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Early morning storms brought flooding to Lake Bluff, worse weather is on the way

State transportation officials were cleaning up water on U.S. Route 41 near Lake Bluff in Lake County on Saturday, with the road closed from Routes 137 through 176, according to the Lake County Sheriff's Office. When Lake Bluff resident Kris Rosiak looked outside his home around 6 a.m. Saturday, he noticed that the night's storms had flooded his yard. (Author: Gardener)

Lake BluffBoys test their fishing luck in flood water on submerged West Rockland Avenue after heavy overnight rain, July 23, 2022, in Lake Bluff. State transportation officials cleaned up water on U.S. Route 41 near Lake Bluff in Lake County on Saturday, with the road closed from Routes 137 through 176, according to the Lake County Sheriff's Office. When Lake Bluff resident Kris Rosiak looked outside his home around 6 a.m. Saturday, he noticed that the night's storms had flooded his yard. His home is near the west side of Lake Bluff, east of Green Bay Road and west of the railroad tracks that separate the city's east and west sides. It took a few hours for the water to recede, Rosiak said, and some streets were still flooded and closed, including the viaduct that runs under the Metra railway and connects residents to the downtown business district. "It's like a 14-foot standoff and the water is all the way up," Rosiak said. His son, who was up until about 2 a.m., saw it start to rain, he said. But the torrential storms, thunder and lightning came around 4 to 5 a.m., Rosiak said. "It looked like it was raining cats and dogs," he said. "It looked like it was going to rain sideways too. Rosiak's basement wasn't too badly damaged, though water entered and soaked her carpet, he said. He saw neighbors who were unlucky on Saturday morning and took furniture and carpets from their basement. "The storm sewers just can't handle it," Rosiak said. "Unfortunately, we see that quite often during big rains." Strong storms seem to be more common, Rosiak said. Water reaches near the top of a street sign on Scranton Avenue near Sheridan Road after heavy rain overnight, July 23, 2022, in Lake Bluff. Many roads in Lake Bluff, including portions of U.S. 41, were closed overnight due to heavy rains. Friday night's storm worked its way out of the Chicago area into central Illinois and northwest Indiana, said Zachary Yack, a weather forecaster with the National Weather Service. Another storm moved toward Chicagoland from southern Minnesota and Iowa on Saturday. Any area from Interstate 80 in the southern suburbs of Chicago to Gary, Indiana, north of the Wisconsin state line, is "fair game" for the wave of thunderstorms that could hit southeast Minnesota and Iowa, Yack said. This storm will also bring damaging winds of up to 70 miles per hour, he said. "Another round of torrential rains too," Yack said. The worst of this is expected to hit the Chicago area in the evening and into midnight, with storms potentially building behind the main storm system and continuing to bring rain into tomorrow morning and possibly early afternoon. Yack said people should be on the alert and have multiple options for receiving alerts. "It's important to make sure you have ways to get alerts that can wake you up in the middle of the night in case we issue overnight alerts while you're sleeping," he said.

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Barcelona have abandoned Guardiola's DNA principles by signing Lewandowski

Barça have chosen to buy big rather than support a rebuild based on a young squad and a coach rooted in their values ​​and traditions (Author: Gardener)

BarcelonaThe greatest trick Pep Guardiola ever pulled was to convince the world club DNA existed. Football changed when Guardiola was appointed Barcelona manager in 2008. It wasn't just that the world's eyes were opened to the full potential of possession football, or a match in the knockout stages of the Champions League scoring goals – although both happened – but that it became a model presents how things could be. Here was a coach with no first-team experience who immediately unseated two big-name foreign stars in Ronaldinho and Deco and won the Champions League, La Liga and Copa del Rey in his debut season with a side that consisted of seven players to come through the same youth ranks that had produced him. It was successful, it was beautiful, and it was cheap: what club officer wouldn't want to follow the model? Some executives are more concerned about branding and marketing, the thought of climbing the boardrooms of the world as a big-name signee, the prospect of being hailed as a genius by the fans who live for the market's dopamine hit rather than actually winning games. But for those who actually prioritize sport, the message seemed obvious: clubs need to be more like Barcelona. Clubs need to have a method and a philosophy that is taught in their academies and then applied in the first team to facilitate promotion from the youth ranks. Homegrown talent is likely to be more loyal and fans more forgiving of mistakes. And the kind of coherence that characterized this Barcelona side is perhaps only achieved through years of learning a system and playing together. Manchester City owners were wise enough after their early glory to recognize this and set up a club for Guardiola before his arrival, built on the Barcelona model, complete with two senior former Barcelona directors. They even have a coach in Xavi who was developed at their La Masia academy and embodies the club's values. If they hadn't won anything, well, development takes time. Missing out on the Champions League and the revenue that comes with it was certainly never a realistic worry. But instead Barça have opted to buy big, bringing in Raphinha and Robert Lewandowski and pledging their future, seemingly believing their best course of action is to upgrade, ignore the balance sheet and hope that a Super League is more likely sooner rather than later. Even Barcelona can be lured away from their DNA. But the truth is most clubs don't have DNA, or at least not in the way the term is commonly used. DNA is the excuse for giving the job of manager to a former player with limited experience in the hope that because he 'knows the club' he will somehow be able to conjure up Guardiola-style success. DNA is also the excuse used by fans to hit up managers they don't like, often Sam Allardyce. However, the clubs' self-perceived stylistic identities are largely indistinguishable: everyone likes to think of themselves as attacking football players. "Well we just couldn't accept the expansive Coach X at our club because we've traditionally had unnerving cheerlessness." But DNA, apart from Ajax and Barcelona (who of course adopted the Ajax model thanks to the influence of Rinus Michels and Johan Cruyff), is rather nonsense. The most successful managers, the true greats of English football, are the ones who tore apart a club's existing identity and created something new: Herbert Chapman, Matt Busby, Bill Shankly, Don Revie, Brian Clough, Alex Ferguson, Arsène Wenger... And it it may be that City, having established a Barça-style model, will try to maintain this approach even after Guardiola's departure - even if the financial benefits of homegrown players are less relevant to them than for traditionally funded clubs. But just because DNA is a myth for most clubs doesn't mean that a clearly defined philosophy is pointless. City have been mocked for speaking of a more "holistic" approach when sacking Roberto Mancini, but of course it makes sense for the manager, recruiting, scouting and youth development all to work with the same style of football - assuming the model flexible enough to evolve as football evolves. That's why Todd Boehly has said he wants Chelsea to become more like Liverpool, whose efficiency in transfers has been a key reason they've been able to keep up with City in recent years. And it works further down the scale: Swansea, for example, surpassed its financial weight under Roberto Martínez, Paulo Sousa, Brendan Rodgers and Michael Laudrup before new investors arrived and the approach changed. Perhaps over time, as with Ajax, this coherent approach can become an integral part of the club's identity. But the notion that, save for a select few, clubs have a hardwired playstyle, some predisposition to a certain way of doing things, is largely a self-mythology.

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Real Madrid player ratings in Vegas Clásico loss to Barcelona

Thibaut Courtois picked up where he left off in last season's 1-0 defeat by Barça on Saturday, but centre-backs Éder Militão and David Alaba looked like they would (Author: Gardener)

Real MadridCourtois picked up where he left off last season and showed he's the best goalkeeper in the world. He was unable to stop Raphinha's goal but successfully intervened to erase another dangerous moment from the Brazilian. Courtois prevented a very clear opportunity for Franck Kessié in the second half with about fifteen minutes to go. That Kessíe chance looked set to put Barça 2-0 up - as did two close-range shots from Ousmane Dembélé in the last five minutes. Vázquez was just about good enough as Vegas but played with fire when Memphis Depay intervened in front of him due to poor chest control, almost costing Madrid a penalty. However, the referee ruled a foul just outside the penalty area. One of the most uncertain players in Real Madrid's inaugural summer training session, Militão put on the kind of performance that marked his run-in last season. His grievous error left the ball on a plate for fellow Brazilian Raphinha to punish Madrid with a left foot drive to make it 1-0. The Austrian stayed in the same role as last season as a centre-back - and surprisingly, he started the Clásico as if he were the weak link in Real Madrid's defence, committing two errors that could have cost Madrid a goal. Like Militão, he still looks like he's on vacation. Ancelotti tried it last Friday, he wasn't bluffing: the German was used as a left-back for the first time. He performed his role with no small amount of aplomb, taking on Barcelona's Ronald Araújo in a heavyweight match. Another signing that Ancelotti wanted to put to the test against Barça. His presence didn't help to alleviate Madrid's big problem in the first half: they just couldn't handle Barcelona's high pressing. He was Madrid's fiercest midfielder early on, although his mistake trying to turn inside his own box nearly cost Blancos a goal. Despite this blot on his notebook, it's clear he's a player whose influence at Madrid is ever-growing. He had the first big chance of the Clásico, but his powerful right-footed shot from outside the box thundered back off the Barcelona woodwork. The Uruguayan has to shoot more often; he has targets in the right boot if he would just loosen the bonds a little. Vinícius had to wait until just before half-time before he had a moment reminiscent of the player who came to life last year. His long slalom run forward was halted by fouls from Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba, whose challenges caused tempers to flare and brawls to break out. Ancelotti's reluctance to risk Karim Benzema allowed the Italian to continue his experiment in using Hazard as a false nine after trying out the Belgian in the role at the Madrid and Los Angeles training grounds. So far it has borne little fruit; Hazard was harmless in the Clásico. The point where he made himself felt the most was in the melee when the Brazilian collided with Busquets. He allowed Madrid to look more like their true selves. Was on the receiving end of a Busquets foul that could have done him significant damage. The Brazilian brought some calm and positional control to the Madrid engine room, but it's not as if he's had much more influence as a presenter than Tchouaméni. Kroos arrived with Modric and Casemiro as Ancelotti restored Madrid's age-old midfield trio but the German didn't make much of an impact on the game. In this season, which is also decisive for his future, he will have more competition than ever. He had a unique opportunity to equalize in the 55th minute but had to hit Hazard's flap with his weaker right foot and went wide of the goal. Came as captain reflecting the fact that he is starting his 21st year as a Real Madrid footballer. Though more competition has emerged in the form of Rudiger, you'd expect Nacho to find a way to earn game time. His introduction returned the defense to a more orthodox system, with an absolute left-back in third place. Physically he is far from ready to start, the club wants him to get in shape and gradually strengthen the muscles in his left leg. Came on for Militão in the 60th minute and had to resist Barcelona's final onslaught as best he could while Courtois' heroics kept the Catalans at bay. Offers its usual physical potency, but with little effect. He tried to play up front and dominate possession in left midfield, but his fellow attackers might not have been the right ones to capitalize on his skills. Like Asensio, he will be under scrutiny this summer. Substituting for Vázquez in the 70th minute, he looked nervous and unsure. His role remains the same: third-choice right-back...

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Hazard speaks to ESPN about his injuries and Real Madrid's future

Eden Hazard's three years at Real Madrid were interrupted by injuries, but he told ESPN that he feels fully fit and ready to thrive next season. (Author: Gardener)

ESPNThree years into his Real Madrid career, it still feels like Eden Hazard hasn't really started. Signed by Chelsea in 2019 as arguably the Premier League's best player and expected to fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo's departure a year earlier, the Belgium international has instead become an afterthought in LaLiga and, for some, a punch line become. Hazard, 31, has won two Spanish titles and a Champions League with Real Madrid but has played a minor role in those achievements. After arriving self-reportedly overweight in the summer of 2019, things only got worse from there as a broken ankle in November 2019 was followed by surgery in March 2020 and the insertion of a metal plate into his right fibula. If 2019-20 was 'the worst of my career', in Hazard's words, then 2020-21 wasn't much better. More injuries followed and he ended the season irritating the club and fans when he joked with former team-mates after a Champions League defeat by Chelsea. He was a supporting player again last season, with his favored position on the left side of attack monopolized by the season's breakout star Vinicius Junior. In March, feeling ill from ongoing ankle problems and related muscle injuries, he decided to have another operation to remove the plate that had been put in place two years earlier. Hazard's most headline-grabbing performance came when he took on an unexpectedly high-profile role at Madrid's trophy celebrations in May. "Madridistas, I've been here for three years, with a lot of injuries," he said after grabbing a microphone to address enthusiastically the crowd of fans gathered in the city's Plaza de Cibeles. Those are just words of course and Hazard needs to speak on the pitch. But there are some reasons for optimism. Hazard is said to have returned to pre-season fit and pain free. In an unusual, demanding year - no one knows how players will be affected by the mid-season World Cup - and with Madrid not planning to sign a striker after missing out on Kylian Mbappe, he could get his chance to replace Karim Benzema. As Real Madrid begin their pre-season tour of the United States - staying at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles and training on the UCLA campus - Hazard spoke to ESPN's Mauricio Pedroza about his hopes for this season and why he's not ready to give up eager to make his time at the club a success. - ESPN+ Guide: LaLiga, Bundesliga, MLS, FA Cup, more (U. ESPN: How would you describe the importance of this upcoming season for you personally? Hazard: It's been a few seasons since I haven't played that much "For me it's like the [first] full version now at this club. I just want to show what I can do on the pitch. ESPN: What's the biggest challenge this season considering the World Cup is going to be played? Hazard: Being competitive in any competition this is going to be a tough season for sure because we're European champions too and you know when you're European champion everyone wants to beat you Some new players came in so we're ready for this new season ESPN: Like do you feel this pre-season - in terms of your health, in terms of your form - compared to what you've had to go through the last couple of years?Hazard: I'm fine.I can play - I can on the pitch do what i want . So I'm hoping to stay fit [for] two or two more years I want to enjoy my game and that's why I'm here. ESPN: Injuries seem to be part of the conversation about your Real Madrid career, how were you able to deal with that and not lose motivation? Hazard: Believe me, it's not that easy. You know when you play football you just want to be on the pitch. They try to know what's going to happen because I haven't been injured a lot before [at Chelsea] so it was something new for me. You have to learn to take care of your body differently, but it's a good challenge. Like I just said, I'm healthy so I'm ready to play. ESPN: What changes have you personally made to your off-season routine after the Champions League ended? Are you doing anything differently to get into the very good shape you are in right now? You know, I spent two weeks with Belgium at the end of the season. I was able to play four games, not 90 minutes. And then I was like, 'OK, I can play, I don't feel it. So let's move on, you know, and then I just enjoyed my holiday.' I work a little between seasons - we only had a month to get ready for preseason. ESPN: You pointed to your head [when giving that answer], which is interesting because it's one thing to be healthy to go back and train, but how hard is it for a player like you to do that as well mental aspect is on point are you dealing with these injuries? Hazard: Yes, but like I said, it's not that easy, especially when you don't know why you got injured. At Chelsea I was injured sometimes, but not like during those three years at Real Madrid. I knew something was wrong with my body, so I asked for surgery at the end of the season. ESPN: When you see your club succeed like last year and win LaLiga and the Champions League but you don't have the minutes you want on the pitch, how would you describe that mix of feelings? Hazard: It's a mix, just like you said; you're happy for the boys, you're happy for the club, you're happy for the fans, but you know inside you it's like I can't show that I'm not happy [not being involved], you knows? Football is a collective thing but inside I was like, 'OK I want good things this season but I haven't played that much so let's show I can play and we can win with my involvement on the pitch .” ESPN: What is the greatest strength of this Real Madrid team? Hazard: I think we play well together, we have experienced players and we have newer players... You know it when you see us on the pitch. We look like a real team. You know, last year we had a fantastic Champions League but we were down in so many games and we just never gave up. We tried to just play to the end and there were so many games like that. So I think it's like a mix of things: a mix of generations and talent too because we have a lot of talent in the squad and we're just happy are to be together. ESPN: That's a strength. Hazard: We don't have it! Hazard: We don't have it! ESPN: If you introduced Karim Benzema as a candidate for the Ballon d'Or, what would you say on his behalf? Danger: Karim? You know, there's no doubt about that. But I think he deserves it not just for this season but for his whole career, you know? It's like he's been at the top for 15 years. Maybe he's scoring more goals, which is why people just want him to win that Ballon d'Or, but I think he deserved it earlier, like five years ago. He's our captain now and he's a really good guy too, you know? He doesn't talk that much on the pitch, does what he wants. So we just pushed him to get the Ballon d'Or. ESPN: Part of Real Madrid's history is that they have a strong squad and they always try to make it even stronger with signings. Were you surprised when Kylian Mbappe decided not to join Real Madrid? Hazard: I think that's a thing of the past now; We're just concentrating on this season now. We look forward to the season. ESPN: Speaking of next season, your rivals Barcelona are making waves with new signings. Hazard: It's better for LaLiga when such games are like "Wow, what a Clasico". You know, [when Barcelona] have better players, it's even more fun to beat them. ESPN: Have you reached out to Gareth Bale here in L. Hazard: I just spoke to him yesterday just to ask him to come over and say hi. Hazard: No, he answers, but he hasn't come yet. ESPN: OK, what do you think of his move to MLS and LAFC? Hazard: I don't know because he [thinked about it] when we spoke last season. I think it's a good challenge for him because he's also going to the World Cup, so he just wants to play, and I think he's in L.A., one of the best places to be on the field and we know that he's been incredible for things like this for 15 years and still has a lot of quality to show the world he's still one of the best. ESPN: When you see the likes of Bale, Giorgio Chiellini, Lorenzo Insigne moving to MLS and you've seen Zlatan Ibrahimovic, David Beckham, Frank Lampard here before... Hazard: I don't think about that much. Now I'm just concentrating on this season. I still have a contract for two years. ESPN: You have this contract but I know that at the same time you had offers to maybe go to another club where you certainly would have been a safe starter and played a lot of minutes but you decided to stay at Real Madrid . Hazard: I want to show people that I can play for this club. That's my only reason.

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Hazard speaks to ESPN about his injuries and Real Madrid's future

Eden Hazard's three years at Real Madrid were interrupted by injuries, but he told ESPN that he feels fully fit and ready to thrive next season. (Author: Gardener)

ESPNThree years into his Real Madrid career, it still feels like Eden Hazard hasn't really started. Signed by Chelsea in 2019 as arguably the Premier League's best player and expected to fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo's departure a year earlier, the Belgium international has instead become an afterthought in LaLiga and, for some, a punch line become. Hazard, 31, has won two Spanish titles and a Champions League with Real Madrid but has played a minor role in those achievements. After arriving self-reportedly overweight in the summer of 2019, things only got worse from there as a broken ankle in November 2019 was followed by surgery in March 2020 and the insertion of a metal plate into his right fibula. If 2019-20 was 'the worst of my career', in Hazard's words, then 2020-21 wasn't much better. More injuries followed and he ended the season irritating the club and fans when he joked with former team-mates after a Champions League defeat by Chelsea. He was a supporting player again last season, with his favored position on the left side of attack monopolized by the season's breakout star Vinicius Junior. In March, feeling ill from ongoing ankle problems and related muscle injuries, he decided to have another operation to remove the plate that had been put in place two years earlier. Hazard's most headline-grabbing performance came when he took on an unexpectedly high-profile role at Madrid's trophy celebrations in May. "Madridistas, I've been here for three years, with a lot of injuries," he said after grabbing a microphone to address enthusiastically the crowd of fans gathered in the city's Plaza de Cibeles. Those are just words of course and Hazard needs to speak on the pitch. But there are some reasons for optimism. Hazard is said to have returned to pre-season fit and pain free. In an unusual, demanding year - no one knows how players will be affected by the mid-season World Cup - and with Madrid not planning to sign a striker after missing out on Kylian Mbappe, he could get his chance to replace Karim Benzema. As Real Madrid begin their pre-season tour of the United States - staying at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles and training on the UCLA campus - Hazard spoke to ESPN's Mauricio Pedroza about his hopes for this season and why he's not ready to give up eager to make his time at the club a success. - ESPN+ Guide: LaLiga, Bundesliga, MLS, FA Cup, more (U. ESPN: How would you describe the importance of this upcoming season for you personally? Hazard: It's been a few seasons since I haven't played that much "For me it's like the [first] full version now at this club. I just want to show what I can do on the pitch. ESPN: What's the biggest challenge this season considering the World Cup is going to be played? Hazard: Being competitive in any competition this is going to be a tough season for sure because we're European champions too and you know when you're European champion everyone wants to beat you Some new players came in so we're ready for this new season ESPN: Like do you feel this pre-season - in terms of your health, in terms of your form - compared to what you've had to go through the last couple of years?Hazard: I'm fine.I can play - I can on the pitch do what i want . So I'm hoping to stay fit [for] two or two more years I want to enjoy my game and that's why I'm here. ESPN: Injuries seem to be part of the conversation about your Real Madrid career, how were you able to deal with that and not lose motivation? Hazard: Believe me, it's not that easy. You know when you play football you just want to be on the pitch. They try to know what's going to happen because I haven't been injured a lot before [at Chelsea] so it was something new for me. You have to learn to take care of your body differently, but it's a good challenge. Like I just said, I'm healthy so I'm ready to play. ESPN: What changes have you personally made to your off-season routine after the Champions League ended? Are you doing anything differently to get into the very good shape you are in right now? You know, I spent two weeks with Belgium at the end of the season. I was able to play four games, not 90 minutes. And then I was like, 'OK, I can play, I don't feel it. So let's move on, you know, and then I just enjoyed my holiday.' I work a little between seasons - we only had a month to get ready for preseason. ESPN: You pointed to your head [when giving that answer], which is interesting because it's one thing to be healthy to go back and train, but how hard is it for a player like you to do that as well mental aspect is on point are you dealing with these injuries? Hazard: Yes, but like I said, it's not that easy, especially when you don't know why you got injured. At Chelsea I was injured sometimes, but not like during those three years at Real Madrid. I knew something was wrong with my body, so I asked for surgery at the end of the season. ESPN: When you see your club succeed like last year and win LaLiga and the Champions League but you don't have the minutes you want on the pitch, how would you describe that mix of feelings? Hazard: It's a mix, just like you said; you're happy for the boys, you're happy for the club, you're happy for the fans, but you know inside you it's like I can't show that I'm not happy [not being involved], you knows? Football is a collective thing but inside I was like, 'OK I want good things this season but I haven't played that much so let's show I can play and we can win with my involvement on the pitch .” ESPN: What is the greatest strength of this Real Madrid team? Hazard: I think we play well together, we have experienced players and we have newer players... You know it when you see us on the pitch. We look like a real team. You know, last year we had a fantastic Champions League but we were down in so many games and we just never gave up. We tried to just play to the end and there were so many games like that. So I think it's like a mix of things: a mix of generations and talent too because we have a lot of talent in the squad and we're just happy are to be together. ESPN: That's a strength. Hazard: We don't have it! Hazard: We don't have it! ESPN: If you introduced Karim Benzema as a candidate for the Ballon d'Or, what would you say on his behalf? Danger: Karim? You know, there's no doubt about that. But I think he deserves it not just for this season but for his whole career, you know? It's like he's been at the top for 15 years. Maybe he's scoring more goals, which is why people just want him to win that Ballon d'Or, but I think he deserved it earlier, like five years ago. He's our captain now and he's a really good guy too, you know? He doesn't talk that much on the pitch, does what he wants. So we just pushed him to get the Ballon d'Or. ESPN: Part of Real Madrid's history is that they have a strong squad and they always try to make it even stronger with signings. Were you surprised when Kylian Mbappe decided not to join Real Madrid? Hazard: I think that's a thing of the past now; We're just concentrating on this season now. We look forward to the season. ESPN: Speaking of next season, your rivals Barcelona are making waves with new signings. Hazard: It's better for LaLiga when such games are like "Wow, what a Clasico". You know, [when Barcelona] have better players, it's even more fun to beat them. ESPN: Have you reached out to Gareth Bale here in L. Hazard: I just spoke to him yesterday just to ask him to come over and say hi. Hazard: No, he answers, but he hasn't come yet. ESPN: OK, what do you think of his move to MLS and LAFC? Hazard: I don't know because he [thinked about it] when we spoke last season. I think it's a good challenge for him because he's also going to the World Cup, so he just wants to play, and I think he's in L.A., one of the best places to be on the field and we know that he's been incredible for things like this for 15 years and still has a lot of quality to show the world he's still one of the best. ESPN: When you see the likes of Bale, Giorgio Chiellini, Lorenzo Insigne moving to MLS and you've seen Zlatan Ibrahimovic, David Beckham, Frank Lampard here before... Hazard: I don't think about that much. Now I'm just concentrating on this season. I still have a contract for two years. ESPN: You have this contract but I know that at the same time you had offers to maybe go to another club where you certainly would have been a safe starter and played a lot of minutes but you decided to stay at Real Madrid . Hazard: I want to show people that I can play for this club. That's my only reason.

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Chelsea agree personal terms with Sevilla's Kound

Chelsea have reached an agreement with Jules Kounde after Barcelona reportedly hijacked the deal. Transfer Talk is LIVE with the latest. (Author: Gardener)

ChelseaTransfer Talk brings you the latest on rumours, comings and goings and of course deals done!TOP STORY: Jules Kounde is still on his way to Chelsea despite reports that Barcelona are hijacking the deal.Recent reports from Spain have speculated that Jules Kounde has turned down a five-year deal with Chelsea to await a move to Barcelona. Despite Xavi Hernandez's fondness for the centre-back, the La Liga side are reportedly put off by the transfer fee and are currently unable to match the Blues financially. A last-minute tumble is therefore unlikely as the France international has already reached an agreement with the Premier League side, in a deal that the Sun says is already worth £51million, including £4million in fringe benefits. A move to west London will become Kounde Thomas Tuchel's third major signing this summer following the arrival of Kalidou Koulibaly and Raheem Sterling.- Manchester United are set to make an offer for Inter Milan's Denzel Dumfries after landing Aaron Wan-Bissaka, according to Gazetta dello Sport have fired. The 26-year-old joined the Nerazzurri last summer and has three years left on his contract. The Red Devils are reportedly looking to finance the Netherlands international's signing by selling Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Although Roma are reportedly interested in the 24-year-old defender, they are yet to make a formal offer, with Crystal Palace also eyeing a move for the England international. Atletico Madrid have stepped up their pursuit of Cristiano Ronaldo by placing Antoine Griezmann on their transfer list, The Times reports. The Rojiblancos are reportedly trying to fund a move for the 37-year-old Manchester United striker by offering Griezmann to potential suitors, hoping to get the 31-year-old's sizable salary off their payroll. The Portugal international is reportedly interested in a move to Wanda Metropolitano, who would promise Champions League football next season despite spending nine seasons with rivals Real Madrid. Juventus are looking to part ways with Adrien Rabiot this summer and that could include a swap deal with PSG for Leandro Paredes, according to Tuttosport. However, the France international could return to PSG after his free transfer in 2019 as the Italian side look to take over Paredes from the Ligue 1 champions on a five-year deal, Sky Sports Deutschland report. The Bundesliga champions had turned down three offers for the 17-year-old before reaching an agreement with the Ligue 1 side. The France Under-17 international will undergo a medical in the coming days and will reportedly join the German club on their pre-season tour of the United States.- Nice has turned to Leicester for Kasper Schmeichel after failing to win Yann Sommer so L "Team. The 35-year-old goalkeeper is reportedly interested in a move, but only if he can part ways with the Foxes amicably after 11 years. The Denmark international has just one year left on his contract as the Ligue 1 side look to replace Walter Benítez following his free transfer to PSV Eindhoven.

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Barcelona make late bid to hijack Chelsea deal Jules Kounde and more

For the second time this summer, Barcelona are trying to snap up a player Chelsea thought they had banned (Author: Gardener)

ChelseaWhat's better than a cup of coffee and the latest transfer news? Chelsea are approaching Jules Kounde but it doesn't look like Barcelona are going to give up too easily. West Ham could finally have a new striker in Gianluca Scamacca, Brighton are being offered Neal Maupay, Nuno Tavares could finally have a loan target from Arsenal and more. Coming to transfer moves, the Jukes Kounde saga is another transfer coming to Barcelona and Chelsea this summer as the Spanish side continue to increase their buying power through a mix of TV rights and sponsorship deals. Chelsea's £55m bid for Kounde has been tabled but Barcelona are preparing an official offer to complicate things. The Sevilla defender wanted to wait and see if Barcelona could make an offer, a dynamic echoing the Raphinha deal earlier this summer when Chelsea agreed terms with his target team but the player decided to wait for Barcelona to make a move Get them, although this transfer is expected to be completed sooner rather than later. Kounde has been in touch with both clubs but it will be interesting to see how things develop as Barcelona's offer is likely to be lower than Chelsea's. Barcelona would also like Cesar Azpilicueta (though maybe only if they don't get Kounde0, but Tuchel isn't sure he'll let Azpilicueta go unless Barcelona offer what Chelsea are asking for. "We have a Spain international, captain , but Barcelona don't see it at that level - so I'm not sure I want to give Azpi what he wants," said Tuchel during Chelsea's pre-season tour. Those moves may not be imminent, but they are in all there's a lot of transfer fire in the smoke from these players Gianluca DiMarzio reports that after a move to Marseille fell through as the French club wanted a call option as part of the deal, Atalanta are now close to signing Nuno Tavares for the year, reports Gianluca DiMarzio Salernitana awaits Brighton response to Neal Maupay offer After narrowly avoiding relegation from Serie A, Saler is trying nitana looking to improve their offense in the new season and according to Gianluca DiMarzio they have offered Brighton an around €8m contract for Neal Maupay since moving from Brentford to Brighton with just underperforming 26 goals in 102 starts so it wouldn't be surprising , if Brighton were willing to pull away from him, but so close to the season it could be difficult to pull off. Danny Welbeck and Deniz Undav - who has enjoyed a 26-goal season in Belgium - are the other forward options that could make Graham Potter a little easier if Maupay makes the switch.

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You should check out this cat video supporting a Michigan political candidate

Anthony Feig, a Democrat running for District 92 in the State House, uploaded the 150-second video to YouTube on Saturday (or "Caturday," as Feig put it) July 16. (Author: Gardener)

MichiganMOUNT PLEASANT, MI — A candidate seeking a Michigan state house seat is gaining attention thanks to a campaign video that shows him and a cat. Anthony Feig, a Democrat running for District 92 in the State House, uploaded the 150-second video to YouTube on Saturday (or "#Caturday," as Feig put it) July 16. Since then, social media marketing has gained prominence, including attention from Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, who retweeted the video. "I don't know Anthony personally, yet having him in Lansing feels like the best thing that has ever happened to me," Nessel wrote in a message on Wednesday, July 20. Feig immediately responded to the Democrat on Twitter: "The cat and I thank you! Well, thank you, but the cat is sleeping." Yes, Feig calls the cat "The Cat" in the video, backed by a tag named "Cat." The promotional item features Feig in a mock conversation with the 9-year-old British Shorthair cat in human English. "Anyway, cats and a vast majority of humans like what you stand for and we think you're a decent guy," says The Cat of Feig's very obvious ventriloquism. When Feig interjects about passive support, The Cat makes a pseudo-clarity: "Cats wants you to take a stronger position in cleaning our litter boxes. The conversation includes Feig updating viewers on how to volunteer and contribute financially to his political campaign. When he asks The Cat to volunteer online, the cat's response includes a promise to go through Feig's keyboard. Feig, a 53-year-old professor of geography and environmental studies at Central Michigan University, said he produced the promo to bring a light touch to a sometimes harsh political environment. "Of course there are some people who find the video ridiculous or stupid or silly," he said. “My position is of course silly. While the video caught people's attention online this week, Feig said his campaign included numerous forums - including regular newsletters and a website - where he regularly shares his position on political and social issues. "A man can be serious without taking himself too seriously," said the first-time political candidate. Still, Feig said he will likely produce other campaign material to help lighten the mood. After the attention his latest video has garnered, The Cat may even return for an appearance. "I'm considering a second video where we (Nessel) agree," Feig said of the attorney general. "She seems to like cats." Feig is the only Democrat in the running for State House District 92, which includes Isabella County and northern Gratiot County. In November, he faces the winner of the primary on Tuesday, August 2, between five Republicans fighting for the seat: Thomas Anderman, Gene Haymaker, Jerry Neyer, Todd Schorle and Erin Zimmer. In the August primary, Republicans are fighting to represent the rural seat on the Saginaw County board of directors. Moolenaar faces Norton in the GOP primary for the Michigan seat in Congress

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PS5 hit Stray is an overnight success building on over 20 years of cat memes

Stray is a viral hit with cat people everywhere, proving once again that cats rule the internet. (Author: Gardener)

StrayStray cat meme surrounded by emojis If you haven't been to the internet in your entire adult life, you might not know that cats have always been in charge. Indeed, in the early 2000s, cat memes were one of the preeminent methods of communication via email, burgeoning social media platforms and forums. If you've ever used terms like "hecking good boy" or "boop the snoot," you might not know that the root of your internet language is actually Kitty Pidgin, the "I can has?" loaded language derived from the Lolcat meme era, some of the earliest traceable pidgins of their kind on the web. However, the Internet is just a new medium for an already existing human fascination with cats. From ancient murals to Harry Pointer's meme-like photographs, we've been inextricably linked to cats for over 9,000 years. It's no surprise, then, that while cats don't quite have the supreme power they once held over the online space, they're still a huge cultural pillar. As the viral sensation proves, the third-person cat adventure game is Stray. Despite weeks of hype leading up to the game's release, a veritable tsunami of cat content erupted through our Twitter, TikTok, and even Facebook feeds upon release. With more than 60,000 concurrent players on Steam, a number that rivals some AAA titles, Stray has clearly captured something otherwise lacking in the current gaming scene. Some readers may remember a little old site called "I Can Has Cheezburger?". from back then, which published text memes with a range of recurring characters and themes - some of the earliest memes I've found on the internet. Whether it was one of the earliest cat blogs like MyCatHatesYou or the Infinite Cat Project, memes like Ceiling Cat, Long Cat and Cheeseburger Cat, or even 4Chan's Caturday posts, cat culture was strong and widespread, quickly spreading from images to videos as Sites like YouTube became more accessible. The universe of cat memes quickly expanded. Fast forward to the present and we have Stray capitalizing on decades of feline heritage on the internet. If you've been wondering why this game won hearts, look no further than its attention to detail when it comes to capturing the joy of cats. Stray puts you in control of an orange cat who has been separated from her group of feline friends and thrust into a post-post-apocalyptic cyberpunk city, sealed off from the outside world. The city's inhabitants are companions, helper-bots abandoned by humanity that have evolved over several centuries to mimic human behavior, belief systems, and even aspirations. Throughout the game, you and your drone buddy, the B-12, will explore and investigate the various dwellings within the walled city in hopes of finding a way to return to the outside world and, as a by-product, freeing the companions trapped within its walls. As a premise, I would casually say that it completely innovates the post-apocalypse adventure genre, but what really takes Stray to the next level is seeing everything through a cat's lens. Whether you're scratching carpets and trees, drinking from puddles of water, or meowing at the touch of a button, this game exudes feline charisma. The moment I realized that this game had more than just beautiful graphics and some solid platforming mechanics was the first time a throwaway animation was included for no other purpose than to add depth to the experience of being a cat. If you encounter B-12 early in the game, the drone will put a harness on you. It's not an animation that's repeated anywhere else in the game - just a really nice acknowledgment of cat quirks. Likewise, there are numerous pianos around the world that you can jump on and keyboard walk over. several instances where your job as a cat is to destroy things by knocking them off ledges with a shy, curled paw; and even times when walking across a computer keyboard is a crucial part of plot development. These small but significant interactions contribute to a larger narrative, a sense of self-awareness that Stray has - and one that I think many larger teams and studios would struggle to grasp with such nuance. In my opinion, it's this raw, unadulterated charm that has captured the hearts and minds of gamers around the world. Although many of them don't even know what a cat is and refer to them as four-legged friends, they have a very human desire and appreciation for the creatures. A bot lies on a couch and can be jumped on, reacting in surprise at first before yielding to the cat's will, petting it and falling asleep again. Another favorite interaction of mine occurs when I hand off music sheets to the audiophile bot Morusque. The Companion plays the track on his makeshift guitar - and you have the option to curl up on a pile of pillows next to it and listen to the song. It's a simple, sweet moment reminiscent of lazy afternoons spent next to my own feline friend. Stray captures the essence of cosiness in his nods to the little moments in life that bring you peace and contentment. To me, it's like pausing for a coffee at Brewster's in Animal Crossing, only to see the simple animation of a small cup being picked up, sipped, and enjoyed with short, fingerless hands. Does all this mean that Stray is for everyone? Stray's greatest strength is also its greatest weakness - it depends on whether you appreciate the cultural place of cats or have the experience of owning one to really shine. I recently read an article by Vice that suggested Stray undercuts itself - and offers an overly human lens on a humanless world. In Stray there is a fundamental juxtaposition between the way the robots so desperately mimic humanity and the survival of cats in this barren, post-human world. In the end, what fascinated me most about this simple game was that an intelligence created in our image always strives to be human, to be more. Stray is far from the perfect game; I would go so far as to say that the second act was a bit disappointing in terms of gameplay, lacking in verticality compared to the beauty and richness of detail of the first act. However, it's undoubtedly one of my favorite games of the last few years. Appreciation of entertainment and art forms is always subjective, and nothing demonstrates that quite like the invention of the cat game.

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Saturday morning news summary

The pilot of a small plane flying across the street from San Joses... (Author: Gardener)

SaturdayThe pilot of a light aircraft that crashed Friday night across from San Jose's Reid-Hillview Airport suffered life-threatening injuries. A spokesman for the San Jose Police Department said late Friday night that the condition of the pilot, who was taken to a local hospital for treatment, has stabilized. The plane crashed around 7 p.m. near the intersection of Ocala Avenue and Karl Street in east San Jose, next to the airport. Officials from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are responding to the crash site to help with the investigation. A Seaside man has been sentenced to five years and four months in prison after pleading not to appeal on two counts of drunk driving, Monterey County prosecutors said. At 10 p.m. on May 26, 2021, officials observed a white Dodge Charger braking and accelerating at unusual times while traveling east on Via Del Rey. Police chased the vehicle and watched it drive across the double yellow lines. Officers conducted a check stop and observed signs that the driver, identified as Dominguez, was intoxicated. Police said Dominguez admitted to drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana before driving and his blood alcohol content was 0.21 percent and 0.19 percent, respectively. At 11 p.m. on February 27, 2021, officers observed a Chrysler traveling north on the 1600 block of Fremont Boulevard and drifting between lanes. During the subsequent traffic stop, police observed that the driver, identified as Dominguez, showed signs of intoxication. Police said Dominguez did not perform satisfactorily on on-site sobriety tests, and his blood alcohol content was 0.14 percent and 0.13 percent. A wildfire burning in San Benito County is 50 percent contained as of Friday night, according to a Cal Fire spokesman. Other evacuation orders for the immediate area have been reduced to evacuation warnings. It burns near the 3800 block of Anzar Road, near Aromas in San Benito County. Firefighters have made good progress fighting the fire, according to Cal Fire. Four other structures were threatened. Caltrans temporarily closed three lanes of Interstate 80 in Berkeley Friday night to erect concrete construction barriers on the freeway to begin work repairing damage to the Gilman Street crossing. The three right lanes of eastbound Interstate 80 at Gilman Street were closed at 9 p.m. Friday and reopens at 5am on Saturday. All five lanes of eastbound Interstate 80 will be open to traffic at this time. Caltrans originally planned to repave the freeway Saturday night, but will instead put up the temporary concrete barriers -- meaning all five lanes on eastbound Interstate 80 will be open Saturday morning. The temporary concrete barriers remain in place to begin work to repair the damage to the Gilman Street crossing, which was struck by an oversized truck on Wednesday. The repair work will be completed by September, according to a Caltrans spokesman. Nightly lane closures on eastbound Interstate 80 will be required to complete the repairs. Around 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, a truck with a tall load traveling westbound on Gilman Street struck the east side of the overpass. Caltrans is conducting a major project at the Gilman Interchange in partnership with the Alameda County Transportation Commission. A pedestrian-bicycle overpass is currently being built at the cross. Wednesday's crash did not damage the structure currently under construction. A magnitude 4.2 earthquake struck northern California at around 6:41 p.m. Friday, according to the U. The earthquake's epicenter was about four miles south-southeast of Oroville in Butte County and about 22 miles south-southeast of Paradise. A spokesman for the Butte County Sheriff's Department said there were no reports of damage or injuries. A 70-year-old woman with Alzheimer's who went missing earlier this week has been found safely, according to a spokesman for the Oakland Police Department. Guan was last seen on the 2400 block of Foothill Boulevard around 7 a.m. Wednesday, police said. Police thank the community and news media for their assistance in locating Guan. The National Weather Service forecast for Saturday for the greater San Francisco Bay Area calls for much the same weather as the region had on Friday, with daily highs in the 60s along the coast to the 70s and 80s around the bay and the 90's inland. Saturday morning overnight lows are mostly in the 50s. Copyright © 2022 Bay City News, Inc. Republication, retransmission, or redistribution is prohibited without the express written consent of Bay City News, Inc. Bay City News is a 24/7 news service covering the greater Bay Area. Copyright © 2022 by Bay City News, Inc. Republication, redistribution, or other reuse without the express written consent of Bay City News, Inc. is prohibited.

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