Paul Pogba Propels Manchester United To Victory Over Young Boys


“I can understand the reasons why we didn’t start the game very well, why we took 20 to 25 minutes to be in control,” said Mourinho.

“They know how difficult it is for opponents to play on this pitch, so they force a little bit and they create some problems, but the goal changed everything and after that we were totally in control and it was nice to start with the victory.”

Of Pogba’s performance, the manager added: “If he starts arriving in possible scoring positions that can be a plus for the team, so I am happy with that.”

Seemingly a club in crisis at the end of August following their 3-0 home defeat against Tottenham Hotspur, this was United’s third straight win since then, all away from home.

Tougher tests await in Group H, though, with Valencia due at Old Trafford in a fortnight and Juventus to come after that.

“I am happy with the good solid performance of the team more than any individual,” Mourinho added.

“We knew we needed to win this match, we knew it was very important to go to the next three matches against Valencia and Juventus twice with these three points.”

There were plenty of reasons to be wary of this trip, with United having lost to Basel on their last two visits to Switzerland.

The surface here was deemed a sufficient hazard by Mourinho for him to leave Antonio Valencia out of his squad. That meant a debut for Portuguese teenager Diogo Dalot, signed in the close season from FC Porto.

“For Diogo, first match for the club after knee surgery, I think a very solid performance, everyone could see the potential, he is a 19-year-old player who has more than 10 years to play for Manchester United,” Mourinho said of his young compatriot.

This was a huge occasion for Young Boys, Swiss champions last season for the first time since 1986 and making their Champions League group stage debut.

They were driven on by an electric atmosphere generated by a crowd of over 31,000 and were the better team for 35 minutes.

With Swiss starlet Kevin Mbabu excelling from right-back, the hosts saw Guillaume Hoarau head just wide while Mohamed Ali Camara and Christian Fassnacht both tested David de Gea from range.

Marcus Rashford hit the outside of the post, but the visitors offered little until Pogba produced a moment of magic 10 minutes before the interval.

Superb footwork on the edge of the box set him up to lash a shot beyond goalkeeper David Von Ballmoos and into the roof of the net. He had his first Champions League goal since returning to Old Trafford in 2016, and it deflated the buoyant home support.

Controversial penalty

Still, Young Boys would have maintained a fighting chance had they gone in just one behind at the interval. But the decision by German referee Deniz Aytekin to award United a penalty two minutes before the break effectively killed the game.

Luke Shaw’s cross struck Mbabu’s arm from close range. It was a harsh call, and Pogba duly converted the spot-kick.

“It was quite hard for us. The referee could have decided the other way,” said Young Boys coach Gerardo Seoane. “There was no intention from the player and it was a crucial moment in the game.”

Pogba was then the architect of the visitors’ third goal midway through the second half with a driving run and pass for Martial, who marked his first start in a month by beating Von Ballmoos with the aid of a slight deflection.



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Jose Mourinho “In The Dark” Over Mino Raiola’s Plans For Paul Pogba


Raiola has also fanned speculation that Pogba would welcome a possible move to Barcelona.

But Mourinho insisted that Pogba has given him no indication that he is unhappy at Old Trafford and that if he or his agent wish to pursue a move, they should tell him directly.

“I don’t know if that is true,” said Mourinho when asked if Raiola was trying to engineer a move for his client.

“I also need the agent to tell me or tell you in a way that I can see. If I watch Mr. Raiola on the screen saying the player wants to leave, and that he is organising a way for him to try to leave or so on, then I will believe.

“At this moment, I am in the dark. The only thing that is clear for me is that the player never — in all these days we are together — he never told me that he wants to leave.”

Strained relations

The relationship between manager and his high-profile midfielder has been one of the many testing issues Mourinho has faced this season and dates back to before Pogba scoring in the FIFA World Cup final in July.

During United’s summer tour to the United States, Mourinho hinted Pogba needed to show the same discipline at club level as he did with his country.

“One thing I can assure you: I will always give 100 per cent, no matter which coach I always give everything for United,” Pogba said last week.

“My future is currently in Manchester, I still have a contract, I’m playing there at the moment, but who knows what will happen in the next few months.”

Mourinho, though, insists Pogba is happy at United until he hears otherwise from the player himself.

“I can only comment on what is real for me, not in what I read, not in what I listen. I have a direct relation with the players – not just Paul. And he never told me he wants to leave.

“If he doesn’t tell me he wants to leave, it’s because he wants to stay. That’s my conclusion, no?”

Mourinho was more forthcoming when discussing four players whose contracts expire at the end of the current season – Luke Shaw, Juan Mata, Ashley Young and Ander Herrera – plus goalkeeper David de Gea who is in contract talks despite having one year, plus an additional option of one season, on his deal.

“I hope they will stay,” said Mourinho. “David is David, no need of more words. Luke’s evolution made us believe he goes in the right direction and, of course, I want to keep him.

“Juan and Ander, even if they are not playing or not playing a lot, not starting matches, from the personality point-of-view and character point-of-view, by what they represent in the modern society in football, they are almost unique pieces that I also don’t want to lose.”



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Former Donald Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort Pleads Guilty In Robert Mueller Probe


Paul Manafort pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy against the United States (Reuters)

WASHINGTON: 

U.S. President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort will plead guilty to two criminal counts as part of a deal with prosecutors on Friday, court documents showed in what could be a blow to Trump in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s long-running probe of Russian election meddling.

As part of the deal, Manafort, 69, could be required to cooperate with Mueller’s probe into Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election and whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Details of the deal were likely to emerge in a plea agreement hearing scheduled for 11 a.m. ET (1500 GMT) in federal court. Manafort would become the most prominent former Trump campaign official to plead guilty in Mueller’s investigation, which has cast a shadow over Trump’s presidency.

It remains unclear if the deal will include Manafort’s cooperation with Mueller’s probe, dealing a blow to Trump ahead of congressional elections on Nov. 6.

Another approach would be for Manafort to plead guilty without cooperating in hopes of a presidential pardon. Trump has not said whether he would pardon Manafort, but the president has not publicly ruled it out.

Manafort will plead guilty to one count of conspiracy against the United States and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice, according to documents filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Five other charges were dropped in the new court filing.

A Virginia jury convicted Manafort last month on bank and tax fraud charges.

Jury selection was due to begin on Monday in a second trial on charges including conspiring to launder money, conspiring to defraud the United States, failing to register as a foreign agent and witness tampering.

Manafort’s decision could be a blow to Trump, who last month praised his former aide for not entering into an agreement with prosecutors, as the president’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen had.

On Twitter on Aug. 22, Trump wrote: “Unlike Michael Cohen, he refused to ‘break’ – make up stories in order to get a ‘deal. Such respect for a brave man!”

According to the court filing, the charge of conspiracy against the United States includes money laundering, tax fraud, failing to disclose foreign bank accounts, and acting as an unregistered lobbyist for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine. The second count, for conspiracy to obstruct justice, concerns attempts to tamper with witnesses related to Manafort’s foreign lobbying.

Manafort’s conviction in Alexandria, Virginia, last month was at a trial arising from Mueller’s investigation. Trump has denied colluding with the Russians and the Russians have denied interfering.

Rick Gates, Manafort’s former business partner and the campaign’s deputy chairman, pleaded guilty to lesser charges in exchange for his cooperation, later testifying against Manafort in Virginia. Gates may have been a prosecution witness in his Washington trial as well.

Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor who is now representing Trump in the Russia probe, told Reuters on Friday that a guilty plea to avoid a second trial would not crush Manafort’s chances of receiving an eventual presidential pardon.

“It’s not going to hurt him if he pleads guilty. Usually it helps you get a pardon down the road. It shows you’ve admitted your guilt,” he said on Friday before a deal was announced. He declined further comment until after the hearing.

© Thomson Reuters 2018

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Westworld Season 3 Casts Breaking Bad Star Aaron Paul


Westworld Season 3 Casts Breaking Bad Star Aaron Paul

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Aaron Paul in The Path series finale

Westworld season 3 has cast Aaron Paul in a series regular role, according to a new report. Paul is best known for playing Jesse Pinkman in Breaking Bad (2008-13), a role that won him three Emmys, in addition to portraying the lead character Eddie Lane in Hulu’s The Path (2016-18), and voicing Todd Chavez in Netflix’s BoJack Horseman.

Deadline first brought word of this development, which was seemingly confirmed later on Thursday by Paul on his Twitter account. In a tweet referencing the first season of Westworld, the actor said: “I feel like I’m in a dream Dolores. Can you wake me up from this dream? #Westworld”

There’s no word on whom Paul will be playing, and whether his character will be a human or an android. The latter is of course a topic of perennial discussion on Westworld, more so due to its shifting timelines that are hidden as long as possible from the audience.

Created by husband-wife duo Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, and based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 film of the same name, the sci-fi Western show is set in a futuristic theme park where guests can do whatever they please with android hosts without fear of retaliation, and slowly builds towards a robot uprising against the humans.

Westworld was renewed for a third season back in May. Its second season received 21 Emmy nominations – including Best Drama, two nominations in Best Lead Actor (Drama), and a nod in Best Lead Actress (Drama) – and won three Creative Arts Emmys last weekend. The 2018 Emmys take place on Monday, September 17.

Paul is part of BoJack Horseman season 5, out Friday. He’s also involved with Apple’s anthology drama Are You Sleeping?, which is currently in pre-production.





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England All-Rounder Paul Collingwood Announces Retirement


Former England all-rounder Paul Collingwood announced on Thursday that he will end his professional career at the end of the season, 22 years after making his first-class debut. A three-time Ashes winner and the only man to captain England to a global trophy after leading them to glory in the 2010 World Twenty20, Collingwood played 68 Tests, 197 One-day Internationals and 36 T20 matches. The England Cricket Board (ECB) also took to Twitter and thanked Collingwood for all the memories. “Thanks for the memories, @Colly622! #ThankYouColly,” England Cricket tweeted.

The 42-year-old has been described by his county side Durham as their “greatest-ever run scorer and most illustrious player”.

“After much thought and deliberation I have decided to announce my retirement from cricket at the end of the current season,” Collingwood said.

“I knew this day would eventually come but it hasn’t made it any easier — although it’s an emotional decision I know that the time is right and I’m comfortable knowing that I have given every last ounce of energy to the sport.”

Durham chairman Ian Botham said: “Paul is one of the greatest all-rounders to ever grace the game of cricket and to have him playing at Durham, his home county, for all these years has been an absolute privilege.”

Collingwood scored 4259 runs in Test, 5092 in One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and 583 in Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is). He holds an average of 40.56 in Test cricket with the highest score of 206.

Collingwood had also featured in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He represented the Delhi Daredevils franchise from 2009 to 2010 and later played for Rajasthan Royals from 2011-12.

(With AFP inputs)





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Rajalakshmi Nandakumar To Get 2018 Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholar Award In US


Rajalakshmi Nandakumar has been selected for the 2018 Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholar award

Washington: 

Rajalakshmi Nandakumar, an India-born woman scholar in the US, has been chosen for a prestigious award for her work to help detect potentially life-threatening health issues using smartphones.

Ms Nandakumar, studying at the University of Washington, has created a technology that turns an ordinary smartphone into an active sonar system capable of detecting physiological activities, such as movement and respiration, without requiring physical contact with the device.

She has been selected for the 2018 Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholar award.

She took inspiration from bats, which use sonar technique to navigate in the dark by sending out acoustic signals and using the reflections to identify objects.

Her system works by transmitting inaudible sound signals from the phone’s speaker and tracking their reflections off the human body. The reflections are then analysed using a combination of algorithms and signal processing techniques, a media release said.

Ms Nandakumar received her bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Chennai.

She worked for Microsoft Research India before beginning her graduate work at the University of Washington in 2013. Her Madurai-based parents founded a company for distribution of diagnostic medicines to hospital laboratories in Tamil Nadu.

Young scholars are selected by an international panel comprising engineers from leading universities and companies and receive a USD 5,000 prize plus expenses to attend the annual awards event.

Three other young scholars were also selected this year. Being named ‘Young Scholar’ brings valuable mentorship and guidance by Marconi Prize winners who include some of the world’s leading scientists and researchers.

“I always wanted to find a way to detect physiological signals, like breathing and heart rate, because they are the most commonly used signals for healthcare applications,” said Ms Nandakumar.

Her system is disrupting the sleep industry by creating a non-intrusive, low-cost application ApneaApp for detecting sleep apnea, a breathing disorder affecting millions of people worldwide that often goes undiagnosed, a media release said.

“Rajalakshmi has a knack for selecting problems with high social impact,” says Dr Shyam Gollakota, an associate professor at the Allen School.

“Our Young Scholar award attracts the world’s brightest young communications researchers,” said Dr Vinton Cerf, Chairman of the Marconi Society and ‘Father of the Internet’.





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England Assistant Coach Paul Farbrace Hopes Alastair Cook Can Bow Out With 33rd Test Century


“I think he’s just enjoying milking all the applause he’s getting,” he said jokingly before, on a more serious note, adding: “He’s just driving on to bat as long as he possibly can. It would be fantastic if he was to get to 100 but I think he’s just played really well.”

“It’s not easy out there. It’s been quite tough but it looks as though he’s really enjoying the scrap,” he added.

Farbrace described the standing ovation the crowd gave the “down-to-earth” Cook as he walked out to bat as moving.

“He just seems to cope with everything that’s in front of him and I think as much as we’re going to miss his runs and his catches, I think the calming influence that he has among the team, among the staff among everybody,” he said.

“What he manages to do is make everyone feel very welcome, very part of things, young players, old players,” said Farbrace.

“He seems to have the respect of everybody and everybody’s very comfortable talking to him.

“He’s got a very down-to-earth way of being. He’s got a cheeky sense of humour and people find themselves being drawn to him.

“I think that’s something that come Sri Lanka (where England next tour) there will be a lot of people looking around realising he’s not there and I think then people will realise what an impact he’s had on them and us as a team.”

Cook, who will continue to play for Essex, is retiring from international cricket with a stack of England records to his name including most Test appearances, most runs and most centuries.

The 33-year-old left-hander, who scored a hundred on his Test debut, is playing in his 161st match at this level.

He has 32 centuries and more than 12,000 runs to his name, putting him sixth on the all-time list of Test run-scorers.

National selector Ed Smith is keen for England to make use of Cook’s knowledge and experience after his retirement.

“I think it would be terrific for England cricket to tap into him as a resource,” he told BBC Radio earlier Sunday.

“I’ve had the odd chat with him about bowlers and batters this summer but next year maybe we’ll have something a bit more formal where he comes and really advises,” former England batsman Smith added.

(With AFP inputs)



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Paul Pogba Always Welcome At Barcelona, Says Luis Suarez


Luis Suarez believes Paul Pogba should be challenging for more trophies than he is at Manchester United and would always be welcome at Barcelona. Pogba has endured a turbulent two years since returning to Old Trafford for a then world-record fee of 105 million euros (121.7 US dollars) and his relationship with coach Jose Mourinho has become strained. The 25-year-old rediscovered his best form away from his club, for France in the summer, when he inspired Les Bleus to World Cup glory in Russia, beating Uruguay and Suarez on the way. But since Alex Ferguson retired in 2013, United have failed to go close in either the Premier League or Champions League, while Barca have won three La Ligas in that time and the Champions League once. 

“Pogba is an elite player who has won everything and we always want to have the best,” Suarez told RAC1 on Tuesday. 

“He is a player that has a lot of quality and who is one of the key players at United, and I think he would like to compete for more than he is competing for now. 

“But that’s how it is, he does not belong to Barcelona but he will always be welcome.” 

One Champions League crown in five years, however, represents a disappointing return for Barca, particularly while rivals Real Madrid have dominated the tournament, winning it three times in a row. 

Lionel Messi, now captain after Andres Iniesta’s departure, has expressed his own desire to make amends, with the striker also coming off the back of a harrowing World Cup with Argentina. 

“He’s really motivated, even more so after the World Cup and the Champions League,” Suarez said. 

“But it’s a really difficult competition to win and Messi can’t win it on his own. It has to be a team effort, as good as he is. 

“Obviously it’s infuriating for us because Madrid have won the Champions League in each of the last three years. They have made history and it’s a thorn in our side.” 

– Overworked –

One criticism levelled at coach Ernesto Valverde last season was that he overworked his players in La Liga, despite Barca enjoying a significant advantage at the top. 

Suarez shoulders the blame too, pinpointing a league victory against Leganes when he played 90 minutes, three days before they were beaten in Europe by Roma. 

“When you pass 30 you begin to realise there are times when you have to rest,” Suarez said. 

“I regret a lot the game against Leganes at home when we had a big lead in La Liga and the quarter-final with Roma three days later. I played the whole game and you get a bit tired. 

“You have to manage things to be at your best in the big games. I think the coach is seeing those little details.” 

Suarez turned 31 in January and scored 25 league goals last term. He would like to finish his career at the Camp Nou but admits it will be difficult. 

“It’s complicated,” Suarez said. “Look at players like Xavi and Andres (Iniesta), they are players who have been ingrained in the club but they have not been able to finish here. 

“I am aware the day I do not have the level to play for Barca I would have to leave but the desire of every player is to end here.”



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Facebook Fugitive Paul Ceglia Arrested in Ecuador, Say US Prosecutors


The New York man who spent nearly 3-1/2 years as a fugitive after being charged with trying to defraud Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg out of half of the social media company has been arrested in Ecuador and may be extradited, US prosecutors said on Thursday.

Paul Ceglia, 45, a wood pellet salesman from Wellsville in upstate New York, had been missing since March 2015, when he removed his electronic ankle bracelet and disappeared with his wife, two children and a dog.

Ceglia fled less than two months before his scheduled trial in Manhattan federal court on mail fraud and wire fraud charges, over his alleged forging of documents to extort Facebook and Zuckerberg.

In a letter to US District Judge Vernon Broderick, prosecutors said Ceglia was arrested in Ecuador on Thursday morning and is expected to appear by Friday in a court in Quito, the country’s capital.

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Prosecutors said they will update Broderick as they learn more about Ceglia’s extradition proceedings.

The criminal case arose from Ceglia’s conduct related to a 2010 civil lawsuit he had filed against Zuckerberg.

Ceglia claimed that Zuckerberg had, while a student at Harvard University, signed a 2003 contract giving him half of a planned social networking website that later became Facebook.

US District Judge Richard Arcara in Buffalo dismissed Ceglia’s lawsuit after another judge said the contract was doctored.

The market value of Menlo Park, California-based Facebook is now close to $500 billion (roughly Rs. 35 lakh crores), and Forbes magazine said Zuckerberg’s own net worth is about $64.8 billion.

Ceglia was criminally charged in November 2012. News of his arrest was earlier reported by WGRZ television in Buffalo, about 85 miles (137 km) northwest of Wellsville.

Robert Ross Fogg, a lawyer for Ceglia in the criminal case, in a Thursday phone interview said he was “relieved” that Ceglia appeared to have been located without incident, and was “hoping that he and his family are safe.”

He also said there remained a “strong case” for Ceglia’s defence, and that Ceglia’s alleged agreement with Zuckerberg “truly was a contract.”

Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The case is US v. Ceglia, US District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 12-cr-00876.



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Manchester United Fans Should Be Mad, Admits Paul Pogba


Premier League: Manchester United Fans Should Be Mad, Admits Paul Pogba


Paul Pogba said Manchester United did not show the right attitude against Brighton © AFP


Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba believes the club’s fans have every right to vent their anger after a first-half collapse saw the Red Devils beaten 3-2 by Brighton. Jose Mourinho’s men are already three points adrift of Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham, who they face in their next Premier League fixture. “We always play for the shirt and the fans, this is not the result we or they wanted,” Pogba told MUTV. “They should be very mad. We should be mad. Everybody is mad.” Pogba scored his second penalty of the season deep into stoppage time at the Amex, but by then it was too little, too late for the visitors as Mourinho‘s pre-season predictions of defensive problems were realised on a difficult afternoon for centre-backs Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly.

United were also beaten on their previous visit to Brighton in May and Pogba believes they failed to approach the game with the right attitude.

“That’s twice in a row we’ve lost against them here,” said Pogba.

“I think that shouldn’t happen. Last year we had almost maybe the same attitude as today, and it’s not right.

“Myself first, should have done much better, less mistakes, control more the game. This was a bad performance for all of us. It’s wrong we dropped points. “You have to wake up for the next game and definitely not play like we did today.”






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