Liverpool face Manchester City in Q’finals

first_imgManchester City will face Liverpool in the Champions League quarter-final. Liverpool inflicted City’s only Premier League defeat of the season at Anfield on 14 January, after they were thumped 5-0 at Etihad Stadium in September.The first leg is at Anfield on 4 April, with the return on 10 April.After City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain said: “It’s going to be a great couple of games,” Reds manager Jurgen Klopp added: “I saw his face. He didn’t look like it was Christmas.”Holders Real Madrid will face Italian champions Juventus – a repeat of the 2017 final which Real won 4-1 in Cardiff.La Liga leaders Barcelona, who are looking to win the Champions League for the first time since 2015, face Roma, while Sevilla, who beat Manchester United 2-1 on aggregate in the previous round, take on five-time European champions Bayern Munich.Clash of the Premier League free-scorersThe tie between Liverpool and Manchester City will be the first meeting between Premier league sides in the Champions League quarter-finals since 2010-11 when Chelsea faced Manchester United.On that occasion, United advanced 3-1 on aggregate on their way to the final which they lost 3-1 to Barcelona at Wembley.Friday’s draw means one Premier League club is guaranteed a place in the semi-finals.City are 21 points clear of fourth-placed Liverpool in the table.They are the top two scorers in the Premier League, with City finding the net 85 times in 30 games. Liverpool have scored 68 goals from the same number of matches.“I really don’t mind. I knew it would be difficult and that is difficult,” said Klopp when asked about the drawon Friday.“The good news is for Manchester City it will be difficult as well.”“We are for sure not the favourites in this round, but in the last eight there are not a lot of favourites – maybe two of them, Bayern and Barcelona.” ‘We know the power and strength of Liverpool’While Liverpool have been crowned champions of Europe five times in their history, City are chasing their first Champions League success.“It’s a very difficult one,” added Begiristain.“We like to travel and to go to another country in the Champions League but it is what it is.“In the Champions League there is no time for mistakes, everything has to work, you have to be almost perfect in both games.“We know the power and the strength of Liverpool.”‘We have to go the hard way’Both City and Liverpool face big derby matches in the Premier League between the first and seconds legs.While City host Manchester United on Saturday, 7 April at 17:30 BST, Klopp is upset that the Merseyside derby at Everton – originally due to take place on Sunday, 8 April at 14:15 – has been brought forward a day with a 12:30 kick-off.“I know countries where they cancel whole match days so teams can be in the best shape,” said the German, whose side is hoping to seal a top-four finish in the table.“We play Wednesday night against Manchester City and then play Everton at 12.30 three days later.“That’s not too cool but obviously we have to go the hard way, I am used to that.“We take it like it is.“But if I cannot be angry about something like that anymore and have to be politically correct and say nothing then I am dead because that doesn’t work.”City could be champions of the Premier League by the time they entertain Liverpool in the second leg.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Draft environmental report on Master Plan released to public

first_imgThough its completion is still decades away, USC’s Master Plan is one step closer to becoming a reality with the release of a draft environmental report that this summer.Store owners – Matthew Kravitz works at his store, Dr. A.D. Kravitz Optometrists, at the University Village. He is one of many store owners who will be affected by USC’s Master Plan. – Ted Gerike | Daily Trojan The university’s Master Plan aims to revitalize the surrounding community around USC and make it a more residential campus over the next 25 to 30 years. The 4,000-page Environmental Impact Report — which is required for all major development projects in California — evaluates and reports any significant impact the Master Plan will have on the environment.Kristina Raspe, associate senior vice president of real estate at USC, said the draft report is currently being circulated for public comment. The public hearings for the report will start at the end of this calendar year or at the beginning of 2011.“The community has been incredibly supportive,” Raspe said. “There has been pressure on the university to build more housing so students will stop taking away community housing.”The report studies about 20 to 30 environmental categories including air quality, water quality and traffic. The Los Angles City Council will decide whether to approve the Master Plan based on the impacts outlined in the report.“Some of the categories may have no effect on the environment and some other categories may only have a short-term effect,” Raspe said. “When the EIR goes to the City Council for a vote, they will have to decide if the negative impacts in the EIR are outweighed by the benefits of the project.”USC’s Master Plan includes a renovation of District 3, which includes the University Village, Cardinal Gardens and Century Apartments.According to the Los Angeles Times, USC’s plan, which includes adding upscale retail stores and about 5,000 beds for students, will cost about $900 million.Raspe said it has taken four years to truly develop the Master Plan because the university wanted to incorporate the input of every party involved — students, faculty, elected officials and the community.Some students expressed concern that the plan might only cater to USC students and not serve the needs of the community surrounding campus — questions that have also been raised by others after hearing  USC’s plans for the area.“If we replace the [U.V.] with trendy restaurants and shops, that would be a loss. I guess I would try to just have more of a variety of retailers and amenities,” said Michael Boisvert, a junior majoring in music performance.Retailers have yet to be named, but Raspe said they will serve an assortment of socioeconomic backgrounds.“We still need to work out who the retailers will be. Don’t forget that about 60 percent of our students are on some form of financial aid so the retail needs do overlap in that regard,” Raspe said.The Master Plan will also bring a new full-service grocery store, drugstore, restaurant and cinema.“It’s hard to balance what the community wants and what USC students would like to see in their community. I wouldn’t know how to do it,” said Albert Sung, a junior majoring in biological sciences.For the past few decades, the university has focused on shedding the commuter campus label and trying to become more of a residential campus. Raspe said the Master Plan reflects this commitment.“The process took four years because we realized it would be transformational,” Raspe said. “Although the construction process won’t be fun for any of us, the outcome is well worth it. We have really transformed ourselves from a commuting campus to a more residential one.”Boisvert said the Master Plan will strengthen the university’s goal toward becoming a true residential campus.“This isn’t the ’80s anymore — people can come and stay here and be safe,” he said. “And I think it’s good that we’re taking more steps to make sure people know that.”last_img read more

Pacquiao denied shoulder injection because he filed too late

first_imgSoon after the fight that saw Manny Pacquiao get his sixth career defeat on Sunday morning, his team cried foul.It was disclosed by Bob Arum, the Filipino’s promoter, that the fighter had injured his right shoulder in training and that Nevada boxing commissioners denied a request for him to take an anti-inflammatory injection in his dressing room before the fight.The NSAC officials insisted that the request, at 6.08pm local time, had come far too late, under two hours before the contest was due to start.There were no knockdowns, and at times it was a cagey affair. Pacquiao seemed to be unable to launch into full assault mode at times, but that was more because Mayweather controlled range, distance and the centre of the ring, and clinched when he had to.Pacquiao harried and harrassed Mayweather as much as he could, finding some success with powerful left hands, but Mayweather utilised his jab to perfection, moved smartly, and demonstrated once again that his defensive mastery can make great fighters look ordinary.”I take my hat off to Manny Pacquiao. I see now why he is at the pinnacle of boxing,” Mayweather said. “I knew he was going to push me, win some rounds. I wasn’t being hit with a lot of shots until I sat in a pocket and he landed a lot of shots.” The richest fight in boxing history – from which Mayweather earned an estimated $180 million – was far from a thriller, but Mayweather’s style often results in such spectacles.http://twitter.com/garyalsmithPacquiao, largely left handed, threw fewer punches than coach Freddie Roach had wanted him to. Pacquiao was recorded by Compubox as throwing 429, Mayweather 435. Mayweather landed 148 punches; Pacquiao 81. It was one of the surprises of the night.Arum said Pacquiao’s camp thought he would be allowed the anti-inflammatory injection, but they had failed to file the paperwork with the commission in the ‘injury’ box, therefore leaving the commission, officials argued, no option to but to refuse Pacquiao pain relief.Five Nevada commissioners decided in Pacquiao’s dressing room that he would not be allowed to take it, two hours before the fight.”The ruling made tonight affected the outcome of the fight,” Arum said. –last_img read more

Iowa Utilities Board approves increase in oil flow in Dakota Access pipeline

first_imgDES MOINES — The Iowa Utilities Board has approved a request from Dakota Access to up the amount of oil pumped through the Bakken pipeline.The order allows the pipeline company to increase the flow of oil from the current limit of 550,000 barrels each day to up to 1.1 million barrels. There were objections to the request from the Northwest Iowa Landowners Association, Sierra Club, and the Office of Consumer Advocate.The IUB asked Dakota Access in January to provide additional information on safety measures, inspections, and patrols to be performed after an increase in oil flow — and whether the flow increase would lead to an increase in the amount of oil released if a spill occurred.The regulators approved the request after determining that the increase in oil flow will not significantly increase the risk of a spill, or the amount of oil that would be spilled if an incident occurred.last_img read more