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‘’ One more excuse from the coach ’’, lawsuit between Zidane and President of La Liga prior to the Super Cup | The State

Four days have passed since Real Madrid’s bumpy trip to PamplonaThe least of that game seems to have been the zero draw against Osasuna, or the poor performance of the “Merengues.”

The president of La Liga, Javier Tebas defended himself of the claims against him for not suspending the match of day 18 due to a winter storm, “What has bothered me the most is the version that has been given of Real Madrid’s trip.”he declared.

Tebas insisted that “if AENA says that there is no possibility of taking off Real Madrid would not have taken off “ and that “The final decision to travel is made by Real Madrid”.

I don’t know the information that Zidane had. I have seen so many excuses that the coaches have given when the games they have not this will be one more“, Tebas adapted in an interview for TVE, after the technician spoke of the convenience of having postponed the meeting to its conclusion.

For his part, before these statements, the coach of the white box, Zinedine Zidane, affirmed that it was not an excuse. “It doesn’t bother me, I don’t care, I said what I said the other day, it was what I was thinking at the time but they are not excuses or anything, it was evidenceHe said in his first reply on the matter.

“I’m not going to get involved, nor am I going to answer. This is past and now we are thinking about tomorrow’s game, which is what interests me the most, ”he added.

Preparation for the Super Cup closes in Malaga

Real Madrid completed in The Rose Garden, scene of the second semifinal of the Spanish Super Cup that faces Athletic Club, his last training session to close his preparation with the absences of Dani Carvajal and Serbian Luka Jovic.

“We feel good, we have been preparing the game for days, happy we can play it. We are prepared, we will have to compete against a very strong rival that will make us run a lot and fight. We will try to have a great game, “he said at a press conference on the eve of the semifinal.

It was the last chance to define his starting team for Zinedine Zidane, with clear ideas in a block to which he has given continuity and a single doubt to clear, the one chosen to cover the absence of Dani Carvajal, due to a muscular mishap, on the right side. Everything points to the continuity of Lucas Vazquez although it also has options Nacho Fernandez.

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Ken Jennings remembers Alex Trebek in emotional clip prior to his first show guest hosting Jeopardy!

Ken Jennings remembers Alex Trebek in emotional clip prior to his first show guest hosting Jeopardy! … following Trebek’s death in November from pancreatic cancer

Ken Jennings paid memorial to the late Alex Trebek as he guest hosted Jeopardy! for the first time Monday.

The Edmonds, Washington native, 46, appeared in a clip where he spoke of his awe and reverence for the late host of the quiz show, as Trebek’s stint at the helm of the popular TV series spanned 37 years and more than 8,000 episodes.

‘Honestly, I’m with the audience. I don’t want me out here. I want to see Alex out here,’ Jennings said in the clip. ‘I know exactly how they feel when they see anybody else behind this lectern.

The Edmonds, Washington native appeared in a clip where he spoke of his awe and reverence for the late host of the quiz show, as Trebek's stint at the helm of the popular TV series spanned 37 years and more than 8,000 episodes

The latest: Ken Jennings, 46, paid memorial to the late Alex Trebek as he guest hosted Jeopardy! for the first time Monday 

‘But there are tens of millions of people who love this show; we love this show, Alex loved the show. I’m just happy to fill in and help out.’

The champion game show contestant is the first to guest host the series in the wake of Trebek’s November 8 death at 80 from pancreatic cancer, as he will be broadcasting a series of shows aired in January.

‘It’s unimaginable, like I can’t even believe today that I’m filling in,’ he said. ‘It goes beyond nerves, it was a very nerve-racking and intense experience to be behind this lectern.’

Jennings, who won 74 games in a row to capture the show’s record for longest winning streak, said that after hosting, he has more appreciation for the veteran TV personality’s mastery of his craft.

Big shoes to fill: The champion game show contestant is the first to guest host the series in the wake of Trebek's November 8 death at 80 from pancreatic cancer

Big shoes to fill: The champion game show contestant is the first to guest host the series in the wake of Trebek’s November 8 death at 80 from pancreatic cancer

Empathetic: Jennings said as a former contestant, he understands the 'intense scenario' contestants find themselves in on the TV series

Empathetic: Jennings said as a former contestant, he understands the ‘intense scenario’ contestants find themselves in on the TV series

Sure bet: Jennings won 74 games in a row to capture the show's record for longest winning streak

Sure bet: Jennings won 74 games in a row to capture the show’s record for longest winning streak

‘The main thing I learned is what an impressive perfect job Alex Trebek did behind this lectern for 36, 37 years,’ he said. ‘And I thought I knew from over there – I thought I had studied the man and I understood just what a remarkable job he was doing, keeping the game going, mastering his sense that he understood all the clues because he did, explaining it to the audience.

‘It’s a very demanding job, and he was just the best,’ said Jennings, who beat James Holzhauer and Brad Rutter on JEOPARDY! The Greatest of All Time a year ago, winning $1 million.

Jennings said as a former contestant, he understands the ‘intense scenario’ contestants find themselves in on the TV series.

Fondly remembered: The Jeopardy! host died November 8 after battle with pancreatic cancer

Fondly remembered: The Jeopardy! host died November 8 after battle with pancreatic cancer

Moving forward: Guests hosts will be at the Jeopardy! helm begin with Jennings

Moving forward: Guests hosts will be at the Jeopardy! helm begin with Jennings

‘I hope they feel that I have a sense of solidarity with them you know, that I’m rooting for them, that I how hard it is and how it feels, that when I’m impressed that’s genuine because I know what they’re going through – Alex was always on the contestant’s side, as well.’

Jennings started taping his episodes November 30, 2020, as the beloved Canadian host had died November 8, less than two weeks he pre-taped his last series of episodes in late October. 

Jeopardy! executive producer Mike Richards, speaking with the Today show earlier this month, said Trebek ‘was in enormous pain’ amid the tapings, but the consummate professional – ‘an absolute warrior’ – soldiered on.

As for his replacement, Richards said Trebek – who began hosting the show in 1984 – ‘mentioned a couple of names but he wanted to stay out of that’ on the whole, as ‘No one is going to replace him, and he knew that.’ 

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Jewel warned ex-Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh about drug use prior to his death

Former Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, 46, died of smoke inhalation as a result of a Connecticut house fire last month

Former Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh received a letter from his friend Jewel three months before he died in which she told him he was in trouble and that he was taking too many drugs. 

The 46-year-old entrepreneur, who had an estimated net worth of $840 million, died of smoke inhalation as a result of a Connecticut house fire last month.

His family say he did not have a will or an estate plan prior to his death. 

Since his shock death, those close to Hsieh have painted a dark picture of his heavy drug use, which they say escalated after he quit as CEO of the online shoe giant Zappos in August.

They say he lost contact with some who were close to him, he’d embarked on a digital detox and had considerably increased his use of the laughing gas nitrous oxide. 

Jewel, a singer and longtime friend of Hsieh, wrote him a letter raising her concerns after visiting him at one of his homes in Park City, Utah, back in August. 

The letter, which was obtained by Forbes, warned that Hsieh was at risk of being remembered as drug addict and not the tech visionary he was. 

She wrote that his current lifestyle choices were putting him in danger of crossing from ‘eccentric to madness’.   

Jewel had gone to visit Hsieh, who she initially met on Richard Branson’s Necker Island, in Park City where he was trying to build a community of entrepreneurs and artists. 

Hsieh received a letter from his friend Jewel three months before he died in which she told him he was in trouble and that he was taking too many drugs. She is pictured above during a tribute song she posted online for him on Wednesday

Hsieh received a letter from his friend Jewel three months before he died in which she told him he was in trouble and that he was taking too many drugs. She is pictured above during a tribute song she posted online for him on Wednesday

The singer, who posted a song tribute to Hsieh online this week, was meant to spend the week but left abruptly after just one day. She wrote the letter to him soon after.

‘I am going to be blunt,’ she wrote. ‘I need to tell you that I don’t think you are well and in your right mind. I think you are taking too many drugs that cause you to disassociate.

‘The people you are surrounding yourself with are either ignorant or willing to be complicit in you killing yourself.

‘When you look around and realize that every single person around you is on your payroll, then you are in trouble. You are in trouble, Tony.

‘If the world could see how you are living, they would not see you as a tech visionary, they would see you as a drug addicted man who is a cliche. And that’s not how you should go down or be known.

‘Your body cannot take not sleeping. And the amount of N2O you are doing is not natural. You will not hack sleep and you will not outsmart nature.’

The references to his drug taking in her letter are in line with interviews DailyMail.com conducted this week with some of his friends and colleagues.  

They said that Hsieh’s drug abuse was growing fast at the time of his death and that it escalated after he quit as CEO. 

One colleague said Hsieh surrounded himself with people who ‘enabled’ his addictions. 

Hsieh, 46, was pulled unconscious from a burning shed (pictured) attached to a waterfront home in New London, Connecticut, shortly after 3.30am on November 18. He died in hospital nine days later

Hsieh, 46, was pulled unconscious from a burning shed (pictured) attached to a waterfront home in New London, Connecticut, shortly after 3.30am on November 18. He died in hospital nine days later

Hsieh died in hospital nine days after he was pulled unconscious from a burning shed attached to a $1.3 million home in New London, Connecticut, back on November 18

Hsieh died in hospital nine days after he was pulled unconscious from a burning shed attached to a $1.3 million home in New London, Connecticut, back on November 18

‘There was always people around, people living in his homes. He lived to bring people together and even wrote a book about bringing happiness. So it’s sad that he was all alone in a storage area when he was injured,’ the colleague said. 

‘His heavy alcohol and drug use was known by everyone around him,’ a colleague said. ‘Anyone that challenged him about it was cast aside.

‘The talk among his former colleagues at Zappos is that Tony was likely in the shed blacked out drunk and on drugs. He was a major alcoholic and a drug addict. He was hardcore.’

Some friends said they feared that his use of the laughing gas nitrous oxide and his love of candles could have caused the fire that killed him. 

‘In recent months the nitrous oxide had become as important to Tony as his alcohol,’ one close colleague said. ‘And Grey Goose vodka was his best friend.’ 

He would take it in the form of whippets – straight from the cartridge of a whipped cream dispenser.  

‘He would take dozens of them a day,’ the colleague said.

‘He lived a crazy, eccentric life. The drugs often made him hallucinate, he became paranoid – that could explain why he barricaded himself in,’ he added.

‘Tony was very fond of candles. He liked to set the atmosphere.’

‘The guess is that he managed to ignite one of the nitrous oxide canisters which caused a small explosion that killed him.’ 

The fire broke out around 3:30 am on November 18 at a $1.3 million waterfront home in New London, Connecticut, where Hsieh, former CEO of the giant Zappos empire and his brother had been staying

The fire broke out around 3:30 am on November 18 at a $1.3 million waterfront home in New London, Connecticut, where Hsieh, former CEO of the giant Zappos empire and his brother had been staying 

While nitrous oxide isn’t flammable, it does accelerate the burning of combustible material that is already alight.  

Hsieh died in hospital nine days after he was pulled unconscious from a burning shed attached to a $1.3 million home in New London, Connecticut, back on November 18.  

A 911 dispatch tape obtained by DailyMail.com this week revealed that he was ‘barricaded’ inside the shed at the time. 

‘The male is barricaded inside and not answering the door,’ the dispatcher says. ‘Everyone else is outside the house. They are trying to get him to open up.’

Firefighters broke their way in shortly after 3.30am and pulled an unresponsive Hsieh from the property. 

He was pronounced dead in hospital on November 27. 

His family say they are unaware of any will or ‘fully executed estate plan’, according to court documents filed and obtained by the Las Vegas Review-Journal this week. 

Amazon owner Jeff Bezos was among those to pay tribute to him, saying: 'The world lost you way too soon. Your curiosity, vision, and relentless focus on customers leave an indelible mark. You will be missed by so many, Tony. Rest In Peace'

Amazon owner Jeff Bezos was among those to pay tribute to him, saying: ‘The world lost you way too soon. Your curiosity, vision, and relentless focus on customers leave an indelible mark. You will be missed by so many, Tony. Rest In Peace’

Ivanka Trump, who previously had a shoe line sold on Zappos, was also among those paying tribute to Hsieh (pictured together), who she worked with through her fashion business

Ivanka Trump, who previously had a shoe line sold on Zappos, was also among those paying tribute to Hsieh (pictured together), who she worked with through her fashion business 

Hsieh’s mother Judy and brother David are listed as his next of kin in the court documents. 

His family are seeking permission to investigate whether he does in fact have an estate plan by gaining access to his safe deposit boxes and accounts, as well as speak to his lawyers and associates. 

The court filings says his family ‘need to gain access to (Hsieh’s) personal papers that may be in a safe deposit box or in the possession of legal counsel. The inability to readily locate any such fully executed estate planning documents has created a delay in the ability to file to have letters of administration or letters testamentary issued.’

Medical examiners determined on Monday that he died of complications from smoke inhalation.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled his death an accident but a death certificate attached to his family court documents say an official cause is pending further investigation. 

A spokeswoman for the office said the ruling was made before toxicology reports, which are not due till after the New Year, have been completed. She said that wouldn’t change the cause of death unless the medical examiner deemed the tests relevant.      

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Arsenal embarrassed by Grealish and Barkley skills prior to Saka own goal


Arsenal’s defence were being toyed with by Jack Grealish and Ross Barkley prior to the opening goal on Sunday night.

Aston Villa put on a show at the Emirates, winning 3-0 against the lacklustre Gunners.

The visitors actually scored within the first minute before it was chalked off by VAR, only to take the lead later anyway.

It came about after a brilliant ball into the box from Matt Targett.

But prior to that, Grealish and Barkley were showboating against Arsenal.

The two exhibit a high level of confidence while striking up a fine partnership between them already, after Barkley signed on loan from Chelsea in the transfer window.

Jack Grealish and Ross Barkley toyed with the Arsenal defence

Arsenal’s defence could not get near to either of them as they danced on the wing.

Playing between themselves, Targett eventually found himself in space – simply laying it across goal.

Bukayo Saka could only divert the ball into his own net, with Trezeguet behind him ready to score.

Barkley and Grealish would go on to cause more devastation, contributing massively to Ollie Watkins netting a quickfire double.

Arsenal had no reply, mustering just two shots as they fell to a 3-0 defeat.

Mikel Arteta was shocked by the result, but insisted he was fully responsible for the performance.

“First of all congratulations to Aston Villa for the way they played and the victory,” he told Sky Sports.

“After that, we performed below our standards and I have to say it’s the first time I’ve seen us play and we weren’t a team.

“I take full responsibility. We didn’t start well enough, we got away with VAR for an offside situation but we lost all the races, the duels and we were sloppy on the ball.

“When we created chances we didn’t hit the target. It’s a really bad combination.

“We left spaces and on the counter we looked really vulnerable.

“I take full responsibility. I am responsible to make the team perform on the pitch and today we were not a team and it is my job. It is why I am standing here.”





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Karius lifts lid on Klopp’s pep talk prior to sealing Liverpool exit


Loris Karius has revealed all on Jurgen Klopp’s pep talk prior to him leaving Liverpool in the summer.

The German had just returned from a two-year spell on loan to Besiktas, who decided not to sign him permanently.

And any hopes of re-establishing himself at Anfield seem to have been snuffed out.

The ex-Mainz star has returned to the Bundesliga, on another loan, this time to Union Berlin.

With Alisson firmly first-choice at Liverpool, Karius’ career at the Reds is likely to be over.

But Klopp has given the 27-year-old some words of affection before he left Merseyside for Berlin.

Karius spent two years at Besiktas

Karius said: “It was always fair and honest. He always tells you what the situation is like.

“We always had a good relationship and never had a problem. His successes speak for themselves.

“He is currently one of the best coaches of the world.

“He said it (the move to Union) is a good step that I have the chance to distinguish myself here and that I can show everyone that I’m a really good one I am a goalkeeper.”

There had been some late murmurs in the transfer window that Liverpool could be on the lookout for a back-up goalie.

Karius is now at Union Berlin

With Alisson currently crocked, Adrian was given the nod between the posts.

However, the Spaniard has failed to impress when called upon over his time at the club – particularly in the Champions League last season.

The former West Ham star could be accused of a poor display that was riddled with mistakes against Atletico Madrid, who knocked them out.

And against Aston Villa, he conceded seven in their shock defeat to Dean Smith’s side – which also included a calamitous error at the back.

Stoke star Jack Butland had been strongly linked with a switch to Anfield.

But a transfer never materialised, with the Reds happy with their purchases in the shape of Diogo Jota, Thiago Alcantara and Kostas Tsimikas.





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Returning residents can soon arrive at this UAE airport without prior approval



Dubai: The Department of Civil Aviation in Ras Al Khaimah has announced that expatriate residents will soon be allowed to enter the emirate through Ras Al Khaimah International Airport from October 15, 2020, without obtaining prior permission from authorities.

The new travel procedures come in line with the procedures and requirements adopted by the UAE, which include undergoing medical testing and obtaining a negative COVID-19 result before returning within a period not exceeding 96 hours.

Travellers or their sponsors should cover the cost of another lab test or PCR test, as well as the cost of quarantine in the case of a positive result.

Tourists from all countries may also enter the UAE through Ras Al Khaimah International Airport on condition that they fulfil all the requirements, such as reserving travel tickets and obtaining tourist medical insurance.

Tourists are also required to undergo a PCR test four days before coming to the country, as well as fill in a medical disclosure form for submission to relevant authorities. The quarantine procedures for tourists whose medical results are positive will be in line with the procedures adopted by the Ministry of Health and Prevention.

Emirati citizens and residents will be allowed to travel to any country according to the planned scheduled flights through Ras Al Khaimah International Airport and in line with relevant procedures applied by individual countries.



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Sushant Singh Rajput was the only consumer of drugs, had been doing so prior to meeting Rhea Chakraborty: lawyer


Rhea Chakraborty’s lawyer, Satish Manishinde, during her bail hearing before the Bombay High Court on Tuesday has said that Sushant Singh Rajput had been consuming drugs since before he met her. Sushant died on June 14, and Rhea has been accused by his father of abetting his suicide.

According to Live Law India, Maneshinde in his arguments said, “It is not that Sushant Singh Rajput got into drugs after Rhea came into his life. His co-stars Sara Ali Khan and Shraddha Kapoor appear to have given statements Sushant Singh Rajput was consuming drugs much prior to 2019.”

Rhea, along with her brother Showik and several others, has been arrested in connection with the drugs angle in Sushant’s death case. She is currently lodged at Byculla Jail. The Narcotics Control Bureau in its investigation concluded that Rhea was a part of a drugs syndicate, and had purchased narcotics. “Had Sushant Singh Rajput been alive today, he would have been punished under Section 20,” Maneshinde said. “Sushant would have then claimed the immunity of rehabilitation and got away with punishment for small quantities,” he added.

 

“There is nothing to say that Rhea financed any illicit drug purchase. Even if the prosecution case is accepted, that it only small quantity for the consumption of Sushant Singh Rajput,” he continued. Maneshinde has said that during the time that Rhea and Sushant were living together, the late actor “was the only consumer of drugs.” He said that the amount allegedly purchased — “25 grams for the consumption of Sushant” — indicates that they were not in it for the profit.

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Vikas Singh, the lawyer representing Sushant’s father in his case against Rhea, recently said in a press conference that the family is disappointed that the investigation has been derailed. “Today, we are helpless as we don’t know in which direction the case is going. Till today, CBI has not done a press briefing on what they have found out. I am not happy with the speed at which the case is going,” he said.

The NCB had launched an investigation after it received official communication from the Enforcement Directorate (ED), in which there were various chats related to drug consumption, procurement, usage and transportation.

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