Pigeon message found over a century after sent by German soldier

first_imgDominique Jardy, curator of the Linge Museum, near where the discovery was made, thinks 1910 is more likely, Le Parisien reports (in French). – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img

Delph asked Richards about City

first_img “I don’t want to say go there and then he (Pellegrini) doesn’t play him – he’ll be ringing me up afterwards!” Richards, 27, played a key role in City’s FA Cup and Premier League triumphs of 2011 and 2012 respectively but was then restricted to just nine league appearances over the next two seasons. He won the last of his 13 England caps in February 2012 and, after also struggling for game time in Italy, hopes the move to Villa can revive his career. He adds that the international factor is also something Delph must consider if weighing up a move to join City’s star-studded squad. Richards said: “It makes it difficult because next year is the Euros. “If you go to Man City and find yourself only playing 10 games and someone (else) has a really good season that player is going to play for England. Things can change. “Sometimes you’ve got to strike when the iron’s hot and Delph is playing well but it’s a difficult decision. I’m sure he’ll make the right one.” Richards is Villa’s first signing of the summer but manager Tim Sherwood is keen to add new faces to bolster a squad that narrowly avoided relegation last season. Losing Delph would be an undoubted blow to plans as would the departure of striker Christian Benteke, who has been strongly linked with Liverpool. Richards said: “You need good players. You can’t be average players and expect to finish first in the league. You need winners in your team. “With Delphy we have that. Whether he stays or not I don’t know. “Benteke? I don’t know. If he leaves it will be – not a problem – but he’s one of the best strikers in the league. So it’s going to be difficult if he leaves. “But I think we’ve got a good group of lads. I’ve been impressed with the first two training sessions. “I’ve obviously trained with the best at Man City and that’s been really high, but the lads here are confident and hopefully we can take that into the new season.” :: Richards was speaking at the launch of Aston Villa’s new kit for the 2015-16 season. England midfielder Delph has been linked with an £8million summer switch to the Etihad Stadium and Richards, who left City to join Villa on a free transfer this summer, is ideally placed to offer advice. Defender Richards does not think it is a decision the 25-year-old should take lightly and would not recommend moving, even to a title-challenging side, without being confident of regular action. Micah Richards has revealed that new Aston Villa team-mate Fabian Delph has asked him for his thoughts following reported interest from Manchester City. Richards himself struggled to hold down a place in his final years at City due to a series of injuries and the form of Pablo Zabaleta, and spent last season on loan at Fiorentina. Richards said: “It’s tough isn’t it? If he’s got guarantees to play… He’s been unbelievable for Aston Villa. “Every player wants to play at the highest level. If he’s going to be playing Champions League… I don’t know, but if he’s going there to be a squad player, then no. “James Milner has played six or seven positions and still wanted to leave. “So if he gets assurances he’s going to play then the decision is his. I wouldn’t say don’t go to Manchester City, because if he’s playing well he could play. “If you’re good enough you’ll play. “It’s just being given that chance. If he (City manager Manuel Pellegrini) is going to give him the chance to play then it’s hard to turn down the chance of playing Champions League football. “To be fair he has asked me what I think about the situation. I told him I can’t comment to be honest. Press Associationlast_img read more

MLB playoffs 2019: NLDS preview, predictions, storylines, players to watch

first_img MLB playoffs 2019: Three takeaways from an improbable Nationals wild-card win MLB playoffs 2019: One reason Nationals, Brewers could win the World Series 2019 NLDS storylinesWill Dallas Keuchel be the key to the Braves taking the next step?: This is why the Braves went out and signed Keuchel in the middle of the season. The lefty got World Series experience wth the Astros and made multiple appearances in the postseason with Houston. He gives the Braves a veteran for their rotation to send out in Game 1 of the NLDS and possibly for a second time in Game 4 or 5. But will he be what they need to advance to the next round? Or will he struggle as he did in his final few outings in the playoffs for Houston (4.43 ERA last four appearances)?Can the Nationals hit consistently in their matchup with the Dodgers?: While Max Scherzer can catch some flak for lackluster postseason performances with the Nationals, it has truly been the lineup that has let Washington down in the playoffs over the last few years. Since 2014, Washington has averaged 3.8 runs per game in the playoffs, scoring three runs or fewer in seven of their 15 games. The Dodgers have a solid pitching staff. Will the lineup do enough to support a rotation that will likely keep the Nationals in all of their games?2019 NLDS players to watchJack Flaherty, SP, Cardinals — The 23-year-old righty might have been the best pitcher in MLB down the stretch in 2019. In the second half, Flaherty put up a 0.91 ERA and 0.71 WHIP in 99 1/3 innings. He won’t get to start Game 1 on Thursday, but he will likely pitch Game 2 on Friday and will either have a chance to send the Cardinals back to St. Louis tied 1-1 or up 2-0.Kenley Jansen, CP, Dodgers — The Dodgers decided to stand pat at the deadline and did not go out and get either an additional closer in the market or at least a man who could step in and take over in case Jansen struggled. Los Angeles’ closer posted a career-worst 3.71 ERA this year while blowing a career-high eight saves. This could easily be seen as an anomaly with hope that he’ll get over it in the playoffs, but in the last two years he has had some serious postseason breakdowns. He has posted a 3.55 ERA with four home runs allowed in nine appearances in the World Series over the last two years. Jansen struggled again during the regular season. The Nationals showed in the wild-card game they can get to good closers in the late innings. Will that factor into the series? The National League Division Series are set.Washington will take on the Dodgers after winning a dramatic wild-card game 4-3 over the Brewers and the Cardinals will face off with the Braves. Both series start Thursday as the Braves and Cardinals play at 5:02 p.m. ET and the Dodgers and Nationals face off at 8:37 p.m. ET. Both games will be on TBS.Here is your 2019 NLDS Preview: Related News MLB playoffs 2019: One reason Athletics, Rays could win World Series 2019 NLDS predictionsBraves over the Cardinals in five games — The Braves have an odd advantage in this one: the Cardinals haven’t faced Keuchel or Max Fried yet this season. The one pitcher they will definitely face in the playoffs is Mike Soroka and he dominated them to a tune of a 0.69 ERA in 13 innings (two starts) this season. But the Cardinals have had success with their pitching as well, so this will come down to the two lineups. The Braves’ lineup is better. They tasted the postseason last year and their young hitters have more experience under their belt. That will be the difference.Nationals over the Dodgers in five games — We admit it, this is bold, but we just like the Nationals’ starting rotation too much to think it will lose with the way it’s set up. The Dodgers have to face Patrick Corbin in Game 1. He shut out Los Angeles over seven innings in his lone start against them this season and Los Angeles showed massive vulnerability in matchups against lefties in the playoffs all of last year. Now, it addressed that by playing Cody Bellinger every day — matchups be damned — but this year the Dodgers were not as good against lefties as they were righties. But beyond that the Dodgers will have to face Stephen Strasburg in Game 2 and he is an absolute beast in the postseason. Los Angeles could easily be down 2-0 going back to Washington. But as we said above, the Nationals still have to hit in this series. That is the X-factor. So if they don’t then the Dodgers will obviously win. But it is undeniable how well the Nationals’ pitching sets up for the NLDS against the Dodgers.last_img read more