To coincide with the latest DLC for Mortal Combat X – a Jason Voorhees Bundle that gives players access to new characters and three horror-themed skins – NetherRealm Studios has released a gameplay trailer featuring the Friday the 13th villain. The machete-wielding masked icon appears in fine form, hacking and slashing his opponents with his signature weapon, while possessing the ability to absorb damage.
Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba didn’t get on the pitch during his side’s Champions League semi-final victory over Real Madrid on Tuesday night, but his potential transfer between the clubs has sparked many headlines across the continent.
Serie A specialist David Amoyal, who writes on behalf of Sky Italia‘s Gianluca Di Marzio, believes Madrid attempted to use their time against the Turin-based side intelligently:
Real Madrid has taken advantage of the Champions League semifinal to try to sign Pogba, they had (former Juve player and Real Madrid Castilla coach) ZinedineZidane help in their efforts so far. It’s possible Real Madrid’s pursuit continues in coming weeks: the race for Pogba has started.
Amoyal indicated Paris Saint-Germain have offered Pogba €15 million per season, three times what he’s receiving at Juve. Di Marzio‘s website, per Football Italia, suggests he has turned down this approach:
Interestingly, Sky Sports (h/t AS) reports the player’s agent was spotted visiting Madrid’s hotel.
“The representative was seen leaving the Golden Palace Hotel, where Real Madrid are staying, at around 12:30 p.m,” the report suggested. However, it isn’t thought that MinoRaiola, the player’s representative, met up with Madrid president Florentino Perez.
Raiola recently suggested Pogba‘s future is rapidly becoming more difficult to judge, per Charles Perrin of the Express: “It’s a very delicate moment. I prefer not to talk about Paul. I can only say that my client is liked by all the big and smart clubs.”
Pogba continues to recover from a hamstring injury picked up during the Champions League round-of-16 win over Borussia Dortmund in March, as reported by Luke Augustus of the MailOnline. The 22-year-old has made 30 performances in Serie A and Europe this season, scoring eight goals and providing four assists, per WhoScored.com.
He is widely regarded as one of the sport’s hottest young talents, particularly as his game is so well-rounded at such an early age. Pogba is powerful, combative and possesses a decent turn of pace, and he’s also confident with the ball at his feet.
B/R UK’s James McNicholas recently discussed the best landing spots for Pogba:
Amoyal believes the Frenchman will move multiple times throughout his career:
Despite signing a new contract in October, Pogba‘s name is destined to continue filling the gossip columns during the summer. Inking a new deal allows Juve to protect themselves against losing the player on a cut-price deal and shouldn’t be taken as an indication of his commitment to staying.
He is one of a few young players who genuinely deserves the hype he generates, and in the heat of the summer transfer market, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see his cost topple the world-record £85 million fee set by Gareth Bale in 2013. Pogba‘s potential is already producing match-winning results, so it’s exciting to see just how far he can progress in the future.
Madrid should be considered serious candidates for most world-class signings. Juventus got the better of them with a 2-1 win on Tuesday but, behind the scenes, progress may be going in favour of the Spanish club.
If you were ever wondering what a Fifty Shades Of Grey/ Catfish mashup would be like, it would probably look a little something like this…
A 68-year-old man who went by the moniker Anthony LaRoche was arrested for lying about his age and appearance in order to trick women into having sex with him.
Anyone who has ever seen an episode of Catfish knows EXACTLY how this works.
He first started by using photos of a young model and a fake name to hide his identity, and would lure women to his home via text and email.
Once they got there, he would insist that they have sex in a dark room and that the woman be blindfolded to give it a more 50 Shades of Grey feel, but these ladies quickly found out he was no Christian Grey.
A clampdown by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government could have “chilling effects” on foreign-funded charities and activists and is a cause for concern, the U.S. ambassador to India said on Wednesday. “I read with some concern the recent press reports on challenges faced by NGOs operating in India,” Ambassador Richard Verma told a news briefing in New Delhi. “Because a vibrant civil society is so important to both of our democratic traditions, I do worry about the potentially chilling effects of these regulatory steps focused on NGOs.” Modi, a right-wing Hindu nationalist elected by a landslide last May, wants to increase investment in infrastructure and make it easier for businesses to buy land to boost Asia’s third-largest economy.
Gareth Bale has often been berated by the Spanish press and fans this season, but on Tuesday night he posted a performance which led to major criticism from the British media.
ITV pundits and former Manchester United midfielders Roy Keane and Paul Scholes led the charge after Real Madrid fell 2-1 to Juventus in the Champions League semi-final first leg, while many others joined in.
Centre-back Sergio Ramos also failed to escape criticism after a poor showing in midfield on a difficult night for Los Blancos.
Keane, known for his intimidating style on and off the pitch, suggested Bale might as well have taken an early bath, as tweeted by MailOnline Sport:
Scholes noted Bale’s lack of confidence on his first start after injury, as reported by Pete Jenson and Nicholas Gooden of the Daily Mail: “Bale never once tried to take his man on. He just whipped the ball in and it was food and drink for Juventus‘ defence.”
Squawka highlighted Bale’s total lack of impact:
ESPN FC’s Craig Burley provided his thoughts on the player’s obvious struggle:
Currently linked with a move to United, as reported by Ian Ladyman of the Daily Mail, Bale’s season has been a disappointing one.
He was booed in January for failing to set up Cristiano Ronaldo with an open goal, subsequently being labelled a “ball-hog,” per AS (via Matthew Stanger of Sky Sports). He has scored just three in his last 17 matches, per WhoScored.com, and he appears to be suffering under the pressure of matching up to his world-record £85 million transfer fee.
B/R UK’s Sam Tighe assessed the Madrid players’ performances:
Much of the social media reaction to Bale’s display went down the humorous route, highlighted by bookmakers Paddy Power:
Ramos also produced a night to forget in a somewhat unnatural midfield role in which his distribution continued to halt Madrid’s progress up the field. Scholes provided a reactionary comment to Keane suggesting the European champions effectively played with less players, per ITV (via Football Tweet):
Squawka tweeted the Spaniard’s accuracy problems:
Former Barcelona and Tottenham striker Gary Lineker suggested Ramos failed to achieve the most basic of functions:
Tom Williams of AFP indicated Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti was just giving Juventus a chance:
Paddy Power stuck with the hair theme:
Goals from Alvaro Morata and Carlos Tevez provide Juventus with a lead to defend when they head to the Bernabeu in the second leg. Ronaldo’s header made him the Champions League’s all-time leading scorer and provides Madrid hope of overturning the deficit in front of their own fans. Italian teams are notorious for defending stoutly when needed, so an exciting match is likely to ensue.
Both Bale and Ramos can be expected to take on key roles in the second encounter. Neither managed to deal with the intensity of Juventus‘ play on Tuesday and were exposed by Massimiliano Allegri’s decision to go for the win. The pressure on Bale to deliver is increasing, particularly as criticism of him has now spread into Britain.
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