Mirona Elena Grecu

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Survey reveals 50 books that every child should read by 16

Roald Dahl is still king of children's literature according to a survey for World Book Day<p>Roald Dahl is the author that people would most like their children to read, according to a new survey to find 50 books that children should read by the time they are 16.<p>A survey of 2,000 readers by …

Pep Guardiola: I hate tiki-taka - it's rubbish and completely pointless

A new book about the former Barcelona manager reveals how he launched an incredible attack on the style of football he made famous<p><i>In a new book profiling the work of Pep Guardiola, journalist Marti Perarnau reveals the Spaniard's true feelings about the 'tiki-taka' term associated with the football</i> …

Florentino Perez sold the two players who held Real Madrid together, is an idiot

Florentino Perez is an idiot.<p>In a span of two days Real Madrid sold Angel Di Maria and Xabi Alonso, arguably the two most important players (outside …

Manchester United Coach Gives A Great Interview After Humiliating 4-0 Loss To 3rd-Tier Team

When he took over United in July, his first two orders of business were declaring his team "broken" and forcing a player he bought for $50 million to practice by himself.<p>Things have not gotten much better since then. After a home loss to Swansea and an away draw at Sunderland in the first two weeks …

5 Must-Read Beach Novels For Your Next Vacation

<i>Read them by the sea, by the pool, on the porch. Each one is secret vacation inside your vacation.</i><p><i>The Hundred-Year House</i><p>By Rebecca Makkai<p>352 pages; Viking Adult<p>Author Rebecca Makkai is known for her delightful, whip-smart tales, told with a touch of whimsy (think back to <i>The Borrower</i>, about a …

7 Reasons It's OK to Love Your eReader

I'm a book lover from way back. Instead of riding bikes or building forts all summer like the other kids on my block, I'd hide under a tree with a stack of books I got from the library downtown, my favorite place in West Texas. I'm from a long line of book lovers. When my grandfather passed away, …

World Cup 2014 results, reaction and analysis

Even injured, Neymar is everywhere<p>It's not news to note that in Brazil, Neymar is everywhere. But now that's he crocked and his tournament is done, everywhere suddenly seems to be a bigger place.<p>The day after his injuries, the newspapers offered up what looked, when placed in neat rows on the …

Brazil files appeal over Thiago Silva yellow card, suspension

Brazil are trying desperately to make their captain available for the semifinals.<p>Brazil has filed an appeal against the yellow card that Thiago Silva picked up in the quarterfinals, one which earned him a suspension for the Selecao's semifinal against Germany. FIFA confirmed that they received …

Roger Federer sheds single tear after losing Wimbledon

This is so sad, it could be set to Sarah McLachlan.<p>Novak Djokovic won the men's final at Wimbledon and shed some tears of joy. We assumed that Roger Federer, possibly the greatest tennis player of all time, would hold up okay, but then suddenly: ROGER NOOOOO<p>Oh, Roger. :(<p>We are so, so sorry about …

ESPN still likes its Dave Chappelle/Novak Djokovic joke

It's hard to find things that work with the name "Djokovic" okay?!<p>It's not easy to find a good joke for Novak Djokovic. Internet ryhming generators tell us that nothing rhymes with Djokovoic ... nothing. Luckily Robert Flores of ESPN found one he really liked, "choke a (expletive)" riffing off a …

Brazil deny report Neymar could still play despite broken vertebrae

In the pantheon of terrible ideas, this one is right near the top.<p>The idea that Neymar could return to the field before the end of the World Cup is unthinkable, but some officials close to the Brazilian team are holding out hope that the star could endure a series of treatments and medications that …

Germany sad about Neymar injury, but suggest it makes Brazil more dangerous

Everyone wants to play against the best, but German players seem to have conflicting opinions on what Neymar's injury means.<p>Between the suspension of Thiago Silva and Neymar's back injury, Brazil will enter their World Cup semifinal against Germany as minor underdogs. You'd think Germany would be …

Manchester United unveils new kit, a giant Chevy logo

World Cup gear watch: France 0-1 Germany, Brazil 2-1 Colombia, Argentina 1-0 Belgium, Netherlands (4-3 on penalties) 0-0 Costa Rica

The Kits<p>Metin Pala/Anadolu Agency/Getty Image<p>The tournament's best kits have exited the competition to the number three team (in a sartorial sense, at least) on our list. France are out of the World Cup after losing 1-0 to Germany in the first quarter-final match. An early headed goal from a set …

Everything you need to know about the Tour de France

Are you just catching up on the Tour de France? Here's a helpful guide to use as cycling's biggest test winds through France.<p><b>General Classification (or GC):</b> This is the way the person who wears the leader's yellow jersey is determined. The person with the lowest overall time wears the yellow …

The Best Biographies of 2014 (So Far)

From John Updike to Louis Armstrong, from Mavis Staples to John Quincy Adams, we round up the most fascinating life stories published this year.<p>Only …

How much could to fill a Panini World Cup sticker album?

There’s a blog by Simon Whitehouse and also a mathematics paper by Sylvain Sardy and Yvan Velenik that explains all the maths involved.<p>Even better, some clever chap at codhesive.com has come up with a fantastic visual representation of this valuable work.

Play the literary World Cup: nominate your all-time top team

Everything is about football these days, so we're all trying to get a look-in - whether in fashion, music, film, food or (yes, really!) beards . Even things that have nothing to do with the beautiful game are "a thing" because of it.<p>In the books world, publishers Penguin have capitalised on the …

Brazil's preparations in confusion after Luiz Felipe Scolari's nephew dies in car crash

Selecao's preparations for World Cup 2014 opening game against Croatia overshadowed by death of coach Luiz Felipe Scolari's nephew<p>Brazil’s preparations for Thursday’s World Cup opening match with Croatia were thrown into confusion after Luiz Felipe Scolari was left considering whether to break off …

Through the Looking Glass

PARIS—Two of the more volatile and complex players in men’s tennis got together in the quarterfinals of the French Open, and by the time they hashed …

Malcolm Glazer should never have been allowed to take over Manchester United

American billionaire did not even visit Old Trafford once and was only attracted to Manchester United by the money<p>To paraphrase John F Kennedy, when he took over the club Malcolm Glazer was not interested in what he might do for <b>Manchester United</b>. He was solely motivated by what Manchester United …

Ronaldo thanks Rooney for Champions League final support

The England international called on the Portugal star to remember their triumph in Moscow in 2008 prior to last weekend's final, which Real Madrid …

FIFA defends kickoff times

SAO PAULO -- FIFA said Wednesday it is not considering changing kickoff times or adding mandatory cooling breaks during World Cup matches, despite …

Ryan Giggs announces retirement

Ryan Giggs has brought the curtain down on his record-breaking Manchester United playing career to concentrate on coaching after being appointed …

Soccer

Barcelona appoint Luis Enrique as new manager as Lionel Messi signs new contract

Former Real Madrid and Barcelona midfielder signs two-year deal as replacement for Tata Martino<p><b>Barcelona</b> have appointed their former midfielder Luis Enrique as their new manager.<p>The appointment of the former Spain international, who played at the Nou Camp from 1996 to 2004 after joining from bitter …

World Cup 2014 squads

Full lists of all Fifa World Cup 2014 squads for all 32 countries and teams competing in Brazil this summer<p>All 32 countries have named their squads for the 2014 <b>World Cup</b> in Brazil.<p>There were late injuries, surprises and plenty of unhappy players. But who will triumph and who will go home early?<p>Have …

Three-sided football: it's a game of three thirds

This year the first Three-Sided Football World Cup takes place in Denmark. Gareth May takes a look at England's best chance of winning a trophy this summer<p>“What’s the score?”<p>“2-1-1.”<p>A player in a yellow bib curls the ball into the top right corner of the net.<p>“Make that 2-2-1.”<p>Confused? I know I …

Ribery critical of Pep's rotation policy

Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery has criticised his coach Pep Guardiola's rotation policy, claiming it is not good for morale for so many changes …

Soccer

A map, a car, 8,000 miles and four MBAs | Financial Times

Casey Gerald and Michael Baker have a great deal to do. The two Harvard Business School MBAs are talking to me from their dormitory and as soon as we …

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