Jadon Sancho winner continues Manchester United revival at Leicester

United have now won three consecutive Premier League games. (Author: Gardener)

Jadon SanchoThe England striker relegated United to fifth place in the Premier League, six points behind leaders Arsenal, after a 1-0 win at the King Power Stadium. It is also the first time since April 2021 that United have recorded three straight Premier League wins as they rediscover their momentum after a nightmare start. Leicester, meanwhile, remain bottom of the table and unbeaten in their first five games, with growing concerns over how the season can already be salvaged. Except for a brief streak after the restart, the Foxes struggled again and United were always in control of the game. Boss Brendan Rodgers hasn't lost four straight league games in 10 years - as Swansea boss - but that became reality after 23 minutes. United had enjoyed a controlled opening without applying constant pressure but they quickly seized the initiative when Leicester lost their way. It was a decent kick from Danny Ward at first but was quickly returned to Bruno Fernandes by Diogo Dalot, with Luke Thomas miserably out of position. The United skipper had time to pick out Marcus Rashford and the striker then played a sweet ball for Sancho, which he ran on, rounded Ward and scored his second goal of the season. It was smooth from the visitors but underscored the defensive problems Leicester have struggled with this season after only managing to keep a clean sheet against Sky Bet League Two, Stockport. After Fofana completed his protracted £70m move to Chelsea on Wednesday, Wilfred Ndidi was parachuted out as centre-back and the patchwork nature of the hosts' defense continued to give United heartening. Another chance for Sancho came and went after Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall's unwise artistry gifted the ball to United nine minutes before the break. Leicester were flat but Harvey Barnes at least shot wide before the break, with United having a worrying level of control for Rodgers. David De Gea had to save James Maddison's free-kick after Dewsbury-Hall broke when Fernandes casually lost the ball, raising King Power Stadium. It was the first time the visitors were under pressure and Ten Hag reacted by replacing Anthony Elanga with Casemiro just before the hour mark. It wasn't until Cristiano Ronaldo got a cameo off the bench that they drew closer and he served up Rashford to cut wastefully wide with nine minutes left. An ambitious scissor shot from Ronaldo went wide two minutes later and Kelechi Iheanacho deflected Fernande's cross over his own crossbar.


Odegaard, Haaland, Thiago, Pedri and more

It's immensely odd that we get about 10% of the way through the football season before the squads are actually finalized. It's hard for an American sports fan to grasp, I'm sure. In college football, rosters are usually drawn up three months before... (Author: Gardener)

HaalandIt's immensely odd that we get about 10% of the way through the football season before the squads are actually finalized. In college football, rosters are usually set three months before the start of the season. In pro sports, you have a trade deadline - which more or less matches the purpose of football's January transfer window - but you don't see blockbuster trades two games into the season. But in football we've already seen quite dramatic changes in expectations before we were even sure who would play for Chelsea and Manchester United, for example. - Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, MLS, more (U. We can also (until January) draw conclusions about a team's strengths, potential weak points and the players who will have the biggest impact on both the Champions League and the top flight Racing across the continent, here are the 25 most important players - both for their teams and for Europe's top prizes - of the 2022-23 football season Obviously we've had to get used to the fact that not many teams will actually do that in any given season around fighting for the championship (Italy is arguably the exception to that rule, but we're not exactly far from Juventus' nine-year title streak there.) But racing for the top four in England, Germany, Spain and Italy - with Champions League spots at stake - can be wonderfully chaotic.Here are some of the players who have the greatest impact on these races and, in some cases, potentially fate l of their team's European competitions of the season Borussi a Dortmund, RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen all disappointed to some extent from the start and only one side managed to match Bayern Munich's 10 points after four games of the Bundesliga season: That's right, it's Union Berlin. Urs Fischer's side are dramatically exceeding their expected targets (+0.8 xG per game, 2.8 actual goals) and we now know that regression to the mean will kick in at some point. But if Union continues to have enough power from the tandem of Becker (four goals from 1.0 xG, two assists from seven chances created) and American newcomer Jordan Pefok (two goals from 0.7 xG, two assists from seven chances) along with A stingy defense could give them a legitimate shot at a top four finish and a first Champions League appearance. He's 23 and has been with the Gunners for just under a year, but he's already captain and Arsenal have responded with an incredible start: four games, four wins. It's sometimes difficult to measure a midfielder's influence statistically, but Odegaard is a diligent (7.9 recoveries per 90) and creates (0.79 goals and assists per 90) and he is one of only three Premier League players who have produced at least 30 progressive passes. 20 progressive carries and four shots on goal so far. The other two: Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne and Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes. When Arsenal play in the Champions League for the first time since 2017 next season - or hell if the Gunners threaten to win their first EPL title since 2004 - Odegaard will be the main reason behind it. Martin Odegaard seems to have finally found the right club in Arsenal and his performance in midfield has been exemplary so far this season. Eddie Keogh/Getty Images Jan Oblak, GK, Atletico Madrid. But Oblak's 2021-22 season was the only proof anyone would ever need of the importance of a quality goalkeeper. From 2017-18 to Atletico's 2020-21 championship run, Oblak set the goalkeeper rating curve with an average of 11.2 goals prevented and an epic save rate of 81%. But last year he was terrible: 59% save rate, -7.5 goals avoided. Atleti finished the title race 15 points clear, remaining inside the top four by just six points. He's been decent so far in 2022-23 - 71%, 0.2 goals avoided - but excellent starts from Villarreal and Real Betis could mean this year's top four race is particularly busy. Atleti may need the best version of Oblak to feel confident in this fight. The 24-year-old was named Bundesliga Player of the Year last season after scoring 35 goals and 16 assists across all competitions. He led RBL to the DFB Cup and the Europa League semi-finals, but it was only after a slow start that he dropped out of both the Champions League and Bundesliga title races. Also this season the club started relatively slowly (five points in four games), but Nkunku remains a breakaway. He has netted four times and averages .92 xG+xA per 90 after averaging .91 last year. The additions of striker Timo Werner and full-back David Raum suggest they could catch fire soon enough, but without this star's incredible exploits they wouldn't even be five points early. Christopher Nkunku has continued to provide goals and assists for RB Leipzig this season, although he's also now able to work alongside the likes of Werner, which should help him shine even brighter. Sebastian Kahnert/Picture Alliance via Getty Images Sometimes your season is defined by an upset win or defeat that hurts a particular opponent as much as it helps your team: remember Villarreal beat Bayern in the quarter-finals of the Champions League last season has, or Porto knocking out Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus in an incredible 2020-21 fight. These teams and players (a) are great and (b) could play a major role in who makes it to the knockout rounds and who survives them. Sporting is one of the most reliable assembly lines for future stars. In the last five seasons, seven players have been transferred for at least $20m including Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes, Barcelona's Raphinha and last year Matheus Nunes (Wolves), Nuno Mendes (PSG) and Joao Palhinha (Fulham). Despite all the turnover, they still won the Primeira Liga in 2021 and played an extremely favorable group in this year's Champions League (Group D, with Tottenham Hotspur, Marseille and Eintracht Frankfurt). If the 24-year-old Pote resumes his form from 2020-21 - he has 23 league goals with three assists this season before adjusting to nine and eight last year - not only could Sporting advance to the knockout rounds, he could scare the hell out against a round of 16 opponent. Diaby didn't single-handedly end Leverkusen's poor start in last weekend's 3-0 win over Mainz, but it kind of felt like it. After his team went 1-0 up late in the first half after a shabby set piece goal, Diaby took a pass near midfield with two defenders coming his way and did so within about two seconds... exploded in the Upper field, he set up a goal for Jeremie Frimpong and reminded everyone that despite losing their first three games of the Bundesliga season (and losing to a third-tier side in the DFB-Pokal), Leverkusen have more pace and terrible attacking potential than almost anyone in Europe. After exploding for PSV Eindhoven with 19 league goals and 22 assists in around a season and a half, Bergwijn moved to Tottenham where he managed just seven goals and five assists in around two and a half Premier League seasons. He joined Ajax in July, leaving manager Erik ten Hag along with a host of stars - attackers Sebastien Haller (Borussia Dortmund) and Antony (Manchester United), as well as Lisandro Martinez (Manchester United), Noussair Mazraoui (Bayern) and Ryan Gravenberch ( Bayern) - Bergwijn has quickly become a focal point of the new Ajax attack. And he has four goals in four games. Ajax will likely need to beat Napoli and Rangers to advance to the knockout stages of the Champions League (assuming Liverpool win the group as predicted). We've recently witnessed star changes for two of the most impressive teenage footballers of all time - Kylian Mbappe, now 23, and Erling Haaland, 22 - but that's old news. They're at the top of that list.) The next generation of stars under 20 is hot on their heels. We'll be talking a lot more about this quintet in the coming months and years. Jude Bellingham may still only be 19, but he plays like a world champion in Dortmund's midfield. Alexandre Simoes/Borussia Dortmund via Getty Images Jude Bellingham, MF, Borussia Dortmund. Already one of the most determined and physical midfielders in the Bundesliga, Bellingham has continued to show more initiative in attack this season. After averaging 0.32 xG+xA per 90 in his first two seasons in Germany (and 0.50 in last year's Champions League and Europa League), he is 0.45 at the beginning of 2022/23. He also leads the league in ball recovery with 38 (9.5 out of 90). He is on a mission in what is said to be his last season in Dortmund. Eduardo Camavinga, MF, Real Madrid. Casemiro's departure to Manchester United has opened the door to both young prodigies in Los Blancos midfield to play bigger roles. New signing Aurelien Tchouameni (22) has completed 93% of his passes in 238 minutes with six chances created, while Camavinga (19) was a brilliant substitute against Espanyol. In the course of just 10 minutes (from 62:00 to 72:00) he broke four progressive carries, made four touches in the offensive third, created a scoring opportunity for Karim Benzema and also attempted a shot in transition. Used primarily as a pivot, he's extremely reliable in that role, but like Bellingham, his attacking potential is almost as great. As Barcelona can't stop themselves from bringing in attacker after attacker, Fati has played just 86 minutes in three games this season. And he's scored one goal with two assists in those 86 minutes. He almost saved Barca from a goalless draw against Rayo Vallecano in the season-opener and finally overtook Real Sociedad on Matchday 2. Ansu Fati with a goal and two assists from the bench 🔥 Fati is the best The scariest and most aggressive attacker on the pitch when he comes on and he was quick to remind everyone that injuries were the only reason are why he hasn't already become one of the best attackers in the game. Jamal Musiala, MF, Bayern Munich. Even after losing the likes of Robert Lewandowski, David Alaba and Thiago in recent years, Bayern still have a wealth of veteran stars who know how to win big games. So it's almost unfair that they also have one of the most exciting collections of young talent in the game. Defenders Matthijs de Ligt and Dayot Upamecano are 23, left-back Alphonso Davies is 21, midfielder Ryan Gravenberch is 20 and Musiala is just 19 with two seasons and over 3,500 minutes (and 19 goals and eight assists). Without Lewandowski, Bayern attack from all directions and play balls that are particularly impressive even for their standards. But Musiala already has three goals and one assist from seven chances created. He plays so much stronger than his 5'10, 150-pound frame would suggest, and proves to be a quality finisher too. Pedri is so young yet so dependable for Barcelona and Spain that his form will be instrumental in how his club and country's season unfolds. Jose Breton/Getty Images He has completed over 5,000 minutes for Barcelona (despite an injury that handicapped him significantly in 2021/22) and has become arguably the most important midfielder for his club and country, all before he turned 20. Age. From his place on the left side of midfield, Pedri is one of the safest passers in the world and after averaging 1.5 chances per 90 in his first two La Liga seasons, he is at 2.1 at the start of 2022/23 . (He also scored the 10th goal of his Barca career in all competitions against Real Valladolid on Sunday.) Barca's shopping spree helped push Fati from a few minutes' lead but Pedri is as important as ever. Whatever Barca's world-class attackers produce this season will be determined to a large extent by the balls Pedri gave them in the attacking third. Potential stars who could change everything with one breakthrough (or another) If these three players either find another gear or rediscover an old one, it could completely change our view of the current European football hierarchy. Joao Felix, FW, Atlético Madrid. It remains a staggering figure: three years ago Atletico spent $139m to sign Felix, then 19, from Benfica. It seemed odd from the start - a team with the most rigid defensive philosophy of any big club, spending so much on a bright young attacker - and it can't be argued that he's offered so much value so far, averaging 1,530 minutes, seven goals and three assists per La Liga season. He had a hat-trick of assists in a season-opening blowout against Getafe, two from beautiful through balls. João Félix with a hat-trick of assists for Atletico Madrid in a 3-0 win today ✨ As long as he wears the red and white stripes he could still become a game-changing catalyst for Diego Simeone and company. Rodrygo, FW, Real Madrid. We all just assumed that Kylian Mbappe would join Madrid in the summer. That's not known to have happened, but it's not like Los Blancos chopped the liver on the right wing. Federico Valverde backed Vinicius Jr.'s match-winner in last year's Champions League final and an even more enticing player could allow Valverde to return to midfield soon. Rodrygo had five goals and two assists in just 504 Champions League minutes last season and despite only making his debut of the 2022/23 campaign through injury last weekend he had his first assist, a great game winner for Karim Benzema, within 20 minutes, booked 30 minutes. Carlo Ancelotti said he could see Rodrygo not only becoming the first-choice right winger but also skilfully stepping in for Vini or Benzema when needed. Mbappe's change of plans could massively benefit the 21-year-old Brazilian. Neymar has rediscovered the form that made PSG spend big to bring him to France in 2017. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP via Getty Images Is it kind of silly to put a player with 350 career goals on a 'potential breakthrough' list? After perhaps his worst professional season ever last year - scoring just 13 goals in all competitions while failing to make 30 appearances for the third time in four years - and rumors PSG are looking to find a new home for him this summer, Neymar has started the year in superb form, scoring twice in a Trophee Des Champions win, combining an incredible six goals with six assists in PSG's first four league games. (Two of those goals were penalties, but still.) PSG have scored 18 goals in their first four league games and bet seven on 2021 champions Lille. As long as he plays like that (or something like that), you're one of the two or three favorites to win the Champions League. Even teams with all the money in the world can go into a season at certain positions with depth issues. You never really know in advance if you're going to pay for it, but if any of these five players get injured at the wrong time it could change the course of the season for their respective clubs. Chelsea had a strange offseason, spending over $200m in transfer fees but still ending thinner than they started, both at the top (losing Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku, Raheem Sterling added) and at the bottom of the lineup. Three central defenders who played 5,075 league minutes together last season (Antonio Rüdiger, Andreas Christensen and reserve player Malang Sarr) have left, only Koulibaly has come so far. Thomas Tuchel still has some high profile options but Thiago Silva is 37 and Cesar Azpilicueta is 33. Stream top leagues, tournaments and teams. Bayern Munich (2:45pm ET) Koulibaly not only needs to become a top-ranked Premier League defender - he likely will, given he's already proving strong in both intervention and build-up play - but he also needs to stay in the line-up, if Chelsea are to avoid serious depth problems ahead of Eduoard Mendy. When he's fit, he'll be one of the best passers in the world, someone who can complete a 35-yard ball like it's a casual 10-yarder. He's not afraid to physically intervene when needed, and he can completely transform an attack. He'll be injured a lot too: he's only surpassed 2,000 league minutes twice since becoming a regular at Barcelona in 2011/12 and has averaged just 1,696 since joining Liverpool. Oh yeah, and he got injured after 51 minutes this season. Liverpool went into the season knowing there could be problems with depth of midfield and injuries to Thiago and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have meant 36-year-old James Milner has already appeared in all four league games. Thiago should return soon and it would do everyone well if he could actually stay in the line-up for a while. Thiago is already injured and you can feel his absence from Liverpool midfield as nobody has the passing range, confidence and vision like him. Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images 8. Kyle Walker, DF, Manchester City. Here are Real Madrid's splits when he did and didn't play against them in last season's Champions League semifinals: With Walker on the pitch, City allowed zero goals and 0.9 xG in 72 minutes. With Walker injured, City allowed six goals and 3.1 xG in 108 minutes. Despite the fact that he's now 32, Walker was able to neutralize Vinicius Jr. as well as anyone. He still has top speed and stamina, he can still intervene when he needs to and he's great at build-up play. City lost Oleksandr Zinchenko to Arsenal and while they replaced him with Anderlecht's Sergio Gomez, (a) Gomez is 21 and (b) that means their depth is no better than last season. Another Walker injury at the wrong time could cost as much as it did in the spring. 7. Nico Schlotterbeck, DF, Borussia Dortmund. It was one of the most sensible moves you will ever see: BVB desperately needed youngsters and more talent in the central defender and brought in the best German central defender in the Bundesliga. Schlotterbeck, 22, is tall (6'3, 190), he's one of the best defenders in the league and quickly learned what it means to play in Borussia Dortmund's high defence: he's got to try 13 tackles ( sixth in the league) and 17 releases (12th), he has made 34 recoveries (fourth) and has been involved in 52 duels (first among central defenders). He's great and he'll stay great so BVB's risk and reward system can reach its potential. Karim Benzema is 34 years old but remains productive and essential for Real Madrid in attack. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images 6. Karim Benzema, FW, Real Madrid. Who knows, maybe Rodrygo really is able to step in for Benzema at a high level if needed. The soon-to-be Ballon d'Or winner has (probably) scored at least 19 goals in all competitions in 13 of the last 15 seasons but has somehow managed to find a new gear at the age of 34. He scored a career-high 44 goals in 46 games - two in the Spanish Supercopa, a career-high 27 in 32 La Liga games and an obviously absurd 15 in the Champions League. He has also played at least 46 games in 13 of the last 15 seasons; how long can his body hold out without medium or long-term injury? I'm trying to avoid making this a simple list of the "best players in the world". We know how great players like Kevin De Bruyne, Mohamed Salah etc. are. But when players of this level switch teams—or, in one case, surprise the world by staying on their current team—it causes big ripples. Three of the five players listed below were already Champions League or World Cup stars. But their exploits will go a long way in determining how (and to whom) club football's biggest prizes are distributed over the coming months. Admittedly, his hot start was hampered by a pesky "was banned for three games for headbutting an opponent" issue in the Crystal Palace tie, but including the Community Shield win over Manchester City, Nunez has scored twice and had an assist in only 127 minutes of action and 44 touches. Liverpool essentially traded Sadio Mane (who went to Bayern) for Nunez and it's not hard to see that work out well over the course of a full season. Despite a shaky start - two draws and a defeat against Manchester United - Liverpool still flashed close to the highest in a 3-1 win over City and a 9-0 embarrassment at Bournemouth that led to the sacking of Cherries manager Scott Parker Reveal in Europe (and incredibly arrived without the services of Nunez or the still-injured Diogo Jota). Sadio Mane has picked up for Bayern from where he left off at Liverpool and helped fans of his new club forget the pain Lewandowski left this summer. Matthias Hangst/Getty Images 4. Sadio Mane, FW, Bayern Munich. "It's simple: I want to win every trophy possible." In a recent GQ interview, Mane explained why he left Liverpool for Bayern. He already helped win the German Super Cup in August and if early form is any indication, Mane could add a few more to the list in the next 10 months. Despite losing the next player on this list, Bayern have been even more successful than usual, scoring 16 goals in four league games and hanging five from RB Leipzig in the aforementioned Super Cup. Mane has contributed four such goals in just 19 shots. (Average xG per shot: a staggering 0.21.) Even at the age of 31, he's still better than most at both dribbling past defenders and creating quality looks, and it's possible that the trade in Lewandowski - aka the best central defender - was up front in the game - as Mane made Bayern more democratic, unpredictable and equally dangerous. 3. Robert Lewandowski, FW, Barcelona. You will forgive Lewy if it took him some time to adjust to his new surroundings. He was at Bayern for almost a decade, has a lot of new teammates and the squad has been rotated quite a bit so far. He has scored four goals in three games assisted by four different players (Ansu Fati, Alex Balde, Ousmane Dembele and Raphinha). Barca suffered an unlikely 0-0 draw against Real Valladolid in their opener (xG: Barca 1.9, Rayo 0.5) and have since set fire to two other opponents with a combined 8-1. If you want to sell a healthy chunk of future income in the name of a happier present, you might as well get a happier gift from it. Lewandowski appears to be in the same form he has maintained throughout most of his tenure at Bayern and Barcelona will be a terribly dangerous side as a result this year. 2. Kylian Mbappe, FW, PSG. Calling him a 'new' attacker is of course a stretch, but it was common knowledge that he would likely join Real Madrid in the off-season. In fact, three months ago, PSG looked set to head into the season with a new manager, a new sporting director, no Mbappe and a version of Neymar who suddenly looked 58 years old. They'd probably still have Leo Messi and plenty of other expensive stars, but one of the world's richest clubs was exploring whatever its version of a rebuild might be. Then Mbappe stayed and it pretty much changed everything. The club signed coach Christophe Galtier and acclaimed sporting director Luis Campos, and also injected much-needed energy in midfield with the likes of Vitinha (22) and Renato Sanches (25). Mbappe hasn't exactly committed himself to the club for 10 years or so, but in a short span of time PSG have moved away from Champions League glory than they have in years and are closer than ever. Was there any doubt that Erling Haaland would top that list? The best is yet to come for the great Norwegian striker at Man City, although he was already more than brilliant. Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images 1. Erling Haaland, FW, Manchester City. "Why Liel Abada is the most important player in Europe" or something. In five games and 416 minutes in the City shirt (four in the EPL, one in the Community Shield), Haaland has touched the ball a total of 105 times. That's less than Rodri's average in a single game (109.8) and just over Joao Cancelo's (103.6). But with those 105 touches, he's attempted 21 shots, found 10 of them on target, scored six goals and created four chances for team-mates (including an assist for Ilkay Gundogan against Bournemouth). City are as possession-hungry as ever (71% possession so far), but they've figured out how to hog the ball while creating increasingly better chances for their broad-shouldered, 6'4 target. Both Haaland and Nunez could hold the keys to City and Liverpool figuring out how to unlock packed defences. Haaland has certainly made City even more deficit-proof - they eliminated a 2-0 deficit against Newcastle in five minutes and took just 18 minutes to turn a 2-0 deficit against Crystal Palace into a 3-2 lead - although one of them You're going to want to figure out how to prevent these deficiencies from ever taking shape. The only box Pep Guardiola has yet to tick at City is 'win the Champions League'. He has the most efficient goals-per-touch weapon in Europe which is now helping him in this quest.


No "quick wins" in Kherson, says Zelenskyj advisor; Nuclear Inspectorate at Zaporizhia Plant – live

Ukraine's counteroffensive in the south has neither faltered nor failed, says Oleksiy Arestovych; IAEA boss wants constant presence in the power plant (Author: Gardener)

KhersonThis website uses cookies for analytics, personalized content and ads. By continuing to browse this site, you agree to this use. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Russia-Ukraine War: No "quick wins" in Cherson, says Selenskyj adviser; Nuclear inspectors at Zaporizhzhia plant due – live Ukraine's counteroffensive in south hasn't stalled or failed, says Oleksiy Arestovych; IAEA boss wants constant presence in the power plant. The Russian-held town of Energodar, home to Europe's largest nuclear power plant, was attacked early this morning, Ukrainian officials say. The Ukrainian operator of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, Energoatom, published an update on its official Telegram channel just before 8 a.m. local time. Since five o'clock in the morning the constant mortar attacks on the city have not stopped.” The mayor of the city of Energodar, Dmytro Orlov, said that “several civilian objects were hit” and confirmed in a separate post on his Telegram channel that there were victims of the attack have given. No "quick wins" in Kherson, says Zelenskyi adviser, Ukraine's counter-offensive to recapture Kherson has neither faltered nor failed, said a senior adviser to the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskyj. Oleksiy Arestovych reiterated in a video sent to Telegram early Thursday morning that the offensive is still in full swing. The fact that we have not yet taken Kherson does not mean that the operation in the south has stalled or failed. It is being carried out as planned. We destroy enemy logistics, air defense systems, fuel and ammunition depots. Black smoke billows from the frontline in southern Ukraine's Mykolayiv region on August 30. Photo: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images Uncertainty about the planned inspector's visit. If we are able to establish a permanent presence or a continued presence, it will be prolonged. But that first segment will take a few days.” On Wednesday, Russian occupation authorities said the team would be granted access for a day. Members of the IAEA mission leave Kyiv to visit the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine. Hello and welcome back to the Guardian's live coverage of the war in Ukraine. Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are scheduled to inspect the Russian-controlled Zaporizhia nuclear power plant today after arriving in the Ukrainian-controlled city of Zaporizhia on Wednesday. Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are scheduled to inspect the Russian-controlled Zaporizhia nuclear power plant today after arriving in the Ukrainian-controlled city of Zaporizhia on Wednesday. The technical mission aims to prevent a nuclear accident. Meanwhile, a senior adviser to the Ukrainian president said Ukraine's counter-offensive to retake the southern Kherson region has not stalled or failed. Here's the state of affairs: Ukraine's counter-offensive to retake Kherson has neither stalled nor failed, said a senior adviser to the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky. "The fact that we have not yet taken Kherson does not mean that the operation in the south has stalled or failed," Oleksiy Arestovych said in a video message sent to Telegram early Thursday morning. "It's going according to plan. We destroy enemy logistics, air defense systems, fuel and ammunition depots.” Arestovych urged the Ukrainians to be patient, adding: “There will be no quick wins.” Ukrainian forces pounded strategic bridges in the southern Kherson region to isolate Russian troops located on the right bank of the Dnieper, Arestovych added. Ukrainian forces pounded strategic bridges in the southern Kherson region to isolate Russian troops located on the right bank of the Dnieper, Arestovych added. Ukraine's Defense Ministry said in an update published on Telegram early Thursday that the Kakhovsky and Daryiv bridges, used by Russia to transport equipment and ammunition to the region, have been "disabled". Ukraine's Defense Ministry said in an update published on Telegram early Thursday that the Kakhovsky and Daryiv bridges, used by Russia to transport equipment and ammunition to the region, have been "disabled". There is uncertainty about the planned visit of the inspectors to the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant. “If we are able to establish a permanent presence or a continued presence, it will be extended. But this first segment will take a few days," said IAEA chief Rafael Grossi. On Wednesday, Russian occupation authorities said the team would be granted access for a day. The Russian military has "serious understaffing" and is trying to recruit contract service personnel and may even attract convicted criminals, a US official said, citing US intelligence agencies. The official said this could include "forcing wounded soldiers to re-enter combat, acquiring personnel from private security companies and paying bonuses to conscripts." Russia has halted the flow of gas to Europe via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, citing necessary repairs. It said Nord Stream was "fully operational" and there were no technical issues. The 5 a.m. stop on the Baltic Sea pipeline on Wednesday would last three days, Russia's state-owned energy company Gazprom said. Estonia aims to bar most Russians from entering the country within weeks, its foreign minister Urmas Reinsalu said. "It will take some time, but I think timing is also crucial when you look at this large number of Russian citizens coming in." The EU has agreed to suspend a visa travel deal with Moscow. The bloc aims to curb the number of Russian nationals entering for holidays and shopping, but stops short of a total ban on tourist visas. Meeting in Prague, the EU's 27 foreign ministers pledged to suspend the 2007 visa facilitation agreement with Russia, which makes it relatively easy to obtain travel documents. Zelenskyj welcomed the EU visa measure. "When the citizens of the state that wants to destroy European values ​​use Europe for their entertainment or their shopping, for the holidays of their mistresses while they themselves work for the war, or just quietly await the immoral demise of Russia." The USA has received a warrant to seize a $45 million plane belonging to Russian energy company Lukoil, the US Justice Department said, although the plane is currently believed to be in Russia. G7 finance ministers will discuss the Biden administration's proposed price cap on Russian oil at their meeting on Friday, the White House said. "This is the most effective way, in our view, of hitting Putin's revenues hard, and this will result not only in a drop in Putin's oil revenues, but also in a drop in global energy prices," White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said . A man exits his damaged home after a Russian missile attack in Kramatorsk in Ukraine's Donetsk region August 31. Photo: AFP/Getty Images


Latest Premier League results and goals as Alexander Isak makes debut

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool are looking to end Newcastle's unbeaten start (Author: Gardener)

Alexander IsakLiverpool will be keen to build on their 9-0 win over Bournemouth when they welcome Newcastle United to the Premier League tonight. Jurgen Klopp's men romped home against the Cherries on Saturday, with Luis Diaz, Roberto Firmino, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Harvey Elliott and Fabio Calvalho all on the goalscoring list. The manner of Liverpool's win calmed some criticism early in the season after the Reds drew with Fulham and Crystal Palace before losing to Manchester United. Mo Salah played an unusually soft game and missed a couple of good chances, leaving him hungry for goals against Eddie Howe's side tonight. Newcastle come into play ahead of Liverpool in the Premier League table after Allan Saint-Maximin's late equalizer saved a point at Wolves to maintain their unbeaten start. They have taken six points from their first four games - one win, three draws - and have strengthened the squad with newcomers. Chief among them is Magpies record-breaking Alexander Isak, who could make his debut for the club tonight. Follow all of Anfield's action as Liverpool take on Newcastle United: Diaz needs treatment for a head injury but is able to continue. The home fans are dissatisfied with the duration of goal kicks so far. The clash of knees between Diaz and Lascelles and the Newcastle man comes away worst. Liverpool keep pushing forward and Salah beats Targett but the Magpies have numbers back and are clear. Isak counterattacks and fires his first shot from outside the box, but it goes well over the bar. Isak runs behind early but the ball doesn't quite hit him. Fraser tries to run past Alexander-Arnold but the right-back wins the fight. After a quick change, Diaz attacks again on the left flank, but again the cross is cleared, this time by Willock. Liverpool quickly get on the front foot and try to play in the Newcastle penalty area. A good noise at Anfield early on. Salah then comes almost to the bottom of a cross - he will be looking for a goal tonight after missing two chances in the 9-0 defeat. Can the Reds react or will Newcastle continue their unbeaten run? A win for either side could put them in the top 6 tonight, depending of course on results elsewhere. Early Premier League goal - no surprise and no positive result for Liverpool. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has spoken up ahead of kick-off, with some of that unusual sense of disappointment taken away from Anfield after that massive weekend win. Of course there were still questions as to whether there would be more transfers, but tonight we're fully focused on the pitch. This is one of five Premier League games tonight and the last to start. We'll update you on goals being scored elsewhere ahead of kick-off. Lots of action and plenty of goals no doubt - how many at Anfield? Liverpool may not have had the best start from a relatively routine start to the season. Newcastle are unbeaten this season ahead of this clash at Anfield, followed by a handful of clubs from midfield and bottom half: obviously Isak is the team that's the main talking point for the Magpies, but he's among several absences. Central defenders Botman and Schar are on the bench after a surprise move by Eddie Howe, with Guimaraes, Wilson and Saint-Maximin all suffering huge losses to the starting eleven. All as expected in the line-up, but the big boost for Klopp will be finally having two seniors available again: Joel Matip joins Curtis Jones on the substitutions, at least bolstering the boss's options off the bench. With Jota, Thiago and Kelleher all expected in training over the coming days, the injury crisis is just beginning to ease. The Reds are unsurprisingly unchanged after a 9-0 win at the weekend. Eddie Howe throws Isak straight into the eleven, with Targett and Lascelles also with changes in defense. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will have to choose between James Milner and Jordan Henderson in midfield as long as Harvey Elliott doesn't show any ill effects following his departure at the weekend. Joel Matip is back in training but not too many changes are likely after such a big win. Newcastle could be without Allan Saint-Maximin while Callum Wilson is out. That could mean another start for Chris Wood unless Isak comes on directly. Bruno Guimaraes is still out in midfield so Sean Longstaff will likely start again. Both clubs have been relatively active in the transfer market, although it has to be said that many viewers were perhaps still expecting a deal or two from either – at least on the incoming side. Darwin Nunez was the big signing of the summer for Liverpool but he is sitting out the third of a three-game ban tonight after having ups and downs at Anfield. Calvin Ramsey has been injured all season so far. Fabio Carvalho is the other signing and the youngster impressed off the bench, scoring against Bournemouth at the weekend. Newcastle brought in a new first-choice goalkeeper in Nick Pope who has been outstanding so far, with Matt Targett's loan from Aston Villa becoming permanent. Sven Botman also joined the defense and now the aforementioned Isak is their big addition to the window for a club record fee. The season so far for these two clubs: Liverpool have not had the best start, drawing against both Fulham and Crystal Palace before suffering defeat at Manchester United. However, they bounced back in style, beating Bournemouth 9-0 at the weekend to equalize the record Premier League win - and resulted in Scott Parker being fired from the cherries. They are 12th with five points from four games. Newcastle are two places and a point ahead of the Reds after beating Nottingham Forest on the opening day of the season. Since then the Magpies have had three draws, against Brighton, Man City and most recently Wolves. The Times' Martin Hardy reported just a few hours ago that Newcastle United newcomer Alexander Isak has received his visa from the Home Office - meaning he will feature in tonight's game. The deadline was 75 minutes before kick-off, Eddie Howe recently confirmed, so the Sweden striker is expected to be present at Anfield. Whether in the starting XI or from the bench, we'll find out at 7 p.m. Jurgen Klopp would prefer Liverpool to "risk a little more" in the transfer market but he ultimately accepts their situation as the search for a midfielder comes to an end. As Klopp looks to strengthen his squad in the middle of the park before Thursday night's transfer window closes, the Reds manager realizes the decision is out of his hands. 'We'll try everything': Jurgen Klopp on Liverpool's hunt for a midfielder Newcastle United striker Callum Wilson has expressed frustration with the hamstring injury that has stalled his strong start to the new Premier League season. Wilson hobbled away in the middle of his side's 3-3 draw with Manchester City earlier this month and is expected to remain on the sidelines for at least two more weeks. Wilson scored on the opening day of his side's win of the season against Nottingham Forest and again against City before hobbling away after 70 minutes. Chris Wood took his place in the line-up against Wolves at the weekend, while Alexander Isak has since been included in the squad after signing from Real Sociedad. A minor setback – it's fine – but I had to put it into perspective.” Liverpool host Newcastle in the Premier League tonight as Jurgen Klopp's side look to build on Bournemouth's 9-0 demolition. The result was Liverpool's first win of the Premier League season and the boost the Reds needed after their defeat by Manchester United at Old Trafford. Klopp's side remain short in numbers through injuries and suspensions and face a tough challenge against Eddie Howes Newcastle in their first three-game week of the season. Newcastle salvaged a draw at Wolves on Sunday thanks to Allan Saint-Maximin's impressive late equalizer, extending their unbeaten start to the season. How to watch Liverpool vs Newcastle online and on TV today Hello and welcome to The Independent's coverage of Liverpool vs Newcastle from Anfield. The Reds go into the game full of confidence after their impressive performance against Bouremouth, with Luis Diaz, Roberto Firmino, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Harvey Elliott and Fabio Calvalho all scoring in the 9-0 win. It was Liverpool's first win of the season after drawing against Fulham and Crystal Palace and losing to Manchester United. Jurgen Klopp will be hoping for more of the same tonight but Newcastle will prove a very tough test. Eddie Howe's men are undefeated this campaign, although they have only managed one win - against Nottingham Forest. Still, impressive draws against Brighton and Manchester City before Allan Saint-Maximin's last-minute equalizer against Wolves put the Magpies ahead of Liverpool in the table the night before and they'd be keen to stay there. New record signing Alexander Isak could make his debut for the club and they are hoping he gets down to earth in front of goal.


Ofcom will NOT investigate Love Island in 2022

The show's watchdog noted that their decision was made because "negative behavior at the mansion was not shown in a positive light." (Author: Gardener)

OfcomOfcom has said it will not follow up on complaints about Love Island's eighth series, despite receiving more than 7000 complaints. The show's watchdog noted that their decision was made because "negative behavior at the mansion was not shown in a positive light." During the show's eight-week run, 7,482 complaints related to "alleged misogynistic and bullying conduct" were filed by some of the male contestants. Other complaints focused on "alleged misogyny, emotional abuse and coercive control" by the male contestants. Among the more than 7,000 complaints received, one of the highest was 1,497 for an episode that aired on July 19. During the episode, the islanders participated in a Snog, Marry, Pie challenge where they revealed who they would kiss, marry, or smack in the face with a cream pie. Dancer and model Tasha Ghouri was in tears at the comments Dami Hope and Luca Bish made during the challenge before throwing a cake in her face. Ofcom said that viewer complaints for the episode related to "alleged bullying among the contestants and expressed ongoing concerns about behavior by the male contestants, which they viewed as misogynistic". Figures showed that 2,481 viewers complained about "alleged misogynist behavior by some male contestants" during the July 17 episode of Movie Night. Additionally, 427 viewers complained about the July 17 episode of Aftersun, in which host Laura Whitmore and panelists speculated about what happened between Ekin-Su Culculoglu and George Tasker in the bedroom. In the dramatic Mad Movies episode of the ITV2 show, Luca Bish, Davide Sanclimenti and Dami Hope have all come under fire from fans for their treatment of the girls. In addition to the 2,481 complaints received for the July 17 episode of Movie Night, a further 427 were received for next night's episode relating "to alleged bullying and misogynist behavior by some male contestants" during a competitive match. An Ofcom spokesman said: "We have carefully investigated complaints about this series on a range of subjects, including alleged misogynistic and bullying behaviour. But from our point of view, negative behavior in the villa was not put in a positive light. “Viewers saw other islanders condemning the behavior and offering advice and support, as well as scenes where apologies were made. "We also considered that the format of this reality show is well established and viewers would expect to see the ups and downs as couples' relationships are tested." A month into the series, Women's Aid announced they were in talks with ITV about the "misogyny and controlling behaviour" being shown at the villa. A statement from the charity insisted that "specific information about abusive relationships and an understanding of controlling behaviors in relationships" is missing from the channel's "inclusive training" ahead of the series. Meanwhile, women's charity Refuge issued a separate statement highlighting the "gas lighting and coercive control" exhibited by some of the boys. A statement from Women's Aid said: "At Women's Aid we are tagged into a torrent of Twitter posts, with Love Island viewers highlighting the misogyny and controlling behavior displayed on screen. "We speak to ITV and they have shared information with us about their inclusion training, but what seems to be missing is specific information about abusive relationships and an understanding of relationship control." Women's charity Refuge also wrote in a statement on Twitter: "The misogyny and occasional sexism observed in this series of #LoveIsland is extremely concerning. ITV told MailOnline in response to the bullying allegations at the time: "We cannot stress enough how seriously we take the emotional well-being of all our islanders." "Welfare is always our primary concern and we have dedicated welfare producers and psychological support on hand at all times , who monitor and speak to all islanders privately and off-camera." "At the same time, we also have a duty of care to the islanders, none of whom have the means to defend themselves against these highly harmful labels, and a duty of care to their next of kin, and we are obviously concerned that this may provoke a negative reaction on social media." . "We are always looking at how we expand and develop this training to ensure all of our islanders feel part of a safe and inclusive environment." Last month, during a media briefing on ITV's preliminary financial results, ITV boss Kevin Lygo said the channel planned to "sit and review" the popular dating series. Kevin, chief executive of ITV Studios, stressed that despite viewer backlash, they were "very happy with how things have gone so far". During a media briefing on ITV's interim results, he was asked about the volume of complaints and whether there would be an editorial review. He said: "We're constantly evaluating a program while it's on because it's one of those weird live shows that happens every night. Love Island's latest series ended on August 1 with Turkish actress Ekin-Su Culculoglu, 28, and Italian business owner Davide Sanclimenti, 27, crowned as winners. The show's host, Laura Whitmore, recently announced that she would not be returning as a presenter, saying in a post on Instagram that there were "certain elements of the show" that she found difficult, "which, because of the format, weren't can be changed, including flying back and on to South Africa along with my new conflicting projects. From 'misophobia' to 'bullying on challenges': MailOnline takes a look at the controversial moments during Love Island 2022 which have prompted over 5,000 Ofcom complaints to date raising concerns about 'misogynistic behavior and bullying'. Recently, the UK media regulator confirmed to MailOnline that as of July 19 the regulator had received 1,509 complaints - and most concerned alleged misogynistic behavior by male islanders towards the female cast. The complaints - linked to the Snog, Marry, Pie challenge and its aftermath - have been registered but it is not yet clear whether or not Ofcom will investigate. Love Island was previously rocked by 2,648 complaints after explosive Movie Night episodes, while 427 fans also complained about the July 17 episode of Aftersun, as Laura Whitmore and panelists speculated about what happened between Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu, 27, and George Tasker, 23, happened to be in the bedroom. And in the show's first four weeks, Love Island was hit by 781 complaints over concerns about bullying, age gap romance and the mental health of contestants. Women's Aid has previously said they are in talks with the show about some of the men's behaviors. The record for most Love Island complaints at Ofcom was set in August 2021 when the regulator received 24,763 Ofcom complaints about Faye Winter's heated argument with Teddy Soares. And with Ofcom receiving 1,500 Ofcom complaints most recently, MailOnline looks back at the moments that caused concern among viewers. The latest moment during the 2022 Love Island series to spark Ofcom complaints was the Snog, Marry Pie challenge, which aired on July 19. The islanders were tasked with picking someone to kiss and "marry" by putting a ring on someone's finger and digging by throwing a custard tart in that person's face last week. The challenge appears on the show every year and while intended to be playful, the islanders must provide a reason for picking someone for each action. But apparently viewers were upset at how dancer and model Tasha Ghouri, 23, was treated when she was pied three times - with some calling the boys' behavior "bullying" as Ofcom received 1,509 complaints of "misogyny and bullying". Tasha, who is dating real estate agent Andrew Le Page, 27, was thrown three pies in the face by entrepreneur Davide Sanclimenti, 26, microbiologist Dami Hope, 26, and fishmonger Luca Bish, 23, after they accused her not having good intentions towards Andrew - with whom she was coupled. Tasha broke down in tears after the boys shoved the pies into her face during the allegedly lighthearted game, with other islanders later agreeing things went "too far". Davide, who is dating actress Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu, 27, had said his reasons were because she called him and his partner the wrong couple. Dami, who was dating 23-year-old Indiyah Polack, confessed he betrayed Tasha because she usually "gets away with a lot of stuff" after he openly criticized her at the villa. And Luca, along with Gemma Owen, 19, told her: "I could give you a list [of reasons] but I'll leave it for today. In addition to fans using the word "bullying," Love Island graduate Amber Gill wrote on social media, "Gosh I hope Tasha is ok. Gemma's mother Louise Owen also criticized Luca and Dami's behavior towards Tasha, saying it was "close to bullying". Luca and Dami have been harshly criticized by viewers for the way they have been treating Tasha over the past few days, and Luca's family members have now said they are "heartbroken" at the horrific comments they have received about him. Later in the show, the two men apologized to Tasha, while Brighton-based fishmonger Luca admitted he was "out of line". Echoing his words, Dami agreed, saying, "I support you and Andrew and obviously we have our opinions on everything that happened." Tasha hugged both men and they agreed to draw a line under the situation that However, fans weren't convinced the apology was genuine, believing viewers might have made them do it. Additionally, Billy Brown's sister was forced to defend him on social media after he came under fire from viewers during the Snog, Marry, Pie challenge for his treatment of Danica Taylor and branded the Love Island mansion as a 'crazy toxic place' had branded. The now-eliminated roofer, 23, was slammed by fans of the ITV show who were "disgusted" after he laughed and called their recent showdown "mental" while Danica voiced her feelings. He also received backlash after angering Danica by ignoring her during the challenge and later dumped the dancer by saying they had no "spark". Although Billy was his love interest at the time, he refused to kiss or propose to Danica during the challenge. Instead, the roofing company director opted to kiss Gemma, with whom he was previously accused of flirting, and marry Paige Thorne, 24, in what described his actions as "banter". Danica was furious and said, "I don't have that," and later cried to the other girls because of her bad luck at the villa. On top of that, Dami chose to kiss his Casa Amor ex Summer Botwe, 22, to Indiyah's shock. On 18 July Ofcom also received 413 complaints "related to alleged bullying and misogynistic behavior by some male candidates". MailOnline has reached out to a Love Island spokesperson for comment. A whopping 2,648 viewers complained of "misogynistic and controlling" behavior after the Movie Night Challenge. In the episode, both the girls and the boys watch clips of their partners' antics during their time at Casa Amor. Every year, about halfway through the series, the girls and boys are separated, with half of the islanders being sent to another villa, Casa Amor, where they spend a few days with a whole new group. That year the girls were sent to Casa Amor and the boys stayed in the original mansion with a new group of girls to see if they would remain faithful to their partners or mate with someone else. In the end, the girls either returned to the villa with a new partner or chose to stay with the one they originally dated. The episode inevitably brings heartache or suspense as people remain faithful to their partners only to discover they want to mate with someone else. This was followed by the Movie Night challenge, which caused tension between the couples when their partners found out what they were up to during their time apart. In this year's episode, Luca watched a clip of Gemma allegedly flirting with Billy Brown, 23, at Casa Amor, while Tasha also kissed and engaged with Billy, and Andrew, after the furious news, with Coco Lodge, 27, Girls told him Tasha had no good intentions towards him. Coco - who Andrew dated after Casa Amor - later said Andrew's behavior made her feel "used" after he took her back to the villa and left her for Tasha. Figures released by Ofcom showed that during the 17 July episode alone, 2,481 viewers complained about "alleged misogynistic behavior by some male contestants". Earlier in the week, 167 viewers complained about the first episode of Movie Night, which featured footage of Ekin-Su in bed with George during Casa Amor. Davide branded his partner Ekin-Su a liar after the clip was shown after she claimed "nothing happened". Tasha was once again one of the main targets during both Movie Night and the Dares game after Luca and Dami repeatedly criticized her behavior during her relationship with Andrew. After the boys rallied and cheered on their Casa Amor antics during movie night, despite the girls' excitement, the male islanders also came under fire for their behavior during a competitive game. When he took part in a "Suck and Blow" game, tensions rose when the game resulted in Andrew clashing with close friends Luca and Dami. Dami was asked to rub the feet of the islander who got the most footsteps at the villa and he went over to Andrew - once again making his feelings clear to Tasha. Luca was asked to pick the islander who "rides her partner's coattails", he picked Tasha and explained that he thought she was the one who would be with her partner the most to win. Dami repeated this and said: "You know what you have to do". Viewers also expressed concern about Lucas' treatment of his love interest Gemma Owen following Movie Night with his heated outburst. In response, Luca lost his temper and told the boys: "You guys were fucking flirting! It has been revealed that Lucas' Twitter account has been deleted due to backlash over his behavior on the show. Luca's family took to Instagram Stories on his account at the time to say they did not condone his behavior towards his partner Gemma. Fans had urged Gemma to end her relationship with the fishmonger after he angered her for "flirting" with Billy on Sunday night's show. And his family have said that while he would feel "embarrassed" for his actions and will no doubt apologize, he does not deserve the abuse he has endured. They say his demeanor doesn't reflect the boy they "know and love back home," but note his Love Island experience is intense. Aftersun sparked 427 complaints at Ofcom two weeks ago, treating Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu as a "slut ashamed" and in his interview with Jacques O'Neill. Presenter Laura Whitmore and Aftersun producers have come under fire on social media for guests commenting on Ekin-Su and George Tasker's flirtation at Casa Amor - after Ekin-Su denied having been intimate with him. Laura said, "Ekin-Su has once again vowed that nothing happened to George and it seems Davide doesn't believe her." Instead of closing the comments, some viewers were disappointed to see Laura continue the conversation and reached out to Sian Welby for her opinion. This angered fans, who argued that the guests would "shame slut" Ekin-Su and pass it off as "banter," with Laura being criticized for "encouraging" the comments. And the show's handling of Jacques - who has openly spoken about leaving the series to protect his mental health - has also been criticized after he was shown videos of his ex-partner, paramedic Paige Thorne, following his departure Personal trainer Adam Collard kissed. Some called the interview with Jacques "cruel" and said it was dangerous for his mental health to force him to watch clips of Paige and Adam after the ex-Islander said he couldn't watch the show. But several said they intended to complain to Ofcom about the misogynistic comments and the interview with Jacques. A Love Island spokesman said in a statement to MailOnline: "Laura is the presenter of the show and part of that role is to ask the panel questions and discuss events at the villa. A spokesman for Laura Whitmore told MailOnline: "Laura's job as the host of Aftersun is to ask questions about what's happening on the main show. In response to the complaints about Aftersun and Laura Whitmore and the panelists' discussion of Ekin-Su and the interview with Jacques, ITV explained: "Laura is the presenter of the show and part of that role is asking questions to the jury and Discuss what happened at the mansion.' "We had taken various measures to ensure that Jacques' well-being was a priority at all times before and during his appearance on Aftersun." "This included a full briefing with the show producers to outline the show's content and likely questioning, a conversation with Laura before and after the show was taped, and the accompaniment of a charity producer and a member of his family while he was in the studio. "This included a full briefing with the show producers to outline the show's content and likely interviews, speaking to Laura before and after the show was taped, and being accompanied by a charity producer and a member of his family while he was in the studio. In the past, Laura has resisted criticism of "invasive" surveys about Aftersun. In the last series, a viewer reminded Laura on her Instagram of naming and shaming journalists for asking questions, saying, "When you ask people invasive questions based on tabloid stories because it's your job... Laura defended her." her actions and said: "I insist that everyone sees the questions before they go on the air and agrees to it. Since leaving the villa, Jacques has opened up about how he left Love Island over fears of losing control but claims bosses tried to force him to stay. The reality personality decided to walk away after Adam's arrival, as he declared: "Love Island was the worst decision of my life." Jacques was left devastated by the arrival of former contestant Adam, who has married the rugby player's partner Paige Thorne. 24, before telling fellow islanders the sportsman was "immature". Known for his feminine ways, Adam made a shock comeback on the ITV2 show after originally appearing in series four in 2018. Gemma's ex Jacques said he had reached breaking point after Adam's arrival, telling The Sun: "I thought if I don't get myself out things could go horribly wrong and I could get physical. 781 COMPLAINTS IN THE FIRST FOUR WEEKS, INCLUDING 260 COMPLAINTS ABOUT AGED RELATIONSHIPS Ofcom confirmed it had received 781 complaints in the first four weeks of Love Island. A spokesman for Ofcom told The Daily Star: "Background the main issues were that certain candidates were being bullied; the well-being and mental health of certain participants; the age difference between certain candidates and certain candidates who are given more screen time than others in the main show edit. In the first week, more than 200 viewers complained about the eight-year age difference between love interests Gemma Owen and Davide Sanclimenti. After an episode that aired on June 7, the program received 167 complaints about the age difference between Gemma, 19, and Davide, 27. After they kissed an episode that aired on June 12, Ofcom received a further 93 complaints about the same problem. Gemma later addressed the age difference, saying: "It's not a problem for me at all. I feel like if that were the case, I wouldn't have wanted to meet you in the first place. Despite both being amicable adults, fans shared their uneasiness about the couple's age difference, with some questioning why Davide would choose someone so young. Viewers expressed their unease at Davide choosing to couple with Michael Owen's 19-year-old daughter, although it wasn't clear if he was aware of her age at the time. ITV also received 75 Ofcom complaints from viewers of Love Island's explosive row she had with Jay Younger - who she was then dating - after broadcast on Thursday 23 June. Love Island viewers were quick to condemn what they saw, branding the boys' treatment of Ekin-Su "bullying" and noting that none of the girls supported them while ganging up on the actress. During the episode in question, Ekin-Su got angry after Jay - who she is dating - told her that he would like to get to know Paige Thorne better. Although she initially took the news well, Ekin-Su later became angry and criticized Jay for not telling her he liked Paige earlier, telling him to fuck off. After Ekin-Su talked about what just happened and expressed her frustration with Jay, Jacques stepped in and told her, "He [Jay] hooked up with you and within two days figured out what you are, Dude, a f***** g headache'. He wants to meet Paige," but Jacques argued, "He's getting to know people, why can't people get to know each other?" hold my hand and cuddle me for a week." Luca Bish then said, "Jay, welcome to the kennel," and shook his hand. When asked by MailOnline, Ofcom confirmed that the majority of the 75 complaints concerned the treatment of Ekin-Su. Ofcom received 129 complaints on July 12 when former candidate Adam Collard re-entered the mansion. Adam was a controversial figure during his time at the villa, with some of his scenes even raising concerns among the bosses of domestic violence charity Women's Aid. The 26-year-old personal trainer appeared in series four in 2018, wreaking notorious havoc at the mansion, where he has been dubbed the "gaslighter" by some. Adam clashed with then-partner Rosie Williams in an explosive confrontation during which he was widely criticized by viewers for grinning throughout the argument and later leaving her in hysterical tears. Katie Ghose, Chief Executive of Women's Aid, expressed concern about Adam's actions that led to him joining Zara McDermott: "There are clear red flags in Adam's behavior in the latest series of Love Island." She then prepared to confront Adam, at which point he grinned through her tearful monologue - leading to fans branding the personal trainer "a narcissist and sociopath" for his cold reaction. In light of the shocking scenes, Women's Aid urged viewers watching Adam's behavior to recognize the warning signs and patterns. In response to the show, the bosses released a statement: "There are clear red flags in Adam's behavior in the latest series of Love Island. “In a relationship, a partner who questions your memory of events, trivializes your thoughts or feelings, and flips things around to blame you can be part of the pattern of gaslighting and emotional abuse. “Last night Rosie Adams addressed unacceptable behavior on the show. We ask viewers to join her in recognizing unhealthy behavior in relationships and speaking out against all forms of domestic violence - both emotional and physical. In addition, Ofcom shared that several of these complaints against Adam related to the well-being of Jacques leading up to and during his departure from the villa.


2005 was the best fight between WWE Raw and SmackDown of the brands

The rivalry between the two brands was the first and would serve as a template for any battle of the brands in the future (Author: Gardener)

2005The storyline rivalry between SmackDown and Raw in 2005 was the first of its kind and by far the best battle between the two WWE brands. From the start of the brand's split in March 2002 to the start of the storyline in October 2005, there was little interaction between the two brands, with the emphasis being on making them feel different. Notable exceptions during this period included an on-screen rivalry between Eric Bischoff and Stephanie McMahon, then General Manager of Raw and SmackDown, in mid-to-late 2002, and a mass brawl between the rosters of the WWE draft edition of Raw in 2004. The seed for the rivalry was seeded with the release of the first video game "Smackdown vs Raw" in late 2004, with what happened next on screen being a clear knock-on effect of its release and promotional marketing. The Royal Rumble, the annual event that pitted wrestlers from the two brands against each other, set the stage for nearly a year-long buildup of the brand's battle for supremacy at Survivor Series. Bischoff and Teddy Long, now Smackdown GM, debated while Triple H tried to get Batista to switch to SmackDown and face off against JBL for the WWE Title, regularly taking pot shots at his opposing champion. The Rumble also saw the first-ever interaction between Kurt Angle and Shawn Michaels, two of the best of all time, leading to a miniseries that started at WrestleMania 21. Another inter-promotional match took place at Mania between Randy Orton, then of Raw. and The Undertaker, the flag bearer on Smackdown. It was clear that some kind of history was brewing between the two brands, and it surfaced on the October 3 episode of Raw, which marked her "homecoming" to the US network after five years on Spike TV. In the penultimate match of the evening, an All Smackdown 6-man tag match was played between the best of the blue brand. Teddy Long joined Michael Cole and Tazz as commentators, Tony Chimel even in announcing duties. Just as the game was about to start, Bischoff came out, microphone in hand. He claimed his audience came to see Raw, not Smackdown, and as far as he was concerned it was "lights out," cue darkness and laughter from the Raw GM when he called for a commercial break. Smackdown's revenge came later that night after a WWE title match between John Cena and Bischoff (who were in a rivalry at the time), when Long said Smackdown was doing this "gangsta style," leading to an all-out brawl between the two carried two brands. There were mentions of the rivalry in the weeks to come, but it escalated into a full blown feud on October 17 episode of Raw when JBL's music hit during Edge's match with Big Show, costing him the match. Edge returned the favor on the next episode of Smackdown, but impaled JBL's opponent Rey Mysterio. JBL chased Edge away and allowed Chris Masters to enter and secure the masterlock on a downed Mysterio. JBL then showed up on Raw. Bischoff prevented him from entering while Edge and Masters took down the former WWE Champion, Smackdown wrestler and the show itself. This led to an inter-promotional match at Taboo Tuesday, a raw pay-per-view. An embarrassing defeat for Bischoff in the fight for brand supremacy. Bischoff took this to heart and challenged Teddy Long to a classic 5v5 elimination match between the two brands to end this war once and for all. Long accepted the match, declaring that like the Monday Night Wars, Bischoff would lose this too. Directed by Shawn Michaels, Raw featured world tag team champions Kane and The Big Show, and rising stars Masters and Carlito. The five from SmackDown consisted of World Heavyweight Champion Batista, JBL, Rey Mysterio, Bobby Lashley and Randy Orton. Orton had replaced original member Eddie Guerrero, who sadly passed away in early November, for whom tribute episodes took place. The Raw lineup was weaker due to the WWE Title match between John Cena and Kurt Angle sharing the same pay-per-view, as well as Triple H's involvement in a personal feud with Ric Flair. Edge was also injured during this time, despite appearing on screen. The build-up to the pay-per-view was a tit for tat between the two teams, with a series of run-ins, setups and mass brawls between them. During that time, Batista had torn a muscle in his back, which was explained in the best segment between the two teams. Team Smackdown showed up in the parking lot on the November 21 episode of Raw, leading to a showdown between the 10 men, which made for great visuals. The brawl saw The Big Show's head sticking out of a car window, Mysterio using the masterlock again, and finally Batista being rammed into a car's windshield with a double chokeslam by the Tag Champions, "hurting him". Batista was once again devastated by the greatest tag team of all time on the final episode of Smackdown before Survivor Series. The plot bad blood between the two teams was palpable and a main event for the ages was set. In the 5v5 elimination match, Batista was again taken out early to protect his ailing body, eventually becoming a 3v1 final between Shawn Michaels and JBL, Orton and Mysterio. With the odds against him, the Heartbreak Kid rallied and eliminated both JBL and Mysterio in a quick manner to the tune of Sweet Chin Music. JBL later interfered, distracting Michaels and allowing Orton to hit the RKO and win him over to SmackDown. This marked the end of the battle between the two brands as the rivalries resumed on the show. Bischoff paid the price for his team's loss and his own to Long with an on-screen shot from Vince McMahon in the weeks that followed. The reasons for Smackdown's victory are unknown, but it may have helped to balance power between shows, with Raw always considered the standout WWE brand. 2009 and 2010 saw Bragging Rights, a shabby-named pay-per-view. Since 2016, Survivor Series has once again fought battles between the two brands, but it's always felt forced and without a sense of genuine brand loyalty or hatred between them. This is not helped by the fact that the WWE Draft is almost annual at this point, the shows' branding is identical bar colors of red and blue, and assigned wrestlers regularly turn up unannounced on the other brand. Triple H's rise to head of creative coupled with the alleged fork of the Undisputed title could result in a resumption of the true brand war. The 2005 storyline should serve as a template for further development since it is so successful and clearly considered the best fight between SmackDown and Raw.


Driving through Ballyconnell in a gold BMW convertible? You won't catch me doing it too often

On the 2006 Ryder Cup weekend, Leona Maguire was 11 and banging around the K Club with her twin sister Lisa and father Declan to explore the evening (Author: Gardener)

BMWOn the 2006 Ryder Cup weekend, Leona Maguire was 11 and roaming the K Club with her twin sister Lisa and father Declan, scouring every corner for tickets. On Friday, they settled behind the first tee and soaked up memories of the roar and green players of day one. Then Declan got a strange phone call. Would Leona and Lisa carry the Ryder Cup to the podium themselves on Sunday night? Lisa had won the U12 World Championship earlier in the year, while Leona had finished third. Her incredible talent was already becoming known to Irish audiences and her future seemed marked, although it was still difficult to decipher an actual path. Walking to the podium where Arnold Palmer and Christy O'Connor Sr. would accept the trophy from them now seems like a moment of incredible symbolism; back then the priorities were different. "The first question was, 'Are there tickets for this?'" says Leona. They waited backstage with both teams that night, collecting autographs and taking photos with Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and all the Europeans who would live on their bedroom wall for years. Then we had to pass it on, like a Lion King moment.” Maguire already knew the K Club a bit. Her father had taken the twins to the European Open a few years ago and parked them on the ninth green to collect golf balls for the afternoon when they got tired. "That was probably the first real coaching we would have received," she says. "Junior Golf Ireland had things set up in a tent village and they hit velcro golf balls at a target like a dart board with nets and stuff." She was back as the K Club's touring professional last week, doling out tips for a group of kids as the role model she never had. She and Lisa looked elsewhere for their heroes: Serena and Venus Williams, two other dueling sisters, and the crew of immortal Irish male golfers who eventually became advisers and friends. A few weeks ago in Adare at the JP McManus Invitational, she was with Lisa watching Woods on the chipping green, "a bit floating." He asked how Maguire managed to rant about work like two colleagues at a water dispenser at the US Open in Congress in June. Woods and the others have long since descended from their bedroom walls into their lives. "It's just interesting to get their thoughts and see how they approach things," she says. “Preparation is a big thing, as is practice. Paul (McGinley) was a big help to me ahead of the Solheim Cup. What do you do when you're not playing? I had a good chat with him for an hour or two, so I wasn't a rabbit in the spotlight when I got there." Playing all five sessions for Europe, she amassed 4.5 points, making her the highest-scoring rookie in the history of the club Solheim Cup made. She returned to Ballyconnell this week in an open gold BMW with her 95-year-old grandma by her side and the whole county was out to meet her. “I don't particularly like being the center of attention, so driving around Ballyconnell in a gold BMW convertible? You won't catch me doing it too often," she says. "But the beauty of it was that it was after everyone was out of lockdown and it was something to be happy about. Maguire was relieved to win her first LPGA tournament earlier this year. A lot of people in my hometown know I play golf, they know I travel the world, but this week it got a little more real to them because they saw it.” She's with them the week after Solheim Cup escaped. Maguire stayed at home for another fortnight. The community that celebrated together for a week is now mourning together. "It cost me a lot more than I thought it would," says Maguire. "Probably everyone was still focused on the Gulf and a lot of people don't see what's going on behind the scenes. They were still thinking how great the Solheim Cup was, but the rest of it happened at the same time.” The weekend in February when she won her first LGPA tournament at the Drive On Championship in Florida brought many tangled and lifelong strands of sport, Family and relentless invisible transplant together. Talking afterwards, the whole family felt Marion's hand guiding them home after years of praying rosaries and lighting candles. Ever since she was a child, the expectation behind Maguire has exceeded anything imagined for an Irish golfer. Victory seemed to put an end to many questions. "There's always been people who had an opinion: You should go pro when you're 16, or you went pro too late," she says. “Mom and Dad organized everything very well. They made sure we got our leaving cert and went to college. When we were younger we thought it would be great to travel the world as professional golfers, but I'm glad we kept things as normal as possible. “The most important thing over the past few years has been: will you win this week? So it was nice when I won. It's like, "OK, that question is closed now. People can't ask that again. Dermot Byrne's installation as Caddy last June brought years of high-end experience with Shane Lowry and the calm judgment that suited Maguire well. Seven top 15 finishes followed before the Solheim Cup. She finished the year with five top 10 finishes and drove hard into this year, taking advice from McGinley and speaking to Caroline Currid, the celebrated sports psychologist who currently works with the Limerick hurlers. A video showed Maguire working on her wedges in the snow a few days after Christmas at the Irish Institute of Sport. Another round of tournaments in America will be punctuated by a trip home for the Irish Open next month, when it all boils down to the CME Championship for the top 60 players. Her world rankings - 16 - is her highest to date. “Overall, everything is going in the right direction,” she says. Three years since Lisa retired from professional golf, she's been back with Leona all summer, helping out with the logistical issues behind the scenes and caddying for a few weeks. "It wasn't until I went to America (to college at Duke University) that people started saying. 'Why do you keep saying we?'" says Leona. I'm probably still saying it without realizing it. You are both together: you help each other. America was also where the first signs of separation as golfers began to show: Lisa struggled with adjustments to her swing, Leona's 135 weeks as the world's top amateur set an all-time record, among a host of other historic accomplishments. In a college full of future athletic superstars and achievers, she happily took her place in the chorus. "There was never too much made of a big deal, which probably helped me keep going.


[WATCH] The Orlando Pirates compete in Master KG's viral WayaWaya Challenge

The Buccaneers celebrated in true Waya Waya style after Vincent Pule scored the opening goal against Royal AM at Chatsworth Stadium on Saturday night. (Author: Gardener)

WayaWaya ChallengeJOHANNESBURG – The players of the Orlando Pirates are the latest to take part in Master KG's viral #WayaWaychallenge. The #WayaWaychallenge, based on a song featuring Team Mosha released in 2018, is gaining momentum around the world as people literally try their hand at the quirky and sometimes hilarious dance moves. "This is too lit," the hitmaker replied in a tweet. @MasterKGsa it's happening all over the world again #masterkg #DSTVPREMIERSHIP #MTN8 #OrlandoPirates #royalam – Trèsor (@nelngwane1) August 27, 2022 If anyone is living an artist's dream, it's Master KG. The 26-year-old hitmaker, real name Kgaogelo Moagi, is enjoying what some artists will probably only dream of - another viral dance challenge. “Another 1” is how Master KG aptly described this latest dance craze in a tweet. Since that Thursday tweet, a series of videos featuring people who took part in the challenge have been doing the rounds on social media. And whether this challenge gets as big as Jerusalema or not, it's evidently clear that this award-winning muso is a master indeed. READ: Master KG's Jerusalema hits 500 million streams on Youtube


Harry Styles is a "Love Island" star

The singer told us he was "burned out" about missing the final season of the reality TV show (Author: Gardener)

Harry StylesIn his global cover story with Rolling Stone UK, we learned a lot about Harry Styles - 'the most wanted man in the world'. From his TV habits to his disdain for the Vogel app, Styles has opened up about his life like never before in recent years. He opened up about his relationships, which 1D referred to as "the band," and discussed his upcoming Hollywood starring roles. It wasn't until Styles released the lead single from Harry's House that the singer said he saw a surge in the number of new male fans. "[It's] definitely the largest number of men that would stop me from saying anything about it," Styles says. "That feels like an odd comment because it's not like men were the target. It's just something I noticed.” Styles portrays a gay police officer in his upcoming film My Policeman. "It's not like, 'This is a gay story about these guys being gay,'" Styles says of the role, which is set in the '50s ("Unfathomable now to think" that being gay was illegal, he says.) The Experience allowed him to reflect on his own path to becoming more comfortable with his sexuality. "I think everyone, myself included, has their own journey of exploring sexuality," he says. Despite giving Harry's House to the world earlier this year, Styles is already working on his fourth solo album. (Talk about feeding his Stans.) "I'm always writing," says the musician. "I think we're all so excited to get back to what feels crazy because we just got an album out." Styles says he and his staff have already started brainstorming for the upcoming LP and even his upcoming residency Stops planned to allow time to go to the studio. He's not afraid to be his messiest self around his friends. During the pandemic, Styles has spent most of his time with a trio of friends with whom he says he would "walk, cook dinner, wash the salad." His crew also watched movies including his favorite Belgian drama The Broken Circle Breakdown. "What I appreciate most about my friends is that I feel like I'm constantly being reminded that it's okay to have flaws," he says. "I think I'm pretty messy and I make mistakes sometimes. I think that's the most lovable thing: you can see a person's imperfections and it's not [that you] love them anyway, it's [that you] love them that way.” He wants to do more films – just maybe not right now. With thriller Don't Worry, Darling and drama My Policeman both on the way in the coming months, Styles has no plans to add more to his acting resume anytime soon. "I can't see myself doing a film for a while," Styles said, later adding, "I think there's going to be a time when I'll crave it." He described filmmaking as a session -Musician: "You get called to do a little bit, then someone else puts it all together." Right now, he's concentrating on his music. "It feels really creative and it nurtures things," he explains of making music. And if that's the worst thing, then it's a pretty good job. I like doing it right now, but I don't think I'll be doing it very often." He also debunked a rumor that he's joining the Star Wars franchise: "This is the first time I've heard about it. He wants (some of) his Stans to rock it on Twitter Styles isn't a big fan of Twitter, especially when it comes to the harsh comments his Stans have sometimes directed at his girlfriend Olivia Wilde. He called the Vogel app "a shitstorm of people trying to be horrible to people." And when the "terrible" comments are aimed at those closest to him, "it obviously doesn't make me feel good." He adds, "Can you imagine going on a second date with someone and being like, 'OK, there's this corner of the thing, and they're going to say that, and it's going to be really crazy, and they're going to be really mean , and it's not real.... Anyway, what do you want to eat?'” But he also knows that many of his fans actually follow his slogan, “Treat People With Kindness.” "It's obviously a difficult feeling, feeling close to me means you're blackmailed in a corner of Twitter or something," he says. "I just wanted to sing. I didn't want to get involved with hurting people like that." Wilde, who also speaks to Rolling Stone in the cover story, thinks the fan behavior is "the opposite of Harry." She says, "Personally, I don't think the hateful energy even defines his fan base. He's really upset that he missed the final season of Love Island. When he's not watching movies with his friends, Styles likes to kick back and watch some classic attempts at finding love in the mansions. (Maybe he's just like us!) While Styles explained how he hopes to spend his time in the coming months, he specifically mentioned that he wants to catch up on the British reality show's latest season, which he "gutted" missed.


Elliott can make Liverpool's engine purr

DOMINIC KING AT ANFIELD: The post-game chatter carried a familiar chorus. No Liverpool game goes on without midfield being discussed and it proved it after Bournemouth's blitz attack. (Author: Gardener)

ElliottNo game goes on in Liverpool these days without midfield being discussed and it proved it after Bournemouth's blitz attack. Rather than scrutinize and criticize, the conversation about Jurgen Klopp's engine room revolved around the fearlessness and enthusiasm that characterized the performances of two dashing Tyros. Harvey Elliott, with his ringlets and cute left foot, has long been at the center of Klopp's mind. Harvey Elliott impressed in Jurgen Klopp's midfield as Liverpool beat Bournemouth 9-0. At the end of last season, the Liverpool manager chided himself, saying it was "a crime" that he couldn't give the 19-year-old more chances. Opportunity killed that campaign and Elliott was in the right place to capitalize on it, standing out impressively from the moment Klopp unveiled him off the bench on opening day in Fulham. He is inventive, determined and fearless, like all the best youngsters. Those words, however, fit equally with Fabio Carvalho, who turns 20 on Monday and started the celebrations early by scoring his first goal for Liverpool - their eighth in a competition that almost required an abacus - to make the superb impression to preserve the one he left for Anfield since leaving Fulham. His joy at joining Elliott, who swept Liverpool's second into the top scorers list with a wonderfully crisp strike after replacing him at half-time, knew no bounds and delighted her manager, as did the rejuvenated Roberto Firmino and the electric Luis Diaz , both of which doubled. Reports from training on Elliott and Carvalho have been stellar all summer and Virgil van Dijk, number five goalscorer on a day that remarkably passed without Mo Salah, was only too happy to confirm the positive impression they made. "You need that maturity," said Van Dijk, who seemed stung by some of the criticism he received. "Especially when things don't go as well as they have in the last two weeks, these guys have the right mentality that we need. 'Harvey was good against Manchester United, Fabio came and played very well too. Of course there will still be bumps along the way but Klopp is not the type to overlook them at the first sign of unease and that is why the debate over whether he will sign another midfielder before Thursday's deadline is so complex. Klopp says he'd like to bring someone into the game and if you look at his bench against Bournemouth you can see why - players like Bobby Clark, Stefan Bajcetic and Harvey Davies would normally only expect to play in Carabao Cup games. Clark, a 17-year-old from Epsom who replaced another goalscorer in Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Bajcetic, an 18-year-old from Spain, made their debuts and were involved as Liverpool pursued a club and Premier League record-breaking tenth goal. Klopp could not have asked for better circumstances for their introduction. But what would have happened if Liverpool had been chasing a deficit? Lucky for them, Bournemouth was so flimsy and pathetic that manager Scott Parker looked like he'd seen a ghost on what he called the worst day of his career. Liverpool's injury situation is unlikely to change too dramatically ahead of Newcastle's visit on Wednesday so Klopp would be happy to have another experienced option. But he won't bring anyone just to increase the numbers. He will not sign anyone who will be an obstacle to Elliott - whose father Scott celebrated his goal by tossing his white jacket in the air in the main stand - or Carvalho as they have shown they are Liverpool's future. Virgil van Dijk admitted he was 'very impressed' by Liverpool's two young midfielders. "With the number of games we play, we need a lot of midfielders," said Van Dijk. You see how many games we play, we rotate a lot in midfield, apart from Fabinho. We need everyone. "I'm very impressed with both of them. Harvey was showing before his injury (last season) and now he's showing the same as before. I'm also impressed by Fabio. I didn't know him before he came, but I think he can be really good for us as a club too.” If you're looking for coincidences, you'll find that Liverpool ended the season as champions. Klopp, on the other hand, will not look further ahead than Newcastle. Neither did the hungry Elliott and Carvalho, by the way.