‘Power’: The Fight Is on in Season 4’s Intense First Trailer — Exclusive

The fight for freedom, survival, and power is on.

Following last month’s release of a short teaser, EW has the exclusive first official trailer for season 4 of Power. And it’s intense.

“That first night in jail, no idea what’s going to happen to you,” narrates Kanaan, as his friend-turned-enemy Ghost is locked up. “You’re away from everything that comforts you, everything that makes you feel at home. That’s real fear.”

Ghost’s imprisonment for the murder of Greg Knox, a crime he didn’t commit, has ripple effects for everyone. Tommy must decide whether to move on for good from his friend and business partner, while Tasha tries to keep the family strong, and Angela attempts to distance herself from the “biggest mistake of her life.”

Joining the prosecution and the cast for the upcoming season is Fast & Furious favorite Sung Kang as Ghost’s newest adversary, Assistant U.S. Attorney John Mak. The unflappable lawyer’s determination to win at all costs could be both an asset and problem for his team, which includes Angela and Knox’s true killer, Mike Sandoval.

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Not-So-Newlywed Bride Posts 6th Wedding Album On Social Media


A woman that has been married for over a year has today posted her 6th album of professional wedding photos onto social media.

While still attempting to flog the ‘hashtag’ used for her wedding last March, Kiara Bowler (nee. Hatton) has peppered the newsfeeds of Facebook and Instagram with pictures of her posing with her husband shortly after their vows – as well as a series of the bridesmaids sitting cross-legged in matching shower robes.

Captioned as “Still can’t believe this happened #TheBowlers” – this particular album looks very similar to the last five – although her close friends are responding as though they didn’t even realise she had gotten married.

“WOW. You looked beautiful” comments one of her friends.

“Babe” writes another.

With no solid plans for starting a family as of yet, it is believed Kiara will have to continue flogging the not-yet-seen photographs of last year’s ceremony until she has an early stage ultrasound to share with the world.

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This Is the Best Dinosaur Fossil of Its Kind Ever Found

Known as a nodosaur, this 110 million-year-old, armored plant-eater is the best preserved fossil of its kind ever found.STUNNING DISCOVERY Some 110 million years ago, this armored plant-eater lumbered through what is now western Canada, until a flooded river swept it into open sea. The dinosaur’s undersea burial preserved its armor in exquisite detail. Its skull still bears tile-like plates and a gray patina of fossilized skins.


On the afternoon of March 21, 2011, a heavy-equipment operator named Shawn Funk was carving his way through the earth, unaware that he would soon meet a dragon.

That Monday had started like any other at the Millennium Mine, a vast pit some 17 miles north of Fort McMurray, Alberta, operated by energy company Suncor. Hour after hour Funk’s towering excavator gobbled its way down to sands laced with bitumen—the transmogrified remains of marine plants and creatures that lived and died more than 110 million years ago. It was the only ancient life he regularly saw. In 12 years of digging he had stumbled across fossilized wood and the occasional petrified tree stump, but never the remains of an animal—and certainly no dinosaurs.

But around 1:30, Funk’s bucket clipped something much harder than the surrounding rock. Oddly colored lumps tumbled out of the till, sliding down onto the bank below. Within minutes Funk and his supervisor, Mike Gratton, began puzzling over the walnut brown rocks. Were they strips of fossilized wood, or were they ribs? And then they turned over one of the lumps and revealed a bizarre pattern: row after row of sandy brown disks, each ringed in gunmetal gray stone.

“Right away, Mike was like, ‘We gotta get this checked out,’ ” Funk said in a 2011 interview. “It was definitely nothing we had ever seen before.”


SOLVING THE PUZZLE In life this imposing herbivore—called a nodosaur—stretched 18 feet long and weighed nearly 3,000 pounds. Researchers suspect it initially fossilized whole, but when it was found in 2011, only the front half, from the snout to the hips, was intact enough to recover. The specimen is the best fossil of a nodosaur ever found.


Left: A cluster of pebble-like masses may be remnants of the nodosaur’s last meal.Right: Royal Tyrrell Museum technician Mark Mitchell slowly frees the nodosaur’s foot and scaly footpad from the surrounding rock. Mitchell’s careful work will preserve for years to come the animal’s enigmatic features.
Nearly six years later, I’m visiting the fossil prep lab at the Royal Tyrrell Museum in the windswept badlands of Alberta. The cavernous warehouse swells with the hum of ventilation and the buzz of technicians scraping rock from bone with needle-tipped tools resembling miniature jackhammers. But my focus rests on a 2,500-pound mass of stone in the corner.

At first glance the reassembled gray blocks look like a nine-foot-long sculpture of a dinosaur. A bony mosaic of armor coats its neck and back, and gray circles outline individual scales. Its neck gracefully curves to the left, as if reaching toward some tasty plant. But this is no lifelike sculpture. It’s an actual dinosaur, petrified from the snout to the hips.

The more I look at it, the more mind-boggling it becomes. Fossilized remnants of skin still cover the bumpy armor plates dotting the animal’s skull. Its right forefoot lies by its side, its five digits splayed upward. I can count the scales on its sole. Caleb Brown, a postdoctoral researcher at the museum, grins at my astonishment. “We don’t just have a skeleton,” he tells me later. “We have a dinosaur as it would have been.”

For paleontologists the dinosaur’s amazing level of fossilization—caused by its rapid undersea burial—is as rare as winning the lottery. Usually just the bones and teeth are preserved, and only rarely do minerals replace soft tissues before they rot away. There’s also no guarantee that a fossil will keep its true-to-life shape. Feathered dinosaurs found in China, for example, were squished flat, and North America’s “mummified” duck-billed dinosaurs, among the most complete ever found, look withered and sun dried.

During its burial at sea, the nodosaur settled onto its back, pressing the dinosaur’s skeleton into the armor and embossing it with the outlines of some bones. One ripple in the armor traces the animal’s right shoulder blade.
Paleobiologist Jakob Vinther, an expert on animal coloration from the U.K.’s University of Bristol, has studied some of the world’s best fossils for signs of the pigment melanin. But after four days of working on this one—delicately scraping off samples smaller than flecks of grated Parmesan—even he is astounded. The dinosaur is so well preserved that it “might have been walking around a couple of weeks ago,” Vinther says. “I’ve never seen anything like this.”

A poster for the movie Night at the Museum hangs on the wall behind Vinther. On it a dinosaur skeleton emerges from the shadows, magically brought back to life.

The remarkable fossil is a newfound species (and genus) of nodosaur, a type of ankylosaur often overshadowed by its cereal box–famous cousins in the subgroup Ankylosauridae. Unlike ankylosaurs, nodosaurs had no shin-splitting tail clubs, but they too wielded thorny armor to deter predators. As it lumbered across the landscape between 110 million and 112 million years ago, almost midway through the Cretaceous period, the 18-foot-long, nearly 3,000-pound behemoth was the rhinoceros of its day, a grumpy herbivore that largely kept to itself. And if something did come calling—perhaps the fearsome Acrocanthosaurus—the nodosaur had just the trick: two 20-inch-long spikes jutting out of its shoulders like a misplaced pair of bull’s horns.

SHIELDED FROM DECAY Armored dinosaurs’ trademark plates usually scattered early in decay, a fate that didn’t befall this nodosaur. The remarkably preserved armor will deepen scientists’ understanding of what nodosaurs looked like and how they moved.
The western Canada that this dinosaur knew was a very different world from the brutally cold, windswept plains I encountered this past autumn. In the nodosaur’s time, the area resembled today’s South Florida, with warm, humid breezes wafting through conifer forests and fern-filled meadows. It’s even possible that the nodosaur gazed out on an ocean. In the early Cretaceous, rising waters carved an inland seaway that blanketed much of what’s now Alberta, its western shore lapping against eastern British Columbia, where the nodosaur may have lived. Today those ancient seabeds lie buried under forests and rolling fields of wheat.

One unlucky day this landlubbing animal ended up dead in a river, possibly swept in by a flood. The belly-up carcass wended its way downriver—kept afloat by gases that bacteria belched into its body cavity—and eventually washed out into the seaway, scientists surmise. Winds blew the carcass eastward, and after a week or so afloat, the bloated carcass burst. The body sank back-first onto the ocean floor, kicking up soupy mud that engulfed it. Minerals infiltrated the skin and armor and cradled its back, ensuring that the dead nodosaur would keep its true-to-life form as eons’ worth of rock piled atop it.

The creature’s immortality hinged on each link in this unlikely chain of events. If it had drifted another few hundred feet on that ancient sea, it would have fossilized beyond Suncor’s property line, keeping it entombed. Instead Funk stumbled upon the oldest Albertan dinosaur ever found, frozen in stone as if it had gazed upon Medusa.

“That was a really exciting discovery,” says Victoria Arbour, an armored-dinosaur paleontologist at Canada’s Royal Ontario Museum. Arbour has seen the fossil at various stages of preparation, but she’s not involved in its study. “It represents such a different environment from today and such a different time, and it has great preservation.” (Arbour has begun studying a similarly well preserved ankylosaur found in Montana in 2014, much of which remains hidden within a 35,000-pound block of stone. On May 10, Arbour and her colleague David Evans published a description of the Montana ankylosaur, naming it Zuul crurivastator—”Zuul, destroyer of shins”—after the monster in the film Ghostbusters.)

A lucky break in the nodosaur’s left shoulder spike reveals a cross section of its bony core. The spike’s tip was sheathed in keratin, the same material that’s in human fingernails.
The Canadian specimen literally defies words, in more ways than one. As this article went to press, museum staff were finalizing the creature’s scientific description and hadn’t yet settled on a common name for it. (“Mrs. Prickley,” a reference to a Canadian sketch comedy character, didn’t stick.) But already the fossil is providing new insights into the structure of nodosaurs’ armor. Reconstructing armor usually requires educated guesswork, as the bony plates, called osteoderms, scatter early in the decaying process. Not only did the osteoderms on this nodosaur preserve in place, but so did traces of the scales in between.

What’s more, sheaths once made of keratin—the same material that’s in human fingernails—still coat many of the osteoderms, letting paleontologists see precisely how these sheaths exaggerated the armor’s size and shape. “I’ve been calling this one the Rosetta stone for armor,” says Donald Henderson, curator of dinosaurs at the Royal Tyrrell Museum.

Freeing this Rosetta stone from its rocky tomb, however, proved a herculean task.

After word of the discovery raced up the ladder at Suncor, the company quickly notified the Royal Tyrrell Museum. Henderson and Darren Tanke, one of the museum’s veteran technicians, scrambled aboard a Suncor jet and flew to Fort McMurray. Suncor excavators and museum staff chipped away at the rock in 12-hour shifts, shrouded in dust and diesel fumes.

They eventually whittled it down to a 15,000-pound rock containing the dinosaur, ready to be hoisted out of the pit. But with cameras rolling, disaster struck: As it was lifted, the rock shattered, cleaving the dinosaur into several chunks. The fossil’s partially mineralized, cakelike interior simply couldn’t support its own weight.

Tanke spent the night devising a plan to save the fossil. The next morning Suncor personnel wrapped the fragments in plaster of paris, while Tanke and Henderson scrounged for anything to stabilize the fossil on the long drive to the museum. In lieu of timbers, the crew used plaster-soaked burlap rolled up like logs.

The MacGyver-like plan worked. Some 420 miles later the team reached the Royal Tyrrell Museum’s prep lab, where the blocks were entrusted to fossil preparator Mark Mitchell. His work on the nodosaur has required a sculptor’s touch: For more than 7,000 hours over the past five years, Mitchell has slowly exposed the fossil’s skin and bone. The painstaking process is like freeing compressed talcum powder from concrete. “You almost have to fight for every millimeter,” he says.

Picture of a fossil of the nodosaur's torso which has brown tendons on its gray shell


On the nodosaur’s torso, chocolate-brown ribs lie next to tan osteoderms and dark gray scales. Tendons that once held up the dinosaur’s tail (top) run alongside its spine, preserved as dark brown bands resembling jerky.
Mitchell’s fight is nearly over, but it will take years, if not decades, to fully understand the fossil he uncovers. Its skeleton, for example, remains mostly obscured in skin and armor. In some ways it’s almost too well preserved; reaching the dinosaur’s bones would require destroying its outer layers. CT scans funded by the National Geographic Society have revealed little, as the rock remains stubbornly opaque.

For Vinther the nodosaur fossil’s most revolutionary features may lie at its smallest scale: microscopic remnants of its original coloration. If he successfully reconstructs its distribution, he could help reveal how the dinosaur navigated its environment and used its pronounced armor.

“This armor was clearly providing protection, but those elaborated horns on the front of its body would have been almost like a billboard,” he says. This advertisement could have helped woo mates or intimidate rivals—and may have stood out against a backdrop of rouge. Chemical tests of the dinosaur’s skin have hinted at the presence of reddish pigments, contrasting with the horns’ markedly light coloration.

In May the Royal Tyrrell Museum unveils the nodosaur as the centerpiece of a new exhibit of fossils recovered from Alberta’s industrial sites. Now the public is marveling at what has wowed scientists for the past six years: an ambassador from Canada’s distant past, found in a moonscape by a man with an excavator.

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Girl With A Rare Birthmark Refuses To Remove It Even After Being Called Ugly, Flaunts It In A New Photo Shoot

24-year-old Mariana Mendes from Brazil was born with a birthmark that covers a large part of her face, but that didn’t stop her from modeling for a stunning photo shoot recently in order to make a powerful statement about what it means to be beautiful.
The birthmark, which covers part of her nose, her right eye, and her right cheek, is called congenital melanocytic nevus, and it’s estimated to affect just one in every 20,000 babies. It’s caused by an increased amount of pigment beneath the skin, which makes the affected area look darker as a result. Mariana underwent laser surgery treatments when she was just five years old in order to reduce the nevus because her mother was afraid she’d be bullied for it, but as you can see below, the stylist assistant from Juiz de Fora couldn’t be more proud of being different.
“I feel more beautiful and totally different from other people because I have a nevus,” said Mariana. “There are many people who stare and who don’t like it, but I don’t care. I have been told by a few people that it’s “ugly” or “strange”, but it doesn’t bother me. That’s just their opinion and I think it’s beautiful. A lot of people ask me about my birthmark, sometimes they think it’s makeup or a tattoo but I don’t mind and explain it to them. I’m proud of having a nevus, it’s a part of who I am and how I learn to like myself.”

Mariana Mendes from Brazil was born with a birthmark that covers a large part of her face.


It’s called congenital melanocytic nevus, and it’s estimated to affect just 1 in every 20,000 babies

baby birthmark

Mariana’s mother was scared she’d be bullied for it, so she had laser surgery when she was five


The surgery didn’t have much of an effect, but Mariana is glad

Girl face-tattoo

“I feel more beautiful and totally different from other people because I have a nevus,” she said

“I have been told by a few people that it’s “ugly” or “strange”, but it doesn’t bother me”

“I don’t get upset if a person doesn’t like my nevus, to me it’s like any other part of my body”

“I’m proud of having a nevus, it’s a part of who I am and how I learned to like myself”

“I will never be ashamed of my nevus and feel good having it”

Steven Seagal Blacklisted From Entering Ukraine After Supporting Putin | LADbible

Steven Seagal

American actor Steven Seagal has been banned from entering Ukraine after being branded a ‘national security threat’.

The blacklisting follows on from publicity surrounding Seagal’s friendship with Russian president, Vladimir Putin. Apparently, they bonded over a shared love of martial arts. Seagal once referred to Putin as ‘one of the great living world leaders’.

The 65-year-old movie star made headlines last year when he was granted Russian citizenship and handed a passport by Putin himself. At the time, Putin told Seagal that he hoped their ‘personal relationship will remain and continue’. He also referred to Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine as ‘very reasonable’.

French actor Gérard Depardieu, who starred in Going Places, The Man in the Iron Mask and Life of Pi, has also been blacklisted.

The ban is set to be in place for five years, according to a letter published by the news site Apostrophe. The country’s security service claimed he had ‘committed socially dangerous actions… that contradict the interests of maintaining Ukraine’s security’.

Press Secretary Elena Gitlyanskaya simply answered: “Yes, banned,” when asked by the press if he wasn’t allowed into the country.

In 2015, he and Depardieu were put forward in a proposed blacklist after being accused of speaking out ‘in support of violating the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine’.

Seagal’s grandmother was from Vladivostok in the Russian Far East.

According to the Guardian, Seagal’s relationship with Russia goes back a long way. He ate carrots in Belarus with ‘Europe’s last dictator’ Alexander Lukashenko, rode a horse at the Nomad Games in Kyrgyzstan and visited the Head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov.

He and his blues band also performed at a concert for pro-Russian separatists.

This comes after Russian singer Yulia Samoylova was informed that she will not be able to take part in the Eurovision song contest later this month. She too has been banned from Ukraine following her appearance in Crimea in 2015 – the peninsula was annexed by Russia the previous year.

Sources: Apostrophe & The Guardian

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History made as Larissa Waters breastfeeds baby daughter in Senate

Alia Joy is just weeks old but she’s already made Australian political history.

The daughter of Greens co-deputy leader Larissa Waters graced the floor of the Senate on Tuesday becoming the first baby to be breastfed in the chamber.

Breatfeed baby

Senator Waters returned to Parliament for the first time since giving birth to her second daughter earlier this year, bringing the baby in for a feed during a vote on a Greens motion.

“So proud that my daughter Alia is the first baby to be breastfed in the federal Parliament! We need more #women & parents in Parli,” she wrote on Twitter.


Labor frontbencher Katy Gallagher said it was a moment that deserved to be acknowledged.

“Women have been doing it in parliaments around the world … It is great to see it is able to occur now in the Senate,” she told Sky News.

“Women are going to continue to have babies and if they want to do their job and be at work and look after their baby … the reality is we are going to have to accommodate that.”

The milestone comes after Senator Waters instigated changes to Senate rules last year, extending rules that already allowed breastfeeding in the chamber to allow new mothers and fathers to briefly care for their infants on the floor of Parliament.

The House of Representatives has made similar changes.

It followed another historic achievement in the Senate on Tuesday morning, with the swearing-in of new independent senator Lucy Gichuhi, the first black African member of the Australian Parliament.

Greens colleague Sarah Hanson-Young made headlines back in 2009 when her two-year-old daughter Kora was taken from her arms and ejected from the Senate chamber.

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Lionel Messi shows off incredible shirt collection


Barcelona and Argentina superstar Lionel Messi has shown off his incredible shirt collection.

The 29-year-old, five-time Ballon d’Or winner posted on Instagram a picture of himself and his son, Thiago, with the astonishing assemblage at his home in Spain.

Taking pride of price at the centre of it all is his World Cup Final shirt from 2014, where Argentina were beaten 1-0 by Germany in Rio de Janeiro.

A host of compatriots shirts are on display, including Manuel Lanzini, Sergio Aguero, Oscar Ustari, Alejandro Dominguez and Messi’s idol, Pablo Aimar, as well as a who’s who of European greats, such as Thierry Henry and Pavel Nedved.

There’s also space for two Real Madrid legends: Iker Casillas and Raul.



One of the most interesting shirts on display however is that of former Aldosivi midfielder Hernan Lamberti (bottom left, green and yellow stripes).

The 33-year-old sent a shirt to the Barcelona star’s home in Catalunya, via a mutual acquaintance: Tattoo artist Roberto Lopez.

“It is not every day that the best in the world accepts such a gift,” said Lamberti in 2015.

The Argentine ace is approaching the final 12 months of his deal at Camp Nou, but is in talks over a contract extension.

And club vice-president Jordi Mestre is hoping to have Messi’s future nailed down shortly in a deal that could be worth a staggering £25million-a-year.

“Lionel Messi’s contract renewal is on track,” he told TV3. “I’d say we’ve hit the final straight and in a few weeks there will be news. I cannot give an exact date, but it won’t be long. The truth is everything looks very good.

“Everything will end up well. If they’re saying there are problems [with the talks] in Madrid, then I’m delighted to be able to contradict them.”

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The most loved player in football? Why everyone wants Buffon to finally win the Champions League


The Juventus ace has lost two previous finals, so neutrals everywhere would rejoice if one of the game’s good guys finally got his hands on the trophy

While several of his Juventus team-mates were left ecstatic by eliminating Barcelona from the Champions League at Camp Nou last month, Gianluigi Buffon’s celebrations were more reserved.

For the captain, it was nothing more than an important step on a road that he hopes will end with him lifting the trophy in Cardiff on June 3. Buffon knows better than most that sometimes the longer the journey, the more devastating the pain of defeat.

Monaco stars must learn from Martial

When the Italy international played in his first Champions League final, against AC Milan in 2003, he was disappointed but consoled himself with the thought that it was just the first of several opportunities to win the biggest prize in club football. However, he only made the tournament decider again 12 years later. Thus, Juve’s 3-1 loss to Barcelona in Berlin hit him hard.

“Losing on penalties to Milan was very painful, but since I was only 25, I was fairly calm because I was convinced I’d win many more!” the 39-year-old told UEFA’s official website this week. “That’s the exuberance of youth…

“After the return leg against Barcelona this season I was very happy, of course, but I did not celebrate too much, because I know that after a certain point you either win the trophy or get disappointed.

“And since I have been disappointed so many times, I want to get the victory before allowing myself to celebrate!”



However, Buffon is on the verge of a third appearance in the final, with Juve 2-0 up going into the home leg of their last-four tie with Monaco in Turin on Tuesday.

There would arguably be no more popular winner in football. Indeed, there are few more popular figures within the game.

Mbappe’s position not as strong as it seems

Indeed, Petr Cech spoke for many back in 2015 when he admitted that it is difficult for any neutral to remain on the fence when it comes to Buffon’s dream of winning of the Champions League.

“Let the best team win,” the Czech wrote on Twitter, “but I would love to see ‘The Maestro’ with the cup in hands.”

For Cech, no other goalkeeper has had a bigger impact on him. “Oliver Kahn, Peter Schmeichel and Edwin van der Sar inspired me early in my career,” he explained. “Each of them had something inspiring because they were all different characters.

“Then Buffon appeared and changed everything.”

Iker Casillas also openly admits that he looked up to the Carrara native, while Manuel Neuer calls him his “role model”. He is the No.1s’ No.1 and continues to set the standard by which all other shot-stoppers are judged.

Indeed, it is fitting that, 16 years after his €53 million move from Parma to Juventus, Buffon remains the most expensive goalkeeper in the world – because he remains the best goalkeeper in the world. For example, it is now 621 minutes and counting since he last conceded a Champions League goal.

The 39-year-old’s professionalism sets him apart. Andrea Pirlo once admitted that he just used to enjoy watching him train, while Francesco Toldo says the key to his former team-mate’s remarkable longevity is a desire to learn that has never been sated, no matter how many titles he wins.

Buffon’s popularity among his peers, though, goes beyond his admirable dedication to his craft. He may be a goalkeeping god, a footballing deity regularly referred to as ‘San Gigi’, but he is respected most for his humanity.

Last week, when he would have been forgiven for basking in the glory of a performance in Monte Carlo that Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim described as “incredible”, Buffon was dismayed by the news that the road up to Superga, the scene of the plane crash which claimed the lives of the ‘Grande Torino’ team of the 1940s, had been desecrated with offensive graffiti.

He was horrified by the idea that a twisted Juve fan might have been responsible; that someone might have thought it acceptable to mock the club’s city rivals ahead of the 68th anniversary of the disaster.

“Juve fans, allow me to be really proud of you because if we think about and really believe in what ‘Lo stile Juve’ (‘The Juve style’) represents, and the absolute values which characterise us, it’s inconceivable to traduce and violate the feelings of those who have suffered and are still suffering,” he wrote on his Facebook page.

“We do not insult affection, sentiments and memories.

“A hug to all of those who believe that even – and especially – in sports, it’s necessary to be men of honour.”

Genius Fabregas inspires Chelsea

Morata has never forgotten it, bringing it up in a recent interview, and the pair could easily come face to face again in Wales next month.

Morata will obviously do everything he can to help Real Madrid defend their continental crown but, just like everyone else with a love of the beautiful game, the Spanish striker would hardly begrudge a first Champions League title to a man he sees as a father figure.

Buffon mused on Monday, “In sport and life, those who deserve it more probably end up getting their just rewards.” It would be nice if one of football’s good guys gets the reward he deserves in Cardiff.

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Kante wins Football Writers’ Association player of the year

N’Golo Kante wins Football Writers’ Association player of the year award as Chelsea midfielder adds to PFA gong
N’Golo Kante has won the FWA Footballer of the Year award
Kante and his Chelsea team are on the verge of winning the Premier League
The French midfielder has inspired since joining from Leicester last summer
He completes a double, having won the PFA Player of the Year award too

Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has been voted the 2017 Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers’ Association.
Kante is on the verge of becoming the first player to win the Premier League title with two different clubs in successive seasons, having inspired Chelsea to touching distance of glory this term after playing a huge role in Leicester’s fairytale last year.
The FWA gong – football’s oldest individual award – completes an outstanding double for the 26-year-old Frenchman, after his dynamic displays in midfield landed him this year’s prestigious PFA Player of the Year award, which is voted for by his fellow professionals.

N'Golo Kante

N’Golo Kante has been named as the player of the year by the Football Writers’ Association


Kante has already picked up the prestigious PFA Player of the Year award this season

Kante is the 18th man to win the PFA and FWA awards in the same season, with former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry and ex-Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo completing the double twice.
Kante pipped his Chelsea team-mate Eden Hazard to the FWA award, despite the Belgian playmaker’s outstanding season, on the 70th Anniversary of the FWA. Tottenham’s Dele Alli came third.
Kante, who signed for Chelsea for £32million last summer, said: ‘It is a fantastic honour to win this award. With so many great players in this Chelsea squad and in the Premier League, for the Football Writers’ Association to name me their Footballer of the Year is a very proud moment in my career.’

Between them, Kante and Hazard polled more than 65 per cent of the votes. The likes of Diego Costa, Alexis Sanchez and Zlatan Ibrahimovic also picked up votes, along with some less likely candidates, including West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster and Brighton winger Anthony Knockaert.
FWA Chairman Patrick Barclay added: ‘N’Golo Kante could not be a more deserving winner of English football’s most prestigious individual award.
‘In the view of some FWA members, he would have been a worthy recipient last season for his contribution to Leicester’s title success, but the almost unbroken excellent form of Chelsea since he changed clubs has left little room for further debate.
‘Considering the competition of Eden Hazard and other players from Chelsea in particular, this is a great achievement.’
Kante and Chelsea will be crowned Premier League champions on Friday night if they win against Middlesbrough on Monday and then against Watford four days later.

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