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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said that the 14-point gap between his club and leaders Chelsea is not an accurate reflection of the difference in quality between the two Premier League sides.While Chelsea can seal the title with a win at West Brom later on Friday, Liverpool are clinging to a spot in the top four. They are third, a point and a place above Manchester City, having played a game more.Fifth-placed Arsenal are also challenging for a top-four finish and lie four points behind Liverpool, also with a game in hand.”Everything is still in our hands,” Klopp told British media. “It shows a lot of things are not that bad even if not everything is how we wanted.”All the teams have to play tough games and no one wins all of them. Now we have to win ours and it will be fine.”The German said that with Liverpool having won 2-1 at Stamford Bridge and drawing 1-1 with Chelsea at Anfield in the league this season, there was very little to choose between the sides in terms of quality.”You have to look at the games we played against Chelsea,” Klopp said. “We were not worse than 14 points that is for sure but they are experienced, cold as ice and they get the points.”They play very serious and finish when they have to finish.”Liverpool travel to West Ham on Sunday before hosting already-relegated Middlesbrough in their final game of the season.Also Watch:advertisement read more
NEW YORK — The State’s Attorney General on Oct. 6 sent letters to daily fantasy sports websites DraftKings and FanDuel demanding they turn over details of any investigations into their employees, saying they “may have gained an unfair, financial advantage in a contest known as Daily Fantasy Football.”The letters were prompted by media reports a DraftKings employee may have had access to valuable company data before winning second place in a FanDuel contest. The incident has been likened to insider trading.Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, in opening his investigation, said DraftKings and FanDuel employees may have exploited their access to nonpublic data.“These allegations, and your company’s subsequent statement, raise legal questions relating to the fairness, transparency, and security of FanDuel and the reliability of representations your company has made to customers,” Schneiderman wrote to FanDuel.He sent a nearly identical letter to DraftKings.There’s no evidence that the information led to the DraftKings employee’s win, and a FanDuel spokeswoman said she did not believe there was an attempt to manipulate the contest.Schneiderman wants the companies to explain their policies or practices prohibiting employees from playing daily fantasy sports, whose participants put together virtual teams based on real players and compete for points based on the players’ statistics.In the letters, Schneiderman asked for the names, job titles and descriptions of employees who compile and aggregate data including pricing algorithms and athletes’ ownership percentages for past contests.On Oct. 5, DraftKings and FanDuel posted identical joint statements on their websites saying nothing is more important to them than “the integrity of the games we offer to our customers.”“Both companies have strong policies in place to ensure that employees do not misuse any information at their disposal and strictly limit access to company data to only those employees who require it to do their jobs,” they said.As the controversy reverberated Tuesday, ESPN said it was cutting sponsored DraftKings elements from within its shows. It called the removal a standard procedure when “covering significant news, to avoid any suggestion of influence on our coverage.” It said it was not cutting DraftKings commercials.(TOM McELROY)TweetPinShare0 Shares read more
Virat Kohli didn’t become the world’s best limited-overs batsman by accident.The ultra-competitive India captain is up for the contest every time he takes a strike, and for every ball that is bowled while he’s in the field.”I take a lot of pride in performing for the team, making impact performances for the team in every game,” Kohli says.Not surprisingly, it is a loss rather than a win that has given Kohli the most motivation ahead of the Cricket World Cup.India had a 2-0 lead in a five-match ODI series at home against an Australia lineup missing its two biggest stars but lost three straight games to the defending World Cup champion in March.”We learned a lot from that. We thought we would win at least one from the final three but we let it slip and Australia showed us what can happen if you really believe,” Kohli says.”They showed more passion and character than we did, and we know we need to bring that here.There’s no doubt he’ll be leading by example as captain at a World Cup for the first time.Kohli scored at an average of 133.55 in 14 ODIs in the 2018 calendar year, a feat which separates him from the other leading batsmen in the world. In 227 ODIs, he has 41 centuries and averages a touch under 60.”For me, it is a great honor to captain India at the World Cup,” Kohli says. “There will be nerves but we believe in ourselves and we know we have a good squad. Now it’s time to deliver.”advertisementIn Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, India has an aggressive opening partnership to rival any team. Kohli coming in at No. 3 lends the team more solidity.The ever puzzling No. 4 spot is perhaps the only weakness in what looks to be a formidable batting lineup, but India has options there including KL Rahul and Vijay Shankar, who won favour from the selectors ahead of Ambati Rayudu.BASES COVEREDIndia’s vaunted top order is well complemented by the experience of cool-headed former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the middle to guide the team to formidable totals in what are widely expected to be high-scoring games in England.The pinpoint accuracy of top-ranked paceman Jasprit Bumrah and the swing of Bhuvneshwar Kumar accompanied by variety from three spinners gives India the ability to challenge any sort of batting opposition. Kohli’s crew also has the fielding skills to match the best in the 10-team event.”Bowling is going to play a very big role in this World Cup and the team that bowls best, probably, will be closer to winning it,” ex-India batsman Rahul Dravid says.There was some conjecture over selections, with the likes of Rayudu and young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant missing out, but the 15-man India squad seems to have all the bases covered.India’s rare loss in its most recent ODI series to Australia may be mitigated by the fact selectors were assessing World Cup hopefuls.PROSPECTSAmong the five Asian teams contesting the World Cup, India is the heaviest of favorites to progress to the semifinals at least. Kohli and Dhoni were key players in India’s World Cup triumph on home soil in 2011 and also involved when the title defense ended in a semifinal loss to Australia four years later.Since then, though, Kohli’s team has beaten Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa away from home in ODI series and also won the Asia Cup last year.”The hallmark of any successful team, or a great team, is the relationship between the captain, coach and the support system working around it,” India coach Ravi Shastri says. “It becomes extremely important, because when two individuals are on the same page and luckily, Virat and I are pretty similar in the way we think that’s the time when you got to take your chances. That’s precisely what we’ve tried to do over the last three-four years and the performances speak across all formats.”It holds us in good stead for the World Cup, too.”MARQUEE MATCHIndia has never lost a World Cup match to archrival Pakistan in six meetings ahead of their game on June 16 at Manchester, which could attract a TV audience exceeding a billion.Against all odds, Pakistan beat Kohli’s team in the Champions Trophy final also in England two years ago.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Border picks Kohli, Morgan, Finch as 3 skippers to watch out forAlso Read | I used sun screen, zip, mints while bowling: PanesarAlso Seeadvertisement read more
How good was Oklahoma State on the ground against TCU on Saturday?Well, it might have been the best.For just the 16th time since 2005, the Pokes put up 300 or more yards on the ground in a single game. They also averaged a preposterous 7.4 yards per carry which is the best in a 300-yard game against any Power 5 team other than Baylor back in 2011 when they put up 12.1 (!!!) a carry.Considering that 2011 Baylor defense gave up 5.4 yards per carry on the year and this year’s TCU team came in giving up just 3.4 on the ground, an argument could be made that this was the best rushing performance we have ever seen under Gundy.Here are the other 15 performances.“I told our boys, in the early 2000’s that how we used to win games,” head coach Mike Gundy said after the game. “That’s what we were known for. When we are not running the ball decent, it makes it harder for us.“But we’ve come a long way, we’ve built systems that allowed us to take advantage of the players we have and we created running lanes. Our Cowboy backs are impressive, they cut people up and it makes it a lot easier to sleep knowing we can run the ball a little.”TCU head coach Gary Patterson knows his defense got whipped. They have only given up 7+ yards per carry on one other occasion … to Hawaii in 2000.“We knew they were going to run the stretch, and they ran the stretch,” said Patterson. “I think you’ve got to give Oklahoma State a lot of credit. They’re a 9-2 football team. We’re 5-5. It’s a lot more gut-wrenching to get a field goal blocked and get beat by two points than it is to get you’re butt kicked.”Was it the best running performance for a Gundy team ever? I’m not sure about that, but it was definitely one of the most impressive. If you’d have told me at the beginning of the season that OSU would roll up 330+ on TCU in Week 12, I would have giggled. Instead, they made it look easy. And their reward is a white-hot OU team in Norman for all the marbles.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! read more
Malaysia Cup It’s difficult to keep a clean sheet against Perak, says Davies Zulhilmi Zainal Last updated 2 years ago 16:30 14/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Khairul Hairuddin/CSN Malaysia Cup Pahang v Perak Pahang Perak Pahang’s Matthew Davies has stated his belief in caretaker coach Ahmad Shaharuddin Rosdi’s abilities to lead the team in the absence of Dollah Salleh. BY ZULHILMI ZAINAL Follow on Twitter Pahang captain Matthew Davies has remarked that it will be difficult not to concede a goal to Perak when they face off. Pahang will host Perak this Saturday in the first leg of their Malaysia Cup quarter-final tie, at the Darulmakmur Stadium.Although the Elephants will be playing at home, the right back told Goal that the Bos Gaurus are a good side and it will be difficult for the hosts to keep a clean sheet against the visitors. Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing “Under the circumstances we need to keep our eyes on the home leg. With these big games you need to go into the following game with some sort of advantage, knowing you’re going to be at a disadvantage playing away from home. It’s also important not to concede at home.”There is a possibility of us conceding at home as Perak are a good team. Ideally we’d like to keep them out and get a clean sheet ahead of the second leg. But it doesn’t always go to plan and we have to give them a lot of respect,” explained the 22-year old defender in a telephone conversation with Goal. He also admitted that the Malaysia Cup is his last chance at silverware this season, when pointed out by us.Davies has been in two final matches this season; the FA Cup final with Pahang against Kedah in May, and the SEA Games final with Malaysia U22 against Thailand U22 in August. Unfortunately for him both matches, which coincidentally were held at the same venue; the Shah Alam Stadium, ended in defeats. Although Pahang are currently third in the Super League standings, rivals JDT have already confirmed their title win in August with three matches to spare.”It is kind of a do-or-die mission, a last good chance to win something this year. We’re doing our best and working hard, not everyone can win every season but we’re hoping that this is the cup for us this year,” he noted.However, he believes that caretaker head coach Ahmad Shaharuddin Rosdi is capable of taking them far for the remainder of the season. Elephants head coach Dollah Salleh is currently serving an 18-month suspension from the Malaysian FA for criticising the quality of refereeing.”There’s no doubt that Dollah’s suspension is a big loss for our team, but having said that Shah has had experiencing coaching first team football, a lot of experience at the national level and he’s certainly highly-regarded by Pahang fans and players alike.”I think he certainly has what it takes to a very good coach,” he remarked. read more
Transfers Buffon entourage in France to discuss PSG move Romeo Agresti Juventus Correspondent 17:23 5/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Transfers PSG Juventus Serie A Ligue 1 The Italy international is set to double his current salary with the Ligue 1 champions as he looks to win the Champions League for the first time Gianluigi Buffon’s representatives have travelled to France to hammer out the details of the goalkeeper’s potential move to Paris Saint-Germain.Having announced that he would be leaving Juventus, the 40-year-old has been offered a two-year deal by the Ligue 1 champions that would see his wages doubled to €8 million per year (£7m/$9.4m).The Italy international has also been given the chance to live in an apartment overlooking the Eiffel Tower, with PSG hopeful that they can tempt him to prolong his career in the French capital. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Buffon admitted that he had expected to retire once his Juventus contract was up, but has now had a change of heart given the potential for him to end his career by winning the Champions League.His agent Silvano Martina and lawyer Luca Miranda arrived in Paris on Tuesday, with the player himself still in Italy having played in Andrea Pirlo’s testimonial on Monday evening.It is thought Buffon would initially act as an understudy for Alphonse Areola at Parc des Princes, with the PSG hierarchy hopeful that he will be able to mentor the 25-year-old Frenchman.Buffon has emerged as a target for PSG given their fear that any more lavish spending following the arrivals of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe last summer could see them punished under Financial Fair Play (FFP).However, with Neymar now desperate to join Real Madrid it could spark a change in policy from president Nasser Al-Khelaifi. read more
BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA – NOVEMBER 03: Kristian Fulton #22 of the LSU Tigers carries the ball against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the first half of their game at Tiger Stadium on November 03, 2018 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Alabama is dominating LSU on Saturday night, as predicted, and Tigers fans are starting to lose their minds. One fan CBS just showed basically sums up how all LSU fans feel right now.With Alabama holding a 22-0 lead late in the third quarter, CBS panned to a few fans in the stands. One female fan, clearly unexcited, was just staring at the camera with her arms crossed.We’re pretty sure she’s unhappy with how LSU is performing on the field.If you can believe it, the score is actually better for LSU than it could be, considering they’ve been out-gained in terms of yardage 471-116.Here’s the clip:LSU fans aren’t pleased. pic.twitter.com/IVqFu5LiTL— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) November 4, 2018Alabama, assuming it holds on, will move to 9-0 and remain in the driver’s seat in the SEC. It’s going to take a mammoth effort to knock off the Crimson Tide.LSU, meanwhile, will likely see its national title hopes gone after tonight. read more
India Today Web Desk ChennaiMarch 22, 2019UPDATED: March 22, 2019 09:32 IST Jackie Shroff and VijayDirector Atlee’s upcoming film, tentatively titled Thalapathy 63, is progressing at a brisk pace in Chennai. The sports-drama stars Vijay, Nayanthara, Kathir, Yogi Babu, Vivek, Daniel Balaji, Anandraj and Super Singer fame Poovaiyar in pivotal roles.The latest announcement is that the makers of Thalapathy 63 have roped in Bollywood actor Jackie Shroff to play a crucial role in the film. Sources close to the film’s unit reveal that the actor will be playing a suave villain hailing from a foreign country.Producer Archana Kalpathi of AGS Entertainment took to Twitter to confirm the news and wrote, “We are happy to welcome #JackieShroff Sir on board #Thalapathy63 (sic)”Here’s the post:We are happy to welcome #JackieShroff Sir on board #Thalapathy63 pic.twitter.com/S4M67WZ9RPArchana Kalpathi (@archanakalpathi) March 21, 2019Composer AR Rahman, in an interview, said that Thalapathy 63 is on the lines of Chak De India, Lagaan and Pele. It is also said that Vijay will be seen as Michael, a football player and coach hailing from North Chennai.The shooting of Thalapathy 63 is progressing at a swift pace in North Chennai. Jackie Shroff is expected to join the sets from the next schedule. The makers are building huge sets in EVP Park where several important sequences will be shot.ALSO READ | Thalapathy 63: Is Vijay playing a football coach in Atlee’s film?ALSO WATCH: Rajinikanth’s daughter Soundarya gets married to actor-businessman Vishagan VanangamudiGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byK Janani Tags :Follow VijayFollow Thalapathy 63Follow Jackie Shroff Jackie Shroff joins Vijay and Nayanthara in Thalapathy 63Bollywood actor Jackie Shroff is rumoured to play a suave villain in Vijay and Nayanthara-starrer Thalapathy 63, which is directed by Atlee.advertisement read more
Asian News International BristolJune 2, 2019UPDATED: June 2, 2019 09:20 IST Australia defeated Afghanistan by 7 wickets in their opening World Cup 2019 encounter. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSZampa mentioned, if Afghanistan can put up scores of above 250, they will be a team to reckoned withAustralia defeated Afghanistan by 7 wickets in their opening World Cup 2019 encounterAfghanistan will take on Sri Lanka and Australia, West Indies in their next World Cup 2019 matchAustralian leg-spinner Adam Zampa was all praise for Afghanistan cricket team and said that Afghanistan will cause some upsets in the ongoing World Cup.His remarks come after Australia’s seven-wicket win over Afghanistan on Saturday at Bristol.”I think they are going to cause some upsets. They came out today and played some fearless cricket. They could have been in their shell, but everyone has been talking about them so much lately about how much they have improved and, to be fair, they have,” International Cricket Council (ICC) quoted Zampa as saying on Saturday.”They lost wickets at times when they wouldn’t have wanted to, but the middle order came out and kept swinging and playing shots. The wicket today probably didn’t suit them as much as it might later down the track. The ball skidded on a bit,” he added.After electing to bat first, Afghanistan could only score 207 runs. But at one point the team was struggling at 77 for five. Late order blitz from skipper Gulbadin Naib and Rashid Khan allowed Afghanistan to post a respectable score on the board.Afghanistan’s spin bowling attack has always been a strength for them and Zampa opined that if Afghanistan can put up scores of above 250, then they will be a force to be reckoned with.”With the aggressive mindset with the bat, if they can get anywhere around the 250, 260, 270, with their bowling attack later down the track in the World Cup they definitely will cause some upsets. The wicket today probably didn’t suit them as much as it might later down the track. The ball skidded on a bit,” Zampa said.advertisementAustralia chased down the target reasonably easily as both David Warner and Aaron Finch struck the fifties.Afghanistan next takes on Sri Lanka on June 4 whereas Australia faces West Indies on June 6.Also Read | Salaam Cricket 2019: Full guest list, session names and timingAlso Read | Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan reveal the funniest sledges by Indian playersAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Adam ZampaFollow Australia vs AfghanistanFollow International Cricket CouncilFollow Gulbadin NaibFollow Rashid KhanFollow David WarnerFollow Aaron Finch World Cup 2019: Adam Zampa feels Afghanistan capable of causing upsetsAdam Zampa thinks Afghanistan is going to cause some upsets in World Cup 2019 as they came out of their shell and played some fearless cricket against Australia even though they were struggling at 77 for 5 at a point in the gameadvertisement read more
New Delhi: A Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) led by World Cup-winning former captain Kapil Dev was on Friday entrusted with the responsibility of selecting India’s new coach, the interviews for which are expected to be conducted in mid-August. The decision was taken by the COA running Indian cricket after a meeting here. Apart from Kapil, the panel, which picked the women’s coach in December last year, comprises former women’s captain Shantha Rangaswamy and former men’s coach Anshuman Gaekwad. “These three will pick the men’s coach. It is not an ad-hoc body. But this all is subject to conflict of interest. The interviews of the candidates are expected to take place in mid-August,” COA chief Vinod Rai said. India’s incumbent coach Ravi Shastri has been handed an extension till the end of the tour of West Indies from August 3 to September 3. Shastri will have to reapply to be in contention for the position. read more
Powerfully delivering the message that all children deserve to experience the transformative power of arts and music in school, today Turnaround Arts, the signature program of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, released a new music video of “Everyday People,” produced by Playing For Change.Jack Johnson and Paula Fuga perform with Turnaround Arts students in Hawaii for the Everyday People videoCredit/Copyright: Sandra Selva/Playing For ChangeWith thousands of Turnaround Arts students from across the country singing and dancing to Sly and the Family Stone’s “Everyday People,” the video also features such Turnaround Artists as Paula Abdul, Elizabeth Banks, Citizen Cope, Misty Copeland, Carla Dirlikov, Frank Gehry, Josh Groban, Jack Johnson, Yo-Yo Ma, Keb’ Mo’, Jason Mraz, Tim Robbins, Doc Shaw, Trombone Shorty, Chad Smith, Bernie Williams, Alfre Woodard and John Lloyd Young, among others.Video: Everyday People | Turnaround Arts | Playing For Change | #ArtsForChange“For every student who is represented here today, we know that there are so many others who still don’t have access to the arts,” said First Lady Michelle Obama at the 2016 White House Turnaround Arts Talent Show. “So while we’re proud of the progress we’ve made, we know that we are nowhere near finished. We need to keep on advocating for arts education. We need to keep on expanding the Turnaround Arts Program, no matter who is sitting in the Oval Office next year.”The video was unveiled this week at the White House Turnaround Arts Talent Show, where students from Turnaround Arts schools nationwide performed for First Lady Michelle Obama. The Talent Show showcased the power of the arts and music in school, while celebrating President Obama’s arts education achievements. Students from as far as Hawai’i and California to New York and D.C. performed alongside their Turnaround Artist mentors including Keb’ Mo’, Tim Robbins, Paula Fuga, Bernie Williams, Irvin Mayfield, Lil Buck, and others.Turnaround Arts empowers high-need, low performing schools with innovative arts, dance, theater and music programs, arts integration across subject areas, arts resources, musical instruments, and high-profile artist mentors, as a proven strategy to help address broader school challenges and close the achievement gap.“I believe that every child deserves to go to school in an environment full of learning, creativity and joy, and to graduate high school with a rich, complete education,” said Paula Abdul. “Those making these important decisions for our kids, must be reminded that even the country’s most challenged schools can and should be transformed into places where we would all want to send our children.”Research conducted by Booz Allen Hamilton revealed an average 12.6% improvement in reading proficiency and 22.5% improvement in math proficiency, increases in attendance and significant decreases in suspensions following Turnaround Arts’ infusion of the arts into struggling schools. The program’s success is leading to another expansion of the program, which will increase to 68 schools at the start of next school year.Six million school children do not have access to art or music instruction in their schools, and millions more children have only minimal exposure to the arts. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which President Obama signed into law in December 2015, provides more funding and new guidelines for states and districts to invest in arts and music education for all children as part of a “well-rounded” education.Playing For Change is a movement created to inspire and connect the world through music, born from the shared belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. PFC spreads their positive message for humanity to millions of people through inspiring multi-cultural music videos, a live global touring band and a 501c3 Foundation supporting music education around the world.Nationally, Turnaround Arts is made possible through the collaboration of government agencies, non-profit partners, and generous corporate and private donations. read more
Facebook HyperFocal: 0 Brendan Fraser has joined fellow Canadian Donald Sutherland and Hilary Swank in the FX anthology series “Trust” from Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle. The 10-episode series tells the incredible true story of Getty oil fortune heir John Paul Getty III and his kidnapping by the mafia for ransom in 1973. Fraser will play Getty’s eccentric private investigator, James Fletcher Chase.While some of his recent big screen work seems mostly limited to smaller movies he produces and the likes of Furry Vengeance(shudder), Brendan Fraser has kept things ticking along on TV with roles on shows such as The Affair. He has joined the cast of Danny Boyle’s new US TV project Trust.The anthology series, which will launch with a 10-episode first season, focuses on the 1970s kidnapping of John Paul Getty III, heir to the family fortune and who was snatched from the streets in Rome for a hefty ransom demanded by his mafia captors. There was much drama at the time as his grandfather, J. Paul Getty, initially refused to pay. Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement read more
London: Egyptian Mohamed Salah, Senegalese Sadio Mane and Ivorian Nicolas Pepe shared the glory among the African stars in Europe at the weekend. Salah scored with an unstoppable shot from outside the box to complete a 2-0 win for Premier League leaders Liverpool over Chelsea after Mane had nodded the first goal. Pepe took his Ligue 1 goal tally for the season to 19 by scoring once and also provided two assists as Lille stunned runaway leaders Paris Saint-Germain 5-1. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhENGLAND SADIO MANE (Liverpool) He set Liverpool on their way and settled some nerves after a goalless first half by taking advantage of being unmarked to head in Jordan Henderson’s pin-point chipped cross at the back post. For the 27-year-old Senegalese star it was his 18th Premier League goal of the campaign, his best return in his time in England and a reflection of his often unsung contributions to his club sides. MOHAMED SALAH (Liverpool) Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterPlayed a major role in Mane’s goal and added a glorious second minutes later with an unstoppable drive from outside the area for his 22nd goal of the campaign and 19th Premier League strike. The 26-year-old’s celebrations were worth the admittance fee as he knelt on one knee and later kissed the turf. It was a perfect riposte to the Chelsea fans who chanted an Islamopbobic song about him prior to last Thursday’s Europa League clash with Slavia Prague. VICTOR WANYAMA (Tottenham Hotspur) The Kenyan powerhouse midfielder has found holding down a regular starting position this season tough through a mixture of injury and form. However, he showed his old sparkle in scoring Spurs’ first in their routine 4-0 humbling of relegated Huddersfield, benefitting from Fernando Llorente pulling an opposition defender with him. The 27-year-old Wanyama profited by getting the better of Tom Hamer and slotting the ball home. SPAIN STANLEY CHUKWUEZE (Villarreal) The Nigerian scored after seven minutes as Villarreal climbed out of the La Liga relegation zone with a 1-0 win at fellow strugglers Girona. However, a tough battle lies ahead for Chukwueze and his teammates as they are just two points above endangered Valladolid. ITALY KALIDOU KOULIBALY (Napoli) Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly bagged a brace as Napoli beat Chievo 3-1 to delay Juventus’ bid to win Serie A and condemn the Verona side to relegation. Koulibaly, 27, headed in the opening goal in the 15th minute and claimed his first double nine minutes from time. “We are angry. We want to show another face of Napoli,” added Koulibaly, following his first goals this season, after losing 2-0 to Arsenal in a Europa League quarter-final first leg. FRANCK KESSIE (AC Milan) Ivorian Kessie scored from the spot to keep AC Milan in the Champions League places with a 1-0 win over Lazio. Kessie slotted in on 79 minutes to end Milan’s four-match winless run, and stay one point ahead of Roma. The 22-year-old came under fire, however, after the game for holding Francesco Acerbi’s shirt aloft like a trophy along with teammate Tiemoue Bakayoko after the Lazio player had swapped it with French midfielder following the game at the San Siro. GERMANY NABIL BENTALEB (Schalke) The Algerian midfielder returned to action for Schalke for the first time in a month after being dropped for poor discipline. Bentaleb came off the bench in Schalke’s 1-1 draw with Nuremberg to make his first appearance in a royal blue shirt since the 7-0 Champions League drubbing by Manchester City in mid-March. I. ISHAK BELFODIL (Hoffenheim) Algerian international Belfodil was denied his sixth goal in three league games after his first-half strike against Hertha Berlin was wrongly disallowed for offside. The decision was not overturned by VAR because the whistle had already blown by the time Belfodil fired the ball in. Though Belfodil did not make the scoresheet, Hoffenheim won 2-0. FRANCE NICOLAS PEPE (Lille) The Ivory Coast striker continued his excellent season with a goal and two assists in Lille’s stunning 5-1 thrashing of champions elect Paris Saint-Germain. The 23-year-old gave Lille the lead shortly after half-time by slotting in his 20th goal of the campaign, before teeing up defenders Gabriel and Jose Fonte late on as his side condemned PSG to their heaviest Ligue 1 defeat since 2009. WAHBI KHAZRI (Saint-Etienne) The Tunisian international’s 55th-minute penalty set Saint-Etienne on their way to a crucial 3-0 win over Bordeaux as Les Verts chase a Champions League spot. read more
By Lery HicianoRabat – With his unfortunate passing on June 4, we are now afforded the opportunity to look back at the life that Juan Goytisolo led and his love of Morocco that enticed him to spend his final 20 years in the Kingdom, surrounded by what he called his “tribe.” Although Spanish by birth, by the end of his life he identified strongly with the North African country, going as far as to say that he was from Jemaa el Fna. He left Spain at the age of 18, after years of suppression at the hands of Franco had taken its toll on him. His father’s arrest at the hands of the Republican government and his mother’s death in a Francoist air raid influenced him greatly, and he often would return to 1930s or ’40s Spain in his writing.He moved to Paris, where he met famous writers and philosophers that would later influence his life, like Sartre or Guy Debord. He first arrived in Marrakech in the ’70s, and he soon learned to speak Arabic so that he could understand the storytellers at the square he visited everyday.Until his final days he would still routinely visit Paris and Barcelona to see his children and grandchildren.His most famous work, “Count Julian,” is a controversial and moving work that upon release was viewed as staunchly anti-Spanish and anti-Catholic. It was so despised by Franco’s regime that it could not be printed in Spain.In the novel, the protagonist lives in Morocco, much like Goytisolo, and declares war on Spanish culture, religion, tradition and language.He was often influenced by the stories he would hear and read from Morocco to Iran.In an interview he once said, “I consider at least two of my works to be mudéjar, heavily influenced by Arab and Persian literature. The Virtues of the Solitary Bird, inspired by the mysticism of St. John of the Cross, and Quarantine, which requires a good knowledge of Muslim eschatology. I’ve learnt a lot about the Spanish language by learning spoken Arabic.”He never stopped working, contributing and writing. He was one of the first people to publicly predict the far-reaching effects of the 2011 Arab Spring that took the region by storm. And he played the role of an active journalist as he travelled around the region reporting and interviewing people involved in the uprising. About the period, he said, “The effects of Arab Spring will extend through the present decade and nothing will ever be the same again.” read more
However, the minimum fare of Rs 10 will remain the same. Train fares have been increased by a minimum of 15%, the Sri Lanka Railway Department said.The railway department said that train fares will be increased with effect from tomorrow.
“The High Commissioner condemns the excessive and disproportionate use of force by members of the security forces against the protesters whose demonstration was announced in advance. In particular, she is urging the authorities to immediately halt the use of shotguns against protesters,” Rupert Colville, the spokesperson for UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, told reporters in Geneva. “The rights to freedom of expression and opinion, and peaceful assembly are fundamental human rights which must be protected and respected,” he noted. On Tuesday, protest over unemployment and imbalances in development broke out, leading to violent confrontations between demonstrators and security forces, according to the Office of the N High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). More than 220 people are believed to have been injured, and sporadic violence, house-to-house searches and arrests are reported to have taken place in Siliana yesterday. “Some of the demonstrators suffered serious injuries caused by the use of bird shot, reportedly fired without warning,” Mr. Colville said. “On Thursday, our staff visited victims who had been taken to hospitals in the capital Tunis, and have documented cases of shotgun wounds to the head, back, and face, as well as eye injuries which could in some cases lead to blindness.” “Some demonstrators are also suffering from broken bones,” he added. “We understand a number of police officers have also been injured and our staff in Tunis will be visiting them in hospital today.” Mr. Colville stated that the High Commissioner welcomed the Government’s announcement yesterday of an independent Commission of Inquiry to investigate the events and urged them to take appropriate measures to guarantee accountability and prevent such abuses from occurring in future. “[Ms. Pillay] is also calling on all parties to engage in a positive and constructive dialogue, and urging the Government of Tunisia to take the necessary measures to ensure equitable development that will permit all Tunisians to enjoy their economic and social rights,” Mr. Colville said. “The economy in the Siliana region has been in decline for years, and this appears to be the root cause of the unrest we have seen over the past few days.” read more
Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett carries the ball during a game against Navy on Aug. 30 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. OSU won, 34-17. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWhen J.T. Barrett became the next in the line of Ohio State starting quarterbacks, he was little more than an unknown.Five weeks and three starts later, the redshirt-freshman’s teammates know exactly who they have leading the team.Junior offensive lineman Taylor Decker called Barrett a “football-savvy guy” and praised his intelligence before delving into the quarterback’s qualities as a leader.“The way he portrays himself out there is that he’s confident in himself,” Decker said. “If he’s confident in himself, then we’re confident in him.”Barrett, a native of Wichita Falls, Texas, instilled that confidence in his teammates partially by leading the Buckeyes to second-half comebacks in the first two games of the season.One of those comebacks resulted in a win when OSU beat Navy, 34-17, on Aug. 30 in Baltimore, while the other ended with Barrett being sacked six times in the second half. Even as he spent extended time on the Ohio Stadium turf, Decker said he never would have known what was happening on the field based off of the quarterback’s sideline composure.“He’s a good leader and he stays calm,” Decker said. “He was taking some hits and on the sideline, you wouldn’t even know it the way he was handling himself.”That game — a 35-21 loss to Virginia Tech in the Buckeyes’ home opener — might have served as a wake-up call for some, or simple motivation for others.Senior wide receiver Evan Spencer said the loss sparked Barrett to work even harder, and the improvement showed on the field the following week against Kent State.“I think that that struggle (against Virginia Tech) for him helped him get better as a player,” Spencer said.Against Kent State, Barrett threw for 312 yards — the first official 300-yard passing performance by an OSU quarterback since Troy Smith did it in 2006 — and tied a school record with six touchdown passes. While injured senior quarterback Braxton Miller has his named peppered throughout the OSU record books, those are two numbers he has yet to hit as a Buckeye.Spencer said Barrett’s record-setting game — especially coming off a loss — did wonders in boosting his confidence heading into OSU’s week off.“In practice so far (last) week, you can tell he’s launching the ball a little bit better, he’s more confident in everything he’s doing,” Spencer said. “And that’s really come to fruition this week.”Win or lose, OSU coach Urban Meyer said Barrett’s understanding of how to improve from week to week — or even day to day — sets him apart from other players he has coached during his career.“He’s been raised that way, it’s interesting, we get all kinds,” Meyer said Wednesday. “You can imagine over 20 years, 28 years of coaching, you get kids that … don’t understand what you said, the process of growing up.”Meyer said Barrett’s ability to grasp that idea has helped him take steps forward early this season, and makes him enjoyable to coach.“He understands every day is a chance to get better,” Meyer said. “That’s the best part about coaching him. He attacks today like … he’s a rookie.”Barrett’s next start is set to come Saturday when the Buckeyes are scheduled to host Cincinnati at 6 p.m. read more
CNX Coal Resources LP has placed an order for 285 Cat® longwall roof supports destined for use in the Enlow Fork mine in southwestern Pennsylvania, USA. The mine is one of three in the complex, which produced 20.7 Mt in 2015, making it the largest underground coal mining operation in North America. Enlow Fork currently operates two longwalls and seven continuous miner units and produced 8.2 Mt last year from the Pittsburgh 8 Coal Seam.Working with the Cat dealer in the area, CB Mining, Caterpillar will supply 274 face roof supports and 11 gate end roof supports. The shields will be built at the Caterpillar facilities in Lünen, Germany, and will be delivered in the first half of 2017. CNX Coal Resources is also equipping the longwall with the Cat PMC®-R electro-hydraulic control system for advanced automation. The system has sufficient computing power and data transfer speed to allow adding remote and semi-autonomous face operation. The company currently operates five longwalls at the Enlow Fork, Bailey and Harvey mines, and all use the Cat PMC-R control system.The roof supports have an expected service life of 60,000 cycles and will operate on 1,750 mm centres, with a shield density of 846 kN/m2. The face supports will have an operating range of 1,295 to 2,743 mm, and gate end supports will have an operating range up to 3,048 mm.CNX Coal Resources also will be using Cat Detect Personnel for Longwall, a personnel proximity detection system designed to enhance the safety of workers around longwall systems. Using radio frequency identification (RFID) tags worn by personnel and detection units mounted on the longwall roof supports, the system accurately and reliably identifies the presence of people on a longwall and transmits personnel location information to the longwall automation system. The control system then takes appropriate actions – such as inhibiting roof support movement and providing warning signals – when necessary to avoid potentially unsafe situations. read more
YouTube/SoundFXNowLet’s start with Byker GroveThey met as actors on children’s drama Byker Grove and soon became best mates.YouTube/trentonseaSerious drama!PJ and DuncanSue Moore/EMPICS EntertainmentAfter becoming a duo on and offscreen via Byker Grove, they decided a career in pop was the way to go. Initially they used their Byker Grove character names and were nominated for a Brit for Let’s Get Ready to Rumble.YouTube/GroveMatrixWe can see why – what a cracker!SM:TVWhile still releasing music as PJ and Duncan, And and Dec got a few gigs presenting children’s television programmes, but they really came into their own on SM:TV.Peter Jordan/PA Archive/Press Association ImagesThey, along with Cat Deeley, inroduced shows, interviewed guests, played games and acted out sketches. Mostly, they just had a laugh.Technically, it was for kids, but manys a teenager and adult got up early to watch it because of features like Wonkey Donkey…YouTube/cara23b…and Chums, their version of Friends.YouTube/SMTValivePop IdolAfter SMTV, Ant and Dec presented Pop Idol, the programme which spawned American Idol and X Factor.As you’ll see here, there was actually a bit of craic in shows like that back then.YouTube/Curl9xAnt and Dec’s Saturday Night TakeawayThese days, when they’re not in the jungle, they’re still dressing up and messing around on their Saturday night show.Whether they’re making celebs look stupid…YouTube/ShowbizSupremo…or doing Riverdance.YouTube/john stevensWe have to say Dec is the better Irish dancer, Ant’s arms are all over the place.Bonus factAnt is married but apparently Dec is having a romance with former Pussycat Doll, Ashley Roberts. OOoooooooh.Henny Ray Abrams/AP/Press Association ImagesFair play to them, here’s to many more laughs!14 essential things to know about Helen Flanagan>11 reasons why you should buy a daffodil today> ANT AND DEC have hit the papers today because of a prank they pulled on One Direction for this weekend’s Saturday Night Takeaway which ended up with emergency services being called.According to the Mirror, Dec convinced the lads that he was a fan having an asthma attack, and they were so worried they called the paramedics.Ant and Dec are no strangers to pulling pranks, and this one has us thinking about how brilliant they are… read more