How PSG could line-up next season with Kroos, Kante and Griezmann in XI

PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN are lining-up an audacious £68million swoop for Real Madrid star Toni Kroos to replace Adrien Rabiot this summer.

The French midfielder, 23, is out of contract this summer after a season-long stand-off – with Barcelona leading the race for his signature on a free transfer.

As well as Kroos, PSG have been lining up a host of summer moves – and we take a look at how the Ligue 1 giants could line-up for the start of the 2019-20 season.

GOALKEEPER

Alphonse Areola

AREOLA has been the No1 this season in Paris – and is expected to for the long haul.

The two-cap France star, 26, has kept Gianluigi Buffon out of the team for much of the season – and is likely to remain the main man between the sticks next year.

DEFENCE

Thomas Meunier, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Juan Bernat

IT will likely be business as usual in the Parisien defence – with this talented back-four arguably one of the best in Europe.

With Presnel Kimpembe, Thilo Kehrer, Dani Alves and  Layvin Kurzawa also in the squad, there's absolutely no need for reinforcements this summer.

MIDFIELD

Toni Kroos, N'Golo Kante, Marco Verratti

IT'S the midfield where things get really interesting – with a move for German star Kroos just the start.

The Los Blancos star would slot in nicely driving forward with Verratti.

But PSG are also hoping to take advantage of Kante being played out of position at Chelsea – by offering him the chance to slot back into the central defensive midfield role at the club.

FORWARDS

Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, Neymar

PSG already have arguably the best attacking trio in the world with Mbappe, Neymar and Edinson Cavani on the books.

But the Uruguayan appears to be being left behind by his younger colleagues – with boss Thomas Tuchel eyeing up a move for Atletico Madrid icon Griezmann.

Despite Cavani's incredible talent, it's fair to say that would still be an upgrade to an already fearsome front-line.


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'The Good Fight' Season 3: What Fans Can Expect

The Good Fight, the spinoff series of CBS’ The Good Wife, is already in its third season. And this season is going to be interesting after the cliffhanger in the finale episode of Season 2. Keep reading to learn what fans can expect from Season 3 of The Good Fight.

Background on the show

The Good Fight was supposed to start off with Hillary Clinton becoming president. As everyone knows, Donald Trump won the election.

The series premiere begins with Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski), a lifelong Democrat, watching election results roll in and realizing Trump would become the next president of the United States.

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Lockhart –spoiler alert! — who was in the midst of retiring from her law career, learns she’s broke — and must go back to work.

Why you should watch ‘The Good Fight’

If you didn’t watch The Good Wife or are apprehensive about watching spinoff shows in general, take a chance on this one.

“The Good Fight is […] better than its CBS predecessor The Good Wife ever was. Period. Full stop,” Daniel Fienberg of The Hollywood Reporter wrote.

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And we wholeheartedly concur with Fienberg. The show is funny, thought-provoking, and unpredictable. For those who watched The Good Wife, dare we say you won’t miss Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) keeping her emotions in check. The only caveat is that The Good Fight is available only on the network’s app, CBS All Access.

‘It’s put up or shut up’

Several cast members appear in a promotional video for Season 3 of The Good Fight. “It’s put up or shut up,” is how actor Nyambi Nyambi, who plays the firm’s investigator, Jay Dipersia, describes the new season.

As for Baranski who plays the show’s main character, Diane Lockhart, she describes Season 3 like this: “News is breaking over us like waves, so it’s having this toxic effect. It’s making us all crazy.”

We learn more about Liz

Audra McDonald who plays Liz Reddick-Lawrence told Entertainment Tonight what fans can expect from her character in Season 3.

“Right off the bat with the first episode, there’s some personal things that happened to her that affect her and the law firm as well,” McDonald told Entertainment Tonight.

“There’s some major stuff that she has to deal with, some major bones that she has to deal with immediately.”

#MeToo will be addressed

“I don’t know what I’m allowed to say and not allowed to say, but I can say that it [the #MeToo movement] figures quite prominently,” McDonald said. “And it’s something that’s touched on and dealt with.”

Michael Sheen joins the cast

A new face will join the cast of Season 3. Actor Michael Sheen, who was once married to actress Kate Beckinsale, will play attorney Roland Blum. McDonald touched on the addition of a new character in her interview.

“Michael Sheen was such a brilliant choice,” McDonald said. “He’s such a wonderful man and so sweet, but [Roland is] this just larger than life, corrupt character. The character he’s playing really throws the firm for a major loop, so it’s like having an 800-pound gorilla in the room now.”

As for the status on the rest of the cast including Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo), Maia Rindell (Rose Leslie), Adrian Boseman (Delroy Lindo), Colin Morrello (Justin Bartha), Julius Cain (Michael Boatman), and Marissa Gold (Sarah Steele), you’ll have to watch Season 3 of The Good Fight.

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Man survives hours lost at sea off New Zealand after turning jeans into flotation device

German tourist uses his jeans as a flotation device and survives being knocked overboard a yacht

German tourist uses his jeans as a flotation device and survives being knocked overboard a yacht and left adrift for hours on the open water.

A tourist from Germany survived being knocked overboard and left adrift for hours on the open water off the coast of New Zealand last week — all thanks to his jeans.

Arne Murke was delivering a yacht with his brother from Auckland, New Zealand to Brazil when they ended up sailing through rough seas about 20 miles off Tolaga Bay on March 6.

The 40-foot yacht's mainsheet suddenly came loose amid the rough swells and knocked Murke overboard while he was only wearing a t-shirt and jeans.

"My brother started directly to get me but the swell was like three meters," he told the New Zealand Herald. "He threw a life jacket with a rope overboard. I couldn't reach that, it was already too far away."

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After being unable to reach the life jacket, the 30-year-old said he quickly decided to turn his jeans into a flotation device, a technique that's used by lifesavers including U.S. Navy SEALs, Scouting groups and more.

Arne Murke was knocked off a yacht about 20 miles off Tolaga Bay, about halfway up New Zealand’s east coast.
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"Luckily, I knew the trick with the jeans," he told the Herald. "Without the jeans I wouldn't be here today, they were really the thing that saved me."

Murke said he saw the technique used years ago, and that he always thought of using it if he ever ended up going overboard without any flotation device.

"I took a deep breath, took out my jeans, made knots at the end of the legs and inflated the jeans; pull it over water and get air inside and then push it under water — I had like an improvised life vest," he told the news outlet.

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"Without the jeans I wouldn’t be here today, they were really the thing that saved me"

As he floated in the sea for the next few hours, Murke said he thought of his 10-month-old daughter, who lives with his girlfriend in the Philippines.

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After nearly 4 hours, he was spotted by a rescue helicopter that was searching the area with the New Zealand Coastguard and Royal New Zealand Air Force, according to Sky News.

The Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter Service shared a video of the rescue on Facebook, which showed a diver jumping into the water to get to Murke.

"He is so incredibly lucky to be alive," the group said.

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Boats begin sea bed search for missing plane of Emiliano Sala

Boats begin specialist sea bed search for missing plane of footballer Emiliano Sala and pilot

  • Two boats will search four mile square area about 24 nautical miles of Guernsey
  • Air Accidents Investigation Branch Geo Ocean III vessel will look for three days
  • Private search using specialist boat Morven will continue until ‘plane is located’
  • The boat is equipped with a multi-beam echosounder and side-scan sonar

A specialist sea bed search for the missing plane carrying footballer Emiliano Sala and his pilot has began off the coast of Guernsey.

Both the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) Geo Ocean III vessel and a private boat, which includes a side-scan sonar, will be used to try and find the aircraft.

Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson disappeared when their plane vanished as it passed near Alderney on 21 January during a flight from Nantes to Cardiff.

The AAIB said its search was expected to last three days, while the private search will continue ‘until the plane is located’, reports the BBC.

The specialist FPV Morven ship, pictured in Guernsey, is being used in a privately funded search for the plane of missing footballer Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson

Emiliano Sala (pictured) has been missing since after his plane went down over the English Channel on January 21

A four mile square area, based on the flight path before the plane lost contact, will be covered which is about 24 nautical miles north of Guernsey.   

The official search after the plane’s disappearance was called off after three days as officials didn’t believe there was much chance of anyone having survived. 

An online petition was then started which raised more than £300,000 to put on a privately-funded search using a specialist survey vessel. 


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More than 3,500 people had responded to the appeal for funds and the target was broken with the help of a £26,000 donation from French World Cup winner Kylin Mbappe.  

The boat, operated by global marine cable installation firm A-2-Sea, is equipped with the latest technology.

It includes a multi-beam echosounder and side-scan sonar, which can detect anomalies on the seabed.

The Piper Malibu carrying Sala from Nantes to Cardiff vanished over Alderney on January 21 and is feared to have plunged into one of the Channel’s most perilous areas, known as Hurd’s Deep

Marine scientist David Mearns, 60, will lead the private search in the four mile square area

David Mearns, who claims to have found 24 major shipwrecks, will lead the group during the search.

He said that the boat, called Morven, was brought from Southampton to Guernsey six hours earlier than scheduled to take advantage of a break in the weather. 

Mr Mearns said both vessels would divide the search area looking for ‘wreckage’ and a ‘debris field’ in a depth of 60-120m (196-390ft). 

On Wednesday two seat cushions, believed to be from the single-engine Piper Malibu, were found on the Normandy coast.  

Members of Mr Sala’s family and friends arrived in Guernsey last Saturday and several members of the group were later taken to the small island of Burhou.

Emiliano Sala’s mother and sister arrived at Guernsey Airport following a flight out to the search area west of Alderney on January 28

The islet was the focus of social media attention on the night of the disappearance after members of the public shared a picture which appeared to show flares coming from the island.

However, John Fitzgerald, the director of Channel Islands Air Search, said the island and its surrounding area had been searched many times.

He added: ‘It is really a puffin reserve. It is tiny but you can land on it,’ he said. ‘The plane and helicopters have been over many times since [the night the plane vanished], but they haven’t seen anything in that area.

‘It is only a few hundred metres long and it has been saturated by helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft.

‘The flares I have seen pictures of are most likely aircraft trails.’ 

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‘MAFS: Happily Ever After’ Season 2 Could Feature Even More Major Life Changes

Lifetime’s Married at First Sight is a nerve-wracking adventure for both its viewers and stars alike. The premise is pretty self-explanatory: after experts determine their best matches for a long-term relationship, participants say "I do" the very first time they meet their soon-to-be-spouse. Sometimes, it’s disastrous. But in other instances, it actually works out for the best. It’s unclear if the spinoff, Married at First Sight: Happily Ever After will return for a second season, but the glimpse it’s given into the lives of those actually pursuing a relationship after this bonkers experiment has been riveting thus far.

The reality show follows the journeys of the couples who decide to stay together following those first few weeks of spontaneous marital life, and as of right now, it doesn’t seem like the network has announced any plans to renew or cancel. Should it continue into a second season, it’s also uncertain whether it would still document the lives of the Season 1 couples, or explore others who may still be together following their stints on Married At First Sight. The first season follows Shawniece and Japhte, Ashley and Anthony, and Danielle and Bobby, all of whom found each other on the original iteration of the show.

Each pairing had around eight weeks to decide if they wanted to stay together, and all of them felt confident that they needed to remain in the relationships. Shawniece and Japhte welcomed baby Laura this season, and the other two couples are dealing with pregnancies of their own.

With participants gearing up for parenthood, if they haven’t already embarked on that path, there’s plenty of material MAFS: Happily Ever After could run with if it stayed focused on the families at hand. Marrying someone you have little to no knowledge of is one thing, but going on to raise children with them after you foster a bond is a totally different beast. "One minute you’re dreaming of this perfect family and boom! You’re picked to be married to a stranger and boom again, you’re pregnant," Shawniece told E! News. "If that’s not big, I’m not sure what else can top that."

All the couples have also spent time rehashing their relationships with experts during marriage retreats, so that romance doesn’t fall to the wayside even as they welcome their new bundles of joy. They’ve been talking to each other, leaning on one another and asking advice, because no one else besides their fellow cast members can likely understand just how strange the entire situation is.

The cast of MAFS: Happily Ever After have had to cultivate the love, intimacy, and affection for one another that they weren’t able to foster before walking down the aisle. "The first time around you don’t even know the person you’re spending every day with," Ashley told the Chicago Tribune in October. "But now it’s just more natural."

Some of them are also in a situation in which the passion doesn’t come so quickly, and they might need a little more nudging than others. "Shawniece and I are genuine people and I feel like a lot of people are maybe able to relate to us," Jephte told E! News in the same article. "Our journey is different in that there wasn’t love at first sight or an animalistic attraction to each other. But we’re truly trying to build a relationship from scratch and in our story, there’s so much to learn, value and appreciate."

Regardless of how you feel about the premise, MAFS: Happily Ever After offers an unexpected glimpse into romances that may or may not be meant to be. Even if a Season 2 isn’t in the stars, these couples and the lives they’re building seem to just be getting started.

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US warship sails in Sea of Japan waters claimed by Russia

The guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell in a 2015 photo.

A U.S. Navy warship sailed in waters claimed by Russia in the Sea of Japan on Wednesday as tensions increase over the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from a decades-old arms control treaty.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Pacific Fleet says the guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell sailed “in the vicinity of” Peter the Great Bay, a body of water off the Russian port city of Vladivostok, “to challenge Russia's excessive maritime claims and uphold the rights, freedoms and lawful uses of the sea enjoyed by the United States and other nations.”

Vladivostok, in Russia's far southeast, is home to the country’s Pacific Fleet. The last time the U.S. Navy sailed in the area was 1987, the same year the U.S. signed the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with Russia. On Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the U.S. will suspend its obligations under the treaty in 60 days, and he accused Russia of "cheating" on the deal.

The U.S. has shared intelligence evidence with its NATO allies that it says shows that Russia's new SSC-8 ground-fired cruise missile could give Moscow the ability to launch a nuclear strike in Europe with little or no notice. Russia has denied the accusations.

In response, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that Moscow would walk away from the treaty if the U.S. did the same.

The U.S. Navy is also preparing to send a warship into the Black Sea for the first time in a month to shore up support to Ukraine after Russian forces seized three Ukrainian vessels and 24 sailors aboard on Nov. 25.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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