ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish takes the field with his team before the game against the Clemson Tigers during the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)In the decade he’s been at Notre Dame, Brian Kelly has attracted the attention of NFL teams on more than one occasion. Ultimately, he’s stayed put.Could the professional ranks come calling for Kelly again? One NFL insider thinks it is a legit possibility.Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer, citing a discussion with a league scout, referred to Kelly as “underrated” and wondered if he could attract NFL attention once again.He’s in his 10th year at Notre Dame now. He’s a good bet to post his fifth 10-win season, and third straight. In the 16 years before his arrival, the Irish had just two 10-win campaigns. At the very least, he’s the best coach in South Bend since Lou Holtz. And I wonder if NFL teams kick tires on him again—despite the fact that some think he’s too much of a drill sergeant for the league.Kelly’s most noteworthy dalliance with the NFL came in 2013 when he spoke with the Philadelphia Eagles. Philly wound up hiring Chip Kelly. Kelly’s name has also been linked to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Chicago Bears in the past. When he was mentioned in conjunction with the Bears’ opening in 2018, Kelly said coaching in the NFL “doesn’t appeal” to him.Things could always change. For the time being, Kelly will look to prepare his 10th-ranked Fighting Irish for a home game against Bowling Green this Saturday.October is a challenging month for Notre Dame, with rivalry games against USC and Michigan in the coming weeks.
Paris Saint-Germain have been fined €2,000 after their fans aimed an offensive banner at Neymar during their Ligue 1 win over Nimes.Neymar, 27, was targeted by fans during the 3-0 victory at Parc des Princes on August 11 amid growing speculation he wants to leave PSG.One banner urged the Brazil forward to leave the Ligue 1 champions, while another expressed dissatisfaction with his behaviour. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Chants of “Son of a bitch” also rang out in the stands among home fans incensed at the failure of the player to commit his future to the club this summer..The Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) Disciplinary Committee announced sanctions on Wednesday, handing PSG a fine.”Behaviour of the supporters of Paris Saint-Germain: use of pyrotechnic devices and deployment of an offensive banner,” part of a statement read.”€2,000 fine for Paris Saint-Germain.”Neymar is yet to play for PSG this season amid reports he will return to Barcelona or join LaLiga giants Real Madrid.The saga is seemingly no closer to ending despite the transfer window closing on September 2.Neymar has scored 51 goals in 58 games since joining PSG in a world-record €222 million move two years ago.But he is yet to appear in the 2019-20 campaign after suffering an injury during Brazil’s preparations for the Copa America in June, as PSG kicked off their Ligue 1 defence with mixed fortunes. That 3-0 defeat of Nimes was followed by a humbling reverse at the hands of Rennes, who upset the champions 2-1 on Sunday.
New for 2019 — Italy Cruise: Hidden Treasures from Florence to Venice DOWNERS GROVE, IL – June 20, 2018… Luxury and adventure travel pioneer Abercrombie & Kent has taken intrepid travellers to Antarctica, the Arctic and around the world on more than 300 expedition cruises since 1991. In response to growing interest from past travellers in more immersive cultural experiences, A&K has curated a new portfolio of Luxury Expedition Cruises that includes Japan, Greece, and — new for 2019 — Italy Cruise: Hidden Treasures from Florence to Venice. The focus is on combining A&K’s expertise in planning seamless expeditions with more in-depth land touring than found on traditional cruises. “A sense of discovery was our guiding inspiration when searching for experiences along the coast of Italy as we brainstormed ideas for this new itinerary,” explains Bob Simpson, Abercrombie & Kent’s Vice President, Expedition Cruising. “Our research team spent time in working ports and little-known locales to develop the most rewarding shore excursions, as well as find expert local guides who serve as cultural interpreters. We complement these onshore experiences with onboard briefings by our Expedition Staff to provide the historical context needed to understand the significance of these places.” A&K offers a choice of included shore excursions each day, ranging from outdoor adventures to discussions of history, art and architecture; as well as hands-on experiences and tastings at local restaurants and vineyards. Active adventures include hiking or taking a 4 x 4 excursion on Mount Etna and rowing the canals of Venice. Walking tours reveal how the art and architecture of Palermo and Florence reflected the revival of interest in classical learning against a backdrop of political stability and growing prosperity. Cooking classes, vineyard visits, and food-and-wine walks in small villages offer a distinctly local flavor. Repeat visitors to Italy will be charmed by sights further off-the-beaten path, such as the dramatic coastline and giant yews in Puglia’s Gargano National Park or the chance to stroll from the port through the Old Town of Bastia on the French island of Corsica. NEW FOR 2019: Italy Cruise: Hidden Treasures from Florence to Venice (Aug 18-30, 2019)Embark on a voyage along the coast, beginning with two days in Florence, the home of the Renaissance, before cruising to treasures from iconic Rome and Venice to exotic Sicily and the paradisal Aeolian Islands, as well as Puglia’s Gargano National Park, UNESCO-protected Urbino, and French Corsica. Cruise in intimate luxury aboard brand-new ‘Le Bougainville,’ a luxury yacht with occupancy limited to 150 guests. 13 days from $12,995 per person, double occupancy. Book early to save $1,000 per person in stateroom categories 1-3. Wonders of Japan Cruise (May 30-Jun 12, 2019)Discover Japan by small ship, visiting unique ports and off-the-beaten-path wilderness areas. Spend two nights in culture-rich Kyoto, staying in the historic heart of the city. Visit Gyeongju, South Korea, ancient dynastic capital and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Reflect on Japan’s turbulent history and witness its miraculous resurgence at Hiroshima. Set out on incomparable art experiences, perhaps visiting the Chichu Art Museum, O’Hara Museum of Art and the Adachi Museum of Art. Witness a private performance by the world-renowned Kodo taiko drummers. Cruise aboard luxurious ‘Le Soleal,’ with no more than 199 guests for optimal comfort.14 days from $15,995 per person, double occupancy. Cruising the Greek Isles (Oct 16-25, 2019)Following this year’s sold-out inaugural cruise, we begin with two nights ashore in Athens, followed by a seven-night cruise through the islands, with access to rarely-visited, vibrant Symi, uninhabited Delos and Syros, where we enjoy a private performance at the Apollo Theater. Discover the palace of Knossos on Crete, medieval Rhodes and whitewashed Mykonos. Enjoy exclusive evening events in Athens and Rhodes, featuring unique venues, local cuisine and live entertainment. Privately visit an organic farm in Crete, where you participate in a cooking demonstration and sample fresh ingredients at their source. Taste fabled Santorini wines with a wine expert. This sailing is aboard the exclusively-chartered ‘Le Bougainville’ for no more than 150 guests. 10 days from $9,999. All-Inclusive Luxury Exploration, the A&K WayBy chartering the best small ship for each itinerary, A&K is able to offer the most comfortable way to experience each destination with all-balcony staterooms, supported by an Expedition Staffselected for their expertise in that particular region. In Italy and Greece, guests sail aboard the brand new ‘Le Bougainville,’ the first ship with an underwater “sensory lounge.” The larger ‘Le Soleal’ is the perfect size for exploring the Sea of Japan and the country’s four main islands: Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu. Both ships offer yacht- like ambiance and the utmost in luxury, complete with butler service in all suites (an A&K exclusive) and a 1 to 1.3 staff-to-guest ratio. When it’s time to unwind, guests may choose from a sensory-driven underwater lounge as well as a spa, salon and fitness center with a hammam; a heated outdoor infinity pool; and a marina with hydraulic platform and Zodiac boats. Enhancing the all-inclusive experience is A&K’s ability to anticipate guests’ every need. New for 2019, this includes complimentary Wi-Fi and Traveller’s Valet® laundry service – exclusive A&K amenities. Arrival and departure transfers, port charges, as well as all crew and staff gratuities are also included. Gourmet Dining Aboard, Local Fare AshoreOn the ship, a fresh menu inspired by French culinary heritage encompasses everything from lavish plated and buffet entrees to carefully-selected cheeses and freshly-baked pastries that rival those in France. With a selection of restaurants, no formal evenings, and 24-hour room service, guests may dine as they wish. During enriching days ashore, off-ship lunches at local restaurants are included, letting guests savor local culinary specialties. For more information on A&K’s Luxury Expedition Cultural Cruises, request a brochure at 800.554.7094, go to https://www.abercrombiekent.com/cruises/luxury-expedition-cruises or contact your travel professional. About Abercrombie & Kent https://www.abercrombiekent.comAbercrombie & Kent pioneered luxury adventure travel with our first African safaris in 1962, and today our award-winning travel services extend around the globe to more than one hundred countries on all seven continents. A&K’s custom itineraries and small-group journeys offer one-of-a-kind inspiring experiences, while more than 55 on-site offices ensure invitation-only access to the people and places that make every destination unique. 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