Former Manchester United forward Eric Cantona will be presented the 2019 UEFA President’s Award in recognition of his playing career and commitment to charitable causes after it, European soccer’s governing body said on Tuesday.The 53-year-old Frenchman will receive the award in Monaco on Thursday during the Champions League group stage draw.”This award not only recognises his career as a player of the highest calibre, but also honours him for the person he is,” UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said in a statement here.html.A man who refuses compromise, who stands up for his values, who speaks his mind and in particular, puts his heart and his soul into supporting the causes he believes in.Cantona won four Premier League titles in five years with United in the 1990s and scored 64 goals for the Old Trafford club in 143 appearances.The former Auxerre, Marseille, Nimes and Leeds United player won 45 caps with France and tried his hand at acting and beach soccer following his retirement in 1997.Cantona supports the Common Goal initiative, which funds soccer charities worldwide, and contributes 1% of his annual salary to the project co-founded by United’s Juan Mata.Former England captain David Beckham won the award in 2018.Also Read | Jurgen Klopp plans one-year break after Liverpool stint: ReportAlso Read | Napoli win seven-goal thriller at Fiorentina amid VAR controversyAlso See
“Yeah, whatever they want to wear,” Mullen said of his players. “It is what it is to get those guys. I mean, we’ll be wearing a black jersey combination at some point. We’ll be doing some cool stuff for the guys, because that’s what they like to do. That’s what it’s about.“When you sit there and say, ‘Hey coach, how’s recruiting going?’ Well, I’m recruiting 17, 16, 17 year olds, and we cater to what they think is really cool…Then the white helmets. The kids really like the white helmet. They think that’s really cool.”And another hint from Mullen, ahead of the Auburn game, during which Florida wore throwbacks for homecoming:“I just saw it. Look pretty cool,” Mullen said. “I think it’s cool. I think it’s fun sometimes to mix it up. I love our traditional uniform. I’m not against throwback jerseys, or roll-out black jerseys one day or something of that nature. … OK, I’m going to stir it up on the black jerseys, get everybody all fired up. I’m trying to get more followers.”Now, a tweet by the Gators equipment account has spurned some heavy speculation, as the video included gives what looks like a quick peek at a black uniform:Nothing like restocking the game pant inventory with some clean ones. pic.twitter.com/6yOQqFWoPy— GatorsEquipment (@GatorsEquipment) October 9, 2019[Related Article: Florida WR Responds To The Trash Talk By LSU]It is only shown for a moment around the 11-second mark, but as 247‘s Thomas Goldkamp points out, it is clearly some bit of black uniform.There were rumblings this summer about the #Gators having black jerseys available this fall.Dan Mullen has said multiple times UF will wear black. Now we’re getting teasers. Saturday against LSU? https://t.co/4CetRd28E8 pic.twitter.com/DqxkUsv4Fw— Thomas Goldkamp (@ThomasGoldkamp) October 9, 2019Time will tell if Florida will actually unveil these for a road game. We’ll certainly be tuned in to find out when the Gators and Tigers get going on ESPN Saturday night.[247Sports] GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA – OCTOBER 05: Lamical Perine #2 of the Florida Gators runs for yardage during the second quarter of a game against the Auburn Tigers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on October 05, 2019 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)Florida football is in the middle of a particularly tough stretch of games. The Gators pulled out a huge win over Auburn last weekend. Now, the LSU Tigers await them on Saturday.UF makes the trip to Baton Rouge for an 8 p.m. primetime battle of top seven-ranked teams.A road game would be an interesting spot for Florida to break out a special new look. LSU’s traditional white home uniforms open up the possibility a bit though.Back in early 2018, Dan Mullen said that a black uniform was in the works for Florida football. From 247Sports:
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 1: Head coach Will Muschamp of the South Carolina Gamecocks looks on from the sidelines during the first quarter of the Outback Bowl NCAA college football game against the Michigan Wolverines on January 1, 2018 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)Florida football had its hands full on the road at South Carolina for much of today’s game. A loss to the plucky Gamecocks would have taken on extra significance, with Will Muschamp on that sideline.Muschamp was, of course, Florida’s head coach from 2011-2014. He topped out at 11-2 in his second year in Gainesville, with a trip to the Sugar Bowl, but a 4-8 2013 season took away basically all the goodwill he earned that year. After a middling 2014, in which the team finished 6-5 under Muschamp with a Birmingham Bowl bid, he was let go.Urban Meyer helped take Florida back to the top of the sport. Muschamp’s tenure wasn’t all bad, but he certainly didn’t keep up what Meyer had built there, and things were trending in a bad direction.His time seemed to be running short in his second head coaching gig at South Carolina as well, before last week’s monumental win over Georgia. For a while, it looked like he might follow it up with one hell of an encore against his former team, taking a 20-17 lead late in the third quarter on a Parker White field goal. Luckily for Dan Mullen and the Florida Gators, quarterback Kyle Trask and UF took over in the fourth quarter. He threw for touchdowns on three straight drives to seal a 38-27 road win.After the game, Florida’s Twitter account reappropriated Muschamp’s South Carolina slogan “all gas, no brakes” to troll the former Gators coach a bit.All Gas, No Brakes. #GatorStandard #GoGators #GatorsTogether pic.twitter.com/MJQoHBzigZ— Gators Football (@GatorsFB) October 20, 2019There’s certainly no love lost between Muschamp and his former school. Things haven’t been great for him in the series from the other side, though.Under Muschamp, the Gamecocks are 1-3 against the Gators.[Gators Football]
The Museum of Natural History will celebrate feline friends and Gus, everyone’s favorite gopher tortoise, this weekend with the return of Cat Fest. Cat Fest pounces into the museum on Saturday, Aug. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with fun events, crafts, exhibitors and more. There will be vendors, cat charities and a cat show. Visitors are encouraged to wear costumes and spend the day at the museum. On Sunday, Aug. 7, the museum will celebrate Gus’s 94th birthday with his annual birthday bash. Head to the museum at 11 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. for cupcakes, lemonade and well wishes. There will be a card to sign, fun events and door prizes. The museum will also be sharing exhibition plans for 2017. For more information about the Museum of Natural History and its events, visit https://naturalhistory.novascotia.ca/ or the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mnhnovascotia/ .
THIS IS THE painting which set a world record last night for the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction.(Domini Lipinski/PA Wire) Francis Bacon’s triptych painting of his friend and fellow artist – entitled Three Studies of Lucian Freud – sold for $142.4 million (€105 million) at an auction in New York.Seven bidders competed for the 1969 painting by the Irish-born artist, pushing the price up almost $60 million more than the auction house had estimated it would sell for. The final price was decided after just ten minutes of bidding.The price smashes the previous record set 18 months ago when The Scream by Edvard Munch sold for $120 million.Christie’s described the painting as a “true masterpiece that marks Bacon and Freud’s relationship”.The auction at Christie’s in New York – entitled Post-War and Contemporary Art – also set a record for the highest amount ever made at one auction with $691,830,000 (€511 million) worth of paintings sold.The view inside the auction last night (Image: Christie’s/Twitter) Bidders from 42 countries competed for significant works by some of the most influential artists of the last six decades, including Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Roy Lichtenstein and Mark Rothko.The sale set ten new world auction records, as eleven works sold for more than $20 million, 3 sold for more than $50 million, 16 sold for more than $10 million and 56 went for more than $1 million.Jeff Koons’s Balloon Dog which sold for $58.4 million (€44 million), a record for a work by a living artist sold at an auction.“The sale was heavily focused on icons and masterworks, achieving an astonishing 10 record prices and breaking the record for any work of art ever sold at auction,” said Brett Gorvy, the head of Post-War and Contemporary Art at Christie’s.Read: Prices for NAMA artworks slashed to achieve faster sale > Read: Five-year restoration of masterpiece to reveal art mystery > Read: 8 reasons you’re not a famous artist >