SAMSUNG UNVEILS FOLDING SMARTPHONE


 

Samsung on Wednesday unveiled its first folding handset as part of an effort to rev up demand in the slumping smartphone sector.
The South Korean giant’s Galaxy Fold, unveiled at a San Francisco event, services as a smartphone with a 4.6-inch display and unfolds to become a tablet of 7.3 inches.
We are giving you a device that doesn’t just define a new category, it defies category,” said Samsung’s Justin Denison at the event.
The new device will be available on April 26 starting at $1,980, the company said.
The move comes with the smartphone market in its worst-ever decline with consumers keeping devices longer and waiting for new innovations.
Samsung made the announcement on the home turf of rival Apple, with the two giants battling for the premium segment of the market.
Denison said the Fold is “a one of a kind luxury device with immersive visuals,” and offers “a truly next-generation experience” that enables multitasking on its large screen.
(AFP)


JAMB POSTPONES MOCK EXAMS, SAYS UTME MAY BE RESCHEDULED


 

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has postponed the mock examination of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination slated to start from Saturday, February 23, because of the rescheduled Presidential and National Assembly elections.
The board also said, on Wednesday, that it may reschedule the 2019 UTME if the country’s elections drag until the earlier fixed dates of Saturday, March 16, to Saturday, March 23.
According to the new timetable released by the Independent National Electoral Commission, the Governorship and state Houses of Assembly elections slated for March 2 have been rescheduled to March 9, which fuels fears that the UTME slated for March 16 may be affected.
The JAMB Head of Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin, in an interview on Wednesday, said the board could announce new dates for the UTME if the elections did not conclude by March 9.
Benjamin added that a new date for the mock examination would be announced by the management shortly.
He said, “The elections have been shifted and we are also watching other government programmes. If for any reason they affect our timetable, we will not be averse to shifting. But as it is now, our date stands.
If they do elections and there is a need to do a run-off and it enters another week, of course, it will affect our programmes, then we will adjust appropriately.
Our mock examination was supposed to start this weekend. Now that INEC has shifted the presidential elections to this weekend, certainly mock examination will not take place that day.
A new date for the mock examination will soon be announced to candidates. But for the examination, the date earlier scheduled stands. No date has been picked for the mock. We are still looking at other things.”

FA Cup: Sarri reveals who caused Chelsea’s 2-0 defeat to Man United



Chelsea manager, Maurizio Sarri has blamed his players for their 2-0 defeat to Manchester United in the FA Cup encounter played on Monday night.
Goals from Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba ensured Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men defeated Maurizio Sarri’s side at Stamford Bridge.
Sarri blamed his players for playing “confused” football against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men.




I think that, with the result, we were unlucky,” Sarri was quoted by Metro UK as saying at post-match.
In the first half we played better than the opponent and, at the end of the first half, it was 2-0 to them.
Then in the second half, it was really very difficult to play because they are a really physical team and defended very low, compact.
So we played confused football in the second half. But, in the first half, we played well.


We need, of course, more aggression, more determination in the situation inside our box, and inside the opposing box.”
Sarri’s men will tackle Malmo in the UEFA Europa League round of 32 second-leg tie on Thursday night.


EPL: WENGER REVEALS OZIL’S PROBLEM UNDER EMERY


 
Arsene Wenger has suggested Arsenal’s decision to give Mesut Ozil a long-term contract may have left the playmaker in a “comfort zone”.
The Gunners handed Ozil a deal until 2021 last January amid speculation that he would follow Alexis Sanchez out.
Wenger was still manager at the time, and although the move to tie down the player was seen as a positive one, the German has slipped down the pecking order under new boss, Unai Emery.







Ozil last started a game on Boxing Day and has made just two substitute appearances in all competitions in 2019.
I feel that the length of the contract has nothing to do normally with the selection of the team. But sometimes there are special cases.
Most of the time now we think when we sign a player for five years we have a good player for five years. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that they practise, they play their best. Because they might be in their comfort zone.
He has a contract but the problem is that, if you want to buy a player like him, you have to spend £100m. And to maintain the value of the player, beyond the Özil case, it is more about the way football is structured.
To buy players of top, top quality you need £100m. So the decision you have to make is whether you re-sign the player, who costs us nothing, or do we have the money to buy a new player?” Wenger said after being honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award at the Laureus World Sports Awards on Monday.


MOURINHO NAMES WENGER ‘ONE OF THE BEST COACHES IN HISTORY’





Jose Mourinho has described Arsene Wenger as “one of the best football managers in history” after the former Arsenal boss was presented with the lifetime achievement prize at the Laureus World Sport Awards in Monaco on Monday.
The Portuguese famously called Wenger a “specialist in failure” and the two men clashed several times during Mourinho’s time at Chelsea and Manchester United.



But their relationship has since got cold, since Wenger left the Gunners last year.
And as Wenger received his lifetime achievement award, Mourinho was one of a number of names from the world of football, to praise a career which saw the Frenchman manage over 1,000 games, win three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups during his time at Arsenal.
Wenger also led Arsenal to a historic, unbeaten Premier League season as they won the title in 2004.
“There were some episodes along the road.
“I can only speak by myself. I really enjoyed the competition. But the real respect was always there.
“He made lots of history in that football club. The nickname is there – the ‘Invincibles.’ Amazing. A coaching philosophy, the almost perfect team. He is one of the best football managers in the history of football,” Mourinho said in a video message.

EPL: Chelsea beat off Liverpool, Tottenham to sign £70m rated winger



Chelsea have reached an agreement with Borussia Dortmund to sign £70million rated star, Christian Pulisic.

The Blues beat off competition from Liverpool and Tottenham and look set to sign Pulisic when the January window opens, according to Daily Mail.

The US international shone for his country against England on Thursday night.

He will be out of contract in 18 months and is being chased by a host of Premier League clubs.

Chelsea are hopeful of wrapping up a deal for a player who could command a £70million fee.

Chelsea are pushing to conclude the deal in January while the threat of a transfer ban looms over them.

The player had also spoken about moving to England before, saying, “The Premier League, is where lots of kids dream of playing so there is no reason why one day I won’t play here.

“We are having a great year at Dortmund and I am enjoying every moment of that. Then when the time comes for me to talk in the breaks about my future, that’s when those things will happen.”

EPL: De Gea loses Spain’s No 1 shirt to Chelsea’s Kepa



Spain coach, Luis Enrique has told Manchester United goalkeeper, David de Gea he can no longer guarantee him the No.1 shirt.

The former Barcelona boss is prepared to start Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga against Bosnia on Sunday, according to AS.

While De Gea has been incredible for his club side, in recent seasons, his form for the national team has been poor.

De Gea was widely criticised in his homeland during a disappointing World Cup outing earlier in the year.

The goalkeeper made another error on Thursday when he parried the ball into the path of Tin Jedvaj as Croatia sealed a 3-2 victory against Spain.

It marks the second competitive match in succession that De Gea has conceded three goals for La Roja.

AS reports that Enrique has told De Gea he no longer has his unwavering support.

He told De Gea he will give Chelsea record signing, Kepa the chance to impress against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Kepa is expected to start in Las Palmas against Bosnia on Sunday and could put serious pressure on the No.1 jersey if he impresses.

‘I was a bit lost’ – Arsene Wenger Says After His Exit From Arsenal



Arsene Wenger has admitted he has struggled to come to terms with the extra time he had in his life after his departure as Arsenal manager last May.

Wenger’s 22-year reign at Arsenal ended on something of a low note as he left the club with most fans pleased to see his departure and ahead of what he promises will be his return to the game in 2019, the 68-year-old has told beIN Sports that he has felt lost with no games to prepare for.

“I was a bit lost because you have time in front of you, which was never the case before,” Wenger said.

“You always have a problem to sort out and when you have sorted it, there is another one coming straight away. The next game is always a target in your life.

“It’s very difficult, but I took it as a challenge. I don’t feel retired at all, I’m basically a competitor.

“The problem is that people want to put you always in cases; ‘retired’ or ‘finished’. As long as you have an appetite for life, you always want to be useful and do something which is useful.

“There are many things I don’t miss at all, like all the stuff around the game you have to deal with nowadays, but the day, the competition. The achievement that you can do it together, sharing emotions, sharing competitions, ups and downs – you miss that.

“The big advantage I ever – in the game 35 years without stopping – is sharing what I know with other people. If you don’t do that, life is a bit useless. If you cannot share what you’ve accumulated or, at least, try to give some of it to other people, everything you’ve done looks useless.

“You should not leave this world without trying to give something to other people. When I look at my life I had one quality: to listen to other people who had been there before me.”

Wenger has confirmed that he expects to return to the game in January and has been strongly linked with a move to Germany amid reports he turned down the chance to take over at Premier League side Fulham earlier this week.

Ribery Apologises for Slapping TV Presenter



Former France international Franck Ribery has issued a public apology to French television pundit Patrick Guillou, who he reportedly insulted and assaulted following Bayern Munich’s away defeat to Borussia Dortmund last weekend.

“I had a meeting with Patrick Guillou yesterday in Munich,” Ribery said in a video posted on Bayern’s website in German.

“We spoke for a long time about what happened after the game in Dortmund, it was wrong what I did and I was very emotional after the match.

I apologised to Patrick and his family, I hope the matter is now over and it was important for me, and for him too, to have this conversation.”

According to reports, Ribery “made abusive remarks and then physically attacked” Guillou, a commentator for sports channel beIn, on the Bayern team bus after Saturday’s 3-2 loss at Bundesliga leaders Dortmund.

German media claim the 35-year-old Ribery hit Guillou three times in the face before pushing him in his chest.

According to Bild, Ribery was annoyed by Guillou’s critical comments about the veteran winger’s performance in the defeat, which left Bayern fifth in the league table seven points behind leaders and fierce rivals, Dortmund.

Ribery’s wife Wahiba had sent the winger a message on Instagram saying Guillou was “very tiring and useless” in the wake of the incident.

Dybala Takes Final Decision On Leaving Juventus For Premier League Club



Juventus star, Paulo Dybala has finally decided to remain at the Allianz despite reports linking him with a move away from Italy.

The 25-year-old, who still has over three-and-a-half years remaining on his current contract at Juventus, has recently been linked with a move away from the Old Lady to join Premier League giants, Manchester United.

The Argentine international said he is happy at the Turin club and he will pay no attention to speculation regarding his future with the Serie A few.

He insisted that he is only focused on helping Juventus to win more trophies this season.

Speaking about his future with Juventus, Dybala told The Mirror: “I’m not thinking about the transfer market.

“Right now I’m really happy at Juventus and the focus is simply winning all the titles here.”

Dybala has scored 73 goals for the Serie A champions since joining the club in 2015 from Palermo.

EPL: Premier League to start using VAR next season



The English Premier League, EPL, have agreed in principle to start using the Video Assistant Referees, VAR, in the 2019/20 season.

The decision was made after a vote from all the twenty clubs in the English topflight league on Thursday.

A statement on the Premier League’s official website read: “Premier League clubs have agreed in principle to introduce Video Assistant Referees (VAR) to the competition in the 2019/20 season.
"At a Shareholders’ Meeting today, clubs were provided with an update on the non-live VAR trials being undertaken by the League and Professional Game Match Officials (PGMOL) this season.

“Key learnings from VAR’s use in the FA Cup and Carabao Cup, and other leagues across the world, were discussed in detail

“The Premier League’s non-live testing programme will remain in place for the rest of this season, with a continued emphasis on those Saturday afternoons which have several matches being played concurrently, and developing a clear protocol for communicating VAR decisions to fans.

"The League will now formally make a request to the International Football Association Board and FIFA to use VAR next season.”

LaLiga: Messi returns to Barcelona training



Lionel Messi returned to training on Wednesday, after missing Barcelona’s wins over Inter Milan and Real Madrid in the last week.

Messi did some fitness training at the club’s training ground.

The 31-year-old was also able to do some ball work for the first time, since breaking a bone in his arm on October 20.

Barcelona face Cultural Leonesa in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday, before travelling to Rayo Vallecano in La Liga on Saturday.

Messi will not be available for either game, but his return to training has led to hopes he could return for next Tuesday’s game at Inter.

LaLiga: Barcelona’s first-team star demands to leave club



Barcelona attacker, Malcom Filipe Silva de Oliveira has told the club he wants to leave in January.

He asked the club manager, Ernesto Valverde to let him leave the club if he would continued being left out of the team, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The player, who is unhappy at the club, is being closely monitored by Arsenal, Tottenham and Inter Milan.

The Brazilian joined the Catalan outfit in a £36.5million-deal over the summer after Spanish giants hijacked Roma’s transfer at the last minute.

The Brazilian has played just 25 minutes of action since moving to Camp Nou, and is yet to start a match for his new club.

Mundo Deportivo reports that the player came back from international duty with Brazil and immediately asked for a meeting with Valverde in which he made it clear that he needs more playing time.

The Barca boss, however, told Malcom that he had been training well, behaving professionally and is simply not in the team because other players are ahead of him in the pecking order.

Malcom, in response, requested that he be allowed to move to another club in January if the situation does not change.

Hopefully, the player will start for the first time on Wednesday night in the Copa del Rey against Segunda Division B side, Cultural Leonesa.

Patrick Obahiagbon Writes Condolence Letter To Late Anenih’s, But They Might Not Be Able To Read It


Nigerian politician, Patrick Obahiagbon pays his tribute to former works minister and elder statesman, Tony Anenih who recently passed on.

He wrote a letter to the bereaved family to express his sincere condolences, though there is a great doubt if the family will understand the letter or spare time from mourning to check word meanings in the dictionary.

The letter reads;

“My sincere condolences goes to the family of late Chief Tony Anenih who has gloriously transited to empyrean ensconcement.

“Chief Tony Anenih’s transition is indeed a colossal loss to all, as he was a great personage not just to us in Edo but the nation in caboodle.

“He will be greatly missed for constantly promoting the good people of Edo state in highly exalted positions in Nigeria’s political atmospherics.

“In fact, his solid political interventions in the corpus of our pax Nigeriana shall remain coruscatingly etched in the Nations encephalon and non pareil. He truly emblematized a savoir-faire predilection in his political peregrination.

“Even as we mourn his transition,let us also be consoled because he lived a very productive life.His presence was felt as the Iyasele of Esan land and a bridge builder for Edo State and Nigeria.

“I pray that the Great Geometrician of the Universe grant the family the fortitude to bear the loss”.

Nicki Minaj and Cardi B Call For Peace After Hours of Intense Fighting Online




Singers, Nicki Minaj and Cardi B have finally settled their dispute as they appear to have put an end to weeks of mutual insults culminating in a day of back and forth that began with an altercation at a New York Fashion Week party in September. Video from the event hosted by Harper’s Bazar appeared to show Cardi being escorted out by security with a large bump on her head after she reportedly threw a shoe at Minaj. Since then, the pair have been trading barbs over social media, radio and in the press.

But now they have agreed to take a break from the spat, with Minaj tweeting Tuesday morning that she wanted to focus on “positive things only”:

Cardi then posted the tweet to her Instagram, adding her own pledge to be positive.


The dispute had reached dramatic proportions late on Monday, with Cardi posting ten videos of herself on Instagram in which she accused Cardi of leaking her phone number in the wake of the Fashion Week encounter.

She also suggested she was considering suing Minaj for “defamation of character” after her claims that Cardi had bought her way into charts by paying radio stations to play her songs.

EPL: Sarri gives update on Hazard, Pedro’s injury


Chelsea manager, Maurizio Sarri has provided update on the injuries of forwards, Eden Hazard and Pedro.

The Italian gaffer suggested that Hazard will be available in his side’s Premier League fixture against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

According to him, he doesn’t know when Pedro will be available for the Blues, adding that the Spaniard was having a strong stomach ache.

Speaking ahead of his side’s Carabao Cup clash with Derby County on Wednesday, Sarri was quoted by Football London as saying: “I want Eden as soon as possible. I want him every match if possible because we have a lot of good players.

“I’m not sure for Wednesday, but hopefully for Sunday. Hazard offers something different.

“I am very happy as the team was able to score seven goals in two matches without Hazard. That’s a good sign.”

On Pedro’s injury, Sarri said: “I don’t know exactly when he will return.

“I spoke with the doctor for a few seconds and he said it was a very strong stomach ache.”

Lampard names his ‘world best’ footballer


Chelsea legend and Derby County manager, Frank Lampard has identified his ‘world best’ footballer.

According to Lampard, Chelsea star player, Eden Hazard is his world best footballer.

The former England international, who played alongside Hazard during his time at Stamford Bridge, believes the Belgian star is the world best footballer due to his current form.

Hazard has been in stunning form so far this campaign under Blues manager, Maurizio Sarri.

The 27-year-old has scored eight goals in eleven appearances for the West London club so far.

Speaking ahead of Derby County’s clash with Chelsea in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night, Lampard told reporters at his press conference, as reported by Derbyshire Live: “On current form, I think Hazard is the world best player.

“Of course, that can change but I love watching him and he’s in his prime.”

“He is an absolutely outstanding player in world football,” Lampard added.

“Let’s hope he wants a rest!

“I think he’s scared of coming up against my team!,” he joked.

Lampard continued, “It will be a special occasion for myself, as well as Jody Morris and Chris Jones.

“I’m excited for the game and looking forward to seeing 40,000 ‘friends’ in the stadium.

“Walking out at Stamford Bridge will be very special for me.”

Ballon d’Or 2018: Ronaldo names player that deserves to win award, three-man final shortlist


Juventus star, Cristiano Ronaldo has named himself as the player that deserves to win this year’s Ballon d’Or award ahead of other contenders.

He also named the likes of Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann and Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane or Paris Saints-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe as players that he feels should make the three-man final shortlist for the biggest individual prize.

Recall that Ronaldo was shortlisted for the 2018 Ballon d’Or award earlier this month.

Ronaldo is looking for his sixth Ballon d’Or crown, while fellow five-time winner, Lionel Messi is looking to do the same.

The pair had won incredible five awards each in that time frame, with Ronaldo equalling Messi’s tally last year.

“I said many times, winning a sixth Ballon d’Or is not an obsession,” Ronaldo told France Football magazine.

Juventus star, Cristiano Ronaldo has named himself as the player that deserves to win this year’s Ballon d’Or award ahead of other contenders.

He also named the likes of Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann and Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane or Paris Saints-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe as players that he feels should make the three-man final shortlist for the biggest individual prize.

Recall that Ronaldo was shortlisted for the 2018 Ballon d’Or award earlier this month.


Ronaldo is looking for his sixth Ballon d’Or crown, while fellow five-time winner, Lionel Messi is looking to do the same.

The pair had won incredible five awards each in that time frame, with Ronaldo equalling Messi’s tally last year.

“I said many times, winning a sixth Ballon d’Or is not an obsession,” Ronaldo told France Football magazine.

“And I do not ask the question in these terms. I already know, in my heart of hearts, that I am one of the best players in history.

“Of course I want to win, this sixth Ballon d’Or. It would be a lie to tell you the opposite.

“I work for that. As I work to score goals and win games without being an obsession. I think I deserve it.”

When asked who would be his closest challengers, the 33-year-old said: Salah, Griezmann and Varane or Mbappe.

“The same as usual, even if I don’t know if Messi will be on the podium this time,” Ronaldo added.

“So, let’s say Salah, Modric, (Antoine) Griezmann, (Raphael) Varane, (Kylian) Mbappe – the French in general because they are world champions.

“But I will wait and see if all these players are still at the top in 10 years, like Messi and I have done, and like we continue to do.”

The 2018 Ballon d’ Or award ceremony will take place on December 3, 2018 in Paris.

Neymar supports PSG manager’s decision to drop Mbappe


Neymar says Paris Saint-Germain manager, Thomas Tuchel, was right to drop Kylian Mbappe and Adrien Rabiot for “failing to respect” team schedules, after they arrived late for a meeting.

Mbappe and Rabiot arrived late for a team briefing ahead of the Ligue 1 clash with Marseille on Sunday, with Julian Draxler called in to replace the teenage forward.

However both players redeemed themselves, after coming on as second-half substitutes, both scoring in the final three minutes of a 2-0 victory.

“This is between them and the coach. Yes, they have to respect the schedules, and they ended up failing in that part.

“They know, they are great players, important to our team, and we end up suffering because of it. But this is an inner thing. Then Kylian came in and ended up winning the game for us,” Neymar said according to L’Equipe.

EPL: FA fines Chelsea coach £6,000


Chelsea coach, Marco Ianni, has been fined £6,000 by the Football Association, after admitting to an improper conduct charge, in his over-exuberant celebrations against Manchester United.

Maurizio Sarri’s second assistant coach sparked a touchline fracas, after celebrating Ross Barkley’s late equaliser in front of José Mourinho.

An FA statement read: “Chelsea coach Marco Ianni has been fined £6,000 after he admitted an FA improper conduct charge.

“It concerned his behaviour in the 96th minute of the game against Manchester United on 20 October 2018.”

The FA reminded Mourinho, Chelsea and Manchester United of their responsibilities in the aftermath of the incident, which occurred at the end of the 2-2 Premier League draw.