Monday, April 30, 2018

Instead of 'why always Liverpool?' we should be asking 'why always Rome?'

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 4:24 AM
The Independent - Football
Instead of 'why always Liverpool?' we should be asking 'why always Rome?'
Instead of 'why always Liverpool?' we should be asking 'why always Rome?'
Liverpool have encountered stabbings before, but so have Middlesbrough in 2006, Arsenal and then Tottenham in 2012, when an attack was likened by witnesses to a 'commando raid'

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Manchester United vs Arsenal: Three key battles that could decide the clash at Old Trafford

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 4:13 AM
The Independent - Football
Manchester United vs Arsenal: Three key battles that could decide the clash at Old Trafford
Manchester United vs Arsenal: Three key battles that could decide the clash at Old Trafford
Where will Sunday's mid-afternoon kick-off be won and lost?

Friday, April 27, 2018

Canadian international Arfield leaving Burnley from Glasgow Rangers

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 4:24 AM
Sportsnet.ca
Canadian international Arfield leaving Burnley from Glasgow Rangers
Canadian international Arfield leaving Burnley from Glasgow Rangers

TORONTO — Canadian international Scott Arfield is set to leave Burnley for Glasgow Rangers.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche confirmed the move and the Scottish Sun reported that Arfield, whose contract with the English Premier League side expires at the end of the season, has agreed to a three-year deal with Rangers. Scottish reports say Rangers plan to announce Arfield’s signing before Sunday’s Old Firm clash at Celtic.

"Rangers contacted the club, through the right channels, to speak about Scotty," said Dyche, who brought Arfield to Burnley. "He wanted a new challenge and the Rangers’ one is an inviting one for him. He was a Rangers fan as a kid and also this a really good opportunity for him."

A native of Livingston, Scotland, Arfield qualifies to play for Canada through his Toronto-born father. Arfield’s grandfather was in the military and was briefly stationed in Canada.

The 29-year-old Arfield debuted for Canada in March 2016 and has won 12 caps for Canada.

Dyche called Arfield "a big part of our successes."

"Scotty has been an amazing servant to us, the way he conducts himself as a professional, the way he is around the community when needed to be, and then on the pitch he has been a very important player for the number of years he’s been with us," Dyche was quoted on the Burnley website.

"We are always respectful of our players and we’re not going to jeopardize anything in their future if something that comes along that’s to their benefit and Scotty feels this one is."

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Heartbreak for TFC as Chivas win Concacaf Champions League

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 4:57 AM
Sportsnet.ca
Heartbreak for TFC as Chivas win Concacaf Champions League
Heartbreak for TFC as Chivas win Concacaf Champions League
Toronto FC 2 (Altidore 25’, Giovinco 44’), Chivas de Guadalajara 1 (Pineda 19’) – Two-games series ended 3-3 on aggregate, Chivas wins 4-2 in penalty shootout
• TFC lose CONCACAF Champions League final in a heartbreaker
• MLS still looking for its first Champions League title

GUADALAJARA, Mexico – So close. So achingly, so agonizingly, so painfully, so heartbreakingly close.

Plagued by a major injury crisis, and forced to play their captain out of position, Toronto FC came up with one of the best performances in franchise history, but it still wasn’t enough to get the better of Mexican side Chivas de Guadalajara in Wednesday’s decisive second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League final.

Down 2-1 after losing last week’s first leg at home, the MLS Cup champions tied the two-game series 3-3 on aggregate by taking a 2-1 lead after 90 minutes of regulation. With no extra time, Wednesday’s game went straight to a penalty shootout, where Chivas scored on all four of their attempts, while Canadian Jonathan Osorio hit the crossbar and captain Michael Bradley skied his shot over the net for TFC.

Teams from Mexico’s Liga MX have won every CONCACAF Champions League since the inaugural tournament in 2008-09. All but two of the previous finals have been all-Mexican affairs: Real Salt Lake (2011) and the Montreal Impact (2015) made it to the final before TFC joined the exclusive club this year.

Having dispatched Tigres and Club America, two of Mexico’s best teams, in the earlier rounds, TFC battled a third Mexican giant step for step on Wednesday night. The Reds were the better team on the balance of play, but in the end, that wasn’t good enough, and MLS’s pursuit of CONCACAF glory continues on.

“I have no complaints from my team. We worked hard. This tournament has been a grind, and we battled all the way until the end. Congratulations to Chivas, they won the game, and I have nothing to say to my guys except that I’m proud of them and they worked hard,” TFC coach Greg Vanney said.

Bradley was philosophical about the loss, heralding his teammates for playing with “bravery and pride.”

“Disappointed, but very, very, very proud. [This is a] team full of warriors that spilled their guts on the field tonight. It would have been so easy to make excuses. So many other teams would have lost their way. But throughout the entire tournament, we just kept going, we kept competing, we kept playing, we were fearless, and in the biggest moments we f—— went for it. That’s all you can ask for,” Bradley said.

It was a sentiment echoed by goalkeeper Alex Bono.

“We wanted to come here and be the first [MLS team] to lift the CONCACAF Champions League trophy. We failed in that goal, and that’s massively disappointing. But I’m really proud of the guys for the run that we’ve made and for the effort we put in over the two legs of every series we’ve played in,” Bono said.

Incredibly, Toronto didn’t have a single central defender who was healthy for this match. Chris Mavinga and Nick Hagglund (both hamstring) were unavailable, while Drew Moor (quad strain), and Jason Hernandez (match fitness) did not make the 18-man roster. Eriq Zavaleta was on the substitute’s bench, but even he was dealing with a quad problem. Also missing for Toronto was full-back Justin Morrow (calf).

With so many absentees, Vanney had to go with a makeshift defence, moving Bradley from midfield into the centre of the back line to play alongside Gregory van der Wiel, with Auro and Canadian Ashtone Morgan out wide.

On the positive side, influential playmaker Victor Vazquez returned to TFC’s starting lineup after being sidelined for several weeks with a nerve issue in his back.

“Our guys do whatever they have to do. We had zero healthy centre backs coming into this game,” Vanney said. “I thought our guys competed. We tried to play. … [But] I go back to the first leg; we can’t give up two goals in Toronto. That was the difference in the series.”

All of Estadio Akron’s 46,232 seats were not occupied on this night, but those who did show up produced a loud and intimidating atmosphere inside Chivas’ home venue. The locals loudly jeered every touch by a TFC player, and sang songs and chanted while Chivas was in possession. Ultras in one end of the stadium collectively pounded out a deafening rhythm on their drums the entire game.

Chivas took the lead off a TFC mistake. Jozy Altidore played a pass behind Osorio near the centre of the field, and Rodolfo Pizarro was there to pick it off and launch a counterattack. Pizarro quickly broke down the left side, and played a defence-splitting pass into the box for Orbelin Pineda who slotted it past Bono.

Altidore drew TFC level minutes later. With TFC pressing, Chivas couldn’t clear their lines inside their penalty area, while Nico Hasler showed off some fancy footwork to keep the play alive while being surrounded by defenders. He eventually worked his way to the end-line and centred a pass for Altidore who hammered it home.

Toronto took the lead and tied the series 3-3 on aggregate just before halftime. Moments after earning a yellow card for complaining to the referee, Sebastian Giovinco took a pass from Marky Delgado and caught Chivas goalkeeper Rodolfo Cota cheating and leaving his near post exposed. The Italian stuck a hard shot that snuck by Cota to stun the crowd into silence.

Tensions nearly boiled over between the two sides early in the second half when Giovinco was punched in the chest by Chivas’ Michael Perez off the ball, a clear red card infraction that the referee missed. Soon after, Vanney subbed off Hasler for Canadian forward Jordan Hamilton, switching to a 4-3-3 formation with the clear intention of going for it. Jose Godinez nearly tied things up for Chivas, but even though his low drive beat Bono, it smacked the post.

Canadian Jay Chapman came on for a gassed Vazquez in the 71st minute. Vanney was forced into making another big change with five minutes left in regulation when Altidore limped off with what appeared to be a hamstring problem. He was replaced by Ager Aketxe.

Delgado had a chance to win it in injury time for TFC. Giovinco scampered down the left and played a cross into the middle of the box for an unmarked Delgado. The young midfielder had all kinds of time, but he rushed his shot, ballooning it over the crossbar.

“I’m not a big believer in luck, I’m a believer in execution. That ball fell very nicely for Marky. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to hit the target. … It’s unfortunate that we didn’t execute in the moment. I don’t think it’s about luck for Chivas. We have to make them pay in that moment, and we didn’t,” Vanney offered.

That set the stage for an epic shootout, with Chivas holding their nerve as the Estadio Akron heaved with every successful penalty kick from the home side. Bradley’s miss sealed the result, sending the home fans into a state of delirium.

“We’re gutted. We thought we were good enough to win it. … Today it didn’t go our way,” Bono said.

“This is the way the game goes. It’s unjust sometimes. It feels like our hearts have been ripped for our chests.”

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Remembering Roma’s incredible Champions League semi-final turnaround against Liverpool

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 4:45 AM
Dream Team FC
Remembering Roma’s incredible Champions League semi-final turnaround against Liverpool

Name your favourite trilogy.

For some it might be The Lord of the Rings. For others it’s The Matrix. But, for most non-Liverpool fans, it’s the Stanbul Trilogy.

First came Istanbul. Then came Crystanbul. Finally, rounding off the trilogy, came Romestanbul.

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Liverpool headed into the second leg of their Champions League semi-final with a three-goal lead after blasting Roma away 5-2 at Anfield.

But the mood heading to the Stadio Olimpico wasn’t as enthusiastic as it could have been.

The previous game against Stoke had seen Virgil van Dijk injured attempting to keep Saido Berahino from scoring.

To very literally add insult to injury Van Dijk’s clearance hit the post and went in, meaning it went down as an own goal under his name and extended Berahino’s goalscoring drought.

Down and outREUTERS

Liverpool lined up with Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klavan in the middle of defence and instantly regretted it.

With two minutes on the clock Federico Fazio hoofed the ball long. Lovren and Klavan both had eyes on the ball, forgetting to check where each other were.

They took each other out, leaving the path free for Edin Dzeko to open the scoring and make it 5-3 on aggregate.

Jurgen Klopp made one of those faces where he looks like he’s trying to dislocate his own jaw.

One day it’s going to pop out, JurgenGetty Images - Getty

His mood didn’t improve when Dzeko added a quick second after ten minutes.

The internet fully imploded when, with two minutes to play before half-time, Dezko completed his hat-trick to put Roma head on away goals.

Klopp reacted by bringing Danny Ings off the bench for Georginio Wijnaldum.

It looked like an inspired change when Ings found the back of the net after 63 minutes, hitting back at all the ridicule he received in the first encounter.

That's what happens when you think it's acceptable to bring Danny Ings on in a Champions League semi-final.

— Ball Street (@BallStreet) April 24, 2018

Liverpool fans breathed a sigh of relief. They could see the finish line.

Jordan Henderson set his range to ‘put everything by the corner flag’ and Roberto Firmino chased everything like an angry swan to make sure Roma couldn’t get any momentum.

86 minutes. 87 minutes. 88 minutes. 89 minutes. The clock ticked into the 90th minute.

Roma won a corner.

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Alisson, Roma’s goalkeeper, sprinted into the box to add another body to the melee.

Aleksandar Kolarov’s initial delivery was headed away by the first man.

Alisson, semi-retreating towards his own goal, found himself in possession of the ball.

He feigned to cross with his right before cutting onto his left and drifting the ball into the box. It was the type of confidence only a Brazilian goalkeeper could possess.

Cengiz Under got the slightest of touches to the ball to glance it past Loris Karius.

Delight and despair

The Stadio Olimpico erupted. Roma had done it.

Of course Roma went on to lose the Champions League final against Real Madrid 4-0, but on that night the Romans only knew success.

As fate would have it Under would be the man to replace Salah at Liverpool when the Egyptian moved to Real Madrid.

Football, eh? It’s a funny old game.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Will Cristiano Ronaldo become the first player to score in every round of the Champions League?

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 3:54 AM
Dream Team FC
Will Cristiano Ronaldo become the first player to score in every round of the Champions League?

This season’s Champions League hasn’t been all about Liverpool, has it?

 

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The Portuguese superstar has more-or-less carried Real Madrid into the last four, scoring in every round of their campaign to help set-up a blockbuster semi-final clash with Bayern Munich.

And they’ll be desperate to win it in a hope to salvage their poor season.

They trail table-topping Barcelona by 15-points in La Liga, with their league ambitions in tatters by December following their 3-0 defeat in El Clasico at the Santiago Bernabeu.

AFP or licensors It’s not been all that pretty for Madrid this season[/caption]

But despite their domestic struggles, they still managed to get out of the group stage – going through as Group A runners-up behind Spurs.

Ronaldo has been their main man, netting nine goals in the group stage – two at both home and away against APOEL, one apiece in both games against Spurs and three against Dortmund, including a brace in their 3-1 win in Germany.

And he then netted in both legs of their knockout round success over Paris Saint-Germain and was the hero in both games against Juventus as well.

We can’t decide which goal was more dramatic: the over-head volley or the late-as-they-come penalty?

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REUTERS And with Barca unexpectedly going out against Roma, Madrid now stand as the resounding favourites to lift the trophy again this season.

You certainly wouldn’t bet against them, but will Ronaldo continue his brilliant scoring streak in the Champions League?

With Sun Bets, you can get 11/10 odds on him to score at any time in Wednesday’s semi-final first-leg clash.

But will he become the first player to score in every round? If anyone can do it, Ronaldo can.

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Ritchie stays ahead

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 4:14 AM
Sport – The Standard
Ritchie stays ahead

JC RITCHIE of South Africa takes a two-shot lead into the final round of the Old Mutual Zimbabwe Open today after carding a one-under-par 71 in the third round for […]

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Saturday, April 21, 2018

COSAFA Sponsorship: The Facts

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 3:48 AM
Sport – The Standard
COSAFA Sponsorship: The Facts

Kwese refers to media reports related to the sponsorship of participating teams in the COSAFA Women’s Games and wishes to clarify that the company did not commit to ongoing sponsorship […]

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Wenger’s Arsenal legacy cannot ignore Herbert Chapman’s achievements | Brian Glanville

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 3:53 AM
News – World Soccer
Wenger’s Arsenal legacy cannot ignore Herbert Chapman’s achievements | Brian Glanville

Chapman was the Gunners' greatest manager, not the current incumbent

Wenger's Arsenal legacyArsenal players want Arsene Wenger to stay.Herbert Chapman was the Gunners' greatest manager, not the current incumbent

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Ronaldo scores with backheel flick, saves Madrid from loss

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 4:52 AM
Football – Inquirer Sports
Ronaldo scores with backheel flick, saves Madrid from loss
Ronaldo scores with backheel flick, saves Madrid from loss

MADRID — Cristiano Ronaldo came through for Real Madrid again, this time with a backheel flick that saved his team from a loss in the Spanish league. Ronaldo netted an 87th-minute equalizer with a subtle touch of the ball with his back to the goal, redirecting a low shot by Luka Modric from outside the […]

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Radical Heights: Everything you need to know about the new Fortnite – maps, weapons, release date, early access, PUBG and more

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 4:18 AM
Dream Team FC
Radical Heights: Everything you need to know about the new Fortnite – maps, weapons, release date, early access, PUBG and more

Chances are you’re starting to take an interest in free-to-play shooters such as Fortnite and PUBG.

That’s what brought you here, right?

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The good news is that there’s another new kid on the block – and it’s arguably just as fun.

Enter Radical Heights – a fast, fun and free shooter that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Plus, it’s been getting rave reviews.

Here’s everything you need to know about it – oh, and you check out our Fortnite explainer here.

Radical Heights has been getting rave reviews

What is Radical Heights?

Think Fortnite with vehicles.

It’s set in the 80s and features the same Battle Royale-style combat millions have fallen in love with.

One hundred people drop on a map and then it’s a fight to death, with the winner being the last person standing.

The key difference here is that there is in-game cash on the line – which you pick up when you kill someone.

This can then be used to buy weapons and prizes.

There are vehicles in Radical Heights

Who’s it made by?

It’s developed by Boss Key productions.

Cliff Bleszinski, who made a name for himself as the creative director of the Gears of War series at Epic Games before leaving the company to start a new studio, has recently accused Epic of poaching developers from his studio, Boss Key. Both are based in the Raleigh, NC area.

How can I play it, is itbout yet?

Yes, kind of. It’s available on Steam Early Access.

Be warned, though – a lot of the game is not finished, so some areas will look very rough around the edges.

As the developers explain: “Early Access is an incredible opportunity for us to get the core foundation of the game into players’ hands and start building a community almost immediately.

“At Boss Key, we have some really unique twists we want to put in the Battle Royale genre, and launching into Early Access allows for us to share those high level ideas with our community quickly.

“We want to work with our fans to build Radical Heights into the ridiculous sandbox of fun we want it to be. It’s all about community engagement, and once we launch, this game is no longer our game, but our community’s game, and we are ready to mould it together.”

It’s on Steam Early Access right now

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

Boss Key said: “Our current plan is to be in Early Access for about a year. This gives us time to solidify the foundation of the game with our community, build out additional features, and develop a solid understanding of what works, what doesn’t, and flesh out a full release content plan based on what we think is right for the game.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“Our team has a high-level vision for where we want Radical Heights to be by the time we leave Early Access and a solid road map for what new content we will drop throughout. Our community can expect new weapons, gadgets, customization, vehicles, game show events, game modes, and eventually a Daily/Weekly Challenges system! We will continue to push and identify features that the community thinks is best and fits within our development vision.”

Colourful graphics help Radical Heights stand out

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

Boss Key said: “Radical Heights is a work in progress; we are launching in a state that we have branded ‘X-Treme” Early Access. The core gameplay experience is complete. However, players should expect to experience placeholder assets in the world including; models, audio, animation, and even entire buildings. We are actively working on improving performance and bringing the level of polish up across the entire experience.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

Boss Key said: “Radical Heights has been built from the ground up with Free to Play in mind, and we plan to keep it that way post Early Access as well.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

Boss Key said: “Balancing weapons and combat experience will be the number one focus with the community.

“We have unique weapons and gadgets we are trying out, and we believe they work, but every game needs tuning and adjustment when you are dealing with a large number of players and their individual experiences.

Players compete for in-game cash

“Outside of combat, we want to develop fun sandbox style experiences within the world, and take Radical Heights to unique places with social features. We need our community’s input to truly do this in a meaningful way.”

So, what is Fortnite?

Fortnite is a FREE co-op sandbox survival game.

Set on Earth, a worldwide storm has caused 98 per cent of the population to vanish and zombie-like freaks to take their place.

Up to four players work together on randomly-generated maps collecting resources and building fortifications to protect survivors from said zombies.

Wave upon wave of enemies head your way – with the aim of the game seeing you and your team trying to stay alive for as long as possible.

Yes, sounds awfully like Metal Gear Survive, doesn’t it?

Wait a minute, that doesn’t sound like the Fortnite I’ve been hearing about? What’s all this about 100 players?

Yep – you’re right.

That’s because in September 2017, a new standalone mode called Battle Royale was launched – which brought the game into direct competition with PUBG – another battle royal-style shooter.

Each game sees 100 players plonked on to a map with little or no weapons or armour – you need to scavenge and explore to find these.

The two titles share a similar, ‘closing in’ mechanic – which sees the game area get smaller and smaller.

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Venture outside the safe zone (a ‘storm’ in Fortnite’s case) and you’ll lose health rapidly, before being eliminated.

Both PUBG and Fortnite can be played solo or with a friend.

Word to the uninitiated – if you’re playing solo, do not try to team up – you’ll get killed.

How much does Fortnite cost?

It’s free – unless you’re mad about upgrades (which some people clearly are).

PUBG is free on mobile but costs around £15 on Xbox (which is a bit ropy at the moment and has been hampered by performance issues).

Here’s the cheapest place we found it, though, if you’re keen.

What games systems is Fortnite on?

It’s on Xbox, PC and PS4.

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Both games have mobile versions, correct?

Yep, you’re correct.

You can register to sign up for Fortnite here (Andorid is coming later) while PUBG can be installed here and played straight away on iOS and Android.

There’s rumours of the game becoming cross-platform? Is that actually happening?

The demand for Fortnite cross-play between the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 is massive right now.

It’s certainly possible for both consoles to connect with each other, as you can play on PC with someone on console and mobile.

However, due to the politics between Xbox and Sony, it hasn’t happened.. yet.

What game has the better maps?

The PUBG Erangel map

Let’s start with PUBG, which features two very different maps – Erangel and Miramar.

Both are 8x8km which means that if the safe zone is not kind, you’re going to be doing a LOT of sprinting.

Thankfully there are vehicles dotted around, which – although make you an easy target – can help you get from A-B very quickly.

Erangel rewards exploration, with Sosnovka Island’s military base one of the best places to grab good gear.

Just don’t get stranded – it’s a long swim back to the mainland.

The PUBG Miramar map

Miramar is a refreshingly change of pace and takes place in a desert.

There are more sniping positions and vast open spaces with plenty of hills.

If you’re a camper, this map is for you – catering to a slower, more measured playstyle.

Fortnite’s game area is smaller than PUBG

The Fortnite map doesn’t feature any vehciles – but it doesn’t really need them.

It’s smaller than both PUGB maps making it easier and quicker to traverse.

Despite plenty of hills and high points, snipers will find it hard to hide – as gamers tend to be more aggressive in searching for loot.

There are no other maps (yet), which will frustrate some, but developers Epic have added to their existing map with locations such as Tilted Towers, Snobby Shores, and Lucky Landing.

Where’s the worst place to land on Fortnite?

It all depends on your ability. Tilted Towers can be the best place if you’re experienced or worst place if you’re a noob.

It’s usually teeming with loot and powerful weapons – but most decent players will swarm on it pretty sharpish.

If you’re new to the game, head for Snobby Shores or Lonely Lodge – they’re a bit further out so they’ll be less competition for decent loot.

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What game has better weapons?

PUBG has a load of amazing weapons – from assault rifles to pans, grenades and machetes.

The best ones are found in crates – which are dropped from the sky randomly – and usually snapped up within minutes.

Unlike Fortnite, they’re not defined by colour – rather a levelling system – from one to three. The higher the level, the better the item.

Combat is measured and clinical – leaning towards realistic simualtion than all-out gunplay. One shot will usually do immense damage so unless you’re skilled, you should keep your weapon holstered for as long as possible.

Fortnite meanwhile is far more accessible, with the colour of the weapon indicating how good it is.

There are far fewer weapons and items relative to PUBG – with each one having their own ammo type.

The shotgun is great for close range, while assault rifles are most popular in open expanses.

If you’re lucky enough to get a gun with a scope then you’re quids in.

Even better, the gold SCAR – which is the best weapon on the game – will render you pretty deadly in combat.

The best weapons are found in loot crates – so keep an eye out for these.

What game has better graphics?

PUBG goes for the gritty simulation look – which will win over more hardcore fans. It’s certainly not that attractive to look at, though (We’re looking at you Xbox).

Fortnite’s more childish visuals may put people off, but no one can deny it’s an impressive looking game – especially given its scale.

What’s more fun to play – and more accessible to complete noobs like me?

The biggest difference between the two is Fornite’s building mechanic.

Here, you need to use wood, stone, and metal to create structures to get a good vantage point over the competition.

Mess around for too long and you’ll be blown to bits – so it’s a steep learning curve.

PUBG, meanwhile, doesn’t let you do this, and you have find sanctuary wherever you can.

Luckily, you can go prone – and thanks to the green and brown colour palette (on one map at least), this can help you stay alive for longer than you think.

It’s also incredibly tense.

What’s a better mobile experience?

Critics are loving both – and rest assured both offer stable experiences.

They’re so good that some teachers are complaining they’re ruining lessons – with schoolkids playing the game instead of studying.

If you had to pick, I’d go with PUBG – simply because there’s more depth in the gameplay.

However, Epic’s Fortnite is showing no signs of slowing down – so expect more content and bigger announcements coming down the pipe.

So what’s better – PUBG or Fortnite?

Rather than running and gunning, a lot of the time will be spent hiding and avoiding combat in PUBG.

You’ll often get into the last 20 without firing a single shot altogether.

If that sounds more like your thing, then you’re encouraged to give this a go.

Fortnite, on the other hand, is all about action – and the fun construction element really helps add a new dimension to battles.

It’s far easier to pick up and play for an hour or two – plus, it’s free. It’s no wonder that more than one million people tuned in to watch some YouTubers play it recently.

 

 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Monday, April 16, 2018

Monaco encourage bids for Arsenal and Liverpool target Thomas Lemar

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 3:51 AM
The Independent - Football
Monaco encourage bids for Arsenal and Liverpool target Thomas Lemar
Monaco encourage bids for Arsenal and Liverpool target Thomas Lemar
Lemar was close to a move to Arsenal last summer but it broke down late on

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Athlete 'sitting up and talking' after marathon collapse, but questions remain over medical response

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 4:31 AM
Sport: : BreakingNews.ie
Athlete 'sitting up and talking' after marathon collapse, but questions remain over medical response
Athlete 'sitting up and talking' after marathon collapse, but questions remain over medical response
Scottish athlete Callum Hawkins has been taken to hospital after dramatically collapsing while leading the Commonwealth Games' marathon.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Friday, April 13, 2018

Remembering Wolves’ game-changing summer transfer window of 2018

Posted By: Valentin Valica - 5:14 AM
Dream Team FC
Remembering Wolves’ game-changing summer transfer window of 2018

Today is the tenth anniversary of the erection of the Jorge Mendes statue outside Molineux.

Many years ago, back when humans were still the dominant species, The Portuguese super agent used his considerable connections to turn Wolves from a mid-table Championship team to Premier League juggernauts.

The likes of Ruben Neves and Diogo Jota ensured the club’s promotion to the top flight.

But it was in the summer of 2018 when the game changed forever…

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Cristiano Ronaldo and James Rodriguez were a stretch too far for the newly promoted Wolves but all of Mendes’ other clients were up for grabs.

Wolves sent a warning message out on the first day of the summer transfer window by announcing the signing of Angel Di Maria.

Frustrated with a lack of game time at PSG, the Argentine leapt at the chance to don the famous orange shirt.

He would go on to exorcise his Premier League demons, being named in Team of the Season in his first campaign back on these shores.

His brace at Old Trafford lives long in the memory…

Speaking of Man United rejects…

Strike partnerships may be all the rage again these days but back in 2018 they were few and far between.

Wolves are partially to blame for the resurgence in popularity of front twos as they’re double signing of Radamel Falcao and Andre Silva proved mightily effective.

El Tigre famously went on to win back-to-back Golden Boots.

A necessary evil

Every team needs a bastard.

Three-time Champions League winner Pepe was brought in as an experienced head in defence.

However, this transfer proved to be ill-advised as the Portuguese centre-back was sent off in every one of his five appearances for Wolves.

He was unceremoniously released the following summer and went on to have a moderately successful career in WWE.

Flair. Pure flair

Remembered as one of the Premier League’s greatest ever impact subs, Ricardo Quaresma remains a cult hero in the Black Country to this day.

The trivelas, the rabonas, the panenkas… what a highlight reel.

This great influx of talent peaked on deadline day when Faouzi Ghoulam, Eliaquim Mangala, Andre Gomes and Renato Sanches all signed for Wolves in flurry of activity that nearly hospitalised Jim White.

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The moment Sanches donned a Wolves shirt he reverted to the bullish midfielder who grabbed games by the throat during his Benfica days.

Gomes brought with him lessons learned from his time at Barcelona which helped instil an elite mentality among the squad.

The ‘Mendes Nine’ (as they came to be known) ensured a joyous return to the Premier League for Wolves as they qualified for the Champions League, pipping Spurs to fourth place on the last day of the season.

No need to look too much into it either, definitely all legal…Reuters

What a window, eh?

It’s a real shame Mendes was imprisoned soon after…

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

FIFA 18: Gamers have just spotted a ‘World Cup file’ on the game

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FIFA 18: Gamers have just spotted a ‘World Cup file’ on the game

Gamers have discovered a file that appears to show World Cup content on FIFA 18.

The code, which has been posted on the FIFA reddit, is already causing excitement amongst fans.

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It reads:  ‘Free World Cup pack’, which suggests, at the very least, that EA has something planned for the world’s biggest tournament in June.

FIFA players have long-been asking EA Sports for a World Cup mode to coincide with this year’s competition.

According to Goal, The World Cup download will arrive in spring and be available PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Microsoft Windows.

 There’s no word yet as to whether the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions will get the version, although a stripped back update could well be on the cards.

Last September, Spanish commentator Manolo Lama confirmed he was to record commentary for the expansion.

There’s no word yet as to whether the mode will be a free update – but if history is anything to go by, it’s most likely going to be

He told Radio COPE: “I have to record it for FIFA World Cup in December, I think it will be out in February or March.”

The World Cup kicks off on June 14, so it’s likely the expansion will land sometime before then to give it the longest shelf life possible.

It’s not the first time EA Sports has chosen to update a game rather than release a standalone product.

Back in May 29 2014, EA added a special Ultimate Team: World Cup mode to FIFA 14 – and better yet, it didn’t cost a penny.

It arrived as a free update – a welcome change given how strongly EA leans on the in-game purchase model.

EA will be missing a huge trick if they do not include a World Cup mode

The mode featured players and kits from all 32 teams taking part. It even included the official adidas Brazuca match ball and Estadio do Maracana in Rio.

There were new player items, too – with updated player images and a fresh World Cup theme to make your squad stand out. Some players even received updated stats for the World Cup alone.

 

New cards and ratings will surely be part of the promotion

But it gets better.

Back then, there was a two-for-one promotion on FUT packs – which meant you got a free normal Gold pack in every World Cup pack opened.

Yes, you read that right.

The mode could be played offline and online – so was accessible to all

You could even play through the full tournament online or offline, from the groups to the knock-out stages. Incredible.

FIFA 14 really brought the World Cup to life – but this year the Frostbite engine should blow it out of the water

Remember, keep on top with all the latest FIFA 18 news and FIFA 19 rumours by checking out our detailed ‘Absolutely everything you need to know’ article.

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