LONDON (AP): Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez became the first African to be named English football’s player of the year yesterday, straight after the Algerian helped his team close in on the Premier League title. Mahrez was flown by helicopter to the Professional Footballers’ Association ceremony in London after scoring his 17th goal of Leicester’s astonishing title charge as the leaders beat Swansea 4-0 at the King Power Stadium in central England. Mahrez was on a six-man shortlist including Leicester teammates Jamie Vardy and N’Golo Kante for the vote of their fellow professionals in English football. “I’m very grateful to receive this award,” Mahrez said. “It’s extra special because if the players vote for me, it’s because they’ve seen I’ve been great this year, so I’m happy. But it’s more team things. Without my teammates, I wouldn’t get this award.” The 25-year-old Mahrez is only the second winner of the PFA award from outside England. Uruguay striker Luis Suarez won it in 2014 while playing for Liverpool. Unlike Suarez, Mahrez was an unknown when he moved to England two years ago, joining Leicester from second tier French side Le Havre for less than 500,000 pounds. The transfer now seems one of the best bargains ever in English football, where the record fee is the 59.7 million pounds that Manchester United paid for Angel Di Maria in 2014 before selling the winger the following year. Mahrez has provided inventiveness and flair to Leicester’s attacking play, contributing not only goals but also 11 assists to help transform a team that fought for Premier League survival last season. Now a guaranteed starter, Mahrez was an unused substitute this weekend a year ago when Leicester beat Burnley to finally escape the relegation zone. Leicester started the season as a 5,000-1 title outsider but is now set to become English football’s first maiden championship winner since Nottingham Forest in 1978. “The secret has been team spirit,” Mahrez said. “We work so hard for each other. We are like brothers, it’s everywhere on the pitch. That’s our strength.”
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In a blow to Olympic Games 2012, Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal has been ruled out of the upcoming sports extravaganza due to injury. The World No 3 was one of the title favourites at London and was expected to give Wimbledon champion Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic a run for their money. However, sadly for Nadal and his fans, the Spaniard has failed to recuperate from his knee injury and has been forced to withdraw from the games. Nadal, who won the singles gold medal at Beijing 2008, was clearly disappointed at being robbed off the opportunity of defending his title at London. Revealing his failure to recover in time, Nadal lamented the decision as one of the saddest moments of his career.
Germany Low expects Neuer back by March Alex Fisher 01:33 12/23/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Bongarts Germany World Cup Bayern München Bundesliga With the World Cup on the horizon, the Germany boss is confident his No.1 will be fit to lead defending champions in Russia Joachim Low expects Manuel Neuer to resume training in February or March and be ready in time to lead Germany at the World Cup.Neuer has not featured for Bayern Munich or Die Mannschaft since September, the goalkeeper having undergone surgery to correct a broken bone in his left foot.The 31-year-old remains on crutches as he continues his rehabilitation, but has previously stated he is confident of making it to Russia. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player That optimism is shared by national team head coach Low, who believes his number one will be back in action well ahead of the tournament.”The plan is that he can train sometime in February, March, that he certainly needs more time [to recover],” he told Radio B5.”He is the best keeper in the world, our captain and we absolutely need him.”
Read Google Home Hub review Sarah Tew/CNET Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Read DJI Osmo Action preview JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $155 at Google Express Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $520 at HP Sarah Tew/CNET Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $59 at eBay Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $999 Read the Rylo camera preview $210 at Best Buy The Nubia Z20 has a bezelless display and a screen on the back. Nubia Foldable phones aren’t the only devices making use of multiple screens. The Nubia Z20 is a dual-screen phone that launches globally next month, the company said Thursday. It goes on sale in China on Aug. 16. The phone features a bezelless 6.42-inch FHD+ display with no notches, triple cameras and up to 8GB of RAM. It also has a 5.1-inch touch display on the back, allowing users to take high-quality pictures or videos with the rear camera as if it were a front-facing one. The Nubia Z20 features a 48-megapixel main camera, a 16-megapixel ultra-wide angle camera and an 8-megapixel telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom. It has a 4,000mAh battery and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus processor.Users can set up the screens to operate separately so that they can switch between apps. The back screen serves as an always-on display.The Nubia Z20 has a mirror-polished metal frame and curved sapphire glass. Both screens are curved. Pricing for the phone hasn’t been determined. The Nubia X, which the company showed off at this year’s CES, also features two screens. Sarah Tew/CNET Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $60 at Best Buy DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $299 at Amazon Rylo Sprint $6 at Tidal $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. See It Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) See It An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Read the AirPods review Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Angela Lang/CNET See It $999 Sarah Tew/CNET Comments Turo DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. $999 See at Amazon 7 Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Phones,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. See at Turo Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Best Buy Share your voice Tags Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. See it TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays The Cheapskate Apple iPhone XS Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Boost Mobile Amazon What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Post a comment Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Share your voice $999 Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Chris Monroe/CNET 0 Tags Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30.
When a hyperbolic metamaterial is corrugated, its reflectance is greatly reduced and it becomes “darker than black.” Image credit: E. E. Narimanov, et al. Bending light with better precision Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — If typical black paint absorbs about 85% of incoming light, then a newly designed metamaterial that absorbs up to 99% of incoming light may be considered “darker than black.” By taking advantage of the unique light-scattering properties of metamaterials, researchers have discovered that a hyperbolic metamaterial with a corrugated surface can have a very low reflectance, which could make it promising for high-efficiency solar cells, photodetectors, and radar stealth technology. Citation: ‘Darker-than-black’ metamaterial could lead to more efficient solar cells (2011, September 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-darker-than-black-metamaterial-efficient-solar-cells.html © 2011 PhysOrg.com More information: E. E. Narimanov, et al. “Darker than black: radiation-absorbing metamaterial.” arXiv:1109.5469v1 [physics.optics]via: Physics arXiv Blog The researchers, E. Narimanov, et al., from Purdue University and Norfolk State University, have posted their study on the radiation-absorbing metamaterial at arXiv.org.In their study, the researchers fabricated a hyperbolic metamaterial out of arrays of silver nanowires grown in alumina membranes. They found that this material absorbed about 80% of incoming light. Then, they ground the surface of the metamaterial to produce corrugations and defects, which they predicted would dramatically reduce the light reflection, increasing the absorption. Their measurements showed that the corrugated metamaterial absorbed up to 99% of incoming light, and that the radiation-absorbing capability is applicable to all parts of the electromagnetic spectrum.As the scientists explained, the metamaterial’s very low reflectivity results from one of its hyperbolic properties: an infinite density of photonic states. This “super singularity” greatly increases the amount of light scattering from surface defects and corrugations in the metamaterial. The defects and corrugations scatter light primarily inside the material, basically “sucking” photons inside the hyperbolic medium.The researchers predict that the new metamaterial will provide a new route toward designing radiation-absorbing materials. As light absorption plays a key role in solar cells and many other applications, the researchers plan to investigate these possibilities in the near future. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailWinter is drawing ever closer – but pothole repair teams are still out and about patching up roads across Staffordshire this month. Here are the roads across the Stafford Borough where work has recently taken place according to the Staffordshire County Council’s November 5 and November 12 carriageway repair list. If you spot a road in need of repair, it can be reported online here. Stafford Borough Adbaston – Lerridge Lane Aqualate – Stafford Road Read MoreControversial Universal Credit scheme launches in Stafford today Barlaston – Blurton Road; Longton Road; Old Road and Tittensor Road Bishops Offley – Main Road Brockton – Brockton Lane Chebsey – Scamnel Lane Church Eaton – Church Eaton Road Coppenhall – Bigwood Lane and Church Lane Cotes Heath – Newcastle Road Eccleshall – Lower Heamies Lane and Stone Road Ellenhall – Marsh Lane Read MoreGender pay gap reveals women paid 18% less than men at Cannock Chase Council Enson – Enson Lane Flashbrook – Lower Camp Lane Forton – Shay Lane Great Bridgeford – Clanford Road Hilderstone – Whitesytch Lane Hixon – Church Lane; New Road Little Haywood – Shelley Close Meir Heath – Combe Drive; High View and Lindley Place Milford – The Green Read MoreTown petrol station set for new 24-hour service upgrade Mill Meece – Newcastle Road Offley Marsh – Road from Cash Lane towards Tunstall Oulton – Church Lane and Junction Road Sandon – Lichfield Road Seighford – Millian Brook Road and Seighford Lane Shugborough – Lichfield Road Slindon – Slindon Road Stafford – Beaconside; Burton Bank Lane; Chell Road; Hawksmoor Road; Pine Crescent; Second Avenue; Stone Road; Winsford Crescent; Waterfront Way and Weston Road Stone – Alexandra Street; Jordan Way; Lichfield Road; Old A51 near Carr House; Park House Drive and The Avenue Tittensor – Chase Lane Read MoreFormer pub set to make way for centre supporting children with autism Woodseaves – Newport Road; Riley Lane and Stafford Road Wootton – Newport Road Tixall – Holdiford Road