Teams from Europe’s Big Five leagues spend 5.5 billion euros in transfer window

first_img(REUTERS) – Spending by teams in Europe’s Big Five leagues totalled a record 5.5 billion euros during the close season transfer window, financial analyst Deloitte’s Sports Business Group said yesterday.The outlay was 0.9 billion euros (£817 million) more than the previous record set in 2018, with England’s Premier League clubs spending 1.55 billion euros with a net spend of 635 million euros.Spain’s La Liga clubs spent 1.37 billion euros – exceeding 1 billion euros for the first time – while Italy’s Serie A (1.17 billion euros) Germany’s Bundesliga (740 million euros) the French Ligue 1 (670 million euros) all set new records.“Spending across clubs in Europe’s ‘big five’ leagues has reached record levels in this summer’s transfer window,” said Dan Jones, partner in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte. “This unprecedented level of spending has been driven by a number of factors, including additional income from new league broadcast cycles, participation in, and subsequent distributions from, UEFA club competitions.”Jones said club-specific factors such as management changes and improving playing squads to achieve on-pitch objectives were also contributing factors.“The improved financial performance of European football clubs has also reduced the need for clubs to sell their best players,” he added. Spain’s Atletico Madrid signed 19-year-old striker Joao Felix from Benfica for 126 million euros while Barcelona landed France international forward Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid for 120 million euros.Real Madrid ended their long pursuit of Eden Hazard by signing the Belgium winger from Chelsea for a reported fee of 100 million euros. Net spending in the Premier League fell by 50 million pounds since the league’s deadline day on August 8.“Looking to the Premier League, this summer’s transfer expenditure fell narrowly short of record levels, and net spending was at its lowest level since summer 2015,” Jones said.“While this level of net spending as a proportion of revenue of 11% is the lowest since summer 2011, we still expect wages to increase at a greater rate than revenue in the next couple of seasons.”last_img read more

Syracuse upsets No. 1 seed South Carolina for first-ever bid to the Elite Eight

first_imgSIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Alexis Peterson ran to half court, bent her knees and brought her palms together. She dropped her back and looked to the top of the Denny Sanford Premier Center. Syracuse’s bench spilled onto the court, too. South Carolina’s players walked off, some with their heads tucked inside their jersey, coming to the realization that their season was over.Peterson jumped into Briana Day’s arms and Brianna Butler stood by their side. 64 percent of Syracuse’s scoring, 43 percent of the Orange’s rebounding and 57 percent of SU’s assists met on the court.Only minutes had passed before Peterson’s aunt, Carla Norris was on her cell phone and yelled, “Huge upset! Huge! Huge!”SU improbably knocked off the one-loss Gamecocks in an 80-72 win to advance to its first-ever Elite Eight. Seven percent of voters in a Twitter poll chose Syracuse to advance out of the Sioux Falls region. 6.1 percent of participants in ESPN’s Bracket Challenge picked the Orange to advance past the Sweet 16. Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 25, 2016 at 9:17 pm Contact Paul: | @pschwedscenter_img “I feel that our coaching staff and the 15 people dressed in uniform are the only ones that believe that we can pull off an upset of this magnitude at this time of year,” Peterson said. “I was overcome with joy.”After being blown out by South Carolina in the Round of 32 and losing to USC by four during the regular season last year, No. 4 seed Syracuse (28-7, 13-3 Atlantic Coast) got revenge against the No. 1 seed Gamecocks (33-2, 16-0 Southeastern) in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. SU will face No. 7 seed Tennessee on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.Following Syracuse’s loss to second-ranked Notre Dame in the ACC tournament championship — its only loss since Jan. 25 — Orange head coach Quentin Hillsman said his team could win a national title. Nineteen days later, SU got another step closer.“Coach said as long as we keep the game close, we’ll have the opportunity to win,” Butler said. “He gave us confidence and told us to play the game the way we’ve been playing all year. That’s what we did.”The Orange knocked off No. 13 seed Army and No. 12 seed Albany in the first two rounds of the tournament. But SU was seeded significantly higher than those teams and the matchup with the Gamecocks was SU’s biggest challenge yet.With just over five minutes left to play, Butler tied it at 61 with a jump shot. Peterson looked up at the scoreboard and thought back to last season’s matchup with South Carolina in the Bahamas. That game was tied at 60 with just over two minutes to play. But in that time, SU committed two turnovers and USC hit a 3 and a layup to take a four-point lead for good.“I looked up and was like, ‘You got to be solid. At all costs, this is it,’” Peterson said. “If we were solid, I knew we had a chance to finish it out.”Syracuse didn’t commit a single turnover in the final five minutes. Butler, who started the game 4-of-13 from the field, hit two 3s in that period. Hillsman has told her throughout her entire career to shoot the ball even when her shots aren’t falling. Down the stretch, it paid off.The first came in transition from the top of the key. The second came out of an SU timeout and Butler got open curling around a screen.“I just told Butler (at halftime), you got to make some shots or we’re going home,” Hillsman said. “Second half she was amazing. She was amazing.”South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley said that’s what happens when players get into foul trouble. Four of her players had four fouls and couldn’t play as aggressively on defense at the end of the game.With each make, Syracuse’s bench jumped up even more explosively than the last. SU’s players on the court scrambled to get back into its full-court press. And the small Syracuse contingent in the Premier Center repeatedly rose to its feet and let out cheers of “Let’s go Orange!”The Gamecocks turned to its go-to players, Alaina Coates and A’ja Wilson for layups down the stretch. But its 2s couldn’t match Syracuse’s 3s.“We had 7 percent. That’s not a lot, you know,” Hillsman said of the poll. “We just said, We’re just going to go and play basketball. They can give us the 7 percent. We were 100 percent confident if we played our game we had a chance to win the basketball game.”When Syracuse was placed in the Sioux Falls region on Selection Monday, Hillsman said he was looking forward to learning more about the city located in South Dakota. With Friday night’s win, he’ll have an extra two days to do just that. Commentslast_img read more


first_imgPictured are Letterkenny Youthreach Learner Advocate Donal Gillespie, left, with Bank of Ireland managers Barry Gallagher, Yvonne Boal, Paddy Mc Creevy and Letterkenny Youthreach Acting Co-Ordinator Gillian Kennedy.FEATURES: Friday last, May 6th, saw Letterkenny Youthreach take a further step in their primary school playground playset initiative when they set up stall in the Bank of Ireland, Letterkenny for a ‘Community Smiles’ day.The day which consisted of offering tea, coffee, juice, scones, pastry and chocolate ‘goodies’ to customers making donations to the centre’s playset fundraising. A grand total of €880 was collected, and the centre would also like to thank contributors Kernan’s Diner, Newtowncunningham, Gortlee Tool Hire, Letterkenny, Mc Cool Sawmills, Ballybofey, LYIT, Letterkenny, Charles Kelly Ltd., Letterkenny and, of course, management and staff at Bank of Ireland, Main St., Letterkenny.Acting Co-Ordinator of Letterkenny Youthreach, Gillian Kennedy, stated that the response was ‘enormous’. “As part of our on-going 25 year celebrations we have been doing a variety of events and projects engaging with the wider community in a way to help raise awareness of all the wonderful things our Youthreach programme has to offer.“This competition came about because we decided to reach out to the multiple primary schools in our catchment area. We were surprised by the sheer volume of entries and even more taken aback by the standard of the writing and the imagination in the art work for some of the drawings.“Our learners are very much looking forward to working on producing the winning playset and it’s a bonus that all this hard work can be recorded as part of our learners’ assessment.” The competition winner was Rioghnach Mc Fadden of Scoil Colmcille, Newtowncunningham, and the building tutor at Letterkenny Youthreach, Andy Dowds, with the help of the learners, hope to have the playset built and installed by middle of June.LETTERKENNY YOUTHREACH LAUNCH ‘COMMUNITY SMILES’ DAY AT BANK OF IRELAND was last modified: May 23rd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Bank of IrelandBusinessFeaturesfundraiserLetterkenny Youthreachnewslast_img read more

Some Ubisoft alwaysconnected DRM games wont be playable February 7

first_imgI have yet to find someone outside of Ubisoft that believes their always-connected DRM was a good idea. By always-connected they mean exactly that–if you lose your Internet connection for even a few seconds the game will pause.Such a system causes a number of issues for those of us with unreliable connections, or who want to play away from the ‘net, e.g. we go on holiday with a laptop. But even if you are constantly hooked up to a bulletproof ISP, some Ubisoft games are going to become temporarily unplayable anyway.The reason for this is that Ubisoft has decided to migrate some of its servers to a different host in order to “improve the maintenance of our infrastructure.” The transition is beginning on February 7, but no timescale has been stated for its expected completion. If you own any of the following games on the given platforms, you won’t be able to play them that day, or possibly that whole weekend:Assassin’s Creed (Mac)Might & Magic: Heroes VI (PC)Splinter Cell Conviction (Mac)The Settlers (Mac)The Settlers 7: Path to a Kingdom (PC)Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X 2 (PC)As well as the games, Uplay will be offline for PC, although you will still be able to play the games that use it as long as you have connected at least once before it goes offline. Anything unlocked during the offline period will get synced when Uplay reappears.Although the disruption may be minimal, choosing to do the migration on a Saturday, a day when school is out and a lot more gaming is going to occur, seems unfair. It also points out a major problem with using this type of DRM: if you mess with the servers, paying gamers can’t play the games they bought.Read more at Ubisoft, via Joystiqlast_img read more