Sports Programming In DIRECTV

DIRECTV is the leader in Sports Programming that contributes many sports packages to their subscribers. NFL SUNDAY TICKET, NASCAR HotPass, ESPN GamePlan, ESPN FULL COURT, MLB EXTRA INNINGS, NBA League Pass, NHL CENTER ICE, MLS Direct Kick, CricketTicket, Setanta Sports, NCAA MEGA MARCH, Sports Pack, Golf, Tennis, UFC and WWE are the sports packages present in DIRECTV.

NFL SUNDAY TICKET

Subscribers can enjoy football like never before in NFL SUNDAY TICKET that is available only on DIRECTV. Subscribers can watch up to 14 games every Sunday with real time scores, in-depth stats and player – tracking. Up to 18 players in real time can be tracked on the screen. Live Big play alerts for players will be given every time when players perform game changing play.

Multi and single game score boards will be displayed on the same screen. The scores can be displayed quarter by quarter in the scoring plays. Subscribers can check the stats of the top performers and also the top three players in each team in rushing, passing and receiving with the help of Player Stats. The team stats comprises of first downs conversions, rushing and passing yards. Subscribers can view the performance of the team with real time division by division standings accompanied by wild card race information.

Supercharge NFL SUNDAY TICKET with SuperFan, benefits every game in crystal clear HD and Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound that delivers up to 14 NFL games on Sunday and telecasts Sunday games live on your mobile phone and computer. In Game Mix channel, subscribers can view up to 8 live games on a single screen and also televises 30 minute commercial free replays of entire games. The Red Zone Channel delivers final yards of every scoring.

DIRECTV SUPERCAST allows subscribers to watch NFL SUNDAY TICKET games on the computer. Subscribers can view the scores and game status for the completed and in-progress games, Acquire Game and player stats right away for each game. They can enjoy every NFL SUNDAY TICKET game with Red Zone Channel and switch from one game to the another at any time.

SUPERCAST MOBILE allows subscribers to view NFL SUNDAY TICKET games on the mobile phone. SUPERCAST Mobile is free to all SuperFan subscribers that provides all features of SUPERCAST Computer Application such as Highlights, Streaming Video, Scores and Stats.

NASCAR Hotpass

Subscribers can experience all races with excitement that is accessible only on DIRECTV and its free to all subscribers of DIRECTV. In NASCAR Hotpass subscribers can feel every turn, every lap with four dedicated driver channel that is available in HD.

The Four dedicated driver channel centers on one Driver throughout the race. Subscribers can watch multiple camera angles, inside and out from the driver’s in-car camera on one screen and also broadcast network audio and the driver’s team radio. All the four channels will be broadcasted in HD. Every thunderous turn, near-miss wall scrape will keep subscribers on the edge of the seat every second by DIRECTV HD. NASCAR Hotpass is available to all subscribers of DIRECTV for free of cost.

ESPN GamePlan

ESPN GamePlan is the college football on TV where subscribers can view up to 12 college football games from eight major conferences and watch up to 150 key rivalries and match ups even if subscribers live out of the area.

Atlantic coast, Big East, Big 12, Mid American, Pacific-10, Southeastern, Western Athletic and Sun Belt are the main conferences of ESPN GamePlan.

ESPN FULL COURT

The ESPN FULL COURT will provide up to 30 college basketball games a week including key match – ups from the top conferences. Subscribers are able to follow the team as they battle for conference titles no matter where subscribers live. Atlantic coast, Big East, Big 12, Colonial Athletic, Mid American, Metro Atlantic, Pacific-10, Southeastern, Western Athletic and Sun Belt are the main conferences of ESPN FULL COURT.

MLB EXTRA INNINGS

Subscribers can follow their home team throughout the season in MLB EXTRA INNINGS with up to 80 games a week that comprises of 40 games a week in striking crystal clear HD and eight games can be tuned on a single screen and one can be selected to view full screen.

NBA LEAGUE PASS In NBA LEAGUE PASS, subscribers are able to follow their favorite teams with up to 40 games per week, in that eight games will be displayed in the night. Subscribers can experience up to 20 of these games per week in stunning HD clarity.

NBA TV offers the best basketball coverage, award winning original series and live events. It also displays live games, latest scores, in depth analysis or Interviews. It is easy to go with NBA LEAGUE PASS STATS CENTRAL that affords real time updates, scores and stats of all game. NBA LEAGUE PASS BROADBAND gives access to live games online.

NHL CENTER ICE Subscribers can watch up to 40 games a week and select play off games from NHL CENTER ICE. They can look out the ice spray in crystal clear HD. The Dual feed feature in NHL CENTER ICE allows subscribers to listen to the opposing team’s commentary.

NHL CENTER ICE package includes Live games, Daily Highlight Shows, Up to the minute hockey news, international and vintage hockey, player profiles, interviews with 24 hour NHL coverage in both SD and HD.

MLS Direct Kick

MLS Direct Kick brings soccer action from all 15 Major League Soccer teams throughout the season. Subscribers can catch up to 130 regular season matches and opt playoff games no matters where they live to watch.

Chicago Fire, Columbus Crew, D.C.United, Kansas City Wizards, New England Revolution, New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC belongs to eastern conference of MLS Teams.

Chivas USA, Colorado Rapids, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo, Los Angeles Galaxy, Real Salt Lake, San Jose Earthquakes and Seattle Sounders FC belongs to western conference of MLS Teams.

CricketTicket

CricketTicket is an intensive U.S home for major international cricket events, comprising the ICC tournaments, IPL tournaments, Champions League Twenty20 and many other cricket events. CricketTicket brings an entire season of exciting matches from Australia, India and Srilanka.

Setanta Sports

Setanta Sports channel in DIRECTV displays the most soccer and rugby action around the globe. Subscribers can enjoy 24 hours access to the Barclays premier league, 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, Six Nations and Super 14.

Barclays Premier League, UEFA champions League, The FA Cup, England Internationals, UEFA Cup, Carling Cup, 2010 FIFA World cup qualifiers, English Championship/ League 1 & 2, International Friendlies, Scottish Premier League, Scottish FA Cup, MUTV, Chelsea TV and 2012 Euro Qualifiers are the soccer leagues in Setanta Sports.

Heineken European Cup, Guinness English Premiership, Super 14, Tri Nations, IRB Rugby Sevens, The British & Irish Lions Tour 2009, Currie Cup, Air New Zealand Cup, The Fall Tour England International, Six Nations, Powergen Cup, Magners League, Super League and Rugby League are the Rugby Leagues in Setanta Sports and Gaelic Football & Hurling, Aussie Rules are the other Leagues.

NCAA MEGA MARCH MADNESS

NCAA MEGA MARCH MADNESS provides all games of the NCAA Division I Men’s Tournament in HD. Subscribers can find NCAA MEGA MARCH MADNESS only on DIRECTV. In Game Mix, Up to 4 games can be viewed on a single screen and one can be selected to watch the game in full screen. Subscribers can acquire scores and real time updates from the tournament at the press of a button. They can create picks and track their progress throughout the tournament.

SPORTS PACK

SPORTS PACK in DIRECTV allows subscribers to enjoy more than 35 sports channels 24 hours a day that comprises of NBA TV, The MTN, GoLTV, MSG, YES Network and International Sports, College Sports, extreme seasonal sports – all in one fantastic pack. Subscribers can grab the games around the country with over 20 sports network. Any game can be recorded and watched later with a DIRECTV DVR. The favorite sports of subscribers can be enjoyed with HD.

NBA TV HD, TVG – The Interactive Horseracing Network, Outdoor Channel, CBS College Sports HD, The MTN, Fox Soccer Channel, GoLTV, Fox Sports en Espanol, Comcast SportsNet New England HD, Madison Square Garden, YES Network HD, New England Sports Network HD, MSG PLUS HD, SportsNet New York HD, Mid – Atlantic Sports Network HD, FSN Pittsburgh HD, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic HD, FSN South HD, SportSouth HD, Sun Sports HD, FSN Florida, FSN Detroit HD, FSN Ohio, FSN Cincinnati, SportsTime Ohio HD, Comcast SportsNet Chicago HD, FSN North HD, FSN Southwest HD, Altitude Sports and Entertainment HD, FSN Rocky Mountain HD, FSN Midwest HD, FSN Arizona HD, FSN Northwest HD, FSN West HD, FSN Prime Ticket HD, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and Comcast SportsNet California are the channels available in DIRECTV SPORTS PACK.

Grand Slam Golf

Subscribers can feel the Grand Slam Golf with spread out coverage on multiple channels that can be viewed in full screen or all the four at once on one screen. The bonus coverage of the PGA Championship from Hazeltine National Golf Club will be displayed on three dedicated channels. Subscribers can enjoy the coverage of three channels on a single screen or opt any one of it to tune in full screen. They can feel every swing with breathtaking clarity in HD. Subscriber can visualize the real time scores for players without missing even a stroke and keep tabs on all popular golfers throughout the tournament.

Grand Slam Tennis

The U.S open, Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon can be enjoyed by subscribers on multiple channels in full screen or all at once in a single screen. Having the most reputable Grand Slam Tournament from the All England Club is the compliment of DIRECTV. The bonus coverage of multiple matches can be viewed on separate channels or on a single channel, Wimbledon Mix Channel. With Match Guide, the scores of the matches and the real time scores of the top most players will be progressed on the court channels. Subscriber can feel the antagonism and actions in crystal clear HD.

UFC

DIRECTV’s Pay Per View UFC delivers the passion of world class kings of the cage like Georges St-Pierre, Chuck Liddell, Randy Couture and many more. The fight can be recorded in the DVR from any computer or mobile phone. Subscribers can experience every blow and the bead of soil in clear HD. The names of the contenders and the results can be viewed with the help of the Past UFC Events if the seer didn’t watch the live match-ups.

WWE

WWE in DIRECTV Pay Per View delivers the power, rage and finishing moves of the wrestlers. Watch WWE Superstars and all the destruction. Grab the best of the up coming wrestlers. TripleH.John Cena, Undertaker, Edge, Jeff Hardy, Randy Orton are the superstars of WWE fight to hold WWE Gold. DVR can be fixed to record WWE events from any Computer or Mobile. DIRECTV induces the most WWE events in HD. The names of the wrestlers and the results can be found out by the past events in WWE.

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Benefits of Gaming: How "Plants vs. Zombies" Helps Improve Problem-Solving Skills

«Plants vs. Zombies» is just one of the video games that achieved phenomenal success. But apart from killing time, does it provide any practical use in life?

The zombie craze is everywhere. Writers have been inspired to revive these brain-dead creatures that have hit it really big. Sorry, Rick Grimes, but they have virtually invaded the world and there is no stopping them. They have movies, TV shows, and games!

Thus, came the PopCap Games sensational hit: Plants vs. Zombies. Initially designed for the OS X and Windows, it is now compatible with Nintendo, Xbox, Android, Blackberry, and Apple devices. Several versions have been released, including one for Facebook.

Designed to be simple enough for casual players to learn, yet challenging enough for hardcore gamers, Plants vs. Zombies has gained a following. In fact, it remains to be the fastest selling PopCap Games video game since 2009. The world is obsessed with Plants vs. Zombies-and zombies per se-that just about everyone you come across plays or knows it.

So, what’s so special about the game? Does anyone actually benefit from shelling out a couple of dollars to purchase the latest version released every year or so?

If you are skeptical about the long-term effects of gaming, you are not alone. Ever since video games came to be, a number of people-mostly adults-have condemned video games as a waste of time and money. This inspired studies to determine the impact of gaming. The results were remarkably positive, leading to the creation of digital learning tools.

In a nutshell, people learn faster when they’re having fun. Think about it. Would you rather sit through a three-hour lecture delivered by a monotonous speaker than learn Mandarin through an interactive app equipped with all sorts of fancy features?

Plants vs. Zombies won’t teach you Mandarin, but it can improve your problem-solving skills. It immerses you into a virtual environment that simulates a probable life threatening situation-although exaggerated. You know it is superficial, yet you physiologically respond to it as though it’s real.

Here are three key game features that can enhance your decision-making and other survival skills:

Weapon Selection. You start out with a basic arsenal composed of sunflowers and pea shooters. As you move to higher levels, you unlock additional artillery. Simultaneously, you will be faced with armed zombies. To spice things up, you reach the point when you can arm yourself only with a limited number of weapons. This pushes you to weigh the pro’s and con’s of your choices.

Site Challenges. Arsenal constraints. Tougher enemies. You’re just warming-up. The real challenge comes when the game introduces new environments. The absence of sunlight and a pool in the backyard increase the threats and hazards. This calls for flexibility in your part, enabling you to adopt to different conditions and adjust your weapon preferences.

Time Pressure. Frankly, the pop-up warnings kill the suspense. Nonetheless, the game manages to bring in a number of conflicts that increase stress levels, ultimately testing your mental preparedness and alertness.

These three characteristics of Plants vs. Zombies are just a few of the many ways in which games serve as mental crunches. Still not convinced that gaming has its benefits? Or are you a wee bit encouraged to gift your kids the latest Xbox or Nintendo versions? The best way to win yourself over is to take the game for a test drive and find out for yourself.

In spite of being criticized as a mere distraction from the tedium, games have proven to be effective instructional tools. Just like Plants vs. Zombies, most video games are not intended to educate, but they can enhance skills necessary in solving real life problems. Truly, there’s fun in learning.

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How Much Deposit Do I Need To Buy A House in Liverpool?

Why do I need a deposit?

For many people, saving up for a deposit can be rather challenging, and this is their primary barrier to entry into the property market. It can be seen as daunting if you have a family or are currently renting.

We do get many questions about deposits so we’ll try to answer as many as I can for you here.

To reduce their lending risk, lenders will need you to put down a deposit. If they lend you 100% of the purchase price and you unfortunately fall into arrears, they’ll need to take possession of the property. This sort of thing only takes a small dip in house prices for them to suffer a loss.

There is a common thought that if you haven’t invested some of yours or your family’s money into your home then you might find it a bit too easy to «walk away» should the going got tough and you were struggling to meet your monthly payments. Also, if you are not in a position to save up say, 5% of the purchase price yourself then it could be argued that you’re not quite ready to get onto the property ladder.

My Credit History is Poor – How Much I Need to put Down?

A lot of the specialist Lenders that we work with as a company want you to put down a minimum of around 15% deposit if you have a poor credit history. This is simply to reduce their risk in the event of a property repossession. If you do require specialist advice, then please get in touch with a Mortgage Advisor in Liverpool as we are here to help.

Can I Take out a Loan for the Deposit?

It’s a possibility, but 99% of Lenders won’t let you do this. This would essentially be 100% lending.

Can someone Gift me a Deposit?

Yes, this happens quite frequently. It’s usually the «Bank of Mum and Dad» that can gift the deposit, however other family members like Aunties, Uncles etc. have been known to do this too. The latter isn’t as common an option though, so we wouldn’t take this as a guarantee. Prove who they are and confirm they are not expecting repayment of the gift, then you’re good to go.

Please note that the above information is for reference purposes only and is not to be viewed as personal financial or mortgage advice.

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Missed Goal Scoring Opportunities From Being A One-Footed Soccer Player

As a youth soccer coach and trainer, I have seen the disadvantages of not being two-footed. Because of this handicap many goal scoring opportunities are lost. Sometimes in soccer matches, a ball is played across the penalty area, and all the recipient of the pass has to do is just tap the ball in with the weaker foot, but because of this lack of confidence in that weaker foot, the player reluctantly choose to use his/her stronger foot. You know the rest! The ball is mishandled since the player was not positioned correctly to use the stronger foot, and what should have been an easy goal if the weaker foot was used turns out to be a missed opportunity. These missed opportunities happen a lot in soccer.

I witnessed this during the UEFA Euro 2012 Tournament. On June 9th 2012, the Netherlands played Denmark in group play of the tournament. It was almost the end of the first half and Denmark was already leading 1-0. The Netherlands were attacking. Then a pass from the left side of the pitch was played through to the Netherland’s top striker Robin Van Persie in the penalty area. Everyone familiar with International soccer knows Van Persie is left footed and relies heavily on that foot. The ball should have been handled with the inside of the right foot, but instead Van Persie received the ball with the outside of his left foot and made a bad first touch. His final shot due to the poor first touch was no test for the Germany goalkeeper. In short, Van Persie missed a golden opportunity to equalize for his team.

A finer touch with the appropriate foot may have created a better goal scoring opportunity. However, to his credit, four days later in the Netherlands second group play against rivals Germany, Van Persie scored the only goal for his team in the 2-1 loss to Germany. He received and controlled a pass nicely with his right foot, played it quickly to his left foot. He advanced with the ball with pace, got about four touches with his left foot and scored with an excellent shot outside the penalty area with his right foot (his weak foot). I’m sure he was criticized for not having faith in his right foot four days earlier, but being the top goal scorer that he is; Van Persie made the correct decision in the Germany game by striking the ball with his weak foot which allowed him to earn his first goal of the tournament.

Being two footed is a good attribute for a soccer player to have and coaches at high level look for those qualities in a soccer player. A player that can play with both feet may be in a sense twice as valuable as a player who is one footed. Further, a two-footed striker or forward will be able to score twice as much soccer goals when given the opportunity. Therefore, those soccer players who have the ability to use their weaker foot with competence can be valuable asset to any team.

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League of Legends Influence Points Guide

League of Legends is one of the most popular games with over twelve million daily worldwide players. This multi-player game not only has a number of challenges that hold the attention of its player, but it is also full of surprises and challenges that keep even the most hardcore gamer enthralled. I’ve been playing the game for over 3 years and still am addicted to it!

If you’re trying to get influence points (also known as IP), continue reading this League of Legends influence points guide.

IP is a measure of your summoner’s influence. This measure is taken based on your performance in the Fields of Justice. In other words, during game play in the Fields of Justice, the length of time you play and the skills your team has will increase your chance at gaining and earning influence points.

League of Legends is played when two teams of champions compete to be the first to kill off the other team’s Nexus. When you try to reach the enemy nexus, there are a series of challenges and minions needed to be killed along the way. The game is based on a set of maps you can choose to play on known as the Fields of Justice.

Influence points are used for a number of advantages throughout the game. For example, enough IP points will let you permanently unlock champions giving you a strong advantage over the opposing team by letting you expand your champion pool and counter-pick. What I mean by this, is if you unlock more champions, you can expand what you get good at and pick a strong champion to beat who you anticipate to verse.

If you already have a favorite champion in the game, you can use your influence points to purchase runes for your champion. Runes increase your champion’s abilities to make him or her stronger and more powerful. A good League of Legends Guide explains what you need to do in order to get more runes and how to best use your influence points for your team.

There is time and base caps for IP points that dictate how much IP you earn. For example, you get a sweet IP bonus for a win every 24 hours. Win a game each day to load up on IP.

Because there are a number of intricacies in the game, this League of Legends influence points guide is only a part of what you should know to get good at the game. For more help, read a good LoL guide written by someone who has played the game for a long time.

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Law of Attraction at Work

So you hear a lot these days about the Law Of Attraction. There are many books, videos, reports and even movies talking about it. Today, I just want to share a short bit of what it looks like when it is in action.

Last night I went to a local networking event for business owners and entrepreneurs. A place where we gather monthly not necessarily for the purpose of networking but to learn How to market and to share ideas using the Dan Kennedy technique of direct marketing.

So I sat down at a round table preparing for the meeting to start. A women, new to the club, sits down next to me and we exchange pleasantries, what we do for a living and our business cards. As a side note, she is an estimator for an excavating company I happen to be wearing my hat of Gold Star Referral Club Director.

So, our meeting started and I didn’t really think too much more about the women until she approached me again at the end of the meeting. She asked me if I could call her the next day.

I said «of course, what can I do for you?» She replied back with «I had been thinking of starting my own chapter of BNI, however, I wasn’t too sure that it would really be a good fit for my group. There are 6 of us and we even have a restaurant set up and available. I think maybe your club model may be a better fit.»

That, my friend is the Law of Attraction at work. Some of you may call that coincidence. But is it a coincidence that good things always seem to happen to good people and bad hings always seem to happen to bad people? It’s the Law Of Attraction without a doubt.

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Entertainment, Restaurants and Bars in Leicester

The diversity of ethnicities and cultures in Leicester makes it one of the most varied and vibrant cities in the country. The substantial Asian community has brought with it many interesting events which the city enjoys supporting. Complementing the traditional Christian festivities Leicester now also celebrates festivities such as Holi, Diwali, Eid-ul-Fitr and of course the Chinese New Year.

Bars and Pubs:

Partly due to it having two large universities close by the city centre, Leicester city’s bars and clubs are numerous and give a thriving and pulsating feeling to it. Bar and club names can change quite frequently, but this helps to keep the sense of vibrancy in the city in that there is always something new on offer. The Firebug is probably as complete a pub experience as you can get anywhere. The NME student guide for 2005 described it as «A real find for blinding food, beer, tough pub quizzes and lots of live music.» Here there is food to complement the 157 drinks lines they sell, regular live music, access to ‘WiFi’ throughout the premises and Pub Quizzes. Firebug is on Millstone Lane between the Council Offices and the old Town Hall. The Bambu, on the Welford Road below the Council Offices, describes itself as a relaxing café lounge bar blending mystery and sophistication without pretence. The Aqualounge on Wellington Street, more or less opposite the Council Offices is a bar, club and restaurant on 3 floors in one building, with Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights being the club nights. Moving away from the area around the Council offices, in Braunstone Gate, there’s the Loaf which styles itself as a pub to ‘loaf around in’, slow-down, have a drink and let the world go by. If you want a traditional city centre pub, then head for the Globe on Silver Street. Built in 1720 it serves fine draught ales, decent food and has a warm and charming atmosphere.

Restaurants:

There is in Leicester what is known as the ‘Golden Mile’ of Asian food, to which people are drawn from miles around for a truly authentic Asian eating experience. The Golden Mile is centred along the Belgrave Road, leading north out of the city from the Haymarket bus station. Some people would say the nearer to the bus station a place is, the better the restaurant will be. Friends is an award winning Tandoori restaurant with main courses ranging from only £5 to £12. Nearby is Sanjay’s Curry Pot which specialises in the Indian/Portuguese cuisine of the Goa region in India. It is one of the oldest established Asian restaurants in Leicester; prices for a main course are typically between £5 and £13. Moving away from the Belgrave Road and into the city centre, there is the Opera House, which is by the Cathedral in Guildhall Lane. This is well known for its imaginative menus and the sumptuous building in which it is housed. Alongside the market in Hotel Street is The Case, another stylish and contemporary restaurant, which also has a champagne bar in which you can order snacks and light meals. Although technically a bar and restaurant, Mobius, on Braunstone Gate, serves an excellent mix of Mediterranean and Thai cuisine. It’s a relaxing place to eat and produces authentic flavours for the regional food it produces by using only the best produce.

Entertainment:

The De Montfort Hall is probably the best known venue Leicester has, almost a ‘trade-mark’ venue for the city. Built in 1913 and recently refurbished, it can accommodate an audience of 1500 seated or up to 2200 standing. As well as the indoor hall there is an outdoor amphitheater that can house up to 5000. It has played host to classical, jazz, blues, folk, rock and pop music as well as being a venue for touring musical shows. In recent years it has also been increasingly used for conferences and exhibitions.

The Haymarket theater in Leicester was one of the well known repertory theaters in the country. Closed at present, a new theater is currently being built on Halford Street which is due to open in spring 2007. However, complications in the building programme look as if that opening date will now be postponed.

The Phoenix Arts Centre on Newarke Street is a small community venue providing a wide variety of entertainments. It is mainly used for showing films and hosting touring comedy and musical acts. However, it can also be used for theatrical plays and musical productions. There is, of course, a café/bar, which also hosts musical performances.

For live music, apart from at the De Montfort Hall, The Charlotte on Oxford Street is probably the biggest and best known. A fledgling Oasis played here many years ago! This is the venue in Leicester where you’ll first see the up and coming ‘Indie’ bands.

There are currently some 13 nightclubs to choose from in Leicester. Worth mentioning here is the Po Na Na, which apart from its interesting name, is well known for being the place to go for Funk and House music. Two floors with two separate sound systems make this a savvy and party spirited place to be. Po Na Na is in Carey Close near the Jewry Wall.

Leicester has three comedy clubs; Jongleurs (Granby Street), Ship of Fools (using a variety of stages including the Phoenix Arts Centre, and Bottle Rocket (at the Firebug bar).

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Tom Hicks & Corinthians

It seems Tom Hicks leaves a trail of devastation wherever he goes. His disastrous foray into the Brazilian football market as chairman of Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst left Corinthians, second most popular club in Brazil, in a state of turmoil.

The parallels between what happened to Corinthians and what is currently happening at Liverpool are unsettling to say the least:

* There was the initial blaze of publicity and fanfare when the company bought the club in 1999, with promises of big spending on the best players and the construction of a brand new 45,000 seater stadium in the suburbs of Sao Paulo.

* There was an initial capital investment to tie down existing players and to finance the purchase one or two other additional players.

* The economics behind the Corinthians deal appeared to be based on ridiculously rudimentary logic: «If you add up all the fans of professional baseball, basketball, football and hockey in the United States, that number is lower than the number of Brazilians who are soccer fans.» Clearly, no proper risk analysis had been undertaken – a situation which resonates with the due diligence period of 3 days prior to the purchase of Liverpool.

* This flimsy approach was reinforced by the apparently rash and impulsive purchase of Cruzeiro six months later – traits which Liverpool fans are rapidly coming to associate with Hicks.

* There was also the emphasis on the cheaper «young players», with the following quote from the (unfortunately named) Richard Law, president of Hicks’ subsidiary group: «Our job is not to turn back the inevitable, but to build Corinthians and Cruzeiro up from the junior ranks.» Hicks followed a similar tack following the takeover of Liverpool: «You need to keep your star players but also develop your young players. Young players are the lifeblood of your team, so we talked about how we can improve that side of the team.»

Corinthians had already won the Brazilian championship in 1998 so Hicks inherited a winning team. The initial expenditure assisted in retaining the league title in Dec 1999 and the club also won the inaugural FIFA Club World Championship the following month.

This is where things started to go wrong.

Unable to resist the temptation to make a quick buck, HICKS BEGAN SELLING TRANSFER RIGHTS TO THE CLUB’S STAR PLAYERS. On top of that, he decided on the bizarre idea of changing the traditional colour of the club’s shirt. He also introduced sponsorship (something which Corinthians fans felt defiled their heritage).

All of these things led to a furious reaction from supporters and widespread protest against Hicks and his partners. The company bailed out three years later, ironically having accused its local partner in Brazil of «misappropriating funds» (read the UTIMCO post and you’ll understand).

Corinthians began to spiral downwards. MSI took over the club’s management but, despite a league title in 2005, the financial problems initiated by Hicks proved too much of a burden. The club was relegated to the second tier of Brazilian football for the first time in its history in December 2007.

THERE WAS NO NEW STADIUM. Hicks invested about five hundred million dollars and within two years filed for bankruptcy.

In a recent prospectus issued to financial companies in London, Hicks claims in to be «a master of purchasing and growing professional sports teams».

Liverpool fans, Texas Rangers fans and Corinthians fans might disagree.

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Ian Callaghan – Liverpool FC Legend

Ian Callaghan was born in Liverpool in 1942, he supported Liverpool as a child and went on to play for Liverpool. During his eighteen years at the club, Ian Callaghan made a record 857 appearances for Liverpool, a record that still stands today and is unlikely ever to be broken.

Callaghan signed for Liverpool as an apprentice and made his first team debut during the 1960 season, when Liverpool were playing in the second division, he began to play regularly in the first team from 1961 season onwards. The 1962 season saw Liverpool win the second division championship and gain promotion back to the first division.

Nick-named 'Cally' Ian Callaghan became the backbone of the Liverpool team which embarked on a journey from second division mediocrity, to English and European football supremacy.

The 1963-64 season saw Liverpool win the first division league title and again in 1965-66, winning the FA Cup against Leeds United in 1965.

Ian Callaghan was known as a true gentleman, and he was only booked once during all his appearances for Liverpool. Initially employed as a 'winger' Callaghan was renowned for his pace, stamina and accurate passing, from which he created many goals for strike partnership Ian St John and Roger Hunt.

Later in his career Callaghan assumed a midfield role, after a career threatening injury during the 1970-71 season, from which he fought his way back into the team, and many say he played better in that role than he had done before.

Many believe that the 1973-74 was Callaghan's best at Liverpool, when he again helped them to win the FA Cup and he was awarded the football player of year award, and subsequently awarded an MBE for his services to football.

Callaghan's career at Liverpool was still far from over, at the age of 34 he helped Liverpool win the league title and UEFA Cup in 1976, and the following season win the league, and the European Cup for the first time in Liverpool's history.

Ian Callaghan was to play one more season for Liverpool, and the 1978 season saw Liverpool retain the European Cup. In the Autumn of 1978 Ian Callaghan finally left Liverpool, when he joined Swansea City, after an incredible 857 appearances and 69 goals. A true Liverpool legend.

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Short Biography of Famous Soccer Player – Oliver Kahn

His full name is Oliver Rolf Kahn. He was born June 15, 1969 in Karlsruhe, Germany. He was a German soccer player and played the position of the goalkeeper for Bayern Munich. From 1988 until 1994, Kahn played for Karlsruher. He has played 86 games for the Germany national team. His nicknames are «King Kahn» or «the titan».

Kahn begun his career at Karlsruher SC and in 1994 was transferred to Bayern Munich, his last professional club. He’s a modern goalkeeper, that manages his defenders splendidly and he also has the power of character to make himself heard and esteemed by his teammates, which is a surprising achievement considering he’s playing together with world class superstars at Bayern Munich and the German national team.

He is one of the most triumphant and famous soccer players of German in latest history, having won eight German championships, six German cups, the UEFA Cup in 1996, the UEFA Champions League and the Intercontinental Cup, both in 2001.

His personal contributions have received him four consecutive UEFA Best European Goalkeeper awards, three IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper of the Year awards. He is regarded to be one of the greatest goalkeepers of the all time and is the only goalkeeper in the history of football to win the FIFA World Cup Golden Ball (in World Cup 2002).

At 38 years of age, the majority players, even goalkeepers, make a decision to hang up their soccer boots, but not Oliver Kahn. For all we know, we might as well observe Oliver Kahn play for Germany in yet another World Cup in 2010.

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