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Middlesbrough have convinced wing star Adam Reach to pen a new four-and-a-half year deal with the club to ward off interest from Manchester City, Liverpool and a list of other Premier League clubs.The 21-year-old has emerged as one of the hottest prospects outside the top flight and has been linked with both City and Liverpool among many others after a series of superb displays for Boro.Reach, who joined the club from Gateshead College in 2011, had spells at Darlington, Shrewsbury and Bradford before establishing himself as a first-team player at the Riverside.He has made a huge impact for Aitor Karanka’s side this term, which only intensified the speculation around his future, with top-flight clubs said to be circling.But Reach has now committed his future to the north east club by signing a new contract which runs until the summer of 2019.The youngster continues Middlesbrough’s rich recent tradition of producing talented left wingers after both Stewart Downing and Adam Johnson came through the club. Adam Reach 1
Raphael Varane in action for France Manchester United have made an enquiry to Real Madrid over the availability of defender Raphael Varane.The Red Devils and Chelsea have been linked with the 22-year-old Frenchman for some time, but according to AS, United have contacted the Spanish giants to find out if the player might leave the Santiago Bernabeu.Varane’s future has been the subject of much debate after he struggled to secure a regular first-team berth towards the end of last season, sparking rumours over his next destination.Louis van Gaal is keen to bolster his defence with a top quality centre-back this summer and believes the £20m valued star fits the bill.It has been suggested that Real are ready to listen to offers for the former Lens man, despite him still having five years left to run on the contract he signed back in 2011.Varane’s form was indifferent throughout Madrid’s trophyless campaign last season however he still registered 46 appearances in all competitions. 1
Frank Lampard says joining Chelsea will be a great move for ‘top lad’ Peter Crouch, but admits he and Andy Carroll are only short-term solutions to the Blues problems.With Alvaro Morata struggling in recent weeks and Michy Batshuayi out of favour, Antonio Conte is keen sign a back-up striker in the January transfer window.Andy Carroll was linked with the Blues before an ankle injury seemingly ended that move, but now the Premier League champions have reportedly set their sights on 36-year-old Stoke City targetman Crouch.READ MORE: Chelsea make shock inquiry for Stoke City forward Peter CrouchAsked about the rumours, Chelsea legend Lampard told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “I think both of those players would be a short-term or Plan-B sort of signing, I don’t think we’re looking at either of those players in the long-term.“No disrespect to them, because they are very good at what they do, but I don’t think Chelsea are going to be going down that route.“There is obviously an issue with scoring goals recently, so they’re in a position where they need to something, but I think January is not the time.“Maybe they are just trying to get themselves through to the summer and they’ll look forward from there.”On a personal level, though, Lampard says his former England team-mate is deserving of a move to another big club, having been a consistent performer for Stoke since his move from Tottenham in 2011.He added: “It’ll be interesting to see whether Chelsea do get Crouchy – I love Crouchy, he’s a great lad and what a move for him that would be!“He’s a had a brilliant career, he’s a good lad and I think good things come to lads who are proper lads and I think Crouchy is one of them.“If that opportunity comes for him and he goes there for six months, fair play to Crouchy.”
Share This!One of the most disappointing things that can happen at Walt Disney World, or any theme park, is to arrive at an attraction and find out the ride is closed. Some poor Cast Member has to tell a countless number of guests that the attraction is unavailable. The next questions the cast member gets is “When will it reopen?” and “Why is it closed?” Many closures are due to weather. Beyond that, the cast member generally will not know (or will not share) much information, nor will he or she tell you how long a closure will last.Back in May, Len Testa announced that the Lines app now predicts when closed attractions will reopen. Re-optimized touring plans will adjust plans and moved a closed attraction to a time we expect the ride to be reopened. A warning: This post is on the geeky side and shows the analysis that is being used to make the app work. If you don’t want to peek inside the black box, feel free to stop reading. If you choose to proceed, may the light shine upon thee.Along with the millions of wait times that are submitted to TouringPlans we also get thousands of submissions that mark attractions as closed. In the past 365 days, we identified 1,890 attraction closures at Walt Disney World. To save you a trek across the park, the Lines app indicates when attractions are closed. A submission of an active wait time also tells us when the attraction reopens. With this information, we can do better than the Disney cast members and estimate how long an attraction will be closed.Not all closures are equal. Different attractions have different protocols for re-opening. Some attractions have to go through a whole safety check cycle for any type of closure. The length of closures can also depend on the time of day. If an attraction goes down close to the end of the day, Disney may choose not to even try to re-open it.The good news is that most closures are short: 40% of all closures are under 20 minutes, and just 8% of closures are more than 100 minutes. Below are a few attractions and the distribution of length of closures. The highlighted bar is the median closure length. The median is the point where half the data is below and half the data is above. Once a closure is reported the app will estimate a reopening time. The initial estimate is based on the attraction previous closures and the time of day.If the reopening time is approaching and the attraction is still reported close, the reopening time will be pushed back. The Lines app will tell you two pieces of information: last reported closure time, and when the attraction will reopen.Have you used the reopening feature in Lines? Hopefully, it has helped you and improved your touring.
China has regained the top spot on a list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers. The latest version of a semiannual ranking posted yesterday shows that Tianhe-2, built by China’s National University of Defense Technology, was clocked at 33.86 petaflops (a petaflop is a thousand trillion floating point operations per second). That’s nearly twice as powerful as the 17.59 Pflops performance of Titan, a supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, which led the previous Top 500 list put out by a team of supercomputer researchers in the United States and Germany. Tianhe-2 marks the second time a Chinese machine has been a world-beater. Tianhe-1 grabbed the top spot in November 2010 before relinquishing it 6 months later to Japan’s K computer. China’s second ascent demonstrates the country’s sustained commitment to funding high performance computing, says Jack Dongarra, a computer scientist at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, who closely follows international supercomputing trends. “It shows no signs of changing, only increasing,” Dongarra says about China’s investment in supercomputing. The United States remains the overall supercomputing leader, with 252 of the top 500 systems. But China is in second place, with 66 machines. Japan, the United Kingdom, France, and Germany fill out the top six, with 30, 29, 23, and 19 systems, respectively. 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The Tianhe-2 machine was built using more than 3 million Intel computing “cores,” essentially the brains of the machine. But Dongarra, who toured the site of the machine last month, says that most of the rest of the components were designed and built in China. “The interconnect, operating system, front-end processors, and software are mainly Chinese,” Dongarra says. The country is also hard at work developing its own high-end processor chips. If and when those are used as the brains of a top-of-the-line machine, “that will be a game-changer,” Dongarra says. It would signal that China no longer needs to rely on outside technology suppliers and also that the country is ready to compete with chipmakers Intel and AMD for the commercial chip market. Still, another supercomputer technology watcher who asked not to be identified due to his close ties with many of the companies involved says he believes that China has a ways to go to close the gap in processor chip technology. China’s surge in supercomputing also comes as the path forward for the U.S. supercomputing program has become obscured. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has been considering a plan to build an exascale supercomputer, a next-generation machine 30 times more powerful than Tianhe-2. But that plan appears to be stuck in bureaucratic limbo. According to multiple sources on Capitol Hill that asked not to be identified, the plan has been bouncing back and forth between DOE and the Office of Management and Budget because of the Obama administration’s concerns about its projected $3 billion price tag. An exascale program appears to have strong backing among both Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate. And House and Senate members have repeatedly asked DOE officials to give them an outline of the program so legislators can begin lining up funding. But DOE has already missed two deadlines. “We’re baffled,” says one Senate staffer about the administration’s apparent lack of interest. Another Hill staffer speculates that the exascale program may be a casualty of the numerous vacancies among top science officials at the DOE, who are in the best position to be its advocate. The program will also require a decade of sustained research funding to tackle the many technological challenges to building an exascale machine. “I don’t see how it is doable with the present technology,” says Horst Simon, a supercomputer expert at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California. DOE is gearing up to build Trinity, a 30 Pflops supercomputer expected to go into operation by the end of 2015. By that date, however, China’s 5-year plan says that it will have built up to two 100 Pflops-scale machines. China hasn’t specified whether it will pursue an exascale machine as part of its next 5-year plan that begins in 2016. But as the Magic 8 ball says: “Signs Point to Yes.” *Correction, 11:40 a.m., 19 June: The correct abbreviation for petaflops is Pflops, not pflops. This has been fixed. Jack Dongarra Back on top. China’s Tianhe-2 supercomputer at the National University of Defense Technology.
Australia opening batsman David Warner was given the Allan Border Medal for being the most outstanding cricketer and was also adjudged to be the best Test player of the year at a glittering award ceremony on Wednesday.Hard-hitting batsman Glenn Maxwell was named the one-day international player of the year.Warner won the prestigious Allan Border medal for the first time.Warner (30 votes) polled six more than Test skipper Steve Smith (24 votes) with pacer Mitchell Starc placed third with 18 votes in the Test player of the Year category.”My heart is racing. I honestly thought Smudge had a terrific year and he would have taken this out,” Warner was quoted as saying by Cricket Australia on Wednesday.”People said to me I could have been one of the greats of the game but I just sat there and let it go through my ears. You can only control what you control on the field,” he added.Warner was player of the series for the home wins against New Zealand this season having scored twin hundreds at Brisbane and 253 at Perth.He finished the series with a remarkable return of 592 runs at 98.66 from three Tests.The Belinda Clark Award, for Australia’s best women’s cricketer across the international formats, went to Ellyse Perry for the first time.South Australia batsman Alex Ross was named the Bradman young cricketer of the year.Batsman Adam Voges was the domestic player of the year for the first time.
Michael Ballack was surprised to see Germany coach Joachim Low keep his job following Die Mannschaft’s World Cup debacle.Germany’s defence of the trophy they won in Brazil four years ago ended with a whimper, with Low overseeing the nation’s first opening-round exit since 1938.However, the German Football Association (DFB) opted to stick with Low, a decision that caught former captain Ballack – who won 98 caps for his country – off guard. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “I was surprised as well as many other people that he kept his job,” Ballack told Deutsche Welle. “For a long time he worked with the team and sometimes you should say that things don’t work anymore when you’re so long with a certain team.”As an outsider, I wished for German football that Low had gone out on top, because when you have talented players you shouldn’t talk about other things, which was the case before the World Cup.”Ballack feels that a more thorough review should have been undertaken of Low’s performance and called for reforms to be made within the DFB.He added: “The World Cup was a huge disappointment and there were reasons for that. “You should analyse it, really, and not just say ‘we will analyse that’ when you have already made the decision to keep the coach. That’s not a real analysis.”There should not just be one person who is making these decisions. There should be more people in the German federation and a better structure. “I think they can improve this for sure. But this has nothing to do with the performance on the pitch. That’s an excuse for players sometimes, but we shouldn’t forget these things.”Ballack also urged Germany to move on from the ongoing furore surrounding Mesut Ozil’s international career.The Arsenal playmaker retired from Germany duty after the World Cup and accused the DFB of discrimination against his Turkish heritage in doing so.”No one needs that before the World Cup and no one needs that in general, that discussion,” Ballack said. “He [Ozil] made the decision he did, we have to accept it and the German national team has to move forward.”
Pep Guardiola has never lost to Maurizio Sarri in three meetings and the Chelsea boss admits he is still unsure how to beat his Manchester City counterpart.Chelsea welcome the Premier League leaders to Stamford Bridge on Saturday in a mouth-watering encounter, with City sitting 10 points clear of Sarri’s Blues.After going 12 games unbeaten at the start of the season – Sarri setting a new record for a debutant Premier League manager – Chelsea have stuttered of late, losing ground in what looked set to be a three-way title battle with City and Liverpool. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Victory on Saturday would launch Chelsea back into contention, but Sarri concedes picking apart a Guardiola side is still something he is working out how to do.When asked at his news conference how his side could beat City, Sarri replied: “I don’t know!”Against Guardiola I have lost every match, so I don’t know. You’ll have to ask someone else!”City come into the clash unbeaten in the Premier League this season, winning their last seven top-flight games, and Sarri believes Guardiola has the strongest team in Europe at his disposal.”The match for us is really very important,” he added. “We know it is a very difficult match against, maybe, the best team in Europe. So, we know it is very difficult.”It has been impossible to beat them for a long period but in a match everything can happen.”I think that we are improving, but they are improving also, so it is difficult to recover the gap.”We started the season well now we have to face some difficulties, it’s normal to have some difficulties with a new way of playing.”We have to try and solve problem by problem, day by day, to improve in a definitive way.”The Blues boss believes the team’s recent struggles are the result of a lack of motivation, but urged his players to think about their target of becoming one of the continent’s top teams.”A collective target can give us motivation, and the motivation can give us determination,” he said. “I saw that in some matches we lack determination. Like in the last match. I think we were not able to have the right determination to win the match.””We need a collective target because we need motivation, determination. I can say that, at the moment, they are stronger than us. But our final target is to be the best team in Europe. So we need to work, we need to improve. We are lucky: in 90 minutes, anything can happen. We know very well it’s very difficult, but we have to believe in it.
Danny Rose says he is uncertain of his future at Tottenham and hinted he could leave the beaten Champions League finalists before next season.The England right-back, who played as Spurs lost 2-0 to Liverpool in Madrid a week ago, has long been linked with a move away from north London.He hasn’t featured as regularly in boss Mauricio Pochettino’s team this term as in recent seasons, and saw his teammate and fellow full-back Kyle Walker leave for champions Manchester City a year ago. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? And speaking after England beat Switzerland to claim third place in the inaugural Nations League, Rose suggested that his time at Spurs could have come to an end.”I don’t know what the future holds now,” he told Sky Sports. “I’m looking forward to a break. If I’m back at Tottenham next season, great, if I’m not – great. I’ll just have to wait and see.”It’s not about regular first-team football. I know my age and I know how the club’s run in terms of if you get to a certain age they might look to ship you on.”It has been no secret that my name has been mentioned quite a few times in terms of players moving on and I’ll be just sitting tight over the next few weeks and just seeing what happens. Either way I’m prepared for whatever happens.”Last season I didn’t play as much as I wanted. This season I’ve played quite a bit, it’s been really good.”Tottenham have enjoyed an historic season this campaign, reaching the final of Europe’s premier club competition for the first time and finishing third in the Premier League.It came after a difficult period in the transfer market for the club, with Pochettino’s side becoming the only Premier League team not to make a single signing during last summer’s transfer window.”As a whole I’m proud of what I’ve done individually and I’m over the moon about what the club has achieved as well,” said Rose.“There have been some difficulties – no signings, playing at Wembley and I think the club and players have shown great character.”We are in a good position for next season now and we will be raring to go because the final in Madrid was an unbelievable experience and it’s one I’d love to experience again.”Spurs were beaten 2-0 at the Wanda Metropolitano by Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, going down to an early penalty from Mohamed Salah and a late strike from Divock Origi.Rose admitted that defeat was hard to take, but that in total, it was a good season for the club. “Obviously it hurts. You are reminded of the defeat every day so it’s disappointing but on a bigger picture, it has been a very good season for the club.”We are playing Champions League football next season and we just came up short last weekend. Now the season’s finally finished we can reflect on that and hopefully go one further next year and lift that trophy.”