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first_img I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Peter Stephens | Monday, 23rd November, 2020 Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Enter Your Email Address See all posts by Peter Stephens “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Image source: Getty Images. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. The Bitcoin price has surged 150% higher in 2020. This could naturally make it more appealing than cheap UK shares to many investors.However, the long-term prospects for a portfolio of FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 stocks could be more attractive. Their lower risks and recovery potential may mean that they offer a more impressive outlook.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…As such, ignoring Bitcoin’s recent price rise and buying British shares may lead to superior retirement prospects for investors with a long time horizon.Buying cheap UK shares for the long runThe stock market crash has left many cheap UK shares across the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 indexes. Yes, some companies have rebounded since the market’s decline earlier this year. But weak investor sentiment caused by risks such as Brexit and the pandemic means that it is still possible to buy high-quality companies for less than they may be worth.Over the long run, such companies could offer capital appreciation that outperforms other assets such as Bitcoin. The stock market has an excellent track record of recovery. The FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 have always bounced back from even their very worst declines to post new record highs. Similarly, the world economy’s performance is likely to improve as fiscal and monetary policy stimulus takes effect.This could mean that buying cheap UK shares now produces high returns in the long run. They could move from being undervalued in today’s challenging stock market conditions. Eventually, they could be more fairly valued as investor confidence improves and operating conditions across many sectors strengthen.The Bitcoin price riseOf course, the declines of many cheap UK shares in 2020 are in direct contrast to the 150% Bitcoin price rise. As ever, investors may be attracted to the virtual currency because of its recent outperformance of the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250.However, the virtual currency carries a number of major risks. Namely, its lack of fundamentals mean that it is not possible to work out its value. This means that investors may be overpaying for it. After all, it has a limited size and a lack of infrastructure that could inhibit its potential to replace traditional currency. There are also regulatory risks and competition from other virtual currencies that may limit investor demand for Bitcoin. The end result may be that it underperforms a basket of cheap UK shares. And it will also be higher risk than FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 stocks.Building a portfolioClearly, it may take time for cheap UK shares to fulfil their potential. However, an investor with a long time horizon until they plan to retire, such as someone aged 40, is likely to have sufficient time to witness a recovery from the 2020 stock market crash. This could improve their long-term financial prospects and increase their chances of retiring early. No savings at 40? I’d forget the 150% Bitcoin price rise and buy cheap UK shares to retire rich Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool.last_img read more

Frogs win Hall of Fame Classic behind Samuel’s strong presence

first_imgTCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello ReddIt TCU defeated Liberty 56-52 on Nov. 29, 2020, to win the Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City. (Photo courtesy of gofrogs.com) ReddIt Linkedin Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ Colin Post is a Sports Broadcasting and Journalism double-major from Houston, Texas. Along with sports writing, Colin hopes to work in sports announcing after he graduates. Colin Post First TCU spring game since 2018 gets fans primed for a highly-anticipated fall Facebook Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ Taylor’s monster slam highlights big weekend for TCU Athletics Linkedin Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ printBehind a dominant effort by center Kevin Samuel, TCU basketball won both of its games this weekend to win the 2020 Hall of Fame Classic powered by ShotTracker.Samuel combined for 24 points and 23 rebounds in two games and was named the tournament MVP. The two wins move TCU to 3-0 on the season and give the Frogs their fourth in-season tournament championship under head coach Jamie Dixon. Game 1A monstrous double-double by Samuel led TCU to a 70-65 win over Tulsa on Saturday night in the team’s first major test of the season.The center led the Frogs with 16 points, and tied his career high of 18 rebounds to go with two blocks.Led by Samuel, the Frogs showed some grit down the stretch against the Golden Hurricanes. Tulsa tied the game at 57 with 4:46 remaining, but TCU answered with a 4-0 run, started by a three-pointer from true freshman Mike Miles.The Golden Hurricane then pulled back within two with just 92 seconds to go, but the Frogs answered with yet another three, this one courtesy of guard Taryn Todd. TCU then hit five of its last six free throws to keep Tulsa just out of reach and advance to Sunday’s championship game.“I liked how we grew during the game. [We] just got pushed around early,” Dixon said. “Lack of practice [means] young guys, not a physical bunch right now, but we will get there.”Dixon added that he thinks that no team in the country has practiced less than TCU because of COVID-19 restrictions the Frogs have had to follow. After starting the game with a 14-4 deficit, TCU never trailed in the second half.Miles and guard Francisco Farabello joined Samuel in double-digit scoring with 12 and 10 points, respectively. Todd added nine with two made threes.Junior R.J. Nembhard did score eight points in his first action of the season, but shot just 2-for-11 from the field. Nembhard missed the first game of the season due to COVID-19 protocols. Four Horned Frogs made two or more three-pointers, with the team shooting a respectable 40.7% from deep. The behind-the-arc shooting had been a big question mark for the Frogs entering this year with the loss of Desmond Bane.On the other hand, the Golden Hurricane went just 4-of-18 from deep (22.2%).Game 2A team-high 14 points from Nembhard, including two free throws to end the game, was just enough for TCU to edge out Liberty 56-52 on Saturday and secure the Hall of Fame Classic Championship trophy.Nembhard finished 8-for-9 from the charity strip to make up for a 3-for-10 shooting night. The junior also added six boards and four assists, joining Samuel on the all-tournament team.Nembhard said after the game that he “can’t make any excuses,” despite missing two weeks and the season opener because of COVID-19 protocols.After TCU opened up a 12-3 lead to start the game, Liberty crawled its way back, setting the tone for what would be a battle the rest of the afternoon.The Frogs held a slim 27-26 lead at halftime.The Flames then took a one-point lead of their own seven minutes into the second half, but the Frogs responded with authority. Spurred by two-straight buckets from Samuel, the Frogs popped off on a 13-3 run to regain the lead.TCU could never take a double-digit lead, though, as Liberty stayed in contention down to the final minute. After the Flame hit a layup with 30 seconds left to pull within two, Farabello forced a crucial turnover to end all hope for the Flames.Farabello finished with eight points, going 2-for-3 from behind-the-arc. The sophomore has hit multiple threes in every game this season.Samuel finished with eight points, five boards, a steal and a block.“Against Tulsa and Liberty, you beat two teams who beat Power Five teams regularly,” Dixon said. “Those are hard to play.”With two close wins and a championship trophy under their belt, the Frogs will head back home to face Northwestern State in their next contest. Tip-off against the Demons is scheduled for Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. Facebook Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ Twitter Previous articleExperts share strategies for sustainability during the holidaysNext articleHoroscope: November 30, 2020 Colin Post RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter + posts Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Despite series loss, TCU proved they belong against No. 8 Texas Tech TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks last_img read more

Czech Republic’s daily jump in COVID-19 cases exceeds 2,000 for first time

first_imgDue to the rise, the government has tightened mask wearing rules and restricted bars’ opening hours. On Wednesday, the Health Ministry said it would ban stand-up indoor events from Friday evening, also affecting bars and restaurants where customers cannot exceed seating capacity.The state is aiming to avoid nationwide shutdowns implemented at the start of the outbreak, which hammered the economy and helped lead to an 11% year-on-year contraction in the second quarter.Since the start of the outbreak, the central European country has reported 41,032 cases. Of those, 22,931 patients have recovered and 482 have died, a lower death toll than in western European states.Hospitalizations, though, are approaching peaks seen in April, when 422 people were in hospital. As of Sept. 15, 388 patients were reported in hospital, up from 172 on Sept. 1.Deaths in that time have also climbed by 13%.According to European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control data, the number of deaths over the last 14 days in the Czech Republic was among the eight highest in the Europe Union when adjusted for population. The Czech Republic on Thursday reported more than 2,000 new COVID-19 cases in a single day for the first time as it battles a surge in infections that is among the fastest in Europe.The health ministry recorded 2,139 cases of the new coronavirus on Wednesday, up from a previous record of 1,675 reported the previous day.The country of 10.7 million has seen a spike in cases this month that has easily surpassed peaks seen during the first wave of the outbreak in March. Topics :last_img read more

Pellegrini defiant over criticism

first_img “You never know in football. There are different ways to analyse the season. The title is important but it is not the only important thing.” Pellegrini has generally stuck to his attacking philosophy throughout his time at the Etihad Stadium and he seems in little mood to change. The club’s ownership are thought not only to want to win, but to do so in style, and Pellegrini feels his team still offer a lot on that front. He said: “The concern is to win the next 11 games. It is important to have (control of) our mind and trust in what we do. “This is the same team that won two cups last year and scored around 160 goals (actually 156) – the most in the history here. “This year we are continuing second in the table, just two or three points (actually five) less than last year.” City do have recent precedent for changing managers having dispensed with Roberto Mancini in 2013 despite his past successes of winning the FA Cup and Premier League. The present situation does hold some similarities, despite Pellegrini’s protestations, but it is not bothering the former Real Madrid and Malaga boss. He said: “I only think about the present. You never know what will happen in the future. “You don’t know if we are going to win against Barcelona or be out of the Champions League. Maybe last year nobody would say we were going to win the Premier League. “I have 25 years’ experience of management at important clubs and I never feel the pressure.” As for critical analysis of his team’s performance – by many players turned pundits – Pellegrini was indifferent. “It is not my duty to tell the media what they must think,” he said. “Everyone has his opinion and the right to give their opinion.” City will look to get back to winning ways as they host Premier League bottom side Leicester. Pellegrini said: “I hope that we can recover to be a consistent team during the whole game. I am sure if we can do it, we are going to win. “But if we think that we are going to win against Leicester because they are bottom of the table, that would be a very bad decision.” The Chilean has come under heavy fire in the past week after damaging 2-1 defeats to Barcelona and Liverpool. City face an uphill battle to turn around their Champions League last-16 tie at the Nou Camp while they now trail Barclays Premier Leaders Chelsea by five points having played a game more. Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini appeared ready to fight for his job as he faced the media following fresh criticism and speculation over his position. Press Association Pellegrini was accused of tactical naivety following both results, having sent out his team in his default 4-4-2 system and seen them easily undone. The faltering on two fronts has also fuelled speculation linking the likes of Pep Guardiola, Diego Simeone and Carlo Ancelotti with his position, but Pellegrini claims he is not feeling the heat. The 61-year-old, speaking at a press conference to preview Wednesday’s clash with Leicester, said: “I never have any pressure to win an amount of titles and to win a title every year if I want to continue here. I don’t feel any pressure, especially from the media. “I feel pressure only when I don’t see my team playing the way I want it to do.” Prior to Pellegrini’s appointment, chief executive Ferran Soriano spoke of an ambition to win five trophies in five seasons. Pellegrini won two in his first year – the Premier League and Capital One Cup – but he insists he has not been told of any minimum requirement per season. He said: “When I signed the contract, I was never told I must win a title every year or that I must win five trophies in five years. “That was a sentence of Ferran. That is perfectly normal. But maybe you can win two in one year and one in another, the other another two. last_img read more

NSC assists several, including CARIFTA gold medallist Gibbons, Buxton Carl Hooper CC

first_imgTHE NATIONAL Sports Commission (NSC), through Director of Sport Christopher Jones, assisted several sports clubs, individuals and a promoter, on Monday, for recognition of their outstanding achievement and upcoming events. High on the list was 2019 CARIFTA gold medallist Anisha Gibbons, who received a new javelin after Jones learnt last week that the youngster’s training javelin was 45 years old.Jones also asked that the 1974 javelin be placed in a history corner at the Bygeval Multilateral School so that it can be preserved for all to see. Jones will soon visit the school to get a firsthand look at the equipment.The Director of Sport also congratulated Gibbons’ PE teacher, Raymond Daw, and encouraged him to help develop future gold medallists.Gibbons won the country’s first javelin medal at the recently concluded Games, which was held in the Cayman Islands. She threw the equipment 40.34 metres in the U-17 division.Meanwhile Jones also supported the Buxton Carl Hooper Cricket Club (CC) team, which will be leaving Guyana today to compete in Trinidad and Tobago.Also benefitting were cyclist Walter Grant-Stuart, Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club, Tran$cend Entertainment (which is hosting an upcoming tapeball competition) and the New Beginners Cooperative Society Limited (which will be organising football and softball cricket competitions for males and females on May 5 at the Kildonan Community Centre ground.last_img read more

COLUMN: USC outplayed for the first time

first_imgWe saw flashes of brilliance from USC last Saturday. Adoree’ Jackson’s long touchdown catch, Jalen Greene’s first touchdown, Juju    Smith–Schuster’s creative lateral to Jackson on a kickoff return. It was a taste of all the talent USC has on its roster, of all the potential USC has to blow teams out of the water.But we also saw a lot of instances where the Trojans were, quite frankly, outmatched. This year’s Trojan squad is a great team, but Notre Dame showed that it too was a very talented group. At the end of the day, it wasn’t the distractions from a crazy week, or the incompetency of the coaching staff, that was the difference between victory and defeat for the Trojans. For the first time all season, with all due respect to Stanford and Washington, it really looked like USC was beaten by a more talented team.It’s hard to calculate what impact the off-the-field distractions and coaching change had on the game. But it wouldn’t have been that surprising if USC had lost 41-31 to Notre Dame if Steve Sarkisian was still the head coach and there wasn’t a recurrence of his personal issues in the middle of the season.The reaction certainly would have been different. Instead of praising the players for overcoming adversity and giving their best effort in a tough situation, we’d be calling it another bad loss under the disappointing Sark era.Of course, we shouldn’t hold Clay Helton to same standard after one week of preparation. When Ed Orgeron had his first game as an interim head coach two years ago, he at least had a sort of bye week. Orgeron’s first game wasn’t until the Thursday night the week after he took over. When Helton took over for Oregeron as interim head coach the first time, Helton had the usual bowl game preparation time to set up a game plan. When Helton was named the interim head coach for the second time on Sunday, Oct. 11, he only had six days before his first game.But the problem against Notre Dame wasn’t the game plan. The Trojans brought a balanced attack of passing and running, plus a pair of trick plays. The problem was not stopping the Fighting Irish.As previously discussed in this space, there’s been a lot of criticism of defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox, especially given the relatively poor results of the defense in two of the team’s three losses. The criticism is usually that Wilcox is too conservative, doesn’t blitz enough and plays too much zone coverage.But if I had any criticism of the scheme from Saturday, it would be for not doing those things enough. The problem wasn’t that Notre Dame had too much time to build drives; the problem was USC got beat over the top on a bunch of big plays.Jackson’s touchdown catch and run was fantastic, and really changed the dynamic of the game. But defensively, the touchdown pass he let up to Will Fuller basically negated that. It was a play where the Trojans were in man-to-man defense, there wasn’t help over the top from the safeties and Jackson just got beat. For someone as athletic as Jackson to just get outplayed like that shows how athletic Fuller is.That was only the second time Jackson was burned by Fuller. During the Irish’s game-tying drive, Jackson needed to commit a pass interference penalty to stop Fuller from another touchdown catch, but that drive — which featured another major pass interference on a long ball — ultimately did end in seven points. Throw in another big 45-yard pass to Fuller in single coverage to set up the Irish’s last field goal, plus USC getting burned on a double pass during a touchdown drive — which maybe the Trojans should have seen coming, but the Irish must have practiced one all week and their defense still bit on USC’s —and that’s 24 points the defense could have prevented with more conservative coverage.Irish quarterback DeShone Kizer was sacked four times but also showed a fair amount of mobility and certainly wasn’t picking apart USC’s zone coverage. Bringing more pressure would have just made the Trojans more vulnerable to big plays.Offensively, it’s easy to look at the end of the game and say USC didn’t have enough of a sense of urgency. And granted, on the final drive of the game, Cody Kessler probably did go to his check-downs too many times instead of airing it out. But the real problem was the two interceptions he had earlier in the game. One of them was a deflected ball in relatively tight coverage; one of them was a spectacular play by an Irish defensive back. All in all, credit to the Irish secondary for causing the turnovers rather than blame Kessler for not showing up in the big game when it mattered most. If Kessler really pushed it more on the final drive, the Trojans would have had a marginally better chance of coming back, but he was more likely to have just ended up with a third interception.With all that being said, USC can still win the Pac-12 South. There’s no doubt in my mind that USC can upset Utah this weekend. No. 3 still seems awfully high for Utah given the lack of attention it had going into the season, but the Utes have earned their way to first place in the South division standings. If USC can win that game and see Utah lose one more time in conference, the Trojans then control their destiny to the conference title game, as hard as that is to believe.Regardless of the game plan, the playcalling, or who is deciding those two, the Trojans will face teams that are on par or better than them talent wise. Even for a school as proud as USC, that will be true against teams like Notre Dame with comparable tradition and teams like Utah without it. That’s just the landscape of college football. So each loss doesn’t need to be a crushing blow to our reputation or recruiting abilities. And despite all the drama, the Trojans still have the chance to make their mark in the conference race.last_img read more