even as some investors sit out

* Saudi stocks to suck in $20 bln in passive flows

* Foreign ownership in Saudi stocks just 2 pct

* Khashoggi affair might stem active flows -analysts

* Slow reform, high valuations also factors

By Tom Arnold and Saeed Azhar

LONDON/DUBAI, March 17 ( ) – Saudi Arabia’s inclusion in major emerging m上海夜生活论坛arkets stock indices from Monday is likely to suck in around $20 billion in passive inflows, but unease after Jamal Khashoggi’s murder and sluggish reforms could lead some active foreign investors to steer clear.

Saudi Arabia will be the biggest recent addition to the global indices, the largest of which is the MSCI Emerging Markets Index, which it joins from May. MSCI will give the kingdom a weight of 2.7 percent, between Russia and Mexico.

The kingdom is hoping the inclusions, starting on Monday when Saudi stocks join the FTSE Emerging All Cap Index, will kickstart its drive to become a major destination for foreign capital, after its global reputation was tainted by Khashoggi’s killing at the hands of Saudi agents in October.

The process should help bring in about $20 billion of combined passive inflows during 2019, analysts estimate. That would push up foreign ownership from around 2 percent, one of the lowest in the region, to around 6 percent, according to Al Mal Capital.

“The 2.7 percent pro-forma benchmark weight [within the MSCI index] is much more significant than prior index inclusions during the past decade,” said Alexander Redman, head of global emerging market equity strategy at Credit Suisse.

“And given that the proportion of assets under management within emerging markets passive funds is much larger than during previous index inclusions, it means there will be a significant amount of net foreign buying of Saudi equities.”

Analysts say pre-positioning by investors has been slow ahead of the process, however. Arqaam Capital attributes that to concern about delays to mega-projects, the kingdom’s fiscal constraints, high valuations for Saudi-listed firms and concerns that government asset sales will oversupply the stock market.

“As has been seen with a lot of other markets undergoing emergence, the reform process is not always smooth,” said Edward Evans, emerging markets equity portfolio manager at Ashmore Group.

“We’ve seen that in Saudi Arabia with their somewhat unorthodox approach to policymaking over the last few years, and the hope is that as the kingdom becomes more integrated in global financial markets, policy will become more predictable.”

The kingdom’s drive to diversify its economy away from oil dependence has had some hiccups, including a recession in 2017 and delays to plans to float shares in oil giant Aramco.

A source at a major western investment firm, who asked to remain anonymous, highlighted another reason why investors might be cautious. “I would find it unlikely that the active funds coming in will be anywhere close to benchmark as there are still reputation issues from holding Saudi assets,” the source said.

Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, the Public Investment Fund (PIF), and other state-owned funds indirectly own the lion’s share of Saudi stocks.

Many stepped in to limit a market crash in October last year caused by foreign investors dumping stocks after Khashoggi’s killing. Some had made similar moves when foreign investors were spooked after the government detained hundreds of officials under an anti-corruption drive in November 2017.

The index inclusions are seen as an opportunity for those funds to sell their positions in around 4 percent of the market, estimate analysts.

Foreign net buying has picked up since the start of the year, hitting $2.1 billion year-to-date. That is still below the expected passive and active inflows that could reach a total of up to $60 billion, said Arqaam.

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Arqaam said concerns the government could oversupply the market and, in turn, pressure valuations were misplaced, with local institutional selling, particularly from mutual funds, well below foreign buying in recent days.

“We expect the Saudi government-related entities such as PIF to cater to the required demand of stocks in a controlled manner,” said Vrajesh Bhandari, senior portfolio manager at Al Mal Capital in Dubai.

Trump’s trade war cost U.S. economy $7.8 billion in 2018: study

WASHINGTON ( ) – President Donald Trump’s trade battles cost the U.S. economy $7.8 billion in lost gross domestic product in 2018, a study by a team of economists at leading American universities published this week showed.

Authors of the paper said they analyzed the short-run impact of Trump’s actions and found that imports from targeted countries declined 31.5 percent while targeted U.S. exports fell by 11 percent. They also found that annual consumer and producer losses from higher costs of imports totaled $68.8 billion.

“After accounting for higher tariff revenue and gains to domestic producers from higher prices, the aggregate welfare loss was $7.8 billion,” or 0.04 percent of GDP, the researchers said.

The study was authored by a team of economists at the University of California Berkeley, Columbia University, Yale University and University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and published by the National Bureau of Economic research. www.nber.org/papers/w25638

Having dubbed himself the “tariff man,” Trump pledged on both the campaig上海夜网n trail and as president to reduce the trade deficit by shutting out unfairly traded imports and renegotiating free trade agreements.

Trump has pursued a protectionist trade agenda to shield U.S. manufacturing. Washington and Beijing have been locked in a tit-for-tat tariff battle for months as imposing unilateral tariffs to combat, and Trump has imposed tariffs that have roiled the European Union and other major trading partners.

The authors said while U.S. tariffs favored sectors located in “politically competitive” counties, the retaliatory tariffs imposed on U.S. goods have offset the benefits to these areas.

“We find that tradeable-sector workers in heavily Republican counties were the most negatively affected by the trade war,” the researchers said.

Lingard happy with United spirit

The Red Devils managed to secure a draw against Burnley after上海夜生活网 coming back from a 0-2 deficit.

Manchester United striker Jesse Lingard praised his team-mates for not giving up in what appeared to be a rather frustrating day at Old Trafford.

The England international did not feature in the starting XI of the Red Devils in their 2-2 draw with Leicester City, but was brought into play from the bench against the Clarets to help his side seal a point.

Mourinho’s men were 2-0 down at half-time following goals from Ashley Barnes and Steven Defour, but Lingard scored a brace to deny the Clarets the three points at Old Trafford.

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“If we had played for another five or 10 minutes, we would have won the game,” he told MUTV.

“[The message at half-time] was always believe. Never give up. We knew we had another 45 minutes to play so we had to be patient, keep moving the ball, moving Burnley about, and eventually we created two clear-cut chances which we scored from.

“This role, further inside, allows me to be closer to the striker, to get in the box, create more things and obviously have more shots at goal. I thought we could nick it towards the end but obviously time ran out and now we look forward to the next game [against Southampton].

“We always have that fighting spirit, that never-give-up attitude and we’ll see where it gets us.”

Rivaldo confident Coutinho will thrive in Barcelona

The Reds ace is still heavily linked with a move to Camp Nou.

Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho will be a success in Barcelona, according to former Catalan Rivaldo. The ‘Magician’ from Anfield was a subject of serious speculations over the summer transfer window, and the rumours linking him with the Catalans have once again surfaced the media.

The Catalans will surely have to fork out a big amount of money to secure the Brazilian, but former Brazil international Rivaldo has no second thoughts regarding Coutinho, whom he sees as a perfect fit for the La Liga side.

“I do not know if the signing will be made or not because there is a lot of money involved, but I am convinced that if he comes to Barca, he will succeed because it is easy to succeed here with the quality he has.” Rivaldo said in front of Mundo Deportivo.Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers relishing Liverpool return Andrew Smyth – Brendan Rodgers is relishing Leicester City’s trip to his old club Liverpool, whom he described as a “privilege” to work for during his three-year stint.

“His football will be embraced by the fans of Barca.”

Meanwhile another Brazilian, Paulinho, has proven to be a great ba上海夜生活rgain for Barca, following a surprising move from the Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande.

“Paulinho is doing a great job.” Rivaldo added.“He is an important player in both Barcelona and the national team.”

Preview: FK Crvena Zvezda – FC Koln

The battle for second place behind already qualified Arsenal in Europa League (EL) Group F is an interesting one. Crvena Zvevda are on the same points as Cologne but sit one place above them due to their 1-0 win in Cologne on matchday two. A win for either side would take them automatically through, while a draw could let in fourth-placed BATE who visit Arsenal in a must-win game for the Belarusians.

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match:

Cologne’s last two games in the EL – victories over Arsenal and BATE – have at least provided some respite to an awful campaign in the Bundesliga where they have lost 11 and drawn three of their 14 games and not surprisingly find themselves propping up the table. Despite a decent 2-2 draw at Schalke at the weekend, Cologne coach Peter Stoger was given his official marching orders on Sunday and was replaced by U-19 coach Stefan Ruthenbeck as interim boss.

This will be Ruthenback’s first game in charge and during the pre-match presser he had this to say about the task ahead: “We want to be the active team. We know we can’t win here 上海夜生活being passive,” before adding: “Our players are motivated. They know what awaits them.”

Getting anything at the Rajko Mitic Stadium will not be an easy task, however. Crvena Zvevda, or Red Star Belgrade as they are more commonly known in the West, are unbeaten in ten home matches in the Serbian league and have a good record against German sides at their stadium – winning nine, drawing four and losing just two of the 13 games played. On top of this, Crvena Zvevda have a 12th man in their fanatical home support and have not conceded more than one goal in any of their last seven home European games.Solskjaer “very pleased” after another failure to win George Patchias – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he was “very pleased,” even though United failed to win yet again.It is now ten games on the road since…

Furthermore, a win for Cologne would be the first time any side has lost their first three EL games and still progressed through to the knockout stages – some achievement for the club in its current plight in its first European campaign in 20 years.

Missing players

FK Crvena Zvezda: N. Radonjic (injury), Ricardinho (doubtful)

FC Koln: L. Bittencourt (groin injury), J. Cordoba (thigh injury), J. Hector (ankle injury), D. Heintz (thigh injury), M. Hoger (muscle injury), M. Risse (knee injury), S. Zoller (thigh injury), Y.A. Bisseck (doubtful), D. Maroh (doubtful), J. Mere (doubtful), J. Queiros (doubtful).

Coutinho doesn’t know where he’ll play

Philippe Coutinho admitted that he still doesn’t know where his future lies and he is unsure whether he will remain with Liverpool as Barcelona were trying to bring him desperately.

He handed a transfer request at the end of the summer transfer window but the Reds didn’t allow him to go – and despite being forced to stay, he has been in a really good shape lately and he was given a chance to wear a captain armband in his side’s latest match against Spartak Moscow. To be added, the Brazilian scored a hattrick in that game and he showed that he is still a very valuable player at Anfield.

The former Inter Milan player spoke about his future as he said, according to Sky Sports: “I am at Liverpool and I always do my best when I have the opportunity to play, respecting the jersey and the supporters. I do not know how the future is going to be. What will happen in January, we will know it in January. I do not know if there will be an offer.”Opinion: Martin Odegaard is perfect for the Premier League Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – Given how much he’s been rejected by Re上海夜生活网al Madrid, we are convinced that Martin Odegaard is perfect for the Premier League.Martin Odegaard is finally…

He continued by adding that he was interested in moving to Barca: “Last summer there was a job offer in the same way that happens with any employee and I was interested in it. Since I stayed I have played with will and desire. Of course, a lot happened in the summer but my will is always to play and do the best wherever I am – that has not changed. I am here (at Liverpool), we have a lot of games and I try to do my best to help.”

In the end, Philippe Coutinho spoke about the last match and a remarkable 7-0 win: “It was a special night due to the result and because I had the armband in such an important game playing for a club like Liverpool. For sure this is my most important hat-trick. In the Champions League it was my first one, I scored one for Brazil but this was more important.”

Arthur: No deal with Barcelona

Gremio midfielder Arthur claimed he has signed no deal with FC Barcelona, despite meeting the Catalan side

The 21-year-old prospect says that “first contact” has been made with Ernesto Valverde’s men but him signing a contract is still far away, despite speculations of a potential transfer move in January.

Arthur has been heavily linked with a transfer to the La Liga giants, especially after the midfielder was spotted wearing a Barca shirt last week. That was enough to get speculators going.

After that incident, many suggested that a deal had already been completed between Gremio a上海夜生活nd Barcelona, yet the 21-year-old midfielder has denied that is the case.

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“It’s a club that I admire a lot. It was only first contact for them to get to know me and my family, and for me to meet them, let’s take it easy. There is nothing definite, but we did have a conversation.”

“I’m a Gremio player. My agent did not negotiate any contract. That did not happen. Any deal has to be good for me and good for the club, which is my home, where everything started. I arrived with 14 years, I am a Gremio fan at heart, my blood is blue,” he added.

The midfielder was named as the outstanding player in the Copa Libertadores final, which many suggest could be a sign of him getting interest from more big European clubs.

Despite the interest of other club giants, such as Manchester United, Barcelona reportedly went on to submit a €35 million bid for the youngster, but the Brazilian club have refused the amount. They probably know some clubs will pay even more for the youngster’s signature.

Cahill warns Manchester City

Chelsea defender Gary Cahill says Manchester City will have a tough time keeping their form up, and believes Chelsea can still catch the league leaders

The league leaders’ unbeaten start does not scare the centre-back, who is confident his side can reduce the points deficit over the campaign, GOAL reports.

Cahill believes talking about Manchester City as champions so early in the season is premature, and is confident the Blues have enough time to catch up with City once their performance falls.

“They’ve started off full steam ahead and that’s great for them, but we’re not even at Christmas yet, so let’s just hold fire and see how they get on,” the centre-back told Chelsea’s website.

“They look fantastic at the moment and we have taken a fair bit of criticism at times this season, but we’ve had three clean sheets on the bounce in the league now, it was a great performance and we’ve got a long way still to go.”Top 5 Premier League players in September’s last weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – A fresh Premier League fixture just ended, which means we can talk about the Top 5 best players of September’s last weekend.After a fresh…

When Cahill was asked about Chelsea’s performance in their 4-0 victory over West Brom this weekend, the defender claimed he was delighted with how they have played.

“I have to admit it was a superb performance from us, from every single player, and collectively we are very happy,” the 31-year-old said.

“I felt we pl上海夜生活ayed some good football, we kept the ball when we needed to and we scored goals. We saw a bit of everything from us, so performance-wise it was very, very good.”

“I’m sure they found it very difficult to play against us, we always seemed to have an option to get out of trouble and there was a lot of composure on the ball, which allowed us to keep it for long periods,” Cahill explained.

Chelsea is now on a four-game winning streak as they are about to face Qarabag away from home in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Difficult situation for Rodriguez at Bayern Munich

The language barrier is proving to be a huge issue for the Colombian.

Bayern Munich forward James Rodriguez is in a very complicated position, insists new Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes. The Colombia international has been struggling to settle in at the club due to the language barrier.

Reports in Spain suggest that the player is 上海夜网now looking forward to return back to Spain, taking into consideration the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti.

Heynckes, who has taken over at the Bavarians, admitted that James is having troubles when it comes to communication, but also said he would stand by the 26-year-old and support him all the way.Ivan Perisic: “I really wanted to join Mourinho at Man United” Andrew Smyth – Ivan Perisic has opened up on his failed transfer to Manchester United two years ago, which is something he still bitterly regrets to this day.

“James Rodriguez doesn’t speak German. German football is very different to football in South America. It’s a very difficult situation for a young player.” the Bayern boss told the club’s website during his official presentation.

“However, he has to know that he can count on my support and my help because I like players with talent and I believe he has a lot of talent.

“I’ve seen his games for Real Madrid but I don’t know him personally. When they come back [from the international break], I’m going to talk with them and give them some advice.”

Mati\u0107 expecting United to challenge for two big trophies

The Serbian is hoping his team will be a contender both for the Premier League and the Champions League.

Nemanja Matić has high hopes for the Red Devils this season. The £40 million summer signing is eyeing on the possibility of challenging for multiple titles following a magnificent start in the Premier League.

Manchester United have had more than a perfect start with 9 points in 3 games, 10 goals scored and 0 goals conceded.

Matić also admits that the Champions League group of United is ‘favourable’ and does not see a reason why the Red Devils would not be able to compete on multiple fronts.

“Winning the Premier League title will be a tough task not just for us but for everyone because there are five or six realistic contenders.” the 29-year-old said as quoted by Goal.Report: Mourinho rejects several offers amid Real Madrid talk Andrew Smyth – Jose Mourinho has reportedly turned down several job offers in Europe as he eyes up a potential shock return to Real Madrid.

”But we all know that Manchester United are expected to win every game. As far as the Champions League is concerned, we’ve had a favourable draw and we are hopeful of still being in the competition in the latter stages.

”The 2-1 UEFA Supercup def上海夜生活论坛eat against Champions League holders Real Madrid was a good test of our credentials to slug it out with Europe’s best.

“We were outplayed but that was a one-off while the Champions League is a competition where you face different rivals in every round.”

If Manchester United can keep the form they have shown so far throughout the whole season then Matić and his team-mates are up for a wonderful season in the 2017-18 campaign.

Griezmann linked with Barcelona

Latest rumours suggest that the Catalans will try to lure the Frenchman, following failed attempts to sign Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho.

Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann is Barcelona’s latest target as they seek to find a replacement for Neymar, who will seemingly join Paris Saint-Germain. However, Juanfran claims that the 26-yaer-old is happy in Madrid an上海夜生活论坛d has no reason to leave.

The France international recently extended his contract at Los Colchoneros, which will keep him at Atletico Madrid until 2022.

After his side came victorious against Napoli, with Torres and Vietto scoring for the the La Liga club, Juanfran told AS.

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“Griezmann is happy at the Atleti and we want to give everything for the Atleti.”

Upon reaching the final, Juanfran stated:

“It’s a sign of identity, the coach [Diego Simeone] has instilled it. We always want to win, give our best and the fans will be proud of us because we want to win,” he added.

“Now we play the final of the Audi Cup, which is what we wanted.”

Conte deems Manchester clubs title contenders

The Blues dominated the Premier League last season, but both City and United have been spending big this summer.

The Italian manager believes Guardiola and Mourinho will provide serious competition to Chelsea’s title defense in the upcoming season. Chelsea are back in the Champions League, which means the club will have a hectic schedule and their job will be a lot harder compared to last season.

Both Manchester United and Manchester City have passed the £100m mark during the close-season, meaning the battle for Premier League trophy will be tougher.

During the Blues pre-season tour in Singapore, Conte told reporters:

“It is normal that every big team tries to reinforce their squad by bringing in quality players.” – as quoted by Goal.

“That is what they have done [United and City]. For sure, next season in Premier League will be a huge challenge for us.”

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“We speak about the way to strengthen the team every day.

“We know which are the positions we need to strengthen.”

Right now, the most import上海夜生活ant thing for Conte is to integrate the new arrivals, as he speaks about Morata:

“He is working very well and is putting himself into every session.

“I think it is very good but it is important for him to have some time to adapt to our system. But I can see the will power in the player to do so.”

Everton with a class act

The club has announced they will host a charity football match in respect to Bradley Lowery as they aim to support the Bradley Lowery Foundation to help children with cancer.

The Toffees will host a celebrity match on 3 September, after previously donating £200,000 to the charity set up by Bardley’s family.

Little Bradley passed away on 7 July after a tough battle with cancer. He was diagnosed with neuroblastoma when he was just 18 months old.

Bradley’s parents said the support their family received was fantastic. The people from Goodison Park formed a special relationship with Bradley during Everton’s match at Sunderland in September 2016 and then when he was a guest at Merseyside.Kean thrilled with Everton support Nedim Maric – The young Italian striker moved from Juventus this summer to try and leave his mark on the Premier League.Among the Italian racism crisis, which…

Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright stated to the club’s website:

“I didn’t know him for long bu上海夜生活t from the second he walked out onto the pitch with his beloved Sunderland against us, I felt an overwhelming need to support him.

“He was the loveliest lad – still an imp, but with the biggest heart.”

Bradley’s family has established the Bradley Lowery Foundation, which aims to help other families with children with cancer. Everton’s charity game will help raise funds and support the good cause.

The numbers behind Luis Suarez

The numbers of Barcelona’s Uruguayan striker are impressive to say the least. Suarez has now reached 200 goals in the last six years.Written by Cosmin Mihalescu. April 30, 2017.

After a goal drought of five matches, Luis Suarez managed to score again for Barcelona. Not only once, but twice he scored against local rivals Espanyol, and in doing so, he also scored the 1000th goal of the current La Liga season.

Thanks to Saturday’s brace, Suarez has now scored 200 goals in his last 277 matches – 82 goals in 133 matches for Liverpool and 118 goals in 144 matches for Barcelona.

However, the 30-year-old was scoring goals even before arriving at Anfield. He has made a name for himself in Holland, with Ajax, where he scored 19 goals in his first season (2007/2008). In the three-and-a-half seasons spent with Ajax, the South American scored 111 goals in 159 matches played in all competitions.Inter Milan V Lazio: Players to Watch Taimoor Khan – Inter Milan are set to host Lazio at the San Siro on Thursday and the game is definitely going to be an exciting affair…

Until now, Suarez had two seasons when he averaged more than one goal pe上海夜生活论坛r match – his third season with Ajax (2009/2010 – 35 goals in 33 matches in Eredivisie and 49 in 48 in all competitions) and his second season with Barcelona (2015/2016 – 40 goals in 35 matches in La Liga and 59 in 53 in all competitions).

Luis Suarez was close to winning the title with Liverpool in the 2013/2014, when he scored 31 goals in 33 matches. In his first season at Camp Nou, he managed to win the Champions League trophy, after winning against Juventus in the final.

This season, Suarez scored 11 decisive goals in La Liga and he is the player who scored the most winning goals in the league.  He is also the player who has scored the most first goals, having netted nine times to open the score.

Thanks to their victory on Cornella-El Prat on Saturday, Barcelona have moved back to the first position of La Liga, having a better goal difference than Real Madrid. But Los Blancos have one game in hand over their Catalan rivals.

Oil drops 3% on weak global economic data, U.S. crude stocks build

NEW YORK ( ) – Oil prices shed 3% on Wednesday after fresh Chinese and European economic revived global demand fears and U.S. crude inventories rose unexpectedly for the second week in a row.

Brent crude LCOc1 settled at $59.48 a barrel, shedding $1.82, or 3%, losing some of the previous session’s sharp gains after the United States moved to delay tariffs on some Chinese products.

The global benchmark rose 4.7% on Tuesday, its biggest daily percentage gain since December.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures CLc1 settled at $55.23 a barrel, falling $1.87, or 3.3%, after having risen 4% the previous session, the most in just over a month.

China reported disappointing data for July, including a surpris上海夜网e drop in industrial output growth to a more than 17-year low, underlining widening economic cracks as the trade war with the United States intensifies.

The global economic slowdown, amplified by tariff conflicts and uncertainty over Brexit, is also hitting European economies. A slump in exports sent Germany’s economy into reverse in the second quarter, data showed.

The euro zone’s GDP barely grew in the second quarter of 2019.

“The data out of China, the potential recession brewing in Germany, all of that is playing into global demand worries,” said Phil Flynn, an analyst at Price Futures Group in Chicago. “Today, we’re back in fear mode.”

The U.S. Treasury bond yield curve inverted for the first time since 2007, in a sign of investor concern that the world’s biggest economy could be heading for recession.

“With much focus today shifting toward the inversion in the two versus 10-year bond yields, global risk appetite saw another major contraction that easily flowed into the oil space,” Jim Ritterbusch, president of Ritterbusch and Associates, said.

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A second week of unexpected builds in U.S. crude inventories added to the pressure on the oil markets.

U.S. crude stocks USOILC=ECI grew by 1.6 million barrels last week, compared with analysts’ expectations for a decrease of 2.8 million barrels, as refineries cut output, the Energy Information Administration said in its report. At 440.5 million barrels, inventories were about 3% above the five-year average for this time of year, the EIA said in its weekly report.

“Countering this bearish (crude) build has been draws to both gasoline and distillates amid strong implied demand,” said Matt Smith, director of commodity research at ClipperData in Louisville, Kentucky.

Gasoline stocks fell by 1.4 million barrels, compared with analysts’ expectations in a poll for an increase of 25,000 barrels, as demand jumped to a record 9.93 million barrels per day, according to EIA data going back to 1991.

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Democratic Senator Bennet of Colorado joins crowded 2020 field

WASHINGTON ( ) – U.S. Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado, whose political career has centered on improving the American education system, on Thursday became the latest Democrat to join the sprawling field of candidates seeking the party’s 2020 presidential nomination.

Bennet, 54, is serving his second full six-year term in the Senate. He previously ran Denver’s public schools.

“If we continue to go down the path we’re going – and this isn’t just about President Trump, it’s about the politics that existed before he got there … we’re going to be the first generation of Americans to leave less opportunity, not more, to the next generation, and I just need to do everything I can do to make sure that we don’t do that,” Bennet said in an interview with “CBS This Morning.”

He joins a field of more than a dozen candidates, with others such as former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams and Montana Governor Steve Bullock still deciding whether to run.

Bennet is the second Coloradan to enter the 2020 race after John Hickenlooper, a former governor, announced his candidacy on March 4.

Hickenlooper’s presence complicates Bennet’s bid. Both are white male moderates running in a party where much of the energy lies with the diverse, activist left.

Bennet is not well known nationally. However, his stint in 2014 as chairman of the Democratic Party’s Senate campaign arm linked him with a network of political operatives and donors across the country.

The normally congenial Bennet also drew notice during the partial U.S. government shutdown in January, when he blasted Republican Ted Cruz on the Senate floor for leading a similar shutdown in 2013 that stopped the flow of emergency funds to Colorado.

Democratic nominating contests begin in February 2020 in the traditional starting point of Iowa. The candidate who amasses the majority of the delegates will be nominated at the party’s convention in the summer and will likely face President Donald Trump, a Republican, in the general election in November.

Since losing the White House in 2016, Democrats have grappled with how to best take on Trump in 2020. Some in the party believe an establishment figure who can appeal to centrist voters is the way to victory. Others argue a fresh face – and particularly a diverse one – is needed to energize the party’s increasingly left-leaning base.

As a presidential candidate, Bennet may have to fight the perception that he is a product of the party’s establishment at a time when progressives and political newcomers are favored by the base.

He grew up in Washington the son of a former State Department official, and his grandfather advised President Franklin Roosevelt. A graduate of Wesleyan University and Yale Law School, he served in the Clinton Justice Department before moving West.

When Hickenlooper served as mayor of Denver, Bennet worked as his chief of staff and then took over the city’s schools, gaining national recognition for his reform efforts.

In 2009, after Democratic then-President Barack Obama named U.S. Senator Ken Salazar of Colorado as his interior secretary, Hickenlooper and Bennet vied to be appointed to replace him. Bennet, surprisingly, got the nod. He narrowly won his first full term a year later.

Bennet’s popularity has grown in Colorado 上海夜生活论坛as the state has become more liberal. In 2016, he was re-elected to the Senate by more than 5 percentage points, polling particularly well with Hispanic voters.

Bennet told CBS he was focused on economic mobility and integrity in government.

In a campaign video, Bennet also highlighted goals that included improving the healthcare system and investing in education and job training.

“The Democratic party doesn’t stand for very much at the national level with respect to what the American people think,” Bennet said. “A process like this is long overdue in the Democratic party.”

He also acknowledged his bout of prostate cancer, saying it was very “clarifying” in solidifying his plans for the future and that he now had a clean bill of health. The diagnosis also made him more sensitive to the need for Americans to have health insurance, he said.

Higher medical costs take shine off Cigna second-quarter profit beat

( ) – Health insurer Cigna Corp (CI.N) raised its 2019 profit forecast on Thursday, helped by last year’s acquisition of pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts, but medical costs in the second quarter were higher than expected and its shares fell slightly.

As health insurers face regulatory uncertainty amid political efforts to lower U.S. healthcare costs ahead of the 2020 presidential election, Cigna is hoping the $52 billion acquisition will help rein in its own costs.

In the quarter, however, Cigna’s medical care ratio – the percentage of premiums paid out for medical services – was 81.6%, above the 80.2% estimated analysts, according to Refinitiv data.

The company did report higher-than-expected earnings.

Bernstein analyst Lance Wilkes said that was mostly due to the pharmacy benefits business, while investors were likely focusing on the insurance side. “The higher valuation health insurance unit has some questions from medical costs and membership growth rate,” Wilkes said.

Medical costs have been an issue for the sector, with rivals like Centene Corp (CNC.N) and Anthem Inc (ANTM.N) also missing 上海夜生活网expectations.

Cigna Chief Executive David Cordani said in an interview that the company’s costs are growing within expectations, and that several factors influenced the ratio.

He cited lowered premium rates in its individual insurance business, the suspension of an industry-wide insurance fee and higher costs from Express Scripts drug plans.

“Costs relative to any industry measure are extremely positive,” Cordani said.

As the 2020 presidential campaign heats up among potential Democratic challengers to U.S. President Donald Trump, proposals by some candidates for Medicare-For-All programs that would eliminate private insurance has cast a pall of uncertainty over the sector.

Republican Senator Charles Grassley and Democrat Ron Wyden are also pushing legislation that aims to cut $100 billion in costs to government healthcare programs.

Cordani said Cigna is engaged in Washington policy discussions and that it backs aspects of that bill, such as preventing patients from receiving surprising medical bills.

Cigna earned $4.19 per share excluding items for the quarter, beating Wall Street estimates of $3.74, according to Refinitiv IBES.

Cigna now expects 2019 adjusted income of $16.60 to $16.90 per share, up from its prior view of $16.25 to $16.65.

Adjusted revenue from the health services unit, which now includes Express Scripts pharmacy benefits, rose to $23.54 billion from $1.11 billion last year.

However, Cigna said earnings were lower than comparable results from Express Scripts’ second quarter in 2018.

Cigna shares were down 0.3% at $169.40.