Barcelona have sacked coach Ernesto Valverde and replaced him with former Real Betis coach Quique Setien.Valverde, 55, helped the club to two successive La Liga titles and they lead on goal difference this season.However, the Catalan side have produced a series of unconvincing displays under his leadership and have failed to reach the Champions League final. Setien, 61, led Betis to their highest finish since 2005 and to the Copa del Rey semis before leaving in May.He has agreed to a two-and-a-half-year deal on Tuesday.In a statement, Barca said they had reached an agreement with Valverde to terminate his contract and thanked him “for his professionalism, his commitment, his dedication and his always positive treatment towards all that make up the Barca family”.Valverde was under pressure towards the end of last season following the ignominious Champions League semi-final defeat by Liverpool, having led 3-0 after the first leg, and the Copa del Rey final loss to Valencia.The defeat by the Reds particularly rankled, because it was reminiscent of the collapse at the hands of Roma in the competition the previous season and suggested he had failed to correct a weaknesses in his team.Valverde did guide the Catalans to the top of the table at the halfway stage of this season, but the fluid displays that fans had become accustomed to during the past 15 years were only sporadic.Their away form was especially disappointing with losses at Athletic Bilbao, Granada and Levante plus draws at Osasuna, Real Sociedad and Espanyol.After managing lower-league sides, he led Las Palmas to 11th in La Liga – their best finish for 40 years – and enjoyed further success at Betis, where in his first season he led them to sixth place and qualification for the Europa League.Betis also secured wins over Barca, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid during his two-year tenure. He left the Seville outfit by mutual consent in the summer.Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi had been strongly linked with the head coach’s role. He confirmed media reports that he spoke to the club’s sporting director Eric Abidal and chief executive Oscar Grau over the weekend, before he reportedly rejected the club’s offer,.Other names to have been linked with the club included former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, who managed rivals Espanyol, and current B team manager Xavi Garcia Pimienta.‘Setien is a devout disciple of Cruyffian football.’Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Consumable items such as cookie bouquets and champagne as well as the bronze statue of Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt Sr. were not taxed, though the team later admitted that they should have been.Because taxpayers paid for $250 million of the $375 million price tag to renovate the stadium more than 10 years ago, the Administrative Hearing Commission now says the Chiefs need to pay back the taxes for the more unnecessary items. Related News The Chiefs’ could be opening their pocketbook wide after a Missouri state agency claimed the team owes almost $1 million in back taxes, the Kansas City Star reported.According to a state panel that sorts out disputes with state agencies in Missouri, the Chiefs owe $930,000 in back taxes plus interest from purchases related to their renovations of Arrowhead Stadium. Sreenivasa Rao Dandamudi, the commissioner of the panel, said the Chiefs should have owed more, but because the primary vendor for that part of the project, Ghostfire Design Inc., is based in Missouri, it had been assessed for used taxes — which is for out-of-state vendors — the Chiefs can’t be hit with a higher owed number.“This commission is unable to hold the team liable for sales taxes on purchases from Ghostfire without a (tax) assessment by the Department of Revenue,” Dandamudi wrote in his assessment. Super Bowl 53: Maroon 5 cancels news conference The discovery of the taxes owed is from a 2014 audit, when the revenue department said $23 million in purchased items were “improperly claimed” from 2008-10. Items such as leotards for cheerleaders, autographed footballs, a framed jersey of Bills Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas, weight equipment, televisions and lockers were not taxed.The Chiefs denied they owed $1.8 million in delinquent taxes and late fees, and it took three years for the case to finally reach a hearing. Even with the evidence supporting the state’s case, the Chiefs plan to appeal the decision.The team also plans to move forward with more renovations amounting to $10 million before the start of next season.
As they have done so often, the Warriors put together a dominant third quarter to lift them ahead of the Raptors and give them a crucial Game 2 win to tie the NBA Finals at one game apiece.Sunday featured one of the more memorable Warriors third quarters in recent memory, as they scored 18 straight points to start the second half. Toronto went 6:43 of game time without a field goal and was outscored 34-21 in the quarter. After Toronto, which controlled much of the first half, climbed back in it late, Andre Iguodala hit a dagger 3 with 5.9 seconds left to secure the win.Steph Curry shrugged off a slow start to score 23 points, while Klay Thompson led the team with 25, although he did miss most of the fourth quarter with left hamstring tightness.MORE: NBA playoffs schedulePerhaps even bigger than Curry and Thompson’s performances were the contributions from DeMarcus Cousins, who had 11 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. The Raptors’ struggles were at least partly due to 37 percent shooting from the field, although Kawhi Leonard (34 points) did all he could. Pascal Siakam (12 points) was unable to replicate his stellar Game 1 performance.The series now heads back to Oracle Arena in Oakland, where the next two games will certainly be a big factor in determining the direction of the series.Sporting News tracked scoring updates and highlights from Game 2 of the 2019 NBA Finals between the Raptors and Warriors. Warriors vs. Raptors: Live updates, highlights from Game 2(All times Eastern)Final: Warriors 109, Raptors 10410:46 p.m.: Danny Green misses a 3 and this game is over. Golden State has tied the series 1-1!10:45 p.m.: With 5.9 seconds remaining, Iguodala makes a 3! Warriors back up by five.Andre Iguodala extends the lead and the @warriors hold on to even the series 1-1! #NBAFinalsFinal in Game 2:#StrengthInNumbers 109#WeTheNorth 104 pic.twitter.com/BwjMtWkk5L— NBA (@NBA) June 3, 201910:44 p.m.: After a couple of offensive rebounds, Danny Green hits a 3 and it’s a two-point game!10:39 p.m.: Just like that, a technical foul on Curry leads to three made free throws by Leonard. It’s not over yet.10:37 p.m.: Leonard misses his second straight shot and Toronto’s hopes are looking grimmer and grimmer. 10:32 p.m.: With just four minutes to play, Kyle Lowry has fouled out.10:31 p.m.: Curry picks up two fouls in about a 15-second span and Toronto is in the bonus.10:30 p.m.: Thompson will not return to the game with left hamstring tightness.10:28 p.m.: Siakam makes a free throw and Van Vleet converts the layup to move the Raptors within nine with four and a half minutes to play.10:25 p.m.: Leonard is still doing what he can for the Raptors.How, Kawhi?! 😳#WeTheNorth | #NBAFinals pic.twitter.com/p5wZmCgzFo— NBA TV (@NBATV) June 3, 201910:19 p.m.: Golden State is making due without Thompson. Its 11-point lead is the largest of the fourth quarter.10:12 p.m.: Thompson heads to the locker room with an injury. He is limping heavily.Klay Thompson limps to the bench in the 4th quarter after landing awkwardly. He was grabbing his left leg before heading to the locker room. pic.twitter.com/87x2Utlbrj— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 3, 201910:12 p.m.: Consecutive 3s for Quinn Cook! Warriors lead by 10.Quinn Cook went back-to-back from deep and Steph is HYPE 🔥#NBAFinals pic.twitter.com/K0JanQUbNz— NBA TV (@NBATV) June 3, 201910:11 p.m.: Raptors hit back-to-back 3s and all of a sudden we have a four-point game.10:10 p.m.: Kevon Looney injury update:Sources: Golden State’s Kevon Looney has suffered a sprained collar bone and will miss remainder of Game 2.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 3, 201910:08 p.m.: Cousins starts the fourth quarter with a basket.End of third quarter: Warriors 88, Raptors 8010:02 p.m.: Curry quiets the Toronto crowd with a looooong 3 to put the Warriors back up by 10.Toronto had been doing a really good job of eliminating the relocation 3s, but Steph gonna Steph #wow pic.twitter.com/3nXR7vLAhL— Will Gottlieb (@wontgottlieb) June 3, 20199:57 p.m.: Warriors had been holding on to a double-digit lead since early in the half, but Leonard’s two free throws gets it back to a nine-point game. 9:51 p.m.: Fred Van Vleet makes a 3 and the Raptors finally have points in the second half, snapping an 18-0 Warriors run.The @warriors go on top with a 18-0 burst to open the 2nd half!#StrengthInNumbers 78#WeTheNorth 67🇺🇸: ABC 🇨🇦: TSN pic.twitter.com/2Ja1RN2RvY— NBA (@NBA) June 3, 20199:46 p.m.: Klay Thompson’s 3 makes it a nine-point game and forces a Raptors timeout. Toronto hasn’t scored in over four minutes to start the half.Iguodala ➡️ Cousins ➡️ Thompson! 👏@warriors run extends to 14-0!#StrengthInNumbers 68#WeTheNorth 59🇺🇸: ABC 🇨🇦: TSN pic.twitter.com/KGqcrwQHvS— NBA (@NBA) June 3, 20199:43 p.m.: Toronto is just flat right now. 12 straight points for Golden State to start the half.9:38 p.m.: Here come the Warriors! Iguodola nails a 3 to give them the lead. Golden State has scored the first seven points of the half.Andre #SPLASH for the lead 💦📺 #NBAonABC pic.twitter.com/PvYSewSdXO— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) June 3, 20199:36 p.m.: The second half has started. Iguodala is back on the court.Halftime: Raptors 59, Warriors 549:19 p.m.: The Warriors have the deficit down to five points at halftime. Curry has come alive with 16 points.9:15 p.m.: Thompson and Curry are responding as well as they can, but Van Vleet and the Raptors aren’t letting them get too close. Toronto’s backup point guard has 12 first half points.🗣️ COOKIES pic.twitter.com/NBkcniLb3N— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) June 3, 20199:10 p.m.: More concern for the Warriors as Andre Iguodala is shaken up after Norman Powell’s 3.9:10 p.m.: Curry finally gets his first field goal of the game.9:04 p.m.: After Cousins cuts the deficit to seven points with a 3, Norman Powell throws down a dunk and the Kawhi Leonard gets an and-one. Toronto’s lead is back in double digits as Curry’s struggles are really hurting Golden State.Norman Powell slips to the rim for the STRONG SLAM! 😤#WeTheNorth 46#StrengthInNumbers 355:16 left in Q2 on ABC & TSN pic.twitter.com/ALzArGUZzG— NBA (@NBA) June 3, 20199:01 p.m.: Cousins hits four straight free throws and forces Lowry to commit his third foul of the game, but Lowry responds on the other end with a 3.KL 👉🏽 KLSPLASH pic.twitter.com/qyND8n4D0Q— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) June 3, 20198:57 p.m.: Van Vleet completes a three-point play to stake the Raptors to a seven-point lead. He has Toronto’s last six points.8:55 p.m.: Toronto leads by four but has committed several fouls already. Ibaka has three while three other players have committed two fouls.8:53 p.m.: Worth keeping an eye on Curry as this game progresses. He’s been on and off the court and has yet to make a field goal as he deals with an illness.8:48 p.m.: Thompson opens up the second quarter by doing what he did in the first: Making a jumpshot. End of first quarter: Raptors 27, Warriors 268:43 p.m.: Serge Ibaka’s tip-in with just over a second left in the first quarter gives them the lead heading into the second stanza. Scoring leaders: Thompson (11 points), Leonard (9 points).8:40 p.m.: After the Warriors opened up a four-point lead, the Raptors come back with six straight points, including a strong take from Van Vleet to give them the lead.Fred VanVleet attacks and banks in the circus shot before the end of Q1! #WeTheNorth🇺🇸: ABC 🇨🇦: TSN pic.twitter.com/4FbozTnyXW— NBA (@NBA) June 3, 20198:35 p.m.: Warriors with a mini-rally to tie it up at 19 as we are under three minutes away from the end of the first quarter. Thompson leads all scorers with 11 points.8:32 p.m.: Pascal Siakam gets up! Great feed from Fred Van Vleet too. SO. SPICY. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/2t9hfIhzJG— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 3, 20198:31 p.m.: After drawing a charge, Lowry gets a bucket and a foul on the other end. He’s making a lot of plays in the early going. Kyle Lowry rises on the short jumper and gets it to fall… and-1 @Raptors!#WeTheNorth 16#StrengthInNumbers 13🇺🇸: ABC 🇨🇦: TSN pic.twitter.com/Fg7bHqIDos— NBA (@NBA) June 3, 20198:26 p.m.: Lowry hits a 3, Leonard tips in his own miss and then makes two free throws. The teams are a combined 7-of-25 from the field, but Toronto leads 14-9.8:25 p.m.: We interrupt the in-game updates for a look at Drake’s Game 2 outfit. He gets in a jab at Durant.Drake is not letting up with his troll game for Game 2. pic.twitter.com/AtdV1usSMc— ESPN (@espn) June 3, 20198:19 p.m.: Thompson now has all nine of Golden State’s points. Here are three of them.Klay #SPLASH💦 is a nice way to start things off 👌📺 #NBAonABC pic.twitter.com/Ig0Ln1fIOz— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) June 3, 20198:15 p.m.: Both teams have started very slow from the field. Klay Thompson’s five points have the game tied 5-5. 8:12 p.m.: Leonard hits the jumper for the first points of the game. 8:10 p.m.: Toronto wins the tip and we are off.7:55 p.m.: The starting lineups for Game 2. Cousins starting at center for Golden State is the biggest surprise.Starting us off ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/cOlOj8dsWn— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) June 2, 2019#NBAFinals Game 2 @Sprite_CA starters. #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/Mh6FPZdvLO— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) June 2, 20197:22 p.m.: The stars will be out in Toronto on Sunday.Drake won’t be the most famous person at Game 2 tonight in Toronto. That honor will go to Barack Obama.— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) June 2, 2019Obama is in the house.pic.twitter.com/vjxW8FXL7r— Sporting News (@sportingnews) June 2, 2019
A Palm Beach County middle school teacher has been suspended after school district officials found she used hand sanitizer to wash out the mouth of a student who was talking too loud in her class.Guyette Duhart was ordered a 10-day suspension without pay by the Palm Beach County school board. Officials say she will try to appeal the suspension.The student told administrators at Polo Park Middle School in Wellington that Duhart told him he needed to have his mouth washed out with soap. Duhart admitted to school investigators that she put the hand sanitizer near the student’s mouth but said that he grabbed the bottle and pumped it into his own mouth, the Palm Beach Post reported.The student rushed out of the classroom after the incident.School investigators said six students told Palm Beach County school district officials that the teacher grabbed a bottle of hand sanitizer and pumped it into the student’s mouth.Duhart did not respond to messages seeking comment.
Winter is here and rather than hiding inside for the next few months, why not get outside and enjoy winter this year by hitting the slopes with your Grade 4 and 5 children!Skiing and snowboarding are some of Canada’s most popular winter sports and one of the best ways to stay active this winter. Don’t let your kids hibernate this winter. Once they feel the pride and exhilaration of zooming down the hills they won’t want to stay home and play video games this winter!Keeping your children healthy and active should never be a strain on your pockets and the Canadian Ski Council wants to help. Pick up a Grade 4 or 5 SnowPass and find hundreds of ways to save this winter.Your child’s SnowPass is valid from Dec. 1 to the end of the ski season, if they apply in grade 5. If you apply in grade 4 you have two seasons to use your SnowPass. It includes three lift pass tickets for each and every participating ski/snowboard area and it is their ticket to a season’s worth of fun and activity.So this winter there is only one reason we should be finding you in front of the computer. SnowPass registration is completely digital. Just visit www.snowpass.ca, complete the registration form, upload a photo, proof of age/grade and payment. Your child’s very own SnowPass will be mailed straight to your door giving you hundreds of ways to save this season.Applications are open to anyone in grade 4 or 5 (or who was born in 2001 and 2002). With over 150 different participating ski/snowboard areas – 92 in the East (Ontario to Newfoundland) and 60 in the West (Manitoba to B.C) – everyone can take advantage of this amazing deal.What’s better than getting your child out and active this winter? The savings the SnowPass program offers gives you hundreds of opportunities to get your children out of the house and onto the slopes!Learn more about the Grade 4 and 5 SnowPass online at www.snowpass.ca or www.passeportdesneiges.ca. You can also pick up an application form from your child’s grade 4 or 5 elementary school teachers or at Sport Mart, Sport Chek, Sports Experts, and Intersport stores Canada-wide.
Matt Jarvis has handed in a transfer request at Wolves and is keen to join West Ham rather than Fulham, the Daily Mirror suggest.Fulham have shown an interest in the winger and are said to have had a £5m bid for him rejected.It is claimed that Wolves want £10m for Jarvis and that the Hammers are ready to pay £6m up front with another £3m in add-ons.The Mirror also say Chelsea are set to sign Victor Moses from Wigan for £9m and that QPR’s Joey Barton is on the verge of joining Blackpool on a season-long loan.This page is regularly updated.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Fernando Torres is on the bench for Chelsea for the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final, with Blues boss Jose Mourinho opting to start without a recognised striker.Paris St-Germain: Sirigu, Jallet, Alex, Thiago Silva, Maxwell, Verratti, Thiago Motta, Matuidi, Cavani, Ibrahimovic, Lavezzi. Subs: Douchez, Cabaye, Marquinhos, Digne, Rabiot, Pastore, Lucas Moura. Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Luiz; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Schurrle.Subs: Schwarzer, Kalas, Ake, Mikel, Lampard, Torres, Ba.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
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Here’s how shooting with a shallow depth of field can immerse your audience like nothing else.Top image via Hulu.Choosing how you will shoot your project might be just as hard as writing the script. With all the different lenses and cameras available today, choosing the right piece of equipment can be difficult. The creator and director of 2017’s The Handmaid’s Tale is a shining example of knowing exactly how to communicate ideas and tell stories — all through the lens.The recent upload from nerdwriter1 dives into the significance of Hulu’s latest brilliant series. The video explores what makes the show stand out and why it’s important to consider the story when choosing lenses. Without giving too much away, it’s important to know the show’s director Reed Morano (who usually works as a director of photography) was methodical with her approach to framing and shooting the central characters.Morano chose to shoot on the ALEXA Mini at an aperture of up to 1.4, creating a razor-thin depth of field, which allowed the filmmakers to guide the audience through each shot. This workflow carries more weight than you might think. Morano and DP Colin Watkinson created a hauntingly beautiful and disturbing visual motif that also serves as a fantastic example of the power of a shallow depth of field.Capture the Point of ViewImage via Hulu.By using a Zeiss 28mm T2.1 Lens and placing it mere inches from the lead actor (Elisabeth Moss), we get shots like the one you see above. Given the circumstances of the show, the central character, Offred, has experienced true tragedy and finds herself in this strange and terrible world. This isolation and trauma draws a remarkable performance from the actor, and the closeness of the camera to her face amplifies this work. Given the extremely shallow depth of field, the audience identifies with Offred and understands that due to the lack of control she has over life and body, “Your only agency is mental.” Moss’s incredible performance brings power to Morano’s vision.Create the WorldImage via Hulu.The women in the world of this show are forbidden from reaching out to the outside world — or reading anything in general. This lack of knowledge and understanding of the world around them creates a level of disconnect that we see expressed as an out-of-focus environment. The shallow depth of field gives us an excellent view of their perspective and the isolation they experience. This method of shooting your actors isn’t anything new; some of the best working cinematographers like Hoyte Van Hoytema and Lubezki have used this technique in the past. What makes this particular use of shallow depth of field so effective is how dedicated and consistent this vision is throughout the course of the show. This dedication proves how engaging one’s work can become with enough planning and care.Connecting the NarrativeImage via Hulu.The Handmaid’s Tale moves back and forth through time, giving us a glimpse of Offred’s past life, before Gilead. Straying away from the precise Kubrickian framing and acute angles of the present, the flashbacks are still shallow. Given the brilliant nature of the show, this decision to shoot both worlds the same way makes the audience think. Given the disconnect and isolation in Gilead, these themes were still present in the real world (our world), and Morano is communicating this through her camera work. Shows and films like this that live on past the screen and start conversations are vital, and they give us hope for the future of the medium.