Niemi leads Sharks to 2-0 victory over Blackhawks

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) More than four years after leaving Chicago, Antti Niemi still takes pleasure in beating the team he once helped win a Stanley Cup title.

Niemi made 31 saves in his 31st career shutout and the San Jose Sharks won their third straight game by beating the Blackhawks 2-0 on Saturday night.

”It’s still a little special even though it’s been a while,” said Niemi, who left the Blackhawks for San Jose after winning the Stanley Cup in 2010. ”They’re still one of the top teams in the league so it’s always good to win against them.”

Melker Karlsson scored early and Joe Thornton added an empty-net goal for the Sharks, who got their first regulation win over the Blackhawks since Feb. 10, 2012.

Niemi did the rest against his former team as San Jose followed up wins over defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles and NHL points leader Anaheim with one against perennial cup contender Chicago.

Antti Raanta made 19 saves for the Blackhawks, who were shut out for the fourth time this season. Chicago lost two of three on the post-All-Star break California swing, with the win coming Friday night in Anaheim.

”He played awesome,” defenseman Brent Burns said. ”He’s real sturdy back there. We feel good when he’s there. We know he’s there to back us up if they get a good chance, and he showed it tonight.”

The Sharks struck early to take the lead when Raanta struggled to control a shot by Matt Irwin. Karlsson batted at the rebound and it deflected into the net for his eighth goal of the season.

Niemi took the game after that, especially in a brilliant second period when he kept Chicago off the scoreboard despite a 15-6 edge in shots on goal.

”We just couldn’t really get that one into the net in the second period,” captain Jonathan Toews said. ”We were creating a lot of chances off the rushes we had.”

Niemi made a pair of tough saves early in the second on Andrew Shaw and Brandon Saad. He then stopped Marian Hossa on a 2-on-1 rush midway through the period and came up with his best saves when the Sharks were on the power play late in the second.

Toews came in alone on a breakaway and Niemi got a piece of his initial shot. The puck trickled past him and was on the way into the net before Niemi swept it off the goal line with his stick. Toews then got two more whacks at the rebound, but Niemi managed to stop those while lying on the ice with help from defenseman Brent Burns.

”Nemo made the first save, it was dribbling in. He made the second save,” coach Todd McLellan said. ”We flew by the situation, which we shouldn’t have, so we had to make the third and maybe even the fourth save. It could have been the turning point, it really could have, giving up a short-handed goal at that point. Nemo was there for us.”

Toews had the puck again for another shot, but the referees blew the play dead on a quick whistle.

”I wasn’t too happy with that,” Toews said. ”He thought it was frozen. It is what it is. We should have scored on the first rush.”

After Raanta made key stops on Barclay Goodrow and Matt Nieto early in the third to keep the deficit at one goal, Niemi responded again with a tough save against Saad.

”It was one of those games where you thought you felt something was going to come eventually and it didn’t happen,” Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. ”I think we are on the right track here.”

NOTES: Niemi had two shutouts against the Blackhawks, beating them 1-0 on Nov. 23, 2011. … Thornton assisted on Karlsson’s goal giving him at least 30 assists in 15 straight seasons. … Sharks F Tye McGinn left the game after the first period with an undisclosed injury and did not return.

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While You Were Offline: Taylor Swift Gets Hacked and Comcast Enrages the Internet

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This week, the Internet abounded with important questions: How can someone who?s trademarking a random phrase not look like a villain in these days of information wants to be free? When is a Latina cartoon character not Latina? Why shouldn?t you piss off Comcast? Why are error pages the hot new thing on a certain website? Does anyone care about Super Bowl ads enough to make them worth the cost? And most importantly of all, have you got what a piano-playing dog nee-eeds? The answers to all of these (and more) await you below, as we round up what you need to know about the last seven days on this wild wooly web.

Hashtag Hackers Gonna Hack, Hack, Hack

What Happened: Taylor Swift took on hackers. It still hasn?t been determined who won, to be honest.
Where It Blew Up: Twitter, blogs, media think pieces
What Really Happened: While on vacation earlier this week, Pop?s Favorite Taylor (Sorry Ms. Dayne and Mr. Hawkins) apparently woke up to find her Twitter account had been hacked (and later, her Instagram account, too). Soon thereafter, TMZ reported the hackers were planning on releasing nude pictures of the singer they?d accessed as a result of the hacks, although Swift quickly suggested that was more tabloid fantasy than anything else. (Whether or not the images exist, someone is definitely trying to sell them, as Gawker reported later in the week.)

Something the hackers did have was access to Swift?s Twitter direct messages, which made it online on Tuesday afternoon, only to reinforce the belief that maybe Swift is just a nice person after all. She asks people how their 2015 is going so far! She makes self-conscious jokes about being bad because she plays cards and drinks! She makes whale puns! How could you fail to be charmed by all of that?
The Takeaway: It?s so charming?and the hack in general evokes such sympathy for Swift overall?that it?s almost enough to make you forgive her for trademarking everyday phrases like ?this sick beat.? Hackers, well done; you accidentally created the perfect counter-narrative to undo any ill will Taylor might have received otherwise.

Disney Finally Enters A Whole New World

What Happened: In 2015, just 93 years after its creation, Disney announced it would be adding its first Latina Disney princess to its stable of characters. In 2015.
Where It Blew Up: Twitter, blogs, media think pieces
What Really Happened: Disney introduced Elena of Avalor, who?ll show up in the successful Disney Junior series Sofia the First before getting her own TV series next year, and initial feedback was mutedly enthusiastic. Yet many fans wondered why it hadn?t happened before, or why she was only getting a TV show.

And then it turned out that, well, maybe she wouldn?t be Latina after all, because a Disney executive had previously suggested that real world cultures and ethnicities don?t actually exist in Disney?s fairytale lands. This is where you have to start wondering if we should even give Disney points for trying, isn?t it?
The Takeaway: Let?s wait and see if Disney can clarify the status of Elena?s cultural origins and manage to explore them without exploiting or cheapening them, shall we? Next up: Waiting for Disney to realize the problematic elements of the ?Princess? archetype in general, and working out ways to deal with those. We?re not going to hold our breath.

Turns Out, Comcast Does Hate Its Customers

What Happened: Comcast officially changed the first name of one of its customers to ?Asshole.?
Where It Blew Up: Twitter, blogs, media think pieces
What Really Happened: Ricardo Brown?s wife called Comcast to try and cancel their cable service, with little success. That?s not to say nothing changed as the result of her attempt, however; instead, the next bill Brown got from the company saw him officially renamed ?Asshole Brown.? As you might expect, the story quickly went viral, with seemingly every major site weighing in on the subject. (Reddit also got in on the act.) On the plus side, at least Comcast has apologized, but let?s just wait and see if they also offer free Internet for a couple of years to back up the apology.
The Takeaway: Admit it. Now you?re worried about what your Internet provider secretly calls you, aren?t you?

The Greatest 404 Error Ever

What Happened: Bloomberg.com?s 404 error page has been gaining some fans. Yes, really; the 404 error page.
Where It Blew Up: Twitter, media think pieces
What Really Happened: Earlier this week, someone on Twitter noticed that the Bloomberg News site had a great 404 error page. And then, lots of other people noticed. (It?s not just the 404 page, the 500 error page is equally hypnotic, as is the Politics-specific 404 page.) You should thank design company Code and Theory, it turns out.
The Takeaway: Other websites, it?s time to up your game. At least until we find out from Bloomberg that everyone started going to its 404 page at the expense of going to every other page on the site.

It?s The Most Expensive Ad Time Of The Year

What Happened: Ahead of the Big Game, countless Super Bowl ads flooded the Internet.
Where It Blew Up: Blogs, media think pieces
What Really Happened: With the Super Bowl almost upon us, companies that have spent obscene amounts of money on special ads for the game have tried to maximize their investment by releasing the ads online first and seeing if anyone?s interested. This year?s spots include appearances by Kim Kardashian, Katie Couric and Mindy Kaling?oh, and an entirely adorable lost puppy.



The strangest, and most wonderful ad of the year, though? That belongs to Squarespace?

(You might want to go here for more of that. Just saying.)

The Takeaway: We?ve genuinely never understood this: Doesn?t releasing the ads online ahead of the Big Game kind of defeat the purpose of their Super Bowl airing being an event worth the money? Couldn?t you just save the $4.5 million a 30-second slot costs and do something more productive with the money? That said, the Jeff Bridges campaign is kind of genius.

Rowlf Got What I Need

What Happened: The Muppets? favorite pianist got mashed up with Biz Markie?s greatest hit. The result was everything you could have hoped for.
Where It Blew Up: Twitter, blogs
What Really Happened: There?s no hidden high concept to the video that appeared on YouTube this week: It?s really just footage of Rowlf from The Muppet Show recut so that it looks like he?s singing Biz Markie?s ?Just a Friend.? But here?s the thing: It?s so great, it doesn?t need one.
The Takeaway: Who do we need to beg to get a full album of Biz/Rowlf jams? More to the point: How soon can someone mash-up Beck and Grover from Sesame Street?

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This is what’s happening inside your camera at 10,000 frames per second

The “D” in DSLR does not stand for dark magic. In fact, that snap of the shutter you hear when taking a picture is a wonderful symphony of mechanical engineering at work, and happens so fast that you can’t really enjoy it all with the naked eye. Luckily, the Slow Mo Guys have painstakingly chronicled what’s happening with the mechanical shutter of a Canon 7D using a very fast (and expensive) Phantom Flex camera, recording various shutter speeds at a mind-boggling 10,000 frames per second.

The result shows what happens when you click that shutter button, including the viewfinder mirror lifting while the rolling shutter exposes a portion of the sensor. Slowed down you can see the obvious, though normally invisible differences in the various speeds. Slow Mo Guy Gavin Free also shows how the rolling shutter effect can end up creating bizarre and often unwanted effects in both stills and video, something that is thankfully not apparent in this video of melons being detonated, which was filmed using a different shutter technology.

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NASA Takes Fight Against Drought Into Earth’s Orbit

NASA Takes Fight Against Drought Into Earth's Orbit

Yesterday, NASA launched SMAP, Soil Moisture Active Passive satellite, strapped to an unmanned United Alliance Delta II Rocket. Whereas many of NASA’s recent launches have had ISS or deep space trajectories, SMAP will be turning its gaze on earth?more specifically, the soil beneath our feet.

SMAP is one of NASA’s Earth-focused observation satellites that will measure soil moisture around the world and also monitor Western drought. Adding SMAP to the world’s drought-monitoring arsenal couldn’t be timed any better. California just experience the worst drought in the past 1200 years and recent NASA estimates say its caused the state to lose near 11 trillion (with a “t”) gallons of water.

SMAP’s specific three-year mission will look at the top two inches of soil, day and night, and create the most accurate soil moisture maps ever obtained from space, according to NASA. Not only will the satellite provide vital information for scientists to monitor drought, SMAP will also provide potentially life-saving information for more accurate weather forecasting, flooding, and early famine detection. It will additionally give scientists a greater understanding of the Earth’s carbon dioxide cycle, which has a huge affect on global warming.

NASA Takes Fight Against Drought Into Earth's Orbit

SMAP looking straight up sci-fi

SMAP is the fifth NASA instrument launched in the last 11 months geared toward analyzing our planet. Where as the other four projects will be trying to unlock mysteries behind Earth’s atmosphere, SMAP will be strictly focused on soil. Using a rotating antenna that measure 20 feet (!) in diameter, SMAP will create global precipitation maps every three days, providing us with a vision of our planet that we’ve never seen before. [NASA]

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Zlatan has no time for Dutch reporter’s silly questions

January 31st, 2015

by Alex Dowd

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We?re all used to seeing Zlatan Ibrahimovic make opponents look foolish on the pitch, but now the Paris St. Germain talisman is taking his talents to press row.

There are rumors floating around that despite PSG being well in the hunt for the Ligue 1 title, things aren?t so hunky-dory in the French capital. Specifically, Ibrahimovic and teammate Edinson Cavani not seeing eye-to-eye.

One bold reporter decided to ask the Swede about his relationship with Cavani, and the results were classic:

The reporter dives right in, claiming ?a lot of people speak about your relationship with Edinson.? Zlatan replies with ?a lot of people, or you?? which completely throws the questioner off kilter.

From there, Ibrahimovic continues to toy with the journalist (or is he a cameraman?), who stammers his way through the Swede?s retorts.

Finally, Zlatan relents and answers the poor scribe?s question, telling him, ?The relationship is perfect. Better than this, it cannot be.?

Please don?t ever change, Ibra.

(h/t DirtyTackle)

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Zlatan has no time for Dutch reporter’s silly questions

January 31st, 2015

by Alex Dowd

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We?re all used to seeing Zlatan Ibrahimovic make opponents look foolish on the pitch, but now the Paris St. Germain talisman is taking his talents to press row.

There are rumors floating around that despite PSG being well in the hunt for the Ligue 1 title, things aren?t so hunky-dory in the French capital. Specifically, Ibrahimovic and teammate Edinson Cavani not seeing eye-to-eye.

One bold reporter decided to ask the Swede about his relationship with Cavani, and the results were classic:

The reporter dives right in, claiming ?a lot of people speak about your relationship with Edinson.? Zlatan replies with ?a lot of people, or you?? which completely throws the questioner off kilter.

From there, Ibrahimovic continues to toy with the journalist (or is he a cameraman?), who stammers his way through the Swede?s retorts.

Finally, Zlatan relents and answers the poor scribe?s question, telling him, ?The relationship is perfect. Better than this, it cannot be.?

Please don?t ever change, Ibra.

(h/t DirtyTackle)

Photos provided Getty Images.

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Cubs legend Banks memorialized at service

Updated: January 31, 2015, 3:54 PM ET

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CHICAGO — Fans and friends paid tribute to legendary Chicago Cubs slugger Ernie Banks on Saturday, recalling how he helped break baseball’s color barrier during a Hall of Fame career in which he won over his teammates and an entire city with the unwavering optimism he brought to the game and life.

At a memorial service in a Chicago church, the buoyant man known as “Mr. Cub” was remembered for his character as much as his accomplishments on the ball field, including his 512 career home runs. Speaker after speaker recalled Banks’ unflagging optimism and good cheer — he enthusiastically predicted each spring that his team would win the pennant — as well as his humility and care for others.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson said Banks “disarmed adversaries with optimism” and “branded goodwill.” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Banks was a “humble hero” who taught younger generations “how to play the game of life.” Fellow Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins said the unassuming, joyful Banks strove to be a good teammate, not a star.

Billy Williams, another Hall of Famer, recalled animated conversations that he and Banks would have while driving to Wrigley Field on game days.

“I never did see him read a book, but he knew about everything,” Williams marveled.

Saturday would have been Banks’ 84th birthday, and several speakers called on the crowd to celebrate his life, not mourn his passing. Banks, a two-time MVP, military veteran and winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, died Jan. 23 of a heart attack. His coffin, which was in front of the altar, was draped in a banner emblazoned with his jersey number, 14. A choir performed a rousing version of “This Little Light of Mine.”

Jackson began by getting everyone to stand up and then leading them in a rousing round of applause to celebrate Banks’ birthday. The civil rights leader noted that it was also the 150th anniversary of Congress passing the 13th amendment abolishing slavery.

“Smiling faces can sometimes conceal what’s deep within,” Jackson said, describing Banks’ cheerfulness as a thermostat that “helped control the temperature” of his times.

Banks was the Cubs’ first black player when he joined the team in 1953, six years after Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier.

Banks suffered the same racial taunts and indignities as other black players of his time, but if he ever got angry, he never seemed to show it. Emanuel noted that in his early years with the Cubs, Jim Crow laws kept Banks from staying at some of the hotels and eating at the same restaurants as his white teammates. But in a 19-year career full of amazing statistics, one of the most remarkable was that he was never ejected from a game.

Roosevelt Johnson, 45, arrived at Chicago’s Fourth Presbyterian Church at 5:30 a.m. and was first in line.

“I wanted to pay my respects to a true icon of the sport,” said Johnson, of Zion. He added that Banks’ charm and the genuine interest he showed in others, always making eye contact, made him special.

Chicago native Estelle Martin, 56, said she loved to play baseball as a girl and collect baseball cards.

“I was a tomboy. Ernie Banks was my favorite. He was everybody’s favorite,” she said.

Banks’ connection to the city was evident in the church, where the pews were filled with mourners of all ages. There were young fans who knew him only from grainy video clips and from his appearances at the ballpark after he retired, always with a smile, always chatting with fans.

But there were also older men, particularly older black men who remembered the days when Banks and others made history. While he wasn’t the first African American to play in the majors, Banks was the first with the Cubs in what was one of the most segregated cities in the United States.

Banks was playing for the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro Leagues when the Cubs purchased his contract for $10,000. He made his major league debut at shortstop and three days later hit his first home run.

With his play, particularly in the first chapters of his career when he was hitting home runs at a clip that no shortstop had ever hit them before, he simply won over a city.

After Saturday’s service, a procession was to take “Mr. Cub” past his statue at Daley Plaza downtown and Wrigley Field’s famed marquee at the corner of Clark and Addison on the city’s North Side.



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UFC 183 results recap: Kelvin Gastelum vs Tyron Woodley fight review and analysis

Last night (Sat., Jan. 31, 2015), Kelvin Gastelum and Tyron Woodley traded blows at UFC 183 inside MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, Nevada. In a close battle, Woodley earned the split decision. Find out how below!

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweights Kelvin Gastelum and Tyron Woodley collided in search of a title shot last night (Sat., Jan. 31, 2015) at UFC 183 inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Gastelum had proven prior to this bout that he possesses gigantic potential, but his struggle with making weight hindered him once again here. Still, the young fighter looked to move past his disastrous weight cut, as well as his dangerous opponent.

Woodley — despite looking like a statue, as usual — hit the weight limit and was ready to go. “The Chosen One” was still not in the clear from his poor performance against Rory MacDonald, so he attempted to give fans something else to think of him by.

It wasn’t perfect, but “T-Wood” earned the victory.

Neither man threw many strikes for much of the first round. Gastelum stalked his opponent, while Woodley circled the Octagon. Every once in a while, either man would look to step in with a combination or power punch, but it did not connect cleanly.

The pace quickened a bit with around a minute left in the round. There were still no major connections, which may have meant the round went to Gastelum simply for controlling the center of the Octagon. Regardless, neither man made a strong claim in the opening frame.

Gastelum continued his pressuring strategy into the second round, as each man slowly opened up. At first, Gastelum seemed to be finding his range, but Woodley turned that around in the middle of the second.

It started with a nice body kick from “The Chosen One.” Then, Woodley landed his patented right hand, which stunned his opponent a bit. Woodley looked to apply pressure and land combinations, but Gastelum hung tough. Still, that gave Woodley some extra confidence, which allowed him to open up with his punches and land a bit more.

Clearly, the second round went to Woodley.

Gastelum came out to start the third with a sense of urgency, throwing a quick combination. About a minute in, Gastelum’s renewed pressure began paying off, as Gastelum landed some nice combinations with his opponent pressed against the fence. Additionally, Woodley’s habit of hanging back and doing little when being pressed against the fence made an appearance.

Though Gastelum kept the pressure on his opponent till the end of the fight, he wasn’t able to landing anything dramatic. However, his volume and pressure almost certainly earned Gastelum the final frame.

In the end, two of the three judges gave the bout to Woodley.

Woodley did not show a whole lot that fans haven’t seen before in this fight. He’s incredibly athletic and has a dynamic right hand, but he doesn’t mix up his offense all that much. The few times he did throw kicks, they were very effective, so it’s not like he’s without the necessary tools.

Additionally, Woodley continues to simply wait when pressed against the fence. That’s already a bad position, but it’s even worse since his opponent knows Woodley won’t throw anything from there, outside of maybe a rare right hand.

On a side note, credit to Woodley for not taking the percentage of Gastelum’s purse. Though Gastelum’s fine was certainly deserved, that’s a classy and genuine move from “T-wood.”

In Woodley’s next bout, he should face off with the next available top 10 welterweight, whomever that might be. The division is pretty crowded right now, so Woodley should stay ready to capitalize on any injuries.

Gastelum absolutely has to get his weight problem under control. He was a hair away from winning this bout and just a touch more activity inside the first likely would have earned him the decision, but none of that matters if Gastelum is forced up to middleweight.

To put it simply, Gastelum is a serious title contender at welterweight. If he’s forced to move up a weight class, he might not even break the Top 15.

At UFC 183, Tyron Woodley scraped past his opponent for a split decision victory. Can Woodley ever make his way to UFC gold?

For complete UFC 183 “Silva vs Diaz” results and play-by-play click HERE.

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Longhorn Network now available on DIRECTV lineup

ESPN and DIRECTV announced today that Longhorn Network (LHN), the 24/7 channel devoted to The University of Texas, will be available to fans within the state of Texas and nationwide beginning this Wednesday, Jan. 21. Carriage of the network is part of a larger agreement between DIRECTV and The Walt Disney Company.

Longhorn Network will be available to DIRECTV customers in Texas on channel 677 in the CHOICE package or above, and nationwide for customers who subscribe to the DIRECTV SPORTS PACK. In addition, DIRECTV customers who receive LHN as part of their satellite service will soon be able to enjoy the network’s exclusive live events and content via WatchESPN on their computers, smartphones, tablets and connected devices ? at home or on the go. DIRECTV is expected to offer WatchESPN beginning in late February or early March and will be available on DIRECTV Everywhere shortly thereafter.

The network launched in 2011 and televises more than 175 athletic events in 20 sports annually, as well as academic and cultural programming from in and around the greater Austin community. DIRECTV customers have access to exclusive Longhorn games, Texas coaches’ shows, dedicated pre- and post-game football coverage, basketball and baseball games, nightly news/information programming, in-depth features and all-access content and programs covering the history and pride of Texas athletics.

Where to Watch
Longhorn Network is available on DIRECTV, AT&T U-verse TV, DISH, Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS TV, as well as Bay City CableVision, Cablevision, Charter Communications, Consolidated Communications, Cox Communications, En-Touch Systems, E-Tex Communications, Grande Communications, Google Fiber (in Kansas City), Mid-Coast CableVision and Texas Mid-Gulf CableVision. Longhorn Network is now available online to DIRECTV (in early 2015), AT&T U-verse TV, Charter Communications, Cox Communications, Grande Communications and Verizon FiOS subscribers at LonghornNetwork.com. It is also available at no cost to U.S.-based military personnel via computers, smartphones and tablets connected to on-base military broadband and Wi-Fi networks and on tablets and on smartphones to fans with an affiliated video subscription.

About Longhorn Network
ESPN has a 20-year agreement to own and operate a year-round, 24-hour network dedicated to Texas athletics in partnership with UT and IMG College. Longhorn Network offers a variety of content, highlighted by more than 175 exclusive events annually from 20 sports, original series and studio shows, historical programming and academic and cultural happenings.

About DIRECTV
DIRECTV is one of the world’s leading providers of digital television entertainment services delivering a premium video experience through state-of-the-art technology, unmatched programming and industry leading customer service to more than 39 million customers in the U.S. and Latin America. In the U.S., DIRECTV offers its 20 million customers access to more than 190 HD channels and Dolby-Digital® 5.1 theater-quality sound, access to exclusive sports programming such as NFL SUNDAY TICKET?, Emmy-award winning technology and higher customer satisfaction than the leading cable companies for 14 years running. DIRECTV Latin America, through its subsidiaries and affiliated companies in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia, and other Latin American countries, leads the pay TV category in technology, programming and service, delivering an unrivaled digital television experience to more than 19 million customers. DIRECTV sports and entertainment properties include two Regional Sports Networks (Rocky Mountain and Pittsburgh), and minority ownership interests in Root Sports Northwest and Game Show Network. For the most up-to-date information on DIRECTV, please visit www.directv.com.

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Walcott confident Gabriel can handle physicality

Gabriel Paulista will have no problems with the physical nature of the Premier League, according to Arsenal team-mate Theo Walcott.

Theo Walcott needed only one training session with new Arsenal signing Gabriel Paulista to be convinced he will have no problem adapting to the Premier League.

The Brazilian centre-back moved to the Emirates Stadium from Villarreal on Wednesday and is expected to make his debut against Aston Villa on Sunday.

Walcott has been impressed with the 24-year-old in training and has no doubt he will be able to handle the physical nature of the English game.

?I?ve only trained with him once and he likes to put his foot in, that?s for sure,? the England international told the club?s official website.

?He?s not afraid to do that which is good, especially in the Premier League where you need to get stuck into your tackles.

?He?s very tall ? I didn?t realise how tall he was. He?ll only be tested when he plays in the Premier League. 

?It will take time coming from a different country to learn the language, the culture, so everyone will be patient with him. 

?Players that the boss plucks out seem to be good players so I?m sure he?s going to help us.?

Victory for Arsenal over struggling Villa would see them climb back above Tottenham and into fifth place.

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