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Sports tycoons ride into battle for Evans

Sports tycoons ride into battle for Evans

Business
The two biggest sports retailers on the high street have joined the battle for control of Evans Cycles, one of Britain's biggest bike retailers. Sky News has learnt that JD Sports Fashion and Sports Direct International both tabled indicative offers for Evans last week, pitting them against Halfords and a number of financial investors.News of JD Sports' and Sports Direct's interest highlights an unexpectedly fierce contest to buy Evans, which has racked up losses of more than £8m in the last two years.A takeover of the bike specialist is likely, however, to be at a knockdown valuation as its owner, the private equity firm ECI Partners, seeks a buyer capable of meeting its ongoing funding requirements.Evans is said to need more than £10m in fresh capital to see it ...
Philadelphia Eagles aim to win battle of backups vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Philadelphia Eagles aim to win battle of backups vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Sports
A pair of backup quarterbacks with decorated resumes will be out to send their respective teams to a 2-0 record to start the season. Nick Foles, who is the reigning Super Bowl Most Valuable Player, leads the Philadelphia Eagles (1-0) into Raymond James Stadium to face Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0) on Sunday (1 p.m. ET). Eagles head coach Doug Pederson announced Foles as the team's starter while franchise quarterback Carson Wentz continues his rehabilitation from a torn ACL and LCL in December. Wentz, who has not been cleared for contact, watched Foles step in and play superbly in the team's championship run last season. Foles, however, sputtered throughout the preseason and labored in Philadelphia's 18-12 victory versus the Atlanta Falcons on Sept. 6. The 29-yea...
Apple v Amazon: Battle of the titans

Apple v Amazon: Battle of the titans

Business
In early September, Amazon's market value briefly went over $ 1tn (£779bn), just over a month after Apple became the first public company in the world to achieve such a feat. Both tech companies have grown over the last few years, but will this continue?Apple and Amazon are as different from each other as apples and oranges.Apple is a tech company that is also a trendy consumer brand. Its computers and devices have often been must-have gadgets, and customers are willing to pay far more for their products than cheaper alternatives. On the other hand, Amazon is where people go when they want to get a product more cheaply, more easily, or more quickly.Since the iPhone first went on sale in 2007, Apple shares have soared by 1,1...
Pope's cover-up crisis turns battle lines into first salvo

Pope's cover-up crisis turns battle lines into first salvo

World
The author of the bombshell accusation of sex abuse cover-up against Pope Francis denied Wednesday he acted out of revenge or anger, breaking his silence as his claims continued to divide a Catholic Church already polarized under Francis' reformist agenda. While the Vatican is no stranger to scandal, leaks or plots, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano's j'accuse has weakened a papacy already under fire for Francis' poor record on dealing with sex abuse cases, and has intensified a long-simmering ideological battle between right and left for the soul of the Catholic Church. Vigano told an Italian journalist he was "serene and at peace" after publishing his allegation-laden declaration, albeit saddened by subsequent attempts to undermine his credibility. "I spoke out because by now the corruptio...
Battle of the parasites: Love vine sucks the life from gall wasps

Battle of the parasites: Love vine sucks the life from gall wasps

Science
Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Scientists have discovered a never-before-seen interaction between parasites. Researchers at Rice University discovered a parasitic vine preying on a parasitic wasp. The two parasites, love vine and gall wasps, share the same host, oak trees. But the new research suggests it's not the tree the vine is interested in, but wasp larva hiding inside the pea-sized growths found on the underside of oak leaves. Rice University evolutionary biologist Scott Egan has spent nearly two decades studying gall-forming parasites. But until he and his students noticed love vine twisting around galls in the lab, Egan had never seen the novel interaction before. "I had never seen this," Egan said in a news release. "But the fact that no one, as far as we know, had ever documented this was in...