China? No thanks! Diego Costa reveals World Cup desire key to his future

first_imgDiego Costa says Atletico Madrid are the only club he would leave Chelsea for, but insists he is not looking to leave the Premier League champions.The Spain international has been heavily linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge in recent months, with a big-money switch to the Chinese Super League touted as a likely destination.The 28-year-old, however, has poured cold water on the possibility of a move to the Far East, saying he wants to either stay at Chelsea or return to former club Atletico, should Blues boss Antonio Conte deem him surplus to requirements. Speaking after netting Chelsea’s goal in Saturday’s 2-1 FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal, the Brazil-born Costa told Spanish media: “There is only one team I’d go to if I have to leave here, only one.“I have no intention of leaving, I’m very happy here, I have two years on my contract, but if the club want to sell me there is one club I would go to.“Everybody knows the club I like. Atletico? Yes, everybody knows that, there’s no problem.“I will remain (at Chelsea) if there is intention from the club and the coach for me to stay, but if they want to sell me to bring in another striker, I will go.”Costa, who joined Chelsea from Atletico in 2014, added of his future: “I’m very calm, the only conversation I’ve had is with the club, for them to call my people to know what’s going to happen.“I’m going to choose my future, not them. I’m not going to change one city and country for another if it’s not Spain.“If the club really want to sell me, there’s only one team for me. “People talk too much about China. There’s a World Cup (in 2018) and if I go to China I won’t play in it.” 1 Diego Costa has said there’s only one club he’d leave for Chelsea last_img read more

There are only four types of cities

first_imgAny globetrotting tourist will tell you that all cities are unique. The challenge is to figure out what they have in common. Fortunately, there’s at least one thing that is nakedly apparent for every single city: the contours of its streets as seen from outer space. A team of researchers has now taken those street maps and analyzed them as mathematical networks. It turns out that all cities can be boiled down to just four different types based on the “fingerprint” of their street networks, the team reports online today in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface: a grid of medium-sized blocks that are mostly square or regular rectangles, a dominant fraction of small blocks with a diverse array of shapes, mostly medium-sized blocks with diverse shapes, or a mosaic of patches of mostly small squares or rectangles. For example, those who say that American and European cities tend to be “laid out differently” now have mathematical evidence. Boston’s famously confusing street map—which produces small and diversely shaped city blocks—is more like a European city’s than that of the typical gridlike U.S. city. And some of the largest cities are revealed to be a hodgepodge of different parts. The five boroughs of New York City (above) are closer matches to different cities around the world than they are to each other. Manhattan has the gridlike street layout of Brazilian cities like Campo Grande and Curitiba, while the Bronx’s streets look like those of Porto, Portugal. Brooklyn is strikingly similar to Detroit, Michigan, at least in layout. And Staten Island? It’s like walking the streets of As-Suwayda, Syria.last_img read more