Der Kaiser claims Reus could join United next year

Marco Reus in action for Borussia Dortmund in the first round of the German Cup.
Marco Reus in action for Borussia Dortmund in the first round of the German Cup.

Bayern Munich president Franz Beckenbauer believes Marco Reus will leave Borussia Dortmund in 2015, naming Manchester United as a possible destination.

In a move that will surely add more fuel to a fiery relationship between the two Bundesliga rivals, the German legend is sure that the 25-year-old star will depart from the Signal Iduna Park.

While Bayern are intent on landing the talented attacking midfielder, Der Kaiser reckons Reus will have his pick of Europe's finest clubs if he chooses not to join the Bavarian giants.

Reus class

Speaking to German newspaper Bild, Beckenbauer said: "I can imagine him at Bayern very well.

"If you can get a player of his class, you need to try it.

“I am sure: if he doesn’t go to Bayern in 2015, he will probably go to another big international club such as Real Madrid or Manchester United.

"Dortmund are unlikely to be able to hold on to him."

Expect a terse response out of Dortmund to come in the following days.

Especially from coach Juergen Klopp, who claimed he will eat a broomstick if the "bulls**t story" claiming Mats Hummels will move to United for 20 million euros turned out to be true.

Sources: The Guardia, Mirror Online

Believe it or not, Kid Rock, 43, is about to be a grandpa

Kid Rock, 43, is about to be a grandfather as son Bobby Ritchie Jr. and his girlfriend expect their first child.

At the tender age of 43, Kid Rock is about to be a grandfather.

Us Weekly reported that the singer's son, Bobby Ritchie Jr., 21, and his girlfriend will be having a baby girl.

His girlfriend is already four months along, a source revealed.

Kid Rock, whose real name is Robert Ritchie, welcomed his son Bobby in 1993, with ex-girlfriend Kelley Russell, and raised the boy mostly on his own

The 21-year-old father-to-be is also a musician and goes by the names Robert James, New York Daily News reported. 

Sources: New York Daily News, Us Weekly

EPL: Chelsea blow Burnley away 3-1

Chelsea's Diego Costa celebrates his goal against Burnley during their English Premier League soccer match at Turf Moor in Burnley, northern England August 18, 2014.

New signings Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas made an instant impact for Chelsea as they launched their Premier League title bid with a confident 3-1 win at promoted Burnley on Monday (Aug 19). 

Former Arsenal midfielder Fabregas, brought in from Barcelona during the close season, was influential throughout the game, having a hand in all three Chelsea goals and striking up an impressive midfield pairing with Eden Hazard.


Cesc Fabregas had an impressive game in the heart of Chealsea's midfield. Photo: Reuters

It was Burnley though who took a surprise lead in the 14th min with a superb drive from Scott Arfield after a fine run and pull back from Matt Taylor.


Burnley's Scott Arfield celebrates his goal against Chelsea with teammate Kieran Trippier. Photo: Reuters

But any hopes the capacity home crowd at Turf Moor had of witnessing an upset were quickly dashed as Chelsea's new signing, Brazilian-born Spain international Costa, brought the Londoners level on his Premier League debut – firing in after a Branislav Ivanovic cross-shot, following a Fabregas back-heel, had come out off the post. 

Four minutes later, Chelsea had the lead – Fabregas providing a beautiful first time pass to German World Cup winner Andre Schurrle who confidently drove home. 

Burnley looked shell-shocked and their manager Sean Dyche will be disappointed with the slack defending for Chelsea’s third as an unchallenged Ivanovic slotted in a Fabregas corner in the 34th minute.

Lancashire club Burnley, whose entire squad cost just a fraction of Costa’s reported 32 million pound transfer fee, will have taken some heart though from the way they applied themselves after the break, even if they rarely threatened to alter the scoreline

Chelsea brought on Didier Drogba for his first official appearance of his second spell with the club as a late substitute to the delight of their travelling supporters.

Source: Reuters

Anyone remember the world's first smartphone?

The IBM Simon, the first smartphone to go on sale 20 years ago and the forerunner to today's smartphones, is displayed next to an iPhone (R) at the Science Museum in central London on August 15, 2014.
The IBM Simon, the first smartphone to go on sale 20 years ago and the forerunner to today's smartphones, is displayed next to an iPhone (R) at the Science Museum in central London.

Here's an anniversary you may have missed over the weekend. 

Aug 16 marked 20 years since the world's "first smartphone" was released. 

In Aug 1994, IBM released a phone called Simon, the first phone which featured a calendar, notepad and calculator. It could send faxes and even e-mail, but the latter required synching to a computer. 

According to The Washington Post, a 1993 Bloomberg article called the phone a "lightweight PC", the first in a whole series that IBM was developing.

The name for the device apparently came from the kids' game 'Simon says', according to the curator of an ongoing exhibition in London's Science Museum in which the phone is displayed. 

'The marketing was that it was so simple, that it could do anything you instructed it to," Ms Charlotte Connelly told Mail Online. 

Comparison

While the iPhone 5s weighs just 112 grams, the Simon weighed in at almost half a kg. It looked like a brick as well, with a 23cm screen. 

And while we all complain about the iPhone's battery life, we should be grateful - the Simon only had 60 minutes battery life.

On its 2,400bps modem, you may never have completed downloading a high-res image file before the battery ran out. 

Plus, it cost US$900 (S$1,100), so, it was clearly, totally worth the splurge. 

Sources: The Washington Post, Mail Online

 

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