Embed from Getty ImagesChelsea boss Antonio Conte spoke about a number of issues at a media conference ahead of the game against West Ham. Here’s some of what the Italian had to say.On the death of Ray Wilkins“It was a tragedy. We are talking about a really good person.AdChoices广告“I was lucky to know him and speak with him many times. He was a legend for this club and an ambassador for football. We are sad because it is very difficult to accept this news.“We want to pass on to the the family our deepest condolences. This is a big loss.“On Sunday we must be ready to make a great memory to Ray, I think this will be very important.“And then there is the game. I see two different situations and it is not right to mix them. We must have great respect for this tragedy and then think to play football.”On the latest injury news“At the moment, two players are out; Luiz and Ampadu. We have two days to check the physical condition of the players. For now, for sure, we have two players out.”(Conte added that Thibaut Courtois and Pedro “could be” in contention to return)On facing West Ham“We must pay great attention because in the last period they are playing good football and having good results. They are fighting to avoid the relegation zone.“We want three points. It is a London derby. It is an important game to continue to have a hope to reach a place in the Champions League.”On Chelsea’s dwindling top-four chancesEmbed from Getty Images See also:Conte on Batshuayi’s future, Llorente, Dzeko, injury news and his transfer window ‘frustration’Conte on his future, feeling under pressure, Chelsea’s transfer dealings & Palmieri’s chances of ousting AlonsoConte on injuries, Morata’s fitness, speculation over his future and youngsters with ‘brilliant future’Conte on injuries, Mourinho rift, Pogba, dealing with Sanchez and whether he’ll take risks against Man UtdConte on his future, Barkley’s fitness, looking for a Man City weakness and what Morata needs to doConte on his future, Zaha, Barkley’s fitness, his strikers and ‘rubbish’ criticism of his tacticsConte on Morata, Leicester’s strengths, his team selection and goalkeeper decisionConte on injuries, Barkley, Courtois’ future, Morata’s form and Spurs without KaneConte on his future, Morata and trusting BakayokoConte on Emerson, keeper decision, his future, Lukaku, Mourinho and expecting a ‘tactical’ cup finalConte on Rudiger, Emerson’s fitness, Batshuayi, chasing Spurs and Everton fans’ surveryConte on Emerson’s fitness, two up front, chasing Tottenham and how to get the best out of BakayokoConte on his future, dropping Christensen, Courtois, Southampton and reports Drinkwater wants out “We must be realistic. Tottenham was a bad defeat. We had an opportunity to reduce the gap but we have to try to do everything to try to continue to have the possibility to fight for a place in the Champions League. It won’t be easy. We must be realistic.“We have to give all of ourself. We must show pride, desire and will to fight until the end of the season. This must be our target this season now.“Everyone has to show a will to fight. This is very important for me, the staff and players to show this. Our supporters deserve this at least.“After the defeat – especially this type of defeat – it is not simple.“But everyone must show pride in this moment and a great desire to change the situation and not to complain and cry. This is the only way we can do it if we want to finish the season in the best possible way.“The gap is big and we know this, but we must great pride and a will to work for the team with and without the ball.“I predicted that this season would be very difficult for me at the start of the season. But we must face the moment with a great desire to change the situation. We have only one way to work.”On whether Liverpool have shown how to beat Man CityEmbed from Getty Images “No, I think you can beat the the opponent in different ways. There is not only one way to beat an opponent.“You must understand what are the characteristics of your players, because if you have players that are good to press and good to run for 95 minutes it’s right to bring high intensity and to press.“If you don’t have this type of players, and they have difficulty to press and they have difficulty to play without the ball, then you have to go another way to try to beat them.”On Gianluca Vialli suggesting Conte wants to leave ChelseaEmbed from Getty Images “It is not true. Gianluca is a friend but I have not talked with him for one year, maybe. This is not true.“It is very difficult for me. Since this season I am listening to a lot of speculation about my future and a lot of people talking about my future.“The only truth is I am committed for this club. I have a contract and I am working very hard. The other situations are not true.” Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
With just three days of the transfer remaining in the Premier League, Newcastle United face a race against time to bring in new players, and it’s claimed Rafa Benitez has made it a defensive priority to sign the 25 year old.L’Equipe today report on Newcastle United’s pursuit of Jullien as they look to get a deal sealed for the French defender.It’s reported an offer is expected to arrive from the Premier League club before the deadline closes on Thursday.It’s also reported the Magpies are still tracking Lyon’s Myziane Maolida, a striker, as Benitez looks to bolster his attacking options ahead of the new season.Jullien has been with Toulouse since 2016 and has played nearly 70 Ligue 1 games for the French club. The player is under contract until June 2021.ND by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameBuild a City, Trade With Your Neighbors, Play With Your FriendsForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoDating.comThe Most Handsome Guys In Hong Kong On This Dating SiteDating.comUndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystDigitization in Banks Is No Longer About Efficiency, but Business Resilience. Don’t Get Left Behind.StanChart by CNBC CatalystUndoInstant Voice TranslatorGenius Japanese Invention Allows You To Instantly Speak 43 LanguagesInstant Voice TranslatorUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉（今晚試試）Keto减肥UndoCNBC InternationalSingapore’s Freelancers Find New Income During the Coronavirus Pandemic.CNBC InternationalUndoCNN with DBS BankThe New Role Banks Are PlayingCNN with DBS BankUndoPerfect-Dating.comReveal Tung Chung As The Best City to Date for Love & RomancePerfect-Dating.comUndo There’s a claim in the French media that Newcastle United have ‘multiplied contacts’ with regards to signing Toulouse defender Christopher Jullien.
That’s according to NTV Spor, who say Chris Wilder’s side are the latest Premier League club to show their interest.Cakir has been heavily linked with a move to England this summer having earned rave reviews in Turkey despite managing just four clean sheets in 40 appearances this season.Reports yesterday claimed that Chelsea had won the race, having agreed to a €33m deal with Trabzonspor, a fee that would be a record-breaking transfer for a player leaving the Super Lig.But now Sheffield United are seemingly ready to battle for his signature and have made a €20m bid.Embed from Getty ImagesNTV Spor claim they are ‘ready to pay’ that amount to sign him but are waiting for the end of the Turkish league season to sit down at the ‘negotiating table’ with the club’s board and the player’s manager.However, the report also claims they have already offered the goalkeeper a five-year deal, so that would suggest there has already been some contact.Sheffield United’s interest makes sense given they are likely to lose Dean Henderson this summer when his loan deal from Manchester United expires.However, given that just yesterday it was reported Chelsea have agreed on a €33m deal, it seems unlikely that the Blades would then come in with a bid €13m lower.What is likely is that Cakir will be leaving Turkey this summer, but it remains to be seen where his next destination will be.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is a Must-Have. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoCoworking Space | Search AdsThe cost of shared office in Hong Kong might surprise youCoworking Space | Search AdsUndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystDigitization in Banks Is No Longer About Efficiency, but Business Resilience. Don’t Get Left Behind.StanChart by CNBC CatalystUndoCNN with DBS BankWhat Banks Did To Help Corporations Mitigate Future CrisesCNN with DBS BankUndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndo Sheffield United have made a €20m bid for Trabzonspor goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir and are ready to give him a five-year deal at the club.
COMMENT Written By WATCH US LIVE First Published: 25th July, 2020 15:02 IST Courtesy of the calendar reshuffle due to the COVID-19 pandemic, for the first time in MotoGP history, back-to-back races will be hosted at the same circuit in the same season. Last week, MotoGP’s hosted its delayed season-opener with the Spanish GP at the Circuito de Jerez. Fabio Quartararo, 21, won his maiden MotoGP series beating Maverick Vinales by just four seconds to secure the podium finish. Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso came in at third-place.Also Read | MotoGP Resumes In Spain Under Tight ControlsMotoGP Andalusia: ScheduleWhile the circuit remains the same for this weekend’s series, the race will be identified as Andalusian Grand Prix. Here’s the detailed schedule of Andalusian GP and the format for the series:The event kicked off on Friday, July 24, with Free Practice 1 and 2. Practice races will continue on Saturday with FP3 scheduled for 9:55 AM local time (1:25 PM IST). Free Practice races will be followed by two 15-minute qualifying sessions on Saturday before main-event commences on Sunday. The Andalusia GP start time for the main race is 2:00 PM local time (5:00 PM IST).The fastest 10 riders during Free Practice 1,2 and 3 (combined timesheet) will directly head to the second qualifying race, while the rest will enter the first qualifying season. The two fastest riders from Q1 will profess into Q2. Q2 will decide which racer gets the pole position and also the qualifying order for the front rows of the grid.Also Read | Marquez Declared Fit To Race In MotoGP Despite Broken ArmAndalusia GP scheduleSaturday, July 25, 2020Free Practice 3: 9:55 – 10:40 AM (1:25 – 2:10 PM IST)Free Practice 4: 1:30 – 2:00 PM (5:00 – 5:30 PM IST)Qualifying 1: 2:10 -2:25 PM (5:40 – 5:55 PM IST)Qualifying 2: 2:35- 2:50 PM (6:05 – 6:20 PM IST)Sunday, July 26, 2020Warm-Up: 9:20 – 09:40 AM (12:50 – 1:10 PM IST)Race (25 laps): 2:00 PM (5:00 PM IST)Also Read | Fabio Quartararo Secures His Maiden Win While Marquez Crashes As MotoGP ReturnsHow to watch Andalusia Grand Prix?In India, Andalusia GP will be broadcasted live on Eurosport and Eurosport HD. Live coverage will also be available of MotoGP official website.Also Read | Andrea Dovizioso Will Make MotoGP season-opener After Surgery On Collarbone(Image Credits: motogp.com) Last Updated: 25th July, 2020 15:43 IST Moto GP Andalusia Schedule, Qualifying Format And Live Streaming Details Moto GP Andalusia: After a blockbuster season-opener last week, MotoGP returns to the same arena for Andalusia GP. Here’s everything to know about the event. FOLLOW US SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV Sujay Chakraborty
17 October 2018, 12:21 Irish riders in World Championship action this weekend Home » Disciplines News » Eventing News » Irish riders in World Championship action this weekend Team Ireland Equestrian’s eventers travel to Le Lion d’Angers (FRA) this week, for the World Breeding Eventing Championships for Young Horses. The Championships, for 6 and 7 year old horses, kick off on Thursday with the first of the dressage tests. Elsewhere on the eventing circuit, action takes place at Bicton (GBR), Elkton Maryland (USA) and Lexington Kentucky (USA).In showjumping, Irish riders will fly the flag in the World Cup Qualifier at Helsinki (FIN), at Tryon North Carolina (USA), Del Mar California (USA), Vilamoura (POR), Harrisburg Pennsylvania (USA), Herning (DEN), Zwolle (NED), Kronenberg (NED), Chevenez (SUI), Lier (BEL), Calgary Stampede Park (CAN) and Michalowice (POL). In dressage, Ireland will be represented at Le Mans (FRA).All Irish international entries for this week’s shows are now available to view by clicking on the individual shows under ‘FEI Entries & Results’. Live links to results from this week’s shows are also available. Follow your Team Ireland Equestrian riders on the HSI website, Facebook (Team Ireland Equestrian) and Twitter (@TeamIRLEq). Tags:
North American organisation Spacestation Gaming has co-founded Spacestation Mobile with content creators Lance “Powerbang” Frisbee and Tim “Ash” Evans.The company will house all of Spacestation Gaming’s mobile initiatives and operations, including its expansion into new mobile titles and working with mobile brands.Screenshot via: Spacestation GamingRELATED: Spacestation Gaming announces Uber Eats sponsorshipShaun “Shonduras” McBride, Owner of Spacestation Gaming discussed the venture in a statement to Esports Insider: “You know a partnership is going to work out when it starts with a friendship. That’s how we knew this was the right move. Powerbang and Ash both view the mobile gaming space in the same way we always have at Spacestation Gaming, with a heavy emphasis on content and community! Adding their experience and creativity to what we are building was the best possible partnership any organization could ask for.”Spacestation Mobile will work with creators, professional players, and members of the community, aiming to grow mobile esports and bring in new brands as partners and sponsors.Shawn “Unit” Pellerin, Co-Owner and General Manager of Spacestation Gaming also discussed the move with Esports Insider: “We are excited to bring on like-minded individuals like Lance and Tim, to use their endless knowledge of the space to guide us in the right direction and push the boundaries of opportunities in the fast growing Mobile space.”RELATED: ESL calls in LG as phone provider for Mobile OpenAsh – otherwise known as Clash With Ash – is a prominent content creator in Supercell titles, namely Clash Royale and Brawl Stars. At the time of writing, he has almost 800,000 subscribers on YouTube. Powerbang, on the other hand, is perhaps best known for his videos on PUBG Mobile – amassing almost 1.4 million YouTube subscribers at the time of writing.Powerbang explained why he entered this venture to Esports Insider: “SSG offers an amazing, well staffed organization of professionals who know how to have fun, field competitive teams in games that command attention, and create engaging content that far surpasses the quality of almost every organization out there. I’m excited to lend my industry connections in mobile, and lean on my reputation amongst players and fans to help build an absolute juggernaut in mobile esports that drives the scene forward in a way everyone can be proud of.”Spacestation Gaming fields competitors in PUBG Mobile, Call of Duty: Mobile, and Auto Chess Mobile. It also has North American, Brazilian, and Southeast Asian rosters in Brawl Stars.Esports Insider says: Spacestation Gaming has been an avid supporter of mobile esports for quite some time, housing teams and finding success along the way. This new venture – and bringing in two prominent mobile gaming figures to co-run it – shows just how dedicated the organisation is to mobile.ESI Autumn Forum – Find out more
MINNEAPOLIS — The Utah Jazz have had one of the best defenses in the NBA the past few seasons under coach Quin Snyder, in large part because of the presence of two-time Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert protecting the rim.But a player like Minnesota’s 7-foot center Karl-Anthony Towns gives the Jazz some particular challenges because of his propensity and ability to shoot long-range shots, like he did in a Monday night T-Wolves’ victory when he made 7 of 15 from 3-point range.“It’s a challenge for everybody because he shoots the second-most 3s in the league behind (James) Harden,” said Snyder after Wednesday’s shootaround at the Target Center, where the Jazz and T-Wolves play at 6 p.m. MT. “For us, Rudy did a good job last game of keeping him off the foul line. But it’s an unfamiliar territory for a center to be guarding out on the floor that much against a player that’s that comfortable shooting from range and attacking. It inverts our defense and it means the other four guys on the floor have to do for Rudy, what Rudy traditionally does for them.”Snyder was wrong that Towns shoots the second-most 3s in the league. Actually he ranks sixth at 9.0 per game. What he meant to say, and it’s even more impressive, is that Towns makes the second-most 3s in the NBA at 3.9 per game. His 43.5 percentage from 3-point range is nearly 10 points higher than Harden’s 34.0 percent.Snyder said the Jazz must work together defensively to keep Towns contained Wednesday night. “We have to contain the 3s on the perimeter and when (Gobert) is not back to protect the rim, we have to stay in front and we have to help each other,” he said.JAZZ NOTES: Dante Exum, who sat out for eight months before playing Monday night, said Wednesday that he is 100% and “It felt great to get back on the court after all I went through and I just want to get a win now.” … Minnesota’s Andrew Wiggins, who missed Monday’s game in Salt Lake, is listed as questionable for Wednesday’s game because of illness. Josh Okogie is questionable with a knee injury and Jake Layman is out with a toe injury. … The Jazz return home for a pair of home games Friday against Golden State and Saturday against New Orleans.
From an elite event of standard distance the Wasa Triathlon, in the Kootenays of B.C., has transformed into one of the most family friendly festival weekends in Western Canada. The event has grown over the last 20 years from 90 competitors to over 1000 participants with nearly one quarter being young triathletes aged between four to 15 years old. Race director, Charlie Cooper says “the event attracts families from all over B.C., Alberta and North West USA.” “The growth in recent years has been led by the number of young triathletes coming with their families. We are proud to cater for all ages with the first event day being dedicated to support our younger competitors.”On Saturday June 11, the Trikids Triathlon will again see a large group of smiley kids crossing the finish line for a well-earned medal. Cooper explains that all young competitors will get to enjoy the same race experience as the adults: professional announcer Steve King, loads of volunteer support, drink stations, electronic timing, the exciting finish chute lined up with spectators, a catered lunch and a groovy t-shirt. “We want these young triathletes to love the sport, experience the competition but above all it’s about participation and having a fun weekend with the family,” Cooper said.”Many Albertan families use the Wasa triathlon as a camping weekend, enjoying the long summer mountain days and impressive setting.” For mums and dads there is some serious racing to be had on the Sunday with the sprint and standard distances both for individual and relay teams.The scenic shores of Wasa Lake attract amateurs and elite triathletes to compete in this swim-bike-run event. First-timers in the sport also target this event as a must-do to kick off their season. It’s not only the picturesque mountain scenery and pure air that attracts competitors says Cooper, the prize money is good too, with $4,300 to be awarded to the top five finishers in the women and men categories. The quality of the competition every year makes Wasa’s standard course one of the most competitive and fastest. All TriKids receive some good orienteering and preparation to make it a fun, memorable and safe experience. Many parents report young ones sleeping with their medals and proudly wearing their Wasa event shirt to school! Registration at www.rmevents.com closes June 9 for Adults & TriKids.
By WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent Practices went routinely last week for all three Middletown high schools, although there was discussion among players and coaches about the topic of bullying, which had led to arrests and the cancellation of the season at Sayreville War Memorial High School.Middletown South raised its record to 4-1 and stayed in contention for the Shore Conference A North championship and in prime contention for an NJSIAA Central Jersey Group IV playoff berth with a 44-0 victory over Howell. It was Middletown South’s third straight shutout victory after a 36-24 loss to South Brunswick as Cole Rogers continued along his big season with four touchdown runs. Middletown South has a divisional showdown on Friday night at unbeaten Manalapan. “We had a team meeting on Monday and restated the school policy (on bullying) to make some kids aware,” said Middletown South coach Steve Antonucci. “It’s something we address every year and try to address it when we may see something so it doesn’t become a problem.”Middletown North also stayed in the running for a state playoff spot in Central Jersey Group IV with a 21-7 victory over Ocean as Troy Thompson caught a 16-yard touchdown pass from Donald Glenn and ran 30 yards with a fumble for another score.“I don’t think there’s any place for it (bullying) at all,” said Middletown North coach Steve Bush, who has coached championship teams in New York and Massachusetts and built a powerful program at Manalapan before moving over to Middletown North last season. “We try to build a team with unity. There was a sense of it going on in the past and we talked to the team about doing the right thing. Players must understand that they’re looked to a higher level for the team, their school and the community. But we brought it up again early in the week to make sure they know exactly where we’re coming from. We know the type of kids that are here and don’t expect that to go on and reinforced that we need unity and a family atmosphere.” Bush said he’s seen the seniors work with the younger players to help them develop in the program. Mater Dei also stayed in contention in Non-Public B with a 54- 14 victory at South River as Christian Palmer passed for four touchdowns and ran for another. The Seraphs are 4-1 and have won three straight since a 50-38 loss to Dunellen. Mater Dei coach Steve Sciarappa also is the school principal and spoke about bullying as an “ongoing conversation every day at school. We talked to the younger guys about the expectation of conduct and performance, that when you do something like that, you‘re not doing your job for yourself but also not doing your job for your teammates with that distraction.”Sciarappa said the closely knit atmosphere extends beyond the players to their families, who spend a lot of time around the players at team functions, and said about bullying that “things of that nature don’t happen in our place.”Rich Carroll, director of athletics for the two Middletown public high schools, said there is a Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying officer in his district, just as in other school districts around the state, and there is a mandatory training session for coaches before the season on bullying.“That’s been in place for the second year here and we take it very seriously,” Carroll said. “We’ve taken the time to readdress it and talk to student-athletes how to report bullying. There are always incidents that happen in the course of a school year and Middletown is no different. We have to handle it and educate students.”Bush and Carroll both echoed the sentiment that, although the Sayreville incident is an extreme case with seven students facing charges, bullying generally has been going on for a long time in schools.“Society is changing and how it is addressed, but people should not have to put up with that and should be in a safe environment,” Carroll said. “Some things that happened 30 years ago and were considered a tradition over the years are not tolerated today.”All three Middletown teams showed a strong sense of unity in their games.“This will be a good measuring stick because Manalapan has been our Achilles heel,” Middletown South coach Antonucci said of his next opponent. It’s the first of three big games coming up, followed by games against Brick Memorial, which has not lost since its opening game 42-0 setback to Brick Township, and unbeaten Freehold Township. “A win (over Manalapan) would set us up nicely for the conference and power points for the state (playoffs).”Antonucci credited the defense led by Dylan Rogers (Cole’s brother) at middle linebacker and Nolan Pereless at free safety and a solid offensive surge on the line led by tackle Jim Wilson, who has verbally committed to Youngstown State, tackle Tom Lopez, guards Brian Joyce and Kyle Maynes and center Joe Rutkowski.Bush said Middletown North “needed this one” against Ocean coming off a 56-34 loss to Manalapan as it heads into Friday night’s game at home against 1-4 Howell.“We made some plays but did not run the ball nearly as well as we should,” Bush said. “We made some mistakes and guys got caught up.”Middletown North took command in the third quarter when Chad Freshnock ran one yard for a touchdown and Thompson had his fumble runback for a touchdown. Freshnock, who rushed for 96 yards on 17 carries, set up Thompson’s first touchdown with a 49-yard run. But Middletown North in the first half missed a field goal and had a pass intercepted in the end zone on a deep threat that kept the game close until the third quarter. Bush said cornerback Aaron Borrero made some big stops on fourth down plays while end Matt Dombrowski and outside linebacker Nick Kish also excelled on defense. Lineman Constantine Dudzinski is expected back from an injury for the Howell game after sitting out the Ocean victory. As for Mater Dei, Sciarappa said Tyson Stamper had a “breakout day” as he caught three passes for 173 yards, all touchdowns. “We knew it was just a matter of time for him,” he said and added that the two-platoon system installed this year is “working out well,” all the way to the offensive line where he said center Liam Olausen anchors a cohesive unit. “Everybody out there knows what each other is thinking,” he said.Next is a home game against Shore Regional, the first of three playoff-caliber teams over the next month.“On so many levels, this is a big game for Mater Dei,” Sciarappa said. “They (Shore) come ready every week and have been running their system very well since these kids were in middle school. The thing is we can’t make mistakes. This is a seminal game to see if our players can be on the level of a Shore Regional.”
FIFA presented the official poster for next year’s World Cup finals in Moscow on Tuesday, unveiling a vintage design of Soviet goalkeeping great Lev Yashin in flight.Inspired by the constructivist art movement, the poster shows Yashin, wearing a knee brace and his signature cap, leaping across to get a hand on an oversized ball featuring Russia’s landmass seen from space.Orange rays emanate from the ball and the circle of green in the middle of the poster represents the pitches of the 12 tournament venues, FIFA said.The poster’s presentation comes three days before the World Cup draw takes place to determine the match ups for the group stage.“We are very proud of this beautiful landmark asset that portrays such an important icon and celebrates the coming tournament on Russian soil,” FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura said of the poster.Yashin, who died in 1990, competed in four World Cups – 1958, 1962, 1966 and 1970. He is the only goalkeeper to have won the Ballon d’Or award.Russia is set to host the World Cup finals from June 14 to July 15 in 12 venues spread across 11 cities, including Moscow, St Petersburg and Sochi.