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first_imgStill, Barca needed the help of VAR for the second. Suarez was too quick at the near post and Varane bundled him over. It was a clear penalty, which Suarez converted for his seventh goal in 11 games against these opponents. His eighth and ninth were still to come.Gerard Pique should have headed in while a promising Madrid free-kick somehow ended with another Barca sprawl on the counter-attack. The visitors were fortunate to be only two down at half-time.Varane was taken off, with a muscle problem the club said, for Lucas Vazquez, and he was key to Madrid’s goal, his disguised pass allowing Isco to pick out Marcelo, who finished for his third in three games.Suddenly, it was Barca making the mistakes. Ramos headed over, Modric hit the inside of the post and Isco’s finish was blocked after Rafinha ran into trouble.Madrid were still nervy at the back, where Suarez acrobatically volleyed onto the post and then landed the knock-out blow.Sergi Roberto chipped a cross into the box but the ball had neither the pace nor the angle to be headed in easily. Suarez, however, generated both himself to leave Courtois stranded.If that was a masterclass in adaptation, his third was a demonstration of finesse. Ramos was pushed off the ball by Sergi Roberto, who freed Suarez. Suarez feathered the ball over Courtois for his hat-trick.Madrid were finished but the humiliation was not complete as Ousmane Dembele crossed for Vidal to head home a fifth. Suarez could even have had a fourth in injury-time but Courtois saved. Five was more than enough. Barcelona, Spain | AFP | Barcelona ran riot in the Clasico on Sunday as Luis Suarez scored the hat-trick that will surely spell the end of Julen Lopetegui’s time as Real Madrid coach.Barcelona were 5-1 winners, dominant at Camp Nou for all-but a 15-minute period after half-time when the otherwise hapless Madrid briefly threatened a comeback.All the failures that have underlined their recent problems under Lopetegui were on show here, poor finishing, dreadful defending and key players performing well below par, let alone at their best.There was also some bad luck, as Luka Modric hit the post at 2-1, while Suarez’s second was a penalty, awarded only after consultation with the Video Assistant Referee.Philippe Coutinho had scored the first and Arturo Vidal finished a late flurry but in between the game belonged to Suarez, who terrorised Madrid and made light of Lionel Messi’s injury-enforced absence.“We have to be proud of having the best player in the world,” Suarez said. “But we have shown that we are a great team and that we have a great coach too.”For Lopetegui, it is now one win in six games, as Madrid stay ninth, seven points behind Barcelona, who return to the top of the table.“What we have shown today is what we have shown all season,” Casemiro said. “We have to run more, stand up more, fight more.”This defeat was reminiscent of the 4-0 thrashing that spelt the end for Rafael Benitez in 2016. Benitez survived two more months, Lopetegui may not last the week.Much was made of this being the first Clasico without either Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo in 11 years but Suarez’s masterclass will mean it lives long in the memory, particularly for him, coming five days after the birth of his third child. “It makes me very happy,” Suarez said.Jordi Alba created the opener as he zoomed past both Gareth Bale and Nacho, before finding Coutinho by the penalty spot. It was the move’s 30th pass, the most for a goal in a La Liga Clasico in 13 seasons.– Lopetegui motionless –On the touchline, Lopetegui stood motionless. Raphael Varane clapped but his team-mates looked shell-shocked. Sergio Ramos thrashed a pass across his own box to Nacho, who hacked it to the feet of Arthur, his shot parried away by Thibaut Courtois. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgFor all of City’s much-vaunted squad depth, they sorely missed the injured Sergio Aguero at Stamford Bridge, mustering 14 shots but managing just four on target.Kevin De Bruyne — last season’s club player of the year — has barely featured during this campaign because of injury and although City have an enviable supply of creative players, it is difficult to replace a player of that standard.– Liverpool hunger –Liverpool have not been playing with the same fluency as they did last season but they have added steel to their game and boast a phenomenal defensive record, with just six goals conceded in 16 Premier League matches.The addition of centre-back Virgil van Dijk and goalkeeper Alisson Becker has made an enormous difference at the back and at the other end of the pitch, Salah has started firing again.The Egyptian forward had a quiet start to the campaign by the standards of last season, in which he scored 44 goals in total, but is now the Premier League’s joint-leading scorer, with 10 goals.The manner in which he took his third goal yesterday in particular showed a player who is back to his best after a nasty shoulder injury in the Champions League final appeared to knock his confidence.Liverpool are also showing the resilience of would-be champions — scoring deep into injury time last week to beat Everton and battling back from a goal behind against Burnley in midweek.It is almost impossible to overestimate what winning the Premier League would mean to Liverpool fans.Last crowned champions of England in 1990 — before the birth of the Premier League — they had to stand by and watch as Manchester United overhauled their proud record of 18 top-flight titles.Klopp said: “The thing is that we just really want to be as successful as possible. Nobody knows what that means, nobody.“This league is so difficult to play in, but 42 points I usually had in April and now it is December. That’s massive and it’s exceptional and it is all to the boys, they deserve all the credit for that because they really fight for each yard.”Guardiola does not think it is going to be just a two-horse race.Arsenal, under new manager Unai Emery, are on a 21-game unbeaten run in all competitions and Tottenham are only six points off top spot while Chelsea are still in the mix.“We are only in December,” said the City boss. “Can Liverpool win the Premier League? Yes. Ask me if Tottenham, Arsenal or Chelsea can — yes, of course.”Memo to @ManCity: you’re good but you’re not Invincible. pic.twitter.com/Zc8vuRtq9C— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 8, 2018Share on: WhatsApp Pep Guardiola thinks race wide openLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester City — Premier League champions-elect in the eyes of many — now know they are in a real scrap after Liverpool leapfrogged them to the top of the table on a telling day in the title race.Both sides started Saturday unbeaten after 15 matches with an impressive 25 wins between them — but it was Pep Guardiola’s champions who blinked first.Mohamed Salah scored a hat-trick for Jurgen Klopp’s side as they romped to a 4-0 win at Bournemouth in the early kick-off, taking them to 42 points, one clear of City.City had the tougher task of taking on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge later in the day and despite dominating the first half they ended up losing 2-0 — their first league defeat since April.City remain firm favourites to win their second consecutive title but their aura of invincibility has been shaken and a hungry Liverpool are not in the mood to back off.Guardiola took pride in his team’s performance despite the defeat, saying he never felt they were going to match the Arsenal Invincibles, who went through an entire Premier League season unbeaten in 2003-04.“We are going to try to be champions,” he said. “In a season like this, with a lot of games — plus after last season — everybody wants to beat us. They put in something extra.“What is important is how we react. Even if we would have won today, it’s still only the beginning of December. There are still a lot of points to play for.” We’ve now scored 2️⃣6️⃣ goals in the second half of @premierleague games this seasonBut which 1️⃣ did you enjoy most and why? pic.twitter.com/rlWY51E3BK— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) December 9, 2018center_img + Important step ahead in the @premierleague ! Thanks to our fans for the fantastic atmosphere at The Bridge. Come on @ChelseaFC ! ????? / Importante paso al frente en la Premier! Gracias afición por un ambiente fantástico en Stamford Bridge #CFC #CHEMCI pic.twitter.com/GjpSwmzF6j— Pedro Rodríguez (@_Pedro17_) December 8, 2018last_img read more

first_imgSerena Williams defeated Russia’s Ekaterina Alexandrova to reach the quarter-finals of the WTA Toronto tournamentToronto, Canada | AFP |  Serena Williams and Japan’s Naomi Osaka booked a rematch of last year’s US Open final in the WTA Toronto quarter-finals after straight-set triumphs Thursday.Reigning US and Australian Open champion Osaka broke at love in the final game to defeat Polish teen Iga Swiatek 7-6 (7/4), 6-4 after one hour and 51 minutes.World number 10 Williams was broken twice and dropped the first three games in 10 minutes then battled back to defeat Russia’s 48th-ranked Ekaterina Alexandrova 7-5, 6-4 in 91 minutes.That set the stage for Williams, a 37-year-old American who will try for a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title at the upcoming US Open, to face Osaka on Friday.“I’ve been actually looking forward to playing her for a while,” Williams said. “She has had a great year early in the season and she’s still doing pretty good.”It will be their first match since the controversial finish to their Grand Slam showdown last year in New York.The 21-year-old Japanese star defeated her childhood idol 6-2, 6-4 in last year’s US Open final, a match marred by an on-court dispute between Williams and the umpire that led to a game penalty against Williams.Osaka was booed by some fans during the awards ceremony and later dubbed what should have been her moment of glory “a little bittersweet.”“I guess I’ll treat it like a regular quarterfinal, but I haven’t been in a quarterfinal in a while,” Osaka said after winning Thursday.“I’m just really excited. I grew up watching her, so whenever I get the opportunity to play her, it’s something I feel is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.“And it feels more like I’m showcasing my skills to her, like, ‘Look what I can do?’ You know what I mean?“So I go into the matches with that mentality. And just super grateful to get the chance to play her.”Alexandrova broke Williams — the 2001, 2011 and 2013 Canadian champion — in the first and third games for a 3-0 edge only to have Williams roll through the next four games.They held from there until the final game of the first set, when the Russian’s eighth double fault handed Williams the set after 46 minutes. “(Alexandrova) hit really, really hard and she was hitting a lot of winners, so I was just happy I was able to just fight through that,” Williams said.Alexandrova broke Williams again to open the second set, but the US star pulled level in the sixth game and broke again in the 12th to advance after 91 minutes.“I’m feeling good,” Williams said. “Just hopefully just being able to stay in the rhythm and playing this week and next week would be good.”Williams said she is struggling with the transition from clay to grass to hardcourts more than usual this year.“It takes a while to get back into the rhythm,” she said. “Usually I don’t feel that huge a difference, but for whatever reason I do this year.”– Pliskova chases No. 1 –Czech third seed Karolina Pliskova kept the pressure on Osaka in the battle to take the world number one ranking by also reaching the quarter-finals.Pliskova eliminated Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit 6-3, 7-5 to set up a last-eight clash with rising Canadian star Bianca Andreescu, who outlasted fifth-seeded Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens 6-1, 6-7 (7/9), 6-4.Pliskova, 27, must reach the final to have any chance of taking the top spot next week for the first time since 2017. Otherwise, Osaka will claim the number one berth.French Open champion Ashleigh Barty’s stint as the world’s top-ranked player was assured of ending after she was knocked out on Tuesday.Defending champion and fourth seed Simona Halep of Romania, coming off a Wimbledon title last month, beat Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 6-1 to book a quarter-final against Czech qualifier Marie Bouzkova, who ousted Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko 6-2, 6-2.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgImage Courtesy: PTI/CricTrackerAdvertisement tvjpNBA Finals | Brooklyn VssvfWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ek8o( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 2tWould you ever consider trying this?😱8eCan your students do this? 🌚cd0qRoller skating! Powered by Firework Its been 23 years since Sanjay Manjrekar made headlines as a cricketer. Since his retirement in 1996, the commentator has always been a subject of controversy, and earning him slack around the Indian cricketing fandom. In 2012, the commentator made a controversial tweet on Virat Kohli, the newbie who was still just a year onto the Test squad of Team India. However, 7 years have gone, and Manjrekar’s stance has still not changed.Advertisement Image Courtesy: PTI/CricTrackerKohli made his test debut in June 2011 against West Indies. On January 2012, Manjrekar made a tweet on the young Delhite’s future in the format, that was detrimental enough for the player, and Manjrekar was in the dock for his comment.The future captain of India was selected for India’s tour of Australia, where he washaving trouble to express his talent. The occasional wicket keeper stated that Kohli did not belong to the team, and he would prefer Rohit Sharma to replace VVS Laxman in the squad.Advertisement Manjrekar tweeted: “I would still drop VVS & get rohit in for next test.Makes long term sense. give virat 1 more test..just to be sure he does not belong here.” However, the whole cricketing fandom knows how wrong Manjrekar was wrong in his prediction. Just after his tweet, Kohli produced back to back mouth watering test innings of 44 and 75 runs in the series. Cut back to the present, and Captain Kohli is ranked no. in ICC’s test batsmen ranking of 2019 with a rating of 928.Advertisement But did that change Manjrekar’s opinion? Well, It didn’t. The 54 year old has made another tweet yesterday, saying that he still stands by his 7 year old comment oh Kohli, reminding the social media audience about how the fans agreed to his statement on the player in the past.In his recent tweet Manjrekar wrote: “Very proud of that tweet. In his 1st year in Tests, after scores of 11,0,23,9 in Aus, I remember, fans/media saying Virat does not belong here & had his neck on the chopping block for the next Test. I said give him 1 more Test to be sure. Glad Dhoni & me were on the same page.”Although, Manjrekar’s comments were not enough to curb the young Kohli’s confidence on the 22 yards. Kohli has earned an astounding 269 caps for the Men in Blue in test cricket, scoring over 7000 runs with a batting average of 54.97.Also read-Sanjay Manjrekar gets criticized by Twitteratis for his opinion on the ODI formatEven Virat Kohli can’t believe his 10 Year transformation challenge! Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgOAKLAND – Before, Warriors fans wondered if Kevin Durant would return next season. Now, they are wondering if he has already played his last game with the Dubs.Durant will not play against the Toronto Raptors in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Friday at Oracle Arena, marking the ninth consecutive game he will have missed because of a strained right calf. In related news, Warriors fans have asked in our latest mailbag what’s the latest on KD’s progress.First things first for those new to the …last_img read more

first_imgChandra Wickramasinghe and colleagues at Cardiff University have raised the bar on tale-telling ability.  They believe that comets splatting on earth can carry away germs of life that gradually spread farther and farther out, eventually escaping the sun’s pull.  Over time, they might spread life to other worlds.  They estimate that since the origin of the Milky Way galaxy, over 10 billion worlds could have been seeded with life by this process.  Story in EurekAlert.Wickramasinghe, former colleague of the late Fred Hoyle (see 08/22/01), is a useful idiot-genius who has helped demolish arguments for a chance origin of life, but replaced it by a tall tale even more incredible.  Since storytelling has become part and parcel of science, anything goes if you have a PhD, the whoppier the better, and the science news outlets will publish it with nary a guffaw.  (Unless you are a creationist.)(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting D’Antoni and Kerr as well as players from both teams raved about the job Tucker did.“We say it all the time, Tuck doesn’t do any of the glamorous stuff,” Paul said. “All the stuff he does doesn’t show up on the stat sheet … but it’s always nice for other people to see it and appreciate it.”Kerr said Tucker’s offensive rebounding down the stretch was a key.“The plays P.J. Tucker made in overtime and the fourth quarter, those were big plays,” Kerr said. “Those are indicators of who played harder.”Said D’Antoni: “Tuck would not let us lose.”HARDEN’S EYESWhen Harden was asked if his eyes bothered him considering how they looked on Saturday night he answered with a straight face.“What do you mean, how they look?” he asked.Paul jumped in quickly with the answer.“They look crazy,” he said laughing before Harden snickered, too. “It’s all about bringing something to the table, offensively, defensively every single night to give yourself a chance to win,” he said.Durant said Gordon was “very important” to Houston’s win.“He kept them afloat for a while,” he said.The Rockets withstood a 46-point performance from Durant and late surge by the Warriors to avoid falling into a 3-0 hole in the best-of-seven series.Game 4 is Monday night in Houston.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles HOUSTON, TX – MAY 04: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets celebrates after a three point shot in overtime during Game Three of the Second Round of the 2019 NBA Western Conference Playoffs against the Golden State Warriors at Toyota Center on May 4, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Tim Warner/Getty Images/AFPHOUSTON — James Harden made a 3-pointer to finish off the Golden State Warriors in overtime.Eric Gordon helped the Rockets get to that point with the best playoff performance of his career.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Durant cooled off after that, but Iguodala and Thompson both made 3-pointers soon after that and the Warriors remained up by a point with about 8 minutes left in the fourth.The Rockets were up by nine at halftime, and Harden and Paul made 3-pointers on consecutive possessions in the third to push the lead to 72-61.A 3-pointer by Curry cut Houston’s lead to seven later in the period before Houston used an 8-2 spurt to extend it to 83-70 with about 3 minutes left in the quarter.Houston had a 12-point lead after a dunk by Clint Capela with less than a minute left in the third. Golden State scored the last five points of the quarter, with a 3 from Green, to get within 91-84 entering the fourth.Houston got out to a much better start on Saturday night after being outscored 57-39 in the opening quarter of the first two games and the Rockets only trailed by one entering the second.They used a 33-point second quarter, powered by 13 points from Gordon, to take a 58-49 lead into halftime.TIP-INSWarriors: Durant passed Dwyane Wade for 10th place on the NBA’s career playoff scoring list. … Iguodala scored 16 points. … Golden State made 14 of 33 3-pointers.Rockets: Gordon has made at least three 3-pointers in all eight playoff games this year. … Capela had with 13 points and 11 rebounds. … Paul had 14 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. … Tucker led the team with 12 rebounds and had three assists, two blocks and seven points.TUCKER’S VALUE Jerwin Ancajas puts on show in TKO win over Japanese challenger UP NEXTAfter Monday’s game the series shifts to California where Game 5 is on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Harden scored 41 points, and Houston outlasted the Warriors 126-121 on Saturday night to cut the deficit in the Western Conference semifinals to 2-1.A layup by P.J. Tucker put Houston up by three with about 2 minutes left and the Warriors missed shots on their next two possessions. That set up the 3-pointer by Harden with 49 seconds left that made it 124-118.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsKevin Durant made three free throws after that, but Harden added a layup to stretch the lead. Stephen Curry, who dislocated a finger in Game 2, missed a wide-open layup and Harden grabbed the rebound to secure the victory.Gordon added a playoff career-high 30 points with a playoff-best seven 3-pointers. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Harden led the team despite recovering from injuries to both eyes he sustained in Game 2 when he was hit in the face by Draymond Green. He said they didn’t bother him on Saturday, but both eyes remained bloody red in spots.“That’s James. That’s what he does,” Houston coach Mike D’Antoni said.Curry finished with 17 points on 7-for-23 shooting after missing two layups in overtime. He wouldn’t say if his injury was limiting him on Saturday night.“I’ve just got to make those,” he said. “If I’m out there playing, I’ve got to produce and it just didn’t happen tonight.”Green added 19 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.Houston was clinging to a one-point lead when Iguodala’s 3-pointer put Golden State up 112-110 with 45 seconds remaining in the fourth. Harden made two free throws a few seconds after that to tie it and Durant missed a jump shot on the other end to give Houston a chance to win it in regulation.Chris Paul was in the lane when Klay Thompson forced a jump ball. Harden got the ball but didn’t have time to get a shot off before the buzzer.The Warriors used a 15-2 run at the end of the third quarter and the beginning of the fourth to take a 94-93 lead with about 10 minutes remaining. Durant was unstoppable in that stretch, scoring all 10 of Golden State’s points to start the fourth.Tucker, Houston’s defensive stopper who had been on the bench with four fouls, re-entered the game to try and help slow Durant down. Tucker was really unhappy while he sat on the bench and watched Durant singlehandedly give Golden State the lead.Asked if he said something to D’Antoni about it to get back in the game he said: “Oh, I said something to all of them.”last_img read more

first_imgMourinho: Man Utd players physically fragileby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Jose Mourinho says his players couldn’t physically cope with Liverpool on Sunday.Mourinho admits Liverpool were physically superior on the day.”We have lots of problems related to physicality,” said Mourinho.“We have lots of players that I could consider injury problems, because some of our players are always injured and it’s not with me – it was before me.“If you look to the stats with Mr Van Gaal and David, we had players that are permanently injured and, when you’re permanently injured, physicality is difficult to get.”Then there are qualities you cannot improve or make them have. Robertson, Mane, Salah, Wijnaldum, Keita, Fabinho, they are physical players and on top of that they are good technically.“I have lots of good players technically, but we don’t have that intensity or physicality.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgKarl-Anthony Towns celebrates after winning NBA skills competition.KAT SkillsMinnesota Timberwolves rookie sensation Karl-Anthony Towns just captured the Taco Bell Skills Challenge at NBA All-Star Weekend in Toronto. The mega-talented big man knocked off a point guard (Boston’s Isaiah Thomas) in the finals. He took down fellow Kentucky Wildcat Boogie Cousins and Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green in order to reach the last round. After his win, Towns was mobbed by the other UK players in attendance. Karl-Anthony Towns beats Isaiah Thomas in the Skills Challenge pic.twitter.com/UGoJhvD5Nm— The Cauldron (@TheCauldron) February 14, 2016Man I love the NBA! Best All-star weekend there is haha! Karl Anthony Towns! https://t.co/yVs1EahHeB— Per Sources Sports (@PerSources14) February 14, 2016Keep in mind, this was the first year that front-court players participated in this event. Previously, it had been a guards-only affair. Yup, Towns is really, really good.last_img read more

first_img He pointed out that while there have been some “jitteriness and skittishness” in the market, the country’s tourism partners understand that there is a need to achieve the objective of providing “safe, secure and seamless arrangements” for visitors to the island, which the State of Public Emergency will help to accomplish. Story Highlights Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the current State of Public Emergency in St. James is not affecting visitor arrivals to the country. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the current State of Public Emergency in St. James is not affecting visitor arrivals to the country.Speaking at the Prime Minister’s quarterly press briefing at Jamaica House on Wednesday (January 24), the Minister said he and his team are continuing to aggressively market the country as an ideal destination, despite the ongoing security operations.“We are out there (engaging in robust marketing), and we are making the point that Jamaica is being made safer,” he said, adding that booking cancellations are not yet a concern.He pointed out that while there have been some “jitteriness and skittishness” in the market, the country’s tourism partners understand that there is a need to achieve the objective of providing “safe, secure and seamless arrangements” for visitors to the island, which the State of Public Emergency will help to accomplish.The Minister further informed that a comprehensive programme has been developed with the Ministry’s public relations team and partners from the three major markets – the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.“Starting this weekend, I will be proceeding to cover those markets to meet with all our partners, and to ensure that the future bookings (are secured),” he said.He pointed out that while arrivals for the winter season remain strong, the major concern at this time is forward bookings. The aim is, therefore, to shore up bookings for the summer and the fall, “because we are pushing to inch into the five million arrivals this year”.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, declared a State of Public Emergency in St. James on Thursday (January 18). It is expected to last for 14 days or longer, but not exceed three months. “We are out there (engaging in robust marketing), and we are making the point that Jamaica is being made safer,” he said, adding that booking cancellations are not yet a concern.last_img read more