A Major Earthquake Hit Alaska Today

30 Nov

A magnitude 7.0 earthquake with an epicenter just eight miles north of Anchorage struck Alaska at 8:29 a.m. this morning. Damage is still being assessed, but local police have said it caused "major infrastructure damage across Anchorage." Photos from the scene show heavy damage to buildings and roadways. Thankfully, a tsunami warning that followed the quake has since been canceled. 

The quake occurred along the fault line between the Pacific and North American tectonic plates, which produced the largest earthquake in American history. The 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake measured 9.2 on the Richter scale and took 3,000 lives.

Complete reporting on today's quake is not yet available, but the U.S. Geological Survey estimates a low probability of fatalities. Still, it says there could be $100 million to $1 billion in damage. 

Significant aftershocks continue, including one measuring 5.8. 

Damage to the area appears to include significant power outages, collapsed bridges and overpasses, structure fires, and sinkholes. 

In response to the now-canceled tsunami warning, Alaskans fled low-lying coastal areas to head inland, but their progress was frustrated by the damaged roadways. Traffic throughout the region is said to remain snarled. 

Tsunami warnings remain in effect elsewhere across the Pacific. Consult the National Tsunami Warning Center for details. 

Cardiff City 2-1 Wolves: Junior Hoilett scorcher sees Bluebirds complete hard-fought turnaround win

30 Nov

Neil Warnock will spend his 70th birthday a happy man after Cardiff climbed out of the Premier League relegation zone with a 2-1 win over Wolves.

Warnock turns 70 on Saturday and will mark his milestone birthday with a family get-together at a restaurant in the Welsh countryside, and the meal will taste all the sweeter after second-half goals from Aron Gunnarsson and Junior Hoilett completed yet another Cardiff comeback win.

It was the perfect birthday gift for Warnock

Matt Doherty had marked his 200th league appearance for Wolves by opening the scoring after 18 minutes, but a fifth defeat in six games means Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have only picked up one point from a possible 18.

Cardiff have found some momentum in recent weeks and this was their third win from four home games, all of which they have fallen behind in.

This victory was secured by Hoilett’s 77th-minute thunderbolt, which gave goalkeeper Rui Patricio no chance and the Canadian forward his first Premier League goal since November 2012.

The two sides had last met as Championship promotion rivals in April when there was late drama on and off the pitch.

Their appear to be no hard feelings between Espirito Santo and Warnock despite the scenes the last time they faced each other

Cardiff missed two stoppage-time penalties as Wolves won 1-0 and Warnock and Nuno were involved in a furious bust-up at the final whistle.

Warnock was enraged by Nuno’s failure to shake hands with him as the visitors’ bench celebrated wildly, refusing the Wolves boss’ belated offer and later labelling the Portuguese a “total disgrace”.

Both managers said before the game that they had made peace and put that incident behind them, and Warnock made his way straight to the Wolves bench at kick-off to shake hands with Nuno and his backroom staff.

Warnock sprang a surprise by playing three at the back for the first time this season with the recalled Hoilett and Victor Camarasa starting high and wide.

Cardiff manufactured early half-chances but Wolves hit the front when Joao Moutinho’s corner was met by the head of Raul Jimenez.

Although Neil Etheridge reacted well to save, the loose ball ran for Doherty to finish firmly from a tight angle.

Doherty gave Wolves an 18th-minute lead

Wolves threatened to add to their lead but Adama Traore, making only his second league start following an £18million summer move from Middlesbrough, was let down by a heavy touch with Cardiff majorly outnumbered on the break.

Wolves were showing signs of comfort at the back apart from when Cardiff could get bodies into the box at a set-piece.

Sean Morrison caused confusion from one of these, and the ball squirmed out to Harry Arter for the on-loan midfielder to strike an upright from 20 yards.

Ruben Neves curled an effort just wide before Cardiff had penalty appeals waved away moments before half-time.

Wolves missed opportunities to increase their lead

Callum Paterson went down in the area after being nudged in the back by Ruben Vinagre, although whether it was enough to send the burly Scotland striker crashing to the turf was questionable.

Paterson suffered more pain at the start of the second half but was able to resume after receiving treatment on a damaged shoulder.

Neves saw his swerving effort pushed to safety but Cardiff were level after 65 minutes.

Patricio, perhaps hampered by Paterson, failed to collect Arter’s up and under and Morrison nodded the ball on for Gunnarsson to volley home from close range.

Cardiff are 15th in the Premier League

It got even better for Cardiff 12 minutes later when Hoilett, out on the left edge of the penalty area and with little danger apparently lurking, dispatched an unstoppable shot to give Warnock the best birthday present possible.

Cristiano Ronaldo rape allegations: Der Spiegel shares documents claiming Juventus forward’s lawyers requested translations of sex terms

30 Nov

German publication Der Spiegel have published a new article on the allegations of rape Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo is facing.

Ronaldo’s accuser Kathryn Mayorga alleges she was raped by the Portuguese in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2009.

Ronaldo has continued to play for Juve since Der Spiegel first ran the story in September

The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star firmly denies this.

Der Spiegel have shared documents which it claims to show responses given by Ronaldo on a questionnaire changed from September 2009 to December 2009.

It alleges that on September 9, Francisco Cortez asked fellow lawyer Osorio de Castro if he was intending to translate some of the answers from Portuguese to English.

Cortez then allegedly asked “how to translate things like ‘bola de cuspo’ and toca-me ao bicho’.”

‘Bola de cuspon’ loosely translates to ‘saliva’ while ‘toca-me ao bicho’ means ‘she touched my d***’.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner moved to Juventus from Real Madrid in a £99.2million deal over the summer and has continued to play for the Serie A giants amid the investigation.

At the time of the alleged incident, Ronaldo had just completed his £80m move from Old Trafford to the Bernabeu.

Ronaldo vehemently denies the allegations

Vila on Peter Sagan: What you see is what you get

30 Nov

Peter Sagan might have lost out on retaining his world title for a fourth year in this season's hilly event in Innsbruck, Austria, but his coach Patxi Vila is looking to the 2019 Road World Championships in Yorkshire to put his Slovakian client back in rainbows.

"As long as Peter races, everyone will think of him for the world title," Vila tells Tuttobiciweb. "The victories of the past few years have made him the champion he is today. The World Championships in England is another great opportunity for him, and we will certainly work to get him into the maximum condition."

Sagan, who recently published a ghost-written biography My World, has stamped himself into the annals of cycling history through his results, his outgoing personality and charisma on and off the bike.


If he had to describe Sagan with three words, Vila picks "Honest, authentic, strong". His best quality is his transparency. "What you see is what you get," Vila says. On the down side, he says that Sagan "doesn't realize how strong he is."

"Sometimes he gets angry with others during the races, but he does not understand that not all the world can do what he does."

Vila explains how he works with Sagan on "Team Peter".

You can read more at Cyclingnews.com

6 Tips for Taking Better Outdoor Photos

30 Nov

Okay, so you’ve been dabbling in outdoor photography. Maybe some of your shots are great, but some can be saved only with Photoshop? We’re here to help. The two easiest ways to step up your game are to (1) upgrade your camera and (2) heed the advice of the pros. With that in mind, we rang up two well-known outdoor photographers and Nikon Ambassadors, Kristi Odom and Lucas Gilman. Both have been using Nikon’s new Z 7 camera, the company’s first full-frame, mirrorless camera, and both had the same advice: you actually do have to sweat the small stuff.

1. Body Language Is Key

Kristi Odom has made a name for herself by shooting nature and travel photos that are unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Her secret? She’s not just watching for a clear, in-focus frame; she’s also attuned to the smallest details, including the body language of her subject, whether it’s a climber nervously contemplating her next move or a tiny insect about to take flight. “A high percentage of how we communicate is through body language, and animals are the same way,” she says. Viewers of photos react subconsciously—and make snap judgements—to certain types of expression. “Being able to understand body language helps me understand and connect with both people and nature.”    


2. Travel Light

Many think more gear = more prepared = better photos. In fact, Odom says, gear can easily become a distraction, because you become more worried about organizing all your stuff than about what’s happening in front of your face. To keep her setup simple, she’s been relying on Nikon’s new Z 7 mirrorless camera. It’s small and light but still has a giant 45.7-megapixel, full-frame sensor and pro features like the ability to shoot nine frames per second. With this camera, she’s nimble enough to chase athletes or stalk animals, and she’s never distracted. “When things are simplified, your chances of capturing a real and meaningful moment drastically increase,” she says.  

3. Become an Expert in What You’re Photographing

Early in his career, Lucas Gilman shot what he thought were a series of badass ski photos. But they weren’t great, a ski magazine photo editor told him, because the skier’s form was bad. Gilman vowed to never make that same mistake. He learned everything he could about extreme skiing, became a better skier himself, and started working with pro skiers who knew how to ski for the camera. This need for expertise has carried over and now informs every photo he shoots, whether it’s skiing, surfing, kayaking, or landscapes. “I learned that nuance can really make or break an image,” he says. “So I pay attention to every little detail.”

(Lucas Gilman)

4. Embrace the Blue Hour

Most photographers know that outdoor light is most dramatic just after sunrise and just before sunset. But if you know what you’re doing and have a camera like the Z 7, you can also capture stunning photos right before sunrise or just after sunset—during what photographers refer to as the blue hour. The sky is much darker then, but it’s also more dramatic. Getting crisp shots in such low light requires a camera like the Z 7 that has in-camera vibration reduction (VR) and a giant dynamic range that can absorb fine details in the shadows while not overexposing the highlights.  “I love being able to capture sharp, accurate moments in a variety of situations and not having to worry about whether my camera can handle the light,” Gilman says.

(Kristi Odom)

5. Watch for Emotion

Odom says a photo goes from good to great when she’s able to capture emotion. To nail it, she says, it’s crucial to be in the right spot—and then wait. Whether you're waiting for the right body language, emotional expression, or tension in the scene to elevate the photo, you'll know it when you see it. To photograph the climber pictured above, she had to be on the rock with her Z 7 and the NIKKOR Z 24–70mm f/4 S lens in order to get the climber and his hand in the same photo. To capture insect shots, she shoots with her Z 7 plus a Mount Adapter FTZ, which allows her to tap into Nikon’s giant assortment of NIKKOR F-Mount lenses, including its ultra-fast and sharp macros.

6. Get to Know Your Gear

Both Odom and Gilman say that, even with the easy-to-use Z 7, they still practice a lot so that the controls become second nature. It took Gilman some time to adapt to the Z 7’s electronic viewfinder, but he now loves that it shows him exactly what his photo exposure will look like even before he presses the shutter. “Practicing with the viewfinder has allowed me to not worry about the controls and just concentrate on the action,” he says. Odom says autofocus—where she can dial in her focus on a tiny piece of her subject—took a little getting used to but has drastically increased her ability to get crisp shots of insects. “I can truly home in on the smallest detail, and sometimes it’s the smallest details that count!” she says.

Nikon's vision has always been to create cameras and lenses that capture more light. More light means more detail. More speed. More possibilities. The Z 7 brings that vision to life (and then some). Combining the advantages of a lightweight mirrorless design, a revolutionary new full-frame Z Mount and matched Z lenses, a 45.7MP image sensor, and compatibility with more than 90 F-Mount Z NIKKOR lenses, the Z 7 is a camera unlike any before it. And yet, it’s unmistakably Nikon. This is mirrorless reinvented.

Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury: Brit weighs in three stone heavier than American rival as pair are kept apart for face-off

30 Nov

Tyson Fury weighed in more than three stone heavier than rival Deontay Wilder ahead of their WBC heavyweight title fight in LA on Saturday night.

The Gypsy King hit the scales at 18st 4lbs 8oz (256.5lbs) and was shortly followed by the Bronze Bomber who registered 15st 2lbs 8oz (212.5lbs).

The pair were kept apart for the final face-off following the scuffle that broke out at their presser on Wednesday.

Britain’s Fury kept to his word after saying his weight gain was pretty much complete when he came in at 258lbs for his second comeback fight against Francesco Pianeta in August, and has only dropped 1.5lbs since.

Before that he weighed 276lbs against Sefer Seferi, although that bout took place while he was still in the process of fixing his physical condition after ballooning up to over 350lbs during his time away from the ring.

Meanwhile, Wilder scaled his lowest weight since his pro debut in November 2008.


Fury arrived at the weigh-in standing out through the top of his car’s sunroof

Prior to the actual weigh-in, Tyson Fury arrived in typically unique fashion – standing out through the roof of his car.

This 6′ 9″ giant made himself even bigger than usual as he once again proved that he’s one of a kind.

He appeared more than relaxed as he danced on stage during proceedings and lapped up the reception of the crowd.

Fury fans made themselves heard by singing ‘there’s only one Tyson Fury,’ when their man made his way to the stage and then chanting ‘dosser’ repeatedly as Deontay Wilder took to the scale.

Dave Kitson on talkSPORT: Fascinating insight into why Stoke ‘crossed the line’ against Arsenal

30 Nov

Dave Kitson has given a fascinating insight into Stoke City’s mentality under Tony Pulis.

The former Stoke striker, writing in his column for The Sun, claimed that former Potters boss Pulis wound up his players so much that it contributed to Ryan Shawcross breaking Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey’s leg in an infamous incident in February 2010.

Arsenal players react with horror after Aaron Ramsey breaks his leg at Stoke

Expanding on his controversial column when speaking on talkSPORT 2 on Friday, Kitson said: “Tony was very good at motivating players. He was very keen to beat Arsenal. We all were.

“They were the antithesis of what we were as a team. I certainly thought Wenger looked at us like we weren’t fit to be on the same pitch and I definitely felt that they were looking down their noses at us whenever they played Stoke, which angered me, angered a lot of the players and angered Tony.

“He was desperate to beat the big teams to prove himself but this one had an added spice because of the way we played, the way Arsenal played and the way we felt we were perceived by Arsenal and unfortunately in that particular game that passion to win manifested itself in the worst possible way. We were overly aggressive.

“Teams are a reflection of the manager. Tony was desperate to win that game, we were desperate to win that game and we crossed the line in that particular game.

“We crossed the line because we went hell for leather to try and win that game and be aggressive which was a reflection of the way Tony wanted us to play. We didn’t go out to break anyone’s leg. We did go out to be physical and in that game we crossed the line.

Dave Kitson admits Stoke crossed the line against Arsenal

“We were wound up trying to beat Arsenal which was a reflection of where Tony was.

“He wanted to win that game desperately and he made us want to win it even more, which is a talent, getting your team to rally round you.

“Unfortunately it came out wrong. We got it all wrong that game.”

Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury weigh in: Watch LIVE stream now as fighters meet for final time before fight

30 Nov

With an eventful press conference and all other media activities now out of the way, the only thing left for Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury ahead of their heavyweight showdown is their weigh-in.

The pair will meet at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday night, but must first meet on Friday at 1pm local time (9pm UK time) for the official poundage check at the LA Auto Show in the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Fury told media he is currently weighing around 257lbs a few days ago, which is just one pound less then he came in at for his second comeback fight against Francesco Pianeta in August.

Before that he weighed 276lbs against Sefer Seferi, although that bout took place while he was still in the process of losing weight after ballooning up to over 350lbs during his time away from the ring.

Meanwhile Deontay Wilder recently weighed in at his lowest scaling since 2009 as he was just 214.75lbs for his fight with Luis Ortiz in March.

You can watch the live stream of the weigh-in above.

West Ham would be a good fit for Aaron Ramsey, says ex-Arsenal defender Lauren

30 Nov

West Ham would be a good fit for Aaron Ramsey, according to former Arsenal defender Lauren.

Gunners midfielder Ramsey, 27, saw a four-year contract offer withdrawn by the north London club in September.

Aaron Ramsey has lost his place in the Arsenal team this season

Now the Welshman looks set to leave the Emirates when his contract expires next summer.

He has been linked with moves to Bayern Munich and Juventus, but Lauren, who played for Arsenal between 2000 and 2007, thinks Ramsey should remain in London.

The 41-year-old told Sky Sports: “He wants to play. The club are looking at other ways but as a player you have to find your own way.

“If you don’t have the first-team shirt you have to go elsewhere. If I was him I would stay in London because he knows the city.

Lauren during his Arsenal days

“Somewhere like West Ham would fit him. It would give him the leadership he needs and he is based in London so I think he has to stay at a London club.”

Ramsey, who joined Arsenal for £5million from Cardiff in 2008, is the club’s longest-serving player.

Mesut Ozil or Christian Eriksen? Paul Merson insists Arsenal midfielder has the edge on Tottenham rival

30 Nov

Arsenal great Paul Merson says Mesut Ozil is better than Christian Eriksen when the two players are at their very best.

While capable of showing moments of brilliance, Ozil can sometimes struggle to make an impact in big games for the Gunners.

Ozil has even struggled to cement a place in the Gunners first team this season

And the German is not short of critics including talkSPORT’s Adrian Durham, who said Tottenham star Christian Eriksen is the player Ozil “dreams of being”.

Durham made this claim again on Drivetime on Thursday, saying: “Eriksen is incredible. He’s the player Ozil dreams of being.”

However, Merson – who won two league titles for the Gunners – disagreed with the talkSPORT host, saying that if both Ozil and Eriksen were playing at their very best the Arsenal man would come out on top.

Speaking to Durham and Darren Gough on Friday’s Drivetime from the Sky Sports studios, Merson said: “If they both turned up and played the best football they could then you’d probably have to edge for Ozil, surely?”

Merson was speaking to Durham and Goughie ahead of Arsenal’s north London derby match against Spurs on Sunday – a game you can listen to live on talkSPORT, kick-off 2.05pm.

And although Ozil has found himself on the bench a few times under Unai Emery, Merson says he feels the No.10 should be starting this weekend’s derby.

He added: “You have to get your best players on the pitch for this one. It’s not going to be a kicking game. Half the players will be cuddling each other in the tunnel before the game. It’s not like the old days.

“If Arsenal are going to win they’ll have to pass through Tottenham.”