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FIFA Team of the Year: FIFPro World XI includes Manchester United star Angel di Maria, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronald

FIFA Team of the Year: FIFPro World XI includes Manchester United star Angel di Maria, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronald

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Manuel Neuer is selected as the goalkeeper after winning World Cup Defence is Sergio Ramos, Thiago Silva, David Luiz and Philipp Lahm  Andres Iniesta, Toni Kroos and Angel Di Maria form a three-man midfield Lionel Messi, Arjen Robben and Cristiano Ronaldo complete the line-up Real Madrid superstar Ronaldo won his third Ballon d'Or trophy     All three players shortlisted for the FIFA Ballon d'Or award were unsurprisingly selected by their peers to be named in the 2014 FIFPro World XI team. Lionel Messi, Manuel Neuer and ultimate winner Cristiano Ronaldo were among seven 2013 team members who retained their places in worldwide voting by 23,000 members of national players' unions. Manchester United winger Angel di Maria was the only player in the XI that is currently pl
Jose Mourinho to contest FA misconduct charge for comments claiming that a ‘campaign’ exists against his Chelsea side

Jose Mourinho to contest FA misconduct charge for comments claiming that a ‘campaign’ exists against his Chelsea side

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Jose Mourinho was given a misconduct charge by the FA last week He was charged after claiming a 'campaign' exists against his Chelsea side Cesc Fabregas was shown a yellow card for simulation instead of being awarded a penalty after going down against Southampton Mourinho has until 6pm on Tuesday to formally respond to charge He is expected to use video evidence to support his claims Jose Mourinho is to contest his FA misconduct charge when he makes a formal submission to the governing body before Tuesday’s 6pm deadline. The Chelsea manager was charged after claiming there is a ‘campaign’ against the Barclays Premier League leaders when they were denied a penalty in the 1-1 draw at Southampton on December 28. Mourinho, who has generally toned down his comments since his return to E
Arsenal should sign Gareth Bale. He plays like Thierry Henry did at his peak… and the pain for Tottenham fans of seeing him at the Emirates would be an added bonus

Arsenal should sign Gareth Bale. He plays like Thierry Henry did at his peak… and the pain for Tottenham fans of seeing him at the Emirates would be an added bonus

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Real Madrid's Gareth Bale is under fire in Spain for shooting too much So, why doesn't Arsene Wenger make a move for the former Spurs star? Arsenal can't keep stumbling along with Per Mertesacker, Francis Coquelin and Olivier Giroud if they want to dominate at home and abroad. And signing Bale would be a huge statement from Arsenal in so many ways   This time last year Arsenal were top of the Premier League table. They added Alexis Sanchez in the summer, who’s been excellent, and now they’re 13 points off top spot, and not even in the top four. Doesn’t make sense does it? I suspect the Gunners will eventually finish in their precious Champions League place. But while one stellar signing every summer – Mesut Ozil in 2013, Sanchez last summer – might eventually work over a long p
Barcelona ax director of football Andoni Zubizarreta; Carles Puyol quits club

Barcelona ax director of football Andoni Zubizarreta; Carles Puyol quits club

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It's been a turbulent start to 2015 for leading Spanish club Barcelona as it sacked director of football Andoni Zubizarreta, while Carles Puyol decided to step down from his assistant sporting director role. Zubizarreta's dismissal follows Sunday's disappointing 1-0 La Liga defeat to Real Sociedad and the news last Tuesday that the club had lost its appeal to the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) following the decision to ban it from being able to sign new players over the next 12 months. A former goalkeeper for the club, Zubizarreta had been responsible for Barcelona's transfer business since returning to the Camp Nou in July 2010. "The FC Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu has decided to terminate as of today the contract of the Club's Director of Football, Andoni Zubizarret...
Cristiano Ronaldo wins Ballon d’Or 2014

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Ballon d’Or 2014

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Cristiano Ronaldo has beaten Lionel Messi to the FIFA Ballon d'Or for the second successive year.   The 29-year-old was voted world footballer of the year ahead of the Argentina and Barcelona forward and German international and Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer at a FIFA ceremony held in Zurich, Switzerland. Ronaldo, who picked up his first world player of the year award in 2008, was hotly tipped to scoop the award for the third time in his career after completing another spectacular season at Real Madrid. Ronaldo scored 56 goals in 51 appearances for Los Blancos in all competitions in 2014 and netted a total of 61 goals from 60 appearances during the calendar year. The 29-year-old was instrumental in helping Carlo Ancelotti's side lift a 10th Champions League title as well...
Black Phosphorous: The Birth of a New Wonder Material

Black Phosphorous: The Birth of a New Wonder Material

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Materials scientists have discovered how to make black phosphorous nanosheets in large amounts, heralding a new era of nanoelectronic devices.   In the last few years, two-dimensional crystals have emerged as some of the most exciting new materials to play with. Consequently, materials scientists have been falling over themselves to discover the extraordinary properties of graphene, boron nitride, molybdenum disulphide, and so on. A late-comer to this group is black phosphorus, in which phosphorus atoms join together to form a two-dimensional puckered sheet. Last year, researchers built a field-effect transistor out of black phosphorus and showed that it performed remarkably well. This research suggested that black phosphorous could have a bright future in nanoelectronic devices....
Robot Journalist Finds New Work on Wall Street

Robot Journalist Finds New Work on Wall Street

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Software that turns data into written text could help us make sense of a coming tsunami of data.   Software that was first put to work writing news reports has now found another career option: drafting reports for financial giants and U.S. intelligence agencies. The writing software, called Quill, was developed by Narrative Science, a Chicago company set up in 2010 to commercialize technology developed at Northwestern University that turns numerical data into a written story. It wasn’t long before Quill was being used to report on baseball games for TV and online sports outlets, and company earnings statements for clients such as Forbes. Quill’s early career success generated headlines of its own, and the software was seen by some as evidence that intelligent software might displac
CES 2015: Nvidia Demos a Car Computer Trained with “Deep Learning”

CES 2015: Nvidia Demos a Car Computer Trained with “Deep Learning”

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A commercial device uses powerful image and information processing to let cars interpret 360° camera views. Many cars now include cameras or other sensors that record the passing world and trigger intelligent behavior, such as automatic braking or steering to avoid an obstacle. Today’s systems are usually unable to tell the difference between a trash can and traffic cop standing next to it, though. This week at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nvidia, a leading marking of computer graphics chips, unveiled a vehicle computer called the Drive PX that could help cars interpret and react to the world around them. Nvidia already supplies chips to many car makers, but engineers at those companies usually have to write software to collect and process data from various d
Volcanoes are cooling Earth: Aerosols from small eruptions have reduced global temperatures and tropical rainfall

Volcanoes are cooling Earth: Aerosols from small eruptions have reduced global temperatures and tropical rainfall

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:Volcanoes may have cooled the Earth by 0.05°C to 0.12°C since 2000 :Scientists had overlooked the role of aerosols from small eruptions :The aerosols accumulate between the stratosphere and troposphere :This layer of the atmosphere is difficult to study as clouds obscure it :Eruptions through 1990s and 2000s have contributed to warming 'pause' :Global temperatures plateaued since 1998 after rapid warming in 1990s :The findings mean models predicting climate change need to be revised   Small volcanic eruptions over the past 20 years have been protecting the Earth from global warming, according to a new study. Scientists have confirmed that droplets of sulphur-rich aerosols spewed into the upper atmosphere by volcanoes have been reflecting sunlight away from the Earth. Until recently
Amal Clooney’s Facial Expressions at the Golden Globes Represent How We Feel About the Start of Awards Season

Amal Clooney’s Facial Expressions at the Golden Globes Represent How We Feel About the Start of Awards Season

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When the Golden Globes red carpet started, the 2015 awards season officially started. It has begun. That means from now until the end of the Academy Awards, it's going to be a lot of late nights watching very rich and beautiful actors congratulate each other, fawn over each other and generally celebrate their awesome lives. And after about three award shows, we're kind of over it. Unless someone like Benedict Cumberbatch or Jennifer Lawrence spices things up, these things are basically all the same. So the realization that it's all starting this week is a little disheartening.Which is why we're thankful that gorgeous attorney Amal Clooney, who recently married some actor, was at the Golden Globes to represent the people who are already tired of red carpet season. She was clearly bored at...